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BA (Hons) Physical Education (Secondary with QTS)

* Full for 2021 entry

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Institution C58


Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

4 years Full Time

Top 30
UK University
for teaching quality
for student satisfaction
1. Guardian University Guide 2021 | 2. Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021 | 3. National Student Survey 2021

Entry Requirements and Fees

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

UCAS tariff points 112 - 128

A level grades ABB - BBC

BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM - DMM

GCSEs: English and Mathematics at grade C/4 or better

IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5

You will be considered if your predicted grades fall within this range, but any offer will be made based on an interview. Applicants who demonstrate relevant experience and /or understanding, as well as commitment to and enthusiasm for, the profession may receive a lower (grades) offer.

Enhanced DBS check required.


2021/22 UK fee: £9,250

2021/22  International fee: £14,050

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.


Student view

Physical Education (Secondary Years)
"The practical nature of the lectures is fantastic. I've really improved my ability and understanding of a wide variety of activities that are all taught in Secondary schools."

Course content

  • 15th for student satisfaction (Guardian Subject League Table 2021)

We have over 180 years’ experience of training top-quality teachers which proves that we are among the best institutions in the country to train you. The Physical Education (Secondary with QTS) programme is taught by experienced and enthusiastic tutors, in partnership with mentors and teachers in local schools. This course leads to the recommendation of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) enabling you to teach in schools in England and Wales.

You will complete 32 weeks of school experience after spending two years settling into university life and ensuring you are fully prepared for your placement.

The course has been designed to focus on five strands. These strands are:

  • Pedagogical Practice
  • School experience
  • Professional Skills
  • Active Schools
  • Research

Pedagogical practice

The pedagogical practice strand will introduce you to a range of evidence-based teaching strategies. You will learn to select and apply pedagogies across a range of activity areas, so that you are able to create an environment for pupils to achieve excellent progress and outcomes.

School experience

School experience modules will give you the confidence to teach a whole class across a range of Key Stages and activities. You will learn the importance of having high expectations for all pupils valuing diversity and ensuring equal opportunities for all.

Professional skills

The professional skills strand will enable you to understand the complexity of the role of the teacher and the importance of adopting a professional stance at all times.

Active Schools

The active schools strand will explore the role of physical activity in promoting physical, social and mental health. You will understand the barriers to participation including those that exist within school and physical education lessons.


The research strand will permeate all modules, but also has designated modules that will assist you to produce an independent project in your final year.

Our facilities

Campus Location: Chichester 

We offer you some of the best sporting facilities available to study for a degree. All of our facilities are designed for academic teaching, research, British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) competitions and for your social/recreational use throughout the week and weekends.

The world-class Tudor Hale Centre for Sport is the focus of sporting activities both academic and recreational at the University. It incorporates a suite of state of the art sport science laboratories, a sports injury clinic, a strength and conditioning room and a fitness centre. In addition there is a sports hall. Located beside the Tudor Hale Centre for Sport you will find our Sports Dome, lano sand dressed astro turf and a grass rugby pitch.


Sports Dome

Four tennis courts which can be used for a variety of sports.

Blue flooring and blue curtains separating courts with student throwing javelins


Sports hall

Used for basketball, netball, trampolining, badminton, volleyball, cricket, soccer, table tennis, hockey and ultimate frisbee.

Fitness suite

Various membership levels available. Weights, resistance and cardio machines.

Weights, resistance and cardio machines

Indoor and outdoor climbing walls and climbing boulder

Available for any student to use after an induction and when Tudor Hale Centre for Sport is open.

Images showing external and internal climbing wall and external boulder

Grass football and rugby pitches

Students playing football and girl passing rugby ball

Floodlit lano sand-dressed astro turf 

A top of the range Lano sand-dressed astro all completely compliant to International Hockey federation standards.

  • 110m synthetic athletics track
  • Strength and conditioning room
  • Two multi-purpose gymnasiums
  • Outdoor netball and tennis court

Two seminar rooms

Cricket nets 

Sport Science Laboratories:

Four dedicated psychology labs including a Virtual Reality Reader, Brain Imaging Unit and Observation Suite.

Student using software to track activity of body for sport psychology

Two dedicated biomechanics labs

Student running with rugby ball with sensor on past tracking posts

Five dedicated physiology labs

Used for testing on treadmills, bikes and various other pieces of equipment.

Physiology labs showing equipment used

An environmental chamber

Used to simulate heat, altitude, etc.

Envinronmental chamber in physiology lab

A sports injury clinic and adjoining rehabilitation space

Sports Therapy students use these spaces for practical sessions and run a clinic. It is open for students, staff and external visitors who require treatment also either from Sports Therapy students or staff.

Sports therapy clinic with beds and rehab room

Where this can take you

This course leads to the recommendation of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) enabling you to teach in schools in England and Wales. You will graduate with the all-round experience and knowledge to teach the National Curriculum for Physical Education (NCPE) and have the skills to meet the Department for Education’s Teachers’ Standards in relation to Key Stage 3 and 4 (11-16 years).

"School and settings leaders hold the programmes in high regard and actively seek to appoint candidates from the University of Chichester partnership.” (Ofsted, 2017)

Should you decide to continue onto postgraduate study the University of Chichester offer a range of courses:

Postgraduate level study:

Alumni receive a 15% discount on postgraduate courses at Chichester

  • MA Sport Pedagogy and Physical Education
  • MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition
  • MSc Physical Activity and Public Health
  • MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration)*
  • MSc Sports Coaching
  • MSc Sport and Exercise Biomechanics
  • MSc Sport and Exercise Physiology
  •  MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology (BPS route)
  • MSc Sports Performance Analysis
  • MSc Strength and Conditioning
  • Postgraduate Research (PhD)

*Subject to approval

Work placements

School experience

School experience in a partnership school forms an important element of the course. You will spend time in schools in your second, third and final year teaching under supervision. You will be fully prepared for your placements and will be supported by both the University and a school-based mentor throughout your training. You will be asked to complete a school experience information form when you start your course and the school partnership office will use this information to match you to a suitable placement. We will consider your previous experience, travelling distance, and your current needs.

You will receive substantial teaching experience in schools in the following pattern:

  • Year One – One week in a primary school
  • Year Two – Eight weeks in a secondary school
  • Year Three – Twelve weeks in a secondary school
  • Year Four – Twelve weeks in a secondary school​

These placements will usually provide distinctive opportunities in which to develop your professional and teaching skills. In particular, efforts will be made to place you in schools with different organisational characteristics and in contrasting socio-economic catchment areas.


Indicative modules

Year One

Professional Issues in Coaching and Teaching 

This module aims to address contemporary topics relating to the professional issues surrounding teaching and coaching whilst exploring and debating current developments in both professions.

Knowledge and Understanding of Individual Activities (Aesthetics) 

This module aims to analyse in detail movement related to gymnastics and dance. You will explore gymnastics in its broadest sense within elements identified as Formal, Educational, Sporting and Rhythmic. The application of biomechanical principles, including Laban technique, will be used in the evaluation of gymnastic and dance performance. Within dance, the aim is to explore dance composition, performance and appreciation.

Foundations of Movement and Principles of Games 

Explore the teaching of games with a developmental focus. You will learn to break down simple skills into key components to help children learn and understand. 

Principles of Play Through Invasion Games 

You will participate in a range of practical sessions that will examine attacking and defensive principles of play, and analyse the technical and tactical aspects of performance when applying different principles of play to invasion games.

Fundamental Movement Skills and Child Development 

This module aims to develop your knowledge of fundamental movement skills (FMS) and child maturation. Emphasis will be placed on how Physical Education teachers and sport coaches facilitate developmentally appropriate pedagogy.

Active Schools 

Explore the issues surrounding Physical Education and its role in the health and activity agenda.  Consideration of personal and social barriers and facilitators within and outside the school environment will also be given.

The Enquiring Practitioner 1

While learning the technical components involved in the teaching and coaching of specific skills, you will also be introduced to fundamental biomechanical principles which impact performance. The module will apply research and enquiry to real-life lived experiences that are associated with graduate destinations.

Developing Professional and Academic Skills 

This module aims to help you make the transition between UK qualifications levels three and four (Year One at university) by advancing intellectual and academic skills, which will support you throughout your programme. As part of the developing professional skills part of this module you will focus on issues surrounding employability and developing graduate employability skills. 


Year Two

Pedagogy for Activity 

This module aims to further your understanding as to the ‘why’ surrounding physical activity through Physical Education. You will develop your knowledge and personal philosophy as to what you believe you want to deliver, how, and why, in accordance with school and Governmental policies. 

Striking and Fielding/Net and Wall Games 

While learning the technical components involved in the teaching and coaching of specific skills, you will also be introduced to fundamental biomechanical principles which impact performance.

Purposeful Practice for Games-Based Physical Education 

You will participate in a range of practical sessions that will explore different types of practice and have the opportunity to design practices for developing technical, tactical, and/or physical aspects of games-based performance.   

Pedagogical Skills in Track & Field Athletics and Swimming 

This module aims to provide you with an opportunity to develop your knowledge, understanding, and personal performance of track and field athletics events and swimming strokes. You may have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and understanding of technical aspects, by planning and leading small group sessions.

Understanding and Managing Individual Differences 

Build on your understanding of effective teaching and coaching by understanding and applying principles of equality and inclusive practice.

School Experience 1

Develop your understanding of schools, physical education, and effective pedagogical practice through an eight-week placement in a school. You will be supported by a school-based mentor, professional tutor, and subject link tutor and be expected to observe pupils and teachers and collaborate to plan, teach, evaluate and assess physical education for groups of learners.   

The Enquiring Practitioner 2

This module seeks to develop your knowledge and understanding from The Enquiring Practitioner 1 and help prepare you for your final year dissertation. You will conceive of, plan and execute small-scale research. The aim of this ‘dress rehearsal’ is to develop your appreciation of the project management aspect of the research process.


Year Three

Teaching Approaches and Behaviours in Invasion Games 

You will have the opportunity to lead practical sessions with a focus on a particular teaching approach. You will need to critically reflect on the different teaching approaches and how the pedagogical behaviours influence performance and learning within these approaches. 

Classroom Pedagogy 

This module will use a series of lectures and workshops to explore curricula employed in classroom teaching such as the National Curriculum, GCSE PE, BTEC Sport, and A-level PE to consider how schemes of work and lesson plans are developed for delivery in school and college classrooms.

Subject Matters in Physical Education 

You will participate in a range of lectures and workshops that will discuss the priorities of Physical Education. This module should enable you to reflect on the subject issues experienced during your school experience in year two.

Active Schools: Mental Health and Wellbeing 

The module aims to analyse the contribution of sport and physical activity to mental health and wellbeing. The influence of the role of teachers/coaches and pedagogical practice on the growing and developing brain will be examined. 

School Experience 2 

You will complete whole-class teaching for Physical Education in a range of curriculum areas, on this twelve-week placement. You will work alongside the teacher on the weekly planning for all aspects of the curriculum. It is assumed that, by the end of this placement, you will be regularly planning for and teaching the whole class.

Year Four

The Research Dissertation 

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities 

Critically analyse the nature and role of Outdoor and Adventurous Activities (OAA) in the National Curriculum.  You will develop a critical understanding and detailed knowledge of the unique contribution of OAA and Outdoor Learning. The value of residential experiences to the holistic development of young people will be examined. 

School Experience 3 

On this twelve-week school placement you will take on the responsibilities associated with Physical Education in school and the broader role of the teacher. You will plan, teach, evaluate, assess and monitor pupils’ progress in physical education across the different key stages, and receive training on: diagnostic assessment and target setting; the use of school performance data; and the role of the subject leader.

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

Teaching and assessment

Our ‘learn through doing’ philosophy is central to the course and our expert staff will engage you with a variety of dynamic and interactive approaches that encourage strong theory-to-practice links.

You will experience a variety of teaching methods across the modules including lectures, group work, seminars, practical workshops and laboratory sessions. In addition, there is individual directed work leading to research and enquiry.


You will be assessed through a variety of methods including your ability to plan, teach and evaluate; group presentations; research projects; video blogs; written assignments; examinations and analysis of practical sports performance.

Additional Costs

Include Additional Costs: 

Course specific costs

DBS and School Experience Costs

DBS check

Secondary Teacher training applicants are required to have an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check which needs to be paid for before the start of the course.

Costs incurred during School Experience

Over the duration of your course you will spend 32 weeks on placement. These school experiences are organised in our partnership schools which extend across East and West Sussex, Hampshire and Isle of Wight and into Surrey. Travel to placements, which can be by car or public transport, varies but your commute will not usually exceed an hour from your term time address to the placement school (assuming your term time address is within our partnership area). 

Whilst on School Experience appropriate professional dress will be required.

Students may wish to purchase a laptop/tablet to use whilst on school experience as schools are not required to provide these. 

Tips for applying

Personal Statement

  • Personal sporting expertise – sell yourself!
  • Relevant experience working with children (coaching, teaching, leadership etc)
  • Transferable skills gained from A Level/BTEC courses, work experience, etc
  • Personal qualities, interests relevant to teaching profession

Interview Process

  • Practical session including a section where you will teach another student

  • An interview

Watch the video below about what to expect at our PE interviews.

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