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BA (Hons) Physical Education (Secondary Years)

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Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

3 Years Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

2020/21 UK fee: £9,250

2020/21 International fee: £13,500

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


Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

Tariff points: 96 - 112

A Level: BBC - CCC


GCSEs: English language and mathematics at grade C/4 or better

IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5

Interview: Yes. 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.

Student view

"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. The degree has really prepared me well for my PGCE."

"I chose to study here as the course was a perfect fit for what I want to do. You learn a wide range of sports to be able to teach and coach on placements and after you graduate."

Course content

BA (Hons) Physical Education (Secondary Years) is designed to provide you with the opportunity to experience and develop the core skills underpinning the teaching of physical education in secondary schools. The modular approach to this degree will enable you to develop an understanding of the science of pedagogy and understand the lifespan of athletic development of individuals who participate in sport activity. The course content will build on your existing knowledge of sport activity and provide the opportunity to develop a sound academic foundation on which students will build their teaching skills.

Our degree course is delivered on a modular basis covering academic and pedagogical studies. 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 are assigned an academic advisor who provides a personal link for the entire duration of your time on the course. Your own personal expertise and experience is valued to enhance the overall learning of the whole group supplementing the formal university input.

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 modular approach to this degree will build on your existing knowledge and encourage you to explore and learn the art of teaching and sports coaching through a well-balanced diet of practical and theoretical activities.

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 spend a proportion of time on placement in school and, under the careful supervision of your personal academic advisor and professional workplace mentor, you will develop your skills in teaching.

For those wishing to progress to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), we offer progression routes on to the PGCE in Secondary PE. We also provide opportunities to train through School Direct.

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

Many students are committed to teaching Physical Education in a secondary school. It will provide a valuable degree qualification that will take you forward to your chosen career path including: PGCE leading to QTS (secondary age ranges)/School Direct/further degree qualification.

Postgraduate level study:

Alumni receive a 15% discount on postgraduate courses at Chichester

  • PGCE Primary
  • PGCE Secondary
  • School Direct
  • School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT)
  • 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

Placement opportunities provide you with a strong vocational focus.

This is what our students had to say about placements:

“School placements opportunities are available and these prepare you for a career in teaching in secondary schools.”

“The opportunities provided through residentials allowed me to grow and develop both personally and professionally and allowed me to gain accurate insight into life after university.”

“Good range of teaching placements within a variety of schools.”

“It massively improved my ability and confidence to teach a wide range of sports through great experience in placements and lectures during my time here.”


Placements Office

Chichester Institute of Sport has a dedicated Placement Coordinator.

Students are ultimately responsible for finding their own placement, however, the Placement Coordinator is available to assist students and has a network of contacts in local clubs and schools.

Our students are from all over the UK with the majority from the South and South East of England and a few students from overseas.

Many students find work placements in their home towns, as well as local opportunities in Sussex.

Placements are integral to your development as a student and are integrated within University-based work.

You will need to ensure you have all the necessary documentation in place before you start your placement.

To contact the Placement Co-ordinator please email Clare Deacon or call 01243 793542.


Course accreditations

Indicative modules

BA (Hons) Physical Education (Secondary Years) 

Year 1

• Professional Issues in Coaching and Teaching 

• Knowledge and Understanding of Individual Activities (Aesthetics) 

• Foundations of Movement and Principles of Games

• Principles of Play Through Invasion Games 

• Fundamental Movement Skills and Child Development 

• Active Schools 

• The Enquiring Practitioner 1 

• Developing Professional and Academic Skills 

Year 2 

• Pedagogy for Activity 

• Striking and Fielding/Net and Wall Games 

• Purposeful Practice for Games-Based Physical Education 

• Option Group B: Muscles and Movement – Anatomy in Motion 

• Option Group B: Working with Individuals 

• Pedagogical Skills in Track & Field Athletics and Swimming 

• Understanding and Managing Individual Differences 

• Option Group A: Pedagogy of Outdoor and Adventurous Activities 

• Option Group A: Reflection: Developing Your Teaching and Coaching 

• Option Group B: Critical Issues in Physical Education and Sports Coaching 

• Option Group B: Fundamentals of Human Physiology 

• The Enquiring Practitioner 2 

Year 3 

• The Research Dissertation 

• Teaching Approaches and Behaviours in Invasion Games 

• Acive Schools: Mental Health and Well-Being 

• Option Group A: Off-Site Educational Trips for Outdoor Learning 

• Option Group B: Applied Social Issues in Physical Education and Sports Coaching 

• Option Group B: Planning and Monitoring of Training and Performance 

• Option Group A: Practical Applications for Coaching and Teaching 

• Option Group B: Biomechanics in Sport & Exercise 

• Option Group B: Working with Teams 

• Practical Pedagogy (Placement) 


International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

Teaching and assessment

We want you to be creative and innovative teachers so we will teach you in creative and innovative ways.

You will be taught through a variety of highly practical approaches. You will be assessed through a variety of methods including your ability to plan, trach and evaluate, group presentations, research projects, lab work, analysis of practical sports performance.



Additional Costs

Include Additional Costs: 

Additional Costs

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

  • A short practical task focusing on fundamental movement skills
  • A formal interview

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