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Welcome to the Department of Physical Education
 

We at Chichester are fortunate enough to have a team with broad educational, coaching and sporting experience.  Some members have many years of classroom experience in schools and other team members who have played and coached at regional, national, international and even Olympic Level. The department staff have the drive, passion, dedication and opportunity to share this vast knowledge and experience with students who join our programmes.  As many of you will be aware, there have been many changes in both education and coaching in the last few years, both within clubs, schools and within universities.  In order to help you with your choice of career, we have provided three alternative routes that could lead to a career in teaching or coaching.

The three programmes offered by the Physical Education department aim to develop you as a person. We will work with you to organise a bespoke placement to support your interests and provide relevant experience. We will enhance your communication, organisational, management and leadership skills, ask you to work as part of team and mentor other students. We aim to develop you as an individual and highlight the key skills necessary for any form of employment. Choosing any one of our progammes will be the start of a new and exciting experience.

I would like to be a secondary PE Teacher – BA (Hons) Physical Education in the Secondary Years.
Due to the changes in government funding four year QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) degrees have mainly closed.  For aspiring teachers the focus is now an undergraduate degree in a related subject, followed by applying for a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) course or through the ‘school direct’ route into teaching.  PGCE course and ‘school direct’ numbers are controlled by the government in response to the number of teachers they consider are required each year.  Therefore PGCE and ‘school direct’ places are highly sort after and choosing the most appropriate undergraduate degree is increasingly important.
We aim to deliver such a course. The newly developed menu of degrees that our department offer, have grown from our tradition as teacher trainers.  We have taken this knowledge and experience and written degree programmes that put you into the strongest position possible when applying for a PGCE or ‘school direct’ place and to prepare you for your chosen career. 

I would like to be a Primary Teacher with a Physical Education specialism – BA (Hons) Physical Education in the Primary Years
Due to changes in government funding three or four year QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) degrees have mainly closed or do not contain a subject specialism in Physical Education.  For aspiring primary teachers the focus is now an undergraduate degree in a related subject, followed by applying for a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) course or through ‘school direct’. PGCE course and ‘school direct’ numbers are controlled by the government in response to the number of teachers are needed each year.  Therefore PGCE and ‘school direct’ places are highly sort after and choosing the most appropriate undergraduate degree is increasingly important.
The newly developed menu of degrees that our department offer, have grown from our tradition as teacher trainers.  We have taken this knowledge and experience and written degree programmes geared towards putting you into the strongest position possible when applying for a PGCE or ‘school direct’ place. 
The University also has a growing PGCE and ‘school direct’ programme, and should you wish to continue your studies with the University you will have an opportunity to apply to continue working with a team who know you and can help you achieve ambitions.

I would like to be a Sports Coach – BA (Hons) Physical Education and Sports Coaching
Combining a sport that you are passionate about and working with performers can be a wonderful career option.  Sharing your knowledge and experience whilst working and assisting young people in primary, secondary and club situations, with community groups or ‘athletes’ at elite level coaching  can be rewarding in many ways.  Choosing a pathway into coaching can be a difficult decision.  What we offer at Chichester is flexibility:  to develop your ideas and consider the type of coach you would like to become (school based, community, elite, club etc).