Physical Education student coaching some primary school pupils

BA (Hons) Physical Education (Primary Years)

Step towards a career inspiring children under 11 with physical education

3 years full-time
Bishop Otter Campus

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Inspire the next generation through high-quality primary education

Inspire the next generation

Our BA (Hons) Physical Education Primary years degree is for those of you that are interested in learning what high-quality Physical Education entails for children aged 5-11.

If you are passionate about inspiring the next generation through high-quality primary education, this is the course for you.

Apply theory to practice

The BA (Hons) Physical Education (Primary Years) degree allows you to apply theory to practice by working with children in a variety of contexts.

Throughout this degree programme you will deliver sessions in schools, organise festivals and learn alongside primary teachers in one of our partnership schools.

These varied teaching and learning environments integrated with creative assessments provides students with an engaging and relevant programme.

On this course you will:

  • Gain a thorough understanding of the intricacies of physical education at primary school level.
  • Apply theory to practice through our dedicated work placement schemes.
  • Learn from experienced professionals who will look to support you through your degree.
  • Be prepared for a career within primary education or coaching with young children.

The Course

Gain an understanding of the role of Physical Education in the development of the whole child

Our Physical Education courses have been specifically designed to give you choices and options that allow you to tailor your course to your own interests, so you will graduate with a degree that is individual to you.

Our BA (Hons) Physical Education Primary Years course provides you with the skills and knowledge to be an effective leader within a primary education environment.

By the end of the course, you will have a thorough understanding of the importance of physical literacy and the role of Physical Education in the development of the whole child.

A developed understanding in curriculum, assessment and pedagogical practice will put you in an excellent position to continue onto teacher training.

This list is indicative and subject to change.

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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 Activites (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. You will use the application of biomechanical principles, including Laban technique as you explore the evaluation of gymnastic and dance performance.

Foundations of Movement and Principles of Games

Explore the teaching of games with a developmental focus as you 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, as you analyse the technical and tactical aspects of performance within their application within 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

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 your potential future career paths.

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 improving intellectual and academic skills, which will support you throughout your programme. As part of the developing professional skills you will focus on issues surrounding employability and developing graduate employability skills.

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.

Learning and Teaching in a Primary School

The module introduces you to research that explores the relationship between good teaching and good progress for all pupils including promoting learning-focussed behaviours, adaptive teaching, and a range of other teaching and learning strategies.

Pedagogical Skills in Track and 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.

Pedagogy of Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

This module aims to provide you with an understanding of Outdoor and Adventurous Activities at KS3/KS4. Through theoretical, practical, and residential experiences the module seeks to provide you with an understanding of the activities that are implicit to the programme and an appreciation of the principles that underpin outdoor learning more generically. 

Reflection: Developing your Teaching and Coaching

This module aims to provide an opportunity to select and develop specialist areas of interest. You will be required to develop skills in introspection, reflection, and reflective practice drawing upon theoretical concepts relating to pedagogy of sport and education. You will agree a suitable programme of work within a professional context of your choice which will involve you immersing yourselves in the culture and practices of this working environment.

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.

Outdoor Learning: Woodland and Beach Education

This module aims to further develop your knowledge, skills and understanding in contemporary education in the outdoor environment by broadening your experiences and technical practice. This will be contextualised through the critical analysis of current best practice, consolidating and applying understanding of Meta skills, technical equipment specification and specialist pedagogy.

Dissertation Project

This module is the culmination of previous learning and is the major element of your independent enquiry on your programme.  The module requires that you reflect on, and utilise the knowledge base, context, and application of taught modules, as well as placement experiences. It is designed to encourage you to generate and explore your own 'problem' assisted by supervision from a tutor.

Practical Pedagogy (Placement)

An opportunity to experience a placement within a practical setting. This module aims to develop and refine pedagogical skills so that you can enhance pupil/performer progress and learning within a practical environment.

Approaches to Teaching Primary Games

This module will ask you to critically evaluate a variety of teaching approaches used in schools when delivering games. You will participate in a range of practical sessions that will explore different teaching approaches, and  have the opportunity to plan and lead practical sessions with a focus on a particular teaching approach.

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.

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.

Off-Site Education Trips for Outdoor Learning

This module aims to use a residential experience at an outdoor centre to explore the application of different OAA teaching methods to fulfil a range of pupil needs. You will build upon your understanding of what outdoor learning is and its uses; therefore, facilitating a critical evaluation of the process and output of residential experiences.

Professional Skills: The Role of the Subject Leader

The module aims to introduce students to the changing role of the subject leader in primary Physical Education and, in so doing, identify the key skills and attributes associated with good subject leadership.

Any Other Option

You can choose any other optional module within Sport.


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BA (Hons) Physical Education Primary Years graduate
"Being on Physical Education in the Primary Years has given me the subject knowledge to confidently deliver an effective PE lesson to primary age children. The various modules have allowed me to develop my confidence in teaching and to progress onto the primary PGCE where the skills and knowledge I learnt on the primary route-way are transferred into teaching across the curriculum every day."

Teaching and Assessment

Innovative teaching methods that develop your full potential as a future teacher

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


You will spend a large proportion of your time in practical sessions and on teaching placements. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff will teach you through a variety of highly-practical approaches.

You will experience a variety of teaching methods across the modules including lectures, group work, seminars, practical workshops and laboratory sessions.


You will be assessed through a variety of methods including:

  • Your ability to plan and deliver a range of Physical Education lessons
  • Your understanding of how movement skills are developed
  • Presentations
  • Your ability to plan for learning outside the classroom in the context of forest schools, residential experiences and other outdoor activities
  • Completion of research projects.

Work Placements

Discover school placements opportunities that provide you with vital workplace experience

We believe that placements are integral to your development as a student and are integrated within our University-based work.

School placements opportunities are available which provide you with a strong vocational focus as you increase your employability and apply your theoretical learning to a real-world environment.

You will be able to choose your own placement setting, with a dedicated Placement Coordinator available to assist and support students throughout the process. You will be able to utilise their network of contacts across local clubs and schools to find the right placement for you.

You can also choose to complete your placements anywhere in the country, with many students choosing placements within their home towns.

“The use of placements really enhanced my CV.”

“Great real-life experiences through placement.”

“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.”


Open up your future career options

Our BA (Hons) Physical Education (Primary Years) course provides graduates with an engaging and relevant programme that may facilitate progression into a career working with children both within and outside of educational settings.

You will gain a valuable degree that will take you forward in whichever career you choose in the future.

You could progress into a career teaching physical education at primary level, or look to move into other avenues within the scope of coaching and sporting and physical activity.

Open up your career pathways

Many students remain undecided about whether they want to teach Physical Education or coach. What they do know is that they are committed to following a career in sport and physical activity.

This degree provides the opportunity for an in depth insight into both approaches whilst delaying a final decision until more informed. It will provide a valuable degree qualification that will take you forward in whichever career you choose in the future.

Potential careers pathways include:

  • PGCE leading to QTS (Primary/Secondary). Our students are guaranteed an interview on the PGCE courses.
  • School Direct
  • School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT)
  • Postgraduate research
  • Postgraduate study
  • NGB Coach Education
  • Club/Professional Sports Coach
  • Further Degree qualification
  • Private Fitness/Coaching companies
  • County sports partnerships.

Postgraduate pathways

  • PGCE Primary (5-11)
  • School Direct (Primary)
  • MA Sport Pedagogy and Physical Education
  • MSc Sports Coaching
  • Postgraduate Research (PhD)

University of Chichester alumni receive a 15% discount on our postgraduate courses.

Teaching pathways

Those who wish to pursue a career as a physical education teacher within a secondary setting can explore a number of options. We offer a PGCE Primary course here at Chichester, as well as School Direct options for primary.


Progressed to PGCE Primary
“The three years training on PE in the Primary Years has taught me the fundamental skills to enable me to have the knowledge for my PGCE. It has given me the confidence to take on new challenges and learn a variety of teaching skills I didn’t think was possible. It has been a valuable three years and has started me in the right direction for my career in teaching."

Course Costs

Course fees 2022/23

UK fee
International fee

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

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

Course specific costs

You will be required to have a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check costing £40 which needs to be paid for before the start of the course.

Entry Requirements

tariff points.
A Levels
or better in both English Language and Maths.
6.0 overall
with no element lower than 5.5

Interview and DBS

An entry interview and Enhanced DBS check are required for this course.

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