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BA (Hons) Physical Education (Secondary QTS)

Graduate qualified to work as a secondary school PE teacher

4 years full-time
Bishop Otter Campus

Top 30

UK University

1. Guardian University Guide 2022


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for student satisfaction

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Qualify as a teacher ready to teach PE in secondary schools

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

Become a qualified PE teacher

Our BA (Hons) Physical Education (Secondary QTS) course provides the practical, professional, and academic skills that are needed to prepare you to become a secondary school PE teacher.

You will also have the opportunity to develop your skills within a real-world school setting, with dedicated placements throughout your time here that allow you to gain vital experience ahead of your teaching career.

The course leads to the recommendation of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which enables you to teach in schools in England and Wales.

Develop your pedagogical knowledge

You will develop an understanding of the pedagogical practice to physically educate young people in a range of learning environments.

The course will build on your existing knowledge of sport activity and provide the opportunity to develop a sound academic foundation on which you will build your teaching skills.

Proud history of teacher training

The University of Chichester has been training teachers for over 180 years and we look to train employable professionals who can teach and make a difference.

You will be taught by experienced physical education specialists and our dedication to small teaching groups allows you to develop strong professional relationships with the University teaching team.

On this course you will:

  • Gain a thorough understanding of the pedagogy, psychology, sociology and physiology of secondary physical education.
  • Spend 32 weeks on placement in a secondary school.
  • Learn from experienced professionals who will look to support you throughout your degree.
  • Gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) allowing you to teach in England and Wales.

The Course

Experience and develop the core skills needed to teach physical education

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 (Secondary QTS) course provides you with the skills and knowledge to be an effective leader within a secondary-level environment.

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.

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 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.

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.

School Experience 1

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

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. Environmental and individual factors will be scrutinised with a view to you having a functional understanding of key issues and actions that you can apply when working as teachers, coaches or in other settings involving children and young people.

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.

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.

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. 

School Experience 3

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 and will pass the QTS standards.


Discover classroom resources and world-class sporting facilities to support your learning

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.


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, track and evaluate outcomes for pupils
  • Group presentations
  • Research projects
  • Lab work
  • Analysis of practical sports performance.

Work Placements

Gain vital workplace experience within secondary school environments

School experience in a partnership school forms an important element of the course. As such, you will spend time in schools in your second, third and final year, as you teach whilst 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 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

You will be asked to complete a school experience information form when you start your course.

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.

Broaden your horizons

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.


Open up your future career options

Our BA (Hons) Physical Education (Secondary QTS) 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).

Postgraduate pathways

  • MA Sport Pedagogy and Physical Education
  • MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition
  • MSc Sports Coaching
  • MSc Sport and Exercise Biomechanics
  • MSc Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • MSc Sports Performance Analysis
  • MSc Strength and Conditioning
  • Postgraduate Research (PhD)

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

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

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.

This course requires you to attend an interview as part of the application process.

This gives our staff a chance to meet you, as well as giving you the opportunity for a campus tour and ask any questions you might have.

The interviews are designed to explore your practical suitability and personal drive to study the course.

The interview will also start to build the personalised and individual relationship that the Institute has with all of its students.

You will also be asked to complete an audit for mathematics and English

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.


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When does this course start?

This course starts in September 2022.

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