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Graduate qualified to work as a secondary school PE teacher

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4 years full-time
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Overview

Qualify as a teacher ready to teach PE in secondary schools

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, as you gain recommendation of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which enables 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 3,4 and 5 (11-18 years).

Outstanding Ofsted provider

The University of Chichester is proud to have received a rating of Outstanding from Ofsted at its inspection this year.

The Ofsted report recognised that “trainees leave very well-placed to continue on their journey towards being aspirational, inspirational and motivational teachers.”

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“…trainees flourish at the University of Chichester and develop into skilled and knowledgeable global citizens.”

“University and school staff support trainees to thrive through their highly effective ‘team around the trainee’ approach.”

“Trainees value the nurturing family ethos at Chichester, with one trainee commenting, ‘they are there to catch you when you fall, but they are also there to stop you falling in the first place’.”

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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.

Gain vital experience on placement to three different schools

You can develop your skills within three different real-world school settings, as you gain vital experience ahead of your teaching career and a greater insight into the different types of schools that you may wish to teach in once you qualify.

Each placement is assessed against the professional teaching standards, which will lead to qualified teacher status (QTS) and are all integral to you becoming an early career teacher (ECT).

Engage in research-led learning

Throughout this course, you will study modules that use the latest research to inform your teaching practice, including aspects relating to schools’ impact on mental and physical health of its pupils.

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.

Learn from expert and experienced staff

Our team of qualified physical education specialists and sports coaches are here to support you throughout your degree and get to know how best to help your reach your full potential.

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.

Indicative modules

You will study a selection of core and optional modules during your degree. Each module is worth a particular number of credits and is delivered differently depending on the needs of the module.

This list is indicative and subject to future change.

This list is indicative and subject to change.

Select a year

Foundations of Learning and Teaching

This module aims to introduce you to learning theory and pedagogic practice in physical education and sport. The module seeks to develop your understanding of contemporary ideas of learning, and how this translates into teaching behaviours. 

You will begin to recognise the importance of research-informed practice in physical education.

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.

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities in Education

This module will introduce you to outdoor adventure activities in an educational context typically focusing on KS2 and the start of KS3This may be the first time that you have experienced this area of study, and this module will help you develop the necessary knowledge and pedagogical skills that will allow you to operate effectively during your teaching career.

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.

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

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.

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.

Theoretical Physical Education 1

This module will provide you with an opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding of some of the major concepts in theoretical physical education.

While the module will focus on providing you with an understanding of key concepts and how research in this area may be conducted.

You will build on aspects of research and enquiry previously developed in The Enquiring Practitioner, to consider how they may be able to contribute to the area in the future through your own research and data collection.  

Theoretical Physical Education 2

This module aims to provide you with an opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding of some of the major concepts in theoretical physical education. The module will focus on providing you with an understanding of key concepts and how research in this area may be conducted.

You will build on aspects of research and enquiry previously developed in ‘The Enquiring Practitioner’, to consider how you may be able to contribute to the area in the future through your own research and data collection. 

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.

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.

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.

Pedagogical Behaviours in Practice

The module aims to provide you with an opportunity to gain an understanding of the various pedagogical behaviours (coaching behaviours and teaching behaviours) (e.g. divergent questioning) that are utilised by sports coaches and teachers of physical education.

You will have the opportunity to lead practical sessions and implement the pedagogical behaviours discussed in the theoretical lectures and workshops.

You will need to critically reflect on the pedagogical behaviours that you applied and how these impacted participant performance and/or learning.  

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.

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
  • A-level PE

to consider how schemes of work and lesson plans are developed for delivery in school and college classrooms.

Managing Individual Differences and Behaviours

The module aims to build on your knowledge and understanding of effective teaching and coaching by understanding and applying principles of equality and inclusive practice. You will develop an understanding and critically evaluate the learning environment that actively promotes equality and inclusion for all learners. It will develop your pedagogical confidence and encourage you to think critically about your teaching and coaching. 

Indicative content will include ideology of inclusion, young people at risk of exclusion, teaching approaches and strategies to meet all pupils needs, and creating and maintaining a positive learning environment. The module will be delivered through a series of practical workshops supported by theoretical lectures and will include a school-based placement. 

School Experience 2: Developing As A Teacher

Preparation for this school experience will begin in University through student participation in all elements of the taught course. You will engage in practical work-based learning experiences and complete directed tasks, supported by a University-trained Mentor and Link Tutor who will guide and assess student progress.

Teaching Approaches in Practice

The module will provide you with an opportunity to gain an understanding of different teaching approaches (e.g. Teaching Games for Understanding) that are applied within physical education.

You will participate in a range of practical sessions that will explore different teaching approaches, and have the opportunity to lead practical sessions with a focus on a particular teaching approach.

During this module, you will need to critically reflect on the different teaching approaches and learning within these approaches. 

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.

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.

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.

Teaching

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.

Assessment

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.

Experience

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

Broaden your horizons with residential experiences

Our BA (Hons) Physical Education (Secondary Years with QTS) course offers the opportunity to partake in residential experiences to increase your knowledge and understanding of outdoor and adventurous activities and to also begin to learn how to plan and run residentials.

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.

Study Abroad

Explore the opportunity to study part of your course abroad

As a student at the University of Chichester, you can explore opportunities to study abroad during your studies as you enrich and broaden your educational experiences.

Students who have undertaken this in the past have found it to be an amazing experience to broaden their horizons, a great opportunity to meet new people, undertake further travelling and to immerse themselves within a new culture.

You will be fully supported throughout the process to help find the right destination institution for you and your course. We can take you through everything that you will need to consider, from visas to financial support, to help ensure that you can get the best out of your time studying abroad.

Careers

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.

Unlike other courses that only cater for teaching ages 11-16, our four-year course gives you more time in schools and gives you the experience and skills to meet the Department for Education’s Teachers’ Standards in relation to Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 (11 – 18 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 who have completed a full undergraduate degree at the University will receive a 15% discount on their postgraduate fees.

Gifted Athlete Support Programme

Supporting athletes with their studies and sporting ambitions

The University’s Gifted Athlete Support Programme (GASP) helps students combine academic study with sport by offering support to compete at the highest level.

Our student athletes will have access to our experts in sport coaching, exercise physiology, biomechanics, strength and conditioning, performance analysis, sport nutrition, sport psychology, sport therapy or physiotherapy and receive:

  • Financial Support*
  • Fitness Suite at the Tudor Hale Centre for Sport
  • Administrative support from SU Sport
  • GASP branded kit

* Level of financial support dependent upon level of achievement in sport

Course Costs

Course Fees 2024/25

UK fee
£9,250
International fee
£15,840

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

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

To find out about any additional costs on this course, please see our Additional Costs 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

UCAS
112-128
tariff points.
A Levels
ABB-BBC
BTEC
DDM - DMM
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)
GCSEs
C/4
or better in both English Language and Maths.
IELTS
7.0
including 7.0 in academic writing with other components no less than 6.5 – or equivalent qualification.

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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