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Gain the practical, professional and academic skills needed to inspire 11-16 year olds through physical education
If you are passionate about inspiring the next generation through fun and high-quality secondary physical education, this course is for you.
Our BA (Hons) Physical Education (Secondary Years) course provides the practical, professional, and academic skills that are needed to prepare you to work with children and young people in sport and exercise within or outside of a school setting.
Develop your pedagogical knowledge
As you progress through the degree you will develop your knowledge and understanding of pedological practice and how to apply these to meet the needs of individuals as they develop their physical literacy and sporting competence.
The course will build on your existing knowledge of sport, physical activity and physical education. It will provide the opportunity to develop a sound academic foundation on which you will build your pedagogical practice for the future.
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:
- Be fully prepared for a career within secondary education or coaching with children of a secondary school age.
- Gain a thorough understanding of the importance of physical education in the development of the whole person; pedagogical practice, curriculum and issues of professional practice.
- Apply theory to practice through our dedicated work placement schemes.
- Learn from experienced professionals who will look to support you through your degree.
Develop your knowledge and understanding of pedological practice within a physical education context
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 Years) course provides you with the skills and knowledge to be an effective leader and understand the importance of physical education in the development of the whole person.
By the end of the course you will have a thorough understanding of the Physical Education needs of secondary aged pupils; appropriate pedagogical practice including aspects of inclusion, Special education needs, curriculum, assessment, and professional issues.
Select a year
Professional Issues in Coaching and TeachingThis 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 GamesExplore 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 GamesYou 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 DevelopmentThis 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 SchoolsExplore 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 PractitionerWhile 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 SkillsThis 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 ActivityThis 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 GamesWhile 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 EducationYou 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.
Muscles and Movement – Anatomy in MotionThis module serves as an introduction to the basic concepts of anatomy and biomechanics as they relate to human movement and performance in sport and exercise. You will be shown how such concepts can be practically investigated and will illustrate the integrative nature of anatomy and biomechanics.
Working with IndividualsThis module focuses on the multi-faceted process of the coach-athlete and teacher-pupil relationship. Drawing on contemporary psychological research which places this relationship at the centre of athlete and pupil development, this module will explore the sources, nature, and synthesis of sports specific and psychological theory and its application in the development of sporting competence in athletes and pupils.
Pedagogical Skills in Track and Field Athletics and SwimmingThis 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 DifferencesBuild on your understanding of effective teaching and coaching by understanding and applying principles of equality and inclusive practice.
Pedagogy of Outdoor and Adventurous ActivitiesThis 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 CoachingThis 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.
Critical issues in Sport Development, Management and Physical ActivityThis module introduces you to the key debates and issues related to sport, health and physical activity in the UK. You will explore key definitions, concepts and components of health and physical fitness and their relationship to sport, physical activity and sedentary behaviour.
Fundamentals of Human PhysiologyThis module will allow you to examine how key systems such as the musculoskeletal system, the cardio-vascular system, and the respiratory system affect human performance. Specific attention is paid to energy metabolism in the context of the exercising human across the breadth of the energy spectrum.
The Enquiring Practitioner 2This 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.
Dissertation ProjectThis 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.
Teaching Approaches and Behaviours in Invasion GamesYou 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 PedagogyThis 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 WellbeingThe 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 LearningThis 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.
Applied Social Issues in Physical Education and Sports CoachingMore information on this module will be available soon.
Planning and Monitoring of Training and PerformanceA focus on planning and monitoring training of athletes and how a programme of physiological support can be used to enhance performance. You will engage in current literature identifying the physiological demands of the athletes chosen sport, key measures of physical fitness, and how we can enhance them. An athlete’s ability to focus on training to gain maximal physiological adaptations, and relax in competition can represent the difference in making the podium or winning major tournaments.
Practical Applications For Coaching and TeachingThis module aims to provide you with blended learning opportunities via university-based work that develops and enhances depth of knowledge when working practically with performers. It is aimed to run concurrently with the Practical Pedagogy (Placement) module so that you can apply theory to the practical coaching and teaching environments within your micro sessions and placement context.
Biomechanics in Sport & ExerciseThe biomechanical principles underpinning performance in a range of sports will be considered in relation to practical performance of sport. The module content will include analysis methodologies and research, which has enhanced biomechanics knowledge of sports performance. The biomechanics analysis and evaluation of selected sport and exercise activities will be considered e.g. golf, football, tennis, high jump, long jump, javelin, discus, gymnastics, cycling, swimming.
Working with TeamsThis module focuses on the requirements of effective coaching delivery within groups and teams. It will critically analyse and address the knowledge and skills necessary to work with groups of athletes across key coaching contexts. You will understand how to assess the needs of a group, and the individuals within, and address this in your planning and delivery.
Discover classroom resources and world-class sporting facilities to support your learning
Tudor Hale Centre for Sport
Specialist outdoor sports pitches
FA Women's High-Performance Football Centre
Learning Resource Centre
Subject specific librarians
Sports injury clinic
Teaching and Assessment
Innovative teaching methods that optimise your learning
You will spend much 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, and practical workshops 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
- Analysis of practical sports performance.
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 (Secondary Years) course provides you with an engaging and relevant programme that may facilitate progression into a career working with children and young people 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 progress into a career teaching physical education at a secondary level, or look to move into other avenues within the scope of coaching or sporting and physical activity.
- PGCE Secondary (Physical Education)
- MA Sport Pedagogy and Physical Education
- MSc Sports Coaching
- Postgraduate Research (PhD)
Course fees 2022/23
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.
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.
Applicants will also need to attend an interview.
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When does this course start?
This course starts in September 2022.