Course Details

Course Overview

This pathway is for students wishing to pursue a career within the sports coaching and development industries. Some example careers you may wish to progress into include a Sports Coach, Sports Development Officer, PE Teacher or Sports Lecturer (among others). Individualised and regular work experience is an important part of the course and something of which all students will be required to undertake. The course tutors and class sizes offer a more personalised learning and university experience.

How long is the course?

This course runs for two years.

What qualification will I achieve?

BTEC Level 5 in Sport (Coaching and Sports Development) Higher National Diploma.

What will I study?

The programme will be made up of a mixture of lectures, theory seminars and discussion groups as well as practical, reflection and private study. You will be required to work in teams as well as independently. You will be required to plan, deliver and evaluate in a range of practical settings and environments as well as prepare for classes by research and reading as directed by teachers (otherwise known as pre-reading or flipped learning activities).

You will be encouraged throughout the curriculum to be active in your skills-development and may well be involved in the wider work of the Sports Academy or community in supporting coaching and development work. You will have the opportunity to work in local schools or clubs and other relevant agencies where and if appropriate.

Year 1:

  • Applied Sports Coaching
  • Principles of Coaching
  • Physical Education
  • The Sport and Leisure Industry
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • The Evolution of Sports Development
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Skill Acquisition in Sport
  • Research Methods

Year 2:

  • Sports Coaching
  • Analysis of Sports Performance
  • Managing Sports Development
  • Field-based Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise
  • Research Project
  • Sport in Society
  • Work-based Experience
  • Physical Activity, Lifestyle and Wellbeing
  • Applied Psychology

Where will I study?

Barnsley College, Honeywell Sports Village, Honeywell Lane, Barnsley, S75 1BP and at The University Campus Barnsley, Church Street, Barnsley, S70 2AN.

What equipment will I need?

You will need writing materials, paper, pens and folders. Students will require suitable practical kit (including suitable indoor and outdoor footwear) as well as a whistle and clipboard for coaching, practical and leadership activities. Students will require a reliable storage device (USB) and access to a computer & an internet connection at home would be an advantage. Students are advised to bring laptops, tablets or smart devices to support learning that takes place in lessons. Students will be required to purchase branded kit for practical, community and/or coaching work.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be varied and devised by teachers to best meet the needs of students and the course. There are no formal examinations and most units are likely to be assessed via coursework. Coursework assessments could take any form but are likely to include essay, reports, presentations, professional discussions, research, group activities as well as practical assessment and evaluation and reflection.

What can I do next?

Students can progress to a BA (Hons) Top-Up Degree in Sport, Physical Education & Health and other similar qualifications, or to related employment. The skills developed through the course are aligned to ensure smooth progression and you will be supported in this.

How do I apply?

Apply directly via UCAS.

How much does the course cost?

Course fees: £5,995 per year.  

Student Finance

As a Higher Education student living in England you may be eligible for the non-means tested Tuition Fee Loan from the Government. See the Fees and Finance page for further information.

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Further information

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