Course Details

Course Overview

This top-up degree is for students wishing to convert their Foundation Degrees or Higher National Diplomas into full Degrees at Level 6. Some example careers you may wish to progress into include a Sports Development Officer, PE Teacher, Sports Lecturer, Sports Coach or Health Advisor, Youth and Community Development (among others). Individualised and regular professional development obtained through work experiences are important aspects of the course and something of which all students will be required to partake in. The course tutors and class sizes offer a more personalised Level 6 learning and university experience.

How long is the course?

The course runs for one year.

What will I study?

The programme will be made up of a mixture of small lectures, theory seminars, discussion groups, workshops, project work, reflection and private study. You will be required to work in groups 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 completing activities as directed by teachers (otherwise known as pre-reading or flipped learning activities). Work-based, work-related experience is a critical element of the programme.
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 appropriate.

1.    Dissertation (40 credits)
2.    Community Sports Development (20 credits)
3.    Issues and Leadership in Physical Education (20 credits)
4.    Youth Sport & Health (20 credits)
5.    Professional Learning Through Work (20 credits)


Where will I study?

  • University Campus Barnsley, Church Street, Barnsley, S70 2AN
  • Barnsley College (Honeywell Site), The Sports Centre, Honeywell Lane, Barnsley, S75 1BP

What equipment will I need?

You will need writing materials, paper, pens, folders, a storage device and suitable practical kit (including indoor and outdoor footwear). You 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 are likely to include essays, reports, presentations, professional meetings, research, reflections, group activities as well as undertaking a Dissertation which includes a Research Proposal and Ethics submission. Further to this, students will need to demonstrate a minimum of 188 hours of appropriate ‘work experience’ over the course of the academic year.

What can I do next?

The skills developed through the course are transferable into a range of employment scenarios and students will be given support in aiding smooth progression into employment. The degree also nicely places students who wish to progress onto further and higher study at MA or MSc level or PGCE qualifications in an appropriate area.

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

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 165 or email

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