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, Physical Activity Coordinator, Physical Education Teacher, Sports Lecturer, Sports Coach or Health Advisor (among others). The course adopts a range of contemporary methods of delivery and assessment to assess your understanding of key concepts. Individualised and regular work experience and professional development are important parts of the course and something of which all students will be required to partake in, in addition to understanding the critical research process. The course tutors, class sizes and approach to personal tutoring offer a more personalised level 6 learning and higher education experience.

How long is the course?

The course runs for one year.

What will I study?

The programme will consist of small lectures, theory seminars, discussion groups and workshops as well as project work, reflection and independent 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 the course tutors.

You will be encouraged throughout the curriculum to be active in your skills-development and may have the opportunity to be involved in the wider work of the College’s Health and Fitness or Sport Academies or Physical Activity and Sports Development team

Core Modules:
1. Dissertation       (40 credits)
2. Community Sports Development    (20 credits)
3. Critical Issues in Physical Education   (20 credits)
4. Professional Context Project    (20 credits)
Optional Modules:
Student must choose one.
5. Physical Activity and Health for Young People  (20 credits)
6. Health Trainer and Behaviour Change   (20 credits)

Where will I study?

  • Church Street campus, Church Street, Barnsley, S70 2AN
  • Honeywell campus, The Sports Centre, Honeywell Lane, Barnsley, S75 1BP

What equipment will I need?

You will need writing materials, paper, pens and folders. Students will be required to purchase branded kit/uniform required for the course (including suitable indoor and outdoor footwear). Students will require a reliable storage device (USB) and access to a computer and 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 may also wish to take advantage of additional CPD opportunities (for example: Governing Body Awards or Personal Training packages) and/or relevant educational visits that may incur a fee.

How will I be assessed?

There are no formal examinations and most modules are likely to be assessed via a variety of coursework methods. Coursework assessments are likely to include essays, reports, presentations, professional meetings, research and reflections and group activities as well as undertaking a Dissertation which includes a Research Proposal and Ethics submission.

What can I do next?

Students will develop intellectual, practical and employability skills throughout the course, including (but not limited to): analytical techniques, approaches to solving problems, effective communication, subject-specific practical skills, approaches to undertaking research and business and sector awareness.

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/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.

Disability and Dyslexia Service

Our Disability and Dyslexia Service can provide you with the support you need.

Further information

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email

Any changes to the information on this page can be found on the Updates to Barnsley College Higher Education information page

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