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Sport Science and Physiotherapy Level 3 Full-time

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This course starts in September and will be completed in two years.

Entry requirements

  • You will require five GCSEs at grade 5 including GCSE Science and GCSE English.
  • Alternatively you will have successfully completed the Pearson BTEC Level 2 in Sport with a Distinction profile and possess a GCSE Science and English at grade 4 or above.
  • An active involvement in sport and a good general level of fitness are also essential.
  • You will also be required to complete a favourable interview. As your studies will involve you working with and coaching children, you will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (formerly known as Criminal Record Bureau check).


You will achieve

  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport Science.
  • Level 2 Award in Community Sports Leadership.
  • Level 3 Certificate in Higher Sports Leadership.
  • Functional skills – subject and level to be determined.


Course overview

The Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport Science and Physiotherapy is aimed at learners who want academic experience and who are aspiring to apply to university. This course is more theory based and is ideal for the student who excels in sciences. Most students progress to university to study a range of subjects such as sports therapy, physiotherapy, sports and exercise science and physical education.


Course content

The programme consists of lectures, practical sports and coaching activities. You will be required to participate in oral presentations, field trips/residential, visits, tutorials, individual research and group work. In addition to general class work, you will be expected to use a range of textbooks for research purposes, as well as the IT facilities in the Learning Resource Centre. There will also be a variety of opportunities for you to gain additional qualifications including coaching and fitness instructing awards. You will also be encouraged to take part in College sports teams and recreational sporting activities within the structured College programme. The programme covers 18 units over a two year period.

Year One

  • Anatomy for Sport and Exercise
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Research Methods for Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise
  • Fitness Training and Programming
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Sports Injuries
  • Practical Individual Sports
  • Sport and Exercise Physiology

Year Two

  • Research Project in Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • Sports Biomechanics in Action
  • Sport and Exercise Massage
  • Current Issues in Sport
  • Sports Coaching
  • Practical Team Sports
  • Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Work-Based Experience in Sport
  • Analysis of Sports Performance

You will also be given the opportunity to obtain Functional Skills qualifications in ICT, English and/or Maths at an appropriate level.


Assessment will occur continually throughout the programme. You will have unit assignments to complete and will be assessed on your practical and coaching ability. You will also have time-constrained assignments as well as oral presentations. You are also required to undertake externally set and moderated assignments which will compromise a number of written tasks. Each individual unit and the full award are graded at pass, merit or distinction level.


All Sport and Public Services students will be expected to wear a Barnsley Sports Academy (BSA) hooded top* and polo shirt*, along with dark tracksuit bottoms and sports trainers. During practical sessions, kit will consist of a Barnsley Sports Academy t-shirt*, dark shorts and sports trainers. Non-regulation clothing/footwear is not permitted. Students will also require ring-binders, writing materials, paper/stationery and core textbooks.

Barnsley Sports Academy clothing marked with an asterisk(*) can be purchased from the Sports Centre Reception


Honeywell Sports Campus
Honeywell Lane
S75 1BP

This qualification is designed to enable candidates to progress in Higher Education. Alternatively, you may wish to enter employment within the sports industry.


How much does the course cost?

16 – 18 year olds

Full-time Barnsley College students aged 16-18 years old do not have to pay tuition fees.

19+ Students

Aged 19 or over and thinking about further education?

You may be eligible for free or reduced course fees . Please refer to our page ‘paying for your course.’

Extra information

This course may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan. Contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email info@barnsley.ac.uk. about eligibility and how to apply. You can also visit the Advanced Learner Loan page.



For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email info@barnsley.ac.uk

Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Sport Science and Physiotherapy Level 3 Full-time

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