Sport: Introductory Diploma in Sport Level 1 Full-time

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This course starts in September 2020 and will be completed in one year.

Entry requirements

  • You should have two GCSEs at grade 2/E or above,  together with a good school report
  • An active involvement in sport and a good general level of fitness is 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 check (formerly known as a Criminal Record Bureau check)

You will achieve

  • Pearson BTEC Level 1 Introductory Diploma in Sport
  • Functional skills – Subject and Level to be determined

Course overview

These qualifications have been designed to help you understand the skills and knowledge needed to work in the sport and active leisure sector.
You will be encouraged to participate in a wide range of sport and active leisure activities. Through participation you will be required to demonstrate your ability to prepare for the activity, teamwork, time management, and health and safety.

Course content

This one year programme commences in September and is based at the Honeywell Sports Centre. The programme consists of a combination of lectures, practical activities, oral presentations, 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. You will also be encouraged to take part in the College sports teams and recreation sporting activities within the structured College programme.


  • Playing Sport
  • Coaching Skills
  • How Exercise Affects the Body
  • Training for Fitness
  • Keeping Active and Healthy
  • Assisting in a Sports Event
  • Being Organised
  • Developing a Personal Progression Plan
  • Physical Activities for Children
  • Working with Others
  • Researching a Topic
  • 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 comprise a number of written tasks.


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 enter employment within the sports industry through the skills acquired during this qualification. Alternatively, you may wish to progress onto further qualifications such as the Pearson Level 2 NCFE Certificate in Sport.


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

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

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.

Having good English and maths qualifications are important for most careers and we want to give you the help you need to succeed.

If you are aged 16 – 19 and don’t already have a grade C/4 or above in GCSE English and maths they will automatically be included in your study programme. If you want to work towards higher grades in English and maths  we can help you do that too.

Need a higher level maths qualification? We offer a Level 3 Mathematical Studies (Core Maths).

This can be added to your study programme

If you need any further information, please contact the Info Team.

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

Sport: Introductory Diploma in Sport Level 1 Full-time

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