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Introduction to Sport: Coaching, Physical Education and Sports Development Foundation Degree

Congratulations on your offer to study within the department of Sport at Barnsley College Higher Education. We are delighted to welcome you on to the Sport (Coaching, Physical Education and Sports Development).

Meet the Team

If you have any questions about the course, assessments or teaching please do not hesitate to contact us:

Induction Schedule

Our aim is to ensure that you know what to expect from the course and provide advice and guidance on what you need to prepare for your studies. There will be activities that you may want to get involved in, both across the department and within Barnsley College, and we will let you know more about these when you enrol.

Enrolment Checklist

Proof of Qualifications

You must be able to produce certificates to prove that you have achieved the following:

  • English at Level 2 or above (or approved equivalent)
  • Mathematics at Level 2 or above (or approved equivalent)

Please bring proof of all your qualifications (original certificates) to your enrolment session. You will not be able to fully enrol on the course unless these have been presented to Barnsley College and failure to produce these will delay any loan payments, if eligible, being paid.

If you find that you do not have the original certificates, you will need to obtain copies from the awarding body as quickly as possible prior to enrolment.

Please check with the school or college you attended for information on contacting the relevant awarding body.

Preparation and Preliminary Reading

It is strongly recommended that you purchase your own copy of the following books, which will be used as set texts and will be useful throughout your Sport course:

  • Armour, K. (2013). Sport pedagogy: An Introduction for Teaching and Coaching. Routledge
  • Mackintosh, C. (2021). Foundations of Sport Development. Routledge.
  • Weinberg, R. S, and Gould, D. (2023). Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Sixth Edition. Human Kinetics.
  • Stidder, G. and Hayes, S. (2016) The Really Useful Physical Education Book: Learning and Teaching Across the 11-16 Age Range. United Kingdom: Taylor & Francis.
  • De Jong, J. and Petry, K (2022) Education in Sport and Physical Activity: Future Directions and Global Perspectives. United Kingdom: Routledge.


Study Skills

These books will also be very useful and available in the library at the Church Street campus, though it is recommended that you purchase your own copy of at least one study skills text:

  • Burns, T and Sinfield, S. (2003). Essential Study Skills: The Complete Guide to Success at University. London: Sage.
  • Cottrell, S. (2015). Skills for Success: The Personal Development Planning Handbook. Third edition. Basingstoke: Macmillan.
  • Cottrell, S. (2005). Critical Thinking Skills: Developing Effective Analysis and Argument. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Internet and Online Resources

The following sites will be useful to familiarise yourself with:

Journal Article Databases

The following sites will be useful for reading and utilising journals:


Twitter can be an excellent source of up-to-date information on policy and practice, which will be crucial for your own knowledge and development. Below are some suggested Twitter feeds relevant to Sport:

Personal Development Opportunities

As a Sport student at Barnsley College, you are eligible to enrol onto a competitive industry-discounted qualifications to work alongside your new HE programme:

Professional Development Opportunities with Gym Group


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