Introduction to Sport: Physical Activity, Health and Exercise BSc (Hons) Top-Up
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 (Physical Activity, Health and Exercise).
Meet the Team, see staff photos below
If you have any questions about the course, assessments or teaching please do not hesitate to contact us:
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.
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)
- Level 5 qualification (as declared on UCAS)
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:
- Cunningham, I., Dawes, G. (2016). The Handbook of Work Based Learning. United Kingdom: Taylor & Francis.
- O’Leary, Z. (2017). The Essential Guide to Doing your Research Project. Sage.
- Thomas, J.R., Nelson, J.K. and Silverman, S.J. (2015). Research Methods in Physical Activity. Champaign, Illinois: Human Kinetics.
- American College of Sports Medicine Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription. (2021). United Kingdom: Wolters Kluwer.
You should look to develop a clear plan for your Dissertation as soon as possible. You will be expected to decide upon a Research Question early into the course. This will enable staff to allocate you an appropriate supervisor. It is strongly encouraged to arrange an early supervisory meeting with staff to discuss your ideas.
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:
- Google Scholar – scholar.google.co.uk
- Open Athens (e.g. SPORTDiscus) – openathens.net
- SAGE Journals – journals.sagepub.com
- Springer Journals – link.springer.com
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:
- Barnsley Sports Academy – @barnsleysport
- Sport England @Sport_England
- Association for Physical Education – @afPE_PE
- Department for Education – @educationgovuk
- Public Health England – @PHE_uk
- British Psychological Society Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology – @BPS_DSEP
- Youth Sport Trust – @YouthSportTrust
- UK Coaching – @_UKCoaching
- UK Coaching Research – @researchub
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: