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Introduction to Sport: Physical Activity, Health and Exercise 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 (Physical Activity, Health and Exercise).

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. Below is the time and venue for enrolment which you are required to attend:

Thursday 22 September 9.00am – 4.00pm.

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:

  • Biddle, S.J. and Mutrie, N. (2015). Psychology of Physical Activity: Determinants, Well-being and Intervention. Third edition. Routledge.
  • Green, J. and Tones, K. (2015). Health Promotion: Planning and Strategies. Third edition. Sage.
  • Jacobs, P.L. (2018). NCSA’s Essentials in Training Special Populations. Human Kinetics.
  • Thomas, J.R., Nelson, J.K. and Silverman, S.J. (2015). Research Methods in Physical Activity. Seventh edition. Human Kinetics.
  • Weinberg, R.S. and Gould, D. (2015). Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology. Sixth edition. Human Kinetics.

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

Welcome Event

New and returning students are invited to attend this Welcome Event to celebrate the start of the new academic year! There will be lots of fun activities and information stalls within the theme of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The event will be fully immersive and students will be able to experience a never before seen type of event within College.

Join us at:

Old Mill Lane Atrium – Tuesday 6 September 10.00am-2.00pm

Honeywell – Thursday 8 September  10.00am-2.00pm

Sixth Form Atrium – Monday 12 September 10.00am-2.00pm

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