Sport and Exercise Psychology BSc (Hons)

Overview

Want to take your first steps on the path to becoming a British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist or Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registered Psychologist?

On this BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Psychology degree course, you’ll use the latest equipment and techniques in our comprehensively equipped laboratories, and be taught by our team of BPS and HCPC Registered psychologists.

You can apply the psychological principles and theories you learn to optimise the performance of athletes in the world of elite sport. Or use your skills to help the public reach their health and fitness goals.

Our sports science courses are ranked the number 1 in England in the Guardian University Guide 2018.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Be taught by BPS and HCPC Registered psychologists who have extensive professional experience and access to the latest sport psychology research
  • Get your hands on specialist equipment like PLATO Liquid Crystal Spectacles and our ASL Mobile Eye System, which you can use to measure performance and get the most out of athletes
  • Use psychology and sports science facilities including a psychology laboratory (with interview room and media suite), biomechanics lab, physiology lab, kinanthropometry lab, immersion pool and 3 climatic chambers for manipulating temperature, humidity and altitude

What you'll study 

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

  • Introduction to Sport and Exercise Biomechanics
  • Introduction to Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

  • Biological & Cognitive Psychology
  • Individual Differences & Psychometrics
  • Preparing Research, Innovation or Enterprise Projects
  • Principles of Skill Acquisition
  • Psychology of Sport and Exercise
  • Social & Developmental Psychology

There are no optional modules in this year

Placement year (optional)

On this course, you can choose an optional placement year between your 2nd and 3rd year of studies or after your 3rd year.

During the study abroad placement year, you'll experience life at a university in another country. Alternatively, you can spend a year developing your experience in industry in the UK or abroad with the work placement year.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3

Core modules in this year include:

  • Project
  • Applied Skill Acquisition
  • Biopsychosocial Approaches to Physical Activity and Health Promotion
  • Professional Practice in Sports Psychology

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Issues in Clinical and Health Psychology
  • Neuroscience
  • Professional Development
  • Social Construction of Disability

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • online lectures
  • workshops
  • laboratories
  • seminars
  • one-on-one tutorials

Teaching staff draw on their varied experiences as practitioners and researchers to bring the subject to life.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • essays
  • laboratory reports
  • presentations
  • projects
  • exams
  • reflective accounts

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 47% by written exams and 53% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 64% by written exams, 8% by practical exams and 28% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 25% by practical exams and 75% by coursework

Careers and opportunities

After the course, you'll be eligible to apply for chartered membership of the BPS on a graduate basis (GBC). This is the first step to becoming a chartered sport and exercise psychologist or HCPC registered practitioner psychologist.

Other roles you can do after the course include:

  • sport and exercise scientist
  • management roles in national governing bodies
  • teacher/lecturer
  • researcher/scientist
  • health promotion worker

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. You can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

BSc (Hons), BSc (Hons), BSc (Hons) Award
September Start
Sandwich, Part-time, Full-time Study Mode
4 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

128 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, with 32 points from a Science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, PE, Physics, Psychology or Sports Science and the Active Leisure Industry or Sports Studies).

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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