Sport psychology seeks to understand the psychological factors that aﬀect the behaviour of individuals, teams or organisations in sport, and how lifestyle issues can influence wellbeing and performance.
Taught by experts who are active researchers and consultants, with experiences of Paralympic and Olympic Games, the BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Psychology focuses on applying theoretical knowledge to real-world sporting situations.
This BPS-accredited sport psychology course combines the study of key aspects of psychology with the opportunity to develop a critical understanding of key theories and principles in sport and exercise psychology. You’ll study the main areas of psychology and specialise in sport aspects as you progress. This will enhance your employability and give you an all-round understanding of the field.
There are many exciting opportunities that can be used to boost your CV and impress future employers. You could study abroad, complete specialist short courses, professional certificates and undertake clinical placements on campus.
What you will study
Taught by experts who are active researchers and consultants, with experiences of the past six Paralympic and Olympic Games, we focus on applying theoretical knowledge to real world sport and exercise situations. During the first two years of study, your modules will focus on the core elements of a BPS-accredited degree scheme, plus introductory sport and exercise psychology modules. Year three has a large emphasis on building transferable skills such as interviewing and presentation skills, and you may have the opportunity to conduct a needs analysis of a sports performer.
Year One: Sport Psychology Degree
- Investigating Methods and Evidence in Psychology
- Perspectives in Psychology
- Critical Readings in Psychology
- Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology
- The Athlete in Context
Year Two: Sport Psychology Degree
- Using Methods in Psychology
- Professional Practice and Employability
- From Cells to Consciousness
- Lifespan Development and the Social Context
- The Development of Expertise
- Exercise Psychology
Year Three: Sport Psychology Degree
- Advanced Research Methods: Dissertation
- Contemporary Themes in Sport and Exercise Psychology
- Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
Plus two options from the list below:
- Health Psychology Across the Lifespan
- Psychological Disorders and Therapeutic Interventions
- Forensic Psychology
- Applications of Social Psychology
- Cognitive Neuropsychology and Neuroscience
- The Psychology of Education and Work
The Sport Psychology degree is delivered through lectures, seminars, workshops, individual/small group supervision and independent study. You will also have the opportunity to attend guest lectures given by academic staff from other institutions and professional psychologists who work in different areas of practise.
In fact, you will be given the opportunity to learn about psychology in new ways and no two modules are entirely the same in terms of delivery and assessment. You will complete coursework including essays, practical reports, oral presentations and case studies. There will also be some examination assessments (seen and unseen) and in-class tests.
Our academic staff are involved in research, so you’ll be taught by staff at the forefront of their specialist fields. Tutors specialise in a range of fields, including developmental disorders across the lifespan, health behaviour and sport psychology.
You will complete a range of different class activities including group discussions, debates, case studies and in-class projects. In fact one of the most exciting things about this course is that you experience a great range of delivery and assessment methods.
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