Sports professionals have long known the benefits of what an understanding of psychology can bring to their performance. Athletes learn to motivate themselves in ways that they believe will improve performance, replacing self-doubt with positive thoughts about what they need to do in order to succeed. The ability to understand cognitive behaviour is also a key component of being a successful leader and manager.
You will examine the psychology of optimum performance, covering theories that explain behaviour in sport and the skills involved to improve performance. Individuals’ attitudes, personalities and their impact on behaviour on and off the pitch are explored along with research into contemporary issues in sports psychology.
The similarities of performance enhancement techniques employed in both the sport and business world will be examined, including motivation, decision making, leadership skills and team cohesion.
This degree combines contemporary and traditional areas of research and theory in sport psychology. In keeping with BPS accreditation stipulations, the degree is underpinned by theoretical knowledge based on core components of psychology such as: developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, psychophysiology, social psychology, historical and conceptual issues, personality and research methods in psychology. These core components underpin the knowledge upon which essential methods and theories employed in the applied world of performance enhancement, both in sport and other areas, are based.
The sport psychology programme is enhanced by our Employability & Enrichment events where you will meet best-in-class practitioners in the sport industries via our professional partner network, providing you with the opportunities to practice your knowledge and skills throughout your degree.
The BSc (Hons) Sports Psychology degree at UCFB Wembley is accredited by The British Psychological Society (BPS) and therefore graduates of this programme are eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartership to continue their career in sports psychology as long as they gain a minimum of 2.1 and pass their dissertation.
Graduates of our BSc (Hons) Sports Psychology degree will be awarded degrees by our esteemed academic partner institution, Bucks New University.