Sport and exercise psychologists use scientific research methods to explore how people’s thoughts, feelings and behaviours affect their sports performance.
Studying key factors, such as motivation, commitment, mental toughness, self-confidence, stress, anxiety, attitude to injury and concentration, they support athletes to consistently optimise their performance in physical activity.
This British Psychological Society accredited course draws upon various fields of psychological knowledge, as well as human physiology and anatomy, to develop your understanding of the factors which influence performance in a sports and exercise context.
The Guardian University Guide 2019 ranks Coventry as one of the top 20 psychology departments in the UK for graduate employability. This course could lead to careers within sports coaching, sports and exercise therapy and rehabilitation, personal training, sports administration, or broader consultancy work in the health and leisure industry.
This course aims to provide you with a core knowledge of psychology in order to confer eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society (if a 2:2 or better degree is obtained), as well as developing your understanding of how psychology is specifically applied to sporting contexts.
Through the study of sport and exercise psychology, you will study the physical and mental factors which influence performance in sport and exercise.
Why choose this course?
This course provides a comprehensive grounding in the major psychological approaches to the study of human behaviour, together with an understanding of physiology, anatomy and contemporary issues in sport and exercise psychology.
You’ll be taught by psychology staff with an expertise in sport and exercise psychology who come from academic and applied backgrounds, having worked as practitioners and consultants at all levels of sport and exercise. Many of these staff remain research-active, specialising in areas such as character development, motivation and well-being in sport and exercise. You can apply to support their research projects as student research assistants. In the past, students have worked on published projects on imagery, motivation, mindfulness and other performance interventions.
With a continuing focus on your future career prospects, the course offers a range of work experience opportunities through a professional experience module supported by a specialised employability placement team. Previous students have worked with Coventry Blaze and Coventry City FC Academy.
We run a number of field trips to expose you to sports psychology in real-life situations, previously visiting elite sport venues in and around Coventry (additional costs may apply). You’ll also receive guest lectures from practising psychologists and researchers who will bring you up to speed with the latest developments in sports psychology. Recent speakers included sport psychologists from continental Champions League football clubs.
International experience opportunities
As well as offering a range of short international field trips, you also have the opportunity to complete the course over four years with a sandwich year spent studying abroad. The University has links with over 20 institutions in Cyprus, France, Malta, Spain, Sweden and Turkey, as well as several other countries around the world. Courses are largely taught in English, but there are opportunities to learn and attend courses in a foreign language.
In the past, students have studied various cultural differences in the study and practice of sport and exercise psychology. Some have also undertaken their placement year abroad, for example, in the USA, Spain, Italy and Malta.
The Guardian University Guide 2018 ranks Coventry as one of the top 20 psychology departments in the UK for graduate employability.
Sport and exercise psychologists work in a wide range of settings with a variety of clients participating in recreational, amateur and elite levels of performance. Some work as private consultants or hold full-time positions with professional sports teams or national governing bodies of sport and exercise contexts.
In order to use the title Sport and Exercise Psychologist, you will need to be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). This will involve completing a post degree Stage Two BPS qualification in Sport and Exercise Psychology or an equivalent qualification that has been approved by the HCPC.
By undertaking this Sport and Exercise Psychology degree, you can also choose to enter a wide range of careers in more general areas of psychology or as a researcher, lecturer, teacher, administrator, manager or health care professional.
Our courses have been designed to provide practical work experience and equip you with a range of skills and competencies that should help to set you apart from other graduates and make you attractive to potential employers, such as group work, literature reviewing, critical analysis and the delivery of oral presentations.
As well as the work experience module delivered in Year Two and option to spend a sandwich year on placement, in all years we offer professional development modules. These aim to help you learn how to identify suitable employment and training opportunities after graduation, submit competitive, professional applications and perform well in interview situations.
Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.