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Sport and Exercise Psychology BSc (Hons)

Key Facts

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Duration:

    Full Time: 3 years
    Part Time: 4 years

  • Starting:

    September

  • Fees UK:

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
    Integrated Foundation Year: £6,780

  • Location:

    Waterside

Get in touch


For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

international@northampton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1604 894503

Overview


Course subject to validation for September 2022 entry – available to apply via UCAS.

The BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Psychology programme at UON provides a pathway for careers in the field of sport and exercise psychology; for sport psychologists to improve coaching, athletic performance, and wellbeing in sport, and for exercise psychologists to improve the adoption, enjoyment, and maintenance of physical activity for health and wellbeing in general populations. Studying this programme, you will cover all the core areas of psychology required for BPS accreditation, along with modules that will develop your understanding of key psychological factors associated with enhanced performance and well-being in sports, exercise, and physical activity across the life span.

We will support you to achieve your career and study ambitions, which is why if you complete our Employability Plus Gold programme or Changemaker Gold certificate alongside your studies and if you haven’t secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating* we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you, or support you into postgraduate study. *with a 2:2 degree classification or higher.

Updated 14/07/2021

Highlights


    • Our purpose-built laboratories and research facilities
    • Fantastic links/partnerships with top sports teams – Northampton Saints, Northampton Town FC, and Northants County Cricket Club
    • Opportunity for you to gain additional coaching qualifications during the course
    • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.
    • HP laptop and software included with this course for eligible students* (*see Eligibility criteria and Terms and Conditions)

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Course Content


  • From becoming more active to thriving in the world of elite sport: It’s all in the mind.

    Understanding factors affecting the thoughts, feelings, and behaviours associated with peak sport performance and optimal functioning in exercise and physical activity has always been important and is becoming increasingly more so in today’s world. Whether you have aspirations to work with top sports performers, or to focus on encouraging more people to become more active, when you study sport and exercise psychology at UON, you will embark on a journey that will equip you with the knowledge and skills to be able to work critically and effectively within these realms.

    In year 1, you will begin to learn about what it’s like to work as a psychologist, as well as developing a sound knowledge of specific sport and exercise psychology-related factors. This will include key behavioural theories, and factors affecting motivation and performance. You will also learn how to be successful at university.

    In year 2, your knowledge of biological and cognitive psychology will become part of the focus, along with developing an understanding of how exercise and sport can affect mental health and wellbeing.

    At this point, you will begin to develop your research knowledge and skills. The focus of this year is to encourage you to become more critical in your thinking, and to choose an independent research topic, which will become your dissertation project.

    In year 3, you will go on to develop your dissertation project, bringing your research ideas to fruition. Further sport and exercise-related modules will serve to enhance your abilities to apply your acquired learning to specific, real-world sport and exercise settings.

    Modules will be delivered as a mixture of online and face-to-face, blended learning, utilising our fantastic sports facilities, labs, and the variety of classroom-based venues on the campus. As a semesterised programme, each module will comprise four learning contact hours per week, usually as a 2-hour face-to-face, 1-hour online, 1-asynchronous teaching format. All modules are worth 20-credits and you will accrue a total of 360 credits by your final year in order to achieve an honours degree in sport and exercise psychology.

    Accreditation

    To receive a British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited degree, students must complete compulsory modules identified, and obtain a minimum of a 2:2 degree to receive accreditation. The BPS requires students to do an empirical research project for their dissertation.

    Modules

    Please see proposed modules below – subject to course validation:

    Year 1
    • How to be successful at university 20 credits -compulsory
    • Introduction to psychology 20 credits – compulsory
    • Introduction to sport and exercise psychology 20 credits – compulsory
    • Becoming a psychologist 20 credits – compulsory
    • Motor learning and skill acquisition – compulsory
    • Doing sport and exercise psychology in a digital age – compulsory
    Year 2
    • Sport research methods 20 credits – compulsory
    • Mental health & wellbeing in exercise and sport 20 credits – compulsory
    • Biological and cognitive psychology 20 credits – compulsory
    • Development and society 20 credits – compulsory
    • Personality and the fundamentals of psychology 20 credits
    • Sport and performance psychology 20 credits – designated
    • Positive psychology coaching 20 credits – designated
    Year 3
    • Dissertation module 40 credits – compulsory
    • Sport and exercise psychology in context 20 credits – compulsory
    • Applied sport psychology 20 credits – compulsory
    • Psychology of exercise and health 20 credits – compulsory
    • Applying positive psychology 20 credits – designated
    • Neuroscience of mind 20 credits – designated
    • Educational psychology 20 credits – designated
  • Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be CCC at A Level or DMM at BTEC. In addition, you will need to have studied a physical education, sports science or science related subject at A Level, BTEC level 3 diploma or equivalent qualification. In addition, you will be expected to have achieved GCSE Mathematics at grade C/4 or above.

    For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

    Integrated Foundation Year  (IFY) Entry Requirements

    Admission to this foundation course is normally DEE at A Level or MPP at BTEC. However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the course that you wish to study.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
    for study at undergraduate level.
    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • 21/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK – Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
    • UK – Integrated Foundation Year: £6,780 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate)
    • International – Full Time: £13,000
    • International – Integrated Foundation Year: £13,000 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate)
    Additional costs

    Additional costs will be incurred if you decide to participate in optional field trips/visits as part of your course. The exact cost will depend upon the location chosen for the trip.

    You will need to wear suitable sports kit for practical sessions as part of the course. We can purchase Sport and Exercise kit (polo shirts and hoodies) but these are not compulsory. The exact cost of kit will be provided at the start of the course.

    Costs associated with producing a poster for the final year conference.

    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK and EU – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK and EU – Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
    • UK and EU – Integrated Foundation Year: £6,750 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate)
    • International – Full Time: £12,900
    • International – Integrated Foundation Year: £12,900 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate)
    Additional costs

    Additional costs will be incurred if you decide to participate in optional field trips/visits as part of your course. The exact cost will depend upon the location chosen for the trip.

    You will need to wear suitable sports kit for practical sessions as part of the course. We can purchase Sport and Exercise kit (polo shirts and hoodies) but these are not compulsory. The exact cost of kit will be provided at the start of the course.

    Costs associated with producing a poster for the final year conference.

     

    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

  • At the University of Northampton, everything we do, from funded trips to paid internships, is to give you everything you need to make a difference when you leave.

    If you join this full time degree at Northampton you will receive a laptop when your course begins. The laptops are built to a bespoke custom specification ideal for use in the seminar room, collaborative group work or studying at home.

    Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

    To check out the full list of perks visit our Student Perks page.

  • The Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

    If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year programme which includes an Integrated Foundation Year. The Integrated Foundation Year will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.

    Featuring a reduced tuition fee in the first year, our four-year courses will enable you to successfully follow the degree pathway of your choice while gaining essential study skills. The foundation year of your chosen degree will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting the transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme.

  • How will I be taught on Sport and Exercise Psychology BSc (Hons)?

    This course is delivered through active blended learning, a hallmark of teaching at UON. This means students will be encouraged to take a very active part in their own learning rather than sit for long hours in tiered lecture theatres. Our modules cover a wide range of fascinating topics in psychology, sport, and exercise. Many of our teaching staff are active researchers in their specialist areas, which means module content is always current. At Waterside, we aim to provide an environment that maximises your engagement and enjoyment of learning.

    How will I be assessed?

    You will be assessed through varied range of assessments including essays, exams, presentations, and practicals.

    Are there any specialist facilities and features?

    Sports Zone at Waterside is home to a multi-use sports dome suitable for a variety of sports, including football, badminton and netball. The facilities include two sports performance labs, a pair of teaching rooms and changing rooms. In addition, there also are three outdoor multi-use games areas and floodlit full-size all-weather sports pitch. The sports dome is used for teaching, research and recreational activities.

    Our purpose-built laboratories and research facilities enable you to undertake performance analysis within a supportive environment.

    You are encouraged throughout your course to become members of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). There is also the opportunity for you to gain additional coaching qualifications during the course.

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