Sport and Exercise Psychology BSc (Hons)

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code:

    BSc: CC68
    BSc with Foundation:
    CC86

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Duration:

    Full Time: 3 years
    Full Time Foundation: 4 years
    Part Time: 4 years

  • Starting:

    September

  • Fees UK 22/23:

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,500 per 20 credit module
    Integrated Foundation Year: £9,250

  • Fees International 22/23:

    Full Time: £14,000
    Integrated Foundation Year: £14,000

  • 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 893981

Overview


The UON Sport and Exercise Psychology degree provides a study route 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 sports psychology degree, 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.

Updated 26/08/2022

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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Sport & Exercise Optional Placement Year

The Sport and Exercise Psychology degree offers the opportunity to gain work experience* to develop professional behaviour and competencies in Sport and Exercise settings. Students explore future career opportunities within the sport and exercise discipline and learn about the application of Sport and Exercise Psychology in different settings such as sport clubs, governing bodies, NHS, industry, media or an research laboratories.

*NB: This is an optional module and students choosing this module must source their own placements.

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 the Sport and Exercise Psychology course, 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 (stage) 1 of this sport psychology course, 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 (stage) 2 of our Sports and Exercise Psychology degree, 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 (stage) 3 of the Sports and Exercise Psychology course, 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 BSc 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.

    Please note the modules shown here relate to the academic year 22/23. The modules relating to the academic year 23/24 will be available from June 2023.

      • Module code: PSY1003
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to provide students with a broad understanding of psychology by introducing four core areas (social, developmental, cognitive and biological psychology). Students will develop critical thinking and evaluative skills of psychological material by focusing on theory, empirical research and real-life examples.
      • Module code: PSY1006
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to provide a fundamental introduction to research design, analysis and interpretation in psychology. Students need to understand common methods of investigation, in order to appreciate the source and context of theories and research findings encountered in specific subject areas studied in other psychology modules.
      • Module code: SPO1024
        Status: Compulsory
        Sport and exercise psychology is an exciting discipline area providing the opportunity to explore the psychological influences on human behaviour. The module offers an introduction to key psychological theories and concepts relevant to sport, exercise, physical activity and coaching contexts.
      • Module code: SPO1039
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to give students the essential academic and employability skills in order to improve their capabilities and excel at university, and then onto their chosen career.
      • Module code: SPO1051
        Status: Compulsory
        This module provides an introduction to how psychological theory and research can be applied to enhance health, wellbeing, and performance in sport and exercise settings. A significant emphasis will be placed on how practitioners intervene with athletes and `at-risk? populations through the use of digital technologies alongside more traditional face-to-face methods.
      • Module code: SPO1057
        Status: Compulsory
        The prupose of the module is to provide students with an understanding of the core principles related to motor learning and skill acquisition in sport and exercise settings, developing knowledge from both an athlete and coach perspective, enabling them to apply theortetical-based information into practial environments to enhance optimal performance.
      • Module code: PSY2029
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to build on the introduction to biological and cognitive approaches in psychology provided in Introduction to Psychology (PSY1003). It introduces new and more complex material with a view to developing students' knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of the theories and research applied in these approaches
      • Module code: PSY2030
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to build on the Social and Developmental Psychology material introduced in the Level 4 module PSY1003 - Introduction to Psychology. This module covers contemporary and critical perspectives related to development across the lifespan within complex social worlds and will be of interest to students wishing to deepen their knowledge of theories, research and methods in Social and Developmental Psychology.
      • Module code: PSY2031
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to build upon material presented at Level 4 by tracing the historical development of Psychology as an academic discipline and exploring key theories and research in personality and individual differences. Special consideration will be given to conceptual issues that continue to generate debate.
      • Module code: SPO2018
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to develop knowledge and understanding of a variety of research designs, methods and research skills within a subject-based context. It equips the student with a framework in which to conceptualise quantitative and qualitative traditions and applications. The emphasis will be upon understanding and experiencing the research process and developing critical skills necessary to collect, analyse and present data.
      • Module code: SPO2036
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to develop students knowledge and understanding of how exciting concepts in positive psychology (e.g. character strengths, flow, positive relationships) can be applied to sport, exercise, coaching and physical education contexts to influence key outcomes (e.g. performance, wellbeing).
      • Module code: SPO2057
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to develop students? knowledge of theory and research explaining performance-related emotions and psychological constructs important to the understanding of peak performance in sport. Further, this module aims to provide students with an awareness of key psychological skills utilised to inform applied practice with athletes.
      • Module code: SPO2058
        Status: Compulsory
        The aim is to provide students with an understanding of the contribution of pyschology to the academic study of sport and exercise and provide a basis for subsequent work at level 6.
      • Module code: PSY3055
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to build on, and extend, the knowledge acquired by students at levels four and five. It will examine, critically, the impact of positive psychological processes in families, organizations and communities and evaluate how these may help or hinder the development of individual and collective strengths.
      • Module code: SPO3007
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to build on knowledge and understanding of sport psychology from previous modules at levels four and five. There will be a focus on the role of the sport psychologist and an application of psychological skills theory in relation to enhancing sport performance and well-being.
      • Module code: SPO3009
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to build upon and further develop knowledge of previous modules (SPO1024, SPO2058) concerning the role of exercise in the development and maintenance of physical and mental health. With growing evidence that exercise participation can have psychological benefits on an individual's health and general wellbeing, the opportunities for careers in health promotion and exercise settings are greater than ever. This module will enable students to develop their understanding of the practical application of psychological theory for physical activity promotion in general and specific populations. It will also enable students to consider a variety of strategies and intervention designs appropriate to specific, targetted groups for the improvement of physical activity levels in relation to good health across the lifespan.
      • Module code: SPO3044
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to develop a critical understanding of the role of the coach and the knowledge needed in the design and maintenance of optimal performance coaching environments, and the effective working practices of sport coaches in performance settings. Special emphasis will be placed on analysing, and challenging, contemporary research exploring the efficacy of coaches working practices in the context of developing talent across a range of performance sport settings.
      • Module code: SPO3062
        Status: Compulsory
        This module provides a critical examination of the factors contributing to group functioning and performance. Students will build on prior knowledge of key concepts: group formation and organisation, team roles and leadership, team environments, team cohesion and team confidence. The module draws from contemporary theory and research and examines the effectiveness of interventions designed to enhance group functioning in sport settings.
      • Module code: SPO4012
        Status: Compulsory
        The dissertation further develops students' knowledge of research methodology acquired at level 5. It aims to foster the methodological expertise and skills in the planning, conducting and write-up of an empirical sport and exercise psychology research project. It develops the students abililty to work independently and reflectively in the process.
  • Standard entry requirements apply for this Sports and Exercise Psychology degree. A typical offer would be BBC at A Level or DDM at BTEC. In addition, you will need to have studied PE Sport, Science or Psychology at A Level or BTEC level 3 diploma. You will also be expected to have achieved GCSE Mathematics at grade C/4 or above, or equivalent approved qualifications.

    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 sports psychology 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.

  • 2022/23 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 22/23 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK – Part Time: £1,500 per 20 credit module
    • UK – Integrated Foundation Year: £9,250 for the foundation year; thereafter standard fees apply
    • International – Full Time: £14,000
    • International – Integrated Foundation Year: £14,000 for the foundation year; thereafter standard fees apply
    Additional costs

    Additional costs will be incurred if you decide to participate in optional field trips/visits as part of your sports and exercise psychology 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.

    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.

     

    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 Sports and Exercise Psychology 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 the Sports and Exercise Psychology 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.

    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 Sports and Exercise Psychology 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 sport psychology 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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