This joint honours programme provides you with the chance to study across two University departments to gain an understanding in human development, educational and sport issues. Joint Honours programmes are flexible and allow you to tailor the modules around your interests. They are ideal for those who want to study diverse subject areas.
The course places a strong emphasis on the application of theories and concepts to practical issues such as the barriers to sport participation and the pedagogy of sport coaching. The course also covers major issues and methods of enquiry in present-day psychology and its applications to areas such as work, education, physical and mental health and crime.
The programme provides useful experience for those intending to work in a range of career areas from mentoring to sport coaching. The course will also provide you with the skills to go on to further study and conduct in-depth research within these subjects. If you choose to major in Psychology and complete the required modules, you will earn a degree that is accredited by the British Psychological Society, conferring the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). This qualification allows you to earn further qualifications to become a Sport Psychologist, Counselling Psychologist, or a qualified psychologist in another field. 95% of our students who studied Sports Science went on to further study or full time work after graduating (Unistats, 2014).
Park Campus, the larger of the two campuses, is set in 80 acres of open green parkland, occupying an impressive and spacious site.
Facilities available on-site include a sports hall, restaurant, Students’ Union, Student Centre, shop, bar and nightclub. Safe and secure accommodation for more than 1,300 students is spread throughout Park Campus, with the majority placed within our student village combining stunning green spaces with welcoming Halls of Residence.
A Multi-Faith Chaplaincy and Medical Centre (providing a full GP service and free counselling) are also available at Park Campus.
Park Campus is within easy walking distance of a busy, local shopping area, complete with banks, supermarkets, shops and pubs.
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The modular curriculum allows study of key disciplines in Sport Studies and Psychology. As well as gaining a valuable degree, students will also have the opportunity to attain various professional qualifications and work experience outside of the taught degree programme through work and volunteering placements. After graduating, you will be equipped with transferable critical and analytical skills which will greatly enhance your employability.
Alongside developing your understanding and evaluation of sport in its many forms you will learn new ways of understanding how and why people think and act as they do. The course provides a progressive programme of study; the programme ensures you maintain flexibility and choice throughout your three years of study.
Full time students take a set amount of modules for each stage for three years. Some modules are mandatory whilst others are selected from a wide range of options. In stage one important core ideas, evidence and methods are introduced. This basic knowledge is built upon in stages two and three to foster a cutting-edge understanding of topics.
At stage one you are introduced to the core disciplines that underpin the academic analysis of both Sport and Psychology.
You will explore several areas within sport studies including the social context of sport, sport and leisure management and sport pedagogy for coaching. From a psychological point of view, you will gain an understanding of human behaviour, social, cognitive, biological, developmental and personality psychology.
You will acquire skills in the design and execution of a range of psychological research methods, the analysis and interpretation of data and report writing. You will also explore the many ways that psychology and other social science disciplines are applied to real-world problems including those in sport, which will develop your research, thinking and communication skills within both subject areas.
Stage two will develop your application and analytical skills through focusing on applied research in topics such as social theories in sport, motor learning and skill acquisition and principles of sport management. In Psychology you will choose modules covering many areas in and approaches to psychology, including biological, cognitive, social, developmental and personality psychology as well as the Psychology of Well Being and evolutionary psychology. Those who want to go on to study for advanced psychology qualifications will need to take a compulsory set of modules comprising 80 credits, with the remaining 40 credits from Sport Studies.
There are also modules to expand your skills and knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research and data analysis through carrying out independent and group projects.
If you opt to take a placement year, you will also have placement preparation at Stage Two.
Stage three allows you to develop your specialist interest within sport studies and psychology. You are able to specialise in areas of the programme which you have discovered you have enjoyed over the past two years. You will begin to prepare for your chosen career path and will have the full support of our academic staff.
There is wide range of modules on offer which you are able to choose from.
You will undertake an empirical dissertation with one-to-one guidance from a lecturer. The dissertation allows you to immerse yourself in a topic of your choosing, subject to staff approval, and to apply the practical and research skills that you have acquired through the programme.
*Please note that Stage Three modules are currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.
Course modules (16/17)
- Core module N
Methods of Learning
Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical and laboratory workshops, computer assisted learning, independent and group work. Discussion and student participation is encouraged. Practical work will represent an important component of your course in each of the three years of study.
Three years full time or four to six years on a flexible, part time basis.
A variety of assessment strategies are used at each level to ascertain your level of competence in a range of academic and transferable skills. These strategies include essays, practical reports, multiple-choice tests, oral presentations, time-constrained essays, seen and unseen examinations, critical reviews and group project work.
Facilities and Special Features
- this flexible programme covers field and laboratory research amidst excellent and innovative teaching
- you will have access to excellent facilities and resources for research in social, cognitive, biological, developmental and personality psychology
- you will have access to support from our qualified staff with PhDs who are active in research and consultancy in fields including sport sociology, sport psychology and pedagogy and sport management
- friendly and supportive staff are here to support you throughout your time of studying the exciting range of modules on offer
- you will have the support of a personal tutor
- if you major in Psychology and successfully complete the necessary modules, the programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC)
- strong links to local industry partners, including Northampton Town FC, Northampton Saints and Northants County Cricket Club including guest lectures and opportunities for internships
- students are encouraged to undertake voluntary community experience and gain relevant coaching qualifications during their studies
- you will have use of our dedicated psychology laboratories and computer suites, which are designated to psychology students
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
Entry requirements are standard. A typical offer would be around 260-300 UCAS tariff points. Applicants are normally expected to hold GCSE Mathematics at grade C or above, or an approved equivalent. In addition, applicants are expected to have studied a physical education, sports science or related science subject at A-level, BTEC level 3 diploma or equivalent qualifications.
For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 16/17 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
This course is available to international students.
Full-time international tuition fees
For information on our international tuition fees, please see our Tuition fees for international students page.
How to apply as an international student
For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to apply page.
Scholarships available to international students
For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.