BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Psychology - University of Portsmouth
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BSc (Hons)

Sport and Exercise Psychology

UCAS codeC601

Full Time3yrs

placement option1yr

Scientific rigour and practical experience.

Course Overview

Why take this course?

The course is the first step on the career path to becoming a BPS Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist and HCPC Registered Psychologist.

It is taught by accredited BPS and HCPC Registered psychologists in buildings with state-of-the art laboratories. Lecturers draw from their varied experiences as practitioners and researchers to bring the subject matter to life and outline how psychological principles and theories can be employed to benefit those in high performance environments (e.g. elite sport) and the health and fitness sectors (e.g. physical activity prescription and promotion).

In the Guardian University Guide 2018 our Sports Science courses are ranked number one in England.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • be taught by our BPS Chartered Psychologists who have a wealth of experience in research and applied practice in sport and exercise psychology
  • develop an understanding of sport and exercise psychology through experiential opportunities and develop essential transferable skills for employment
  • take an optional sandwich year to gain appropriate work-based learning or receive support from the Department’s specialised Employability group by taking our professional placement unit.

What opportunities might it lead to?

Here are some routes graduates on similar courses have pursued:

  • Specific careers directly related to this qualification include becoming an applied practitioner, and a researcher or a lecturer in sport and exercise psychology.

Careers include:

  • Practitioner Psychologist
  • Sport and Exercise Scientist
  • Management roles in sport (e.g. national governing bodies)
  • Teacher/Lecturer
  • Researcher/Scientist
  • Health promotion worker (e.g. NHS)

 

Course:

Sports Science

Find out what our students say about studying at Portsmouth, including:

  • Looking at the theory then putting it into practice
  • The challenging yet supportive environment in which to study
  • Use of some of the best facilities in the country that are not just for research purposes

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Structure & Teaching

Year one

The first year assumes no prior knowledge of the psychology of sport and exercise. It is designed to give a broad-based introduction to the subject as well as an understanding of the application of research methods to this subject area.

Core units in this year include:

  • Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Introduction to Fitness Training and Assessment
  • Coaching Principles
  • Research Methods 1
  • Key Ideas in Human and Animal Psychology
  • Current issues in Sport and Exercise Psychology

Year two

The second year focuses on developing core knowledge of cutting edge research concepts.

Core units in this year include:

  • Psychology of Sport and Exercise
  • Psychology of Coaching and Learning
  • Research Methods 2
  • Biological and Cognitive Psychology
  • Social and Developmental Psychology
  • Individual Difference and Psychometrics

Year three

The third year focuses on developing practical and professional skills associated with being a registered Practitioner Psychologist and focuses on the applied skills needed for working in sport and exercise domains.

Core units in this year include:

  • Project
  • Professional Practice in Sport Psychology
  • Professional Practice in Coaching and Learning
  • Physical Activity, Prescription and Promotion

Options to choose from in this year:

  • Issues in Clinical and Health Psychology
  • Self and Subjectivity
  • Professional Development
  • Professional Practice in Sports Education

Sandwich Year

Sandwich year options are common across undergraduate pathways in both the Department of Sport and Exercise Science and Department of Psychology. The Sandwich Course option entails taking the Year 3 units outlined above in year 4 and you would spend your third year on placement.

Teaching

This course provides an excellent blended learning opportunity with delivery through interactive live and online lectures, seminars, laboratories and workshops. Lecturers draw from their varied experiences as practitioners and researchers to bring the subject matter to life.

The time you spend in teaching activities may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:

  • Year one students: 22% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 78% studying independently and 0% on work placement
  • Year two students: 23% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 77% studying independently and 0% on work placement
  • Year three students: 15% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 85% studying independently and 0% on work placement

Assessment

You will be assessed in ways that align with the vocational nature of the course.

  • essays
  • laboratory reports
  • presentations
  • projects
  • exams
  • reflective accounts

The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year one students: 47% by written exams, 0% by practical exams and 53% by coursework
  • Year two students: 64% by written exams, 8% by practical exams and 28% by coursework
  • Year three students: 0% by written exams, 25% by practical exams and 75% by coursework

Tutor's view

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Dr Chris Wagstaff
Course Leader

This course offers the first step toward charted psychologist status with BPS. We offer a blended learning approach with delivery through interactive live and online lectures, seminars, laboratories and workshops by BPS chartered & HCPC registered Sport and Exercise Psychologists. Lecturers draw from their varied experiences as practitioners and researchers to bring the subject matter to life and outline how psychological principles and theories can be employed to benefit those in high performance environments (e.g. elite sport) and the health and fitness sectors (e.g. physical activity prescription and promotion).


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Facilities & Features

The Psychology Laboratory

Our lab has a range of specialist equipment including PLATO Liquid Crystal Spectacles allowing reaction timers to see how quickly we respond to visual or auditory cues, and various targets to assess the accuracy of skill development or performance. Our ASL Mobile Eye System enables researchers to examine exactly where individuals visually attend to when they are performing a movement or making a decision. There is also a separate interview room for non-practical research studies that houses a fully equipped media suite.

Learning Environments and Specialist Equipment

We are one of the leading departments offering sports science-based programmes in the UK according to the National Student Survey (NSS), the Times Good University Guide, the Independent University Guide, and the Guardian University Guide league tables. You will learn in a several different environments including our biomechanics, physiology and kinanthropometry labs, plus plenty of indoor space for practical activities, all located at the heart of the University. These house some of the country’s finest facilities, including:

  • 3 climatic chambers for manipulating temperature, humidity and altitude
  • an immersion pool
  • a swimming flume
  • an automated tracking system
  • visual 3D software

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Budgeting for your studies

There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Recommended texts:
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.

General costs:
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.

Other costs to consider

For optional programmes of fieldwork, cost will be in the region of £50 - £1000.

For the optional placement unit, or sandwich year you will be expected to meet the cost of travel. These costs will be in the region of £50 - £1000 to cover travel, accommodation or subsistence. This will be dependent on the type of placement/field trip being chosen.

2017/18

The cost of travel or accommodation for compulsory fieldwork is included with your course fee, but you will be required to pay for meals and other subsistence costs. These costs will be in the region of £50 - £1000.

In your final year, if you wish to take the optional professional qualification, you will be required to make a contribution of £250 to the total cost. 

 


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Careers & Opportunities

Career prospects

Career prospects
Where next?

Roles our graduates from similar courses have taken include:

  • Practitioner Psychologist
  • Sport and Exercise Scientist
  • Management roles in sport (e.g. national governing bodies)
  • Teacher/Lecturer
  • Researcher/Scientist
  • Health promotion worker (e.g. NHS)

Work experience

Work experience
Employment boosting opportunities

The Sandwich Course option will provide you with the opportunity to undertake a professional practice placement in your third year.

Career planning

Career planning

To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.

Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.


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Apply now

To apply, you'll need this course's UCAS code, which is at the top of this page, and the University of Portsmouth institution code – P80.

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