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.
On this course you can:
Here are some routes graduates on similar courses have pursued:
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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:
The second year focuses on developing core knowledge of cutting edge research concepts.
Core units in this year include:
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:
Options to choose from in this year currently include:
We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
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.
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:
You will be assessed in ways that align with the vocational nature of the course.
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:
Dr Chris Wagstaff
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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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.
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:
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.
There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Roles our graduates from similar courses have taken include:
The Sandwich Course option will provide you with the opportunity to undertake a professional practice placement in your third year.
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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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.
After you apply, we'll invite you to an Applicant Experience Day where you’ll get to speak to lecturers and meet your future classmates.
Come to an Open Day and explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.