Sport and Exercise Psychology BSc (Hons)

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UCAS Code
C601
Mode of Study
Part-time, Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement, 6 years part-time
Location
Main site

Overview

Want to take your first steps on the path to becoming a British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist or Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registered Psychologist?

On this BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Psychology degree course, you’ll use the latest equipment and techniques in our comprehensively equipped laboratories, and be taught by our team of BPS and HCPC Registered psychologists.

You can apply the psychological principles and theories you learn to optimise the performance of athletes in the world of elite sports. Or use your skills to help the public reach their health and fitness goals.

Our sports science courses are ranked the number 1 in England in the Guardian University Guide 2018.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Be taught by BPS and HCPC Registered psychologists who have extensive professional experience and access to the latest sport psychology research
  • Get your hands on specialist equipment like PLATO Liquid Crystal Spectacles and our ASL Mobile Eye System, which you can use to measure performance and get the most out of athletes
  • Use psychology and sports science facilities including a psychology laboratory (with interview room and media suite), biomechanics lab, physiology lab, kinanthropometry lab, immersion pool and 3 climatic chambers for manipulating temperature, humidity and altitude

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles that complement your studies and build your CV.

Placement year

After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.

Previous students have completed placements in organisations such as Portsmouth Football Club and the NHS.

The Faculty employability team will work with you to find a placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Careers and opportunities

After the course, you'll be eligible to apply for chartered membership of the BPS on a graduate basis (GBC). This is the first step to becoming a chartered sport and exercise psychologist or HCPC registered practitioner psychologist.

Other roles you can do after the course include:

  • sport and exercise scientist
  • management roles in national governing bodies
  • teacher/lecturer
  • researcher/scientist
  • health promotion worker

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. You can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Professional accreditations

This BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Psychology degree course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). This accreditation allows you to apply for chartered membership of the BPS when you complete the course, which is essential for starting a career as a sports psychologist.

The accreditation also lets potential employers know that this course gives you the relevant skills and abilities you need to work in the industry when you graduate. This gives you an edge over students who didn’t do an accredited course when you’re applying for jobs.

Entry requirements​

Entry requirements for this course may be more flexible during Clearing.
Entry Requirements

​Course costs

Tuition fees

Full-time

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £13,200 per year (subject to annual increase)

Part-time

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £3,080 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £6,600 per year (subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

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

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.

You’ll have to pay for meals and other living costs while completing compulsory fieldwork, amounting to £50–£1000. Travel and accommodation costs are covered by your course fee.

You’ll need to contribute towards the cost of optional fieldwork programmes, which usually come to £50–£1000.

You may need to a pay a returnable deposit for some field trips to ensure attendance. For day trips, this deposit is £20. For trips that last several days and require overnight stay, the deposit is £50. The deposit for these trips will be returned to you after the trip.

If you take an optional placement unit or placement year, you’ll need to cover the costs of travel, accommodation and subsistence. These costs will vary depending on the duration and location of the placement. The cost will usually be £50–£1000.

If you take an optional professional qualification unit on this course, you’ll need to make a contribution of £250 towards the cost.

​What you'll study

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you'll need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.

Units currently being studied

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

There are no optional units in this year.

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

There are no optional units in this year

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 currently include:

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

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.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.

Teaching​

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • online lectures
  • workshops
  • laboratories
  • seminars
  • one-on-one tutorials

Teaching staff draw on their varied experiences as practitioners and researchers to bring the subject to life.

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:

  • Autumn teaching block – September to December
  • Spring teaching block – January to Easter
  • Assessment period – Easter to June
Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday.
You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

Your workload

The time you spend in teaching activities such as lectures and seminars varies year on year and will depend on which optional units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 22% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 78% studying independently
  • Year 2 students: 23% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 77% studying independently
  • Year 3 students: 15% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 85% studying independently

How you're assessed​

You’ll be assessed through:

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

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

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 1 students: 47% by written exams and 53% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 64% by written exams, 8% by practical exams and 28% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 25% by practical exams and 75% by coursework
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    How to apply

    Want to start this course this year? There are still a few places available. To discuss your options and secure your place, give us a call on (+44) 23-9284-8090 or ask us to call you back.

    If you want to start this course in 2019, you need to apply through UCAS. You can start your application now and submit it from 5 September. You’ll need:

    • the UCAS course code – C601
    • our institution code – P80

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    Not quite ready to apply? Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

     

    Apply for this course using our online application form. Our courses fill up quickly, so submit your application as soon as you decide which course you want to study.

    Not quite ready to apply? Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

     

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