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Sport and Exercise Psychology *

BSc (Hons)

Taught by experts

Join a vibrant hub of sport and exercise psychology expertise and experience

Flexible learning

Study anywhere, anytime with distance learning and study routes you can fit around your work schedule

Turn theory into practice

Course includes annual residential workshops at our laboratories

Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time, distance learning
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Duration:
3 Years
Start date:
16 September 2019
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Study on the UK’s only interdisciplinary sports and exercise psychology distance learning degree and kick-start your future career.

Through our well-established distance learning expertise you will gain access to a highly engaging and flexible way to develop your knowledge and professional skills whilst studying at home or in the workplace.

The course is ideally suited to those wishing to enter the field of sport and exercise psychology. Guided by internationally renowned lecturers, you will learn how athletes think, feel, behave, and why. You’ll gain vital knowledge and the skills to work as a professional within this sector. Plus, you’ll complete an in-depth study on how beliefs about human psychology are influenced by the methods used to develop them, and the broader social context in which they are developed.

The course is designed to be flexible, with the majority being delivered online. The course will include three practical residentials in our laboratories, where you will put learning into practice and engage with tutors and peers. You can choose to study full-time or part-time.

As a distance learning course, this BSc is unique in the UK, and through Staffordshire University’s well-established distance learning expertise you will gain access to a highly engaging and flexible way to develop your knowledge, expertise and professional skills whilst at home or in the workplace.

For students wishing to pursue a career as an applied sport and exercise psychologist or continue their academic studies there already exists an established and successful DL MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Staffordshire University. 

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Psychology

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Psychology

Course content

All teaching is delivered in an online distance-learning format. We have vast experience of delivering courses in this way, and we recognise the importance of flexible learning in the 21st century. Drawing on multi-media technologies, the elements are broken down into various engaging digital formats to help you learn; providing interaction between your tutors and peers.

You will explore a wide-ranging curriculum, covering subjects such as applied sport psychology techniques, group dynamics and leadership (social psychology), research methods, cognitive psychology, psychobiology, physical activity and mental health, developmental psychology, stress, and resilience. You will accrue and field and lab- based experience within both sport psychology and the sport sciences. 

You will end your degree bridging the gap between education and your future career with a supervised research project, which focuses on the application of psychology in a sport and exercise environment.

Prospective students will also have the opportunity to enhance their digital proficiency by undertaking an externally and industry approved accreditation across a suite of Microsoft 365 programmes provided by Microsoft Imagine Academy.

All teaching is delivered in an online distance-learning format. We have vast experience of delivering courses in this way, and we recognise the importance of flexible learning in the 21st century. Drawing on multi-media technologies, the elements are broken down into various engaging digital formats to help you learn; providing interaction between your tutors and peers.

You will explore a wide-ranging curriculum, covering subjects such as applied sport psychology techniques, group dynamics and leadership (social psychology), research methods, cognitive psychology, psychobiology, physical activity and mental health, developmental psychology, stress, and resilience. You will accrue and field and lab- based experience within both sport psychology and the sport sciences. 

You will end your degree bridging the gap between education and your future career with a supervised research project, which focuses on the application of psychology in a sport and exercise environment.

Prospective students will also have the opportunity to enhance their digital proficiency by undertaking an externally and industry approved accreditation across a suite of Microsoft 365 programmes provided by Microsoft Imagine Academy.

Modules

This map is an indicative list of compulsory modules for 2019/2020 full-time undergraduate courses only. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module are subject to change in future years, and according to the mode of study, entry date, award type. In the event of any full-time 2019-2020 compulsory modules changing, we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Foundations of Human Psychology in Sport and Exercise
Research in Sport and Exercise Psychology
Individual Differences and Psychometrics in Sport and Exercise
Fundamentals of Biomechanics and Physiology in Sport and Exercise
Year 2 compulsory modules
Cognitive and Biological Psychology in Sport and Exercise
Social and Development Psychology in Sport and Exercise
Motor-Control and Biomechanics
Advanced Research Methods in Sport and Exercise Psychology
Year 3 compulsory modules
Research Project
Applied Sport Psychology
Applied Physiology in Sport and Exercise
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Entry requirements

Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points

  • A levels: BBC
  • 2 A level: 96 points
  • BTEC: DMM

We welcome applicants from a diversity of backgrounds and all applicants are individually assessed.

Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points

  • A levels: BBC
  • 2 A level: 96 points
  • BTEC: DMM

We welcome applicants from a diversity of backgrounds and all applicants are individually assessed.

Facilities

Careers

The Sport Exercise Psychology BSc (Hons) will put you at the forefront of a growing field. It will equip you for roles in healthcare, industry, sport, and teaching. There are opportunities in both public and commercial sectors, typical roles include:

  • Wellness coach
  • Program coordinator
  • Active living consultant
  • Athlete career and education advisor
  • Professional sport welfare office
  • Practicing Sport Psychologist
  • Exercise Psychologist
  • Performance Consultants

Eager for more knowledge? Upon completion, this course will set you up for masters level study in relevant fields of science and technology. 

For aspiring Sport and Exercise Psychologists there exists a direct pathway at Staffordshire University onto a BPS accredited DL MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology, allowing students to start their professional training as a sport and exercise psychologist, which may involve working with governing bodies, professional clubs, youth sport, businesses, military, and emergency services. For those wishing to pursue a career in sport and/or exercise-related contexts, the programme also draws upon core sport and exercise science content (ie, physiology and biomechanics) alongside lab and/or field based experience. 

Strong ties with the industry are cemented annually with the Staffordshire University performance psychology conference that brings together expertise in sport and performance psychology from across the UK to the university.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

As a distance learning student, you'll be an active learner interacting with content, your fellow students and your module tutors. Support is available when you need it. You can contact your module tutor, your personal tutor, Information Service staff and subject specialist librarian by phone, email or in person.

Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your studies wherever you are via your PC, tablet or phone. This includes accessing video, audio and discussion forums where you can debate subjects with your tutors and fellow students.

We also interact with students (including webinars, feedback and student discussion) using the suite of softwares provided by Microsoft, in particular Microsoft Teams. 

You'll have the opportunity to develop your digital proficiency with external and industry approved qualifications provided by Microsoft.

As a distance learning student, you'll be an active learner interacting with content, your fellow students and your module tutors. Support is available when you need it. You can contact your module tutor, your personal tutor, Information Service staff and subject specialist librarian by phone, email or in person.

Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your studies wherever you are via your PC, tablet or phone. This includes accessing video, audio and discussion forums where you can debate subjects with your tutors and fellow students.

We also interact with students (including webinars, feedback and student discussion) using the suite of softwares provided by Microsoft, in particular Microsoft Teams. 

You'll have the opportunity to develop your digital proficiency with external and industry approved qualifications provided by Microsoft.

Assessment

This course will be assessed via coursework, online examinations, and laboratory practicals.

You’ll experience a wide variety of assessment formats including project briefs, negotiated assignments, self-initiated proposals and reports tailored in the form appropriate to professional outcomes required for each module.

For each assessment undertaken, you receive a set of guidelines and a set of specific grading criteria outlining the standards expected.

Summative assessment is provided in the form of a grade percentage, an annotated assignment and accompanying summary feedback sheet.

This course will be assessed via coursework, online examinations, and laboratory practicals.

You’ll experience a wide variety of assessment formats including project briefs, negotiated assignments, self-initiated proposals and reports tailored in the form appropriate to professional outcomes required for each module.

For each assessment undertaken, you receive a set of guidelines and a set of specific grading criteria outlining the standards expected.

Summative assessment is provided in the form of a grade percentage, an annotated assignment and accompanying summary feedback sheet.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress. So, your tutor will give you feedback on any practice assessments you do.

We will normally give you feedback on formal assessments within 20 working days.

We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress. So, your tutor will give you feedback on any practice assessments you do.

We will normally give you feedback on formal assessments within 20 working days.

We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress. So, your tutor will give you feedback on any practice assessments you do.

We will normally give you feedback on formal assessments within 20 working days.

We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress. So, your tutor will give you feedback on any practice assessments you do.

We will normally give you feedback on formal assessments within 20 working days.

Staff

Staffordshire University is considered a vibrant hub of sport and exercise psychology within the UK. All of the core teaching team are active researchers, with national and international reputations within their realm of expertise. Three of the four members of staff also hold PhDs within the area of sport and exercise psychology (with one near completion).

Beyond research, the teaching team are also active consultants applying sport psychology principles with sports teams and large organisations. This means they are well placed to shape students' engagement and create contemporary and ecologically valid course content, whilst offering real-world guidance to students typically unavailable within textbooks and online articles.

With this consultancy experience, the team have accrued strong external links in industry (eg, Stoke City FC, The FA), military (eg, special forces, marines), and the emergency services (eg, Police services, Fire & Rescue). 

Strong ties with the industry are cemented annually with the Staffordshire University Performance Psychology conference that brings together applied sport and performance psychology to the University.

Dr Andrew Wood
Dr Andrew WoodLecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology

Andrew is a lecturer (FHEA), consultant psychologist, researcher, and published author. He specialises in the psychology of stress, emotion, and applied practice.

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Dr Matthew Slater
Dr Matthew SlaterLecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology

Matthew is a senior lecturer (FHEA), researcher, published author, and chartered psychologist (CPsychol). He specialises in the psychology of leadership and team functioning.

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Dr Martin Turner
Dr Martin TurnerCourse Leader

Martin is an Associate Professor (FHEA), researcher, published author, and consultant psychologist (CPsychol, HCPC Reg, CSCi). He specialises in human performance under pressure and adversity.

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Jamie Gillman
Jamie GillmanLecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology

Jamie is a lecturer (FHEA), and PhD researcher. He specialises in the psychology of performance under pressure and group dynamics.

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For the course starting on 16 September 2019 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£12,500 per year of study

UK, EU and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International (Non-EU) students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

Our students

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Kelly Jones
Athlete Support Office – Southampton Solent University. Graduate, MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology

The staff I have worked with at Staffs have been fantastic. Despite being remote, their communication has been brilliant and they are always understanding to the unique stresses of distance learning – they are always on the end of the phone or email which has always been reassuring.

The contact days have been great to meet the staff and expand our knowledge/ share best practise but also to meet your peers – over the last two years I’ve made lifelong friendships which I didn’t think I would do on a distance learning course. 

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Pete Jackson
Strategy Director (Marketing) and Sport Psychology Consultant. Graduate, MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology

I would highly recommend the course. As someone who graduated initially in 2006, re-entering higher education was quite daunting, but the intensity of the course was managed very well. The variety of content was also very impressive (podcasts were particularly useful on the commute to work!) as was the support from all the tutors, who are hugely passionate. 

This course is not just stuck in the world of theory. Throughout the two years we were tasked with presenting, debating, and even applying our skills to a real world athlete. All in all it was a fantastic course and an experience I will always look back on with fondness and pride.

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Joe Dixon
Lead Sport Psychologist - Stoke City Football Club. Graduate, MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology

My time on the MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology at Staffordshire University was extremely rewarding in terms of the skills I developed, the quality of the teaching, and the overall level of enjoyment I experienced. The distance learning aspect of the course was unique and challenged me to take ownership of my work whilst having fantastic interactive online resources available to communicate and share ideas with fellow students and tutors.

Support and guidance was always available from the tutors, responding promptly to any queries and offering great insights from their various experiences of working in sport. I have since been able to apply many of the learnings from this qualification in a full-time applied role in the sport industry.

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Roy White
Consultant at Impact International. Graduate, MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology

The content was stimulating and delivered in a way that made it accessible. I was also surprised at how much was transferable to my current job, which was a great bonus. I particularly enjoyed the set up of the course that facilitated the opportunity to interact and share with the other students. 

I would highly recommend the course for anyone looking for a stimulating and challenging course on Sports Psychology with a great team of tutors who will give you great support.

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Saqib Deen
Sport Psychologist – Malaysian Institute of Sport. Graduate, MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology

I was able to work full-time and still complete the MSc given the easy and flexible learning format, interactive online systems (including video lectures and voice notes). The course has a strong focus on the art and nuances of conducting applied work, and quality content for topics such as mental health and skill acquisition provide a great insight too.

My tutors set the target for my research to be published early on, and with their guidance and support the thesis was published and set the foundation for the current PhD I am completing with Staffordshire University currently.

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Dr Tim Rogers
Consultant Sport Psychiatrist - Cognacity Wellbeing. Graduate, MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology

As a full-time consultant psychiatrist working in sport, I simply could not have accessed this CPD without the flexibility and uniqueness of the online learning provided. In some respects, I was taken aback by how easy it was to access everything from libraries and lectures to tutorials and presentations.

I learnt whenever I wanted, from the comfort of my own home or office. I found the department to be a cohesive bunch of really friendly tutors with a diverse range of research interests that added a lot to what I took away.

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Andrew Wilkinson
PhD student. Graduate, MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology

The last two years spent completing the MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology have been an incredible experience. The content in each module, such as leadership in sport, performance under pressure, and the practice of sport and exercise psychology, is delivered by lecturers rich in applied experience and declarative knowledge. The MSc programme is challenging but provides all the resources necessary for you to thrive and achieve your best. 

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Stoke-on-Trent campus
BSc (Hons)
Full-time, distance learning
16 September 2019

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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