Sport and Exercise Psychology

Study options

Award

BSc (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code:
C810
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time, distance learning
Study option:
Part-time, distance learning
Duration:
3 Years
Duration:
6 Years
Start date:
23 September 2024

Industry-recognised

Accredited by the British Psychological Society

Specialist modules from day one

You’ll delve straight into sport and exercise psychology

Taught by active researchers

with national and international reputations

Study on the UK’s only interdisciplinary sports and exercise psychology distance learning degree and kick-start your future career.

Discover how athletes think, feel and behave as part of our unique degree for aspiring sport psychologists.

We offer the UK’s only BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Psychology to be delivered through distance learning. It’s the ultimate flexible approach for students with busy lifestyles.

You’ll learn how psychology plays a pivotal role in both human performance and wellbeing. This includes helping athletes cope better under pressure and developing people’s confidence, motivation and resilience.

We teach the fundamentals of sport and exercise psychology from day one. But you’ll also get a multi-disciplinary perspective as the course covers aspects of biomechanics, social and developmental psychology.

It could take you from exploring group dynamics and leadership through to how the brain interacts with the spinal cord. You could also be delving into the psychology behind exercise addiction and interventions for dealing with stress and irrational beliefs.

We place a strong focus on applying theory to real-life situations. And as our team of academics are research-active, internationally recognised leaders in contemporary practice, your practice will be research informed.

The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society, which means we meet rigorous national standards. It’s an ideal springboard for careers in a range of specialist roles, including working with professional sports clubs, becoming a wellness coach or performance consultant, or setting up your own business.

We have years of experience in delivering distance learning degrees and attract a diverse student cohort. They include athletes competing at a national or international level, sports coaches, military personnel and students straight from school or college.

You can develop your professional skills while at home or in the workplace, with the option of using our facilities on campus too. The degree can be taken full-time or part-time.

Discover how athletes think, feel and behave as part of our unique degree for aspiring sport psychologists.

We offer the UK’s only BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Psychology to be delivered through distance learning. It’s the ultimate flexible approach for students with busy lifestyles.

You’ll learn how psychology plays a pivotal role in both human performance and wellbeing. This includes helping athletes cope better under pressure and developing people’s confidence, motivation and resilience.

We teach the fundamentals of sport and exercise psychology from day one. But you’ll also get a multi-disciplinary perspective as the course covers aspects of biomechanics, social and developmental psychology.

It could take you from exploring group dynamics and leadership through to how the brain interacts with the spinal cord. You could also be delving into the psychology behind exercise addiction and interventions for dealing with stress and irrational beliefs.

We place a strong focus on applying theory to real-life situations. And as our team of academics are research-active, internationally recognised leaders in contemporary practice, your practice will be research informed.

The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society, which means we meet rigorous national standards. It’s an ideal springboard for careers in a range of specialist roles, including working with professional sports clubs, becoming a wellness coach or performance consultant, or setting up your own business.

We have years of experience in delivering distance learning degrees and attract a diverse student cohort. They include athletes competing at a national or international level, sports coaches, military personnel and students straight from school or college.

You can develop your professional skills while at home or in the workplace, with the option of using our facilities on campus too. The degree can be taken full-time or part-time.

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

Work placements

The Sport and Exercise Department works with local, regional and national employers to provide placement and work experience opportunities. We also have international university partners.

Other opportunities include becoming a volunteer with our Sports Academy. You could be helping to deliver physical activity and classroom-based workshops to young people in schools and communities.

Course content

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 end your degree with a supervised research project which focuses on the application of psychology in a sport and exercise environment.

All teaching is delivered in an online, distance-learning format. We use a mixture of live sessions and those you can study at a time that suits you. You’ll contribute to online discussion boards and will have weekly tutorials and recorded lectures. Assessments can be through presentations, reflective pieces on your own experience, essays, lab reports and exams.

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 end your degree with a supervised research project which focuses on the application of psychology in a sport and exercise environment.

All teaching is delivered in an online, distance-learning format. We use a mixture of live sessions and those you can study at a time that suits you. You’ll contribute to online discussion boards and will have weekly tutorials and recorded lectures. Assessments can be through presentations, reflective pieces on your own experience, essays, lab reports and exams.

Professional body accreditation

Accredited against the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Accredited by The British Psychological Society.

Professional body accreditation

Accredited against the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Accredited by The British Psychological Society.
Researcher interview – Associate Professor Matt Slater

Researcher interview – Associate Professor Matt Slater

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Dr Matt Slater, Associate Professor of Sport and Exercise Psychology, talks about the real-world impact and benefits of his research.

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Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module where available.

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module where available.

Entry requirements

112-120 UCAS Tariff points

  • GCE A Levels - grades BBC or equivalent
  • Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma - grade DMM
  • Access to HE Diploma - Pass Access with a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points. Applicants to Staffs who are taking the Access to HE Diploma receive a reduced tariff point offer as part of our access and participation plan activity
  • UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma - grade of Merit overall
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma - grade DMM
  • T Levels - Eligible T Level applications will be asked to achieve a minimum overall grade of P (A*-C) or Higher Pass as a condition of offer

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

112-120 UCAS Tariff points

  • GCE A Levels - grades BBC or equivalent
  • Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma - grade DMM
  • Access to HE Diploma - Pass Access with a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points. Applicants to Staffs who are taking the Access to HE Diploma receive a reduced tariff point offer as part of our access and participation plan activity
  • UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma - grade of Merit overall
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma - grade DMM
  • T Levels - Eligible T Level applications will be asked to achieve a minimum overall grade of P (A*-C) or Higher Pass as a condition of offer

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

We understand that you might have experienced a challenging run up to higher education and may have not met the entry requirements as listed. If this is the case don’t worry, contact us and our team of expert advisors can guide you through the next stages of application, or help you find the perfect course for your needs.

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Facilities

Careers

This degree will put you at the forefront of a growing field, equipping you for roles in sport, healthcare, industry and teaching.

You can go on to train as a qualified sport and exercise psychologist, become a self-employed consultant or work with a sports club or business.

There are opportunities in both public and commercial sectors, with typical roles including:

  • Wellness coach
  • Active living consultant
  • Practising sport psychologist
  • Performance consultant
  • Exercise psychologist
  • Professional sport welfare officer
  • Athlete career and education advisor

Many graduates also pursue Masters-level study in relevant fields of science and technology. You’ll be perfectly placed to take our MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology, which is also delivered through distance learning.

All students have access to Career Connect, our dedicated careers team.

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 software 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 software 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

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.

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 such as reading, note-taking and presentation skills
  • written English, including punctuation and grammatical accuracy
  • academic writing and how to reference
  • research skills
  • critical thinking and understanding arguments
  • revision, assessment and examination skills
  • time management

Additional support

Our Student Inclusion 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.

Year 1

20% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
81% of time in independent study
0% of time in work based learning

Year 2

20% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
81% of time in independent study
0% of time in work based learning

Year 3

20% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
80% of time in independent study
0% of time in work based learning

Year 1

17% practical assessments
33% coursework
50% written exams

Year 2

50% practical assessments
33% coursework
17% written exams

Year 3

23% practical assessments
77% coursework
0% written exams

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 Stephanie Romano-Smith

Lecturer

I am the course leader of Distance learning Sport and Exercise Psychology BSc (Hons) degree programme. I also have teaching responsibilities across undergraduate and postgraduate awards in the area of sport and exercise psychology.

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Anthony Miller

Senior Lecturer

I graduated from Staffordshire University with a first class honours in Sport and Exercise Psychology (BPS accredited) in 2016, before completing an MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology (BPS accredited) at Loughborough University in 2017.

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Fees

For the course starting on 23 September 2024 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BSc (Hons)-Full-time, distance learning
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full-time £9,250 per year of study £9,250 per year of study

For the course starting on 23 September 2024 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BSc (Hons)-Full-time, distance learning
Study option
Part-time

UK 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.

Accommodation and living costs
Accommodation and living costs

Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

Sources of financial support

If you receive funding from Student Finance you may be eligible to apply for additional benefits. Details can be obtained by reading our additional funding web pages, or visiting www.gov.uk

Scholarships and additional funding

If you are talented athlete, coach or official you could qualify for one of our sport scholarship or development schemes through our High Performance Academy.

You may also be eligible for other scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

Our students

The staff are more supportive than I ever could have imagined!

What attracted me to this course was the element of sports/exercise combined with psychology which happen to be my two favourite subjects. I am intrigued by the way the brain works as well as having a major passion for sports and fitness.

The staff are more supportive than I ever could have imagined! No question is a silly question has been ingrained in my memory since the first day (which still stands). The head of the course in particular has provided so much help and reassurance for all students and has put the most effort into all of our lectures and resources to ensure we are getting the most out of our education. They are all so approachable and up for a laugh which makes the University experience that tad bit better.

Amber Jervis

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Psychology

I would say that the best part of being on the course is the relationship that can be made with the course lecturers.

I chose to study Sport & Exercise Psychology because I’m a massive advocate for learning and working within a field of what you enjoy and are passionate about. I have always been a keen learner in regard to mental health and Psychology and played football all of my life. This meant that as a player and now coach, I really wanted to find what that edge was that could improve your performance just maybe even a few percent in the hope of success.

I would say that the best part of being on the course is the relationship that can be made with the course lecturers and tutors and even general staff at Staffordshire Uni. Every one of them have been approachable and friendly and have helped in any way they possibly can. 

Luke Fryer

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Psychology

The tutor Steph is amazing. Really approachable and friendly.

The tutor Steph is amazing. Really approachable and friendly. Also the content of the course is really interesting and being able to compare with your own experiences and knowledge is exciting.

Lauren Mobsby

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Psychology

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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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