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BSc (Hons)
Sports Psychology

If you’ve ever wondered what goes through the mind of an athlete, or how psychological factors affect sport performance, then this programme could be for you. You’ll learn how key psychological factors such as: attention, commitment, self-control, motivation, resilience, and stress; influence thoughts, feelings and behaviours in the build-up to, and during, competition. On this British Psychological Society accredited course, you’ll also learn how taking part in sport benefits emotional wellbeing and psychological health.

Qualification: BSc (Hons)

UCAS code: C813

Study mode: Full-time

Location: High Wycombe Campus

Duration: Three years

Start date: September


Is this course for me?

Do you have a passion for sport and exercise? Do you want to find out what psychological aspects support sporting achievement? With Sports Psychology, you’ll be well versed in the techniques and skills required to understand how sports people can achieve their full potential. You’ll acquire the knowledge and skills, which will allow you to not only understand the unique psychological issues influencing an athlete’s preparation and performance, but also how to effectively design a programme of psychological support based on cutting edge research and the learning gained through this qualification.

Learn key skills
Through course assessments you'll gain key skills such as teamwork, programme design, critical analysis and synthesis skills, as well as how to give engaging presentations, write concise reports, and analyse data effectively.

BPS LogoBe a part of the British Psychological Society
This course has been accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), a qualification recognised by major employers throughout the country. All our compulsory modules take you through the core BPS requirements. Once you graduate, with a 2.2 or above, you’ll be eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). From there, you’ll be able to take the next steps towards being a Chartered Psychologist. 

At Bucks, we offer a wide range of psychology and sports modules. Through an affiliation with both psychology and sports departments, you’ll have a great community of like-minded students to work with. And with Sports Psychology, learning doesn’t just take place in the lecture hall – you’ll have the opportunity to learn in small seminar groups, as well as laboratory based sessions, which equip you with the skills to be able to conduct psychological experiments and research.

Learn from expert psychologists using specialist software
In workshops and lectures you’ll have the opportunity to use the Human Performance Laboratory, which is equipped for assessing a broad range of human physiological, biomechanical and psychological functions. The Human Performance Laboratory includes cutting edge equipment such as: Neurotracker Attention Training software, PowerLab and Qualisys 3D Motion Capture system. You will also have the opportunity to use the observation laboratory and to use specialist equipment such as Biopac©, allowing measurement of the activity of the cariovascular system, brain, autonomic nervous system and more, Tobii eye tracking equipment and HTC Vive, virtual reality software. In addition our staff have expertise in many areas, including: cognition, individual differences, talent and expertise development.

You’ll also be taught how to apply the various techniques you will need to analyse data. You’ll focus on the practical use of the statistics software package SPSS, used by social scientists to analyse and present quantitative data.

Study in our well-designed facilities – both online and offline
You'll study on our High Wycombe campus where everything is only a walk away. Our library is packed with all the information you need for your assessments and there’s plenty of room to knuckle down for some quiet study. We also sign you up with our Virtual Learning Environment which grants you access to e-Journals and resources wherever you are.

Year One

  • Introduction to Developmental and Social Psychology
  • Introduction to Biological Psychology and Cognitive Psychology
  • Introduction to Personality and Applying Psychology
  • Psychological Research Methods
  • Bioenergetics of Human Movement
  • Foundations of Exercise Physiology
  • Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology

Year Two

  • Developmental Psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Quantitative Research Methods in Psychology
  • Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology
  • Cognitive Processes in Psychology
  • Cognition and Emotion in Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Applied Sport and Performance Psychology

Year Three

  • Empirical Dissertation
  • Historical and Conceptual Issues in Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Issues in Personality and Individual Differences
  • Working with a Client
  • Professional Development & Employability

What are the entry requirements?

A typical offer will include GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above and a UCAS Tariff score of 96 -112.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

How much does it cost?

Fees for September 2017 to August 2018 entry

Full-time Home and EU: £9,250 per year
Full-time International: £10,500 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details, visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Further information
Find out more about our fees and funding.
Find out more about our fees for international students.

Questions about fees?
Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020
student.centre@bucks.ac.uk

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years are subject to rise with inflation or course delivery costs.

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow.

What are my career prospects?

Your sports psychology programme will be of interest to employers including, sports clubs, national and international sports organisations, local authorities and sports management companies. This could be working within sports coaching, personal training, sports administration or consultancy. Your accreditation via the BASES, NOS and BPS will all be relevant to future employers in these areas.

We’ll help you find a career that suits you with talks that cover both voluntary work and full-time employment. And you won’t be limited to just sports psychology careers either. The skills that you'll gain, such as research and analysis, will make you employable across many careers in science and health.

How will you help me prepare for my future career?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise.

We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.


The relationships with staff were good; the lecturers were really open. I think I was lucky as they were very friendly and very personable and were always happy to help you.

Carl Doleman


The BSc Sports Psychology at Bucks provides a fantastic start for your journey to becoming a sport psychologist. Accredited by the BPS, the degree incorporates main stream psychology and sports coaching as well as sport psychology modules, which collectively prepare you for the theoretical and practical application of psychology to sport. On a personal note, I loved my time at Bucks and the exceptional team of lecturers created a supportive, fun and friendly environment in which to learn.

Lauren Tufton


The Sports Psychology course at Bucks is interesting, engaging and really helped me to get into work. The lecturers are brilliant, couldn't have asked for more.

Jacqui Asher