• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: UCFB Wembley
  • Duration: Three Years
  • Start Date: September 2018

Course Overview

UCFB is a college of Bucks New University and this course is available to applicants from the UK, EU and EEA only.

In addition to promoting optimal sporting performance, the study of human thought and behaviour is invaluable within leadership and management.

Sports professionals have long known the benefits of what an understanding of psychology can bring to their performance. Athletes learn to motivate themselves in ways that they believe will improve performance, replacing self-doubt with positive thoughts about what they need to do in order to succeed. The ability to understand cognitive behaviour is also a key component of being a successful leader and manager.

On this course, you will be introduced to the world of sports psychology, examining social and developmental aspects and explore the areas of cognitive and biological psychology in order to gain a better understanding of the psychological impacts on the brain and body.

This programme is BPS accredited.

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Course Details

UCAS CODE: SP10

On this programme, you will examine the psychology of optimum performance, covering theories that explain behaviour in sport and the skills involved to improve performance. Individuals’ attitudes, personalities and their impact on behaviour on and off the pitch are explored along with research into contemporary issues in sports psychology.

The similarities of performance enhancement techniques employed in both the sport and business world will be examined, including motivation, decision making, leadership skills and team cohesion.

More information on the content of this course can be found at ucfb.com.

Teaching and Learning

Your course consists of a combination of structured learning and teaching activities and independent learning. The programme specification will provide more information on the specific learning and teaching activities on this course.

Overall workload

Your overall workload will include your learning and teaching activities and independent learning with total study time of around 10 hours being worth 1 credit. While your actual contact hours will depend on any option modules you choose.

Year 1: 27 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 318 hours
Independent learning: 882 hours

Year 2: 27 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 324 hours
Independent learning: 876 hours

Year 3: 25 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 304 hours
Independent learning: 896 hours

Assessment

You will be given opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. This may take the form of practice or ‘formative’ assessments for which you will receive feedback from your tutor. Formative assessments are developmental and any marks you receive do not count towards your overall module mark. There is at least one formal or ‘summative’ assessment towards the end of each module. The marks from summative assessments do count towards your overall module mark.

Assessment methods vary, but your programme specification will provide more information on the specific methods used on this course. You can find out more about the assessment methods used across the University in the assessment guide on the Academic Advice pages.

Balance of assessment

The balance of assessment will vary depending on any option modules you choose. Assessments are broken down into coursework, written exams or practical. Coursework covers both written work such as essays and reports and practical work such as the preparation of a portfolio and project outputs completed on many art and design programmes. Exams include both formal written exams and in-class time-constrained assessments or TCAs. Practical assessments largely consist of oral presentations and contributions to seminars, and competency-based activities such as clinical or lab skills.

Year 1

45 percent coursework 50 percent written exams 5 percent practical

Year 2

50 percent coursework 35 percent written exams 15 percent practical

Year 3

65 percent coursework 15 percent written exams 20 percent practical

Please note: The percentages above do not include any pass/fail elements as these do not contribute to the overall degree classification. All modules must be successfully completed for credit to be awarded.

Feedback

You will receive feedback on all assessed coursework and practical assignments and we aim to provide this within three weeks. Feedback on examinations is also available on request.

Assessment feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module leader.

What are the course entry requirements?

Please visit our partner college's website for entry requirements.

Course Modules

Module Map

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.

Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.

Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

The modules available on this course are as follows:

Fees

How much does it cost

Full Time Home and EU: £9,250 per year.

Please visit our partner college's website for more information about fees.

Questions about fees?

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

How do I apply?

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

Employability

What are my career prospects

The football and sports industry is growing at a rapid rate and shows no signs of slowing down.

UCFB’s Employability & Enrichment team provides students with numerous opportunities to apply for unique work experience roles in the UK and abroad. In the last six years, UCFB has provided work placement opportunities at organisations including The Football Association, UEFA, Premier League and Football League clubs, as well as an array of sponsors, suppliers and events in the world of sport.

UCFB’s approach is the perfect recipe for a student to set themselves up for a long, successful and fulfilling career in this exciting, multi-billion-pound, global industry.

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