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.
Attendance and Personal Study
You will have six hours per week scheduled contact time at the University. You will also be expected to take responsibility for your independent learning outside of these contact hours.
Be 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. 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.
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.
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: 25 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||150 hours|
|Independent learning:||450 hours|
Year 2: 28 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||168 hours|
|Independent learning:||432 hours|
Year 3: 26 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||156 hours|
|Independent learning:||444 hours|
Year 4: 28 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||168 hours|
|Independent learning:||432 hours|
Year 5: 34 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||205 hours|
|Independent learning:||395 hours|
Year 6: 17 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||99 hours|
|Independent learning:||501 hours|
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.
|25 percent coursework||65 percent written exams||10 percent practical|
|65 percent coursework||35 percent written exams||0 percent practical|
|40 percent coursework||35 percent written exams||25 percent practical|
|85 percent coursework||0 percent written exams||15 percent practical|
|50 percent coursework||15 percent written exams||35 percent practical|
|75 percent coursework||15 percent written exams||10 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.
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?
A typical offer will include GCSE Maths and English at Grade C or above and a minimum UCAS Tariff score of 96-112 points.
A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required.
For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.
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:
Year 1 Modules
- Bioenergetics of Human Movement
- Foundations of Exercise Physiology (optional)
- Introduction to Biological Psychology and Cognitive Psychology
- Introduction to Developmental and Social Psychology
- Introduction to Personality and Applying Psychology (optional)
Year 2 Modules
- Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology
- Psychological Research Methods
Year 3 Modules
- Developmental Psychology
- Quantitative Research Methods in Psychology
Year 4 Modules
- Applied Sport and Performance Psychology (optional)
- Cognition and Emotion in Sport and Exercise Psychology (optional)
- Cognitive Processes in Psychology
- Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology
Year 5 Modules
- Working with a Client
- Historical and Conceptual Issues in Psychology
- Issues in Personality and Individual Differences
Year 6 Modules
- Professional Development and Employability (optional)
- Empirical Dissertation
- Social Psychology
How much does it cost
Part Time Home and EU: £4,700 per year
Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years may rise in line with inflation, course delivery costs or subject to government regulations.
For information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit our Undergraduate Fees and Funding section.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow
Dr Cheryl Pitt
Dr Julia Robertson