• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe Campus
  • Duration: Three Years
  • Start Date: September 2018

Course Overview

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.

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.

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Course Details

UCAS CODE: C813

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.

Teaching and Learning

Your course consists of a combination of structured learning and teaching activities and independent learning.

Structured learning activities include lectures, seminars, tutorials and other time-tabled sessions. The amount of time set aside for each activity (‘contact hours’) is set out in individual module descriptors and so will vary depending on the modules you take. When you are not attending structured learning and teaching activities you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, using the library, preparing for seminars, and completing coursework assignments.

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.

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

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?

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.

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:

Year 1 Modules

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

Year 2 Modules

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

Year 3 Modules

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

Fees

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.

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.

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

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.