• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Three Years
  • Start Date: September 2019 and February 2020

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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More placements, more choices

Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.

We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.

Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.

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.

What are the course entry requirements?

For this course, you'll need at least two A-levels and a GCSE Maths and English at grade C/4. Our offers usually require a minimum of 96 UCAS points.

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

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year; find out more.

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

  • Sports Psychology: Individual Differences and Group Dynamics
  • Introduction to Coaching Theory and Practice
  • Human Sciences for Physical Education (optional)
  • Sports and Exercise Psychology: Emotions and Behaviour
  • Intro to Biological Psychology & Cognitive Psychology
  • Intro to Developmental & Social Psychology
  • Intro to Personality & Applying Psychology (optional)
  • Psychological Research Methods

Year 2 Modules

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

Year 3 Modules

  • Professional Development and Employability
  • Professional Practice Issues in Sports Psychology
  • Working With a Client
  • Empirical Dissertation
  • Historical and Conceptual Issues in Psychology
  • Issues in Personality and Individual Differences
  • Critical Social Psychology

Fees

How much does it cost

Full Time Home and EU, September 2019: £9,250 per year

Full Time International, September 2019: £12,000 per year

Full Time Home and EU, February 2020: £9,250 per year

Full Time International, February 2020: £12,000 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.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023
advice@bucks.ac.uk

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks

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.

The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

Want to find out more? Visit our Students’ Union page or watch our video.