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Sport and Exercise Psychology BSc (Hons) 2019/20 entry

Course code:

C841

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2019

 

Fees:

2019/20 fees - TBC
2018/19 fees - £9,250

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Faculty:

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222


Overview

Sport and exercise psychologists use scientific research methods to explore how people’s thoughts, feelings and behaviours affect their sports performance.

Studying key factors, such as motivation, commitment, mental toughness, self-confidence, stress, anxiety, attitude to injury and concentration, they support athletes to consistently optimise their performance in physical activity.

This British Psychological Society accredited course draws upon various fields of psychological knowledge, as well as human physiology and anatomy, to develop your understanding of the factors which influence performance in a sports and exercise context.

The Guardian University Guide 2019 ranks Coventry as one of the top 20 psychology departments in the UK for graduate employability. This course could lead to careers within sports coaching, sports and exercise therapy and rehabilitation, personal training, sports administration, or broader consultancy work in the health and leisure industry.

See the facilities available in our brand new Alison Gingell Building

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

The British Psychological Society

Current accreditation from the British Psychological Society (BPS) meaning that as a graduate, provided you achieve at least a 2:2, you will be eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). Additional costs may apply. Please check with the membership body for details.

Our Facilities

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Strength and Conditioning Suite

Our multi-purpose strength and conditioning suite is equipped with multiple Olympic lifting platforms, a 20m gait analysis track, an anti-gravity treadmill and even a 3D motion capture system!

 

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Hospital Wards

We have two fully-equipped mock hospital wards, each containing 4 beds. The wards are built to NHS standards and contain moveable beds, first aid equipment and patient monitoring tools.

 

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SuperLab

The Alison Gingell building contains a state-of-the-art SuperLab, capable of holding up to 270 people at once. The lab's facilities include equipment for microscopy, DNA analysis and forensic testing.

What our students say...

This is an intellectually stimulating subject, and has provided me with a number of different opportunities to pursue higher education and fulfil my goal of becoming a teacher.

Ripa Begum

Course information

This course aims to provide you with a core knowledge of psychology in order to confer eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society (if a 2:2 or better degree is obtained), as well as developing your understanding of how psychology is specifically applied to sporting contexts.

Through the study of sport and exercise psychology, you will study the physical and mental factors which influence performance in sport and exercise.

91%

of our students are satisfied with the quality of the course

NSS, 2016

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

During the first two years, you will receive a thorough grounding in the major psychological approaches to the study of human behaviour: biological psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, social psychology and individual differences.

Knowledge of these areas will be developed within the context of sports relevant themes. There are also opportunities to gain insight into the application of sport and exercise psychology.

Modules

  • Developing as a Sport & Exercise Psychologist 1

  • Fundamentals of Sport & Exercise Psychology

  • Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology

  • Research into Sport and Exercise

  • Sport & Exercise in Culture

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

During the first two years, you will receive a thorough grounding in the major psychological approaches to the study of human behaviour: biological psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, social psychology and individual differences.

Knowledge of these areas will be developed within the context of sports relevant themes There are also opportunities to gain insight into the application of sport and exercise psychology. You will also be required to complete a work experience placement with an external organisation

Modules

  • Developing as a Sport & Exercise Psychologist 2

  • Perspectives in Sport and Exercise Psychology 1

  • Applying Research Methods 1

  • Perspectives in Sport and Exercise Psychology 2

  • Applying Research Methods 2

  • Professional Experience

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

After your second year, you have the opportunity to spend a year on professional placement or studying abroad.

Modules

  • Optional enhancement year

Overview

The final year of your degree is your opportunity to specialise in the areas that you find most exciting – choosing from a range of options, such as positive psychology, cognitive affective neuroscience in sports motivation, and drug use and addiction applied to sporting contexts.

You will collaborate with a member of academic staff and apply the knowledge of research methods obtained during the first two years of your degree to design and conduct your own piece of research in an area of your choice. In the past, students have investigated areas such as arousal regulation in sport, imagery use and its implementation, psychological rehabilitation from injury, mindfulness in sport and the influence of motivation on anticipatory skills.

Modules

  • Developing as a Sport & Exercise Psychologist 3

  • Project Ethics

  • Independent Research Project

  • Optional modules

    3 from the following*:

    • Psychology of Gender and Sexualities
    • Mindfulness and Meditation
    • Bullying and Victimisation in Sport
    • Psychology of Teaching and Learning
    • Cognitive Affective Neuroscience in Sports Motivation
    • Ageing
    • Strengths Based Change
    • Exploring Evolutionary Psychology
    • Drug Use and Addiction applied to sporting contexts


    *Note: a maximum of seven options will be offered on a rotational basis each academic year

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

18th

Our Psychology courses are ranked 18th by The Guardian University Guide 2019.

In more detail...

  • Opportunities to participate in exciting field trips to a range of European and overseas destinations, partially funded by the University.
  • Expert guest lecturers and practising psychologists. Past speakers have included sports psychologists, athletes, coaches, and practitioners in exercise and health.
  • Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), providing eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC), access to postgraduate training and careers in psychology.
  • Taught alongside world-class researchers in our Centre for Advances in Behavioural Science, who host an inspiring programme of visiting speakers and benefits from cutting-edge facilities, such as eye-tracking and brain wave monitoring (using EEG).
  • Active student-led Psychology Society (PsychSoc), which arranges a variety of social excursions and activities. Recent destinations have included Amsterdam, Warwick, and London. .

Essential textbooks and individual licences for computer software are provided at no extra cost.

Your main study themes are:

  • Fundamentals of Sport & Exercise Psychology: Focus on the core areas of psychology and their explanation of individual thoughts, feelings, and behaviour in sport and exercise.

  • Applied Sport & Exercise Psychology: The practice of sport and exercise with a focus on both performance and well-being. 

  • Sport and Exercise in culture: Contemporary issues in sport and exercise.

  • Research into Sport & Exercise: Methods of study design and analysis.

  • Professional Practice: Includes focus on study technique and how to achieve the skills required to practice as a sport and exercise psychologist, as well as work experience.

All of our Psychology degrees are taught using a mixture of lectures, small group seminars and practical, ‘hands-on’ skills workshops. Core course content will be delivered during the lectures, while the associated seminars and workshops offer opportunities for you to explore topics more independently, receive guidance on coursework assignments, begin to apply your knowledge and develop your academic and transferable skills. 

Wherever possible we try to incorporate real-life experience of sport and exercise psychology into your learning. As well as guest lectures, we will study a range of case studies. For example, recent British Olympic success as well as cycles of success and failure in sporting teams such as with Leicester City FC. We’ll also discuss any pertinent issues that crop up in the news, such as the use of performance enhancing drugs in sport. 

You will have the opportunity to take part in the design, conduct and analysis of psychological experiments that use specific interventions to enhance performance, engagement and well-being in participants of sport and exercise. Specialist equipment and computer software is taught and used independently or in groups. In the past, sport and exercise psychology students have implemented interventions to improve concentration and attention, levels of motivation, emotional regulation, and well-being.

Work experience is an integral part of the course and you will have the opportunity to undertake placements with organisations like Coventry City Football Club or the Coventry Blaze Ice Hockey Team. We also arrange international and local field trips each year for students at all levels of our undergraduate Psychology courses, which are partially funded by the University.

In addition, your Academic Personal Tutor will be available for one-to-one bookable meetings throughout every semester and will regularly review and discuss your progress and continual personal development. Outside of contact time, your personal study hours will be guided by materials posted on your module web pages.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include coursework and formal examinations.

This course is predominantly assessed by coursework.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Apply your knowledge of psychological research and theory to analyse real-world problems and develop evidence-based solutions.
  • Critically evaluate research evidence, including statistical information, and use this to draw conclusions about the validity of different claims and arguments.
  • Identify and evaluate general patterns in behaviour, psychological functioning and experience.
  • Understand and investigate the role of brain function in human behaviour and experience.
  • Carry out empirical studies involving a variety of methods of data collection, including experiments, observation, psychometric tests, questionnaires, interviews and field studies.
  • Employ evidence-based reasoning and use a variety of psychological tools, including specialist software, laboratory equipment and psychometric instruments.
  • Communicate in a confident, professional manner, both verbally and in writing.

For details please contact the Course Admissions Tutor Nigel Wilson: hsx311@coventry.ac.uk or the Course Director Rebecca Jenks aa2557@coventry.ac.uk 

As well as offering a range of short international field trips, you also have the opportunity to complete the course over four years with a sandwich year spent studying abroad. The University has links with over 20 institutions in Cyprus, France, Malta, Spain, Sweden and Turkey, as well as several other countries around the world. Courses are largely taught in English, but there are opportunities to learn and attend courses in a foreign language.

In the past, students have studied various cultural differences in the study and practice of sport and exercise psychology. Some have also undertaken their placement year abroad, for example, in the USA, Spain, Italy and Malta.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17



21,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say...

This is an intellectually stimulating subject, and has provided me with a number of different opportunities to pursue higher education and fulfil my goal of becoming a teacher.

Ripa Begum

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: HLS172
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BBB. Excludes General Studies. DDM 30 points to include 15 points at Higher level. Minimum 5 GCSEs at A*-C including English Language and Mathematics, or specified equivalents.

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

The Access to HE Diploma in a Science or Health subject to include 30 Level 3 credits at Distinction, plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade A*-C, or specified equivalents.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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English as a Foreign Language This course requires an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

What our students say...

This is an intellectually stimulating subject, and has provided me with a number of different opportunities to pursue higher education and fulfil my goal of becoming a teacher.

Ripa Begum

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2019

2019/20 fees - TBC
2018/19 fees - £9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2019

2019/20 fees - TBC
2018/19 fees - £9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a range of EU Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2019

2019/20 fees TBC
2018/19 fees - £13,700 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a wide range of Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising international students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

As well as covering UK field trips, key materials and laser print, the fees for this course also include:

  • A visit to a local sporting venue
  • Student membership of the British Psychological Society for the final year of the course
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (formally CRB Disclosure) for those undertaking placements with children
  • Free copy of SPSS statistics software


The following are additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip

What our students say...

This is an intellectually stimulating subject, and has provided me with a number of different opportunities to pursue higher education and fulfil my goal of becoming a teacher.

Ripa Begum

Career prospects

The Guardian University Guide 2018 ranks Coventry as one of the top 20 psychology departments in the UK for graduate employability.

Sport and exercise psychologists work in a wide range of settings with a variety of clients participating in recreational, amateur and elite levels of performance. Some work as private consultants or hold full-time positions with professional sports teams or national governing bodies of sport and exercise contexts. 

In order to use the title Sport and Exercise Psychologist, you will need to be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). This will involve completing a post degree Stage Two BPS qualification in Sport and Exercise Psychology or an equivalent qualification that has been approved by the HCPC.

By undertaking this Sport and Exercise Psychology degree, you can also choose to enter a wide range of careers in more general areas of psychology or as a researcher, lecturer, teacher, administrator, manager or health care professional.

Our courses have been designed to provide practical work experience and equip you with a range of skills and competencies that should help to set you apart from other graduates and make you attractive to potential employers, such as group work, literature reviewing, critical analysis and the delivery of oral presentations.

As well as the work experience module delivered in Year Two and option to spend a sandwich year on placement, in all years we offer professional development modules. These aim to help you learn how to identify suitable employment and training opportunities after graduation, submit competitive, professional applications and perform well in interview situations. 

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Where our graduates work

Many of our graduates go on to work as psychologists but some also go on to become researchers, lecturers, teachers, administrators, practitioners, managers, or health and care professionals.

What our students say...

This is an intellectually stimulating subject, and has provided me with a number of different opportunities to pursue higher education and fulfil my goal of becoming a teacher.

Ripa Begum
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase for UK and EU Students is expected to be in line with inflation. For international students, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.