Sport and Exercise Psychology BSc (Hons)

 

Course Code

UCAS Code: C841
International Code: HLSU265

Location

Coventry University (Coventry)

 

Study mode

Full-time
Sandwich

Duration

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Start date

September 2023

We are reviewing this course for 2023-24 entry and the validated module information will be added shortly. Please keep checking back on this course page to see our latest updates.


Course overview

Study level: Undergraduate

This course demonstrates applications of sport and exercise psychology in a global context, providing holistic understanding of psychological explanations and their applications to sport and exercise using real-life examples across different contexts.

The course engages with theory, research and applications of psychological perspectives and methods/techniques in a global context to develop professional levels of transferable, practical and cognitive skills. This will enable graduates to attain the qualities to confidently progress in an international arena.

  • You will have the opportunity to develop critical awareness and understanding of core British Psychological Society (BPS) curriculum and specialised and contemporary content using a thematic approach e.g. interventions in sport and exercise psychology (SEP), neuropsychology in sport, origins and future directions in SEP, mental health and counselling in SEP and other sport and exercise contexts, as well as their wider application.
  • The course provides a broad and varied educational experience within which learning occurs, engaging you in experiential learning and a wide range of international contexts.
  • Equips you with the appropriate methodological and analytical skills to undertake research in the field of psychology whilst adhering to discipline defined ethical standards.
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Global Ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

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Teaching excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

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Employability

Career ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Why you should study this course

  • You will have the opportunity to gain a critical appreciation of how psychology can be applied to real world questions, cross-cultural and diverse situations across global contexts.
  • Focus on employability: developing transferable, practical and cognitive skills (e.g. critical analysis, problem solving, and leadership) and our ‘Enhanced Skills in Psychology Scheme’ that provides opportunity for work experience2, putting you in an excellent position to secure postgraduate education or employment in an increasingly competitive graduate education and job market.
  • Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) projects enhances international awareness through multi-cultural communication and peer interaction at participating institutions (subject to availability).
  • Top 300 in World Rankings for Psychology - Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022.
  • Opportunities to participate in exciting field trips2 to a range of overseas destinations, which have previously included Europe and the United States.
Top 300

World Rankings for Psychology

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 202

Accreditation

Accreditation for this course is being renewed as we are making some changes to our modules. This exciting new course is subject to approval from the British Psychological Society (BPS).*


How you'll learn

All of our psychology degrees are taught using a mixture of lectures, 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 lectures2, we will explore a range of case studies. For example, past 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 wellbeing in participants of sport and exercise. The use of specialist equipment and computer software is taught and is 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 wellbeing.

Work experience is an integral part of the course and you will have the opportunity to undertake placements2. Past students have undertaken work experience with organisations including Coventry City FC and the Coventry Blaze Ice Hockey Team.

In addition, your Professional and Personal Tutor will be available for one-to-one bookable meetings throughout every semester (subject to availability) 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.


Teaching contact hours

We understand that everyone learns differently, so each of our courses will consist of structured teaching sessions, which can include:

  • On campus lectures, seminars and workshops
  • Group work
  • Self-directed learning
  • Work placement opportunities.

If you would like more information, you can request information about teaching hours.

Part of university life is undertaking self-directed learning. During a typical week you will have time that allows you to work independently to apply the skills and knowledge you have learnt in taught or facilitated sessions to your projects or assignment briefs. This self-directed learning allows you to use your research skills, consolidate your knowledge or undertake collaborative group work.

As an innovative and enterprising institution, the university may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.


Assessment

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module.

Assessment methods include coursework and phase tests.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.


International experience opportunities

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 year spent studying abroad2. 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.

Please note that all international experience opportunities may be subject to additional costs, competitive application, availability and meeting applicable visa and travel requirements are therefore not guaranteed2.

Studying with Coventry University, we pride ourselves on a sense of belonging, with a friendly and supportive team and cohort alike, across a range of cultures and diversity. A degree in psychology is the starting point for a range of interesting careers in various fields such as clinical, counselling, health, forensic, educational, business or occupational, neurological, and sport psychology. The transferable skills and understanding of human behaviour would also make you desirable to employers in a range of sectors, including marketing, business, leadership, management, and research.

Dr Rachael Molitor, Lecturer in Psychology, Coventry University
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Entry requirements

Typical offer for 2023 entry

Requirement What we're looking for
A level BBB Excludes General Studies
GCSE Minimum 5 GCSEs graded 9-4 / A*- C including English Language and Mathematics, or specified equivalents
BTEC DDM
IB Diploma 30 points to include 15 points at Higher level.

We recognise a breadth of qualifications, speak to one of our advisers today to find out how we can help you.

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Are you eligible for the Fair Access Scheme?

We believe every student should have the opportunity to dream big, reach their potential and succeed, regardless of their background.

Fair Access Scheme

Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:


You can view our full list of country specific entry requirements on our Entry requirements page.

If you do not have the typical entry requirements, you may want to consider studying this course with an international foundation year. Upon successful completion our International Foundation Year - Public Health will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to progress onto this undergraduate degree.

Alternatively, visit our International hub for further advice and guidance on finding in-country agents and representatives, joining our in-country events and how to apply.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall (with at least 5.5 in each component area)

If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course. 

For more information on our approved English language tests visit our English language requirements page.

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Fees and funding

Student Full time Part time
UK TBC per year Not available
International TBC per year Not available

If you choose to do a work placement2, you should consider travel and living costs to cover this. There is also a tuition fee3 of £1,250 that will cover your academic support throughout your placement year.

For advice and guidance on tuition fees and student loans visit our Undergraduate Finance page and see The University’s Tuition Fee and Refund Terms and Conditions.

We offer a range of International scholarships to students all over the world. For more information, visit our International Scholarships page.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessments, facilities and support services. There may be additional costs not covered by this fee such as accommodation and living costs, recommended reading books, stationery, printing and re-assessments should you need them. Find out what's included in your tuition costs.


Facilities

This course is taught at Coventry University’s main campus.

  • Specialist teaching facilities include light and dark multisensory laboratories, ‘mock’ prison cells, an observation suite, counselling rooms which allows you to experience the application of psychology in different contexts.
  • Specialist software, such as Gorilla, Opensesame experiment builder, E-Prime, SPSS statistical analysis, Pinnacle Studio and NVIVO to develop your digital fluency.
  • EEG (electroencephalogram), eye tracking and Virtual Reality Headsets which allows you to understand and experience the neuro cognitive aspects of human behaviour in different situations.

Careers and opportunities

Our courses equip you with a range of skills and competencies that could set you apart from other graduates and make you attractive to potential employers (e.g. critical thinking, communication skills, leadership and creativity). In addition, our ‘Enhanced Skills in Psychology Scheme’ runs alongside your degree and provides opportunities to develop your professional identity in areas such as interviewing skills, work experience and volunteering. This scheme complements a final year module that aims to help you learn how to identify suitable employment and training opportunities after graduation, submit competitive, professional applications and perform well in interview situations.

The course provides the necessary grounding to enable you to progress and be eligible to undertake further training to become a qualified psychologist pursuing a career in the community, for example, as an occupational, forensic or social psychologist; in mental wellbeing as a clinical or counselling psychologist; in physical wellbeing as a health, sport or neuropsychologist; working with children as a developmental or educational psychologist.

Our graduates are equipped with highly sought after employability skills (e.g. transferable skills, analytical thinking, presentation skills) to embark on a career in applied psychological settings (e.g., mental health secure settings, rehabilitation centres); or complete one of our postgraduate degrees. However, the transferable skills you gain from your degree open several options for career pathways. Our students have also become researchers, lecturers, teachers, administrators, managers and health and care professionals.

Where our graduates work

Many of our graduates have gone on to pursue postgraduate study (e.g., MSc, PhD, DClinPsy) and continued their work as practising psychologists (e.g., becoming Clinical, Forensic, Sport, Educational psychologists etc). Previous graduates have secured employment in applied and research institutions such as: St Andrew’s Health Care, Victim Support and the NHS. Other graduates have also been successful in gaining positions as teaching assistants, working in human resources, becoming research assistants and using their digital literacy skills to support in meaningful interventions in hospitals and start-up companies looking for innovative thinking.


How to apply

  • Full-time students applying to start in September 2023 can apply for this course through UCAS from 6 September 2022.

    Part-time students should apply directly to the university. Read our application pages to find out your next steps to apply.


    If you'd like further support or more information about your course get in touch with us today.

  • Full-time students applying to start in September 2023 should apply directly to the university. Applications are due to be open in June 2022, so please return to this page to fill out your application.

    How to apply

    For further support for international applicants applying for an undergraduate degree view our International hub.

    You can also download our International guide which contains lots of useful information about our courses, accommodation and tips for travel.


    Get in touch with us today for further advice and guidance.

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  • 1Accreditations

    The majority of our courses have been formally recognised by professional bodies, which means the courses have been reviewed and tested to ensure they reach a set standard. In some instances, studying on an accredited course can give you additional benefits such as exemptions from professional exams (subject to availability, fees may apply). Accreditations, partnerships, exemptions and memberships shall be renewed in accordance with the relevant bodies’ standard review process and subject to the university maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.

    *In the event that there is any delay in obtaining approval, we will run Sport and Exercise Psychology BSc (Hons) for 2022-23 which has already been accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

    2UK and international opportunities

    Please note that we are unable to guarantee any UK or International opportunities (whether required or optional) such as internships, work experience, field trips, conferences, placements or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (which could include, but is not limited to, equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable travel COVID and visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the visa requirements, please contact the International Office.

    3Tuition fees

    The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated in the above table for the first Academic Year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For Home 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 is expected to be in line with inflation.

    For International Students, we may increase fees each year but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation. If you defer your course start date or have to extend your studies beyond the normal duration of the course (e.g. to repeat a year or resit examinations) the University reserves the right to charge you fees at a higher rate and/or in accordance with any legislative changes during the additional period of study.

    4Facilities

    Facilities are subject to availability. Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

    Student Contract

    By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. The 2022/23 Contract is currently being updated so please revisit this page before submitting your application. 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.