BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Psychology

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Overview

UCAS Code:C813
Course Length:3 Years Full-Time
Start Dates:September 2016, September 2017
Department:Department of Psychology
Location:Edge Hill University
  • Psychology at Edge Hill University ranked in the top five in the UK for assessment & feedback in the National Student Survey 2015;
  • Study a degree accredited by the British Psychological Society;
  • Benefit from specialist psychological facilities including laboratories and perceptual testing equipment.

Sport and exercise psychology is one of the fastest developing areas of psychology, with this degree being an innovative collaboration between the Department of Sport and Physical Activity and the Department of Psychology. In addition to studying the science of mind and behaviour, you will explore how psychological science explains behaviours in sport and exercise settings and how we can use this knowledge to help develop athletes and exercisers. You will gain a thorough understanding of the fundamental principles of psychology while studying what motivates athletes and exercisers, how to support and develop elite sport performers and the influence of exercise on psychological wellbeing. Our degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society.

Student Profiles

  • Brett Bienias

    BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Psychology
    This course provides an opportunity to gain a lot of hands-on experience. Early on you get to conduct your own interviews and observations, as well as collect data and complete research.
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Course in Depth

What will I study?

Year 1 begins with introductory modules in psychology. In semester one you will cover social and developmental psychology, personality and individual differences. The course then progresses into cognitive and biological psychology, exploring the relationship between brain and behaviour, perception, memory and intelligence. There is an opportunity to develop academic, personal and interpersonal skills in a specially designed module called Essential Skills in Applied Psychology. The focus is on harnessing key undergraduate skills such as academic reading, writing and critique, group work, finding and presenting information, self-awareness and reflection. Emphasis also includes student personal development, career aspirations and employability.

You will also acquire a foundation of essential theories and concepts in sport and exercise psychology and receive an introduction to the methods of conducting psychological research. Key concepts and theories will be introduced and explored. Topics include the brain, skill acquisition, memory, decision-making, motivation, anxiety and confidence.

In Year 2 you will study four major interrelated areas of psychology (social, developmental, biological and cognitive) helping to develop a critical awareness, improve interpersonal and social skills and understand human behaviour in each of the main areas of psychology. More advanced research methods will be introduced examining research and theory relating to psychology in sport and exercise settings. Specifically, students will address topics such as the psychology of exertion, exercise participation and its psychological benefits, and theories of physical activity and health behaviours.

In Year 3 the courses focuses on the application of psychology in sport and exercise settings. In addition, you will undertake a piece of research in either a sport or exercise psychology area, submitted as a dissertation. Your dissertation is an independently conducted research project within an area of sport and/or exercise psychology. There is also the opportunity to explore sport and exercise psychology through practical experience in real world sport and/or exercise settings.

How will I study?

Two thirds of this degree will be spent in the Department of Psychology, with one third being spent in the Department of Sport and Physical Activity. Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshops. Some subjects allow for practical activities, with well-equipped laboratory facilities and our dedicated sport and exercise science laboratories allow hands-on exploration of human movement and performance in sport and exercise through class activities and student-directed research projects.

There is a wide range of IT facilities, including experiment generation and statistical packages, Internet access, electronic journals, databases and e-books.

How will I be assessed?

Most modules are assessed through a mixture of examination and coursework, although some are assessed solely by coursework. Coursework assignments may be traditional essays and literature reviews, research project reports, case studies and oral presentations. In addition, in Year 3, you will complete your dissertation project.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught by highly experienced and enthusiastic tutors with a real commitment to teaching, research and consultancy in sport and exercise settings. The team is made up of British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered Psychologists and Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologists, as well as accredited British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) psychology practitioners.

As a team we are dynamic, friendly and supportive of your needs. Staff are actively involved in research and consultancy projects that influence the development of sport and exercise psychology and directly feed into your degree, continually updating the experience you receive.

A Great Study Environment

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise PsychologyThe Department of Psychology is based in a modern building equipped with high quality teaching and learning facilities and sophisticated research technologies. These include, for example, state-of-the-art eye trackers, transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) methods, and near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) for examining cognitive functioning and brain activity.

Other specialist laboratories for Psychology students include a group testing laboratory, observation rooms, soundproof cubicles, audio-visual suites and dedicated IT facilities equipped with subject specific software installed to support experimental work.

Modules

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Year 1

PSY1109 Essential Skills in Applied Psychology (20 credits)

Essential Skills in Applied Psychology develops a range of academic, personal and interpersonal skills designed to enhance your potential both within and beyond university. The focus is on harnessing key undergraduate skills such as academic reading, writing and critique, group working, finding and presenting information, time management, self-awareness and reflection, and applying them in the context of the degree subject. The module takes a holistic approach to applications of theory.

PSY1111 Introduction to Personality, Social and Developmental Psychology (20 credits)

Introduction to Personality, Social and Developmental Psychology will familiarise you with the approaches and concepts central to the study of behaviour. The module explores the historical and theoretical concepts of personality and individual differences, social cognition and social and cognitive development.

PSY1112 Introduction to Cognitive and Biological Psychology (20 credits)

Introduction to Cognitive and Biological Psychology considers the processes underlying behaviour (such as perception, sensation and memory) and how human beings are embedded in their world (e.g. by way of their shared biology and learned knowledge). In this way, the module aims to equip you with a broad understanding of basic theories and concepts and a range of interrelated approaches towards the psychological study of human behaviour.

PSY1116 Investigating Methods in Psychology (20 credits)

Investigating Methods in Psychology demonstrates the key approaches to research in psychology and develops your skills in experimental design, data analysis and data interpretation. You will learn about approaches to research in areas of cognitive, developmental, social and biological psychology and will be provided with the opportunity to learn and practice these techniques yourself.  The module will also enable you to gain the skills required in order to produce descriptive and inferential statistics.

SPT1430 Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Physiology and Nutrition (20 credits)

Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Physiology and Nutrition introduces you to the essential concepts of exercise physiology and nutrition and their application in sports and exercise. The module provides you with a knowledge of both the structure and function of the various physiological systems and the manner in which nutrition plays a part in maintaining homeostasis. The exploration of these theoretical concepts will be supplemented by additional laboratory sessions which will assess physiological function at rest and during various modes and intensities of exercise.  The data collected will be utilised to develop competencies within the laboratory and enable you to undertake appropriate analysis.

SPT1434 Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Psychology (20 credits)

Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Psychology equips you with knowledge of the key concepts and theories of sport and exercise psychology. The module includes an overview of fundamental psychological theories and perspectives, personality and motivational theory, and emotions in sport and exercise. You will also be introduced to basic measurement tools and methods.

Year 2

PSY2112 Developmental Psychology (20 credits)

Developmental Psychology addresses the processes involved in key aspects of human development and their relevant applications in real world settings. It will focus mainly (though not exclusively) on development in childhood including areas such as cognition, memory, language, emotional, and social development. Emphasis will be placed on the evaluation of key theories and psychological research that have informed our understanding of development in these areas.

PSY2113 Social Psychology (20 credits)

Social Psychology reveals the extent to which social influences and interactions are pervasive in affecting individual behaviour, while also considering how the actions of an individual in turn affect other individuals and groups. You will develop an awareness of the relationship between person and situation and examine how this dynamic relationship both influences, and is crucial to, the understanding of behaviour.

PSY2114 Cognitive Psychology (20 credits)

Cognitive Psychology will examine both classic and contemporary research that has led to the development of theories regarding how attention, perception and memory all function. The module will also examine how each of these components interact during everyday tasks. You will consider how thinking, language and emotion enable us to reason about, and interact meaningfully with, the external world, gaining an understanding of the processes used to communicate, comprehend, and use information and knowledge.

PSY2115 Biological Psychology (20 credits)

Biological Psychology studies the human nervous system, including its structure and functioning. There will be a particular focus upon the brain. You will learn in detail the processes by which messages are passed through the system and the way the brain interacts with the hormones of the endocrine system in order to preserve life. The methods by which the brain is commonly researched will also be explored in order to provide a basis for understanding much current research and theorising in psychology.

PSY2116 Research Methods and Data Analysis (20 credits)

Research Methods and Data Analysis provides you with the skills necessary to design, execute and report your own research. A particular emphasis is placed on data analysis: quantitative techniques (analysis of variance and regression) and qualitative techniques (grounded theory and phenomenological analysis). These data analysis skills will be essential for carrying out dissertations and are also highly valued by employers.

SPT2434 Sport and Exercise Psychology (20 credits)

Sport and Exercise Psychology provides a theoretical understanding of contemporary sport and exercise psychology. The module is centred on three key themes. These are the psychological processes of sport participation, the psychological processes associated with exercise participation, and the psychological processes influencing the learning and performance of movement skills. Key components of the module include the understanding and evaluation of psychological theory and empirical evidence, as well as gaining practical experience of laboratory and/or field-based activities within the discipline. The module will be of direct relevance if you wish to gain an insightful understanding of the underpinning psychological theories and concepts in both sport and exercise settings.

Year 3

PSY3129 Personality and Individual Differences (20 credits)

Personality and Individual Differences is a module designed to develop your appreciation of individual differences in the study of human behaviour. In particular, the module will examine how individual differences interact in almost every example of psychological research with experimental or situational paradigms to produce results differing profoundly for individuals of different personalities, different capacities and different motivations.

PSY3135 Dissertation (30 credits)

Dissertation requires you to carry out a piece of research for which, with tutorial support, you have responsibility for designing, gathering data, analysing data, and reporting the findings. You will work independently and demonstrate a high degree of autonomy and initiative in managing your work.

PSY3136 Reflections and Future Directions (10 credits)

Reflections and Future Directions considers the historical and conceptual issues in psychology from an informed perspective, using knowledge and understanding acquired throughout the degree. You will learn to acknowledge your own individual role as a prospective psychology graduate within a wider context, recognising and maximising the skills acquired throughout the programme, in preparation for future employment or further study.

SPT3424 Applied Sport Psychology (20 credits)

Applied Sport Psychology considers the application of the theory of sport psychology. You will review, consolidate, extend and apply knowledge of sport psychology theory through a problem-based learning approach. This module will examine human behaviour in the sporting environment and focus upon the application of psychological skills training (PST) intervention strategies in order to maximise sporting performance.

SPT3425 Applied Exercise Psychology (20 credits)

Applied Exercise Psychology examines the application of the theory of exercise and health psychology. You will review, consolidate, extend and apply knowledge of exercise and health psychology theory. Levels of intervention will be addressed, considering matching strategy and theory to appropriate populations. Skills, strategies and approaches are covered to develop self-efficacious individuals who are able to define motivations and adapt behaviours to initiate and maintain healthy behaviours.

SPT3427 Sport and Exercise Psychology in Practice (20 credits)

Sport and Exercise Psychology in Practice represents the opportunity to explore psychological issues and theories in sport and/or exercise settings. Using experience gained within a sport and/or exercise setting, you will assess the evidence underpinning the practices and behaviours observed or delivered. You will evaluate and reflect on how psychological theory, research and practical competencies are applied in sport and/or exercise settings, and how psychological theory can improve practice in such settings.

Disclaimer

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

The UCAS Tariff system, which allocates points to a range of qualifications in university entry requirements, is changing for students joining programmes from September 2017 onwards.

The entry criteria below are mapped to the current UCAS Tariff for academic year 2016/17 entry and the new UCAS Tariff for academic year 2017/18 entry.

  • 2016/17 Entry – 280 UCAS Tariff points, for which no specific subjects are required, plus GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or above (or equivalent);
  • 2017/18 Entry – 112 UCAS Tariff points, for which no specific subjects are required, plus GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or above (or equivalent).

Example Offers

Some typical examples of how you can achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

  • A Levels – BBC;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) – Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM);
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma – successful completion of Diploma to include at least 45 passed credits at Level 3.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

As long as you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as the Welsh Baccalaureate and Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/offers.

EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at www.edgehill.ac.uk/eu.

International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

Are there any alternative ways to meet the entry requirements?

If you have the ability to study for a degree but lack the necessary qualifications or confidence, our Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education course could be for you. This free, seven-week programme provides a great opportunity to gain the study skills and subject knowledge to guarantee the offer of a place on an Edge Hill University degree (subject to meeting any additional requirements stipulated in your Fastrack offer letter). For more information, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/fastrack.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

This programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) provided the minimum standard of a lower second class honours is achieved. This is the first step towards becoming a chartered psychologist.

This degree is ideal preparation for a career in sport and exercise psychology and supports progression into professional psychology career paths which include postgraduate training, educational psychology, clinical psychology, occupational psychology, health psychology, teaching and research. Sport-related careers include coaching and physical education, as well as work within the exercise and fitness industry and health promotion. Graduates from this subject are also attractive to employers in a range of commercial and public sector areas.

It is important for you to recognise that training in Sport and Exercise Psychology is acquired through postgraduate education and supervised practice, not through an undergraduate degree. On completion of this programme, you are not qualified to practice as a Sport and Exercise psychologist without further training.

How can I enhance my employability?

It is useful to consider, even before you apply, how you will spend your time while studying and make the most of your university experience.

Optional, additional activities may be available on this degree which could help to prepare you for a stimulating and rewarding career. These include:

  • Sandwich Year – you may have the opportunity to apply to complete a sandwich year placement as part of your programme (usually the third year of a four year degree) and gain highly relevant work experience;
  • Study Abroad – you may have the opportunity to apply to spend an additional year (usually the third year of a four year degree) studying or working abroad;
  • Language Learning – you may be able to select language modules in French, Spanish or Mandarin, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, as additional study.

Please note, the availability of these additional activities cannot be guaranteed for all students. Depending on availability and the number of students wanting to participate, there may be a competitive application process for sandwich year placements or study abroad opportunities or you may be required to secure a relevant placement yourself.

Finance

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for full-time study on this undergraduate degree are £9,000 per annum for UK and EU students and £11,350 per annum for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2016/17.

Financial Support

Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2016/17, together with details of how to apply for funding, please view our Money Matters 2016/17 guide at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradfinance2016.

Financial support information for international students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.

Scholarships

ScholarshipsEdge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time undergraduate students. These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

Additional scholarships, which you may qualify to receive, reward outstanding grades and are available to eligible UK and EU students.

To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/scholarships.

Apply

How to Apply

Apply online through UCAS at www.ucas.com.

Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyucas to find out more about the application process.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

Visit Us

If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at www.edgehill.ac.uk/bookanopenday.

Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about all of our events for prospective undergraduate students, including monthly campus tours, at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradevents.

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to explore our full range of degrees before you apply, you can order an undergraduate prospectus at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradprospectus.

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about this programme or what it’s like to study at Edge Hill University, please contact:

International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international or email international@edgehill.ac.uk with any queries about overseas study.

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Course Changes

This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented since 1st September 2015.

17th December 2015 - Change of Modules

SPT2434 Sport and Exercise Psychology (20 credits) replaces SPT2423 Psychology of Sport and Exercise (30 credits) and PSY2112 Developmental Psychology (20 credits) replaces PSY2118 Applied Developmental Psychology (10 credits) in Year 2.

4th September 2015 - Change of Module

PSY1116 Investigating Methods in Psychology (20 credits) replaces PSY1113 Investigating Psychology (30 credits) in Year 1.