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What makes Sport & Exercise Psychology at Worcester special?

From the Olympic success of TeamGB to the mind-games of Muhammad Ali, psychology has always played a key role in ensuring sporting success. Sports psychologists work across both team and individual sports, coaching at the mind-body interface to maximise performance when it really counts.

At Worcester, you will explore how psychology has the power to help an individual fulfil their potential at all levels of sport, whether that be elite athletes gunning for gold, or helping groups within wider society develop the confidence to adopt a healthy and active lifestyle.

Key features

  • Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), giving you the opportunity to gain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) - the first step to a career as a psychologist
  • Study the core psychological principles, alongside specialist sport and exercise psychology modules, giving you the flexibility to keep your options open and choose the path that best matches your interests as they develop
  • Excellent facilities including a new psychology computer suite and state-of-the-art eye tracking technology, fitness and sports suites and a sports psychology laboratory

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

112

UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

112 UCAS Tariff points including GCSE English and Mathematics at Grade C or above

A Criminal Records Bureau disclosure is required for some modules.

The University will consider each application on its individual merits and will recognise a range of qualifications not currently included in the Tariff, including Access courses, European Baccalaureate and pre-2002 qualifications such as GNVQ. Please contact the Admissions Office for advice. Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from www.ucas.com

Applicants with no formal qualifications may be considered for Mature Student Entry Routes.

The points above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from http://www.ucas.com   

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Psychological Research Methods 1
  • Body & Mind in Sport & Exercise

Optional

  • Personal Growth and Team Building Through Outdoor Adventurous Activity
  • Physical Activity, Exercise & Health
  • Introduction to Motor Learning and Skill Acquisition

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Biological & Cognitive Psychology
  • Social & Developmental Psychology
  • Psychological Research Methods 2
  • Individual Differences

Optional

  • Motor Skill Progression
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Scientific Analysis of Sports Coaching

Year 3

Mandatory

  • Psychology Research Project
  • Applied Sports Psychology
  • Consultancy in Applied Sport & Exercise Psychology

Optional

  • Business Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Coaching Psychology
  • Counselling Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Global & Olympic Sport
  • The Developing Child in Sport
  • Learning & Performance of Sport Skills

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Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

You will learn how to:

  • Understand the historical and scientific origins and limitations of psychology as a discipline;
  • Use scientific and evidence-based reasoning to critically evaluate psychological arguments and develop their own perspective on psychological debates by the systematic analysis of multiple perspectives, their interrelationships, and their ethical and contextual underpinnings;
  • Show knowledge and critical understanding of how core areas within the discipline have conceptualised factors that influence psychological behaviours, experience and functioning;
  • Identify and evaluate, meaningfully, significant patterns, variability and diversity in the full range of psychological behaviour, experience and functioning;
  • Problem solve by developing and evaluating research questions;
  • Demonstrate substantial and competent research skills through the appropriate and critical use of research paradigms, and a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods and measurement techniques; including: statistical reasoning; comprehension and use of numerical and other data, including presenting and analysing complex data sets by a variety of methods;
  • Show knowledge of some of the cutting edge research in specialised and/or applied areas of psychology, specifically Sport and Exercise Psychology;
  • Initiate, design, conduct with appropriate supervision, and report an ethical empirical research project on a topic within Sport and Exercise Psychology, and recognise its methodological and ethical limits;
  • Use effective and fluent written, oral and visual communication to convey ideas and research findings;
  • Learn independently through self-reflection, the evaluation of strengths and weaknesses, self-directed study, and self and task management to meet set objectives;
  • Demonstrate team working skills through awareness and sensitivity to the contextual and interpersonal features of group work.

Teaching approach:

  • Lectures; seminars; practical workshops, project work, academic tutorials, directed study, computer workshops, independent learning and e-learning.
  • Each module has a dedicated virtual learning page as part of the virtual learning environment (Blackboard), giving access to a range of resources including self-directed learning, assessment tasks, discussion boards and other learning materials.
  • Teaching involves large and small group sessions with the latter designed to help support your learning.

Careers

Where could it take you?

Employability

Sports Psychology is a fast-growing discipline that is recognised as a professional specialism within Psychology and has chartered status. Graduates will be eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS), (necessary for further professional training).

Sport Psychology is a professional chartered area of Psychology. This course could be used as a preparatory first degree for those students wanting to follow a career as a Sport Psychologist which requires further postgraduate study and supervised practice.

The course prepares students for a range of graduate careers with knowledge and skills appropriate for areas such as: sports psychology, sports coaching, police service, armed forces, fitness and health industries, sports training and general graduate careers.

  • sophie-carrigill-sports-psychology-graduation-2016

    Case study

    Sophie Carrigill

    For most people, completing a degree would be enough of a challenge, but for Sophie Carrigill, 2016 will also be remembered for representing their country in the Paralympic Games.

    Sophie Carrigill was part of the Great Britain women’s wheelchair basketball team that narrowly missed out on a medal in Rio and graduated with a degree in Sports Psychology in the same year.

    Part way through her degree Sophie was named as the Captain of the GB women’s squad.

    “It was definitely a challenge to juggle studying and training but I found that doing my best to be organised and manage my time was the best way to be successful,” she recalls. “I also had a lot of support from lectures and staff members at the university and also a lot of support from the staff at British wheelchair basketball which made doing both things much easier.”

    “It's a very surreal feeling that I've finished university; it was a massive part of my life for three years,” she added. “I'm so glad to have completed my degree though, it's a real sense of achievement.”

    Sophie is now hoping to carry on playing basketball and already has her sights set on Tokyo 2020.

    “Alongside that I'm looking forward to starting a job at the University as a Graduate Ambassador and hopefully I will be able to help other student athletes get through their university life successfully,” she said. 

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Costs

How much will it cost?

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Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in 2017 will be no more than £9,250, subject to approval by Parliament.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in 2017 will be £11,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in 2017 will be no more than £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module, subject to approval by Parliament.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying.  The amounts vary between courses.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to the £153 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.

Apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Sport & Exercise Psychology BSc (Single Honours) C813 BSc/SpPsy

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

UCAS CODE:

C813

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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111
admissions@worc.ac.uk  

Course leader

Daniel Farrelly
01905 54 2345
d.farrelly@worc.ac.uk