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What makes Sport and 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.

Overview

Overview

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
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Places available for 2019

We have places available on a range of courses starting this September.

Find out more and register your interest for Clearing 2019
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Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Giving you the opportunity to gain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) your first step to a career as a psychologist.

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

112
UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

112 UCAS Tariff points

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 pre-2002 qualifications such as GNVQ. Please contact the Admissions Office for advice. Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from the UCAS Website.

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

 

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 the UCAS website.

If you are an international student who does not have the relevant entry requirements for direct entry onto this course, our pathway courses at University of Worcester International College could be the right option for you and enable you to still graduate with this degree. To find out more visit the Sport and Exercise Science pathway page.

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Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Psychological Research Methods 1
  • Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology 
  • Psychology of Sport, Exercise and Physical Health

Optional

  • Professional Skills for Sport and Exercise Scientists
  • Exercise Training and Prescription
  • Optional modules offered by the Language Centre

Year 2

Mandatory

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

Optional

  • Scientific Underpinnings of Physical Activity,Exercise and Health
  • Applied Psychological Science
  • Optional modules offered by the Language Centre

Year 3

Mandatory

  • Psychology Research Project
  • Applied Sports Psychology
  • Psychological Considerations for Sport, Exercise and Health

Optional

  • Business Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Coaching Psychology
  • Counselling Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Positive Psychology
  • Cyberpsychology
Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

Teaching and Learning

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.

Teaching

You are taught through a combination of interactive teaching methods, including face-to-face teaching and online mechanisms for teaching delivery. These include interactive lectures, seminars, tutorials and a virtual learning environment. These different teaching methods are designed to enable the application of learning through activities and discussion, working independently and in groups.

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least 4 occasions per year of a course.

You have an opportunity to undertake a semester long study abroad in one of many partner Universities.

Contact time

In a typical week you will have around 10-12 hours of timetabled face to face teaching, plus online directed study activities and optional tutorials. The precise contact hours will depend on the optional modules selected and in the final year you will normally have slightly less contact time in order to do more independent study.

Typically class contact time will be structured around:

  • 8 hours of Lectures
  • 2-4 hours of Seminars

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 30 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes principal lectures, senior academics, HCPC registered professional practitioners with clinical experience, and psychology technicians.

Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Teaching is based on research and consultancy; 93 per cent of teaching staff in the Psychology Department have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles

Assessment

The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or 'formative' assignments. Each module has one or more formal or 'summative' assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.

The specific assessment strategies used in Psychology are designed to develop skills and knowledge in Psychology and provide evidence of your progress and achievement throughout the course. They also play an important role in helping to develop your employability skills and so prepare you for a range of careers. For example, your literacy skills are developed and assessed through assignments such as essays, literature reviews and critical reviews of journal papers; numeracy and problem solving skills are developed and assessed through the analysis of data sets; assessments using poster and power point presentations, enhance your communication skills and the use of group assessments helps you develop team working and leadership skills. You will also have an opportunity to demonstrate independence in a sustained piece of work through the completion of the Psychology Research Project.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

Year 1
Essay X 2
1 hour MCQ Exam X 2
1 hour Short Answer Exam
Research Methods Portfolios X 2
Research Report X 1
Case Study X 2
Group Video Presentation X 1
Individual Reflection X 1
Group Poster Presentation X 1

Year 2
Research report x3
Exam x3
Essay x2
Presentation x1
Research proposal x1
Literature review x1
Case study x1

Year 3
Research Report X 1
Reflective Log X 1
Case Study X 3
Exam X 1
Presentation X 3
Literature Review X 2
Podcast X 1
Essay x 2
Psychology Research Project X 1

Feedback

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback will support your learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

Programme Specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.

Careers

Where could it take you?

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.

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2019/20 will be £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2019/20 will be £12,400 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 the academic year 2019/20 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.

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.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

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 of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £102 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £165 per week (2019/20 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

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