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Sports Psychology

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C-A,B,B

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE Grade 4 or above in Maths and English are required. We will consider equivalent qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

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UCAS Tariff

104-128

A typical offer will require a UCAS Tariff score between 104 - 128. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Sport and exercise psychology

Do you have a passion for sport and exercise? Do you want to find out what psychological aspects lead to sporting achievement? By choosing Sports Psychology, you’ll learn why and how athletes can achieve their full potential and be a part of that incredible journey.

On this British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited course, you can expect industry-experienced lecturers, guest speakers, work placements and our state-of-the art human performance laboratory, to help boost your employability.

**Why study this subject?**
Our BSc (Hons) Sports Psychology degree is designed to inspire you to develop the knowledge and skills to step confidently into any career you choose, whether that’s in the world of sports, psychology or beyond, you’ll be set up for success.

Not only will you develop a deep understanding of the implications of psychology on athlete motivation, behaviour and cognition, but you’ll also enhance your employability by learning important skills like communication, numeracy, teamwork, critical thinking and independent learning.

**Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?**
At BNU, we offer a wide range of psychology and sports modules. Through our partnerships with both the sports and psychology teaching departments, you’ll have a great community of like-minded students and lecturers to work with.

This course has been accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS); a qualification recognised by major employers throughout the country. Plus, if you graduate with a 2:2 or above, you’ll be eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). This will enable you to take your next steps towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist if that’s the career you choose.

What's more, our Psychology teaching staff are all experts in their areas and regularly publish their own work meaning you'll be supported and mentored by leaders in the academic field.

We also invite guest lecturers and have impressive industry and community links meaning you can start building a professional network before you've even graduated.

**What facilities can I use?**
In workshops and lectures you’ll have the opportunity to use the Human Performance Laboratory which is equipped for assessing a broad range of human physiological, biomechanical and psychological functions.

The lab has cutting edge equipment such as Neurotracker Attention Training Software, PowerLab and Qualisys 3D Motion Capture system. You’ll also have the opportunity to use the observation lab to use specialist equipment like the Biopac©, Tobii eye tracking equipment and HTC Vive, virtual reality software.

**What will I study?**
Over the course of three years, you’ll study modules like Biological and Cognitive Psychology, Developmental and Social Psychology, Emotion as well as Historical and Conceptual Issues in Sports Psychology.

You’ll also learn about quantitative and qualitative research which will set you up for success not only in your final dissertation project but also in your future career.

**How will I be taught and assessed?**
With sports psychology, learning doesn’t just take place in the lecture hall – you’ll have the opportunity to learn in small seminar groups, as well as lab-based lessons which will teach you exactly how to conduct psychological experiments and research.

Through course assessments, you’ll learn important skills like teamwork, programme design, critical analysis and synthesis skills, as well as how to give engaging presentations, write concise reports and analyse data effectively.

Modules

Year One: Bioenergetics of Human Movement, Foundations of Exercise Physiology, Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Introduction to Biological Psychology and Cognitive Psychology, Introduction to Developmental and Social Psychology, Introduction to Personality and Applying Psychology, Psychological Research Methods. Year Two: Applied Sport and Performance Psychology, Cognition and Emotion in Sport and Exercise Psychology, Biopsychology, Cognitive Processes in Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology, Quantitative Research Methods in Psychology. Year Three: Professional Development and Employability, Working with a Client, Emprical Dissertation, Historical and Conceptual Issues in Psychology, Issues in Personality and Individual Differences, Social Psychology.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£14,250
per year
International
£14,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Buckinghamshire New University

Department:

School of Health Care and Social Work

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

85%
high
Sport and exercise psychology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Psychology (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

88%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
85%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
68%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

74%
Library resources
85%
IT resources
70%
Course specific equipment and facilities
84%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

90%
UK students
10%
International students
71%
Male students
29%
Female students
63%
2:1 or above
19%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
D
A

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Psychology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,720
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
57%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
15%
Caring personal services
9%
Welfare and housing associate professionals

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Psychology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£18k

£18k

£22k

£22k

£26k

£26k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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