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Psychology of Sport

BSc (Hons)

School - School of Health Sciences

Subject area - Psychology and Public Health

UCAS Code:

Start Dates(s): September

Duration:

Three years full-time
Six years part-time

Fees:

UK - £9,250 per year

Part-time - Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.

International - £14,400 per year

In Brief:

  • Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • You will have access to state of the art facilities in sport and psychology
  • You will have excellent career prospects being equipped to work in a number of environments such as health and social care, sport and fitness, coaching and personal training
  • Part-time study option
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

The BSc (Hons) Psychology of Sport is a brand new degree being launched in September 2017. It will be taught jointly by experienced staff from Psychology and Sports Science within the School of Health Sciences. Our degree provides an excellent foundation for any student interested in a career as a psychologist with a particular focus on applying those skills in the broad areas of sport and exercise.

This course offers you the chance to study in an excellent department equipped to the highest standards with Psychology and Sports facilities.  

This course is designed to provide you with in-depth knowledge and opportunities for learning a wide range of concepts relevant to psychology and sport. It has a hands-on approach to developing research skills and encourages you to apply the theory to real-world settings. The final year gives you the opportunity to specialise in areas of psychology and sport that interest you and to undertake a supervised research project of your own.

During your first year you will complete modules such as Psychology of Exercise and Health, Introduction to Biological and Cognitive Psychology, and Introduction to Sports Psychology.  

Moving into your second year you will build on the knowledge gained in your first year of studies. You will study a range of modules including Practical Applications of Sports and Exercise Psychology, Developmental Psychology, and Individual Differences and Social Psychology.  

Your third year will allow you to tailor your studies to your area of interest. Examples of modules you can choose to take are Forensic Psychology, Brain and Behaviour, Applied Case studies in Sport and Exercise Psychology. A work placement is also available in the final year.

Course Structure

LevelSemester 1Semester 2
4Introduction to Research Methods Introduction to Research Methods
 Introduction to Developmental and Social Psychology Introduction to Individual Differences 
 Introduction to Biological and Cognitive PsychologyIntroduction to Biological and Cognitive Psychology
 Introduction to Sports PsychologyPsychology of Exercise and Health
5Further Research MethodsDevelopmental and Social Psychology
 Further Biopsychology and CognitionIndividual Differences
 Behaviour Change Practical Applications of Sports and Exercise Psychology
6Dissertation 
Options from the following:Brain and BehaviourForensic Psychology
 Effective and Affective Thinking and ProcessingPsychology and Health
 Educational PsychologyPsychology of Addictions and Substance Misuse
 Occupational PsychologyPsychology of Global Issues
 Psychology of Mental HealthMedia Psychology
 Psychology of Children in NeedApplied Case Studies in Sport and Exercise Psychology
 Psychology Placement 
 Advanced Topics in Sport and Exercise Psychology

Year 1            

An introduction to statistics and research methods used in psychology, including basic quantitative and qualitative research methods.                  
You will be introduced to key factors in human development including social, emotional, cognitive and biological foundation. Within social psychology you will look at how individuals perceive, influence and interact with others.                  
This module introduces you to psychological factors that are important for athletic and team functioning in sport. You will explore key theories and research across a range of psychological topics relevant to athletes and teams. You will examine relationships between psychological factors and how psychological factors influence sports performance.                  
An introduction to the study of personality, intelligence, gender and mental health.                  
You will be introduced to the basic biological processes and cognitive principles necessary for understanding human psychology.                  
Explores the practical application of psychological skills and group-based interventions for psychology and performance. This module introduces you to the importance of evidence-based practice when working with athletes and teams in a consultancy role. You will examine different methods of needs analysis, measurement, intervention, and evaluation when applying sport psychology principles in practice.                  

Year 2            

Extends quantitative and qualitative research methods training to more complex designs and forms of analysis. You will build on the skills developed in Year One; designing, carrying out research, and analyzing your results.                  
You will explore the links between biological and cognitive processes and examine how this relationship influences performance in real-world contexts.                  
You will develop a critical understanding of health behaviour, exploring the barriers to exercise, and considering motivation, confidence, competence and self-efficacy.                  
As part of this module on Developmental and Social Psychology, students will learn about a variety of areas within developmental psychology including: socio-emotional development and attachment in infancy through to adulthood; the development of communication in the first few years of life; social development in infancy and childhood (using the case of theory of mind); explore the lifespan perspective on development (using the case of gender identity development as an example) and looking at typical developmental versus non-typical development (for instance, the development in infants and children who later receive a diagnosis of a neurodevelopmental disorder such as autism spectrum disorder). The social part of the module explores numerous key areas within social psychology such as the self and social cognition; person perception and attribution (representation and social identity); attitudes, prejudice and aggression; affiliation, attraction and love; groups; prosocial behaviour and social influence and social constructionism (history and crisis in social psychology).                  
Building on study of this area in the first year, the module invites you to explore the latest theories and research into personality and intelligence, gender differences and mental health.                  
Explores the practical application of psychological skills and group-based interventions for psychology and performance. This module introduces you to the importance of evidence-based practice when working with athletes and teams in a consultancy role. You will examine different methods of needs analysis, measurement, intervention, and evaluation when applying sport psychology principles in practice.                  

Year 3            

You will choose two modules from sport and two from psychology. Within psychology the modules we offer, we provide the most up to date research based teaching, and therefore options may vary from year to year.            

Explore conceptualisations of mental health. Explanations of mental health. Legal and social ramifications of mental ill health. The range of conditions treated within psychiatry. Therapeutic modalities and agencies.                  
Explores the effects which exposure to media has on people as well as how people process information from media. Looks at advertisement, persuasion, news journalism, social media and internet use.                  
Aimed at students interested in a career in education or a clinical setting. You will learn about the conditions and environments of children in need (autistic spectrum, poverty, Down Syndrome, ADHD, blindness). You will examine theories and the psychological impact of interventions.                  
During this module, you will learn to apply theories and methodologies from cognitive psychology to real-world behaviour. You will explore the influence of emotional processing on human cognition and performance and reflect on the optimal conditions for thinking and decision-making.                  
Explores the principles and theories of knowledge, attitude and behaviour change, behaviour change in context (health, education, and community), planning, delivering and evaluating interventions, policy and guidance in UK/international context.                  
A practitioner based module which will provide you with a tour of relevant theories and topics (including stress, selection techniques and change at work), as well as an assessment opportunity to apply these in real-world settings, including your own experience in the workplace.                  
This module examines in detail the relationships between behaviour and the nervous system. You will explore these relationships through the consideration of key topics in the field of neuroscience, including learning, psychopharmacology, brain damage, organic brain disorder and mental health.                  
A new module which considers the role of psychology in a global context. You will have the opportunity to use your psychological knowledge to explore the issues of the day.                  
An applied module which will introduce you to offender profiling, lie detection techniques and psychological theories of criminal behaviour; guest speakers have includes a serving chief investigating officer, a forensic psychologist and a probation officer.                  
This module aims to introduce you to the concepts, theory, methods and applications of health psychology. It is concerned with the psychological aspects of physical illness, their treatment and management as well as what it is that keeps people healthy and well.                  
Develops your understanding of the relevance of psychology to education and provides opportunities to apply psychological theory and principles in the field of education and professional practice.                  
Explore positive models of ageing and lifespan development in the 21st Century including: identity, physical and mental health, and the psycho-social implications of ageing.            
The psychology of serial homicide, mass shooting, and terrorism. The module also explores the neurodevelopmental and psychosocial risk factors in serial killers and mass shooters, the pathway to intended violence in such extreme cases of violence and the neuropsychodynamics of individuals who commit serial homicide and single homicide.            
The work placement will give you the opportunity to put what you've learnt into practice.                    

Sport Modules            

Explores advanced psychological topics that are considered as current or emerging themes within sport. This module focuses on critical thinking in relation to psychological themes, theories, research, and interventions. You will critically appraise the current state of sport psychology to suggest applied and theoretical implications and avenues for future research that would advance the discipline of sport psychology.                  
This module will look at examples of case studies where psychology has proved beneficial in dealing with issues in sport and exercise.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
GCSE Five GCSE subjects at grade C or above preferred. Must include GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C. If you are in England and are taking GCSEs that are awarded from 2017 onwards, grade 4 will be required.
UCAS tariff points 112
BTEC National Diploma DMM
Foundation Degree Overall 60%
Scottish Highers 112 points BBBCC
Irish Leaving Certificate 112 points
International Baccalaureate 31 points
Access to HE 112 points

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to successfully pursue a programme of study in higher education. Students who do not have the traditional entry requirements may be able to apply through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme. Support in preparing for the written assessment is available from the University.

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 (with no element below 5.5) is proof of this. If you need to improve your written and spoken English, you might be interested in our English language courses.

Applicant profile

Psychology is about people - the study of the human mind and behaviour. As such psychology graduates are well sought after in many workplaces.

This course is designed to provide you with in-depth knowledge and opportunities for learning a wide range of psychological concepts and in particular how these concepts  might be applied in a sporting context. It has a hands-on approach to developing research skills and encourages you to apply the theory to real-world settings. The final year gives you the opportunity to specialise in areas of psychology that interest you and to undertake a supervised research project of your own.

For further information, take a look at our Psychology blog.

Our Psychology of Sport course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) – if you achieve a lower second class degree or above, Graduate Basis for Registration is awarded. This is the first step to becoming a chartered Sport Psychologist.

In your personal statement you should show a demonstrable interest in sport and exercise.

Fees and Funding

Fees

Tuition fees for Home/EU students beginning their course in September 2018 will be announced as soon as they are confirmed by the UK Government. Tuition fees for 2017 were £9,250 per annum for Home/EU students; we expect this figure to rise slightly for 2018.

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Part-time Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Full-time International £14,400 per year

Scholarships & Bursaries

We offer awards to help you study including:

  • Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship
  • Salford Student Bursary

For more information please see our funding section.

Teaching

Throughout your course you will be taught by an experienced and enthusiastic staff team who are research active and are recognized at both international and national levels for their work on a variety of topics.

You will be taught alongside students on other courses with similar disciplines including Sport Rehabilitation and Exercise, Physical Activity and Health. This broadens the links between sport psychology, sports science and professions aligned to health care.

Research specialisms of the Psychology and Sport staff include clinical and health psychology, occupational stress, emotional intelligence, visual attention, terrorism, media and social media, child development, applied sport psychology and the inclusion of digital technologies within sport and psychotherapeutic fields.
Teaching methods will include:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Practical sessions
  • Problem-based learning
  • Independent study
  • Placement

Assessment

Assessment methods will vary depending on the modules you choose to study, you can expect:

  • Exams 25%
  • Research Report 25%
  • Essays 25%

The remaining 25% will be split between:

  • Assignments
  • Practical reports
  • Group work
  • Presentations

Employability

Career Prospects

You will be equipped to work in a number of environments, such as health, social care, business, education and sport. You will also be able to continue your study at postgraduate level. If you go on to become a chartered psychologist, you may specialise in clinical, forensic, educational, health, occupational or sport psychology.

Our graduates have taken a range of jobs within a variety of fields. Following graduation you may decide to continue your studies with us on the MSc Applied Psychology (Therapies), MSc Applied Psychology (Addictions), MSc Media Psychology or a vocational course such as MA Social Work or the MSc in Public Health.

Some graduates have gained employment as an assistant psychologist, mental health support worker or within drug and alcohol services or have gone on to pursue a career as a chartered psychologist. Alternatively you may take a role within advertising, marketing or retail. Whatever direction you choose, the key skills within this degree ensure that you will be both accomplished and imaginative in your career.

Links with Industry

The British Psychological Society (BPS) accredits this course – if you achieve a lower second class degree or above, Graduate Basis for Registration is awarded. This is the first step to becoming a chartered psychologist.

We also have strong working links with top sports clubs in the North West such as; Sale Sharks, Salford Red Devils and Lancashire County Cricket Club. You will have opportunities to conduct data collection for your final year research project with athletes from these clubs.

Further Study

Facilities

Psychology Labs

We provide a comfortable and friendly environment for you to carry out a wide range of psychological testing. These include:

  • The eyetracker laboratory uses the Tobii x50 eyetracker to monitor conscious and unconscious gaze movements
  • An observation suite with a two-way mirror
  • A video game analysis laboratory where you can analyse the psychological and physiological effects of violent video games
  • A dedicated computer suite that allows access to a range of psychological programs such as ERTSLab and E-Prime.

Psychology

You will also have access to:

  • Dedicated psychology laboratory cubicles
  • Private interview rooms
  • Dedicated social learning space.

Psychology

Human performance laboratory

Our world-class human performance laboratory is one of the best equipped in the country and contains almost every type of physiological, performance analysis and biomechanical testing equipment, including a 30-metre sprint track with in-built force platforms, motion capture systems, blood and gas analysis equipment and speed guns.

We also have a separate physiological testing laboratory and fully equipped strength and conditioning suite, which includes and isokinetic dynamometer and portable force platforms.

Performance Lab

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