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Southampton Solent University

Sport and Exercise Psychology

UCAS Code: SEP1

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

From A-levels, BTEC Extended Diploma DMM, BTEC Diploma D*D* or equivalent. A minimum two completed A-levels with science A-Levels preferred.

Access to HE Diploma

M:45,P:15

60 Credits, 45 at Merit Level

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

D*D*

From A-levels, BTEC Extended Diploma DMM, BTEC Diploma D*D* or equivalent. A minimum two completed A-levels with science A-Levels preferred.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

DMM

From A-levels, BTEC Extended Diploma DMM, BTEC Diploma D*D* or equivalent. A minimum two completed A-levels with science A-Levels preferred.

UCAS Tariff

112

From A-levels, BTEC Extended Diploma DMM, BTEC Diploma D*D* or equivalent. A minimum two completed A-levels with science A-Levels preferred. GCSE Maths and English at grade C / 4 or above.

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Sport and exercise psychology

Over the last few decades, interest in sport and exercise psychology has grown. More time and money is being spent on understanding what motivates people to exercise, play sport and live active lifestyles. Governing bodies and professional teams are hiring more sport psychologists than ever before, as increasing amounts of accountability is given to the mental aspects of physical performance.

Solent’s sport and exercise psychology degree is the ideal way to kickstart a career in this growing area. You will explore how people act and interact, and the thoughts and feelings that underlie their behaviour. You’ll develop an understanding of intervention techniques that can be applied in exercise and team settings. You’ll also gain an insight into the coach-athlete relationships.

The subject contributes to an understanding of the day-to-day problems faced by people all around the world. Psychologists use a wide variety of methodological techniques including experiments, questionnaires, observations, video analysis and interviews to investigate human behaviour and obtain reliable evidence. This evidence can then form the basis of potential interventions and recommendations.

Core areas of study include cognitive psychology, child development and social psychology. All of these can be applied within a sport and exercise context. We work closely with sport teams and health organisations in order to provide you with hands-on learning opportunities. The applied nature of the course ensures that you’ll develop the professional skills needed for work in the sports industry.

The scientific aspects of your psychology course - the application of a reasoned approach, problem solving and manipulation of data - provide useful tools for careers in healthcare, law enforcement, finance, IT and research.

Your knowledge of human behaviour and motivation, as well as your ability to critically analyse a problem, formulate a considered response and create a reasoned argument, will lend themselves well to careers in the creative industries, the legal sector, government administration and education.

To practise as a psychologist, further postgraduate training and supervision is required. Find out more on the British Psychological Society (BPS) website.

Our sport and exercise psychology programme is well-suited to students from a wide range of academic backgrounds.

You should have an inherent interest in human behaviour and a desire to apply this interest in sport, exercise and coaching contexts.

Modules

Year one
*Core units

*Introduction to Sport Psychology
*Introduction to Skill Acquisition and Motor Performance
*Exploring Psychology
*Psychology Across the Lifespan
*Methods and Analysis in Psychology
*Introduction to Health and Exercise Psychology

*Year two
*Core units

*Applied Techniques in Sport Psychology
*Health and Exercise Psychology
*Brain and Behaviour
*The Social Individual
*Psychological Research
*Year three
*Core units

*Professional Practice in Sports Psychology
*Applied Health and Exercise Psychology
*Sport and Exercise Psychology in the Real World
*Research Project

Assessment methods

Unit assessments have been designed to improve key employability skills such as communication, interpersonal relations, organisation and team work. By working with real athletes and exercise populations, you will learn how to overcome the everyday challenges sport and exercise psychologist face in the workplace.

Extra funding

Southampton Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

The Uni


Course location:

Southampton Solent University

Department:

Sport, Health and Social Sciences School

TEF rating:

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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.

75%
low
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

75%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
84%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
70%
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

88%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
94%
Course specific equipment and facilities
61%
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?

86%
UK students
14%
International students
21%
Male students
79%
Female students
71%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
C
250

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.

£18,070
low
Average annual salary
94%
low
Employed or in further education
100%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

13%
Caring personal services
9%
Childcare and related personal services
9%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

What about your long term prospects?

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

Sport and exercise 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.

£17k

£17k

£19k

£19k

£21k

£21k

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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