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Southampton Solent University

Sport and Exercise Psychology

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers

Not Available

  • Psychology
Student score
76% LOW
% employed or in further study
96% MED
Average graduate salary
£18k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

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

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma

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

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

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 points

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.

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 112 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

Not Available

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

Not available

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

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.


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

Southampton Solent University

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We're a dynamic new university dedicated to academic excellence, social justice and the integration of theory and practice. Real world experience is built into innovative courses in business, technology, art and design, media production, maritime, the creative industries and sport. We have strong roots in Southampton and the region, working closely with the community and employers.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 86%
Student score 76% LOW
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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
14% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
79% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
2% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
250 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
71% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
7% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 96% MED
Average graduate salary £18k MED
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Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
20 years ago, this was a specialist degree for would-be psychologists but now it is the model of a modern, flexible degree subject. One of the UK's fastest-growing subject at degree level, and the second most popular subject overall (it recently overtook business studies), one in 23 of all graduates last year had psychology degrees. As you'd expect with figures like that, jobs in psychology itself are incredibly competitive, so to stand a chance of securing one, you need to get a postgraduate qualification (probably a doctorate in most fields, especially clinical psychology) and some relevant work experience. But even though there are so many psychology graduates — far more than there are jobs in psychology, and over 13,800 in total last year — this degree has a lower unemployment rate than average because its grads are so flexible and well-regarded by business and other industries across the economy. Everywhere there are good jobs in the UK economy, you'll find psychology graduates - and it's hardly surprising as the course helps you gain a mix of good people skills and excellent number and data handling skills. A psychology degree ticks most employers' boxes — but we'd suggest you don't drop your maths modules.
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