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Psychology (Sport, Health and Exercise) BSc

Placement Offered This course has a Professional Development option
Available in Clearing


Our BSc Psychology courses are accredited by The British Psychological Society

This programme has a Study Abroad Scheme which gives you the opportunity to spend a term at the prestigious University of California.

We offer two work placements, giving you the chance to experience both psychological and clinical work environments.

Brunel University London’s impact on the future wages of its graduates is among the best in the country compared to other universities, according to a new analysis of government data by The Economist (2017).

About the course

This British Psychological Society-accredited programme is jointly delivered by the Divisions of Psychology and Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences. It is ideal for students with an interest in both psychology and sport and for those who wish to pursue a career in the psychology of sport, exercise and/or physical activity.

Core Psychology subjects taught by the Division of Psychology include:

  • Cognitive psychology
  • Developmental psychology
  • Social psychology
  • Biological psychology and individual differences

The Division of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences will cover the following areas:

  • The development of your knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of sport and exercise psychology.
  • How to reconcile our cutting-edge research and its application in the real world.
  • The experience of life as an applied psychology practitioner in both sport and exercise contexts.
  • The development of a deeper understanding of issues in physical activity, health and wellbeing as they relate to the entire lifespan.


The primary aims of this course are to provide you with:

  1. A broad, balanced knowledge of the discipline, which will confer the British Psychological Society’s Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) to its graduates;
  2. Specialisation in the understanding and application of psychology in sport, exercise and physical-activity-for-health contexts; and
  3. The opportunity to explore potential career options during your time with us, through both taught and non-taught components of the programme.

Additional aims include:

  1. To develop your transferable skills related to decision-making, problem-solving, communication, interpersonal relations, project management and self-management.
  2. To develop you into a talented and versatile graduate, whose ability to contribute to your field in a meaningful way will enable you to choose from a range of career options, or to continue your studies as a postgraduate student in the UK or overseas.

To develop your skills, understanding and experience relevant to work and professional practice in an area directly related to your area of study (Professional Development option).



Contact our Enquiries team.
Course Enquiries: +44 (0)1895 265599 (before you submit an application)
Admissions Office: +44 (0)1895 265265 (after you submit an application)

Course content

Level 1 Compulsory

  • Foundations of Psychology I: Learning and Social Psychology
  • Foundations of Psychology II: Brain and Cognition
  • Psychological Perspectives on Contemporary Issues
  • Research Methods
  • Statistics
  • Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing
  • Introduction to the Psychology of Sport and Exercise

 Level 2 Compulsory

  • Biological Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Advanced Data Analysis
  • Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing in the Lifecourse
  • The Psychology of Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity: Theory and Application                                                                                                                             

Sandwich placement

  • Psychology Work Placement 1
  • Psychology Work Placement 2

Level 3 Compulsory

  • Advanced Issues in Social Psychology
  • Advanced Issues in Individual Differences
  • Issues in Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing
  • Applied Sport & Exercise Psychology
  • Individual Project (topic will relate to the psychology of sport, health, exercise and/or physical activity)

Level 3 Options

  • Inter-group Relations
  • Drugs, Hormones and the Brain
  • Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • Clinical Aspects of Eating Disorders

Typical dissertations

A broad range of subjects can be explored within this field for this new course.

Read more about the structure of undergraduate degrees at Brunel and what you will learn on the course.


To obtain the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society is a prerequisite for many BPS accredited postgraduate training courses. It is also required for entry to all accredited Stage 2 and Doctoral programmes as part of the route to becoming a Chartered Psychologist – be it in Sport and Exercise or otherwise.

Brunel graduates develop a range of transferable skills that are useful in the wider workplace, including the ability to:

  • Communicate effectively – verbally and in writing
  • Understand, analyse and use complex data
  • Retrieve and organise information from different sources
  • Handle primary source material critically
  • Engage in effective team work
  • Solve problems and reason scientifically to consider alternative approaches and solutions
  • Make critical judgements and evaluations to gain different perspectives on a question
  • Use personal planning and project management skills to become more independent and pragmatic


This is a new programme and will produce its first graduates in July 2020 – just before the Tokyo Olympics. Graduates of our existing Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences programmes are currently undertaking PhD research in related subjects, lecturing in UK universities, working as consultants in elite sport (e.g., English Premier League football, Lawn Tennis), heading up national sport psychology services (e.g., for the English Institute of Sport), driving sport development at grassroots level (e.g., local authorities) and helping to deliver corporate healthcare solutions (e.g., for Nuffield Health).

Our Psychology graduates are valued by many employers, not least because of the critical thinking and analytical skills they possess. Additionally, with a good degree in Psychology – we also recommend suitable experience – you may go on to train as a clinical, educational, occupational or forensic psychologist.

Other careers include work with adults or children with disabilities, counselling, personnel management, market research and advertising, prison and probation work, speech and language therapy and psychological research.

Work placements

This course is also available as a four year sandwich course (with Professional Development), which includes two high-quality placements in a variety of settings, including the public sector and research environments.

The positive impact of a sandwich placement on graduate employment outcomes across Brunel is considerable. Those who have undertaken placements are also much more likely to be in employment for which their degree was a formal requirement or where their degree gave them a competitive advantage during the recruitment process.

At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

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Entry criteria 2018/19

  • GCE A-level BBB
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD in a related subject.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in a related subject with an A-level at grade B.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in a related subject with A-levels grade BB.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 30 points.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass an Access course in a related subject, with 45 credits at Level 3 with Merit in all units. Other subjects are considered on a case by case basis.

Five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 or above are also required, including English Language and Maths.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants within our grade range as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.

International and EU entry requirements

If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions

This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 55% in all areas)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason.

We offer our own BrunELT English Test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options at the Brunel Language Centre.

Teaching and learning

Our approach

We aim to deliver degree programmes that are innovative, effective, and informed by leading-edge research. We also recognise the value of relevant work experience, for both learning and employability, which is why we actively encourage our students to undertake work placements, both formal (assessed) and informal. We also take great pride in not just the quality of teaching, but also our extensive pastoral care for our students.

Practical skills

This course will help you to develop specific skills in the practical methods associated with psychology, generally; sport and exercise psychology, specifically; and physical activity in health contexts. A full range of laboratory and technical facilities is used in the teaching of experimental psychology, psychophysics and the use of information technology.

Staff expertise

Teaching staff are actively engaged in cutting-edge research, with international reputations in their field. Their innovative findings feed into your courses to ensure that your knowledge and learning are up-to-date. Our academics are also actively involved in internally-funded teaching and learning-related research projects e.g. Barriers and enablers for visually impaired students at a UK Higher Education Institution with the aim to continually improve our provision.

How many hours of study are involved?

Each module will involve 2-3 hours of contact time per week (e.g. in lectures, small group seminars, workshops and individual tutorials). You will also spend a great deal of your time in private study to become a fully independent learner.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, practical sessions, laboratory workshops, guided reading, independent research, small group tutorials and individual supervision.

Your knowledge and theoretical understanding will be further developed through interactive lectures and supporting material made available via the University’s virtual learning environment (e.g. supplementary reading, podcasts and videos).

Assessment and feedback

Your ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, will be developed and assessed through a range of formative and summative assessments, including the production of essays, lab reports and case study reports; working in groups to produce poster and oral presentations; a student conference; and your final year project. Effective writing skills are developed in your first year, via lectures and formative exercises, through group tutorial support and more generally via feedback throughout the programme.

Special features

  • This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society and therefore confers the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the Society (assuming a 2:2 or above is achieved and the empirical project is successfully completed). This can be important as an entry qualification for postgraduate professional training in psychology.
  • A wide range of laboratory and technical facilities are used in the teaching of experimental psychology. Our facilities include a dedicated MRI scanner (for functional neuroimaging), an EEG lab, portable near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) equipment, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) labs, a 3D body scanner, psychophysics, eye tracking (both head-fixed and real world systems), and information technology resources.
  • Our courses will help you to develop specific skills in the practical methods associated with your discipline. We take particular pride in both the quality of our teaching and the extensive pastoral care of our students.


This course is accredited by The British Psychological Society.

Fees and funding

Fees for 2018/19 entry

UK/EU students: £9,250 full-time; £1,000 placement year

International students: £16,200 full-time

Additional course related costs

UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.

Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).

Fees quoted are per year and are subject to an annual increase.