Psychology in Sport, Health and Exercise is an area of growing interest, particularly in the world of professional sport. Through studying the link between the mind and the body, we can understand things like motivation and determination, and the effect that physical activity has on the brain.
This course is jointly delivered by the Divisions of Psychology and Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences. It is accredited by the British Psychological Society.
The Division of Psychology offers a firm foundation of learning including cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, and biological psychology. Quantitive and qualitative research methods are taught to support experiments you may carry out as research for your dissertation.
The Division of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences will cover the fundamentals of sports psychology, and how to apply research knowledge to real-world situations. You will learn about experiences you may encounter as an applied psychology practitioner in both sport and exercise contexts.
As an accredited course, should you graduate with a 2:2 grade or higher, you will be eligible to apply for graduate membership of the British Psychological Society. Membership will be key if you choose to pursue postgraduate training. It’s also a pre-requisite of entry to all accredited Stage 2 and Doctoral programmes needed to become a chartered psychologist – be it in Sport and Exercise or otherwise.
This course can be studied full-time over three years, and is also available as a four-year sandwich course which includes two six-month placements. Ideal for gaining work experience as you study, not only do you get to put your learning into practice, but a placement is also likely to improve your employment prospects.
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The combination of psychology and sport creates an interesting and diverse study program. You will learn about core psychology theories and methodologies. This knowledge will complement your understanding in specialist areas specific to sport such as health and wellbeing or the effect of hormones and drugs on the brain.
Optional modules are indicative and available subject to numbers.
- Foundations of Psychology I: Learning and Social Psychology
- Foundations of Psychology II: Brain and Cognition
- Psychological Perspectives on Contemporary Issues
- Research Methods
- Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing
- Introduction to the Psychology of Sport and Exercise
- Psychology Work Placement 1
- 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
- Psychology Work Placement 2
- 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)
- Inter-group Relations
- Drugs, Hormones and the Brain
- Cross-Cultural Psychology
- Clinical Aspects of Eating Disorders
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and what you will learn on the course.
Careers and your future
With a 2:2 grade or higher you’ll be eligible to apply for graduate membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS). This is a prerequisite for many BPS accredited postgraduate training courses. It is also required for entry to all accredited Stage 2 Doctoral programmes as part of the route to becoming a Chartered Psychologist. So this course could be your next step on the way to becoming a psychologist, be it in sport and exercise or in other fields.
You’ll also have the skills and expertise for a wide range of other careers. For instance you may wish to become a university lecturer, a consultant in elite sport or maybe lead a national sport psychology service for an organisation such as the English Institute of Sport. Perhaps you would prefer to work for the local authority, driving sport development policies or helping to deliver corporate healthcare solutions for organisations such as Nuffield Health. With a Psychology (Sport, Health and Exercise) BSc your options are many and varied.
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 2019/20
- 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
This course will help you to develop skills in the theoretical and practical methods associated with psychology. Alongside this you will gain specific knowledge in sport and exercise psychology, studying the effects of physical activity on the brain and overall health.
You will have access to our extensive laboratory and technical facilities (such as brain imaging and eye-tracking equipment) to carry out experiments and record data.
Teaching staff are actively engaged in the latest 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.
Study will combine lectures, lab sessions, guided reading, independent research, group tutorials and one-on-one support sessions with tutors. Each module will involve two to three hours of contact time per week. You will also spend time in private study and preparing assignments with research via reading, podcasts and videos.
Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.
Assessment and feedback
Your progress will be assessed via coursework such as presentations, lab reports, case studies and essays, exams, and the final year dissertation.
Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.
Fees and funding
Fees for 2019/20 entry
£9,250 full-time; £1,000 placement year
Some courses incur additional course related costs. You can also check our on-campus accommodation costs for more information on living expenses.
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 may be subject to an annual increase. Home/EU undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. International fees will increase annually, by no more than 5% or RPI (Retail Price Index), whichever is the greater.
There is a range of financial support available to help you fund your studies. Find out about undergraduate student funding options.