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Psychology (Sport, Health and Exercise) BSc

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

Overview

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.

With a 2:2 grade or higher, you will be eligible to apply for graduate membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS). This is required for many BPS accredited postgraduate training courses. 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 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.

Enquiries

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

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.

Year 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

Sandwich placement

  • Psychology Work Placement 1

Year 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 2 

Year 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)

Options

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

Dissertation

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

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

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.

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.

Special features

Accreditation

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 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 in line with RPI, or 5%, whichever is the lesser.

There is a range of financial support available to help you fund your studies. Find out about undergraduate student funding options.