Psychology with Sport and Exercise at University College Birmingham - UCAS

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OVERVIEW Do you often wonder why people think, feel, and behave the way they do? Do you also have a strong interest in sport and exercise and wonder how psychology applies? Then our BSc (Hons) Psychology with Sport and Exercise, with its contemporary curriculum with application to the modern world, is for you. You will explore a range of core psychological perspectives to help you better understand the human mind and behavior and develop your reflective skills to understand more about the application of psychology, preparing you to reach your future goals. Alongside exploring theory in the classroom and its application to contemporary societal challenges, you will also have practical opportunities to develop your research and experimental skills in our state-of-the-art psychology lab. Our practitioner academics and our regional partners who work in psychology-related fields will equip you to work in a diverse range of jobs or progress to study on one of our applied postgraduate courses. Practical work-based learning outside of the university and additional training around mental health are all included in this course and will ensure you are ready to put your knowledge and skills into practice. WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE THIS COURSE

  • PROFESSIONAL BODY STANDARDS – This course has been written to the standards set by the professional body for psychology and accreditation will be applied for before the course starts in September 2024
  • INDUSTRY-FOCUSED MODULES – You will be exposed to modules shaped to develop the skills valued by employers, with applied practice to give you real understanding of using psychology in sport and exercise environments.
  • WORK-BASED LEARNING – In your third year of study, you will be able to put your sound understanding of psychological theory into practice by taking on practical work-based learning.
  • EXPERT TUITION – You will be taught and led by BPS Chartered and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered sport and exercise psychologists so you emerge as a graduate with a strong skill base for working in the sport and exercise industry, preparing you for progression on to a MSc
  • ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATION – As part of your first-year Mental Health and Wellbeing module, you will undertake mental health first aid training and on successful completion, will receive a certificate to use in your work-based learning or future work opportunities
FACILITIES As a student on our BSc (Hons) Psychology with Sport and Exercise, it is crucial that you gain experience working as part of a multidisciplinary team and being exposed to the various methods of monitoring performance and assessing exercise and health-related components. Therefore, you will have access to our new state-of-the-art psychology lab, where you can develop your research skills, put theoretical learning to the test and measure psychophysiological responses to stimulus with our range of specialist equipment. In sport, we rarely work in isolation, therefore, gaining valuable knowledge and experience in multidisciplinary teams and environments is vital. Here, you may shadow different disaplines to gain a holistic understanding of the role of psychology in different populations and with different stakeholders, in environments you may face in the real world. This includes our state-of-the-art Moss House campus, which contains our Human Performance Laboratory, 35-metre indoor running track for assessing performance, cutting-edge gym, injury and massage clinics and* anti-gravity treadmill.* CAREERS AND PROGRESSION Examples of careers you could pursue following this course:
  • Sport and exercise psychologist
  • Sports research therapist
  • Psychotherapist
  • Counsellor
  • Clinical psychologist
  • Further education teacher
*- Please refer to our website for the latest updates to this course *


Year 1 - Psychology within Diverse Communities - Applied Psychology - Individual Differences and Personality - Introduction to Psychological Research Methods - Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Psychology - Mental Health and Wellbeing Year 2 - Psychology across the Lifespan - Qualitative Research Methods - Cognitive Psychology - Biological Psychology - Quantitative Research Methods - Psychology of Human Performance and Physical Activity Year 3 - Psychology Dissertation - Psychology in the Real World (Work-based Learning) - Therapeutic Approaches in Practice - Applications of Sport and Exercise Psychology - In addition you will choose from one of the following - Applied Forensic Psychology, Health Psychology or Applied Educational Psychology

Assessment method

Note: Indicative information only – actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued at your induction. You will experience a diverse mix of teaching methods and settings, including traditional lectures, workshops, tutorials, seminars and lab work. Our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) provides you with a range of electronic resources to facilitate face-to-face learning. In addition, you will also be supported with weekly Graduate Advantage sessions as part of your timetabled learning. Your course will include a wide range of innovative authentic assessment methods, as, where possible, the knowledge and skills which you will be assessed against will be mapped onto the real-world skills required in the relevant job market. The type of assessments you will be completing will include a combination of written coursework, reports, presentations, reflective pieces, work-based learning and practical assessments. These authentic assessments will reflect workplace scenarios, including psychological assessments and prospective interventions, whilst developing your skills as a reflective practitioner. There will also be a dissertation module, where you will carry out an empirical research project of your choosing. Teaching Example of a typical teaching week (up to 15 contact hours): Large group teaching – 6 hours, Smaller group teaching – 6 hours, Tutorials – 2 hours, You will also need to commit around 20 hours per week for individual study time. Assessment Estimated breakdown of assessment for this course: Coursework – 60%, Practical assessment – 40%, Written examinations – 0% Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2021-2024.

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The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £1500 Year 1
International £1500 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

UK: If you are a UK student enrolling on a Foundation Degree or a BA/BSc at University College Birmingham, your fee for this academic year will be £9,250. A half year tuition fee is £4625. This is a yearly fee, and will increase with inflation in subsequent years (in line with the government’s permitted rise). If you are an English student studying your first higher education qualification, you can apply for a tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company. You will not start repaying this loan until you leave the course and are earning over £25,000 a year. If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, you should apply to Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland, or SAAS. The loans and grants available to you will differ from those available from Student Finance England. UCB does not charge for 24 or 48 week placements. More information about UK Fees please go to our website here - EU and International: More information about International Fees please go to our website here -
Psychology with Sport and Exercise at University College Birmingham - UCAS