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Course summary

This distinctive course demonstrates applications of psychology to sport, exercise and broader global contexts. The aim is to provide a holistic understanding of psychological perspectives and their real-life application to sport and exercise environments (e.g. physical activity to promote mental health). The course includes theory, research, and applications of psychological perspectives, methods, and interventions in global contexts of sport and exercise. This is supplemented by the development of professional levels of transferable, practical and cognitive skills. The aim is to enable graduates to attain the skills and knowledge to confidently progress to their chosen career path in an international arena.  

  • You will develop critical awareness and understanding of the core BPS (British Psychological Society) curriculum. A thematic approach includes specialised and contemporary content across a range of sport and exercise settings e.g., perspectives in sport and exercise, from the origins to future sport and exercise psychology, multiagency sport and exercise psychology, applied sport and exercise psychology, neuropsychology in sport and exercise. mental health and wellbeing, psychology of popular culture, professional practice.
  • The course provides a broad and varied educational experience to optimise learning and engage you in experiential learning across a range of international contexts.
  • The course also includes methodological and analytical research skills to conduct ethical scientific investigations in psychology.
Key Course Benefits
  • You will have the opportunity to gain a critical appreciation of how forensic psychology can be applied to real world questions, cross-cultural and diverse situations across global contexts
  • Focus on employability: developing transferable, practical and cognitive skills (e.g., critical analysis, problem solving, and leadership) with the aim of putting you in an excellent position to secure postgraduate education or employment in an increasingly competitive graduate education and job market.
  • Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) projects enhances international awareness through multi-cultural communication and peer interaction at participating institutions (subject to availability)
  • Opportunities to participate in exciting field trips* to a range of overseas destinations, which have previously included the United States.
The British Psychological Society This course is accredited* and recognised by the British Psychological Society (BPS) for the 2024/2025 intake. If the accreditation of this course changes, we would seek to notify applicants and students as soon as possible. Current accreditation by the British Psychological Society means that as a graduate, provided you achieve at least a 2:2, you will be eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). Additional costs may apply. Please check with the membership body for details. *For further information please check the course page on the Coventry University website.


This course has a common first year. The common first year enables you to work alongside students doing similar courses to you, to widen your knowledge and exposure to other subject areas and professions. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with other students, so you can share your insights and experience which will help you to develop and learn. If you discover an interest in a specific subject you have studied, upon successful completion of your first year, you could swap degrees with another course in your common first year (subject to meeting progression requirements). Common first year courses: Forensic Psychology BSc (Hons) Psychology BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Psychology BSc (Hons) Year One In the first year, the curriculum is shared across related Psychology courses allowing you to gain a broad grounding of psychological perspectives and research methods in the discipline before going on, in the second and third years, to specialist modules in sport and exercise psychology. Modules Professional Practice in Psychology - 20 credits Fundamental concepts in Psychology - 20 credits Introducing Quantitative Research Methods - 20 credits Psychology and Popular Culture - 20 credits Psychology of Mental Health and Wellbeing - 20 credits Introducing Qualitative Research Methods - 20 credits Year Two In year two you will develop more advanced knowledge and skills to do with culture, gender and sexuality, cyber psychology, the darker side of psychology, and research, among others. Modules Core Psychological Perspectives in Sport and Exercise - 20 credits Psychology of Culture, Gender and Sexuality in Sport and Exercise Psychology - 20 credits Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology - 20 credits Multiagency Sport and Exercise Psychology - 20 credits The Origins and Future of Sport and Exercise Psychology - 20 credits Research Methods and Project Planning - 20 credits Placement Year There’s no better way to find out what you love doing than trying it out for yourself, which is why a work placement* can often be beneficial. Work placements usually occur between your second and final year of study. They’re a great way to help you explore your potential career path and gain valuable work experience, whilst developing transferable skills for the future. If you choose to do a work placement year, you will pay a reduced tuition fee* of £1,250. For more information, please go to the fees and funding section. During this time you will receive guidance from your employer or partner institution, along with your assigned academic mentor who will ensure you have the support you need to complete your placement. Final Year Year three aims to bring you to the level to enter the world of work by consolidating your knowledge and skills from year one and two. In your final year you will complete an empirical research project, focused on a topic of your choosing, under the supervision of a research-active member of staff. Optional modules* in the final year allow you to tailor your own learning experience to the knowledge and interests you have developed so far. Modules Project Design and Ethics - 20 credits Independent Research Project - 20 credits Becoming a Sport and Exercise Psychologist - 20 credits Optional Modules - choose 3 (two in semester 1, one in semester 2) from: Addictive Behaviours - 20 credits Child and Educational Psychology - 20 credits Advanced Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology - 20 credits Aggression and Violent Behaviour - 20 credits Counselling Psychology - 20 credits Neuropsychology in Sport and Exercise - 20 credits Optional module choices are subject to change in any given year. We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated. For full details please check the course page on the Coventry University website. *For further information please check the course page on the Coventry University website

Assessment method

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include coursework and phase tests that are delivered though reports, literature reviews, presentations (e.g., oral, poster, video), reflection, portfolios, short answer and multiple-choice tests. The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • British Psychological Society

How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

All applications are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, experience, reference and your motivation to study the course. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate / BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 National Diploma / BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry onto degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that total the equivalent of three A2 Levels. This may include subject specific requirements where necessary. If you are successful in receiving an offer, you will be invited to attend an Applicant Visit Day to discover more about the course and studying at Coventry University.

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Sport and Exercise Psychology at Coventry University - UCAS