Sports Psychology UCFB Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: Buckinghamshire New University


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Course summary

You will be introduced to the world of sports psychology, examining social and developmental aspects and explore the areas of cognitive and biological psychology in order to gain a better understanding of the psychological impacts on the brain and body.

Sports professionals have long known the benefits of what an understanding of psychology can bring to their performance. Athletes learn to motivate themselves in ways that they believe will improve performance, replacing self-doubt with positive thoughts about what they need to do in order to succeed. The ability to understand cognitive behaviour is also a key component of being a successful leader and manager.

You will examine the psychology of optimum performance, covering theories that explain behaviour in sport and the skills involved to improve performance. Individuals’ attitudes, personalities and their impact on behaviour on and off the pitch are explored along with research into contemporary issues in sports psychology.
The similarities of performance enhancement techniques employed in both the sport and business world will be examined, including motivation, decision making, leadership skills and team cohesion.

This degree combines contemporary and traditional areas of research and theory in sport psychology. In keeping with BPS accreditation stipulations, the degree is underpinned by theoretical knowledge based on core components of psychology such as: developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, psychophysiology, social psychology, historical and conceptual issues, personality and research methods in psychology. These core components underpin the knowledge upon which essential methods and theories employed in the applied world of performance enhancement, both in sport and other areas, are based.

The sport psychology programme is enhanced by our Employment & Enrichment events where you will meet best-in-class practitioners in the sport industries via our professional partner network, providing you with the opportunities to practice your knowledge and skills throughout your degree.

The BSc (Hons) Sports Psychology degree at UCFB Wembley is accredited by The British Psychological Society (BPS) and therefore graduates of this programme are eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartership to continue their career in sports psychology as long as they gain a minimum of 2.1 and pass their dissertation.

Course details


Year 1 Modules: Bioenergetics of Human Movement; Foundations of Exercise Physiology; Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology; Introduction to Biological Psychology and Cognitive Psychology; Introduction to Developmental and Social Psychology; Introduction to Personality and Applying Psychology; Psychological Research Methods

Year 2 Modules: Applied Sport and Performance Psychology; Cognition and Emotion in Sport and Exercise Psychology; Biopsychology; Cognitive Processes in Psychology; Developmental Psychology; Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology; Quantitative Research Methods in Psychology

Year 3 Modules: Professional Development & Employability; Working with a Client; Empirical Dissertation; Historical and Conceptual Issues in Psychology; Issues in Personality and Individual Differences; Social Psychology

Assessment method

This programme is predominantly assessed through a combination of coursework and written exams, however students will also be expected to undertake practical examinations for certain elements of the programme.

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students. For more information, please contact the course provider.

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code SP10
Institution code U10
Campus name UCFB Wembley
Campus code W

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 112 points
A level BBC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM
Access to HE Diploma M: 30 credits
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Maths and English - Grade A*-C or Grade 4-9
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 30 points

Additional entry requirements


Applicants who do not meet the minimum course entry requirements may be requested to attend an interview, literacy test and numeracy test at a UCFB campus.

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 A minimum of 5.5 required in each specific band.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

The provision of a facility or service including accommodation may be subject to an additional charge (i.e. separate from tuition fees). Where this is the case, we will make this clear in advance and payment for such service shall be made in accordance with any additional contract made between you and the University. In some instances, optional Employment & Enrichment activities provided by UCFB may carry an additional cost for participants (e.g. qualifications with external certification such as FA Coaching Badges or STAT qualifications). Any additional costs will be provided to students in advance of any such sessions running. Students are expected to travel to Bucks New University no more than once per semester to use their laboratory equipment. A typical return journey from Wembley Stadium to High Wycombe through National Rail is around £14.

Sponsorship information

Please see https://www.ucfb.ac.uk/ for information on tuition fees and funding opportunities at UCFB, including our Undergraduate Scholarships and Bursaries scheme.

Provider information

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University Campus of Football Business,
Wembley Stadium

Course contact details

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UCFB Admissions Office

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