Do you have a passion for sport and exercise? Do you want to find out what psychological aspects lead to sporting achievement? By choosing Sports Psychology, you’ll learn why and how athletes can achieve their full potential and be a part of that incredible journey.
On this British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited course, you can expect industry-experienced lecturers, guest speakers, work placements and our state-of-the art human performance laboratory, to help boost your employability.
We understand that when it comes to deciding where you’d like to study, there are a lot of things to consider. Come along to our Open Day and discover why BNU could be the place for you. You can find out more about your course, meet the course team, and get all your questions answered.
For everything you need to know about applying, check out our Application Guide. You can find useful information for each stage of your application journey – from before you even apply to what to do if you receive an offer, and everything in between.
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Why study this subject?
Our BSc (Hons) Sports Psychology degree is designed to inspire you to develop the knowledge and skills to step confidently into any career you choose, whether that’s in the world of sports, psychology or beyond, you’ll be set up for success.
Not only will you develop a deep understanding of the implications of psychology on athlete motivation, behaviour and cognition, but you’ll also enhance your employability by learning important skills like communication, numeracy, teamwork, critical thinking and independent learning.
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
At BNU, we offer a wide range of psychology and sports modules. Through our partnerships with both the sports and psychology teaching departments, you’ll have a great community of like-minded students and lecturers to work with.
This course has been accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS); a qualification recognised by major employers throughout the country. Plus, if you graduate with a 2:2 or above, you’ll be eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). This will enable you to take your next steps towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist if that’s the career you choose.
What's more, our Psychology teaching staff are all experts in their areas and regularly publish their own work meaning you'll be supported and mentored by leaders in the academic field.
We also invite guest lecturers and have impressive industry and community links meaning you can start building a professional network before you've even graduated.
What facilities can I use?
In workshops and lectures you’ll have the opportunity to use the Human Performance Laboratory which is equipped for assessing a broad range of human physiological, biomechanical and psychological functions.
The lab has cutting edge equipment such as Neurotracker Attention Training Software, PowerLab and Qualisys 3D Motion Capture system. You’ll also have the opportunity to use the observation lab to use specialist equipment like the Biopac©, Tobii eye tracking equipment and HTC Vive, virtual reality software.
You’ll be based on our High Wycombe Campus where you’ll have access to our amazing library, packed with all the resources you need for your assignments. There’s plenty of room to knuckle down for some quiet study time too.
We also sign you up for our Virtual Learning Environment where you’ll have access to e-journals, published research papers and our virtual library.
What will I study?
Over the course of three years, you’ll study modules like Biological and Cognitive Psychology, Developmental and Social Psychology, Emotion as well as Historical and Conceptual Issues in Sports Psychology.
You’ll also learn about quantitative and qualitative research which will set you up for success not only in your final dissertation project but also in your future career.
How will I be taught and assessed?
With sports psychology, learning doesn’t just take place in the lecture hall – you’ll have the opportunity to learn in small seminar groups, as well as lab-based lessons which will teach you exactly how to conduct psychological experiments and research.
Through course assessments, you’ll learn important skills like teamwork, programme design, critical analysis and synthesis skills, as well as how to give engaging presentations, write concise reports and analyse data effectively.
BNU is a Placements Plus University. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there'll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student, to increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
What are the course entry requirements?
A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 96 - 120
A typical offer will require GCSE Maths and English at grade C/4 or above. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year; find out more.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.
Year 1 Modules
Introduction to Coaching Theory and Practice
Human Sciences for Physical Education (optional)
Intro to Biological Psychology & Cognitive Psychology
Intro to Developmental & Social Psychology
Intro to Personality & Applying Psychology (optional)
Year 2 Modules
Sports Psychology: Individual Differences and Group Dynamics
Psychological Research Methods
Year 3 Modules
Quantitative Research Methods in Psychology
Year 4 Modules
Applied Sport & Performance Psychology (optional)
Cognition & Emotion in Sport & Exercise Psychology (optional)
Cognitive Processes in Psychology
Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology
Year 5 Modules
Working With a Client
Historical and Conceptual Issues in Psychology
Issues in Personality and Individual Differences
Year 6 Modules
Professional Development and Employability (optional)
Professional Practice Issues in Sports Psychology
Critical Social Psychology
How much does it cost
Home and EU
Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022
£4,900 per year
What are my career prospects?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.
Our BSc (Hons) Sports Psychology course will be of interest to employers like sports clubs, national and international sports organisations, local authorities and sports management companies.
This could be working within sports coaching, personal training, sports administration or consultancy. Your accreditation via the NOS and BPS will be relevant to future employers in all these areas.