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Sport & Psychology

Next start date: September

Degree type: BSc (Hons)
UCAS Code: CC68 BSc/SpPsy
Duration: 4 years (full-time)

How to Apply


 

Intro

Why choose this course?

  • Professionally-accredited as conferring eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) (provided Second class Honours is obtained)
  • Interdisciplinary programme
  • Potential for work experience
  • Opportunities to gain coaching and/or industry qualifications

The BSc (Hons) Sport and Psychology degree is a unique degree, being the only one available in Scotland. It examines the sciences underpinning the study of sport: how the mind and body work together for sport performance.  In this course you also examine how psychology is applied in practice in sport and exercise settings, as well as having the opportunity to consider how diet and physical activity influence health, the theories which underpin coaching as well as considering how to assess fitness and prescribe exercise/training programmes.  In the final year you complete a research project based on your independently chosen a topic area and working closely with a member of staff designated as your project supervisor.

What you study

A number of modules focus wholly on sport psychology issues such as motivation, personality, attribution, goal–setting, visualisation, concentration, confidence, self-talk, arousal, stress and anxiety regulation, athletic injuries and rehabilitation, addictive and unhealthy behaviours, and overtraining.

The skills required in Sport and Psychology are diverse and you will be introduced to a variety of teaching methods designed to develop these skills.  You will be taught in lectures, laboratory classes, and small-group seminars with an emphasis on active enquiry.  As you progress through the course more of your time will be devoted to independently accessing relevant information for your coursework, private and collaborative study, teamwork, activity-based practicals, scholarship and reflection.  

You will also be expected to undertake work placements, which will form a significant part of your learning and help reinforce the important link between theory and practice.

How you learn

Typically, you should expect to have 16-18 hours contact time with tutors per week.  Teaching includes the use of video and practical demonstrations, and will provide direction for your active enquiry.  In the first three years of the course you will participate in laboratory classes to develop your practical skills, and you will be given the opportunity to demonstrate these skills in the fourth year when you undertake your own research project.  During seminars and tutorials you are encouraged to develop your skills so that you develop a confident understanding of the foundations of psychology, sport and exercise.

How you are assessed
The course is assessed by a combination of examination and coursework. Some modules will involve both practical assessment and work-based assessment. The range of skills you acquire during the course help you develop a comprehensive understanding of the component disciplines of your degree.

Entry routes

Minimum Entrance Requirements

Higher ABB; A Level CDD; ILC (H)ABB; BTEC Extended Diploma MMP 
Essential subjects: science subject

English and Maths: English and Maths: All applicants must have passes in English and Maths in any of the following: SQA Standard Grade 1-3, National 5 grade A-C, Intermediate 2 grade A-B, GCSE grade A-C.

  • Criminal record check required

Additional costs: small charge for some external awards, e.g. NGB Awards, First Aid Certificates etc.

Overseas/EU
All applicants are required to provide certified proof of competence in English Language and the University's minimum requirements are listed here

Alternative Qualifications
Applications are generally assessed on the basis of standard school leaving qualifications such as SQA Highers or GCE A Levels. For those with alternative qualifications, consideration is given to professional qualifications or other forms of formal academic learning as well as experience gained that could provide evidence of ability to benefit from a particular course.

The successful completion of approved access courses such as the University's AHEAD programme, or those offered by further education colleges (such as those offered by Dundee College in association with the universities of Abertay, Dundee and St Andrews) provides significant evidence of ability to benefit from study at Abertay.

For further advice please use our Ask a Question section.

Course content

Year 2
Module Code
Module Title
Core/Option
Semester
Credits
 
PS0801A
Biological Psychology
Core
Semester 2
15
PS0802A
Cognitive Psychology
Core
Semester 1
15
SL0802A
Contexts in Sport 2
Core
Semester 1 through 2
30
SL0804A
Introduction to the Science of Sport and Exercise 2
Core
Semester 1 through 2
30
PS0811A
Psychological Research Methods 2
Core
Semester 1 through 2
30
 


Year 3
Module Code
Module Title
Core/Option
Semester
Credits
 
SL0996A
Applied Sports Psychology
Core
Semester 2
15
PS0903A
Biological and Cognitive Psychology (BPS Core)
Core
Semester 2
15
PS0901A
Development and Individual Differences (BPS Core)
Core
Semester 1
15
PS0902A
Personality & Social Psychology (BPS Core) To
Core
Semester 2
15
PS0911A
Research Methods in Psychology 3
Core
Semester 1 through 2
30
PS0981A
Sport and Exercise Psychology
Core
Semester 1
15
SL0990A
Coaching Pedagogy 1
Option
Semester 1
15
SL0983A
Exercise Programming and Periodisation
Option
Semester 1
15
SL0985A
Fitness Assessment and Exercise Programming
Option
Semester 1
15
SL0993A
Nutrition and Health
Option
Semester 1
15
SL0982A
Performance Analysis 1
Option
Semester 1
15
SL0994A
Public Health and Physical Acitivity
Option
Semester 1
15
 


Year 4
Module Code
Module Title
Core/Option
Semester
Credits
 
PS1029A
Communication and Consciousness
Core
Semester 1
15
SL1095A
Scientific support for Elite Performance
Core
Semester 1
15
PS1099A
Sport and Exercise Psychology Project
Core
Semester 1 through 2
45
SL1098A
Work Based Learning 2
Core
Semester 1 through 2
15
PS1031A
Advanced Biological Psychology: The Science of Attraction
Option
Semester 2
15
PS1033A
Advanced Topics in Psychology
Option
Semester 2
15
SL1096A
Contemporary Issues in Physical Activity
Option
Semester 2
15
PS1009A
Evidence Based Investigative Interviewing
Option
Semester 2
15
SL1086A
Exercise for Special Populations
Option
Semester 2
15
SL1094A
Nutrition for Sports Performance
Option
Semester 2
15
 


Information on course structures and modules is drawn from 2013/4 data and may be subject to change without prior notification. Students who are registering with us will be provided with the up to date information on their course structure in order to allow them to register on the appropriate modules

More info

Career prospects
With further study you can become an accredited Sport and Exercise Psychologist. Other potential career pathways include: sports development officer, coach, outdoor pursuits instructor, fitness consultant, lifestyle manager, sports administrator, lecturer, physical activity leader, researcher etc.  By having a BPS-accredited degree, you can pursue a career in any other psychology discipline, after appropriate study and training.

Professional accreditation
The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society, as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartership (provided Second class Honours is obtained).  This is the first step towards becoming a Sport and Exercise Psychologist or pursuing a career in any other specialist area.

Want to know more?

Course and Admissions Tutor:  Dr Fiona McConnochie

Tel:  +44 (0) 1382 308700

Email:  shs@abertay.ac.uk

In this course you will study the sciences which underpin the study of sport, examining how the mind and body work together for sport performance.  You will also examine: how psychology is applied in practice in sport and exercise settings, as well as having the opportunity to consider how diet and physical activity influence health; and the theories which underpin coaching, as well as considering how to assess fitness and prescribe exercise/training programmes.  A rewarding feature of the course involves completing a research project in the final year of study based on independently choosing a topic area and working closely with a member of staff designated as your project supervisor.

Fees & Scholarships

Fee Category Tuition Fees
Scholarships & Bursaries
Scottish and other EU students

http://www.abertay.ac.uk/applying/ukeu/fees/

Other forms of support
English, Welsh and Northern Irish
students

http://www.abertay.ac.uk/applying/ukeu/fees/rukfees/

Bursaries & Scholarships
Overseas (non EU) students

http://www.abertay.ac.uk/applying/international/fees/

Overseas Scholarships

Fees shown are payable annually, and may be subject to increase each year.


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