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Sport and Psychology
BSc (Hons)

This programme offers you a fascinating opportunity to examine the sciences that underpin sport and psychology.

Course detail

Start Date

September

Duration

4 years (full-time)

Degree Classification

BSc (Hons)

UCAS Code

CC68

Why Study Sport and Psychology?

Dig deep into the human mind to uncover how it works with the body to dictate sport performance. This professionally accredited programme offers you a fascinating opportunity to examine the sciences that underpin sport and psychology.   

Professionally accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), this degree takes you on an educational journey to explore the study of mental and emotional responses to taking part in sport and exercise, and how this can be optimised to encourage participation and improve performance.

Teaching draws on the core disciplines of sport and exercise science and psychology, giving you the best of both worlds and equipping you with the knowledge required to apply theory to practical settings across a plethora of real world situations.

There’s a strong focus on developing the skills for understanding sport performance, and how sport is experienced and delivered within community settings. This is reflected in the core areas of physiology, biomechanics, psychology and social sciences.

Placement opportunities exist throughout the programme (with Active Schools, for instance), giving you a taste of what it’s like in the “real” world. You will have the opportunity to take modules from other programmes, offering the ability to tailor the course to your own needs and interests.

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An undergraduate  qualification can help develop you into a confident, independent thinker who's ready to face the challenges of the modern world. 

Information and advice is key to making sure you make the right decision for you. Thankfully, we’re here to tell you everything you need to know about stepping into the world of undergraduate study.

Register your interest and find out the fantastic options available to you.

 

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Your Journey Starts Here

The BSc (Hons) Sport and Psychology degree is unique to Scotland. It examines the sciences underpinning the study of sport: how the mind and body work together for sport performance. Ready to get started?

Entry Requirements

Please note: All applicants must have a pass in English and Maths/Lifeskill Maths in any of the following - National 5 grade C or GCSE grade C/4.

Please visit our Entry from College pages for suitable College courses.

 

Qualification Type Grade Requirements Essential Subjects
Higher ABBB Biology, Chemistry, Physics, PE or Maths
A-Level BCC Biology, Chemistry, Physics, PE or Maths
Irish Highers H2H3H3H3 Biology, Chemistry, Physics, PE or Maths
International Baccalaureate 29 Points Biology, Chemistry, Physics, PE or Maths at S5 or H4
BTEC Extended Diploma DMM Sport or Sport & Exercise Sciences
AHEAD - Successful completion of the relevant stream of our AHEAD programme
SWAP ABB Access to: Life Sciences, Health & Life Sciences, Science, Biological Sciences, Biological & Biomedical Sciences, University Study
HNC/HND - Our Entry from College pages list approved HNC/HND courses
Qualification Type Grade Requirements Essential Subjects
Advanced Higher ABB To include PE and Psychology
A-Level ABB To include PE and Psychology
BTEC Extended Diploma D*DD -

Information for International Applicants

Please provide certified proof of your English language level. Our accredited International English Foundation Course can help. To further enhance your academic English, Intensive English for Academic Purposes can help you achieve your potential.

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Not sure if you're eligible for entry?

If you have the potential and motivation to study at university, regardless of your background or personal circumstances, we welcome your application.

We understand some people have faced extra challenges before applying to university, which is why we consider the background in which your academic grades have been achieved when making an offer.

If you expect to receive passes in three Scottish Highers (grades A-C) and have either ...

  • been in care
  • participated in a targeted aspiration-raising programme such as LIFT OFF, LEAPS, FOCUS West, or Aspire North
  • no family background of going to university
  • attended a school or lived in an area where not many people go to university

... we encourage you to submit an application.

Key Modules (2017/18)

Introductory Psychology (PSY101)

An introduction to the key areas of psychology that align with the BPS curriculum (conceptual and historical issues in psychology, cognitive psychology and social psychology) and to the research methods used in the scientific study of behaviour. The theoretical underpinnings of core areas are explored and set in an applied framework to help students understand how psychology research can be used to address real-world problems facing modern societies.

Social Science for Sport & Exercise (SPS101)

An introduction to key social issues in sport and exercise contexts. Module content includes: recognising and defining the disciplines within social science; discrimination in sport; sport political ideology; ethics and sport; qualitative methodologies.

Introductory Psychology 2 (PSY102)

An introduction to key areas of psychology that align with the BPS curriculum (individual differences, developmental psychology, and biological psychology) that continues education in research methods used in the scientific study of behaviour. The theoretical underpinnings of core areas are explored and set in an applied framework to help students understand how psychology research can be used to address real-world problems facing modern societies.

Physiology for Sport Exercise (SPS102)

Provides an understanding of physiology and its application to exercise. Module content includes: homeostasis; cardiorespiratory system; neuromuscular system; digestion, bioenergetics and metabolism.

Cognitive Psychology and Research Methods (PSY204)

An introduction to the cognitive aspects of the BPS curriculum. Students will be introduced to research methodologies, theories and models of how cognitive psychology works as a science. They will also be introduced to the statistical concepts and methodologies that underpin research in psychology.

Psychology for Sport and Exercise (SPS201)

Provides students with an understanding of the core concepts of sport and exercise psychology and how these apply to real-world environments. Module content includes: identifying psychological issues in sport and exercise; fundamentals of sport and exercise psychology; individual factors; group processes; an introduction to psychological skills.

Social Psychology and Research Methods (PSY201)

An introduction to the social psychology content of the BPS curriculum that will provide students with a critical and comprehensive understanding of the major topics, empirical research and theoretical approaches in social psychology. Building on the content of PSY204, students will be trained in the research methods that underpin the scientific study of social cognition and behaviour.

Biomechanics for Sport and Exercise (SPS202)

An introduction to the study of biomechanical concepts applied within a sport and performance perspective. Students have the opportunity to analyse movement using various biomechanical laboratory techniques including those relating to movement analysis, reaction forces and the application of Newton's laws.

Biological Psychology and PID (BPS Core) (PSY301)

The core BPS curriculum is covered in this module. Students are provided with knowledge of how biology affects behaviour and introduced to the evolutionary mechanisms that shape our minds. This module will also investigate how biology, experience and personality produce individuality in humans.

Applied Sport Psychology (SPS306)

An understanding and critical analysis of the role of psychological principles in sport from an applied perspective within the sport and performance context. Module content includes: sports psychology context and practice; the needs analysis process; models of intervention; psychological skills training for planning and developing interventions; ethical and professional issues.

Developmental Psychology (BPS Core) (PSY302)

An examination of the theories, methods and empirical data relevant to psychological development throughout the lifespan. Module content includes: biological basis of development; designs and approaches of studying development; infancy; early and middle childhood; adolescence; adulthood; ageing.

Research Methods on Psychology (BPS core) (PSY303)

Building on the psychological research methods, techniques and analyses covered in years 1 and 2, this module will provide students with the ability to design and conduct independent research projects at honours level using the appropriate research methodology.

Psychology Honours Project (PSY410)

Students are required to design, conduct and analyse their own independent piece of research and to present their research findings. This module provides guidance and support for the honours project process.

Advanced Social and Cognitive Psychology (PSY408)

Designed to develop students' understanding of social psychology and cognition, building on their Cognition and Social Psychology modules in year 2. This module develops a deeper understanding of cognitive processes such as attention, perception and memory and explores how these processes underpin social processing.

Social Issues in Sporting Contexts (SPS405)

An exploration of contemporary issues in sport and exercise contexts. Module content includes: social theory; sport and inequality; sport and politics; ethics and sport.

Contemporary Issues in Sport and Exercise Psychology (SPS411)

Builds upon the foundational theoretical knowledge of sport and exercise psychology and addresses contemporary topics to provide in-depth and current perspective of theory and research in the field.

How the Course Works

Learning and Assessment

You’ll learn through a mixture of lectures, practical laboratory classes, seminars/tutorials and independent study.

The practical lab classes offer the chance to learn relevant scientific techniques first hand, and provide an opportunity to engage in research by designing experiments and collecting and analysing data.

The assessment strategy is aimed at developing a variety of skills valued by employers. The vast majority of assessment is by coursework-related submissions such as lab reports, essays, oral and poster presentations, portfolios, reflective logs, and practical tests.

Exams form only a small percentage (approximately 15%) of the overall assessment.

Accreditation

The degree is professionally accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), conferring eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC), provided a minimum Second Class Honours is obtained. This is the first step to becoming a chartered psychologist.

For more information on the course content, please download the Programme Information - BSc (Honours) Sport and Psychology

About Your Modules

The module information shown here describes the modules our students are taking this year. The modules do change over time to keep our programmes up-to-date and relevant. This means the exact modules you take could be different. If you receive an offer to study with us, you will receive a Programme Information document that sets out exactly which modules you can expect to take as part of your Abertay degree programme.

Please note: As well as Key Modules outlined above, you may also be required to choose Elective Modules.

Careers

This programme will develop a range of transferable skills that help prepare graduates to take on a variety of professional challenges across diverse working environments.

In addition, you’ll have acquired the necessary knowledge and expertise to pursue postgraduate studies in a related area.

With further study, you can become an accredited Sport and Exercise Psychologist or pursue a career in any other psychology discipline.

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Occupations

Graduates from this programme are well equipped to obtain employment across a wide range of vocations, including:

  • Sports development officer
  • Outdoor pursuits instructor
  • Fitness consultant
  • Physical activity leader
  • Researcher
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Industry Links

You’ll have the opportunity to develop links with various sports industries and work toward achieving professionally recognised awards. Work placements are an integral part of the curriculum to enable this.

Abertay staff have strong research links and many are members of professional societies. There are good links between the Psychology and Sport and Exercise Division staff, and many staff are also current practitioners.

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Scholarships

Rest of UK Abertay Scholarship - £2,300 per year for four years

This scholarship is intended to support students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland to study at Abertay. Scholarship is paid directly into your bank account in two instalments each year to support you with living and travel costs. No application necessary.

International Abertay Scholarship - £2,300 per year for four years

This scholarship is intended to support students from international countries (outside of the EU) to study at Abertay. Scholarship is paid directly into your bank account in two instalments each year to support you with living and travel costs. No application necessary.

In addition, we offer a range of corporate/philanthropic scholarships shown below, which are available to all students to support your studies with us. 

The Lothian Family

A £5,000 award for undergraduate students with financial or social difficulties which may prevent them from studying at Abertay.

The Robert Reid Bursary

Two £500 awards for students who have overcome challenges to attend university.

Programme Fees for 2018

Scottish & EU students

£1,820

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

Please see our Undergraduate Fees and Funding page for further details. 

Additional Costs

Sport students have to cover the cost of the PVG scheme in order to be able to work with children and vulnerable adults (cost £59 for a new application, £19 for renewal). You must also purchase Abertay branded sports kit for use in practical sessions and placements. The cost of the basic kit is £84.

English, Welsh & Northern Irish Students

£9,250

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

Please see our Undergraduate Fees and Funding page for further details. 

Additional Costs

Sport students have to cover the cost of the PVG scheme in order to be able to work with children and vulnerable adults (cost £59 for a new application, £19 for renewal). You must also purchase Abertay branded sports kit for use in practical sessions and placements. The cost of the basic kit is £84.

International Students

£13,800

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

Please see our Undergraduate Fees and Funding page for further details. 

Additional Costs

Sport students have to cover the cost of the PVG scheme in order to be able to work with children and vulnerable adults (cost £59 for a new application, £19 for renewal). You must also purchase Abertay branded sports kit for use in practical sessions and placements. The cost of the basic kit is £84.

Programme Leader - Sport and Psychology

Dr Fiona McConnochie

Dr Fiona McConnochie

School of Social and Health Sciences | Lecturer

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