What you study
You will study the scientific underpinnings of Sport and Psychology with core areas following the curriculum set out by the British Psychological Society, including:
- Biological and Evolutionary Psychology
- Cognitive Psychology
- Developmental Psychology
The course also provides a strong focus on developing the necessary skills for understanding sport performance and how sport is experienced and delivered within community settings. This is reflected in its core areas of physiology, biomechanics, psychology and social sciences, the inclusion of which ensures students have an underpinning of the disciplines needed to comprehend how the body and mind responds to sport training. In addition social science seeks to contextualise how communities experience sport, and the impact this has on them.
You will also have the opportunity to study theme-based, interdisciplinary elective modules in the early years.
Placement opportunities exist throughout the programme, and optional courses will allow you to take modules from other programmes, offering the opportunity to tailor the course to your own needs and interests.
In the final year, you will complete an individual piece of research of your own design which focuses on your particular area of interest within the field of Sport and Psychology.
For more information on the course content, download the Programme information - BSc with Honours in Sport and Psychology
How you learn and are assessed
The programme consists of a mixture of lectures, practical laboratory classes, seminars/tutorials and independent study. The practical laboratory 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 which are valued by employers. The vast majority of the assessment is by innovative coursework-related submissions such as lab reports, essays, oral and poster presentations, portfolios, reflective logs, practical tests. Exams only form a small percentage - approximately 15% - of the overall assessment
You will be assessed by the use of portfolio, reflective logs, case studies, laboratory reports, practical competencies, oral and poster presentations, as well as essays and exam-based assessment.
Assessments are designed to reflect the prospective needs of employers.