Sport Psychology Undergraduate degree

Sport Psychology

Learn how psychology underpins sports and exercise and how to optimise athletic performance on our BSc Sport Psychology.

Start Date:

September 2022

Entry Tariff:

Year 1 entry: 112 UCAS points (or equivalent)

Degree Type:

BSc (single honours)

Duration:

3 years (full-time)

4 years (full-time) if opting for the additional placement year

UCAS Code:

C813

Entry tariff:

Year 1 entry: 112 UCAS points (or equivalent)

We welcome applications from students studying T-Levels.

For all courses we also accept a wide range of other qualifications and experience. Contact us to find out more.

When we consider applications to study with us, we form a complete view of your achievements to date, and future potential, and can offer flexibility in entry requirements. Find out more about our Contextual Offer scheme.

Specific entry requirements:

A-level / BTEC (or equivalent qualification) required in a science, sports science, PE or Psychology subject.

GCSE (or equivalent) requirement: Maths Grade C / 4.

Contact us for further information.

General entry requirements:

UK students

Undergraduate On-Campus Open Day

Saturday 9 July 2022

Course and Module Details

Overview

Explore the key factors affecting sports performance, such as self-confidence, motivation, concentration and the psychology of sport injury, on our BSc Sports Psychology.  

Human performance in sport and exercise is based on three areas – body chemistry (physiology); the physical demands on the body (biomechanics); and the mind’s response (psychology).   

On this course, you will gain in-depth knowledge of how psychology underpins sport and exercise, by exploring the mind, brain, behaviour and experience, and the complex interactions between these elements. You will also have the option of a one-year paid work placement.

Practical sessions in the labs will also make up a key part of your degree. You’ll have access to our state-of-the-art facilities, which include our sports and exercise laboratory and biomechanics laboratory. They are equipped with highly specialist equipment, including a walk-in environmental chamber, advanced optical motion analysis systems and equipment for both laboratory and field-based physiological assessment. You can find out more information, and take a virtual tour here. On campus we also have excellent sport facilities, including a sports hall and gym. 

Roehampton’s BSc Sport Psychology has been accredited and commended by the British Psychological Society (BPS) for many years. Our recently reviewed and enhanced programme is pending BPS re-accreditation, following our 5 year curriculum review due for early spring. The programme that you will study has been designed to meet the BPS criteria.

We offer a range of innovative modules, such as Mind, Body, and Brain, where you will learn how the brain, nervous system and other physiological systems affect, and are affected by, mental functioning and behaviour; Psychology of Peak Performance, where you will learn the fundamental issues related to optimal athlete performance; and Advanced Topics in Psychology, where you will gain an understanding of contemporary issues within the field of sport psychology. 

In your first year you’ll explore a range of topics to build a solid foundation for understanding the key psychological concepts that affect sport performance and exercise participation. In year two, you’ll broaden your knowledge and focus on applying psychological support in sport psychology and embed the subject within the wider context of sport science. In your third year, you’ll choose what to study from our wide list of modules, and complete your research project, tailoring your degree to your interests and aspirations.  

You will have the option of undertaking a work placement year between years two and three, to boost your CV even more.

Taught on our south-west London campus, on this degree you will have access to excellent facilities, and to many opportunities for work experience through our Careers Team, and access to face-to-face and 24/7 online careers support, whether you choose to live on campus or commute to us.

The University has a range of partnerships with leading sports organisations, including being the Official Higher Education Partner for Premier League Crystal Palace FC.

Course subject to curriculum review

Placement Year

This course offers all students the option of a one-year paid work placement, to boost your employability even further. If you choose this route, you will take the placement following year two of your course, and then return to complete your degree.

Why take a placement?

A placement year is the perfect opportunity to gain valuable work experience, to build on the career skills we will teach you on this degree. The connections you make on the placement will improve your career prospects further, and equip you with the skills you need to secure graduate-level employment.

How we support you

The University’s Placement and Work Experience Team are experts at helping you to secure a placement. They will work closely with you from the start, helping you research potential employers, discover placement opportunities, create and pitch your CV, and will coach you to perform well in interviews. We aren't able to guarantee a placement, but our sector-leading advisors will give you the best possible chance of securing one.

Find out more about how we'll support you  

We understand that your plans might change once you start your programme. If you decide not to do a placement, you will have the option of completing the three year version of your programme. 

Whatever your choice, you will have access to many opportunities for work experience through our Placement and Work Experience Team, and access to face-to-face and 24/7 online careers support.

Modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology

Psychology of Resilience and Success

Evolution of Psychology

Introduction to Psychological Research

Understanding Human Behaviour

Biomechanical Analysis of Movement or Fundamentals of Exercise Physiology

 

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Psychology of Peak Performance

Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience

Understanding the Individual and Society

Development and Transitions across the Lifespan

Psychological Research: Design, Analysis, and Impact

Physiology of Exercise or Applied Biomechanics

Year 3

Compulsory module

Psychology of Athlete Development

Empirical Research Project

Work Placed Learning

 

Optional Modules

Exercise and Health

Limitations to Performance and Training

Biomechanics: Performance and Injury

Environmental Physiology

Health Psychology and Addictive Behaviours

 


These modules are those we currently offer and may be subject to change each year.

NB: Final titles and full descriptions of each module's content will be available in early 2022 on this page.

Tuition fees and funding

September 2022 entry tuition fees

Year 1 fees, see links in table below for more information.

UK EU and International Placement year
£9,250 £13,950 £925

Career Options

Studying this course will provide the first step towards further professional, postgraduate training routes into a career as a sport psychologist, but also into other psychology careers such as clinical, forensic, or health psychologist. The skills developed on the course will also prepare you for a variety of private and public sector work. 

Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. They will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers. You’ll also have opportunities to work with our partners across London and beyond, and to attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers. 

How to apply

Undergraduate programmes

How to join us in September 2022

We are still accepting applications for our courses for September 2022 and have vacancies. Contact us if you have any questions, or apply using the links above.

If you need any help or advice with your application, or just want to ask us a question before you apply, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Detailed advice on applying for an undergraduate degree is available in the FAQs section below.

Application process FAQs

 

If you are applying to us for a full-time degree or extended degree programme, you will need to apply online through UCAS, or direct, depending on the start date of your course and your fee status. Please see tabs above. And don't hesitate to contact us at the same time. Either fill in an online enquiry form, or contact us at the details below!

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When you register with UCAS, you will also receive a username and password so that you can access your application at a later date.

It is very important that you enter the correct institution code (for Roehampton this is R48) and course code for each choice. These can be found on the relevant course pages on our website.

Contact us directly if you have any questions.

Yes we will take into account the ongoing disruption and impact that Coronavirus has had on applicants when considering the results of students applying to us.

Please visit our dedicated webpages to read more.

The Roehampton UCAS institution code is R48.

Your school, college or centre will give you a buzzword so you can link your application to them. You add this word to your application when you register to make an undergraduate application.

If you are applying independently, without a school or college, you do not need a buzzword.

If you are no longer at school or college you will need to apply to university as an independent applicant. When you register with UCAS they will give you a username and password so that you can complete your application whenever you like.

You will need to complete the online application, including your personal statement and will also need to supply a reference from someone who knows you well, and is able to write about why you are suitable for higher education.

It is very important that you enter the correct institution code (for Roehampton this is R48) and course code for each choice. These can be found on the relevant course pages.

Further guidelines can be found on the UCAS website.

Contact us directly if you have any other questions about applications.

No. UCAS will issue you with a username and password which you can use to log in whenever and wherever you want to work on your application.

There is no time limit from when you start your application to when you send it, as long as you complete it within the deadlines set by UCAS and your school.

If you are a international student, you can apply direct using our online application form.

Details of support we provide for international students, and useful information about the application process, are available on our international web pages.

No, you can only send one UCAS application in each year’s application cycle, but this can include applications for up to five courses. Applying for more than one course will cost extra.

If you do not receive any offers from your initial UCAS application, you can make additional choices through UCAS Extra in the Spring term. You will be sent details of UCAS Extra if you are eligible.

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If you applied after the January deadline, or one or more of your universities hasn’t made a decision on your application by the end of March, other reply dates will apply – please do contact us to find out more.

You can accept two courses – one firm choice and one insurance choice.

If you meet the requirements of your firm choice, then you will be expected to take that place, so you need to be sure that the course you have accepted firmly is the one you want to do.

If you miss the grades for your firm choice and meet the requirements for your insurance choice you will be expected to take up that place.

If you meet the terms of your firm choice and ask to be released from this, you will be entered into Clearing and cannot go to your insurance choice.

Once you have applied through UCAS you will be able to follow the progress of each of your applications by using UCAS Track.

You can also contact us directly to find out the status of your application with us.

If you apply through UCAS and we make you an offer, we will ordinarily make you one of the following types of offer:

Conditional Offers

This offer requires you to meet particular academic or other conditions before you can join the course of study you have applied for. This could be a combination of grade, scores or subjects and will be outlined in the offer communication that you receive.

Unconditional offers

An unconditional offer has no conditions attached. Unconditional offers are often made to students who already have their achieved qualification grades and who are returning to education after a gap year or a period of time in work.

If Roehampton is your firm choice, and you have not met your conditions, please check UCAS track, we may be able to show some flexibility, although this is not guaranteed.

If you have missed the conditions of your firm choice, but met the conditions of your Insurance choice. Congratualtions, you will be studying at your Insurance choice. If you miss the conditions for both your firm and Insurance choice, then UCAS will automatically enter you into Clearing.

Make sure that you are prepared for results day and any decisions you may need/want to make. Check UCAS for more advice about what happens on results day.

If you would like any advice on this, please contact us directly and we can discuss your options.

If you are applying to university from the UK or European Union (EU), irrespective of your nationality, you must submit your UCAS application before the January deadline in order for it to be guaranteed equal consideration. The deadline for the 2022 cycle is Wednesday 26 January 2022 at 18:00.

We understand that there are many reasons why you may not be able to meet this deadline. With this in mind, Roehampton will still consider applications received after the January deadline, if there are places available on the course.

The University of Roehampton welcomes the introduction of T Levels and is delighted to confirm that we will be able to accept them across the majority of our programmes. Students will be able to apply using T Levels for both three year and four year undergraduate degrees. UCAS Tariff requirements for each programme, will be made available on programme webpages.

Yes, if you accepted an offer of study at us or another University through UCAS, you have 14 days in which you can change your response, and you can do so by contacting UCAS.

If you want to change your mind, please do get in touch to discuss your options with us. Call us on 0208 392 3314.

If you first apply through UCAS after 30 June 2022, UCAS will not send your application to universities but will instead send you details about Clearing.

Clearing a service that is available between July and September to help people find places on higher education courses. You may be eligible for Clearing if any of the following are relevant to you:

  • you have applied this year but have not gained a place
  • you have declined your offers
  • you have not previously applied to UCAS for entry this year.

Yes, we offer a range of scholarships, alongside support on managing your finances while you are with us.

You can find more information on our financial support pages.

Yes, we have a wide range of on-campus and off-campus student residences. You will be guaranteed University accommodation if you are applying for September 2021, January 2022 or September 2022 entry.

Find out more about our accommodation and accommodation guarantee here.

We can support you to transfer to Roehampton from another university,  into the relevant year of study. Find out more here.

UCAS offers a number of helpful articles on the process of applying to universities. You can also find advice and guidance from the Schools and Colleges Engagement Team here.

 

Validation and curriculum review

What is validation?
Validation is a formal process through which the University approves a programme (content, teaching, learning and assessment) as being of appropriate standard and quality. This is a normal process used throughout the university sector.

The University expects to publish details of the validated programme in the academic year prior to the start date of the programme. You are advised to check the University website at that time to ensure that you have up-to-date information. In the meantime, if you require information you should contact 0208 392 3232.

What is curriculum review?
Curriculum review is the regular and systematic monitoring and reviewing of programmes. It is a normal process in the sector and it is the way by which the university ensures that your course remains up-to-date and relevant. The process may result in changes to the content, structure and/or assessment of the programme.

The University expects to publish details of the re-validated programme by 31 March in the academic year prior to the start date of the programme. You are advised to check the University website at that time to ensure that you have up-to-date information. In the meantime, if you require information you should contact 0208 392 3232.

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Course Facilities

Image -  Our state-of-the-art Sport and Exercise Physiology Laboratory  
  With a huge range of physiological assessment equipment where you can measure lactate threshold, VO2 max, and speed of power output for improving athletic performance in a range of physical and sporting activities.    

Our state-of-the-art Sport and Exercise Physiology Laboratory 

With a huge range of physiological assessment equipment where you can measure lactate threshold, VO2 max, and speed of power output for improving athletic performance in a range of physical and sporting activities.  

Image -  Our Biomechanics Laboratory  
  With advanced optical motion tracking systems and Kistler force plates mounted in the floor to measure ground reaction forces.    

Our Biomechanics Laboratory 

With advanced optical motion tracking systems and Kistler force plates mounted in the floor to measure ground reaction forces.  

Image -  Specialist psychological research facilities  
  Including EEGs which pick up electrical signals in the brain, eye tracking equipment, psychophysiological suites equipped for collecting blood and saliva for research projects, and advanced computer software.   

Specialist psychological research facilities 

Including EEGs which pick up electrical signals in the brain, eye tracking equipment, psychophysiological suites equipped for collecting blood and saliva for research projects, and advanced computer software. 

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Our Students

“All the lecturers are very approachable and don’t hesitate to offer guidance and support. I especially enjoy the hands on, practical lab work in the physiology part of the course. A lot of the topics covered have really piqued my interest and make me want to pursue research in the future.” 

Josh Brown, BSc Sport Psychology 

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