BSc (Hons) Sport Psychology

Study our course to learn more about how psychology can affect athletic performance and gain the knowledge and skills for a career in sport psychology.

Key facts

  • Award BSc (Hons)
  • Start date September 2022
  • Duration 48 months
  • Mode of study Full-time, Campus based, Mixture of online and classroom delivery
  • UCAS Code CC68
  • Study abroad opportunities

Overview

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Our BSc (Hons) Sport Psychology degree will enable you to develop an in-depth understanding of the diverse, complex, and wide-ranging territory of the disciplines of psychology and sport and exercise psychology. The course will explore academic knowledge and practice associated with sport and exercise psychology, analyse psychological issues across a range of sport and exercise psychology settings (for example, from local communities to high performance settings), examine research evidence associated with sport and exercise psychology, and investigate a myriad of contemporary issues facing practitioners. The course will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to be a successful contributor to the disciplines of psychology, sport psychology, and exercise psychology at local, national, international and global levels. The course will also provide you with:

  • Skills and abilities in critical thinking, problem solving and creativity, allowing you to apply these effectively in the sport and exercise psychology sectors.
  • The ability to be an independent learner, capable of critical analysis and competent in communicating through a range of mediums to a range of audiences.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the value of inclusion and diversity in sport.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements for your country/region

Year 1 entry – Four-year honours

SQA Highers
AABB - by the end of S5
AAAB - by the end of S6

GCE A-levels
BBB

IB Diploma
30 points

BTEC (Level 3)
DDM

Widening access students
Widening access students may be eligible for an adjusted offer of entry. To find out if this applies to you go to our widening access pages.

Care-experienced applicants will be guaranteed an offer of a place if they meet the minimum entry requirements.

Year 2 entry – Three-year honours

SQA Advanced Higher
ABB

GCE A-level
ABB

IB Diploma
35

Essential subjects
Psychology

Other Scottish qualifications

Scottish HNC/HND
Year one minimum entry - Bs in graded units.

Access courses
University of Stirling access course - for mature students only. You must pass the course with 50% or above.

SWAP access course - for mature students only. Please check the SWAP progression routes document for details.

Email our Admissions Team for advice about other access courses.

Foundation Apprenticeships
Considered to be equivalent to 1 Higher at Grade B

Advanced entry

Year 2 entry
Entry into Year 2 may be possible depending on your HNC/HND course. To find out more go to our articulation pages.

Other qualifications
Advanced entry may by possible depending on your qualifications. To find out more go to our advanced entry page.

Additional information

General entrance requirements apply

If you’ve taken exams over two sittings, repeated an exam, or been upgraded, the entrance requirements may be higher.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) 169 with minimum of 162 in each skill
  • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) 180 with minimum 162 in each skill
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

If you are from India, Bangladesh, Ghana or Nigeria please also check your country/region specific page for any additional, or changes to, English language requirements.

For more information on ways that you can meet our English language requirements, including options to waive the requirement, please read our information on English language requirements.

Pre-sessional English language courses

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

Find out more about our pre-sessional English language courses

Course details

BSc (Hons) Sport Psychology is a four-year course that will give you a detailed understanding of mainstream, sport, and exercise psychology. You will complete a research project and have the opportunity to undertake work experience within these areas. 

Year 1

Sport modules in Year 1 will introduce the importance of sport to individuals and communities, focusing on physical activity and health, sport and exercise science, sports psychology, sociology, and management. 

You will also study mainstream psychology modules delivered by the Psychology department. These will be on a wide range of topics designed to give you an introduction to psychology and provide key foundations on which to build, including laboratory practice and reporting.

Year 2

In your second year, you will study a module focused on sport as a global phenomenon. This module will increase your awareness and appreciation of the far-reaching impact of sport around the world by exploring not only the social, political and cultural benefits of sport, but also the less favourable impacts of sport. Additionally, you will study a module focused on the foundations of sport and exercise psychology - this module will provide you with foundational knowledge on a range of topics, theories and contemporary issues of relevance in sport and exercise psychology. You will develop a knowledge and understanding of what sport and exercise psychology is and an appreciation of what sport and exercise psychologists are seeking to achieve.

Additionally, you will continue to study mainstream psychology modules delivered by the Psychology department. There are two themed modules in Year 2: The Social Mind and Brain and Behaviour–Clinical Perspectives. The Social Mind integrates material from social, cognitive, developmental and biological psychology, while Behaviour–Clinical Perspectives integrates material from biological and cognitive psychology. You will also take a module in Research Methods delivered by the Psychology department.

In the first three semesters, you will be given the choice of one additional module from across the University. This will broaden your knowledge in a range of topics and develop your academic abilities ready for a more in-depth and specialised exploration in sport and exercise psychology in your final two years.

Years 3 and 4

In the final two years, you will deepen your understanding of the sport sector/industry by completing two subject-specific modules in sport and exercise psychology, and develop the knowledge, skills and abilities to undertake academic inquiry into sport. 

All students take an Advanced Studies in Sport module to help them prepare for a major independent project on a topic that reflects their interests and/or career aspirations. You will also complete a Professional Practice in Sport module, which includes a period of work-based learning and guest lectures on working in the sport and exercise psychology industry.

You will also study a range of core subjects: cognitive psychology, social psychology, individual differences, and developmental psychology. These modules will provide opportunities to develop skills in group work, practical work, and experience of working with pre-school children. You will also get the chance to sharpen your communication skills through group discussions and oral presentations.

We would encourage you to develop your knowledge, skills and experiences in sport and exercise psychology by engaging in voluntary and/or paid sport and exercise psychology opportunities beyond the course.

You will complete your BSc (Hons) Sports Psychology course as an independent learner, capable of critical analysis and communication through various mediums to a range of audiences. You will have also laid the foundations of being an independent researcher, prepared for further study at MSc and/or PhD / Professional Doctorate level.

Modules

The module information below is intended only as an example of what you may study and features details for the current academic year (2021/22). Modules are regularly reviewed and are subject to future changes.

Course details

Teaching

The Sport Psychology course will be delivered using a blended learning approach of face-to-face and online learning. Modules will be delivered through lectures, small group seminars and practical classes. Learning also takes places through a wide range of activities within and beyond these classes:

  • group project work
  • participating in experiments run by staff and other students
  • oral presentations
  • opportunities to undertake work placements

Materials posted online through the learning portal CANVAS, will support this contact time. Additional learning materials will take the form of podcasts, video lectures, and additional reading material.

Assessment

The courses uses a wide range of assessment approaches. The assessments are designed to improve and assess students’ attainment of the learning outcomes, critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, communication, and group working skills. Assessments make use of coursework and exams. Coursework assessments can take the form of online tests, essays and digi-essays, reports, as well as individual/group presentations. Exams include multiple-choice questions, short answer questions, essay-based questions or a combination of question types. The assessments and marking criteria are aligned to the appropriate level on the SCQF Framework.

Work placement opportunities

In the final year of the course, there is a sport professional practice module which involves a placement element. The placement opportunity will either be

  • a role students are currently in (e.g., in a sport / exercise / psychology role) which they can reflect upon, demonstrate key learning, and utilise for the purpose of the course, or
  • a placement opportunity from within the University (e.g., University sports teams), or
  • running an event within the University with fellow students

In the latter option, students may be tasked with, for instance, running a sport and exercise psychology event series, putting on a school sport event, running a webinar series around sports and exercise psychology topics of interest, running a sports tournament for charity or running an academic conference.

Study abroad

You’ll have the opportunity to study abroad through our well-established connection with several North American, Australian and European universities.

Find out more about our study abroad opportunities.

Fees and funding

Fees and costs

Academic year: 2021/22 2022/23
Scottish students £1,820* £1,820 *
Students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland £9,250 £9,250
European Union students £15,100 £15,900
Overseas students (non-EU) £15,100 £15,900

Scottish students

* This fee is set by the Scottish Government and is subject to change.

You will be charged the annual tuition fee each year when you enrol.

Although you’re liable for annual tuition fees, students domiciled in Scotland can apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government on their behalf. If you’re unsure of your fee status, you can check your eligibility.

If you need to take additional modules or resit modules, you’ll be liable for an additional fee.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

Students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland

This tuition fee may be subject to change depending on guidance provided by the UK Government.

You will be charged the annual fee each year when you enrol. Your fees will be held at the same level throughout your course.

You can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of your tuition fees, from your relevant funding body. Students from the Republic of Ireland who are living in the Common Travel Area of the UK, Islands or Ireland and are starting a course of study in Scotland in session 2021/22 will be entitled to apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for funding. See more information on the SAAS website.

We also offer additional funding – such as our Honours Year Scholarship – for students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland. See our funding opportunities below for more information.

If you need to take additional modules or resit modules, you will be liable for an additional fee.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

European Union students

For EU students starting studies in academic year 2022/23, we will award an automatic scholarship of up to £30k over the duration of your course. This is subject to eligibility criteria.

Students from the Republic of Ireland should see the fee and funding information under England, Wales, NI and Republic of Ireland.

You will be charged the annual fee each year when you enrol. Your fees will be held at the same level throughout your course.

If you need to take additional modules or resit modules, you will be liable for an additional fee.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

Overseas students (non-EU)

You will be charged the annual fee each year when you enrol. Your fees will be held at the same level throughout your course.

If you need to take additional modules or resit modules, you will be liable for an additional fee.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

Additional costs

There are some instances where additional fees may apply. Depending on your chosen course, you may need to pay additional costs, for example for field trips. Learn more about additional fees.

Funding opportunities

Sports Scholarships

See details of our International Sports Scholarship Programme.

See what funding opportunities and loans are available to help you with tuition and living costs.

Students domiciled in Scotland

The University of Stirling offers undergraduate funding opportunities for students domiciled in Scotland. To find out if you’re eligible to apply for an award, use our scholarship finder.

EU students

For EU students starting studies in academic year 2021/22, we will award an automatic scholarship of up to £30k over the duration of your course. This is subject to eligibility criteria.

Students domiciled in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland

The Undergraduate Choice Scholarship provides a £1,000 cash award to all students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Republic of Ireland who meet the conditions of their offer and select the University of Stirling as their Firm or Insurance choice on UCAS.

The University also offers the Undergraduate Merit Scholarship, which is awarded to selected students and provides a £1,000 cash award per year for years 1-3 of study. To be considered for the Merit Scholarship, students require a minimum of AAB at A-level or equivalent.

In addition, students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland who enter in year 1 and progress successfully through years 2 and 3 will receive our Honours Year Scholarship, which covers the cost of undergraduate tuition fees in the Honours year of study.

You don’t need to apply for the awards listed above - we'll automatically identify your eligibility as part of the admissions process.

To explore other scholarships and learn more about funding opportunities, use our scholarship finder.

Students domiciled overseas

The University of Stirling offers generous undergraduate funding opportunities for overseas students. To find out if you're eligible to apply for an award, use our scholarship finder.

Cost of living

If you’re domiciled in the UK, you can typically apply to your relevant funding body for help with living costs. This usually takes the form of student loans, grants or bursaries, and the amount awarded depends upon your personal circumstances and household income.

EU and overseas students won’t normally be able to claim living support through SAAS or other UK public funding bodies. You should contact the relevant authority in your country to find out if you’re eligible to receive support.

Find out about the cost of living for students at Stirling.

Payment options

We aim to be as flexible as possible, and offer a wide range of payment methods - including the option to pay fees by instalments. Learn more about how to pay.

After you graduate

Having a sport psychology degree will equip you for a range of career options in sports, performance, exercise, and/or psychology industries. A sport psychology degree also makes you eligible for further study and training to become a qualified sport and exercise psychologist.

What jobs can you get with a Sport Psychology degree?

Examples of possible roles for those graduating from the course include:

  • with further training, being employed as a practitioner to work with a broad range of clients including individual athletes, teams, and support staff across a range of sporting disciplines, providing sport psychology support to help them deal with the demands of their sport
  • being employed in exercise psychology settings, including being employed to work with individuals and groups in GP surgeries, employers' premises, client's homes, clinical settings, and local fitness centre roles, to counsel clients about the potential benefits that can be derived from participation in more regular exercise
  • being employed to carry out research on sport and exercise psychology constructs in commercial and academic settings, helping to improve the provision which can be provided to those seeking the support from practitioners
  • with further training, being employed to teach and train sport and exercise psychology students (in lecturing roles, for example)
  • being eligible to establish and direct private practice in sport and/or exercise psychology

More than 95% of all undergraduates are in employment or further study fifteen months after graduation (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2020, HESA).

Employability skills

Your employability is one of our highest priorities, and we want to make sure you have every possible advantage when you enter the job market. Our BSc (Hons) Sport Psychology course will not only provide you with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of sport and exercise psychology, it will also ensure you develop key skills essential for your future employability.  Skills you will gain include; organisation, communication, planning, reflection and team work skills.