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Sport psychology is an exciting and ever-expanding topic of research and academic study, which looks at how athletic performance can be affected by thoughts, emotions and physiological responses.


Course Benefits

  • ​The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and acts as the first step towards becoming a Chartered Sport Psychologist.
  • International opportunities are available through volunteering or completing placements overseas, including Europe, America and Australia.

More reasons to choose Leeds Trinity University

Course Information

This course introduces you to the core areas of psychology and considers the application of these areas within the sporting environment, from grassroots football to Olympic level competition. Students on this course will be taught by experienced lecturers and practitioners, in modern facilities and specialist laboratories, investigating contemporary issues including; why some athletes ‘choke’ when under pressure, how arousal and anxiety can impact upon performance, and whether international athletes are born or made.

This programme is developed with an individual’s future career in mind, and will allow students to gain an insight in to what it is like to work with clients as an aspiring sport psychologist. Additionally, students can also develop a blend of transferable skills through a variety of teaching and assessment methods, complemented by professional work placements during years one and two.

This unique approach to learning will enable you to apply aspects of learning in the real world, ensuring that subject-specific as well as more general employability skills, are developed along the way. 

Read our full course terms and conditions.​

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​On this course you will study a range of modules which may include:
  • Introduction to Sport Psychology
  • Sport Psychology
  • Theory to Practice
  • Applied Sport Psychology
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Cognition and the Brain
  • Psychological Issues in Gender and Emotion
  • Psychology of Social Issues

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • PSY4000 - Programme Level Assessment
  • PSY4012 - Research Methods in Psychology 1
  • PSY4402 - Psychological Approaches to Personality and Intelligence
  • PSY4412 - Cognition and the Brain
  • PSY4442 - Psychology of Social Issues 1
  • PSY4992 - Ethics, Society and Employability
  • SHN4302 - Introduction to Sport Psychology

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • PSY5012 - Research Methods in Psychology 2
  • PSY5072 - Professional Development and Placement in Psychology
  • PSY5302 - Psychological Issues in Gender and Emotion
  • PSY5312 - Mind and Brain
  • PSY5342 - Psychology of Social Issues 2
  • PSY5692 - Professional Development and Placement (Volunteering) in Psychology
  • SHN5262 - Sport Psychology: Theory to Practice

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • PSY6032 - Business Psychology
  • PSY6052 - Aspects of Health Psychology
  • PSY6062 - Applying the Mind
  • PSY6114 - Major Research Project
  • PSY6122 - Psychology Special Subject
  • PSY6222 - Forensic Psychology
  • PSY6322 - Childhood and Society
  • PSY6422 - Biopsychology of Stress and Health
  • PSY6462 - Counselling Psychology
  • PSY6472 - Psychology, Mental Health and Distress
  • PSY6502 - Professional Learning Through Work
  • SHN6292 - Applied Sport Psychology

Learning and Teaching

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At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum and professional work placements included in all our undergraduate programmes.

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility.  To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities.  This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development.  Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here.  
The majority of modules on this course are delivered through a combination of lectures and small group tutorials/seminars, and include a variety of learning and assessment methods including; problem based learning, analysing 'real world' case studies, poster presentations and mini conferences. During Level 6, modules increasingly involve more independent learning and student-led research.

On this course students also undertake two 20-credit modules, which feature work placements in the summer term in Level 4 and Level 5, sandwiched between periods of preparation and reflection on their learning. Students also have the option to select an employment-based module at Level 6 to develop and apply their knowledge and skills further.

At Level 6 students are required to undertake a 40-credit Dissertation/Research Project module, in a topic area of interest within sport psychology, providing an extended opportunity for critical thinking skill development.

All students are offered opportunities to develop professional skills, and links with employers and mentors, as well as our alumni in their final year. You will have the opportunity throughout the programme to engage in extra-curricular activities and volunteering related to your graduate prospects.

We make extensive use of Moodle, Leeds Trinity's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), to support students' learning, with all module information and lecture slides posted in advance of timetabled sessions. We also use e-resources to enable 24/7 access to learning materials from off-campus and these include access to over 1,600 psychology and sport psychology journal titles.

A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for the programme, to enable students to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that they have developed.  There is some scope for students to be involved in negotiating and evaluating some assessment.

Assessments tailored to this course include problem-based learning scenarios, individual and group presentations and poster presentations, work placement reports and reflective portfolios, seminars, independent research projects,  'real world' case studies and report writing. There are also opportunities available for students to negotiate the format of their own assessments, based on their perceived strengths and academic skills.

In addition to each of your module assessments you will take a programme level assessment in each of the first and second year of your programme. This is designed to assess your understanding of everything you have been taught and to help you to understand how different elements of your degree fit together to make a coherent programme.

You will be given weekly directed activities to complete in each module. These will contribute marks towards the final module assessment and reward engagement with the content of the module. They will also help you to check your understanding of what has been taught. Some of these activities may include further reading or preparation tasks for seminars. Some of the tasks will be completed online and may include quizzes which provide you with instant feedback on your understanding of the module content. In some modules lecturers may place some of the taught content on videos which you may be required to watch prior to attending a class. This will free up time for you to work on meaningful projects in class.

On this programme there are some assessments which are marked on a pass/fail basis rather than graded. Please note that these assessments are excluded from the calculations made to produce the figures published in the Key Information Set (KIS) for this programme/subject.
Please call our Clearing Hotline on 0113 283 7123 for more information.

Other requirements: For the old GCSE system we require grade C or above and for the new GCSE grading system we will accept grade 4 or higher in both English Language and Maths.​

We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications such as A Levels, BTECs and accredited Access courses.  We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

We accept a variety of international equivalent qualifications and Leeds Trinity interviews international candidates before a final decision is made. Typically, this is a call at a mutually convenient time. 

If you are unsure about the acceptance of a particular qualification you can check with our Admissions Team on 0113 283 7123 or email​​​

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2017-18. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Tuition fees may rise with inflation in future years. Find out more

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £11,250 per year for this course starting in 2017-18. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student VisaFind out more

We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:
  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015
  • Field trips may occur during this course and either fully or partly subsidised by the University.  
  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure. 
  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.
  • There is the opportunity ​to study abroad​ which will incur additional costs. This would be discussed on an individual basis.

Chris Rowley

​​​​​​As Programme Leader for BSc (Hons) Sport Psychology, I work hard to ensure that I support students as much as possible throughout every stage of their academic journey. 

In addition to teaching on the core sport psychology modules across all three years of the programme, I also arrange regular informal programme meetings involving staff and students.


Academic staff profiles

​Studying Sport Psychology allows students to develop their understanding of the cognitive, emotional and physical factors which can ultimately benefit or hinder athletic performance. 

Anyone who has an interest in sport (from grassroots football through to Olympic level competition) and the way people think, will find this course interesting and intellectually stimulating.

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My placements were a great way to learn about the real-world application of my studies and helped me get a place on a prestigious postgraduate degree programme.

Bethany Jones

BSc (Hons) Psychology, 2013

Professional Work Placements

More about placements

Graduates can go into further study at postgraduat​e level or go into employment across a range of sporting or non-sporting industry sectors.

Following the course, you will be qualified to study at postgraduate level in areas such as MA Sport ManagementMSc Psychology and PGCE courseswhich we provide here at Leeds Trinity.

Our Campus

​We can't help but brag – our campus has everything you need for an amazing student life. There is food, drink and entertainment for you and your friends to enjoy, day and night. You'll have access to our £2.2 million sports and fitness centre and find peace and quiet in the Chapel. 

Sleep through your alarm​? You can wake up in one of our seven​ halls of residence, grab your breakfast and head to a lecture all within 15 minutes.  
Our Students’ Union (LTSU) is run by students, for the students so you'll be sure to get the most out of your university life with a range of social activities, clubs and societies whether on campus or in Leeds.​​​​​​

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What is Unistats?
Unistats is the official site that allows you to search for and compare data and information on university and college programmes from across the UK. The site draws together comparable information on those areas that students have identified as important in making decisions about what and where to study.

Sport Psychology Unistats
For some of the Unistats in the box to your right, the results you’ll see are actually a combination of results from our other related programmes.  This is because we keep our programme sizes low at Leeds Trinity to create a better learning experience, which means there aren’t enough responses for Sport Psychology alone to be represented in the Unistats data.

This lack of published data within Unistats for this programme at Leeds Trinity doesn’t reflect the quality of the programme – it just reflects the smaller, more personalised learning experience which Leeds Trinity is famed for! If you need any further information on the Unistats data, please just contact us at or on 0113 283 7150.


93% of our Psychology students agree that assessment arrangements and marking have been fair (NSS 2016).


95% of our students are employed or in further study six months after graduating. This places Leeds Trinity in the top 25% of all UK universities for employability, and first amongst all universities in Yorkshire and the Humber.

Top 10​

​We're in the top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction (according to the Guardian University Guide 2015)

​Top 25%

Our Library is in the top 25% of UK universities for e-journals

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