The first year of the course will introduce you to the core domains of psychology including social, cognitive and developmental psychology, along with research methods. In addition to this you will also study the ‘Introduction to Sport Psychology’ module which aims to develop your knowledge of the fundamental concepts of sport psychology practice, establishing links between core psychological theories and topics, and practical work conducted in the applied setting. This module utilises a problem-based learning approach, allowing you to apply taught content to a range of professionally relevant scenarios which a qualified sport psychologist may face. You will also be required to complete a professional placement at the end of your first year in a relevant industry setting.
The second year of the course builds upon the knowledge and understanding gained within year one, with those core strands of psychological study progressing further through a range of specified modules. The sport specific module is titled ‘Sport Psychology: Theory to Practice’ and includes topics such as athletic transitions, stress, appraisal and coping, mental toughness, and leadership. A key feature of this module is the requirement for you to design, and in turn collect data for, a mini-research project which builds upon contemporary research trends within the domain. You will also have the option within your second year to either complete a second professional placement at the end of the year, or alternatively to volunteer throughout the year within a relevant setting.
The third year of the course has two compulsory modules, with the remainder of the programme comprised from a range of option modules that you will select. You will be required to complete a ‘Major Research Project’ which you will develop and undertake alongside a relevant supervisor. This is a worthwhile opportunity to focus on an area of study which you have particularly enjoyed throughout the course, and to lead a research study through from initial conceptualisation to eventual completion. The second core module is titled ‘Applied Sport Psychology’, and offers you the opportunity to again work independently, this time in an applied capacity working alongside an athlete to help improve their performance and/or psychological wellbeing.
On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following: