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Sport Psychology

BSc Honours

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Sport Psychology

BSc Honours



    Year of entry: Sept 2019  Sept 2018 
  • Course Type: Full time (3 years)
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Course Overview

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.

Why study with us

  • The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and acts as the first step towards becoming a Chartered Sport Psychologist.
  • You will have the opportunity to shape and personalise your own programme throughout the three years of study, including choosing suitable placement or volunteering opportunities, and negotiating your own assessments in certain modules.
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Leeds Trinity University is 2nd in Yorkshire for overall student satisfaction, behind only the University of Leeds.

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Leeds Trinity University is 7th in the UK for satisfaction with learning opportunities.

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of our graduates are in work or further study, six months after graduation.

(Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2017)​

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Our Psychology courses are top in the UK for satisfaction with teaching.

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Course Information

About this course >

This course introduces you to the core areas of psychology and considers their application within the sporting world, 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.

The course 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 range of transferable skills through a variety of teaching and assessment methods, complemented by professional work placements during years one and two.

Read our full course terms and conditions.​

Further Study
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.

Modules >


Year 1

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.

Year 2

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.

Year 3

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:

  • 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 >

Year 1 – 18.2% of scheduled learning and teaching; 246 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 884 hours of independent teaching; 224 hours on placement

Year 2 – 17.2% of scheduled learning and teaching; 230 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 880 hours of independent teaching; 225 hours on placement

Year 3 – 12.4% of scheduled learning and teaching; 149 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 1,051 hours of independent teaching

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.


Breakdown of course assessment:

Year 1 – 78.3% coursework; 15% written exams; 6.7% practical exams

Year 2 – 86.7% coursework; 13.3% written exams

Year 3 - 100% coursework

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.

Entry Requirements >

For our Clearing 2018 entry requirements please give us a call on 0330 058 4266

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.

​If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at Level 5 or 6. For more information, read our student guide to the Recognition of Prior Certified Learning.

We accept a variety of international equivalent qualifications and Leeds Trinity interviews international candidates. 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​​​

Student Finance >

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2018-19. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future yearsFind out more here.

Living costs will also need to be taken in to consideration. Find out more about accommodation and costs here.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study. Get more information about bursaries and scholarships here.

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 Visa. Tuition fees for 2018-19 will be set in summer 2017Find out more

Additional Costs
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.

Placement Opportunities

Students on this programme typically pursue placements in either school-or professional-based sporting contexts. Recent notable examples include placements with Badminton England, Leeds Rhinos Rugby Club, Sevilla FC in Spain, Rotherham United Football Club, the RAF, local schools at both primary and secondary level, and also with various council-led projects.

Graduate Opportunities

Whilst studying a degree in sport psychology enables students to consider the possibility of further study at postgraduat​e level, professional training, or employment across a range of sporting industry sectors, the modules also focus on the development of transferable employability skills which can be applied across a wide range of non-sporting industry sectors.

Campus Life

What is Unistats?

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.