The first year of the course introduces 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 also complete a professional placement at the end of the 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 opportunity for you to design, and collect data for, a mini-research project which builds upon contemporary research trends within the domain. You 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.
You complete a ‘Major Research Project’ in an area of your choosing, working with one-to-one supervision from a tutor. This provides an invaluable 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. You also take ‘Applied Sport Psychology’, which 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. The remaining modules offer a choice from a range of options including Business Psychology, Health Psychology and Counselling Psychology. You may also, if you wish, undertake an additional work-based learning module that provides more valuable professional experience prior to graduation.
On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following: