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Sport Psychology

BSc Honours

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Sport Psychology

BSc Honours

  • Year of entry: Sept 2020 
  • Course Type:  Full time (3 years)
    Foundation (4 years)
  • Tariff Points: 112
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Course Overview

Are you fascinated by how thoughts, emotions and physiological responses can affect athletic performance? Immerse yourself in an exciting and ever-expanding topic of research and practice when you choose to study Sport Psychology.

Why study with us?

• Start your path to becoming a Chartered Psychologist. This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) which makes you eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership on successful completion of the course.

• Learn from research-active lecturers with contemporary sport psychology research integrated throughout the programme.

• Gain an international perspective by completing your work placement abroad or taking part in our Study Abroad programme.

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We're in the top 25 in the UK for teaching and course satisfaction.

(Guardian University Guide 2020)


professional work placements with all standard undergraduate degrees.


of our Psychology graduates in work or further study within six months.

(Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2017 - latest data available)

Course Information

About this course >

​We'll teach you the key concepts and theories specific to sport psychology, as well as giving you a comprehensive grounding in the core elements of mainstream psychology. This approach will enable you to learn to consider how key areas of psychology apply to all levels of sport, from grassroots football to Olympic competition.

In your first year, you'll get an introduction to key topics and theories relating to working with individual athletes. You'll develop your independent research skills in the second year, considering the application of sport psychology services to team environments. You'll then apply the skills and knowledge you have developed in your final year by working directly with an athlete.

Over the three years, you will also get plenty of hands-on experience through the professional work placements or volunteering opportunities included within your degree.

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Further Study

​A number of our recent graduates have gone on to continue their studies of sport psychology (or other related disciplines) at postgraduate level. As the programme is BPS-accredited, it also offers the opportunity to go on to postgraduate study in any area of professional psychology (such as Educational, Clinical, Health or Occupational Psychology) in order to pursue a career as a Chartered Psychologist in any of those areas.​

Modules >

Year 1

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.

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 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.

Year 3

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:

  • 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
  • PSY6512 - The Psychology of Eating Behaviour
  • PSY6522 - The Psychology of Reproductive and Sexual Health
  • SHN6292 - Applied Sport Psychology

Learning and 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.  #expand#

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.

Entry Requirements >

Typically, our entry offer for this degree course is 112 UCAS tariff points.

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 2019/20. 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 £12,000 per year for this course starting in 2019-20. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student VisaFind 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.

Placement Opportunities

​We are one of only a few UK universities to build professional work placements into every degree. You'll complete two professional work placements, which will give you the chance to graduate with up to three months' professional work experience without having to take a sandwich year out.

Our students usually complete their placements in school-based sports roles or professional sports organisations. Be inspired by some of our students' most recent placement employers which have included Badminton England, Leeds Rhinos Rugby Club, Sevilla FC (in Spain), Rotherham United Football Club, the RAF and a wide range of primary and secondary schools.

Graduate Opportunities

Your degree will prepare you for careers across a wide range of sporting sectors, but you will also develop transferable employability skills which can be applied to a variety of non-sporting organisations and sectors. Our recent graduates are working at organisations ranging from St Helens RFC and the NHS, to businesses and marketing companies.

Campus Life

What is Discover Uni?

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.