School
Psychology
UCAS tariff points
112-144
Years of Entry
2024 2025
Location
Main Campus (Horsforth)
Study abroad
Yes
Study Mode
Full-time (3 years)

This course is available in Clearing. Call our Clearing hotline on 0330 058 4266 to apply or for more information.

Course overview

Do you want to understand 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. We will teach you key concepts and theories specific to sport psychology and give you a comprehensive grounding in the core elements of mainstream psychology.

This approach will enable you to consider how key areas of psychology apply to all levels of sport, from grassroots football to Olympic competition as well as how we might increasingly come to understand the ‘human’ elements of sports participation. 

The Student Contract

About this course

You'll begin your studies with an introduction to the core domains of psychology including social, cognitive and developmental psychology, as well as focusing on the development of professional and research-related skills required within psychology practice. You will also get an introduction to key topics and theories relating to working with individual athletes and apply this content to ‘real-world’ scenarios within the sport psychology-specific module. 
 
As your studies progress, you will continue to develop your professional skills and breadth of psychological knowledge, focusing on the role of the sport psychologist, and the numerous duties and responsibilities that a sport psychologist might fulfil as part of their work.
 
In your final year, you’ll apply the skills and knowledge you have developed by critically examining the organisational contexts and factors which might influence a sport psychologist’s applied practice. Focusing on topics and themes from both organisational and cultural sport psychology, you’ll reflect on the diverse and unique range of individuals and organisational contexts that typify applied sport psychology practice. 
 
Throughout your studies, you'll also get plenty of hands-on experience through the professional work placements and volunteering opportunities included within your degree. 

You’ll also have the chance to expand your knowledge and experience by going on an international study trip, where flights and accommodation will be funded by the University. Previous students have been to Berlin, Germany, where they visited the Jewish Museum, the Stasi Museum, the Holocaust Memorial and Sachsenhausen concentration camp.

Why study with us?

  • Start your journey 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.
  • Develop your understanding of sport psychology topics with specialist sport psychology modules delivered year-long across all levels of study.
  • Build your employability skills with vocationally focused assessments and professional work placements.

Accreditation

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This degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) (link opens in a new window/tab) which makes you eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership on successful completion of the course.

Course Modules

You will study a variety of modules across your programme of study. The module details given below are subject to change and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

Year 1

During your first year, you'll study four core modules.

Principles of Sport Psychology (Core)

Discover conceptual and historical issues in sport psychology.

We'll explore how theory and empirical research underpins sport psychology practice, encouraging you to apply your developing knowledge and understanding to 'real-world' scenarios.

We'll cover core theories of sport psychology such as theories of motivation, confidence and anxiety, alongside corresponding interventions and strategies that a sport psychologist might use when working with an athlete.

You'll get a foundational knowledge of core sport psychology topics that you can apply to different athletic groups in different organisations.

Understanding Human Behaviour (Core)

You'll learn about the core areas in psychology - biological, cognitive, developmental and social.

We'll look at the historical and cultural context and origins of modern psychology, including international and cultural perspectives.

Biological
You'll learn about brain structure and functions such as pain, fear, eating, drinking and sleeping.

Cognitive
We'll cover attention, memory, and problem-solving.

Developmental
We'll look at lifelong development, personality and temperament, behavioural genetics, resilience and vulnerability, constructivist and constructionist theories, information processing approach, the role of education and ecological systems theory.

Social
Learn about the history of psychology, social thinking, beliefs and judgements, attitudes and behaviours.

Professional Development for Psychologists (Core)

You'll get a foundation in professional development skills in psychology.

This includes individual difference psychology - looking at personality and the assessment of human psychology - and professional working practices.

You'll learn about conceptual and historical issues and the role of psychology in understanding issues of diversity in the workplace.

You'll develop skills valued by employers, particularly during the Professional Development Block.

You'll have meetings every two weeks with your personal tutor to support you and your professional skill development.

 

Introduction to Research Skills for Psychologists (Core)

Get a foundation in quantitative and qualitative research design and analysis.

You'll learn about effective study design, ethical working practices, analysis and handling of qualitative and quantitative data.

You'll start using tools for data collection such as online surveys and E-Prime, and SPSS for analysis.

You'll take part in psychological research designed by yourself and by others.

Develop skills valued by employers and needed for investigative work throughout your degree.

Year 2

During your second year, you'll study four core modules.

Sport Psychology: Working with Stakeholders (Core)

We'll look at the factors that differentiate and typify the various client groups that a sport psychologist might work with.

These include individual athletes, teams, coaches, parents and wider performance staff such as physiotherapists, strength and conditioning coaches and nutritionists.

We'll cover athletic transitions, motivational climate (at home and within sport), leadership and coach-athlete relationships.

You'll draw on contemporary literature to reflect upon the roles and responsibilities a sport psychologist might fulfil as part of their professional role.

You'll also critically analyse the different organisational contexts a practitioner might work in.

Mind, Brain and Social Behaviour (Core)

We'll cover methodological and ethical issues related to psychological research and apply psychology to world issues.

You'll consider conceptual and historical issues in the areas of biological, cognitive, developmental and social psychology.

Psychology Professional Development and Placement (Core)

Build upon the knowledge and professional skills you gained in your first year.

You'll be prepared with the skills that are valued by employers and as such you will complete a professional placement. 

You'll also be introduced to the concept of professional learning through work and approaches to scoping out and sourcing projects with employers, professional bodies and projects linked to civic or community challenges or student identified skills development. 

Research Skills for Psychologists: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches (Core)

Build on and extend your skills in quantitative and qualitative research design and analysis.

You'll take part in psychological research designed by yourself and others. T

We'll cover ethical issues in conducting psychological research, the design, control and analysis of experiments with more than one independent variable and learn how to use relevant software to collect data.

You'll learn how to analyse quantitative data, including distributions and transformation of data, two-way analysis of variance, post-hoc analyses and linear regression.

You'll use specialist software (e.g. SPSS, G*Power) to perform and interpret statistical analyses.

We'll also look at issues in qualitative research, including ethical issues, how to collect and analyse qualitative data using discourse analysis, grounded theory, interpretative phenomenological analysis and narrative analysis.

Year 3

During your third year, you'll study three core modules and you'll be required to choose two option modules.

Psychology Research Project (Core)

Complete an original investigation within a field of psychology you're particularly interested in.

Your project forms the culmination of the various research methods modules preceding it.

You may choose any research methods appropriate to your particular area of enquiry.

Sport Psychology in Context (Core)

You'll critically analyse the different organisational contexts and factors that might influence a sport psychologist’s applied practice.

We'll draw on topics and themes adopted from organisational and cultural sport psychology.

This will provide a reflective perspective on the diverse and unique range of individuals and organisational contexts that typify applied sport psychology practice.

You'll give critical consideration to the ethical and theoretical frameworks and philosophies that underpin ‘effective’ applied practice.

Professional Learning Through Work (Core)

You'll get flexible opportunities to enhance your professional skills and graduate choices.

We'll tailor the module to your development as you apply theoretical understanding to a context of your choice.

It could include a work-based project within your professional setting or a skill-development approach addressing specific gaps in your portfolio.

Counselling Psychology (Option)

Get an introduction to psychotherapy and counselling psychology.

You'll explore various psychotherapy and counselling schools and theories.

You'll consider the challenges faced by psychotherapists and counselling psychologists working in a variety of contexts with different populations.

We'll look at counselling perspectives such as eclectic, integrative and time-limited, and explore the influence of positive psychology.

You'll get an introduction to the skills used by psychotherapists and counsellors.

You'll also consider health economics and broader modes of delivery such as group and internet counselling.

Business Psychology (Option)

You'll chart the timeline of an employee from career counselling to retirement.

You'll consider the influence psychology has in areas including career counselling, job design, recruitment, motivation, teamwork, leadership, disability, unemployment and retirement.

You'll look at the relevant history, seminal and contemporary theories, practical applications and future issues.

Psychology of Mental Health and Distress (Option)

You'll get an introduction to psychopathology, diagnostic systems and psychological approaches to distress.

You'll consider potential causes of mental ill-health and their prevalence among varying populations, for example, age, race, and culture.

You'll look at mental health conditions and their proposed psychological treatments.

You'll critically evaluate interventions in terms of cost, outcomes and service user experience, and look at potential barriers to treatments and ways to overcome them.

You'll also cover the British Psychological Society's (BPS) Code of Ethics and Conduct and BPS activities related to mental health and the principles of social justice - access, equity, diversity, participation and human rights.

Critical Psychology (Option)

You'll critically examine cognitive-experimental psychology.

Influences include Marxism, postmodernism, feminism, psychoanalysis, social constructionism and discursive psychology.

You'll apply and analyse these influences on areas of difference and inequality such as gender, sexuality, race, social class, health, mental health, criminality and work.

Cyberpsychology (Option)

Get an introduction to cyberpsychology, looking at psychological phenomena related to technology.

Investigate how digital technologies have influenced individuals and groups in society.

You may cover topics including relationships online, computer games, addiction, cybercrime, children, young people and online behaviour and personality online.

Forensic Psychology (Option)

You'll cover topics related to forensic psychology.

These include theories of crime, violent and sexual offenders, treatment, female offenders, personality disorder, risk assessment, forensic mental health and suicide and self-harm.

Health Behaviour Change in Context (Option)

You'll explore how psychologists model human behaviour and how to modify this in the context of health within a relevant population.

You'll analyse and debate issues and problems in health psychology.

You'll differentiate interactions between the psychological, social and biological functions that lead to illness and compare and evaluate the relevant factors.

We'll cover UK and international perspectives and look at ethical issues in health psychology.

Each week you'll look at a different contemporary health issue in the context of behaviour and health outcome. These could include physical activity in pregnant women and the general population, and smoking in lower social economic status groups.

Psychology Negotiated Essay (Option)

You'll write critically about a selected and approved area in more depth than is possible in other assessed essays.

You'll develop your ideas for the negotiated essay with the guidance of a supervisor with expertise in your area of interest.

You'll have up to three hours of supervision.

Psychobiology of Stress and Illness (Option)

Get a broad overview of stress and illness, and how biological processes are influenced by stressful events.

We'll cover stressors, stress appraisal, hormonal changes, neurotransmitter processes, the immune system, cardiovascular disease, affective disorders, addiction, epigenetics, coping strategies, navigating stigma and seeking help.

In groups, you'll do informal presentations on your progress during the module.

You'll also get a personalised podcast on Panopto revolving around your group work, enabling further clarification and points of discussion.

Environmental Psychology (Option)

Explore how we impact the environment and how the environment impacts us from a psychological perspective.

You'll look at psychological approaches to understanding, assessing, and modifying peoples’ environmental awareness and behaviours.

The UN Sustainable Development Goals underpin the module content.

Illusions, Biases and Cognitive Impairments (Option)

You'll use examples of sensory illusions, cognitive biases and disorders to explore important cognitive mechanisms and their neurological basis.

We'll use sensory illusions such as Kanizsa figures and rubber hand illusions to illustrate the perceptual system.

Processing disorders such as prosopagnosia and object agnosia will help you understand how sensory information is integrated.

We'll showcase the systems underlying human thinking through cognitive biases.

Professional work placements

Experience matters. That's why we embed professional work placements within our standard undergraduate degrees.

How does it work?

Careers and Placements will work with you to find your perfect placement or help you arrange your own, whether that's in Leeds, another part of the UK or even abroad. You will be able to take part in a series of workshops, events and live ‘employer challenges’ to boost your confidence and prepare you for your placement.

During your placement, you will have an opportunity to gain degree-relevant work experience, build your knowledge of career sectors and secure valuable employer references and industry contacts. This experience will help you to shape your career decisions and find the right path for you.

Student placements are generally in school-based sports roles and professional sports organisations. Recent placement employers have included Badminton England, Leeds Rhinos, Sevilla FC (Spain), Rotherham United, the RAF and a wide range of primary and secondary schools.

To find out how we can help you make your career ambitions a reality, visit:

Professional Work Placements

Learning and Teaching

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and provide you with the tools and support to help you achieve your academic, personal and professional potential.

Our Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy delivers excellence by providing the framework for:

  • high quality teaching
  • an engaging and inclusive approach to learning, assessment and achievement
  • a clear structure through which you progress in your academic studies, your personal development and towards professional-level employment or further study.

We have a strong reputation for developing student employability, supporting your development towards graduate employment, with relevant skills embedded throughout your programme of study.

We endeavour to develop curiosity, confidence, courage, ambition and aspiration in all students through the key themes in our Learning and Teaching Strategy:

  • Student Involvement and Engagement
  • Inclusion
  • Integrated Programme and Assessment Experience
  • Digital Literacy and Skills
  • Employability and Enterprise

To help you achieve your potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and real-world activities. This approach ensures that you fully engage in shaping your own learning, developing your critical thinking and reflective skills so that you can identify your own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape your own development.

We believe the secret to great learning and teaching is simple: it is about creating an inclusive learning experience that allows all students to thrive through:

  • Personalised support
  • Expert lecturers
  • Strong connections with employers
  • An international outlook
  • Understanding how to use tools and technology to support learning and development

Programme delivery

Your time on campus, learning through in-person teaching, is at the heart of your academic experience and the way we deliver our programmes. This is supported and further enhanced by additional engagement activities and opportunities provided online and through digital teaching materials. This blended approach seeks to ensure a positive learning and teaching student experience.

Your programme of study has been carefully designed around a three-phase model of delivery:

  1. Preparation: You will be given clear tasks to support you in preparing for live teaching. This could include watching a short-pre-recorded lecture, reading a paper or text chapter or preparing other material for use in class.
  2.  Live: All your live teaching will be designed around active learning, providing you with valuable opportunities to build on preparation tasks, interact with staff and peers, and surface any misunderstandings.
  3. Post: Follow-up activities will include opportunities for you to check understanding, for staff to receive feedback from you and your peers to inform subsequent sessions, and for you to apply learning to new situations or context.

Preparation, Live and Post teaching and learning and the digital materials used will vary by course, but will be designed to help you structure your learning, take a full and active part in your course, and apply and test your developing knowledge and skills.

Assessment

A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for your programme, allowing you to apply and demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that you have developed.

For more details on specific assessment methods for this course contact hello@leedstrinity.ac.uk

Entry Requirements

Leeds Trinity University is committed to recruiting students with talent and potential and who we feel will benefit greatly from their academic and non-academic experiences here. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

Information about the large range of qualifications we accept, including A-Levels, BTECs and T Levels, can be found on our entry requirements page. If you need additional advice or are taking qualifications that are not covered in the information supplied, please contact our Admissions Office.

Entry requirements for this course:
QualificationGrade
UCAS tariff112-144
GCSE requirementsGCSEs in English Language and Maths at grade C or 4 (or higher) will be required

Fees and finance

Funding

UK Home Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2024/2025.

Part-time tuition fees will be prorated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying.

Depending on government policy, tuition fees may change in future years.

Tuition fees for 2025/26 entry will be set in summer 2024.

Living costs, e.g. accommodation, travel, food, will also need to be taken into consideration.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study.

International Students, including EU Students:

Visit our webpage for international students.

Part-time study is not available for international students on a Student Route Visa. 

Additional costs

We advise students that there may be additional course costs 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.
  • On some courses there may be additional costs, such as field trips, equipment, accreditations, that may be part-funded by the University. More details will be provided at the start of the course.
  • 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.

How to apply

For full-time undergraduate courses, you apply through UCAS. That's the University and Colleges Admissions Service.

On your application form, you'll need to know our institution code - it's L24 - and the course code. If you click through to the UCAS website using the button below, it'll take you to the right place with all the information you need.

You'll need to write a personal statement - we've prepared a guide to help you.

Clearing is now open for applications for September 2024 entry for available courses. Find out more about Clearing.

Applications are not yet open for courses starting in September 2025. You can register and start your application for 2025, although you cannot submit it until 3 September 2024.. The UCAS application deadline for courses starting in September 2025 is 29 January 2025.

There's lots more information about the application process on the UCAS website, or you can get in touch with our admissions team who will be happy to help:

Graduate opportunities

Providing you with the opportunity to develop the professional skills and experience you need to launch your career is at the heart of everything we do at Leeds Trinity University.

Your degree will prepare you for careers across a 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. Recent graduates are working at organisations ranging from St Helens RFC and the NHS, to businesses and marketing companies.

After you graduate, Careers and Placements will help you as you pursue your chosen career through our mentoring scheme, support with CV and interview preparation and access to graduate employability events.

To find out how we can help you make your career ambitions a reality, visit:

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