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BSc single honours Psychology (Sport and Exercise) 2016/17

This thought-provoking and highly stimulating single honours programme offers those with an interest in psychology an opportunity to explore the subject with a specialism in sport and exercise.

The programme covers a wide and interesting range of psychological concepts in an attempt to understand, explain and in some circumstances, predict or modify human behaviour in a variety of situations, particularly those related to sport and physical activity.

Students have access to an array of state-of-the-art equipment, to investigate and examine human behaviour. During the programme, they are immersed in a variety of teaching, learning and assessment environments (both real and virtual), such as large scale lectures and discussions, and small group seminars and online debates.

The programme was born out of the long-standing and highly regarded BSc Psychology and BSc Sport and Exercise Science degree programmes, both of which have a historical tradition of excellence at Canterbury Christ Church University. The programme uses many core ideas and methods from these, combined with the recommendations from important external bodies (such as The British Association of Sport & Exercise Sciences (BASES) and the British Psychological Society (BPS)).

The programme explores a number of themes within the broader discipline of psychology, relating them primarily to the unique settings of sport and exercise.

Themes include the Psychology of the Individual, Social Psychology and Group Dynamics, Motor Skill Acquisition and Coaching, and the Psychology of Health and Physical Activity. Typical questions for investigation include: Is there a ‘psychological profile’ of athletic success? Are successful groups and teams simply made up of successful individuals? How could a coach enhance a goalkeeper’s anticipation of a penalty? If regular exercise makes people happier and healthier, why do so few people actually do it?

The programme combines and synthesises these themes within a broader psychological base, including such areas as: Psychobiology, Individual Differences and Developmental Psychology. There is also a common Research and Study Skills theme that explores how we can examine questions of a psychological nature in the physical domain and staff on the programme are enthusiastic and committed to helping students immerse themselves in the departmental research and consultancy activities.

This degree can lead to many employment options. Careers in the health professions are common. Sport coaching roles are underpinned by the skills developed, as are a variety of teaching positions (via postgraduate teacher training).

Many areas of postgraduate vocational training in the broader area of psychology are also open to students achieving the BPS ‘Basis for Chartered Status’ − these areas include Clinical and Educational Psychology. Many graduates work towards becoming full-time accredited sport or exercise psychologists, coaches or ‘scientific support’ personnel; others continue their academic journey.

Business, management and other people-focused sectors of the job market are also open to graduates − as they develop many skills and competencies that are much sought after in a wide variety of positions.

Essentially, this Psychology (Sport and Exercise) programme is an examination of human behaviour in a unique environment; the knowledge and skills gained over it provide successful graduates with an excellent preparation for their chosen graduate career, whatever it may be.

Note: a BPS accredited single honours programme in Psychology is also available, leading to a BSc Psychology. A combined honours programme in Sport and Exercise Psychology (with a choice of other subjects) is also available.

Level 4 / Year 1


  • Key Studies in Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Introduction to the Psychology of Sport, Exercise & Skill Acquisition
  • Brain and Mind
  • Key Skills in Psychology 1
  • Research in Psychology 1
  • The Social and Developing Self

Choose options from:

  • Contemporary Themes in Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Any other level 1/level 2 module offered as a starred module in the BA/BSc scheme (20 credits)

Level 5 / Year 2


  • Neurosychology
  • Influences on Social Functioning
  • Social and Cognitive Development
  • Exploring Cognition
  • Key Skills in Psychology 2
  • Research in Psychology 2

Choose options from:

  • Psychology of Exercise & Health
  • Perceptual and Motor Skills in Sport Coaching
  • Psychology of Sport

Level 6 / Year 3


  • Sport and Exercise Psychology in Critical Perspective
  • Psychology Research Project
  • Psychology of Sustainable Living
  • Key Skills in Psychology 3

Optional modules:

  • Applied Sport Psychology
  • The Psychology of Sport Coaching
  • Applied Exercise & Health Psychology


The 2015/16 and 2016/17 annual tuition fees for this course are:







Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

UK/EU full-time tuition fees for this course are set in line with the current maximum regulated tuition fee levels permitted by the UK Government.

Overseas full-time tuition fees for this course may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year. 

*Overseas fee scholarships may be available for eligible students. For further information please contact or the International Office:

**Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2015/16 and 2016/17 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,000 in Year 0.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

The programme makes use of the following learning and teaching techniques:

  • lectures and directed independent study
  • tutor- and student-led seminars and tutorials
  • use of online learning units on the University Virtual learning environment or VLE
  • practical-based workshops and research projects
  • use of videos, information technology and electronic resources (e.g. databases such as psycinfo, psychology websites and interactive software)
  • detailed feedback on coursework assignments.

The programme makes use of the following assessment techniques:

  • coursework essays and other forms of written assessment
  • practical assignments and reports
  • final year dissertations and research projects
  • student poster presentations
  • examinations (MCQ / short answer / essay).

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UCAS code

  • C813


  • 3 years full-time

Entry requirements



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Our academic support in Psychology (Sport and Exercise) has a 93% rating.

(National Student Survey, 2015)

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