Sport and Exercise Psychology

BSc honours in combination with another subject Sport and Exercise Psychology 2016/17

This thought-provoking and highly stimulating combined honours programme offers those with an interest in psychology, sport and/or exercise an opportunity to explore the connections between these topical subjects.

Largely in the context of sport and physical activity, the programme covers a wide and interesting range of psychological concepts (such as motivation, leadership, emotion, confidence, and attention) in an attempt to understand, explain and in some circumstances, predict or modify human behaviour.

Students have access to an array of state-of-the-art equipment, in order to investigate and critically examine human behaviour in the physical domain. During the programme, students 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 Sport and Exercise Science and BSc Psychology degree programmes, both of which have a historical tradition of excellence at the University. It 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 psychological themes and relates them to the unique environments of sport and exercise.

The 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 perceptual anticipation of a penalty? If regular exercise makes people happier and healthier, why do so few people actually do it?

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. To facilitate this development, staff on the programme are enthusiastic and committed to helping students immerse themselves in the departmental research and consultancy activities.

A degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Canterbury Christ Church University affords graduates many employment options. Careers in the health professions are common. Sport coaching roles are underpinned by the skills developed within the programme, as are a variety of teaching positions (via postgraduate teacher training).

Many graduates work towards becoming full-time accredited sport or exercise psychologists, coaches or ‘scientific support’ personnel; other graduates continue their academic journey with further postgraduate study (up to and including PhD level), or through jobs involving research projects. Some graduates look towards the broader area of psychology - including Clinical and Educational Psychology - and seek opportunities to gain the ‘Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership’ with the BPS.

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

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

Note: a BPS accredited single honours programme in Sport and Exercise Psychology is also available, leading to a BSc Psychology (Sport and Exercise).

Year 1


  • Key Studies in Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Introduction to the Psychology of Sport, Exercise & Skill Acquisition

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)

Year 2

Choose options from:

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

Year 3


  • Sport and Exercise Psychology in Critical Perspective

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 VLE online learning units
  • 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)

Fact file


  • 3 years full-time

Entry requirements

  • A typical offer would be 280 UCAS Tariff points
    An A2 Level (or equivalent) in Psychology is desirable but not essential. More entry requirement details.



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