Sport and Exercise Psychology

BSc in combination with another subject Sport and Exercise Psychology with foundation year 2019/20

Year of entry

A number of our degrees are also offered with an additional foundation year (Year 0). Whether you are a school-leaver or someone considering returning to study but don’t have the entry requirements for your chosen subject, a foundation year course may be just what you’re looking for.

A foundation year is the first year of a four year programme which:

  • provides an introduction not only to study at University but also to your chosen subject
  • offers you a highly supportive environment where you can develop the self-confidence, knowledge, skills and understanding for further study.

Following the Foundation Year you will go on to explore areas including:

You will explore areas including:

  • the psychology of the individual
  • social psychology
  • motor skill acquisition and coaching
  • health and physical activity.

Sport and Exercise Psychology with the Foundation Year provides a gateway to higher education for those who have not attained sufficient tariff points to enter a three-year degree courses. The additional year offers students a supportive, motivational environment in which to acquire and develop the self-confidence, knowledge, skills and understanding for further study.

The Foundation Year develops a grounding in a range of key areas aligned with success including developing knowledge of scientific principles, practical skill development in this field, and the application of science to sport and exercise.

You will have access to a range of resources and equipment within the Section of Sport & Exercise Sciences such as our student focused laboratories, to develop skills and knowledge. You will be taught by a well qualified and dynamic team of research active staff. Our wealth of expertise and dedication is drawn upon to support our goal of helping you to achieve your full academic potential.

Sport and Exercise Psychology is part of a well-established suite of sport and exercise related programmes at Canterbury Christ Church University and these academic courses have been successfully delivered for over 35 years, making us one of the longest standing sport and exercise science related providers in the UK.

Top reason to choose this course:

Studying Sport and Exercise Psychology guarantees that you will be taught by a well­qualified and dynamic team of research active staff, the work will be contextualised with our applied research and consultancy informed teaching to ensuring that your course is stimulating and fun. We are the number one Research Institution for the Sport and Exercise Sciences in Kent (REF 2014).

This programme is a Combined Honours programme and you will need to identify another subject to study alongside Sport & Exercise Psychology, once you have completed the Foundation Year.

Awards to staff & students from within the Section of Sport & Exercise Sciences include:

  • Student BASES conference presentation prizes.
  • Joint British Association of Sport and Exercises Sciences/British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine award for best exercise science research conference presentation.
  • Coubertin Prize 2008 awarded by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Pierre de Coubertin Committee (IPCC).

Sport and Exercise Psychology with Foundation Year you will develop a specific and generic knowledge and skills that will make you a valuable asset to any employer. The degree programme will qualify you for a range of careers related to sport, exercise and physical activity. It also opens up routes into teaching, and further study to Masters level and beyond. 

One member of the staff within the Section of Sport and Exercise Sciences recently broke the Guinness World Record for the fastest 100km treadmill run (6 hours, 40 minutes and 35 seconds) – completed in our laboratory!

Students on a foundation year course will undertake 120 credits of generic core modules as follows:

  • Scientific Skills in Sport and Exercise 1
  • Scientific Skills in Sport and Exercise 2
  • Social and Psychological Aspects of Sport and Exercise
  • Study Skills
  • Biological Concepts
  • Physical Laws of the Natural World

The core modules offer key training in higher education study for science based programmes and University level skills, namely:

  • Academic Writing and Study Skills
  • Theoretical and Practical Skills in Scientific Method
  • Personal and Career Development
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Core modules

Year 0 ­- Foundation Year

Biological Concepts (20 credits)

The module will provide a fundamental understanding of basic biological concepts.  The module will introduce the variety of living organisms and their classification. This covers the key concepts of species relatedness and of evolution. Structure, ultrastructure and biochemistry of cells and of cell division are covered, as is the structure of DNA and its role in protein synthesis. Genetics and reproduction are covered and students are introduced to molecular genetics. Functional aspects of plant and animal bodies, such as homeostasis, transport, support and locomotion are also covered.

Physical Laws of the Natural World (20 credits)

Students will be introduced to the way in which physics can be studied on this module. This will begin with the study of the behaviour of light and matter in the natural world, This leads to the examination of matter and how it moves when subjected to an external force. Students will then learn of the conservation laws that govern most natural processes, developing a clearer understanding of energy, momentum and electric charge. Finally, they will examine the properties of sound waves and of light, using the ray model and wave model of light to explain its different characteristics.

Scientific Skills in Sport and Exercise 1 (20 credits)

This module will investigate key scientific concepts that need to be considered when investigating sport from a scientific perspective. Fundamental components will be demonstrated and explored such as the ethics of studying human participants, reliability and validity of measurement, pre assessment procedures, health and safety, and calibration of equipment. These factors will all be contextualised as key requirements in recording and analysing data to enhance knowledge and understanding.

Scientific Skills in Sport and Exercise 2 (20 credits)

This module will build Scientific Skills in Sport and Exercise 1, to enhance further the students’ scientific skills. This module will consider the complex nature of science, and how the disciplines associated with the scientific study of sport can interact to enhance knowledge and problem solve. Problems will be considered from across the range of sport and exercise science disciplines with demonstrations of how research can be enhanced through inter/multi­disciplinary investigation.

Social and Psychological Aspects of Sport and Exercise (20 credits)

This module will explore the application of scientific principles in relation to social and psychological aspects of sport and exercise. Students will be introduced to stratified dimensions of society which could include social class, social mobility, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, age and (dis) ability. The module will also introduce how we can investigate the nature of individual behaviour and group dynamics related to sport and exercise psychology.

Study Skills (20 credits)

This module will revise and extend basic mathematical, presentation and research skills in preparation for future degree level study. Students will also be shown how to access and find relevant, reliable and current scientific information and when to apply and cite such information. Students will then be able to take these skills and to apply and develop them as they undertake a directed research project.

Year 1

Psychology of Sport, Exercise and Skill Acquisition (20 credits)

The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to the fundamental psychology that underpins our understanding of human behaviour and learning in sport and exercise settings. Central concepts such as personality, attributions, aggression, motivation, arousal, anxiety and stress are examined with reference to behaviour in the sport, exercise, and the physical activity setting. The nature and development of groups and the influence of group dynamics on individual behaviour are also explored, along with cognitive processes involved in skill acquisition and performance, and the relationships between exercise participation and health and well­being.

The module will provide an introduction to the area of sport and exercise psychology. Central concepts such as personality, attributions, aggression, motivation, arousal, anxiety and stress will be examined with reference to their implications for sport and exercise behaviour. The nature and development of groups and the influence of group dynamics on individual behaviour will be introduced. Cognitive processes involved in skill acquisition and performance, and the relationships between sport, exercise and health and wellbeing will be examined.

Key Studies in Sport and Exercise Psychology (20 credits)

This module provides an introduction to research methods in sport and exercise psychology. Through a combination, of lectures, seminars, and practical experiences, you will explore the strengths and limitations of different methodological approaches to examining psychological and behavioural processes in sport and exercise. Learning to analyse and interpret both qualitative and quantitative data will also strengthen your appreciation of the research process from inception to dissemination.

Year 2

Sport Psychology (20 credits)

The module examines a range of factors which influence the competitive sport performance of both individual athletes and teams. Psychological phenomena currently addressed on the module include individual motivation, confidence and anxiety and such social psychological processes as group motivation and cohesion, the nature of the group environment and the components of effective leadership.

Psychology of Exercise and Health (20 credits)

This module investigates a number of the psychological factors that are associated with the adoption of and adherence to active lifestyles. Specific attention is paid to the cognitive and affective consequences of participation in exercise programmes, and the impact of these on health and wellbeing. An additional topic currently explored is the motivational effects of music in exercise settings.

Psychology of Exercise and Health (20 credits)

This module examines a number of the psychological factors associated with the adoption of and adherence to active lifestyles. Specific attention is paid to the cognitive and affective consequences of participation in exercise programmes, and the impact of these on health and wellbeing. An additional topic currently explored is the motivational effects of music in exercise settings.

Year 3

Applied Sport Psychology (20 credits)

The module offers the opportunity to undertake an in-depth study of a particular topic in the sport and exercise sciences. The module affords an opportunity to build upon knowledge, understanding and skills developed in years one and two.  You will design, carry out, analyse and write up an individual research project under the supervision of a member of the academic staff with teaching responsibilities and/or research interests in the student’s area of study.

Applied Sport Psychology (20 credits)

This module provides you with a rich understanding of the processes involved in developing, delivering and evaluating a sport psychology intervention. A critical consideration of the evidence­base for sport psychology alongside an understanding of the practical techniques and processes commonly used by sport psychologists will equip you with a well­rounded perspective about the perils and promise of applied sport psychology.

Sport and Exercise Psychology in Critical Perspective (20 credits)

The module covers a range of topics and issues central to psychology, from a critical standpoint. The included topics will reflect the ongoing and dynamic research taking place within the section, and will facilitate a sceptical and scientific approach to the nature of psychology applied to sport, exercise and the physical domain.

Likely optional modules

Year 1

Contemporary Themes in Sport and Exercise Psychology (20 credits)

The module encourages you to explore and examine contemporary issues in sport and exercise psychology and critically apply them to a wide range of scenarios. Within seminars, students currently present and explain an observed behaviour that may relate to psychologically relevant topics such as confidence, motivation and aggression. The module focuses upon contentious aspects of psychological theories and encourages you to reflect upon your own perspective in relation to such issues.

Orientation to Higher Education and Research in the Sport and Exercise Sciences (20 credits)

This module facilitates a smooth transition into Higher Education (HE) and the challenges it presents by building on your pre-existing skills, enabling you to become more independent and self-managed in your approach to study, learning and time management. The module developments skills and techniques used in the study of sport and exercise. It will identify a variety of methods by which research is conducted in sport and exercise science and will provide the opportunity for you to develop a scientific approach to your studies. You will have your personal academic tutoring initially aligned with the content of this module.

Year 2

Skill Acquisition (20 credits)

There are many roles within the sport sector which require well-qualified people to teach, develop and enable others to successfully execute skilled movements.  This module provides insight into some of the factors which influence the acquisition and performance of perceptual and motor skills in sport. You will develop an understanding of selected cognitive and ecological methodologies to skilled performance. These theoretical approaches to skill acquisition will be used to critique the design and organisation of current coaching practice.

Research Methods and Career Skills Development (20 credits)

You will explore alternative approaches to research in sport and exercise science, and the philosophies and practices associated with each. The research process will be explored from conceptualisation through to presentation. Accordingly, you will develop an understanding of how to design research, collect, analyse, and interpret data, and present research in an appropriate manner. This module develops your ability to critically evaluate and conduct research in sport and exercise science and provides the conceptual underpinnings for a third year individual study, and supports the development of fundamental skills utilised in the sport and exercise industry

Year 3

Applied Exercise and Health Psychology (20 credits)

This module provides you with an opportunity to investigate the processes involved in developing, delivering and evaluating a sport psychology intervention. A critical consideration of the evidence base for sport psychology alongside an understanding of the practical techniques and processes commonly used by sport psychologists will equip you with a well-rounded perspective about the perils and promise of applied sport psychology.

Psychology of Sport Coaching (20 credits)

The module examines the processes and principles of coaching both adults and children in sport. You will gain significant theoretical and practical experience of different approaches to coaching practice and the application of coaching ideologies in a variety of sports. The module probes coaching research and current issues in coach behaviour, currently including such topics as the coach­athlete relationship, coaching styles, modes of communication, and motivational climates.

EITHER Applied Research Study (40 credits) OR Research and Career Planning

These two modules offer you the opportunity to undertake an in-depth study of a particular topic or issue related to the Sport and Exercise Psychology themes explored earlier in the programme. You will be able to build upon the knowledge, understanding and skills developed so far in the course and further explore or propose the use of quantitative and/or qualitative research methodologies, as appropriate in a subject area of your choice. 

Successful completion of the Foundation Year will lead to enrolment on the Sport and Exercise Psychology programme, this is a Combined Honours programme and you will need to identify another subject to study alongside Sport and Exercise Psychology. In the first year you will study an identical programme to the Sport Coaching Science students and the Combined honours Sport and Exercise Psychology students.  Because of this generic first year, there is the opportunity to switch programme at the end of the first year.

These programmes open up routes into teaching, through the PGCE (e.g. Physical Education), and prepares you for further postgraduate study at all levels through to PhD. It also qualifies you for roles in sport, physical activity and health administration and research, health and fitness publishing, as well as the expanding leisure industry.

In addition, it provides an excellent foundation for careers in the public sector, including the medical professions (cardiac rehabilitation, physiotherapy, health promotion and medical sales), whilst both the armed and police forces look favourably upon our graduates.

Wherever your career aspirations lie, a successfully completed Sport and Exercise Psychology degree will equip you with both the specific and generic knowledge and skills that may provide that essential ‘edge’ when trying to make a mark in today’s competitive job and postgraduate degree market.

Fees

The 2019/20 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £6,575 £8,500
Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £11,900

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

* The tuition fee of £9,250 relates to 2019/20 only. Please read the 2019/20 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2019/20 tuition fees and mid-course year on year fee increases.

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 are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

CategoryDescription
Clothing / Kit Corporate (badged by programme) sports kit purchase is optional. Price list by garment is sent to students via online induction web page normally in July prior to the start of their course. Prices of items range currently from £22 (for a t-shirt) to £50 (for a rain jacket).

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Teaching

You will be taught through a combination of real and virtual lectures, seminars, practical sessions, labs, workshops and tutorials. You will typically have around 10-14 contact hours per week. Your actual contact hours depend on the option modules you select.

Seminars and tutorials in smaller groups will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures and other sessions.  In addition, you will meet with your personal academic tutor on a regular basis. 

As a Sport and Exercise Psychology student, you will have access to specific resources including state of the art laboratories housing  ‘gold standard’ equipment; including  eye tracker technology, brain imaging equipment (EEG), reaction timers, gas analysis systems, cardiac screening equipment, 3D imaging, isokinetic and balance dynamometry, sprint timing systems and other sport/exercise related equipment (treadmills and weights, for example).  The Sport and Exercise Psychology students have access to their own IT lab, and all teaching is supported by online study skills material.

There are many opportunities within the programme to focus study on areas of interest and study topics that are aligned with career ambition.  All students in the Section of Sport and Exercise Sciences will have a ‘consultancy’ and ‘research’ informed experience.  Students will engage in activity aligned to the University consultancy unit ‘SportsLab’ that provides scientific services for sports people.  There are opportunities for paid employment for undergraduate students working for SportsLab when undertaking their studies.

All programmes are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2020.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through self-study.  Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and preparing for workshops, seminars, coursework and examinations.

Each module tutors will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before and/or after class to support your learning and development.  Your allocated personal academic tutor will help you review your performance, and support your independent learning.

Overall workload

Your overall workload typically consists of 10-14 contact hours per week. You will undertake 15-20 hours independent learning and assessment related activity.  During each semester you will normally study three modules, so each module will have a 10-12 hour commitment per week.

Academic input

The programme team consists of highly qualified academics, supported by a specialist professional services and highly skilled technical team. They have a range of expertise and experience across the breadth of disciplines in Science and Sport and Exercise Science generally, and Sport & Exercise Psychology specifically.

It is a University requirement that all academic staff have, or are working towards obtaining teaching qualifications, the Section of Sport and Exercise Sciences is 100% compliant with that regulation. The majority of staff hold the highest academic qualification (doctorate), with a small number of staff working towards achieving this standard. Staff are research-active, and many of the Sport and Exercise Psychology team are at the forefront of their research fields in the UK and beyond, and have substantial experience in delivering research led and research informed teaching. You can find out more about the current teaching team on our staffwebpages. You should note that members of the teaching team might change.

The Section of Sport and Exercise Sciences has a vibrant postgraduate cohort, and these   students sometimes assist in teaching some module content in their areas of expertise, and assist with peer learning. However, the vast majority of delivery is undertaken by an experienced academic team.

Assessment

The course frequently provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Many modules contain practice or 'formative' assessments or similar submissions for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Formative or practice assessments and submissions are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.

The formal or 'summative' assessments on each module are planned to take account of two inter­dependent aspects - the acquisition of relevant theory / principles, and the development of both academic and practical skills.

Assessment methods include a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, presentations, your final year project (dissertation) and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by coursework over the duration of the programme is approx. 70-80%.

Feedback

You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor. We aim to provide you with feedback within 15 working days of hand-in.  The quality and quantity of our feedback is often highlighted as exceptional by external examiners who annually review our academic practices.

As a student within the Section of Sport and Exercise Sciences, you will have access to our well-equipped laboratories used to measure and assess sport and exercise performance. You will also have the opportunity to work within our consultancy unit SportsLab, through which we work with professional athletes, conducting performance related tests and using our expertise to help athletes boost their performance either as an individual or as a team.

Our course, research and consultancy work are continually developed with consideration of advances and relevant stakeholder needs within the wider health and fitness industry. We are currently one of 12 Universities working with the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) to develop professional standards in the sector which are aligned with Higher Education qualifications.

Selected staff are accredited by or registered with the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), the British Psychological Society (BPS), the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), and/or the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Many members of the teaching staff hold coaching qualifications awarded by a range of national governing bodies.

UK/EU

Full-time study

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For advice on completing your application please contact the Course Enquiry Team:

Email: courses@canterbury.ac.uk
Tel:+44 (0)1227 928000

 

Fact file

UCAS course code

  • C609 Sport and Exercise Psychology with Foundation Year

UCAS institution code

  • C10

Length

  • 4 years full-time

Starts

  • September 2019

Entry requirements

  • You do not need to have a significant prior knowledge of Science-related subjects but should be motivated to study the subject Sport and Exercise Psychology with Foundation Year. We do, however, require a GCSE C or above in Mathematics, or equivalent (including a GCSE in Statistics).

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