Two Marjon degrees have now been awarded industry accreditation by the British Psychological Society (BPS). This accreditation ensures an engaging experience and an appropriate resource base. It means that upon graduation, students will be eligible for Graduate Basis Chartered Membership of the BPS which is required to gain entrance to the various postgraduate courses and training programmes required to become a fully Chartered Psychologist.
The latest course to secure BPS accreditation is the new BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Psychology. It covers an exciting and continually expanding field of study as there is an increasing awareness of sport and exercise psychology support services in relation to performance, public health and well-being. It provides a scientific understanding of the human mind, brain, behaviour, and experience, and of the complex interactions between these, as applied to competitive and recreational sport and exercise. As part of the degree, students will gain experience applying theory to real-life sport and exercise contexts, such as through involvement with local sports teams or exercise referral clinics.
BSc (Hons) Psychology is also accredited by the BPS and is a wide-ranging course, enabling students to select the areas which most interest them. It offers experiential teaching in small classes, for example analysing the impact of exercise on the mind, observing interactions in classrooms or running their own research and applying theory to their experiences.
Dr Alister McCormick, Lecturer on the new BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Psychology course, said: “It's exciting to have the accreditation in place in time for the first students to arrive in September. The degree offers students a great opportunity to study Psychology and its range of applications, whilst exploring the world of sport and exercise in depth. We believe our offering is distinctive, combining the academic benefits of small class sizes, a rounded education in Psychology, and the world-class facilities at the Marjon Sport & Health Centre”.
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