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BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Psychology

Put psychology theory into practice as you learn its applications to sport and exercise. Develop a scientific understanding of the human mind and behaviour, addressing the key areas of psychology; developmental, social, cognitive, individual differences and research methods. *Please note that this course is closed to new first year applications - 2nd and 3rd year transfer applications only*

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Entry requirements

Three A-levels at grades BBC or above

Or BTEC triple grades DMM or above

Or Access 30-42 D/M with minimum 18D

Or T level M

And GCSE English Language at grade 4 or grade C or above

UCAS points 112

UCAS code SEP1

UCAS institution code P63

Duration Three years full-time

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Course Summary

Our British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Psychology degree covers an exciting and continually expanding field of study as there is an increasing need and awareness of sport and exercise psychology support services in relation to performance, public health and wellbeing.

This programme enables students to take key psychological theories and concepts and apply them to contemporary issues and working with people in sport, exercise and health contexts. The core modules cover; social, biological, cognitive and developmental psychology, individual differences, conceptual and historical issues in psychology and research methods. 

The work of sport and exercise psychologists can be wide ranging, from working with high level athletes to help them reach their potential, to supporting the general population to maintain their exercise routines. You'll study modules from both psychology and sport courses which enables you to blend your understanding of both disciplines.

BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Psychology is designed to provide 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. It seeks to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of mainstream psychology and to then consider it in a theoretical or applied sport and/ or exercise environment. It is the first step in the required qualifications essential to become a registered sport and exercise psychologist.

Why this course at Marjon?

Learn from qualified sport and exercise psychologists, who have considerable expertise and continue to consult with clients

Exploring the cutting edge research of sport and exercise psychology topics such as mental health and well-being in sport, and abuse in sport

Study on sports focused campus with like-minded people with onsite sport centre, gym and pool and health clinics

Work with NHS patients in exercise referral clinics

Work alongside wide range of athletes from elite sport to community focused exercise

The programme provides an excellent underpinning for further study in Sport and Exercise Psychology at postgraduate level

Modules for this course

Course Snapshot

In your first year you will gain an understanding of psychology and how that applies to a sporting context. You will also learn about factors that impact on health and wellbeing and how they can be overcome. During your second year you will learn key concepts in exercise psychology such as social support, self-esteem and concentration. You will also study key concepts such as memory, language and personality. In the third year you will learn advanced applied psychological techniques that can help improve sporting performance and will also study professional ethics and relationship management skills.
Melissa Coyle - Course Lecturer

1st Year

Foundations in psychology
Introductions to sport and exercise psychology, key topics, core perspective in psychology and study skills on the side.
Social psychology I
How do people work in groups? What influences our group roles and behaviour?
Introduction of sport, exercise & health psychology
Study key topics in sport and exercise contexts such as anxiety, motivation, mental skills, and how these impact on performance.
Cognition and development
How do we think? How do we learn? How do we improve? This module looks at thinking and learning.
Understanding research: theory & method
An introduction to research methods, we focus on the big questions: What is research? What is positivism? How do I research? What about ethics?
Contextualising the field of sport and exercise psychology
A placement module, a time to see theory in practice.

2nd Year

Quantitative research in psychology
A module to think about and do some quantitative research.
Developmental psychology
A module where we look at people in context, through a developmental lens from birth to end of life, and everything in between.
Social psychology in sport and exercise contexts
Leadership, social influences, group dynamics, styles, personality and identity all in one module!
Qualitative research in psychology
A module to think about and do some qualitative research.
Human cognition
The human mind is amazing, this modules looks at aspects of cognition from attention and perception through to problem solving and decision making.
Athlete welfare
In this module we consider the psychological response to injury, self-esteem, mental health and wellbeing, eating disorders, burnout, exercise addition, dual career, the role of social media, the culture within professional sport, and coping and emotions, and how these concepts impact or relate to the development of the athlete within performance sport.

3rd Year

Applied sport & exercise psychology
Reinforce and develop the students' understanding of advanced applied techniques in mental skill development and performance enhancement; e.g. Assessment techniques relevant to sport and exercise psychology, psychological skills, and applied consultancy frameworks and philosophies.
Advanced sport & exercise psychology
Provide an in depth level of knowledge, understanding, and experience of the applied practice of sport psychology. Such as applied professional ethics , counselling skills, Consulting relationships and gaining entry to working with client.
Working with people
Empirical project

Current students say...

Connor Bromley

“I enjoy the sports modules most, especially the ones relating to goal setting and self-talk. The lecturers are easy to get along with and the course has helped me to become more understanding of the people around me.”

Benjamin Cawley

“I most enjoy studying behaviourism and why people act in certain ways. I like the people in my class and the tutors are helpful, they always get the information across. I’ve developed through the group presentation task by mixing with new people and presenting in front of my peers.”

This course is perfect if you’re curious about

What is the relationship between mental health and sport and exercise?

Why do some individuals choke under pressure, and how can it be prevented?

How can you build lasting confidence in an individual?

How can you encourage long-lasting adherence to physical activity that benefits health?

How can psychology reduce injuries in athletes, and help athletes to overcome them?

How can athletes develop their concentration skills?

What might you become?

Our Sport and Exercise Psychology degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) to provide graduates with chartered membership of the Society, the necessary first step in a career as a psychologist in the UK. The next step after completion of this BSc degree for a career as a chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist is to complete a BPS accredited MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology programme. Training in Sport and Exercise Psychology is acquired through postgraduate education and supervised practice; you are not qualified to practice as a Sport and Exercise psychologist without further training.

This degree prepares students for a career in the field of sport and exercise psychology and supports progression into professional psychology careers paths including postgraduate training, educational psychology, clinical psychology, occupational psychology, health psychology, teaching (further training required) and research. It also provides excellent preparation for other related careers in sport science support, the sport, fitness and health industries, and health promotion.


BPS accredited

British Psychological Society (BPS)

BPS accreditation ensures an engaging experience and means that upon graduation, students will be eligible for Graduate Basis Chartered Membership of the BPS which is required of applicants to the postgraduate training programmes that lead to becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

How you’ll be taught and assessed?

How will you be taught?

Teaching typically includes lectures, seminars, practical’s and interactive group work. There are typically 12-14 hours of contact per week.

How will you be assessed?

Assessment methods are through case studies, exams, practical assessment, critical reviews, essays, oral presentations, poster presentations, portfolios, and research thesis.

Rosanna Walters-Symons

Dr Rosanna Walters-Symons

Course leader

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Rosanna specialises in the psychology of sporting performance, examining the critical perceptual cognitive factors that enable elite performance. Her research fields are cognitive psychology, performance psychology and quantitative methods.

Fees and funding

Fees UK students: £9,250 per annum

Fees for International students: £14,500 per annum

This fee covers your tuition and access to course-specific equipment and facilities, as well associated services including access to the library, study skills support, IT support, student support and wellbeing services and membership of the Student Union. There may be additional costs by course.

Funding available for this course

Our Student Funding Advisors offer confidential and impartial advice about your funding options.

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Melissa Coyle

Senior Lecturer

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Melissa has research interests that include increasing self-awareness and positive growth and mental health, developing confidence and emotional control, reducing anxiety, and facilitating communication.

Dr Katheryn Edwards

Lecturer in Psychology

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Dr Katheryn Edwards is a BPS Chartered Psychologist and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her PhD investigated a dual process account of human mind-reading. Katheryn teaches across a number of modules relating to cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, research methods and study skills.

Tracy Edwards

Technician - Psychology Laboratory

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Tracy is the Senior Psychology Technician overseeing the specialist Psychology facilities. She supports undergraduate and postgraduate students in areas such as the application of statistical analysis, writing skills and presentation skills.

Sophie Gibbs-Nicholls

Senior Lecturer

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Sophie, who plays pool for England, teaches sport and exercise psychology principles and how these can be applied to improve sport performance and wellbeing.

Dr Alister McCormick

Associate Professor

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Alister teaches psychology and its applications to sport, exercise, and health. His main research interest is how psychological interventions can be used to improve the performances of people who participate in endurance events, such as middle- and long-distance running, cycling, swimming, and triathlon events.

Carina Robertson

Lecturer in Psychology

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Dr Jonathan Waddington


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Dr Rosanna Walters-Symons

Senior Lecturer

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Rosanna specialises in the psychology of sporting performance, examining the critical perceptual cognitive factors that enable elite performance. Her research fields are cognitive psychology, performance psychology and quantitative methods.

Frequently asked questions

Q1   Are there any exams?

Yes, across the whole degree there are only four timed assessments.

Q2   What does the timetable look like?

Our full-time students are in class for three days per week, and need to allow two days for directed study.

Q3   How big is the class?

Our classes are usually 10-20 students.

Q4   Is the course accredited?

Yes, the course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Q5   Is there a placement?

Yes, our students do a placement in year two alongside their other modules.

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