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BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Psychology


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Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

3 years Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

2020/21 UK fee: £9,250

2020/21 International fee: £13,500

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.


Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

Tariff points: 112 - 120

A Levels: BBB - BBC (including a science - PE accepted at grade C or above)

BTEC: DDM - DMM (including Sports Science, Applied Psychology or Health and Social  Care)

GCSEs: English language, mathematics and science at grade C/4 or better

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5

Access to HE Diploma to Science: Pass with at least 12 credits worth of science units at Merit

Student view

"I really enjoyed my first year. At first I thought it would be quite nerve-wracking, but the fact that it was such a small group and the lecturers were really approachable made it so much easier to integrate into university life."

Course content

From creating an active nation to producing a gold medal winning performance: could sport and exercise psychology be the key? We offer one of the few British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited courses in the UK. It is taught by well qualified and enthusiastic staff who have excellent national and international research and consultancy profiles.

Sport and exercise psychology has expanded rapidly over the last few years, with an increasing need and recognition of sport science support services, and public health and well-being.

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 optimise their exercise participation.

Working with our experienced sport and exercise psychology staff you'll build your theoretical knowledge and practical experience.

With access to a range of facilities such as our world-class Tudor Hale Centre for Sport, you'll gain the skills and experience that a range of employers are looking for. 

Why this course?

  • You will be provided with the scientific background to enable you to analyse sports performance and exercise participation from a psychological viewpoint
  • You will gain knowledge and skills in how to maintain and enhance performance and participation to a range of populations
  • The provision of specialist education reflects the considerable expertise that is available within the Institute of Sport
  • Preparation for entry into employment
  • The degree programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society
  • The programme provides an excellent underpinning for further study in Sport and Exercise Psychology at postgraduate level

Our facilities

Campus Location: Chichester 

We offer you some of the best sporting facilities available to study for a degree. All of our facilities are designed for academic teaching, research, British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) competitions and for your social/recreational use throughout the week and weekends.

The world-class Tudor Hale Centre for Sport is the focus of sporting activities both academic and recreational at the University. It incorporates a suite of state of the art sport science laboratories, a sports injury clinic, a strength and conditioning room and a fitness centre. In addition there is a sports hall. Located beside the Tudor Hale Centre for Sport you will find our Sports Dome, lano sand dressed astro turf and a grass rugby pitch.


Sports Dome

Four tennis courts which can be used for a variety of sports.

Blue flooring and blue curtains separating courts with student throwing javelins


Sports hall

Used for basketball, netball, trampolining, badminton, volleyball, cricket, soccer, table tennis, hockey and ultimate frisbee.

Fitness suite

Various membership levels available. Weights, resistance and cardio machines.

Weights, resistance and cardio machines

Indoor and outdoor climbing walls and climbing boulder

Available for any student to use after an induction and when Tudor Hale Centre for Sport is open.

Images showing external and internal climbing wall and external boulder

Grass football and rugby pitches

Students playing football and girl passing rugby ball

Floodlit lano sand-dressed astro turf 

A top of the range Lano sand-dressed astro all completely compliant to International Hockey federation standards.

  • 110m synthetic athletics track
  • Strength and conditioning room
  • Two multi-purpose gymnasiums
  • Outdoor netball and tennis court
  • Two seminar rooms
  • Cricket nets 

Sport Science Laboratories:

Four dedicated psychology labs including a Virtual Reality Reader, Brain Imaging Unit and Observation Suite.

Student using software to track activity of body for sport psychology

Two dedicated biomechanics labs

Student running with rugby ball with sensor on past tracking posts

Five dedicated physiology labs

Used for testing on treadmills, bikes and various other pieces of equipment.

Physiology labs showing equipment used

An environmental chamber

Used to simulate heat, altitude, etc.

Envinronmental chamber in physiology lab

A sports injury clinic and adjoining rehabilitation space

Sports Therapy students use these spaces for practical sessions and run a clinic. It is open for students, staff and external visitors who require treatment also either from Sports Therapy students or staff.

Sports therapy clinic with beds and rehab room

Where this can take you

Graduate view 

Charlotte in graduation gown and cap

"There are many positives to studying Sport and Exercise Psychology at Chichester. You get to experience a wide range of modules all taught by enthusiastic tutors. The tutors have experience in both applied and research backgrounds and I couldn’t credit the support they provide enough.The course is inspiring and I would highly recommend it to anyone. For me these experiences motivated me to pursue a career in sport and exercise psychology and I am now a PhD researcher at the University of South Wales exploring performance anxiety in sport."



We understand the importance of ensuring that you have the knowledge, skills and experience to compete successfully in today’s challenging jobs market.

Our students have gone on to work in a variety industries including:

  • Fitness consultant
  • Athletic trainer
  • Sports psychologist
  • Sports science support personnel
  • Sports equipment consultant
  • Health promotion
  • Exercise prescription on GP referral schemes

Have you thought about postgraduate study? We offer postgraduate research programmes (MPhil/PhD) across the field of sport disciplines. Supervision is offered by a strong, research-active team with a range of expertise. Our research interests stem from applied experience to deliver ‘real world’ meaningful results.

All of our postgraduate courses:

Alumni receive a 15% discount on postgraduate courses at Chichester​


  • MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition
  • MSc Physical Activity and Public Health
  • MSc Physiotherapy (pre-registration)*
  • MSc Sports Coaching
  • MSc Sport and Exercise Biomechanics
  • MSc Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology (BPS route)
  • MSc Sports Performance Analysis
  • MSc Strength and Conditioning
  • MA Sport Pedagogy and Physical Education
  • PGCE Primary
  • PGCE Secondary 

*Subject to approval​

Work placements

In the final year there is the option to complete a placement which will allow you to apply theory and knowledge in a sport, exercise or health setting of your choice.

This placement will give you the opportunity to further develop transferable skills which will make you more employable for a career in Sport and Exercise Psychology.

Course accreditations

Indicative modules

Year One

• Principles of Psychology (core)

• Introduction to Sport & Exercise Psychology (core)

• Everyday Experience and Psychological Methods: Understanding Relationships (core)

• Questioning Sport, Exercise & Health (core)

• Interpersonal Skills (core)

• Introduction to Skill Acquisition (core)

• Perspectives on Psychology (core)

• Evaluating Sport, Exercise & Health (core)

Year Two

• Cognitive Psychology for Sport Performance (core)

• Stress, Coping and Emotions (core)

• Developmental Psychology (core)

• Psychology of Physical Activity and Health (core)

• Social Psychology (core)

• Performance Psychology (core)

• Biological Psychology (core)

• Researching Sport, Exercise & Health (core)

Year Three

• Research Project (core)

• Applied Sport Psychology: Delivering Mental Strategies (core)

• Exercise and Physical Activity Interventions (core)

• Psychology of Injury and Rehabilitation (option)

• Psychology in Context: Work and Organisations (option)

• Advanced Research in Sport and Exercise (Option)

• Work Placement (option)

• Entrepreneurship – setting up a business (option)

• Classroom Pedagogy (option)

• Applied Sport Psychology: Professional Practice (core)

• Group Dynamics in Sport (core)

• Contemporary Issues in Sport, Exercise and Health (option)

• Practical Applications of Teaching and Coaching (option)


International English Studies

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Teaching and assessment

We pride ourselves on the quality of the teaching given to our students. Innovation, enthusiasm and expertise combine to deliver the excellent standards that give our institution its high reputation for learning and teaching.

When you come to Chichester, you will join a community of students and lecturers working in partnership to ensure that your learning experience reflects best practice and embraces the opportunities presented by new, interactive technologies.

Each module is delivered differently, depending on its content and focus of study.  In most modules you can expect lead lectures to introduce core content, but the majority of your time will be spent working in small groups with tutor support in seminars, workshops or laboratory sessions.

Many sessions will require you to have completed some preparatory work, and you will also be given structured follow-up work after a session to further progress your learning, often reading or an individual/group task.  As you progress through your degree, you will be expected to take more and more ownership over your learning and development, directing your study into areas of most interest to you.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including essays, examinations, portfolios, practical assessments, lab reports, and oral presentations.

Our course includes a mix of assessments, so that you may develop a wide range of transferable skills. Modules are assessed at every stage of the course, offering cumulative assessment of your progress. You can monitor your own progress, allowing you the opportunity to discuss and plan your development with your lecturers throughout the course. Where appropriate, special arrangements can be made for students with an identified need.

Additional Costs

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