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BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Psychology


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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

Questioning Sport and Exercise

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Evaluating Sport and Exercise

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Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology

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Introduction to Skill Acquisition

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Everyday Experience and Psychological Methods

(Module information to come)

Interpersonal Skills

The module will begin by considering of the nature of interpersonal skills and the elements that constitute effective communication. This will provide an opportunity to explore models of communication and effective verbal and non-verbal communication. This module will also consider how interpersonal skills may be evaluated and improved. Typically, lecture will focus on theory and research underpinning the key principles of effective interpersonal skills while practical seminar and workshop sessions will allow students to reflect on their own communication skills and consider interventions for improving the interpersonal skills of others.

Perspectives in Psychology

The module seeks to enable the student to understand the contribution of key thinkers to the development of modern psychology, and to appreciate their biographical backgrounds. The lives and work of key thinkers will be introduced, and contextualised with reference to contemporary ideas and mores.

Principles of Psychology

The module will examine the origins and development of modern psychology. It will focus on the main approaches to studying and describing human behaviour, for example behaviourism, the psychodynamic approach, the humanistic approach, the cognitive approach and the biological basis of behaviour. These will be examined with relevance to key studies in the area, contemporary issues and methods of investigation.

The module will be taught via two weekly lectures (which will explain the key theories and relevant research studies), practicals (in which students will experience some of the principles discussed in the lectures through participation in experiments), seminars (in which students will discuss and critique the practicals and consider the applications of psychology in real-world settings), and through directed reading.

Year Two

Analysis Methods for Sport and Exercise Psychology

This module will focus on qualitative and quantitative methods of analysis. Students will become familiar with basic statistical procedures common to their topic area, their function and interpretation. Students will also further their understanding of qualitative methods, building upon the knowledge attained in their first year a gain a deeper understanding of the purpose, merit and application of basic qualitative methods. Also covered on the module is an introduction to single subject design, to develop their skill in relation to sport and exercise interventions and to further students understanding of the ability of analysis methods beyond sample-based statistics. Together, this will enable students a wider choice of methodology for their Independent Project completed in their final year as well as give insight to the different strands of methodology used in Sport and Exercise Psychology.

The classes will run across both Semester 1 and 2. The content will include coverage of:

ANOVA (one-way and two-way, incl. simple effects analyses and pairwise comparisons), ANCOVA, chi-square, Cronbach’s alpha, correlation and regression, qualitative methods and single-subject design.

Stress, Coping, and Emotions

This module explores the process of stress, anxiety, and coping. Concepts covered will include Lazarus and Folkman’s transactional approach, threat and challenge appraisals, coping strategies and their effectiveness, anxiety interpretations, and stress related growth. The module will also examine research methods that have been specifically used to examine stress, anxiety, and coping (for example verbal protocol analysis and longitudinal diaries). Finally the module will also introduce students to practical techniques designed to reduce stress and anxiety.

This module will include a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops. Lead lectures will introduce core concepts that will be consolidated during seminar discussions. The workshops will provide an opportunity for students to engage in data collection using specific methods, and to experience applied techniques to reduce stress and anxiety.

Motivating Athletes

Even with all the natural talent in the world sports performers need to be highly motivated to achieve success. In recent years it has become accepted that although motivation is determined in part by personality traits, the environment plays a major role in shaping motivation. Thus coaches are in a unique position to influence the motivation (and hence performance, achievement and health) of the people they coach. The aims of this module are thus to evaluate current perspectives and research on motivation in sport and to examine strategies for enhancing motivation within the coaching process.

Cognitive Psychology for Sports Performance

(Module information to come)

Social Psychology

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Developmental Psychology

Developmental Psychology involves the study of development and maturation in cognitive, personality and social processes. The aim of the module is to introduce students to basic theory, research findings and methods of investigation in childhood, adolescence and lifespan development. The module will aim to provide a critical understanding of the ways in which behaviour is influenced by developmental factors, the nature of developmental processed, and the ways which empirical research can help us to understand how developmental processes influence what we do.

Biological Psychology

The module will provide an introduction to the ways biological processes have been studied, for example through brain lesions and cell stimulation methodologies. The areas of behavioural genetics, neuro-imaging, neuropsychology, socio-biology and evolutionary psychology will be investigated in terms of underlying theory and empirical research.

Psychology of Physical Activity and Health

(Module information to come)

Year Three

Research Project

Students are encouraged to adopt a problem-oriented approach of which the first stage is to identify a problem in sport, exercise or sports therapy which is of interest and relevance to their degree studies. An appropriate approach to addressing the problem is then determined through discussion with tutors who have relevant theoretical and practical expertise. The investigation may be based within a single discipline, or it may involve more than one discipline, but it must be based within the student’s chosen degree program. In all cases, tutors will advise on the capability of the student to complete the complexity of the study in the time available and with the necessary resources. Students are introduced to the preparation of a research project during the Researching Sport & Exercise module at level 5. Students can work independently on a project of their own design or in a group on a pre-determined project, in consultation with and with support from a tutor, reading, collecting data and performing analyses. Students will submit an ethics form for a pass/fail grade as part of the approval process for the project. The project cannot begin until the ethical approval process is complete. Students are allowed to request feedback on one draft of each section of the research report with the exception of the discussion.

Applied Sport Psychology: Delivering Mental Strategies

Traditionally, sport psychologists have advocated the use of numerous mental training strategies that are purported to enhance the cognitive, affective and behavioural states of the performers that they work with. These might include imagery, goal-setting, relaxation techniques and pre-performance routines, and advanced strategies such as REBT and hypnosis. The aims of this module are to provide students with the understanding of the efficacy of these strategies, to provide opportunities to deliver these mental strategies, and to, reflect on the delivery of these strategies.

Group Dynamics in Sport

(Module information to come)

Applied Sport Psychology: Professional Practice

The module will explore the nature and scope of practice, and the varied role of the applied practitioner as a mental skills trainer, counsellor, clinician, and in an organisational capacity will be examined. Approaches to and models of practice will be explored, alongside research evidence for their relative efficacy. Practical case examples will be used throughout the module as exemplars of applied practice in action, and to discuss critical professional and ethical issues that the practitioner might encounter.

Exercise and Physical Activity Interventions

The course will evaluate the evidence supporting current practices of professionals involved in physical activity adoption and maintenance. The areas of individual, group-based and community interventions will be examined in terms of their theoretical underpinning, structure and evaluative methods. A particular emphasis will be placed upon interventions with specialised populations including individuals with mental health problems.

The course will progress through lectures, seminars and practical workshops. In most cases, a lecture will precede a follow-up workshop or seminar. The workshops will be designed to enable the students to gain experience of a more specific aspect of the area covered. Students will be required to read the designated material before the seminars and workshops, so that they may be able to observe and critically comment upon work in the area. Where appropriate, suitable external speakers will be invited to offer students and insight into the application of exercise intervention and health promotion. The written assignment will be submitted and marked during the module delivery to provide students with feedback on their progress.

Including a choice of two from:

Psychology of Injury and Rehabilitation

The module will examine the social and psychological factors thought to underlie susceptibility to injury, drawing from theory and research. It will then examine the theory and research on athlete response to injury, and progress to consider key psychological factors which impact on the athlete’s progress through rehabilitation. The module will take a broad approach to injury focusing on both acute and chronic injury, as well as trauma and disability. It will take an applied perspective in focusing on various techniques and strategies that could be used to promote psychological recovery from injury. Typically, lectures will introduce the theoretical underpinning of an area and examine the associated research evidence. Seminars or workshops will follow where students will engage in small group discussion on specific topics, consider case examples, or develop their research and/or applied skills.

Psychology in Context: Work and Organisations

The course will consider a range of relationships between working conditions, jobs and organisational processes, psychological outcomes and their impact on job and organisational performance. Psychological reactions including job satisfaction, job stress, motivation, work engagement, and organisational commitment are investigated, and organizational functions such as job design, health & safety at work, and organisational team-working, are considered.

Body Image in Performance

(Module information to come)

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.

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