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Sport and Exercise Psychology BSc (Hons)


This course runs in 2017/18. 

This course teaches you the key approaches to the study of human thoughts, feelings and behaviours and how sport and exercise psychologists maximise the likelihood of consistent optimal performance in physical activity.


On this course you will complete modules delivered by both the Psychology and Sports Science departments. However your focus will be on how the two areas are related to each other and how the principles of each discipline are combined in the work of sport psychologists.

If you choose this course you may benefit from:

  • current accreditation from the British Psychological Society (BPS) meaning that as a graduate, provided you achieve at least a 2:2, you will be eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC);
  • the chance to apply to work with staff on research projects, as student research assistants;
  • the opportunity to take a work experience module (subject to application) which will give you valuable experience, develop new skills and increase your appeal to potential employers;
  • guest lectures by experts from outside of the department including practising psychologists and researchers in psychology who ensure you are exposed to the latest research and developments in sport psychology;
  • being taught by experienced teachers and researchers;
  • the opportunity to join the Psychology Society. This is a group run by students in collaboration with staff. Events are largely social by nature but with an academic twist;

  • the chance to undertake and support in applying for a year of work placement;
  • an option to take a year out of the degree to study abroad on the Erasmus programme;
  • the opportunity to go on field trips to Amsterdam, San Francisco and Tokyo.


     Accredited by the British Psychological Society

Accreditations shall be renewed in accordance with the accreditor's standard review process and subject to the University maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.


During the first two years of your course you will concentrate your studies on key areas of both psychology and sport science, including modules on sport psychology. Key topics include: biological psychology, social psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, individual differences, sport psychology and coaching.

You will also learn about psychological research methods and the statistical analyses that researchers in psychology use.

In your final year you will study advanced modules on sport psychology and coaching as well as a course on professional skills for psychology graduates and, of course, conduct your own independent research project study in sport psychology.


Your course will be based on a series of lectures, with associated seminars and workshop practical classes. In addition, your personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice.


Our Sports Science courses are ranked 8th by Guardian University Guide 2018


An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed:

  • formal examinations 40%;
  • coursework, tests, essays 30%;
  • practical or project work 30%.

A compulsory Add+vantage module must also be completed: please see the page on the Add+vantage scheme for more details.


In a typical teaching week you can expect to have 8-9 hours contact time:

Lectures/ large group teaching: 2-4 hours

Seminars: 2-4 hours

Skills workshops: 1-4 hours

Add+vantage: 2 hours

These figures are a guide and are variable between semesters and across levels of study, depending up your module choices. For some modules you may have additional online lectures. In addition, you will be expected to undertake at least 20 further hours of self-directed study each week e.g. completing the recommended reading that accompanies your lectures, working on coursework assignments, taking part in group work and exam revision.

Entry Requirements

Essential Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English Language and Mathematics, or specified equivalents.

Typical Offers

A-Levels: BBB. Excludes General Studies

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM

Access: The Access to HE Diploma in a Science or Health subject to include 30 Level 3 credits at Distinction, plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade A*-C, or specified equivalents.

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 30 points to include 15 points at Higher level

Find out more about acceptable equivalent qualifications here.

English as a Foreign Language: an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5.

If you don’t have the required level of English then view our range of Pre-Sessional English courses.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Many of our graduates go on to work as psychologists but some also go on to become researchers, lecturers, teachers, administrators, practitioners, managers, or health and care professionals. The course has been designed to equip students with a range of skills and competencies that can help set you apart from other graduates and make you attractive to potential employers. Our tutorial system focuses on the development of skills such as group work, literature reviewing, critical analysis and being able to construct and deliver presentations.

There is also the opportunity to undergo a sandwich course over four years with one year out on work placement. All placement opportunities are supported by staff members from the Employability Placement Unit, who are specialists in identifying suitable opportunities and have links with various external organisations such as Coventry City Football Club and the Coventry Blaze Ice Hockey Team.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.


Included in the fees:

  • Tuition fee waiver for placement and study abroad year;
  • Specified core textbooks;
  • Any mandatory UK residential field trips;
  • Any mandatory UK site visits and trips;
  • 1,000 sides of black and white laser prints;
  • A visit to a local sporting venue;
  • Student membership of the British Psychological Society for the final year of the course;
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (formally CRB Disclosure) for those undertaking placements with children;
  • Free copy of SPSS statistics software

Additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip

Find out more about No Hidden Extras here. 

No Hidden Extras is part of our student promise, and by accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University.


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university. The key: developing and enhancing students' employability, and delivering a serious competitive advantage in the jobs market. At Coventry, that starts right from the beginning.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and which broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very broad range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Click here for further details.


You will be given the opportunity to study abroad for a year in a European university, in between years two and three of your course. This would be additional study and would provide you with an international experience, which is viewed favourably by potential employers. We currently have links with 20 universities across Europe. Their courses are largely in English bu there is the opportunity to learn and attend courses in a foreign language. In your year away you would not be charged fees and would expect to recieve a contribution to living expenses.


Centre for Global Engagement logoDid you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we’ve been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

The objectives of the programme, in which eligible undergraduate and postgraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

Explore our Global Leaders Programme.

What our students say - Ripa Begum

This is an intellectually stimulating subject, and has provided me with a number of different opportunities to pursue higher education and fulfil my goal of becoming a teacher.


Please note that all international visit/opportunities and placements are subject to successful student application and criteria being met. Locations, conferences and work experience are all subject to change. Please contact the Faculty for up to date information.


Course code:
  • 3 years full-time or 4 years with an optional year study abroad

  • Undergraduate Degree
  • Professionally Accredited Programmes

Course type:
  • Full time


Contact Details:

International Office

+44 (0) 24 7765 2152