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BSc (Hons) Sports Psychology & Coaching Sciences

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  • UCAS Code:
    CX81
  • Institution:
    B50
  • Delivery:
    Sandwich (Thick) out of college.

Psychology has rapidly become a fundamental part of sports coaching. We’ve developed a course which perfectly combines both disciplines to give you a solid understanding of psychology and the methods you can use to enhance sporting performance. This course covers sports coaching, sports psychology, performance analysis and the management of sports performance.

It’s been designed in consultation with various high-profile industry organisations including UK Sport, BASES, Sport England, Sports Coach UK, the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity and National Governing Bodies, and will give you a comprehensive academic education, all underpinned by varied practical experience.

Our brand new sport performance laboratories enable you to measure the impact that changes to a training regime can have, and how you as a coach can use that information to better athletes or a team’s performance.

90% of our final year students who study Sport and Exercise Science courses agree our staff are good at explaining things and overall were satisfied with the quality of the course. Join us on live chat now to find out more, or register to meet us at an Open Day.

Sport scholarships

If you’re passionate about sport and a high-performing sport athlete with the desire to continue developing your talents whilst you’re studying, then have a look at our BU Sport Scholarships which are available to help support you financially. Assistance provided for coaching, equipment, competition entry fees, travel expenses and/or support services.

Interested in studying this course part-time? Enquire now.

All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2019, September 2020

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

4 years including a minimum 30-week work placement

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

For 2019 entry: 104-120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. For more information check 2019 entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

Course details

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, and you will also undertake group work and written exams. The assessment methods for each unit can be found in the programme specification for your course.

Download the programme specification (pdf 1mb)

Placements

At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career. Therefore we now offer every new student the opportunity to undertake an industrial placement as part of their course.

You can also choose to undertake your placement abroad, giving you the opportunity to develop yourself personally, academically, and professionally and gain skills to help you stand out in the job market. Possible overseas locations for the placement include Spain, Portugal, Australia, France, Germany and North America.

Our students perform very well on placement and a number of firms return to us year-on-year to source BU placement students. They work in roles such as Sport Psychology Intern, Soccer Coach, Student Teaching Assistant, Activiites Counselor, Assistant Community Project Officer and Team Performance Analyst & Coach.

Find out about BU students’ experiences on placementsAll you need to know about placements

Your application

For this course will suit applicants who:

  • Are passionate about developing others and well as themselves
  • Show signs of developing good inter and intra personal skills
  • Have knowledge of psychological concepts
  • Have experience of sports science
  • Want to work with people.

How to apply

Entry requirements

Careers

Athletes at all levels and all over the world want to have the edge when they're competing and the skills you'll gain on this course will help you offer just that. This degree will prepare you for work in sporting performance environments, sporting national governing bodies and events organisers, as well as giving you the skills you need to coach or work as part of a support team.

95% of our students studying Sports and Exercise Science courses are working or studying within 6 months after graduating. Our students are working for companies such as David Lloyd Leisure, Bright Wells Tennis Club, Pinnacle Sports, The Connectic Foundation, West Ham FC and London Wasps, among others.

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be. You’ll also find you could benefit from a range of discounts as a student.

Find out more about budgeting and living expenses

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that teaching staff can change.

Course changes