BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Psychology

Sport psychology seeks to understand the psychological factors that affect the behaviour of individuals, teams or organisations in sport, and how lifestyle issues can influence wellbeing and performance.

Taught by experts who are active researchers and consultants, with experiences of Paralympic and Olympic Games, the BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Psychology focuses on applying theoretical knowledge to real-world sporting situations.

This BPS-accredited sport psychology course combines the study of key aspects of psychology with the opportunity to develop a critical understanding of key theories and principles in sport and exercise psychology. You’ll study the main areas of psychology and specialise in sport aspects as you progress. This will enhance your employability and give you an all-round understanding of the field.

There are many exciting opportunities that can be used to boost your CV and impress future employers. You could study abroad, complete specialist short courses, professional certificates and undertake clinical placements on campus.


UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
C601 Full-time 3 Years September Treforest A
N/A Part-time 6 Years September Treforest A
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
C601 Full-time 3 Years September Treforest A
N/A Part-time 6 Years September Treforest A

Taught by experts who are active researchers and consultants, with experiences of the past six Paralympic and Olympic Games, we focus on applying theoretical knowledge to real world sport and exercise situations. During the first two years of study, your modules will focus on the core elements of a BPS-accredited degree scheme, plus introductory sport and exercise psychology modules. Year three has a large emphasis on building transferable skills such as interviewing and presentation skills, and you may have the opportunity to conduct a needs analysis of a sports performer.

Year One: Sport Psychology Degree

  • Investigating Methods and Evidence in Psychology
  • Perspectives in Psychology
  • Critical Readings in Psychology
  • Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • The Athlete in Context

Year Two: Sport Psychology Degree

  • Using Methods in Psychology
  • Professional Practice and Employability
  • From Cells to Consciousness
  • Lifespan Development and the Social Context
  • The Development of Expertise
  • Exercise Psychology

Year Three: Sport Psychology Degree

  • Advanced Research Methods: Dissertation
  • Contemporary Themes in Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology

Plus two options from the list below:

  • Health Psychology Across the Lifespan
  • Psychological Disorders and Therapeutic Interventions
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Applications of Social Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuropsychology and Neuroscience
  • The Psychology of Education and Work


The Sport Psychology degree is delivered through lectures, seminars, workshops, individual/small group supervision and independent study. You will also have the opportunity to attend guest lectures given by academic staff from other institutions and professional psychologists who work in different areas of practise.

In fact, you will be given the opportunity to learn about psychology in new ways and no two modules are entirely the same in terms of delivery and assessment. You will complete coursework including essays, practical reports, oral presentations and case studies. There will also be some examination assessments (seen and unseen) and in-class tests.

Our academic staff are involved in research, so you’ll be taught by staff at the forefront of their specialist fields. Tutors specialise in a range of fields, including developmental disorders across the lifespan, health behaviour and sport psychology.



You will complete a range of different class activities including group discussions, debates, case studies and in-class projects. In fact one of the most exciting things about this course is that you experience a great range of delivery and assessment methods.


Accredited by The British Psychological Society (BPS), this sport psychology degree is an ideal pathway into the profession, and graduates with 2:2 Honours or higher are eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership. This is the first stage of qualifying as a sport psychologist.


Practical work placements are a key part of this sport psychology course, plus there are internship opportunities available in all years of study. 

Psychology Plus at USW aims to enhance your skills and give you an advantage in the graduate jobs market or applications for further study. You’ll have the opportunity to gain clinical experience at our behaviour clinic on campus, and complete specialist short courses, professional certificates and work placements – altogether a great boost to your CV.

There is also an opportunity to study abroad at a partner university in Europe on an Erasmus exchange, or at a university in the USA or Australia. This would add an extra perspective to your studies and boost your confidence.


Facilities include observation and interview rooms equipped with a two-way mirror, CCTV and audio, which allows research and interview practice sessions to be conducted and recorded. We also have a custom-built air conditioned PC laboratory which provides access to specialist software for running psychology experiments and conducting careers guidance interviews.

The Cognitive Neuropsychology Suite houses specialist psychology equipment such as eye tracking equipment, EEG (electroencephalogram) and ECG (electrocardiogram) facilities for recording electrical activity in the heart and scalp and a driving simulator.



The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. Most offers we make are at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable.

Typical A-Level Offer

BCC - CDD to exclude General Studies (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level to exclude General Studies (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 29 overall including 5 or above in English at standard level

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass the Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy and English at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent, but consideration is given to individual circumstances. 

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £12600 

  • Part-time UK and EU:  £660

August 2020 - July 2021 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
DBS £57.2
A DBS is not obligatory for the course. It will only be required if a specific placement of dissertation project working with children or vulnerable groups is required. This fee includes £44 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
DBS Updating Service £13
Whilst optional it is strongly recommended signing up for this service especially if you are likely to have placements each year and wish to persue a career post University where a DBS check is a requirement. Please note the service has to be joined within 19 days of receipt of your enhanced DBS certificate.
Other: Travel to Placement *
Cost is dependent on placement location.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU. 

Admissions statement

The BSc (Hons) Sport Psychology degree provides you with the opportunities to gain direct employment-related skills in all of your modules including the planning and development of an intervention with an elite athlete in your final year. You will acquire a range of transferable skills which employers really rate; including project management, communication and negotiation skills, time management and a flexible and analytical approach to problem solving.

Many of our graduates wish to pursue a career in sport and exercise psychology and this degree provides you with the basis to continue to further study and training in this field. However, as your degree gives you the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the Society, you would be eligible to apply for accredited postgraduate study in other applied areas such as occupational, forensic, clinical and health psychology.

All of these career directions require a degree such as this one (which gives you the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership), a Society-approved postgraduate qualification and relevant supervised experience. Not all sport psychology graduates end practising as psychologists; some end up in teaching, counselling or coaching positions or in sports development settings. Some graduates go on to pursue sports related careers by taking further study and supervised practice with the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.