BSc (Hons) Sport Psychology

Sport psychology seeks to understand the psychological factors that affect the behaviour of individuals, teams or organisations in sport and exercise contexts, and how lifestyle issues can influence wellbeing and performance. On this BPS-accredited Sport Psychology degree, you will study the main areas of psychology and specialise in sport aspects as you progress. To complement your psychology studies, you’ll have an introduction to how athletes develop which provides some insight into wider aspects of sport and exercise science. This will enhance your employability and give you an all-round understanding of the field.

A key element of the sport psychology course is the hands-on experience you’ll gain throughout your studies. You’ll be offered practical experiences on campus and have access to a range of exciting opportunities, including completion of specialist short courses, professional certificates and work-based projects – another great boost to your CV. In their final year, Sport Psychology students have the opportunity to needs assess an athlete, as well as participate in community-based sport, exercise and physical activity events and projects throughout their degree.

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 the Sport Psychology degree, your modules will focus on the core elements of the BPS-accredited degree scheme, plus introductory sport and exercise psychology and athlete development modules. Year three has a large emphasis on building transferable skills such as interviewing, needs assessment and presentation skills, and you will have the opportunity to conduct a needs analysis of a sports performer.

Year One: Sport Psychology Degree

  • Methods and Evidence in Psychology (40 credits)
  • Introducing Psychology (40 credits)
  • Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology (20 credits)
  • The Developing Athlete (20 credits)

Year Two: Sport Psychology Degree

  • Understanding and Researching Psychology: Cognitive, Biological and Historical Perspectives (40 credits)
  • Understanding and Researching Psychology: Developmental, Social and Individual Difference Perspectives (40 credits)
  • Sport Psychology and Skill Acquisition (20 credits)
  • Exercise Psychology (20 credits)

Year Three: Sport Psychology Degree

  • Advanced Research Methods: Dissertation (40 credits)
  • Advanced Issues in Sport Psychology (20 credits)
  • Applications of Psychology in Sport (20 credits)

Plus two options from the list below (all 20 credits):

  • Cognitive Neuropsychology and Neuroscience
  • Health Psychology
  • Occupational Psychology
  • Developing an Understanding of Clinical Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Therapeutic Interventions Across the Lifespan
  • Health, Well-Being and Development
  • Embracing Neuro-diversity

Please note: these modules are currently subject to revalidation.


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 all our psychology courses, 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 University offers a wide range of psychological services to the general public through our PAWB Wales clinic facility and include play therapy, behaviour analysis, health and sport psychology interventions.


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 higher grades of between 655-445 (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points)

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits overall – the credits should equate to between 106-80 UCAS tariff points (examples below)

45 Level 3 credits equating to 15 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 6 Passes (106 UCAS Tariff Points)

45 Level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 6 Merits and 27 Passes (80 UCAS Tariff Points)

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C 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 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000 
  • Full-time International:  £12300 
  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

August 2019 - July 2020 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.