BSc (Hons) Sport Psychology and Coaching

Sport Psychology and Coaching at Winchester seeks to develop student expertise in both sports coaching and the psychology of sport and exercise. The degree incorporates a wide range of specific knowledge essential to excel in the modern sport and exercise industry including coaching practice, sport psychology, coaching science, performance analysis and research methods.

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BSc (Hons) Sport Psychology and Coaching at University of Winchester

UCAS code: C813

Entry Requirements*

Typical offer:

2018 Entry: 96-112 points

*UCAS has changed the way they calculate the tariff for courses starting in September 2017. Find out more about the new tariff.

A GCSE A*- C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required.

Degree duration:

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

International Baccalaureate:

25 points

If English is not your first language:

Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

2018 Entry Full-time £9,500** p/a
Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £79.17 and a 15 credit module is £1,187. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £7,125.

Total Cost: £28,500** (3 years)

International Students

2018 Entry Full-time £11,900** p/a
Total Cost: £35,700** (3 years) 

For further details, click here

Additional Costs

Mandatory 

  • Placement: Students may incur travel costs on their coaching placement in Year 2 but the choice of placement is down to the student and they may select a placement within walking distance. This placement may be one day per week for 12 weeks or may be every day within one week. Cost £0 - £30 per day

Optional

  • Kit: In Year 1, students are expected to wear the appropriate attire for practical sessions. Students can buy a department kit or wear their own. Students can buy as little or as much they like. Cost per item is between £15-£50. 
  • Additonal coaching awards: Most professional and coaching courses are offered free of charge as part of the course. Additional coaching awards are often subsidised and completely optional, with fees ranging from £10-£60 in 2016-17. These costs can occur in any or all years.
  • Core texts: It is recommended that students buy core texts, but it is possible to buy second-hand copies or study using library and online sources. At the beginning of the first year we recommend two books at a total cost of no more than £70. Subsequent text book purchases at the beginning of each semester are optional and in accordance with modules selected. Cost £70 - £200 per academic year.
  • Volunteering: Students may incur travel costs on optional volunteering placements or part time work placements in the third year of study. Choice of placement is down to the student and may be local or at a distance. Cost £0 - £30 per day.

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as textbooks and travel expenses, please click here

Other Information

Location:

Taught elements of the course take place on the King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Fact:

The King Alfred Campus boasts state-of-the-art facilities such as a Sport and Exercise Physiology Laboratory, a Sport and Exercise Biomechanics Laboratory, a custom-built Sports Analysis Suite, University Gym, fitness suite, sports hall, and multi-purpose courts. The Winchester Sports Stadium, located at Bar End, offers superb track and field facilities.

Student Satisfaction:

This is a new course and so there is currently no subject specific data on student satisfaction from graduates, nor any employability statistics. The data supplied has been drawn from wider subject areas. In addition, information on learning, teaching and assessment for parts of the course, which have not yet been taught, is estimated.

Pre-approved for a Masters:

University of Winchester students studying Bachelor Honours degrees are pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible final year students must accept an offer of a place by the end of March and meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.

Terms and Conditions 

For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here.

**Indicative Fees for 2018/19 Home and EU students are £9,500 per year. Whilst the inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval and the approval of The University of Winchester Board of Governors. International fees are still subject to approval from the University of Winchester Board of Governors.

If you are starting your degree in September 2018, the first year will cost you £9,500. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £28,500 (Home and EU), £35,700 (International). However, please be aware that this may change. Our fees will be reviewed annually before the academic year begins and in-line with Parliament's approval of inflationary increases or decreases to fees for institutions with high quality teaching. 

Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. You can find out more here.

If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future so make sure you know what is on offer to support you. 

The Sport Psychology and Coaching degree programme offers an exceptional blend of practical and scholarly exploration of the disciplines of sport psychology, coaching science and practical coaching. As well as developing a strong theoretical knowledge base, students develop extensive practical and interpersonal skills. The primary focus of this degree is to equip students with the graduate skills necessary to enter and positively contribute to the sports industries, and specifically working with people.

The programme is composed of four key strands which combine to form an innovative programme of study:

  • Sports Coaching Practice strand
    The sports coaching strand enables students to apply theory to a variety of practical coaching situations. The modules within this strand have been designed to introduce generic coaching principles, with students being given the opportunity to demonstrate these in their own areas of interest from team to individual sports. The course takes the view that coach education and development is an important element of improving sports performance at all levels. Therefore we aim to enable students to understand the importance of: communication from coach to athlete, putting theoretical principles into practice, and examining coaching from learning, teaching and analysis perspectives. In addition, students are involved in coaching consultancy work in the local sporting community to enhance their employment prospects and deepen their understanding of sports coaching in practice. There are opportunities to gain coaching qualifications in tandem with these modules.
     
  • Sports and Exercise Psychology strand
    The aim of the psychological strand is to enable students to make an informed assessment of those psychological factors that are thought to influence an individual's involvement and performance in sport and exercise. Students examine ways in which psychological constructs influence sporting and exercise involvement and behaviour. Furthermore, students explore how elite athletes cope with the expectations, experiences and outcomes of high-level competition, as well as examining what motivates the child and amateur performer to both become and remain involved in sport and exercise. Further components help adopt a more social psychological perspective.
     
  • Sports Coaching Science strand
    This strand of modules is based around the application of aspects of sports science to the world of sports coaching - where this knowledge requires a unique style of interpretation and communication. Certain aspects of applied sports biomechanics (the analysis of movement), physiology (principles of training) and psychology (where the roles of sports psychologists and coaches 'collide') are covered in this strand to provide students with a science toolkit for sports coaching.
     
  • Research Methods strand
    This strand seeks to develop a familiarity with both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and apply these to various sporting contexts. The acquisition of such skills not only underpin learning from coursework in other strands, but is also a prerequisite for completion of the dissertation. The use of technology in a performance setting, such as video match analysis, is also an essential element of the strand. In particular, this strand provides a unique opportunity for students to become accredited performance analysts in conjunction with Dartfish analysis technologies.

The dissertation is designed to provide an opportunity to study an area which students are most interested in. It represents the most independent piece of research that is carried out at undergraduate level. Students are supervised throughout this process but are expected to take increasing responsibility for the development of this piece of work.

The formal curriculum is supported by a wide range of extracurricular development opportunities, made available to our students while studying with us. These vary from traditional SportCoachUK workshops, to more cutting edge performance and video analysis courses that help to enrich the student experience whilst at the University.

Because of the practical nature of this programme we recommend that prospective students consider completing a Level 1 coaching course in a sport of their choice before starting their studies.

Year 1

Core modules include:

  • Foundations of Sports Coaching
  • Introduction to the Science of Coaching
  • Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Introduction to Research Methods

Year 2

Core modules include:

  • Community Coaching Practice
  • Coaching Science
  • Sport and Performance Psychology
  • Research Methods in Sport and Exercise

Year 3

Core modules include:

  • Dissertation
  • Critical Issues in Sports Coaching
  • Applied Coaching Science
  • Sport Psychology

Optional modules include:

  • Psychology of Exercise and Health
  • Psychology of Transitions in Sport
  • Study Abroad (Sport)

 

For further information about modules, please view the course leaflet (see right hand side).

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions. The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above. 

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market. 

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 312 hours
  • Independent learning: 888 hours

Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 264 hours
  • Independent learning: 888 hours
  • Placement: 48 hours

Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 276 hours
  • Independent learning: 924 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course. 

Programme Leader

Teaching team

We provide high-quality teaching in a friendly learning environment and pride ourselves in the quality of support and guidance we offer students. Staff from the department are continually striving to find new and innovative ways to teach and support students. All tutors are interested both in sport and how to teach it. We firmly believe active learning and practical activities as well as directed independent learning to help our students to excel. We have a well-established reputation for educating students in a variety of academic disciplines related to the study of sport and exercise. Many of the staff are actively engaged in their own research. This research continually feeds back into our curriculum to provide areas for debate that are right at the cutting edge of the study of sport and exercise.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures library

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

  • 52 per cent coursework
  • 0 per cent written exams
  • 48 per cent practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

  • 75 per cent coursework
  • 0 per cent written exams
  • 25 per cent practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

  • 46 per cent coursework
  • 0 per cent written exams
  • 54 per cent practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Graduates work as sports coaches, PE teachers, sport and exercise psychologists, performance managers or training providers. Others enter careers in sport and exercise science, leisure, management tourism, education, research and health.

Students develop a wide range of transferable employability skills including the ability to communicate effectively and work both independently and collaboratively. These skills are valued in a range of graduate careers, including those not directly related to sport and fitness. Many students also continue on to study for postgraduate qualifications to further enhance their employability. New innovative master's level programmes are constantly reviewed to ensure that they are at the forefront of contemporary study.

For more information about graduate employment visit From Freshers to Future - what will yours be?

Employability 

The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) record collects information about what those completing university go on to do six months after graduation. The Careers Service undertakes DLHE on an annual basis through surveys and a data collection process. DLHE is designed and strictly controlled by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).

While DLHE provides accurate information about first destinations, this data needs to be viewed with some degree of care. Six months after leaving university is often a time of much uncertainty and change for leavers; many will be unsure of their long-term career plans and may take a temporary job or time out. The destinations of graduates only six months out of university do not necessarily reflect longer term career success and are therefore a crude measure of employability. Therefore, DLHE data should be viewed as merely a 'snapshot' of one particular year's experiences at a specific point in time.

At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice, for more information please read the Employability Statement.

Course Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
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International Students

International students seeking additional information about this programme can send an email to International@winchester.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1962 827023

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