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*Subject to validation

  • Benefit from access to state-of-the-art psychology laboratory equipment as part of the programme
  • Combine scientific rigour with practical experience and develop essential transferable skills to optimise your employment opportunities
  • High-quality teaching in a friendly learning environment from staff who have experience in both applied and research backgrounds
  • Excel in your studies and favourite sports at our fully equipped sport and exercise facilities

Whichever sport you analyse, at the very top the game it’s fine margins that count. From the recent success of British cyclists to the mind games of football managers, boxers and tennis players, psychology plays a key role in an elite athlete’s success. Sports psychologists work to help both team and individual sports men and women to fine tune their physical and mental capacities to maximise performance at critical times.

On our Sport and Exercise Psychology course, you explore how psychology has the power to boost the achievements of top-notch athletes, to increase those slender margins, as well as help people lead healthier and happier lives.

Central to the programme is the understanding that you will develop the knowledge, skills, behaviour and values required of a future practitioner psychologist.

Centred around our state-of-the-art sport and exercise facilities at the The King Alfred Campus, this innovative, science-based programme allows you to focus on how psychology relates to all areas of sport and the importance of research methods within the field.

Expert teaching combined with bespoke amenities, such as physiology and psychology laboratories, ensure you have the knowledge base to critically evaluate and engage with contemporary sport and exercise psychology research and practice.

Core modules include Contemporary Issues in Sport and Exercise Psychology, Individual Differences and Psychometrics, and Psychological Transitions in Sport. In Year 3, you research and write a dissertation in an area of your choice.

The course is designed to ensure you develop a strong theoretical and practical foundation within the field of sport and exercise psychology. This is the first step to developing individuals who are effectively prepared to practise as competent and confident professionals, who can make sound and compassionate decisions, problem solve and provide a consistent and high standard of evidence-based practice.

You develop critical thinking and a strong evidence base to underpin future careers in a range of domains including sport and exercise. Graduates work as practitioner psychologists, sport and exercise scientists, teachers/lecturers, researchers/scientists, health promotion workers and in management roles in sport.

Our Sport and Exercise Psychology degree can lead to eligibility to train to become a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered practitioner psychologist through the completion of the British Psychological Society (BPS) Qualification in Sport and Exercise Psychology.


The programme is currently seeking accreditation from the British Psychology Society (BPS)


Graduates work as practitioner psychologists; sport and exercise scientists; teachers/lecturers; researchers/scientists; health promotion workers; and in management roles in sport.

94.4% of our 2015/16 graduates (first degree and other undergraduate courses) were in employment and/or further study six months after completing their course (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey).

Pre-approved for a Masters

If you study a Bachelor Honours degree with us, you will be pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible, you will need to apply by the end of March in the final year of your degree and meet the entry requirements of your chosen Masters degree.

*Subject to Validation

'Validation' is the process by which the University approves a new programme to ensure that it provides a distinct, high-quality academic experience for students, that enables them to acquire the necessary academic knowledge, understanding, general and subject-specific skills required to pursue a graduate level career. In the unlikely event that a programme is not validated then we will do our best to find you an alternative programme within the University.


Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Work placements

You have the opportunity to undertake professional practice placements during the programme for three months, six months or one year. Three or six month placements can be taken as part of credit bearing modules, allowing you to undertake a work placement and still graduate within three years.

Learning and teaching

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: 900 hours
Independent learning: 180 hours
Placement: 120 hours

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

Teaching, learning and assessment: 780 hours
Independent learning: 180 hours
Placement: 240 hours

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

Teaching, learning and assessment: 660 hours
Independent learning: 300 hours
Placement: 240

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course.


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


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

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

17% coursework
17% written exams
66% practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

50% coursework
0% written exams
50% practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

42% coursework
0% written exams
58% practical exams

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


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.

Further information

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



2018 Entry: 96-112 points

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

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 or equivalent

Course Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
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International Students

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at or calling +44 (0)1962 827023.

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Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days

Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

Contemporary Issues in Sport and Exercise Psychology
Introduction to the Science of Coaching



Introduction to Research Methods
Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Historical and Conceptual in Psychology
Individual Differences and Psychometrics
Social and Developmental Psychology
Biological and Cognitive Psychology
Sport and Performance Psychology

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Critical Issues in Sport and Exercise Psychology

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
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Course Tuition Fees 

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2018, the first year will cost you £9,250. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK and EU students. 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. 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.

Full-time £9,250 p/a

Total Cost: £27,750 (3 years) | £28,450 (sandwich option)

UK/EU 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 £77.08 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. 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 £6,938

International Students

Full-time £12,950** p/a
Total Cost: £38,850** (3 years) | £39,550** (sandwich option)

International 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 £107.92 and a 15 credit module is £1,620. Fees for students from Vestfold University College in Norway (who receive a 10% reduction) and NLA are £11,655.



As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:



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 £20-£50 per item.

Core Texts

Core texts are available from the University Library; however some students prefer to purchase their own copies. Some Core Texts can be bought second hand, or as an ebook which can often reduce this cost. Cost £70-£299 per academic year. 

Printing and binding

Students may be required to pay for the costs of dissertation printing and binding. Cost £10.

Key course details

UCAS code
3 years full-time
Typical offer
96-112 points
King Alfred or West Downs, University of Winchester