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*Subject to revalidation

  • 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
  • The programme is accredited by the British Psychology Society (BPS).

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, 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, Brain, Behaviour & Cognition, and Psychology of 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 accredited by 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% of our 2016/17 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).

*Subject to revalidation

This course is subject to revalidation. 'Revalidation' is the process by which the University refreshes its existing provision. Revalidation assesses the quality and standards of the programme to ensure it continues to provide a distinct, high quality academic experience for students, enabling them to acquire the necessary academic knowledge, understanding, general and subject-specific skills required to pursue a graduate level career.

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.


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: 288 hours
Independent learning: 912 hours

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

Teaching, learning and assessment: 288 hours
Independent learning: 912 hours

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

Teaching, learning and assessment: 276 hours
Independent learning: 900 hours
Placement: 24 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course.


Taught elements of the course take place on campus in 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)*:

24% coursework
13% written exams
63% practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

50% coursework
38% written exams
12% practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

70% coursework
0% written exams
30% 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



2020 Entry: 104-120 points

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

International Baccalaureate: 104-120 points to include a minimum of 2 Higher level IB certificates at grade 4 or above.

If English is not your first language: 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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Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

Introduction to Research in Sports Coaching and Psychology 30

This module introduces some of the essential study skills required to perform well in all modules and assessments in a sport and exercise context. The study skills element of this module will place a particular emphasis upon transferable skills. The module will also introduce you to the scientific philosophies that underpin quantitative and qualitative research. You will then be introduced to a variety of specific quantitative and qualitative research methodologies appropriate for the interdisciplinary study of sport and exercise. This module will also introduce the concepts of reliability and validity.

Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology 30

This module intends to give you a basic, yet broad, grounding in key physiological systems critical for sport and exercise performance. Students undertaking this module will extend their basic knowledge of anatomy and physiology and will gain the foundation of knowledge required for sport and exercise physiology based modules at levels five and six. In addition, this module will introduce you to the laboratory environment and provide practical experience in exercise testing.

Introduction to the Science of Coaching 30

This module will introduce you to the major scientific principles that underpin coaching practice and the importance of applying sport science in the coaching domain. You will be provided with the opportunity to enhance your understanding of scientific principles and their importance in coaching practice. Key scientific aspects of performance and development will be explored including the physiological responses to training (adaptation), the biomechanical basis to technical development, and the impact of athlete motivation upon development.


Group Dynamics and Team Psychology 15

This module will introduce an important feature of sporting involvement and performance. The team will be examined in relation to how they are formed and how, over time, they can evolve into an effective and high functioning group. In addition, you will study the challenges inherent in maintaining a high functioning team and factors that can impinge on this including cohesion and interpersonal relationships. The module will draw on seminal theory outside of sporting contexts that has been used to formulate into applications within sport.

Perspectives in Psychology 15

In this module we take a critical look at a range of topics across the different sub-disciplines of psychology. The aim is to show how the same topics can be seen from different perspectives. This might include topics such as the psychology of communication and the psychological aspects of health and wellbeing. For example, we will look at health and wellbeing from an individual differences perspective (e.g. relating to self-esteem), a cross cultural perspective (e.g. in health beliefs), an applied perspective (e.g. health interventions) and health and wellbeing in the workplace. Emphasis will be placed on how to build an argument and how to use evidence to support or criticise the point(s) being discussed.   

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Research Methods in Sport and Exercise 30

This module seeks to develop a greater appreciation of how to research more complex and interdisciplinary issues in sport/exercise. You will develop and extend your knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research design and methodologies as well as considering research that adopts a blend of both paradigms. In this way you will be challenged to consider mixed methodological approaches (‘triangulation)’ to produce more meaningful findings and to consider the ethical issues surrounding the undertaking of research. Through the development of a greater sensitivity to research methods, you will then carry out a small-scale research project.

Contemporary Issues in Sport & Exercise 15

This module will discuss the contemporary issues surrounding sport and exercise psychology. This may include, but is not limited to the examination of new theories, models, questionnaires or alternative assessment tools, or the application of new techniques (e.g. mindfulness) to the athletic/exercise population. You will need to understand existing theories, models, questionnaires and techniques in order to critically consider the worth of these new areas to the domain of sport and exercise psychology. You will then be able to consider whether/how these contemporary issues advance knowledge and how understanding these issues might help applied practitioners in their work.

Developmental Psychology 15

This module aims to introduce students to both developmental theory and developmental method. You will have a chance to develop practical skills within the practical component of this course. Developmental psychology covers not only a vast array of relevant phenomena, it also, possibly more so than other sub-disciplines, includes a considerable number of theoretical vantage points from which those developmental phenomena can be interpreted. There will be ample scope to engage with a number of important traditional perspectives as well as more contemporary ways of looking at development. Key will be the image of the child’s situated development within a complex setting in which social, biological and cultural factors play their part. Typical and atypical development across the lifespan (childhood, adolescence and ageing) will be considered in areas such as attachment, social relations, cognition, language and cultural development. 

Brain, Behaviour and Cognition 30

This module provides a broad overview of fundamental topics in Cognitive Psychology, such as sensation and perception, attention, language, learning, memory, thinking, problem solving, decision making, metacognition, consciousness and cognitive neuropsychology.  It will also provide an insight into the biological basis of human and non-human behaviour, including comparative and evolutionary psychology, typical and atypical neuropsychology, neuroscience, behavioural genetics, and the effect of hormones on behaviour. Conceptual and historical issues relevant to cognitive and biological psychology are also covered. 

Society and the Individual 30

This module provides an insight into the core topics in social psychology, such as social cognition, attribution, attitudes, group processes and intergroup relations, culture, close relationships, social constructionism, self and identity, and leadership.  Core topics relating to the study of individual differences are also covered, such as personality, psychometrics, intelligence, cognitive style, emotion, motivation, positive psychology, diversity, and the social, biological and cognitive process related to physical and mental health. Conceptual and historical issues are also discussed. 

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Dissertation 30

The Dissertation is a double module that provides you with the experiences of planning and executing an independent research project that investigates a specific area within sport/exercise. Each student will negotiate the focus of the project with tutorial guidance and will be expected to show an awareness of research methodology appropriate for an empirical research project. Emphasis will be placed on topics which are analytical, interdisciplinary and/or evaluative in nature. This is the opportunity for you to produce a research project in a particular area of interest that relates to the curriculum being studied.

Applied Sport Psychology 30

This module creates an opportunity to examine the evidence base for the claims made for training psychological skills in sport. The ability to influence skills (e.g. optimal attention) through strategies (e.g.self talk) is a fundamental characteristic of the impact that applied sport psychology practitioners can have on the functioning of a performer. This foundation requires critical examination through the available evidence base to establish its veracity. Beyond the evidence based rationale students will have the opportunity, through case studies, to identify a client based rationale for intervention using effective case conceptualisation.

Psychology of Exercise and Health 15

This module will critically examine those psychological factors which affect exercise and health-related behaviour. This module will also use contemporary theories and behavioural models to explore the possible barriers related to the adoption and maintenance of a healthy lifestyle within an environment where sedentary living is becoming ever more prevalent. The psychological processes that underpin the physical activity and exercise motivation literature will then be used to critically appraise the specific intervention programmes that practitioners may utilise. This module will also enhance the synthesis of psychological thought to provide a more comprehensive analysis of empirical and anecdotal issues in exercise and health research.

Psychology of Transitions in Sport 15

This module seeks to explore the impact of transition out of sport on the performer. It is likely to explore issues such as how short-term injury is challenging for the athlete and how successful return to play is influenced by a number of psychological, cultural and social variables including the rehabilitation process. Additionally, it will explore the impact of career-ending injury and retirement from sport. Traditional injury models will be explored and critically appraised alongside more alternative approaches to understanding the athlete in transition.

Psychology in Context 15

Through this module, you will develop an advanced understanding of the broad theoretical underpinnings of the subject of psychology. In support of this, you will engage in the study of a variety of contexts in which practitioners might operate; including but not limited to high performance sport, exercise and health, business, performing arts and military. Through the development of this understanding, you will be expected to apply your theoretical and subject knowledge, demonstrating how the study of sport psychology has influenced different performance and well-being contexts, and in return what the field of sport psychology can learn from these different domains.

Professional Practice 15

This module provides you with the opportunity to gain some vocationally relevant experience in a professional sport and/or exercise-related organisation. Alongside staff, you will investigate areas of interest in sport and exercise vocations and will be introduced to the demands of different professional roles. Such engagement with the sport and/or exercise industry can be a valuable employability tool. You will be expected to apply your theoretical and subject knowledge of sport and exercise and critically reflect on the individual skills, knowledge and ability required to fulfil specific professional roles within the context of your chosen organisation.

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.

Progression from one level of the programme to the next is subject to meeting the University’s academic regulations.

2019 Course Tuition Fees* 



Year 1 £9,250 £13,300
Year 2 £9,250 £13,300
Year 3 £9,250 £13,300
Total £27,750 £39,900
Optional Sandwich Year £700 £700
Total with Sandwich Year £28,450 £40,600

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2019, 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.

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 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 £110.83 and a 15 credit module is £1,662.

*The University of Winchester will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year. 


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 as they like. Indicative cost is £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. Indicative cost is £70-£299 per academic year. 

Printing and Binding

We are proud to offer free printing for all students to ensure that printing costs are not a potential financial barrier to student success. The University of Winchester and Winchester Student Union are champions of sustainability and therefore ask that all students consider the environment and print fairly. Students may be required to pay for the costs of dissertation binding. Indicative cost is £1.50-£3.

Key course details

UCAS code
3 years full-time
Typical offer
104-120 points
On campus, Winchester