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  • Make the most of excellent sports facilities, including a sport and exercise psychology laboratory and technologies for sports analysis
  • Enrich your university experience with a wide range of extracurricular opportunities, from traditional Sports Coach UK workshops to cutting-edge performance and professional courses
  • Receive first aid and safeguarding training, as well as Disclosure and Barring Service clearance prior to your placement, as part of the course
  • Be the difference – develop our future athletes

The public profile of sports psychologists and coaches has never been higher. Tennis players and golfers treat their coaches like gurus who dispense wisdom and emotional support. Football, cricket and rugby sides routinely employ specialist coaches to analyse and improve all aspects of performance, often employing modern technology such as video analysis. Meanwhile, sports psychologists are on hand to enhance elite performance levels.

Our Sport Psychology and Coaching degree equips you to bring out the best in both professional and amateur sports people. You gain a strong theoretical base that helps analyse the techniques of sports psychology, coaching science and practical coaching. But you also focus on developing the practical and interpersonal skills you need to work in the sports industry.

The programme is divided into four strands encompassing both practical and academic elements.

The first strand is Sports Coaching Practice, which teaches you to put theoretical coaching principles into practice to help sports people strive to improve performance. Part of being a successful coach is having good communication skills and we study the best ways to convey your message. In this practical first strand, you may also explore coaching consultancy work to enhance your employment prospects.

The Sport and Exercise Psychology strand looks at the psychological factors influencing performance. You study how elite athletes cope with expectations and what motivates amateur performers to stay involved in sports. Further components help you to adopt a more social psychological perspective.

The Sports Coaching Science strand applies elements of sports science to coaching. Learning about biomechanics, physiology and psychology provides you with a science toolkit for coaching.

The final strand is Research Methods, which is more academic. You develop an understanding of both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and apply these to various sport psychology and coaching contexts as well as to your dissertation.

As well as a wide range of specific knowledge essential to excel in the modern sport and exercise industry, you learn an array of transferable skills to enhance your career prospects, including independent thinking and good communication.

Our graduates typically work as sports coaches, PE teachers, sport and exercise psychologists, performance managers, or training providers. But others enter careers in sport and exercise science, leisure, management tourism, education and health.


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.

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 degrees 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

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: 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.


Taught elements of the course take place on our King Alfred Campus 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)*:

52% coursework
0% written exams
48% practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

75% coursework
0% written exams
25% practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

46% coursework
0% written exams
54% 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

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

Introduction to Research Methods 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 students to the scientific philosophies that underpin quantitative and qualitative research. Students 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 will introduce students to thinking psychologically about sport and exercise. It will introduce some of the key psychological theories and concepts that influence peoples’ experiences in the sport and exercise environment. These might include exploring what happens when athletes fail to cope under pressure and how sport psychology can help them to do so; how self-confidence and self-efficacy play their part in influencing people’s involvement and experiences in sport and exercise environments; and examining the role of personality and mental toughness in the sport and exercise domain. Students will also begin to discuss key readings related to some of the central concepts and thus develop their understanding.

Introduction to the Science of Coaching 30

This module will introduce the student to the major scientific principles that underpin coaching practice and the importance of applying sport science in the coaching domain. The student will be provided with the opportunity to enhance their 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.

Foundations of Sports Coaching 30

This module is designed to introduce students to the fundamental principles that underpin coaching practice and recognise their role within coaching practice. As such the module will highlight the importance of the fundamentals of learning and teaching; the key role of leadership in coaching; and the need to develop a philosophy of coaching.  In the process, students will be provided with the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of these key principles and their importance through reflecting on established coaching practices, and looking at key case studies of coaches and their work.

Year 2: Level 5

Modules Credits

Sport and Performance Psychology 30

The module provides the student with the opportunity to gain an understanding of the psychological factors both influencing and determining performance. Building on a strong theoretical foundation, students will explore a range of psychological factors impacting upon both team and individual aspects of performance. Key aspects of individual performance will be explored including the characteristics required to performance effectively and consistently under pressure. Crucial aspects of team performance and functioning will also be explored including leadership, communication, cohesion and role clarity.

Coaching Science 30

This module focuses on assessing the performance and progression of individual athletes in coaching settings. It specifically looks to quantify the psychological, physiological, and biomechanical aspects of both performance and training, and will develop within students the ability to undertake such measurements, and assess which are appropriate in terms of achieving the goals set for coaching.

Community Coaching Practice 30

The aim of this module is to facilitate students’ reflection on coaching practice. To this end, the module is ultimately designed with a view to engage students in coaching practice. During the course of the first semester, students will engage with the mechanics of coaching. Issues such as session planning, season planning, and periodization will be discussed, as will the need for proper risk assessments and safe-guarding principles. Links will be made to the need to coach for specialist populations, and the ideas of ‘teaching games for understanding’; and ‘delivering engaging sessions’. On completion of this preparatory first semester, students will then be expected to embark on a semester-long coaching ‘placement’ in a sport of their choice. During this period they will be expected to deliver training ground sessions, and reflect on their own experiences with a view to improve their (and ultimately others’) coaching practice.

Year 3: Level 6

Modules Credits

Sport Psychology 15

This module offers the opportunity for linking theory and concepts to practice. It will serve to both consolidate and extend students’ theoretical underpinning and also illustrate the relevance of what they are learning to the sport domain in a much more applied sense. Students should see progression between some of the theories and concepts covered at levels 4 and 5 and how those theories have provided the basis for psychological interventions and skills introduced here. Students will have the opportunity to experiment with these skills, design appropriate interventions and observe how these can impact upon athletes’ experiences in performance related, competitive environments.

Applied Coaching Science 30

This module uses the knowledge of constructs; and measurement and analysis which were central to the level three and four coaching science modules to develop a critical understanding of how to use scientific coaching knowledge to develop athletic and team performance. Students will be expected to arrive at the module with an established theoretical knowledge of coaching interventions, develop a scientific coaching intervention – which can be laboratory- or field-based – and critique its effect on performance. The sports scientist here fully develops into the role of providing support for coaching, and special attention will be paid to the way in which these interventions can be incorporated to provide added-value in coaching practice.

Critical Issues in Sports Coaching 30

This module reflects the dynamic nature of the sports coaching field. It is designed around an awareness that – especially in performance sport – to stand still is to regress, and as such it seeks to explore the edges of the coaching profession. The instances where coaching has been refreshed, where new ideas have been tried, new technologies have been tested and the profession has been expanded. It is designed to create deliberate links between the science; coaching and development strands and pull on all these areas to come up with a cutting edge syllabus which will, to a large degree, be set by specialist student interest.

Optional Credits

Optional Modules

Psychology of Exercise and Health 15 Credits

Psychology of Transitions in Sport 15 Credits

Study Abroad (Sport)

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:


  • 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. 
  • Additional 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, withfees 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.


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.


We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards.

Key course details

UCAS code
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Typical offer
96-112 points
King Alfred or West Downs, University of Winchester