BA (Hons) Psychology and Sport

Overview

This course allows you to jointly study Psychology & Sport, giving you a fully rounded experience of both subjects.

Please note this course is subject to revalidation.

Through studying Psychology at BGU you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the scientific nature of the subject and if it’s wider cultural and social impact. You will develop your understanding of psychology and its theories of the mind, emotions and behaviour and become familiar with how these theories are applied in our lives, communities and societies.

During the study of Sport at BGU, you will gain understanding in the complexities of this subject, including; the development of sport; how performance can be enhanced and how it can be managed and led. This course is designed to develop your knowledge and understanding of sport, physical education, learning and teaching and education.

Key Facts
Award: BA (Hons)
UCAS Code: CC86
Academic School: School of Social Sciences
Duration: 3 years
Mode of Study: Full-time
Start Date: September
Awarding Institution: Bishop Grosseteste University
Institution Code: B38
Entry Requirements

You will normally need 96 -112 UCAS tariff points (from a maximum of four Advanced Level qualifications). We welcome a range of qualifications such as: A / AS Levels, BTEC, Access Courses, International Baccalaureate (IB), Cambridge Pre-U, Extended Project etc. However this list is not exhaustive – please click here for details of all qualifications in the UCAS tariff. You will also need GCSEs in English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent).

Further Information

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About The Course
Psychology

Do you ever wonder why is it we behave as we do? How do gangs, teams and friendship groups form? Do you wonder if smiling really does make you feel more positive? Do you often venture into the bigger questions about life and who we are?

Psychology has a science base, yet includes a balance of liberal arts, technological knowledge, statistics and computer-based skills. As well as classic psychological theories and research, you’ll be debating social issues, studying specific mental processes, such as memory, language and attention, as well as broader issues and theories – both historical and contemporary. As well as applying psychological knowledge to a range of subjects, you will develop your skills in problem-solving, data analysis, predict and reasoning, with a focus on real-world application.

Here at BGU, we ensure you have close support and contact with your tutors and, with small group sizes, you’ll always get the support and feedback you need. We also know how important it is to experience a real working environment so, through work placements and other projects, you’ll be equipped for whichever career path you may choose after your degree. With research-informed teaching and research-active staff, you’ll receive scientific training and gain an in-depth understanding of the nature of the subject, at the same time as applying your knowledge and theory to real-life.

Our BA Degrees in Psychology are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as conferring eligibility for Graduate Membership of the Society with the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership, provided the minimum standard of qualification of Second-Class Honours is achieved and the empirical psychology project is passed. This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist and/or Practising Psychologist.

Sport

Our dynamic Sports courses are designed around three specific areas – Physical Education, Sports Coaching and Sports Development. As your course progresses you can choose to specialise in a particular area, giving you as much freedom as possible to explore your personal interests.

Alongside these three areas, you can expect to cover contemporary themes that develop from year to year. You’ll explore the effects of exercise on the body, looking at a range of physical activities in different social groups – from high-level sports performers to young children. As you’d expect, this course also contains a great deal of hands-on experience, where you’ll learn how to use your skills to inspire others to be more active and to excel at sport and exercise.

You’ll be researching and interrogating recent issues and looking at conflicting ideas and opinions, as well as being encouraged to hone your coaching, leadership and teaching skills through practical exercises, field trips, laboratory work and placement opportunities. In Sport, we think you should experience intellectual excitement and enjoyment, knowledge and practical skills relevant to your chosen career and as much freedom as possible to explore your personal interests.

Here at BGU employability is central to our courses, so we’ll support you to find a placement that is tailored to your career aspirations for the future. You’ll also have the chance to gain coaching qualifications and to volunteer in sport across the county – our links with local sports partnerships and governing bodies provide unique work and career opportunities that you won’t find anywhere else.

If you have a passion and commitment to sport then this is the course for you. Come and join us to research and debate recent and topical developments and conflicting values and ideas about sport and physical education.

Delivery

There is no one-size-fits-all method of teaching at BGU – we shape our methods to suit each subject and each group, combining the best aspects of traditional university teaching with innovative techniques to promote student participation and interactivity.

You will be taught in a variety of ways, from lectures, tutorials and seminars, to practical workshops, coursework and work-based placements. Small group seminars and workshops will provide you with an opportunity to review issues raised in lectures, and you will be expected to carry out independent study.

Placements are a key part of degree study at BGU. They provide an enriching learning experience for you to apply the skills and knowledge you will gain from your course and, in doing so, give valuable real-world experience to boost your career.

Assessment

We recognise that individuals come from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences, so we use a variety of assessment strategies on our courses.

Assessments in Psychology take place at the end of each module in order for you to demonstrate your understanding of the objectives covered. A wide range of assessment methods is used to support your learning, including portfolios, presentations, displays and examinations and laboratory projects. The Psychology course includes assessments that are designed to develop and refine specific skills that you may well need to draw on as a psychologist, whether that is as specific as demonstrating your practical counselling skills in the Introduction to Psychological Therapies module, or openly argumentative as in the group debate in the Personality and Individual Differences module! Assessments are also designed to enhance your critical thinking and analysis skills – something that psychologists are well known for.

In Sport, we use a variety of imaginative approaches to assessment that enable you to utilise your strengths. Over the course of your studies, you could expect your assessment to include presentations, multimedia reports, displays, portfolios, individual research projects, essays, exams and work in the Human Performance Laboratory. We recognise that individuals come from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences, and accordingly use a wide range of assessment strategies. You can expect to be guided and supported carefully in your first year, gradually becoming more independent as the course progresses.

Careers & Further Study

In Psychology we allow you to develop the knowledge and skills which will make you attractive to an employer. Psychology graduates go on to work in a range of sectors including teaching, education or training, local government, health and social work and in areas of industry including human resources management. By the end of this course, you will be ready to apply your knowledge of psychology to the world in which you live, with the necessary workplace skills for a variety of future careers. Future careers for Psychology graduates may include work within Clinical settings, Counselling, Mental Health Services, Education and Research.

Combining your study with Sport opens up a variety of other career possibilities.

In Sport, we prepare you for a broad range of sport-related jobs in such areas as sports development, adventure education, physical activity and health, sports coaching, fitness and recreation industry, school sports coordination, armed forces, youth work and postgraduate research.

By the end of the course, you will have developed a range of practical and transferable skills that are underpinned by excellent subject knowledge, meaning you will be well-prepared for your chosen future career. In the past, our graduates have begun careers as Sports Coaches, Personal Trainers, as Physical Education Teachers (Primary and Secondary), in the field of Youth Work or within Sports Development.

Year 1 Modules
During this module, you will gain theoretical and practical understanding of the physical, social and psychological benefits of physical activity for young people. Through investigating physical activity prescriptions, levels and key exercise interventions, you will also gain a breadth and depth of understanding of the barriers young people face towards exercise and physical activity.
This module will include a study of the nature of sport in education and will provide an introduction to the application of Physical Education (PE) in a variety of educational settings. You will be introduced to key issues in PE such as inclusion, assessment, cross-curricular learning, citizenship and lifelong learning.
The aim of this module is to introduce you to the scientific study of biological psychology. You will be introduced to some of the ways psychologists study biological processes, and debate the main findings and claims of research in biological psychology.
The aim of this module is to introduce you to the scientific study of human cognition and its development. You will be introduced to some of the ways psychologists study human development, including observational and experimental procedures, longitudinal, cross-sectional, correlational methods and psychometric testing.
Year 2 Modules
This module is deliberately structured in an open-ended way to allow placements and/or projects to be developed which are most suited to your potential future career. Working with your appointed tutor, you will be allocated an appropriate placement or project which will enable you to meet the learning outcomes and to have a valuable experience of a real-life work-related situation.
During the course of this module, you will learn about the theories of sports development and will explore and evaluate policies that guide its direction. Leadership within local authorities, governing bodies and voluntary organisations will be examined alongside the practicalities of policy implementation at a national, regional and local level.
You will learn about the evolution and development of the PE National Curriculum, lesson planning, practical organisation and differentiation in the physical environment. The module aims to introduce a range of teaching strategies, which can be used in PE and will provide the opportunity for you to create an appropriate teaching environment for learners to acquire physical, emotional and social skills.
Through a series of themes you will examine different aspects of quantitative enquiry, including, for example: the origin, meaning, interpretation and application of areas such as statistical data, raw data extraction and manipulation, correlation and deviation, inference and interpretation and graphic representation. You will consider the design, relevance, application and value of particular quantitative and statistical methods in relation to applied, global issue study contexts.
This module will introduce you to the scientific study of human personality and individual differences. You will be introduced to some of the ways differential psychologists study, measure and assess areas such as intelligence; intellectual ability; creativity and atypical personality traits and personality disorders.
In this module, you will be introduced to some of the experiments and studies carried out by both classic and contemporary thinkers in the field, and debates will identify and consider the broader relevance of these experiments and studies on the international as well as home context. You will be guided to think critically about how we look upon the past, and how we can avoid ahistoricism in our evaluations.  
Year 3 Modules
The module will focus on equipping you to undertake an ethically approved research project. During this module you will follow your methodology, carrying out data collection before performing the analysis and discussion of results, resulting in a sustained piece of work.
This module will include a study of the contemporary social, cultural, political and ethical issues in sport and physical education. The focus of the module will vary according to changing issues in the sporting world, and you will be given the opportunity to explore, research, discuss and critically evaluate a particular contemporary issue from within your chosen theme.  
Through analysing different types of sport and exercise activities, you will be able to apply physiological and psychological principles to practical situations ranging from exercising for health to physical training for enhanced athletic performance. You will have opportunity to work in groups and will conduct an investigative project to examine the reliability and validity of a specific measurement protocol or technique.
The syllabus will focus on equipping you to undertake a small–scale research project. You will be directed towards making informed choices concerning topic, sample, recruitment, methodology and analytical techniques with a minimal amount of guidance and support in order to reach valid, reliable and sensible conclusions.
This module will enable you to deepen your understanding and knowledge of the scientific study of human development and its connections with human behaviour and interaction in society. You will be introduced to new theories, experiments and interventions, enabling you to gain a deeper and more complex understanding of the ways in which theory in social psychology is applied to understanding and designing interventions with children, young people, adults and communities.
The purpose of this module is to introduce you to the theory and application of qualitative research to health. The module will gradually take on a more practical focus as you apply the theory to your own mini-research projects and develop questions, design methodology and handle data.
Academic Staff
Dr Sue Becker
Programme leader

Dr Sue Becker has a background in social psychology and completed both her undergraduate degree and PhD at

Rafe Elliott
Programme leader

Rafe coordinates and teaches on the undergraduate programmes in Sport. Rafe is a sport scientist with curre

Jan Machalski
Academic Staff

Jan Machalski teaches on the Psychology degree. Jan joined the staff of Bishop Grosseteste University in 20

Support

Studying at BGU is a student centred experience. Staff and students work together in a friendly and supportive atmosphere as part of an intimate campus community. You will know every member of staff personally and feel confident approaching them for help and advice, and staff members will recognise you, not just by sight, but as an individual with unique talents and interests. We will be there to support you, personally and academically, from induction to graduation.

Fees & Finance

A lot of student finance information is available from numerous sources, but it is sometimes confusing and contradictory. That’s why at BGU we try to give you all the information and support we can to help to throughout the process. Our Student Advice team are experts in helping you sort out the funding arrangements for your studies, offering a range of services to guide you through all aspects of student finance step by step. Click here to find information about fees, loans and support which will help to make the whole process a little easier to understand.

Undergraduate course applicants must apply via UCAS using the relevant UCAS code. The application fee is £12 for a single choice or £23 for more than one choice. For all applicants, there are full instructions at UCAS to make it as easy as possible for you to fill in your online application, plus help text where appropriate.

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Dr Alyson Blanchard

Alyson joined BGU as a Senior Lecturer in Psychology in September 2017 from Nottingham Trent University, and previous to that,......

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Dr Sue Becker

Dr Sue Becker has a background in social psychology and completed both her undergraduate degree and PhD at Loughborough...