Applied Sports Psychology

2017 entry

BSc (Hons) Applied Sport Psychology

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full time home/EU tuition fee: £9,250 per annum*
Full time international tuition fee: £12,660 per annum

*Subject to yearly increases

Course type

BSc (Hons)

UCAS info

UCAS code: C890

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Three years full time

 This course is available in Clearing 2017

Call our hotline on 0808 5 564 565 to ask about vacancies on courses starting in September.

Minimum UCAS points required: 104

GCSE EQUIVALENTS ACCEPTED. C or above in related A2 Science subject.

About your course

The professionally-accredited BSc (Hons) Applied Sport Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University is taught in the award-winning Tom Reilly Building and offers exciting placement opportunities with organisations such as Liverpool FC, Tranmere Rovers FC, Autism Together, City of Liverpool Swimming and Mersey Forest.

  • Taught by accredited British Psychological Society (BPS) and Health Professions Council Registered (HCPC) sport psychologists and sport and exercise psychologists
  • Based in the £25 million Tom Reilly Building with state-of-the art laboratories
  • Placement experience at professional organisations, such as City of Liverpool Swimming, Widnes Viking Rugby League, Tranmere Rovers Football Club, Liverpool Football Club, Autism Together and Mersey Forest
  • School named 6th best department in the world, 2nd best in the UK and 3rd best in Europe by the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) for sport sciences
  • Includes an applied working field trip to the Scottish Institute for Sport
  • Step one on the career path to becoming a BPS Chartered Sport Psychologist and Health Professions Council Registered Sport Psychologist
  • International Foundation Year course available offering direct progression onto this degree programme - visit LJMU'sInternational Study Centreto find out more

View our brochure to find out more about sport at LJMU

Studying at LJMU provided me with an excellent theoretical and applied knowledge base for future practice in sport psychology

Lisa O’Halloran, Sport Psychology Graduate, now working as an Applied Practitioner in professional elite football

One of the advantages of studying at LJMU is that you can progress from undergraduate to become a qualified Sport Psychologist.

Matt Miller, Applied Sports Psychology graduate, now Sport Scientist, Tranmere FC

Work-related learning

Translating your academic studies into essential professional experience

Application of theory to practice is a vital element of this course and this can significantly enhance your professional development and career prospects. You will not only spend a large proportion of your time doing practical laboratory work, but you will also have the opportunity to undertake an applied working field trip to the Scottish Institute for Sport, and an applied sport psychology placement with a professional local sports organisation and/or charity, such as:

  • Liverpool, Everton and Tranmere Football Clubs
  • City of Liverpool Swimming Club
  • Warrington Rowing
  • Autism Together
  • Leaps and Bounds Trampoline Club for Autistic Children
  • Mersey Forest
  • LJMU Sports Scholars

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support

Throughout your degree programme you will have the support of a personal tutor, so that you always have someone who can discuss your coursework planning, assessment feedback and any other course-related issues. Your personal tutor will also give you one-to-one feedback on your exam performance and advice on areas for improvement. Additional support is provided when you come to write your research dissertation in the final year. You will also work with your personal tutor in small groups to develop study skills essential for the sport and exercise sciences programme.

Course details

You will be based in our award-winning Tom Reilly Building and have access to state-of-the-art science laboratories and equipment on this BPS accredited Applied Sports Psychology degree.

Sports psychologists are increasingly in demand to help improve performance by developing key psychological and perceptual-cognitive-motor skills in a wide range of people involved in sport –from professional clubs andathletesthrough toschools.

They can be found working with elite and Paralympic athletes and professional sports clubs, as well as in physical education or therapeutic professions. They also work with individuals with neurological impairments to help develop motor learning and control processes, plus aspects of social cognition.

The basis of Applied Sport Psychology is to take the core psychological principles that underpin sport and apply them to real scenarios in professional sport, exercise, and physical activity settings plus areas such as physical education or therapeutic professions.

On this course you will develop scientific research skills, theoretical knowledge, and skills in reporting empirical findings so that you will be able to carry out research projects based on real sports practice. Moreover, a key component of the programme structure is to develop applied skills that will allow you to operate effectively in the sporting context.

You will develop fundamental and principal skills in Levels 4 and 5, culminating in an applied placement in Level 6, where you will spend a proportion of your final year working with professional athletes or clubs. In doing so, you will also develop transferable skills that are essential in most careers,such as critical evaluation andverbal and written presentations.

Practice is an essential part of your studies, so you will have regular use of our £25million state-of-the-art science laboratories and equipment, as well as opportunities to gain experience during your placement at a number of professional sports organisations.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 4

  • Research Methods 1
  • Introduction to Developmental Psychology and Individual Differences
  • Introduction to Biological and Cognitive Psychology
  • Psychological Foundations
  • Applied Sports Psychology Foundation
  • Applied Sports Psychology Skills
Level 5
  • Research Methods 2
  • Developmental and Social Psychology
  • Cognitive and Biological Psychology
  • Psychological Principles
  • Applied Sport Psychology Principles
  • Applied Sport Psychology Advanced Skills

Level 6

  • Major Project
  • Applied Sport Psychology Placement Foundations
  • Applied Sport Psychology Placement
  • Psychology and Development Issues in Sport
  • Applied Motor Behaviour

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Programme specification document (PDF)

Teaching and learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

Teaching is via formal lectures (including guest lectures from sport psychologists working in industry), seminars and tutorials, plus fieldwork and laboratory sessions. Guided independent study using our libraries and the web accounts for 70-80% of each module. Web-based content is also available through our virtual learning environment– Blackboard (this includes wikis and blogs for Level 6 modules). Seminars and tutorials give you the chance to go over material covered in lectures in the form of group discussions, presentations, worked examples or practical demonstrations, while fieldwork and laboratory sessions help you develop your applied skills.

Your lecturers

Expert tuition and support

Collectively, your lecturers have a vast range of experience and professional credentials, having worked in Premier League Football, Olympic and Paralympic sports, golf and tennis.

As Chartered Psychologists they have a combined experience of over 60 years, and the high quality of their research and teaching have ensured that the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences is rated in the top three in the UK.

It is also the only sport department to be awarded £4.5 million by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, becoming a Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

Assessment and feedback

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, usually a combination of exams and coursework.

All students perform differently depending on how they are assessed, which is why we use a combination of assessment methods. These include:

  • written assignments (essays, brief response questions)
  • exams (seen and unseen)
  • practical work
  • portfolios (including e-portfolios)
  • presentations (group and individual)
  • and reflective practice/diaries

You will then complete an independent research dissertation supervised by one of your tutors in your final year. You will be given plenty of help with planning your workload as a full assessment schedule is provided at the start of each academic year.

Feedback on all coursework is provided within three weeks of submitting it and may be given viaCanvas (our virtual learning environment), face-to-face and/or in writing. You can always arrange one-to-one sessions with your tutors to discuss or clarify issues related to feedback as well. We believe that constructive feedback is vital in helping you identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work.

Finance and fees

Find out more about the student funding available from LJMU as well as government grants and loans and targeted support for students with children/dependants or disabilities.

Different funding arrangements will apply if you are from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or other countries in the EU. If you normally live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you will still be eligible for loans for tuition fees as well as grants and/or bursaries plus loans for living costs. It's just that the amounts available may be different to those stated here as these apply to applicants who live in England.

LJMU scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, and if successful you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course worth between £1,000 and £10,000. This money does not need to be repaid and it's up to you to decide what you want to spend it on.

LJMU bursary

LJMU bursaries are means-tested, which means your household income must be below a certain level in order for you to qualify for this funding.

The money you receive does not have to be repaid and is intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student. You will receive a bursary for each year of your course providing you still meet the eligibility criteria.

Tuition fees

In line with most universities, LJMU charges an annual tuition fee of £9,250 for most of our degrees.

If you opt to complete a foundation year as part of your degree, your first year tuition fee will be £7,700.

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront when you enrol.

Instead you can take out a tuition fee loan, which doesn't have to be repaid until after you leave LJMU and start earning over the threshold. Currently the threshold is £21,000 for students resident in England.

As long as you have not been to University before and meet the residency rules both full and part-time students are eligible to apply for tuition fee loans.

For more information on tuition fee loans, go to:

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at LJMU. Our programmes have no hidden costs and your tuition fee covers all expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • Safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • Uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placement students (if applicable)
  • UK field trips
  • Educational visits
  • Student exchanges
  • Criminal Records Bureau checks
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership
  • Governing body awards

Living costs

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible students can also choose to take out a maintenance loan for each year of your course to help you meet the costs of being a student.

The money will have to be paid back but only after you leave LJMU and starting earning over the income threshold, currently £21,000 for those resident in England.

Part-time students are not eligible to take out these loans.

For more information on student loans, go

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Paying back your student loans

Any loans you take out while studying will be added together into one loan account. This means that when you start paying back your student loans, you will only make one affordable monthly payment. This monthly repayment will be the same regardless of how many loans you have taken out. That’s because your repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you borrowed from the Student Loans Company.

The current threshold for students normally resident in England is £21,000. Once your income goes over this threshold your employer will start taking repayments from your salary just like tax and national insurance. If your income falls below £21,000 your repayments will stop.

Career prospects

LJMU is one of a limited number of UK universities to provide a complete training route to become a BPS Chartered Psychologist and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registered Sport Psychologist.

Your BPS-accredited degree can lead directly to a BPS-accredited masters degree in Sport Psychology, which is the first step to becoming an accredited sport psychologist. Some of the staff within the School of Sport and Exercise Science are approved supervisors for the HCPC-approved Stage 2 Qualification in Sport and Exercise Psychology.

The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences now offers a Professional Doctorate in Sport and Exercise Psychology, which – pending PBS accreditation and HCPC approval – will enable students to complete their training at LJMU.

The demand for high quality science graduates continues to increase which means you will not only be qualified for a career in applied sport psychology, but also in sports science, management roles within the world of sport and national governing bodies. Alternatively, you could pursue further study at PGCE, masters or PhD level.

New for 2017 – CareerSmart programme

All students in their first year of study will have an opportunity to engage with the CareerSmart programme as an integral part of a core module of study. Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies.

The new CareerSmart e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals.

Professional accreditation / links

The programme is recognised by the British Psychological Society and confers eligibility for graduate membership of the BPS and the Graduate Basis for Registration, which is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

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International Scholarships

Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.

Each year, LJMU offers a range of prestigious international scholarships. Further details of the scholarships offered to applicants wishing to study at the University from September 2017 onwards will be available on this page in the coming months.

For the most up-to-date information about studying at Liverpool John Moores University, and the International Scholarship programme, please visit the International pages.

International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes

LJMU offers international students the option of completing International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. These courses are managed and taught by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international  students. For more details on the International Study Centre, go to

English language qualifications

All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.

This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU.

Please note: your specific course requirements may differ.

For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry Requirements tab above.

To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country please visit the international pages.

Type of Programme IELTS Pearson
International Foundation Programme 4.5 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Undergraduate degrees 6.0 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
MPharm 7.0 Not accepted

English language support to improve IELTS

If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.

Please contact the International Study Centre and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers ( or email: for more details.

Tuition fees

International students are liable to pay a minimum of 50% of their tuition fees when they complete their enrolment at the University. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of your enrolment date.

Living Costs

When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.

In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. The UKVI requires that students studying outside London must have £9,135 to pay for their living costs (or £1,015 per month).

LJMU’s undergraduate courses run over an academic calendar of nine months so you will need to show that you have at least £9,135. If your course lasts 6 months you will need to demonstrate you have £6,090.

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)

If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.

You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website:

Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team ( guidance.

Your visa application

As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.

Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:

  • Passport
  • A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
  • Evidence of financial support for the programme
  • Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
  • All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
  • A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes

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