Rugby - Sport Psychology

2018 entry

BSc (Hons) Sport Psychology with Foundation Year

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)

Course type

BSc (Hons)

UCAS info

UCAS code: S003

Institute code: L51

Study mode

 This course is available in Clearing 2018

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

Minimum UCAS points required: TBC

Limited places available. Call our hotline to find your place.

About your course

The professionally-accredited BSc (Hons) Sport Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University is taught in the award-winning Tom Reilly Building. The course offers exciting placement opportunities opportunities that are all, uniquely for the sector, both external and pre-sourced across a range of settings from schools, councils, local charities and sports clubs.

  • ​Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Taught by 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, Warrington Rowing, Autism Together, Leaps & Bounds and Mersey Forest
  • School named 9th best department in the world, 2nd best in the UK and 6th best in Europe by the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) for sport sciences
  • Includes an applied working field trip to the English Institute for Sport and Manchester United Football Club Academy
  • Step one on the career path to becoming a BPS Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist and a HCPC Registered Sport Psychologist

I feel extremely fortunate to have been able to learn from staff with real elite level experience of delivering psychology support in professional sport and also be exposed to a much broader range of theoretical approaches than I've seen elsewhere. The support of the staff at LJMU has been instrumental in securing a position with a Premier League football club

Daniel Ransom, Academy Psychologist, Manchester United

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, Norwich City 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 English 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.

Foundation Year

The Foundation Year is ideal if you have the ability to study for a degree but don't have the qualifications to enter directly onto the honours degree programme. Once you pass the Foundation Year you will progress directly onto the first year of the honours degree. If you are a full-time UK student, you will qualify for student financial support for the full duration of your course (subject to eligibility criteria).

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 and athletes through to schools. 

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 specific neurological differences 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 and verbal 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 3

  • Building Blocks of Life
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Skills and Perspectives in Science 1
  • Healthy Humans
  • Skills and Perspectives in Science 2
  • Humans and their Environment
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 – Canvas (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, ice hockey, curling, basketball 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 via Canvas (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.

Career prospects

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

​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 and exercise 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 BPS accredited and HCPC approved Professional Doctorate in Sport and Exercise Psychology, which 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 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.

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 accredited 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.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because 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. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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