Why study Sport Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University?
- Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)
- Taught by BPS chartered and Health and Care Professions Council registered (HCPC) sport and exercise psychologists
- Based in the £25 million Tom Reilly Building with state-of-the art laboratories
- Applied learning opportunities within LJMU, with regional partners and remote opportunities further afield in the UK and abroad
- Includes a free applied focus event on understanding the world of applied sport and exercise psychology. Previous events have included engagement with the English Institute for Sport, Manchester United Football Club Academy, and a global online symposium with world-leading sport and exercise psychologists, including our own alumni working in sport and exercise settings across the world.
- Step one on the career path to becoming an HCPC registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist
- More than 65% of all content is taught as an individual Sport Psychology programme cohort
- Entrepreneurship and employability themes are integrated throughout the programme
- School named 12th best department in the world, 2nd best in the UK and 9th best in Europe out of 450 institutions by the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) for sport sciences 2020
- This degree is available to study following a foundation year
- International Foundation Year course available offering direct progression onto this degree programme - visit LJMU's International Study Centre to find out more
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 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.
Sport and exercise psychologists are increasingly in demand to help improve performance by developing key psychological and perceptual-cognitive-motor skills. 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 conditions to help develop motor learning and control processes, plus aspects of social cognition.
The basis of the programme is to take the core psychological principles 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 practice. Moreover, a key component of the programme structure is to develop applied skills that will allow you to operate effectively in a wide range of contexts.
You will develop fundamental and principal skills in Levels 4 and 5, culminating in a core applied placement in Level 6, where you will spend a proportion of your final year working with an external placement provider. 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 £25 million state-of-the-art science laboratories and equipment, as well as opportunities to gain experience during your core placement.
"On my placement I had the opportunity to work with children with autism and trampolining, supporting the children and parents to enjoy the exercise sessions. This was an opportunity to help me to grow as a trainee sport and exercise psychologist."
The programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and confers eligibility for graduate membership of the BPS and the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). To be eligible for Chartered Membership via your undergraduate degree you must have achieved at least a 2:2 award.
Fees and funding
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students
The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:
- Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
- Access to programme-appropriate software
- Library and student IT support
- Free on-campus wifi via eduroam
Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:
- accommodation and living expenditure
- books (should you wish to have your own copies)
- printing, photocopying and stationery
- PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
- mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
- field trips (travel and activity costs)
- placements (travel expenses and living costs)
- student visas (international students only)
- study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
- academic conferences (travel costs)
- professional-body membership
- graduation (gown hire etc)
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.
Additional course costs
Students will need to pay for a DBS check (only if required for your placement) and travel to your placement.
LJMU is one of a limited number of UK universities to provide a complete training route to become a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist.
Further training is required after a degree in BSc (Hons) Sport Psychology in order to become a sport and exercise psychologist. This involves completing a postgraduate qualification, such as an accredited masters in sport psychology and a period of supervised practice. A British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited MSc Sport Psychology can be undertaken at LJMU.
Some of the staff within the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences are approved supervisors for the HCPC-approved Stage 2 Qualification in Sport and Exercise Psychology through the BPS and the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) independent programme Sport and Exercise Psychology Accreditation Route (SEPAR).
The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences also 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. This course puts you on the pathway for a career in sport and exercise psychology and 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. With your BPS Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC), you will be eligible to apply for other psychology MSc programmes, such as Health Psychology, Clinical Psychology or Educational Psychology.
Find out more about career opportunities in sport and exercise sciences.
Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service
We are committed to ensuring all of our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.
Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop personal insight into your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities. You’ll be encouraged to engage with personal and professional development opportunities.
A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan and the means to make it a reality.
Our Centre for Entrepreneurship can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business. You also have access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools and resources; opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, themed webinars; an annual programme of employer events; funded extracurricular internships and one-to-one advice to accelerate your job search, CV and interview technique.
Applicant key information
Course review and revalidation.
This course is currently undergoing its scheduled programme review, which may impact the advertised modules. Programme review is a standard part of the University’s approach to quality assurance and enhancement, enabling us to ensure that our courses remain up to date and maintain their high standard and relevancy.
Once the review is completed, this course website page will be updated to reflect any approved changes to the advertised course. These approved changes will also be communicated to those who apply for the course to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
Further guidance on modules
Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.
Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules are also included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
This course is currently undergoing its scheduled programme review, which may impact the advertised modules. Programme review is a standard part of the University’s approach to quality assurance and enhancement, enabling us to ensure that our courses remain up to date and maintain their high standard and relevancy. Once the review is completed, this course website page will be updated to reflect any approved changes to the advertised course. These approved changes will also be communicated to those who apply for the course to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.
Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.
Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course:Programme specification document (PDF)
Applied Sport Psychology Skills
You will be introduced to various methods and techniques used in applied sport psychology to develop a self-awareness of career relevant knowledge, skills, and experiences.
Applied Sport Psychology Foundations
The module aims to familiarise you to the fundamental role and professional training requirements of the applied sports psychologist. You will also explore key communication skills that are relevant for sport psychology practice.
The module aims to develop knowledge and understanding of the foundation concepts that underpin motor learning/control, sport, exercise and social psychology.
Introduction to Developmental Psychology and Individual Differences
This module will introduce the methods applied to understanding key issues in developmental psychology and individual differences research. It will enable you to consult and summarise appropriate sources to explain key issues in developmental psychology and individual differences research.
Introduction to Biological and Cognitive Psychology
This module will explain how evidence is used to refute and support theories in psychology. It will describe the physiological mechanisms underlying a range of psychological processes and describe the cognitive mechanisms underlying perception, memory and attention.
Research Methods 1
This module introduces you to the fundamental concepts of research methods, along with covering the basic application and interpretation of statistics that are relevant to research conducted in sport and exercise sciences.
Applied Sport Psychology Principles
The module aims to explore the theory and process that underpins the implementation of sport psychology services with sport performers and to establish how sport psychology skills and techniques can be applied in sport performance settings.
Applied Sport Psychology Advanced Skills
The aim of this module is for you to learn about advanced methods and techniques used in applied sport psychology. It will allow you to develop self-awareness of career relevant knowledge, skills and experiences.
This module aims to develop your ability to evaluate psychological principles associated with sport, exercise, and those associated with motor control and learning and expertise. You will also gain exposure to laboratory scenarios in the context of motor learning and control in order to further develop their understanding of experimental psychology.
Cognitive and Biological Psychology
This module will investigate the structure and basic mechanisms of the brain to explore how it influences behaviour. You will examine key advances in the understanding of individual differences in human cognition, including theories of perception, memory, language processing, thinking and attention.
Research Methods 2
This module aims to develop an understanding of the key issues and concepts underpinning different types of research. This will include a development of both quantitative and qualitative research methods, as well as data analysis procedures.
Developmental and Social Psychology
This module will explore how developmental and social psychological processes influence group behavior and individual differences. It will investigate core areas underpinning human development and the social self in society.
This module aims to critically extend your understanding and deployment of the research process through the production of a piece of independent research.
Applied Sport Psychology Placement Foundations
The module aims to develop your ability to plan, prepare, initiate and reflect upon effective applied sport psychology practice with a client. The module will address topics such as legal requirements, health and safety, reflective practice, safeguarding, working in effective teams and requisite skills for applied sport psychology practice.
Applied Sport Psychology Placement
The module aims to apply your skills and knowledge to work in applied practice through a programme sourced group placement and supervision processes akin to that of professional training. The module is delivered through placement activity and supervision seminars and will allow you to develop group working skills, product development related to applied sport psychology practice and develop reflective narrative skills.
Applied Motor Behaviour
The module is designed to develop a critical understanding within a selected number of topics in motor behaviour. You will be involved in discussion on theoretical issues associated with a number of topics in visual-motor control and learning.
Psychology and Development Issues in Sport
The module aims to develop your ability to critically evaluate contemporary sport and exercise psychology concepts that influence participants' performance, wellbeing, and development. The module will address topics, such as anxiety, identity, career transition within a critical evaluation of the psycho-social, cultural and environmental considerations of development.
Teaching and work-related learning
Excellent facilities and learning resources
We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.
Teaching is via formal lectures (including guest lectures from sport psychologists working in industry), seminars, online activities 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.
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 psychology programme.
The school is fully committed to promoting a learning environment that supports a culture of equality, diversity and inclusivity (EDI) and has a Disability Support Coordinator, an EDI Coordinator and a School EDI Working Group. Personal Tutors also play a vital role in promoting awareness of support services for students.
Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include 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.
Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning
Dr Laura Thomas
Laura has a BSc in Sport Science and MSc in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology from Bangor University. She completed a PhD examining acute changes in motivation at Aberystwyth University. Laura is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS). Her research interests include motivation, behaviour and well-being, specifically focusing on how the social environment triggers acute changes in motivational foci; why and how developmental problems associated with more challenging social environments manifest differently in different people; and individual differences in response to challenging events and how these responses affect adjustment.
"I really enjoy teaching on the Sport Psychology course - I try to make my sessions as fun, engaging and informative as possible"
What you can expect from your School
You will study in Liverpool city centre at our City Campus. Our sport and exercise sciences facilities are world-leading and feature state-of-the-art laboratory facilities for our current and future sport scientists. The Avril Robarts library is within easy walking distance and here you'll find all the information you need to support your studies.
Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements
Minimum points required from qualifications: 120
GCSE and equivalents
Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below:
- Key Skills Level 2 in English/Maths
- NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading
- Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English
- Higher Diploma in Maths/English
- Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths/English
- Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
- Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
- Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
- Subject specific requirements: At least one A2 in sport, science or social science related discipline
- Is general studies acceptable? No
- Average A Level offer: BBB
- Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20
- National Certificate (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- National Diploma (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Diploma subjects / grades required: DDD in a relevant subject area is required if no other level 3 qualifications are taken
Access to Higher Education Diploma
- Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Further information: Access programme must have been taken be in a relevant subject area, minimum of 24 Distinctions and 12 Merits required
- International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Additional information: 26 IB Diploma Points. Specific grades may be required in science.
- Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Grades / subjects required: 120 UCAS points from a minimum of 5 subjects. Specific grades may be required in science.
- Are Level 3 NVQs acceptable? Not Acceptable
Alternative qualifications considered
Please contact the University if you have any questions regarding the relevance of your qualifications.
No interview required (UCAS application form only)IELTS
6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English language proficiency test.International entry requirements
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.Can this course be deferred?
YesIs a DBS check required?
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.
Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.
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