BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Psychology | AECC University College

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BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Psychology

BSc (Hons)

If you are looking for a career as a psychologist specialising in sport and performance, or physical activity and exercise, our British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited course could be for you.

Course Title BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Psychology
Qualification BSc (Hons)
UCAS Code C813
Study Mode Full-time
Typical Offer UCAS Tariff points 104-120
Accreditation British Psychological Society (BPS)
Duration 3 years
Institution Code A65
Location Central London


Our BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Psychology degree offers you the opportunity to delve deep into psychology and its particular application to sport, performance and exercise contexts.

If you’re interested in a career as a psychologist specialising in sport and performance, or physical activity and exercise, then this course will give you the skills and knowledge to reach your goal. Develop a strong scientific understanding of the mind, brain, behaviour, experience and the complex interactions between these elements through innovative teaching and completing independent research.

An integral part of our course is making sure you gain an insight into the world of applied practice. You will have the opportunity to interact with sport, exercise and performance psychology services on campus and will have access to a range of exciting opportunities to further underpin your learning.

You will work with our academic staff who have experience of working in the sport, exercise and performance industries and have conducted contemporary research within these areas. Get excited and prepare to develop your practical experience and scientific knowledge with cutting-edge technology such as EEG imaging and eye-tracking.

Please note:

  • This course is Subject to periodic review.
  • This course is now closed for September 2024 entries
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Course Details

What you will learn

The BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Psychology course is delivered through a range of lectures, seminars, tutorials and demonstrations, alongside supervised workshops, project supervision, practical classes, guided independent study, work-based learning, small group learning, guest lectures, role-play activities and case study analysis.

You will learn through a variety of teaching styles, including formative and summative assessment methods which are placed throughout our psychology units promoting a deeper learning. You will make the most of our on-site laboratory testing facilities, with more traditional coursework, essays, presentations, group work, and practical skills assessments.

With access to our Virtual Learning Environment, your education will be interactive and varied. Through quizzes, video tutorials, seminar notes and more you will be able to study whenever, and wherever suits you alongside your core teaching.

Please note: This course is Subject to periodic review.

How you will be assessed

You’ll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Presentations
  • Group work
  • Coursework
  • Portfolio
  • Practical Assessment and Presentation
  • Examinations

Need more info about, learning aims and outcomes, curriculum content, teaching methods and assessment, credits per unit? Take a look at our Course Specification to find out more.

For more information see our Course Specifications.

Careers and Opportunities

On graduating, you can expect an incredibly diverse range of employment opportunities in the broader sport, health fitness and industries in a range of people-focused occupations. Professions include but are not limited to:

  • Sport and Exercise Psychologist
  • Performance lifestyle advisor
  • Sports Coaching
  • Fitness instructor / personal trainer
  • Exercise prescription
  • Sport industry
  • Advice worker
  • Careers adviser
  • Counsellor
  • Human resource officer
  • Market researcher
  • Media work
  • Teaching (further education or higher education)
  • Researcher
  • Advertising
  • Customer services

There are also a broad range of careers that are open to psychology graduates that build upon the knowledge, skills and expertise developed while studying, discover Psychology.

Unit Breakdown

Year 1


  • Introduction to Psychology Research Methods
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Applying Psychology
  • Conceptual and Historical Perspectives
  • Psychology of Exercise, Health and Sport
Year 2


  • Research Methods
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Biological Psychology
  • Sport and Performance Psychology
Year 3


  • Sport and Exercise Psychology dissertation
  • Individual differences
  • Applied Sport Psychology

Option units

  • Psychology placement
  • Working with teams
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Rehabilitating the Brain
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Positive Psychology


Course Leader

Dr Zöe Wimshurst

BSc MSc PhD CPsychol – Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Zöe is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology within the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. She is a Chartered Psychologist specialising in visual performance in elite athletes – and area in which she has been working for over a decade.

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Entry Requirements

What grades do I need?
If you’re applying from the UK or Ireland:

Essential for entry

Please note that applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A*-C including Maths and English, or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above) to be considered for the programme.


BBB-BCC or above. General Studies will not be considered.

BTEC Extended Diploma

Distinction Merit Merit – Merit, Merit, Merit or above.

Access to HE Diploma

A total of 120-104 UCAS points in an Access to HE Diploma.

International Baccalaureate

Overall grade of 32-28 points or higher.

Scottish Highers/Advanced Highers

BBBBB – BBCCCC or above in 5 Higher/Advanced Higher subjects.

Irish Leaving Certificate

H3,H3,H3,H3,H3 – H3,H3,H4,H4,H4 from 5 subjects at Higher Level.

T Level

Merit in any Health and Science pathway accepted.

If you have undertaken a qualification that’s not listed, it may still be considered. Get in touch with our Admissions team by completing the form below or call us on 01202 436200 and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.

Is there anything else that is required?
Is there anything else that is required?

For more information about our admissions policies and procedures, including our Admissions Complaints and Appeals Policy, see latest policies.

International Students

International Students

If your qualification is not listed here, please take a look at our international entry requirements page or get in touch with our admissions team on the form below. Please note, to be accepted onto this course; you will also need to demonstrate that you meet the minimum standards of English. For further information on English language requirements, please see the dedicated English language requirements page. More information on permission to study in the UK, can be found on our Visas and Immigration page.

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Course Fees

Tuition Fees

UK/ROI/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year

International – £16,560 per year

Please note: These fees are for the 2024-25 academic year only and may be subject to increase in subsequent years of study. Any increase will be in line with our Tuition Fees Policy but will not be more than 5%.

Additional course costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your course.  There are additional course related costs are not included in the tuition fees. So you will need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

For more information see Additional Costs page.

Please Note: For students to be eligible for funding from Student Finance England, they must be studying on an eligible course at a provider registered with the Office for Students (OfS). AECC University College is registered with the OfS. You can view the register and search for our AECC University College.

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