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Course content

If you have a general interest in psychology in the area of sport, our course will give you a grounding in the core principles of the subject. You will learn about complex issues such as the initial assessment of prospective clients, maintaining professional boundaries and analysing complex data sets. The course will encourage you to take a systematic, evidence-based and ethical approach to your work, developing your ability to apply the methods you learn to a range of clients, from athletes to sedentary populations.

Designed with your future in mind, we are committed to supporting your career goals by offering the opportunity to gain direct experience working with a variety of client groups across a range of levels, from recreational to elite performance. Our dedicated course team will support your learning, allowing you to develop the professional competencies you need including communication and ethical and evidence-based practice. You will apply these in your placement - a distinctive feature of your course which will provide a taster for BASES Supervised Experience.

Whilst this course will not give you the foundation to pursue the qualification that enables you to use the titles of 'Sport and Exercise Psychologist', 'Registered Psychologist' or 'Practitioner Psychologist', it does provide the basis to pursue further professional qualifications from the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). Due to regulations governing the practice of Health and Care Professionals, if you want to become a Sport and Exercise Psychologist, Registered Psychologist or Practitioner Psychologist, you will need to look at our MSc Psychology of Sport & Exercise course.

Sport & Active LifestylesAt Leeds Beckett we're passionate about sport. There's a huge range of sports and activities for you to get involved in, including more than 40 sports clubs. If you'd like to find out more about what we have to offer - including our Carnegie Sports Scholarship Scheme - take a look at our Sport & Active Lifestyles website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/sport).

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: 40% of our research in the Psychology unit was judged to be world leading or internationally excellent.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/sportandexercisepsy_pgcert

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.


A growth in the career opportunities available for sports and exercise scientists within the past decade has fuelled the demand for appropriately qualified individuals to fill such positions. You could go on to work for national governing bodies, the National Health Service, English Institute of Sport or in a teaching role in further and higher education.

- Sport and Exercise Scientist
- Performance Lifestyle Adviser
- Lecturer/Researcher in Higher Education
- Exercise Intervention Facilitator

Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

You will have the advantage of a placement allowing you to put your newly learned skills into practice. As well as this practical experience, you'll benefit from the expertise and knowledge of our staff, studying at a university that is passionate about sport.


Contemporary Issues in Sport Psychology (20 credits)
Examine the broad range of cutting-edge issues and trends that appear within contemporary sport psychology literature, as you gain an in-depth understanding of human behaviour in the sporting environment.

Psychology of Exercise & Health (20 credits)
Study the effects of exercise on behaviour and mental health. You will consider both the positive and negative results of exercise, exploring the its beneficial impact on well-being and cognitive function, as well as the negative implications of exercise dependence.

Learning & Development in Sport & Exercise (20 credits)
Analyse the research that reveals how sport and exercise psychology has been investigated at different stages of the lifespan. Topics may include expertise, learning, cognitive development and decline.

Dr Susan Backhouse

Reader in the School of Sport

"You will have the opportunity to engage in applied experience under supervision, a practical component of the course likely to enhance your future professional activities within the field of sport and exercise science."

A registered sports psychologist, Susan joined our University in 2003 after completing her PhD at Loughborough University. She's an active researcher within the Carnegie faculty, focussing her interest on anti-doping policy and practice. Recently, Susan has collaborated with colleagues in the UK, Australia, Greece and the US to develop a number of projects spanning the social sciences of doping in sport.


- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Sports Facilities
"I've been coming here to train since 2004 and the facilities are great." - Jessica Ennis, Olympic Gold Medalist

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

Visit the Sport & Exercise Psychology (PG Cert) page on the Leeds Beckett University website for more details!




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