BSc Psychology with Sport and Exercise Science

UCAS codeC8C6
Duration3 Years
Typical offerAAA-AAB; IB: 36-34
  • Psychology
  • Sport and Health Sciences
Location Streatham (Exeter)


Undergraduate Psychology

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Undergraduate Sport and Health Sciences

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The BSc Psychology with Sport and Exercise Science is taught jointly by Psychology and Sport and Health Sciences. The degree provides an excellent foundation for any student interested in a career as a psychologist with a particular focus on applying those skills in the broad areas of sport, exercise and health maintenance.

The programme allows you to examine the complementary nature of both psychology and sport and exercise science and focuses on two significant applications of psychology: understanding the key components necessary for developing high-level skill and expertise, such as those required in sports; and understanding the effects of physical activity and exercise on behaviour, cognition, interpersonal interactions and mental health.

You will be immersed in a stimulating, active research environment led by our world-leading academic staff. You will be taught through a range of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, and laboratory classes, while seminars will allow you to discuss contemporary topics in depth. These diverse teaching methods will encourage you to develop an excellent understanding of the relationship between the two disciplines.

Our BSc Psychology with Sport and Exercise Science degree provides a fantastic platform, whatever your chosen future career path. You will be exceptionally well-placed to pursue your interest in psychology working in sport, exercise and health settings. You will also be prepared to pursue further training in psychology – for example if you wish to become a clinical, educational or occupational psychologist. In addition, throughout the programme you will develop a variety of skills, such as communication, presentation, analytical problem-solving and leadership, which will be attractive to potential employers in a variety of sectors including education or business.

BPS accreditation

This programme provides British Psychological Society (BPS) accreditation. BPS accreditation confers eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership, provided the minimum standard of a Lower Second Class Honours is achieved. This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist

Our students leave equipped with a range of skills they can translate into a number of different areas, around critical thinking and analysis, research design, data analysis, communication skills and being able to work in teams. Those are the skills that employers really value today. Psychology here at Exeter really opens up any number of doors to students to be able to take those skills and expertise out into the real world.

Dr Jo Smith, Director of Education, Psychology.

Programme structure

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted, or replaced as a consequence of the annual review of this programme.

You may take optional modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

You may take elective modules up to 30 credits outside of the programme in each stage of the programme as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

You are also permitted to take the five-credit module PSY3910 Professional Development Experience. Registration on this module is subject to a competitive application process. If taken, this module will not count towards progression or award calculation.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Entry requirements 2017

Typical offer

AAA-AAB; IB: 36-34

Required subjects

GCE AL science grade B; IB science HL5; GCSE Maths grade B; GCSE English Language grade B.

GCE AL/AS science includes: Biology/Human Biology*; Chemistry; Computing; Design and Technology; Electronics; Environmental Studies; Geography; Geology; Maths/Pure Maths/Further Maths*; Physical Education; Physics; Psychology; Science (applied); Statistics.

 *If more than one of these is taken they would only count as one 'science' but could count as two A-levels towards our general requirements.

Applicants studying one of the following BTEC Extended Diplomas will be considered without GCE AL requirement(s): Sport and Exercise Science, Sport Science, Applied Science, Pharmaceutical Science. Applicants offering one of the above BTEC Extended Diplomas in lieu of the GCE A’ Level Science will also be required to have a grade C in GCSE English Languages, Mathematics and Science.

Additional selection criteria

We are looking for well-qualified students with a genuine interest in and enthusiasm for the subject.

We receive a large number of applications from well-qualified applicants and may not be able to make offers to all those applicants who have achieved or are predicted to achieve grades in line with the typical offer shown above.

In addition to the specific requirements listed above, we look for excellent A level* results/predictions and we may also take into account results up to and including GCSEs* and AS Levels* as part of our holistic assessment of an application.

*Equivalent qualifications will be considered. For more information about our equivalencies for specific qualifications please contact our Admissions Office.

International students

International students should check details of our English language requirements and may be interested in our Foundation programmes.

Further information

Please read the important information about our Typical offer.

For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.

Learning and teaching

Research inspired teaching

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You will be taught by internationally known research-active staff, through a range of teaching methods including:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • academic tutorials
  • laboratory classes
  • final year research project
  • directed private study

Lectures introduce topics and provide a framework for further reading and extended work in laboratory and practical sessions. In seminars you will have the opportunity to discuss in-depth topics in which the seminar leader normally has an active research involvement.

Throughout your degree programme you will be supported by a Personal Tutor with whom you will meet regularly in all three years.

A strong emphasis is placed on acquiring a variety of skills that will be attractive to employers in your future working life such as communication, presentation, analytical problem-solving and leadership. Modules are specially designed to help you develop transferable and personal skills throughout your degree programme.


All modules are assessed, with second and third year modules contributing towards your final degree classification. Modules are assessed using a variety of methods including essays, exams, oral and written presentations, laboratory reports and a dissertation. We aim to strike a 50:50 balance between coursework and exams over the duration of the programmes.

I have found Professors to be readily available to talk to, emailing back promptly and offering meetings etc. I have found many to be extremely helpful and I don't feel as though I would be bothering them if I needed to ask a question. I really like the filmed lectures that are put on the Exeter Learning Environment (ELE), I found them very useful, particularly during the revision period. I think more lectures should be recorded and made available as I'm sure lots of people watch them.

BSc Psychology student.


Psychology and your career choices

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Through studying for a degree in Psychology you will develop essential skills valued by employers, such as problem-solving, decision-making, planning and organising, time management and leadership which will prepare you for a career in a range of sectors.

Recent Psychology graduates have secured initial jobs across a number of sectors including healthcare, commercial and education, with others choosing to undertake further specialist training.

Developing your skills and career prospects

A range of support and opportunities are provided to help you develop skills that are attractive to employers. Visit our Careers and employability web page on the Psychology and Sport and Health Sciences website for more information.

Graduate destinations

Below are a few examples of initial jobs undertaken by graduates of University of Exeter Psychology and Sport and Health Sciences undergraduate programmes. This information has been taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey 2012/13. Please note that, due to data protection, the job titles and organisations are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.

Job title Organisation
Marketing and Communications Assistant
PR Executive
HR Project Specialist
Account Manager
Prison Accommodation Advisor
Child Support Worker
Laboratory Assistant
Psychology Assistant
Play Therapist Trainee
Global Account Executive
Performance Analyst
Therapy Instructor
Patient Administrative Officer
Research Associate
Clinical Exercise Specialist
Strength and Conditioning Coach
Media Planner
Nutrition Intern
Sports Scientist
Intelligent Partners
Allen & Overy
The Whole Child Development Centre
Empirica Research
The University of Hong Kong
The Foundation Partnership
Give Smart
Great Ormond Street
QA Learning
Healthcare at Home
The Portland Hospital - HCA International
Ernst and Young LLP
The King's School Canterbury
Millfield Prep School
Crystal Palace Football Club
Great British Racing Internatioanl
Exeter Chiefs
Leicester Tigers

Further study

Further study is a popular choice for a number of students following graduation from a Psychology or Sport and Health Sciences undergraduate degree. Below are a few examples of further study and professional training undertaken by recent graduates. This information has been taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey 2012/13. Please note that, due to data protection, the subjects of study and institutions are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.

Subject area Institution

Sports performance analysis
Sport and health science
Clinical exercise science
Biological Sciences
Sports therapy
International management
Nutritional medicine
Sports therapy and rehab
Food and nutrition
Developmental psychology
Mental health
Human resources
Health psychology
Eating disorders
Primary PGCE
Secondary PGCE
Early childhood development
Clinical psychology
Legal practice

University of Exeter
University of Leeds
Newcastle University
Loughborough University
Durham University
Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London
University of Bristol
University of Bath
Maastricht University
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Max Planck Institute for Brain Research
Oxford University

Find out more

Further information about the opportunities the University of Exeter offers to maximise our graduates’ employment prospects can be found on the CareerZone website.

The employability workshops provided by the careers service are really helpful for learning about CV's, application forms, and for improving many other skills such as negotiation, leadership or interview skills.

BSc Psychology student

Contact us

Streatham and St Luke's Campuses, Exeter

Phone: +44 (0)1392 725818

Website: Visit the Psychology and Sport and Health Sciences websites