BSc Psychology with Sport and Exercise Science

UCAS codeC8C6
Duration3 Years
Typical offerAAA–AAB; IB: 36–34; BTEC: DDD
Discipline
  • Psychology
  • Sport and Health Sciences
Location Streatham and St Luke's (Exeter)

Overview

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

  • Taught jointly by complementary disciplines 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
  • Focus on two significant applications of psychology: understanding the key components necessary for developing high level skill and expertise; and understanding the effects of physical activity and exercise on behaviour, cognition, interpersonal interactions and mental health
  • This programme provides British Psychological Society (BPS) accreditation – the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist

Year 1
You’ll study a range of core areas, gaining a broad knowledge of psychology and sport and exercise science. Practical classes will give you training in quantitative, laboratory-based, experimental methodology in psychology. Sport and Exercise Science modules include Exercise Physiology, Human Anatomy and Sport Psychology.
Year 2
The second year will challenge you and prepare you for the final year. You’ll be expected to produce essays, review journal articles and scientific reports that show thatyou can address problems systematically and can think critically and creatively. During this year you will gain more detailed knowledge and critical understanding of psychology and sport and exercise science, and this will help you select your specialist seminar topics and decide on the theme of your final year research project. There’s a much greater emphasis on original practical work in Year 2 and you’ll start to design and carry out your own investigations.
Year 3
You will undertake a psychology related research project, supervised by a member of staff from either discipline. A greater emphasis will be placed on discussing and analysing theories and research, but you will continue to apply your knowledge in practical settings.

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 2020

Typical offer

AAA–AAB; IB: 36–34; BTEC: DDD

Required subjects

GCE AL science grade B; IB science HL5; GCSE Maths grade B or 5; GCSE English Language grade B or 5.

GCE AL/AS science subjects includes: Biology/Human Biology; Chemistry; Computing; Design and Technology; Electronics; Environmental Studies; Geography; Geology; Life and Health Sciences (Double Award only); Maths/Pure Maths/Further Maths; Physical Education; Physics; Psychology; Science (applied); Sport Science; Statistics.

Applicants studying one of the following BTEC Extended Diplomas will be considered without GCE AL requirements: Applied Science; Health and Social Care; Sport and Exercise Science; Sport 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 B or 5 in GCSE English Language and Mathematics.

International students

International students should check details of our English language requirements.

If your academic qualifications or English language skills do not meet our entry requirements our INTO University of Exeter centre offers a range of courses to help you reach the required language and academic standards.

International Foundation programmes

Preparation for entry to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree:

International Year One programme

Students considering direct entry to year two may be interested in our International Year One in Psychology programme. This course is for international students who have completed A-levels or equivalent, or who are already in the first year of a relevant undergraduate degree in their home country, but do not meet the academic or English language requirements for direct entry at University of Exeter.

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.

Assessment

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.

Careers

Psychology and your career choices

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Through studying for a degree in Psychology you will develop essential skills highly valued by employers, such as communication, numeracy, critical thinking, independent learning, empirical research, ethical awareness and team working, which will prepare you for you 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.

Careers services

We have a dedicated, award-winning Careers Service, ensuring you have access to careers advisors, mentors and the tools you need to succeed in finding employment in your chosen field on graduation. We offer the Exeter Award and the Exeter Leaders Award which include employability-related workshops, skills events, volunteering and employment which will contribute to your career decision-making skills and success in the employment market. Our graduates compete very successfully in the employment market, with many employers targeting the University when recruiting new graduates.

Supporting your career in Psychology

Each year Psychology students are able to access a huge range of opportunities when considering their future career options. Recent events include the Your Future in Psychology Fair, career insights with visiting alumni and mock interviews with visiting employers and alumni.

Recent graduates

Below are a few examples of initial jobs undertaken by graduates of University of Exeter Psychology undergraduate programmes. This information has been taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Surveys 2016/17. Please note that, due to data protection, the job titles and organisations are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.

Recent graduates are now working for:

  • Action for Children
  • Addaction
  • All Response Media
  • BT
  • Cancer Research UK
  • Condé Nast
  • Deloitte
  • DMC PR
  • Dundas Communications
  • Dyson
  • Exeter College
  • G4S
  • Harrogate Homeless Project
  • Health and Care Videos
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Knight Frank
  • Leo Burnett
  • NHS
  • PriceWaterhouseCoopers
  • Redrow Homes
  • Teach East (Peterborough)
  • Virgin Care
  • Vodafone

Recent graduates are now working as:

  • Advertising Executive
  • Agency Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner
  • Audit Associate
  • Consultant - Behaviour Modelling
  • Drug and Alcohol Recovery Worker
  • English language teacher
  • Event Executive
  • Graduate Management trainee
  • Housing Needs Officer
  • HR Specialist
  • Marketing executive
  • Media Planner
  • Merchandising Trainee
  • NHS IT Recruitment Consultant
  • Primary School Teacher
  • Psychological Wellbeing Officer
  • Rail & Engineering Consultant
  • Recruitment Consultant
  • Sports Marketing
  • Therapist
  • Wellbeing Practitioner
  • Youth Support Worker

Further study

Further study is a popular choice for a number of students following graduation from a Psychology undergraduate degree. Below are a few examples of further study undertaken by recent graduates of undergraduate programmes. This information has been taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Surveys 2016/17. 

  • CIPD Level 3
  • Graduate Diploma in Law
  • MA Psychological Research Methods
  • MA Social Work Practice (Think Ahead)
  • MA Marketing
  • MRes Psychology
  • MSc Abnormal and Clinical Psychology
  • MSc Animal Behaviour
  • MSc Business and Management
  • MSc Clinical Applications of Psychology
  • MSc Gender and International Relations
  • MSc in Computer Science
  • MSc in Social and Organisational Psychology
  • MSc in Speech and Language Sciences
  • MSc International Management
  • MSc Marketing
  • MSc Mental Health Studies
  • MSc Psychological Research Methods
  • MSc Social and Organisational Psychology
  • MSC Occupational Psychology
  • PGCE Post Compulsory Education
  • PGCE Primary
  • Postgraduate Diploma Children's and Young People's Psychological Therapy

The University of Exeter has an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters and our students and graduates compete very successfully in the employment market. Whatever path you wish to follow after graduation, we’re here to help and support you with all your career and employability needs.

Our Psychology graduates develop a wide variety of practical, transferable skills that are highly valued by potential employers, including communication, numeracy, independent learning and teamwork.

Our various British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited programmes contain substantial teaching on statistics and research methodology, as well as scientific methods. This provides students with invaluable experience in understanding quantitative and qualitative data – skills and experience which are attractive to employers.
These transferable skills provide a breadth of career opportunities for our students, whether it be through the traditional routes, to more diverse opportunities including, for example, market research, human resources, psychotherapy and counselling and advertising.

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

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