BA Hons Psychology & Sport

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Key facts

  • UCAS Code: C801
  • Start date: Sep 2020
  • Work placement: school/work placement in Year 3

  • International experience: partner institutions in Europe, the USA, Canada or New Zealand

Study with us

  • study the science of behaviour and the reasons for differences between individuals, across the lifespan
  • work within our purpose-built experimental labs
  • study the core elements of sports practice, physical activity for health, human movement science, coaching and sport development
  • gain training in data collection, analysis and reporting
  • benefit from teaching and participation facilities within the new sport and health building
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Why this course?

This is a very topical area of study, with health concerns related to physical inactivity a growing cause for concern. With a broad range of physical activity and sports topics from which to study, we equip you with the knowledge and skills to make a positive impact in this field.

The psychology side of the course covers issues and methods of psychology, paying particular attention to human behaviour and its application to areas such as work, education, physical and mental health and crime. Studying with us, you'll look at conditions of behaviour – how we learn, remember, coordinate our actions and interact with others – and the reasons for differences between individuals, such as personality or intelligence.

The sports side of the course is delivered by staff from our Physical Activity for Health group, which has an international reputation for research, teaching and working with industry in physical activity, nutrition and childhood obesity.

You'll also learn how to conduct effective research in these fields.

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What you'll study

Year 1

The first year covers the basic principles of learning including biological bases of behaviour, thinking and memory. The first two years of sports cover core elements of sports practice including Physical Activity for Health, Human Movement Science, Coaching, Sports Development, Psychology and Social Science. The practical work will include classes on volleyball, football, athletics, dance and all aspects of health-related fitness.

Year 2

Year 2 provides a greater understanding of human development and interaction, cognitive processes, individual differences and biological influences on behaviour. Year two of the sports course further explores the elements studies in year one to give more in-depth knowledge.

Year 3

Year 3 provides a more in-depth understanding of human development and interaction, cognitive processes, individual differences and biological influences on behaviour. In the latter years of the sports course, you have the opportunity to undertake a work placement and research project, leading on to your final year.

Year 4

In Year 4 we offer a variety of classes that allow you to study an area of psychology in greater depth. You’ll study conceptual and historical issues in psychology. Your research and knowledge will culminate into a dissertation either in psychology or sport, in your final year, under the support and guidance of your lecturers.

Major projects

You can undertake an optional summer research project working with a member of staff. In addition, there are opportunities to apply for funding to complete summer internships between year 3 and 4.

Work placement

School/work placement in Year 3.

International study

We encourage our students to study abroad for a semester or full academic year. We have strong relationships with great universities in Europe and America.

Facilities

Psychology

Our high-quality facilities include six purpose-built experimental research laboratories:

  • driving simulator lab
  • memory lab
  • perception and action lab
  • psychophysiology lab
  • psycholinguistics lab
  • oculomotor lab

Sport

You'll have use of our Human Performance & Body Composition laboratories on campus. We also make use of the University's high-quality sports facilities including playing fields which are within easy reach of the campus.

Student competitions

We currently award two prizes to exceptional psychology students.

  • The Gustav Jahoda Prize was founded in 1997 in honour of Emeritus Professor Gustav Jahoda, the first Head of the Department of Psychology. It is awarded annually on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners to a Psychology Honours student for outstanding academic performance in their final year. The British Psychological Society Undergraduate Award is also awarded annually for outstanding academic performance in the final year.
  • The Peter Bain Prize is awarded each year to the student with the highest mark for their dissertation. 

You'll find out about any upcoming competitions from your lecturers.

Assessment

The teaching style varies, ensuring students are always engaged. Our methods include lectures, small-group tutorials, laboratory sessions, practical sport sessions, placement experience, field trips, workshops and individual support. Assessment is much more than only essays and exams, with presentations, practical sessions and much more.

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Course content

Psychology

Psychology 1a

You'll take this class in semester 1 and are not expected to have any prior knowledge of psychology. It explores learning theory, developmental psychology, personality, biological psychology, and the scientific basis for psychology.

Psychology 1b

This class is taught in semester 2 and covers sensation and perception, cognitive psychology, social psychology, abnormal psychology, and research methods.

Compulsory classes
Compulsory classes in Year 1 cover a broad range of interesting subjects including:
  • Culture & Context of Sport & Physical Activity
  • Foundations of Physical Activity for Health
  • Foundations of Sport & Physical Activity Psychology
  • Introductory Physiology & Biomechanics
  • Physiology & Biomechanics
  • Sports Practice 1

Psychology

Cognition & Neuropsychology

This class reveals how our understanding of higher mental functions has been enhanced through:

  • theoretical and experimental studies of normal human cognition
  • neuropsychological studies of how cognitive functions may be damaged as a result of brain lesions
Topics covered include disorders of the perceptual system, memory and attention, and the role of the frontal lobes in planning, motivation, emotion, and personality.
Social & Health Psychology

This class introduces social psychological theories and research that provide insights into why people believe what they believe, and why they behave the way they do.

Topics covered include attribution theory, aggression, prosocial behaviour, group influence, norms, conformity, obedience, and attitudes.

It ends with an introduction to health psychology, demonstrating how social psychological principles covered earlier in the class are applied to pressing, real-world health issues such as dietary behaviour, smoking/alcohol-use, and suicide.

Introduction to Research Design & Analysis

You'll be introduced to the main features of measurement, research design, and statistical analysis in psychology.

Following a general introduction, the course presents fundamental concepts, issues, and debates in the field of research methods.

You'll also become familiarised with the conceptual basis for inferential statistical testing, and introduced to different inferential statistics. Finally, a brief introduction to qualitative research methods takes place.

Sport

Compulsory classes

Compulsory classes in Year 2 cover a broad range of interesting subjects including:

  • Coaching Practice & Sport Development
  • Physical Activity for Health, Fitness & Wellbeing
  • Key Concepts in Sport & Physical Activity Psychology
  • Measurement & Statistics
  • Physiology of Aerobic Exercise
  • Sports Practice 2

Psychology

Research Methods in Psychology

This class builds on year 2 and equips you with a broader, more advanced set of methodological and analytic skills. These skills are essential for carrying out the year 4 dissertation and for being able to read and understand articles published in academic journals.

Individual Differences

You're encouraged to think scientifically about conceptual and practical issues related to the study of individual differences, with specific reference to intelligence and personality. You'll gain the chance to put this knowledge into practice by designing your own measurement instrument.

Cognition

You'll be introduced to some of the core topics in cognitive psychology

  • Perception and action, particularly how we perceive time and recognise faces
  • Memory and learning, including models of episodic and working memory
  • Language, including word production, sentence comprehension, and discourse processing
  • Thinking, specifically problem solving, deductive reasoning and judgement and decision making.
Development

This class reviews the ways that children develop from infancy right through to the end of adolescence. Key theories are presented and used to explore the extent to which children’s development is continuous or stage-like and whether specific skills develop more quickly than others. Issues relating to infancy, ‘theory of mind’ (understanding others’ thoughts and beliefs), executive function (planning and monitoring abilities), language, and communication form the core themes in the class.

Psychobiology

The purpose of this class is to provide the opportunity for you to learn the basic principles of brain function, and to encourage you to address the implications of this understanding for their own view of how behaviour is generated. It includes coverage of electrophysiology and psychopharmacology, neuroanatomy, research methods in neuroscience. There are focused sections relating to the visual system and the motor system.

Social Psychology

This class allows you to consider current ideas and positions within social psychology. Four themes drive the class

  • Attitudes and attitude change, covering the Theory of Planned Behaviour and the Health Belief Model
  • Identity, with a focus on social, personal and group identities
  • Prejudice, connecting both attitudes and identities, and covering a broad range of areas such as social representations, stereotyping, prejudice and conflict
  • Epistemology, where consideration is given to the theory of knowledge, how social psychological knowledge is produced, and to what effect

Sport

Compulsory classes

In Year 3, you'll complete two or three compulsory classes in each year. You're then able to choose from a number of optional classes, and can also take an elective class from elsewhere in the University.

The compulsory classes in Year 3 include:

  • Research Methods for Professions
  • Placement & Professional development
  • Research Project
Optional classes

You'll complete your curriculum by choosing from a range of optional classes. Classes offered vary from year to year but may include:

  • Sports Practice 3
  • Advanced Topics in Sport & Exercise Psychology
  • Practical Project in Physical Activity & Sport Development
  • Physical Education in Schools
  • Biomechanics of Human Movement
  • Nutrition for Health & Exercise
  • Physical Activity with Special Populations

Psychology

Dissertation in Psychology

The dissertation is an opportunity for you to undertake an original piece of research, closely supervised by a single member of staff. Planning for the dissertation begins in year 3, and dissertations can be of such high standards that they are subsequently published in peer-reviewed academic journals.

Advanced Organisational Behaviour

This class is offered by the Strathclyde Business School, and draws on current themes in Human Resource Management understood from the perspective of micro-organisational behaviour theory and research. Although the theoretical underpinning of the material covered is primarily about work and organisational issues at the level of individual behaviour in organisations, a contextual understanding of these issues is also encouraged.

 

Advanced Psychological Theory & Practice

Choice of topics may include:

  • Belief & Anomalistic Experience
  • The Psychology of Mental Health
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Psychology & Ageing
  • Psychology of Language
  • Critical Review
  • The Psychology & Cognitive Neuroscience of Face Recognition
  • Neuropsychology of Ageing and Dementia
  • Physiological Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Practical Aspects of Memory 

 

 

Psychology Work Placement

Students have the opportunity to undertake a 20 credit work placement class where they will have the opportunity to apply their academic knowledge and skills in a workplace setting, and develop both personally and professionally. Students are supported to find a suitable placement and throughout the experience. Previous placements have included: the NHS, Schools, University departments and third sector organisations such as health support and rehabilitation charities.

Sport

Compulsory classes

In year 4, you'll complete two or three compulsory classes in each year. You're then able to choose from a number of optional classes, and can also take an elective class from elsewhere in the University.

The compulsory classes in Year 4 include:

  • Dissertation Research Skills
  • Dissertation
Optional classes

You'll complete your curriculum by choosing from a range of optional classes. Classes offered vary from year to year but may include:

  • Sports Practice 3
  • Advanced Topics in Sport & Exercise Psychology
  • Practical Project in Physical Activity & Sport Development
  • Physical Education in Schools
  • Biomechanics of Human Movement
  • Nutrition for Health & Exercise
  • Physical Activity with Special Populations
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Entry requirements

Required subjects are shown in brackets.

Highers

Standard entry requirements:

  • 1st sitting: AAAB
  • 2nd sitting: AAABB

(Higher English B, Maths/ Applications of Mathematics National 5 B and/or science at B)*

Minimum entry requirements**:

  • 1st sitting: AABB
  • 2nd sitting: AABBB

(including English B plus one other B from approved list, and Maths/ Applications of Mathematics National 5 C)*

**Find out if you can benefit from this type of offer.

A Levels

Year 1 entry: ABB-BBB
Year 2 entry: AAA-ABB

(GCSE English Language 6/B or Literature 6/B, GCSE Maths 4/C and/or a science (Biology preferred) 6/B)

International Baccalaureate

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(English SL5 or equivalent, Maths and/or a science SL5)

HNC

Year 1 entry: relevant HNC (eg Sports Coaching with Development of Sport; Fitness, Health and Exercise; and Applied Sport Science) A in Graded Unit; Higher English B (or equivalent); other courses may be considered on an individual basis

International students

Find out entry requirements for your country by visiting our country pages.

Deferred Entry

Not normally accepted

*Higher subject list

In addition to Higher English, at least one Higher should come from the list below.

  • Classical Studies
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • French
  • Gaelic
  • Geography
  • German
  • History
  • Italian
  • Modern Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Religious Moral & Philosophical Studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish

Widening access

We want to increase opportunities for people from every background. Strathclyde selects our students based on merit, potential and the ability to benefit from the education we offer. We look for more than just your grades. We consider the circumstances of your education and will make lower offers to certain applicants as a result.

Find out if you can benefit from this type of offer.

Degree preparation course for international students

We offer international students (non-EU/UK) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for an undergraduate degree at Strathclyde the option of completing an Undergraduate Foundation year programme at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre.

Upon successful completion, you will be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

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Fees & funding

2020/21

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU

TBC

Fees for students domiciled in Scotland and the EU are subject to confirmation in early 2020 by the Scottish Funding Council.

(2019/20: £1,820)

Rest of UK

TBC

Assuming no change in RUK fees policy over the period, the total amount payable by undergraduate students will be capped. For students commencing study in 2020/21, this is capped at £27,750 (with the exception of the MPharm and integrated Masters programmes), MPharm students pay £9,250 for each of the four years. Students studying on integrated Masters degree programmes pay an additional £9,250 for the Masters year with the exception of those undertaking a full-year industrial placement where a separate placement fee will apply.

(2019/20: £9,250)

International

£15,300

University preparation programme fees

International students can find out more about the costs and payments of studying a university preparation programme at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre.

Available scholarships

Take a look at our scholarships search for funding opportunities.

Additional costs

PVG scheme (Protection of Vulnerable Groups)

Students must pay for the PVG Scheme. Students who require a new PVG certificate will pay £59. If you have an existing PVG and need to add Strathclyde, the cost is £18.

Other course costs

We recommend that students purchase a set of sports kit for use throughout the course and while representing Strathclyde. A range of kit is available - full kit costs around £180.

Please note: All fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

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Students from Scotland and the EU

If you're a Scottish or EU student, you may be able to apply to the Student Award Agency Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Scottish students may also be eligible for a bursary and loan to help cover living costs while at University.

For more information on funding your studies have a look at our University Funding page.

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Students from England, Wales & Northern Ireland

We have a generous package of bursaries on offer for students from England, Northern Ireland and Wales:

You don’t need to make a separate application for these. When your place is confirmed at Strathclyde, we’ll assess your eligibility. Have a look at our scholarship search for any more funding opportunities.

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International Students (Non-UKScholarships, EEA)

We have a number of scholarships available to international students. Take a look at our scholarship search to find out more.

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Psychology & Sport

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Undergraduate Selection

Telephone: +44 (0)141 444 8600

Email: hass-ug-selectors@strath.ac.uk