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About the course

Over the last few decades, interest in sport and exercise psychology has grown. More time and money is being spent on understanding what motivates people to exercise, play sport and live active lifestyles. Governing bodies and professional teams are hiring more sport psychologists than ever before, as increasing amounts of accountability is given to the mental aspects of physical performance.

Solent’s sport and exercise psychology degree, accredited by The British Psychological Society, is the ideal way to kickstart a career in this growing area. You will explore how people act and interact, and the thoughts and feelings that underlie their behaviour. You’ll develop an understanding of intervention techniques that can be applied in exercise and team settings. You’ll also gain an insight into the coach-athlete relationships.

The subject contributes to an understanding of the day-to-day problems faced by people all around the world. Psychologists use a wide variety of methodological techniques including experiments, questionnaires, observations, video analysis and interviews to investigate human behaviour and obtain reliable evidence. This evidence can then form the basis of potential interventions and recommendations.

Core areas of study include cognitive psychology, child development and social psychology. All of these can be applied within a sport and exercise context. We work closely with sport teams and health organisations in order to provide you with hands-on learning opportunities. The applied nature of the course ensures that you’ll develop the professional skills needed for work in the sports industry.

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This course offers additional qualifications for you to obtain with your degree.
Additional qualification
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies

Work with academics who are both research and industry active – keeping you up-to-date with the latest developments in best practice.

What does this course lead to?

The scientific aspects of your psychology course - the application of a reasoned approach, problem solving and manipulation of data - provide useful tools for careers in healthcare, law enforcement, finance, IT and research.

Your knowledge of human behaviour and motivation, as well as your ability to critically analyse a problem, formulate a considered response and create a reasoned argument, will lend themselves well to careers in the creative industries, the legal sector, government administration and education.

To practise as a psychologist, further postgraduate training and supervision is required. Find out more on the British Psychological Society (BPS) website.

Who is this course for?

Our sport and exercise psychology programme is well-suited to students from a wide range of academic backgrounds.

You should have an inherent interest in human behaviour and a desire to apply this interest in sport, exercise and coaching contexts.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year are:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,260 per year

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact

The 2020/21 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:

Compulsory costs:

  • Students must purchase a Solent sports kit. As a package, this will cost approximately £105. Grants are available.
  • Students are also required to undertake DBS criminal records checks as part of their enrolment. This is compulsory and is payable by the student at a cost of £55. The DBS check is organised by the University. 

Optional costs:

  • Discounted NGB coaching qualification: Prices vary, please click here to view our courses.
  • Additional kit

Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

96 - 112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum two completed A-levels with science A-Levels preferred, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent, which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 96 UCAS points.
  • GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above.
  • Alternative entry is available through the Social Sciences Foundation Year.
  • Students may need to interview where appropriate. 
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 5066

How to apply

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by 15 January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until the end of June. The UCAS code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Please click the links below to apply through UCAS:

Mode of study
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Mode of study
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What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Introduction to Sport Psychology
  • Introduction to Skill Acquisition and Motor Performance
  • Exploring Psychology
  • Psychology Across the Lifespan
  • Methods and Analysis in Psychology
  • Introduction to Health and Exercise Psychology

Year two

Core modules
  • Applied Techniques in Sport Psychology
  • Health and Exercise Psychology
  • Brain and Behaviour
  • The Social Individual 
  • Psychological Research


  • Sport and Exercise Psychophysiology
  • Counselling: Application and Practice

Please note: Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.

Year three

Core modules
  • Professional Practice in Sports Psychology
  • Applied Health and Exercise Psychology
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology in the Real World
  • Applied Psychology Research Project


  • CBT and Mindfulness-Based Approaches
  • Psychology Placement
  • Extended Essay
  • Professional Practice in Counselling Psychology

Please note: Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

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Imogen Tijou academic profile Imogen Tijou Course Leader View profile
Daniel Connolly academic profile Daniel Connolly Senior Lecturer View profile
Rhodri Davies academic profile Rhodri Davies Senior Lecturer View profile
Matt Johnson academic profile Matt Johnson Senior Lecturer View profile
Mei Mason-Li academic profile Mei Mason-Li Senior Lecturer View profile
Mark Doyle academic profile Mark Doyle Lecturer View profile
Greg Neil academic profile Greg Neil Lecturer View profile
Lara Webber academic profile Lara Webber Lecturer View profile
Lee Turner academic profile Lee Turner Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


You’ll have access to the University’s first-class sport, exercise and psychology facilities. These include specialist software, psychophysiological recording equipment, eye-tracking apparatus and experiment cubicles.

You can use these facilities to carry out cognitive and psycho-physiological investigations. For example, the sophisticated eye tracker can trace eye positions on a computer screen while our BIOPAC programme measures participants' physiological reactions. Collecting a wide range of data using these resources gives you the opportunity to build knowledge of psychological methods and analysis.

Choose from a range of optional modules. Refine your knowledge and prepare for specialist postgraduate study. 

Your future

Studying psychology gives you skills that span both science and the arts, opening up opportunities with a variety of employers.

Around two thirds of psychology graduates are in employment in the UK six months after graduating, while almost a quarter undertake further study.

The scientific aspects of your psychology course - the application of a reasoned approach, problem solving and manipulation of data - provide useful tools for careers in healthcare, law enforcement, finance, IT and research.

Your knowledge of human behaviour and motivation, as well as your ability to critically analyse a problem, formulate a considered response and create a reasoned argument, lend themselves well to careers in the creative industries, the legal sector, government administration and education.

Industry links

The staff teaching on the course are research and industry active. This connection with current practice can help provide students with work placements, guest speakers and conference opportunities.


Where modules have an embedded placement, you’ll be supported to find a suitable host organisation. Students who choose the work-based learning module (a semester working in the industry) will be required to find and negotiate their own work placement.

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