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A Sport Psychology degree provides you with the understanding to optimise athletic performance and well-being by studying the psychology behind sport. You will explore key factors affecting sports performance, such as anxiety, self-confidence, motivation, stress, coping, concentration and sport injury.

  • This degree programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (subject to approval).
  • Students have access to excellent sports facilities and laboratories.

Why study Sport Psychology (with a Foundation Year)?

We will teach you the key concepts and theories of Sport Psychology, as well as giving you a comprehensive grounding in all core areas of psychology.

This course will provide you with a strong scientific understanding of the mind, brain, behaviour and experience and the complex interactions between these elements.


Why St Mary's?

Our BSc Sport Psychology programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (subject to approval). Graduation through the accredited route means that you will be eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society.

Our programme contains research informed teaching delivered by lecturers who are able to draw on their own research and expertise. You will also learn key transferable skills, enabling you to apply knowledge and undertake your own supervised research, exploring the impact of Sport Psychology across different contexts.

With a smaller size year group than other universities, we are able to create a community environment where students are provided with support by staff and fellow students.

You will also have the opportunity to undertake a work placement during your degree in the local or wider London area. Previous students have been placed with mental health charities, in schools and within sport coaching.

About the Foundation Year

Our four-year degree programmes (including a foundation year) provide an alternative route to undergraduate study at university if you do not have the grades to access higher education in the traditional way.

On successful completion of the Psychology Foundation Year pathway you will progress on to the three-year undergraduate degree in Sport Psychology.

Please note: Sport Psychology (with a Foundation Year) is subject to validation.

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Entry requirements

48-72 UCAS points required


A Levels


BTEC Extended

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To calculate your expected UCAS points, please use the UCAS Tariff calculator.

Requirements for other qualifications (including BTECs, Irish Highers, Scottish Highers, International Baccalaureates and Access Courses) are also available. For more information please email

We will make you an offer if you are within the tariff band range and you meet subject-specific requirements (where applicable).

For undergraduate programmes we will take into account subjects studied at Level 3, your GCSEs (or equivalent) profile, relevant non-academic achievements outlined in your personal statement, references and your motivation for study.

International requirements

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any section (or equivalent).

We now accept IELTS Indicator test results as proof of your English language level.

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Course content

On successful completion of the foundation year you will be automatically enrolled on to the first year of the undergraduate degree.

Foundation year

  • Personal Learning Competencies Core
  • Taking a Professional Approach Core
  • Performing Identities Core
  • Investigating Psychology Core
  • Thinking Critically, Creatively and Ethically Core
  • Individual Project Core

Year one

  • Research Methods and Statistics I Core
  • Introduction to Social and Developmental Psychology Core
  • Introduction to Sport Psychology and Skill Acquisition Core
  • Research Methods and Statistics II Core
  • Introduction to Cognitive and Biological Psychology Core
  • Everyday Psychology Optional
  • Physiology of Exercise Optional
  • Basic Biomechanics Optional
  • Sport Performance Optional

Year two

  • Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis Core
  • The Social Brain Core
  • Quantitative Research Methods and Statistics Core
  • The Developing Mind Core
  • Social Psychology of Sport Core
  • Physiology of Training Optional
  • Sports Biomechanics Optional
  • Skill Acquisition I Optional
  • Contributing to the Community Optional
  • Experience and Employment in Sport Optional
  • Experience and Employment in Education Optional

Year three

  • Independent Project Core
  • Extended Literature Review Core
  • Applied Sport Psychology Core
  • Psychology of Attention Optional
  • Health Psychology Optional
  • Psychology of Intimate Relationships Optional
  • Experimental Biomechanics Optional
  • The Enterprising Workplace Optional
  • Applied Child Psychology Optional
  • Psychology of Education Optional
  • Psychology of Ageing Optional
  • Skill Acquisition II Optional
  • Environmental Physiology Optional
  • Managing in the Workplace Optional

Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

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Career opportunities

Students can undertake further study in education, research or occupational fields, subsequent to them being awarded Graduate Basis for Registration with the British Psychological Society.

The knowledge and skills acquired during the degree are very marketable and can enhance job prospects in almost any career option

The Careers Service has more information on careers and postgraduate study options available to Sport Psychology (with a Foundation Year) students who have started their studies at St Mary’s.

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How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

You'll be taught on our beautiful and historic campus located in Twickenham, London.

Our aim is to help you develop as an independent thinker, able to work individually and in a team, and capable of managing your workload. Innovative teaching methods are delivered within settings such as lectures and seminars. You will also engage in workshops and practical tasks that develop your research skills.

Lecture sizes can range from 30 to 80 students, dependent on the modules chosen. Seminars usually have a maximum of 25 students.

Teaching breakdown

Learning on the course is made up through a combination of:

  • Contact time: 22%
  • Guided learning: 43%
  • Independent study: 35%

Independent study is a key feature of your degree and is crucial to furthering your knowledge.

You will receive your timetable a week before teaching is due to start at the latest.

Assessment methods

Modules are assessed through a variety of teaching methods including examinations, presentations, practical workshops, reports and case studies


We adhere to the university’s policy of providing feedback on assessments within three weeks.

See how your final degree mark is calculated...

Compensated passes

Please refer to the information on compensated passes throughout your degree as outlined in the academic regulations.

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Fees and funding

2021/22 fees

  • Home: £9,250*
  • International: £12,900

* Please note: These fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the Governments review of Higher Education Funding.

Information about tuition fees, student loans and funding your studies can be found within our fees and funding section.

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants starting in 2020 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

Fees for EU applicants starting courses in 2021/22 academic year

Eligible EU applicants will pay the same tuition fees as UK students to support EU students during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course.

EU fees for 2022 entry are not yet confirmed.

View fees and funding information for EU students beginning their studies in 2021...

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred should you choose to buy copies of the core textbooks rather than loan from our library, and if you opt to purchase a sports kit.


A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to new undergraduate students. This includes:

Living costs

A guide to your living costs has been created by our Student Funding Team.

Accommodation costs vary depending on whether you opt for an en suite room and on-site catering. Take a look at our accommodation options and the prices you can expect to pay.

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Further information

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