Sport Psychology

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£275 inc VAT
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Study method
Distance learning, self-paced
No formal qualification
Additional info
  • Tutor is available to students
  • Certificate of completion available and is included in the price

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This programme is designed for people who wish to study the effect and impact of psychology in sport. Specifically it aims to provide the skills to improve sporting performance through consideration and application of psychological principles with sporting participants.


This sport psychology course is aimed at anyone involved in, or who has a keen interest in, the field of sports and exercise. You will find the contents of this course beneficial whether you are a coach, official, teacher, physiotherapist, sports trainer, or if you are just using the skills described in this course to enhance your own personal performance.

All athletes, no matter what their area of expertise want to make the most of their hard work and talent by performing to the best of their ability. There are three factors that influence sporting ability;

  • Technical proficiency
  • Fitness
  • Mental skills

It is in these areas where sport psychology will help them to succeed.


The course is designed for home study or distance learning and is comprised of comprehensive printed course notes presented in an A4 ring binder, together with course assignments and study guide. Tutor support and a student helpline facility are integral to the course, and students have a full 12 months in which to complete their studies. Actual study time will be of the order of 90-100 hours.

The course is divided up into six study units, each with one tutor marked assignment to be completed. Each assignment contains approx 8-10 written tasks to be completed which are then submitted to a subject tutor for marking. Where required assignments can be re-submitted after amendment in the event that the assessment standards are not full met on first submission

The course units and topics are as follows:

Unit 1 – Introduction to Sport Psychology

  • What is sport psychology?
  • The role of a sport psychologist
  • A brief history of sport psychology
  • An overview of psychology

Unit 2 – How Personality, Attitudes and Behaviour Affect Sporting Performance

  • Personality
    • Theories on personality
    • Methods of measuring personality
    • The links between personality and sport involvement and performance
    • Personality profiling
  • Attitudes
    • Origins of attitude
    • Triadic model of attitude formation
    • Changing attitudes
    • How attitudes influence behaviour
  • Behaviour
    • Aggressive behaviour
    • Antecedents of aggression
    • Theories of aggression
    • How aggression affects sporting performance
    • Combating aggression

Unit 3 – How the State Of Mind Affects Sporting Performance

  • Emotions
  • Arousal
  • Theories of arousal
  • How arousal affects sporting performance
  • Anxiety
  • How anxiety affects sporting performance
  • Stress
  • Causes of stress
  • Measuring stress
  • Stress Management
    • Physical relaxation
    • Imagery
    • Focus

Unit 4 – How Motivation Goal Setting and Confidence Affect Sporting Performance

  • Theories of motivation
  • How motivation affects sporting performance
  • Developing a motivational climate
  • Goal setting
  • Confidence building

Unit 5 - Social Influence in Sport

  • How spectators affect sporting performance
  • Research on audience effects
  • Coping with audience effects
  • The effects of co-action on sporting performance
  • The home advantage phenomenon
  • Teams and groups
  • Factors that affect group performances
  • Leadership
  • Leadership characteristics
  • Theories of leadership

Unit 6 - Psychological Skills Training

  • Psychological skills training
  • A Psychological skills training Programme
    • An orientation phase,
    • An analysis phase
    • A planning phase
    • An implementation phase
    • An evaluation phase

Who is this course for?

This programme is designed for people who wish to study the effect and impact of psychology in sport. Specifically it aims to provide the skills to improve sporting performance through consideration and application of psychological principles with sporting participants.


There are no study pre-requirements as the course is intended for learners who have not studied this topic beforehand.

Career path

The course is suited to anyone active in sport or sport coaching and management who wishes to gain abetter understanding of the psychology of sport as part of making a career in sport.

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Lionel asked:

Can I please have a complete unpacking of the course content and duration. Is this a diploma course and is it accredited.


The full course content of six units and the syllabus of each is listed on Reed's site. The course is certificated by ABC Awards, a leading awarding body, and leads to a Level 3 Sport Psycholoogy cerrificate.

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Daniel asked:

What qualification do you receive on completion of this course? And is there a test at the end?


The courses is assessed throgh a series of tutor marked assignments, completed at the end of each study unit and submitted by email (or post) There is no end test to this course. On completion, successful students are awarded a Sport Psychology certificate level 3, issued by ABC Awards, a recognised UK Awarding Organisation.

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SMITA asked:

what if I am unable to complete the course within specified time? Do I get extension How much? Or I go to pay extra for the same?


Course come with a 12 month support period, but if required this can be extended by a further 12 months, for which there is a charge of £60. Regards,

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jose egea asked:

Hello, just wandering, what does this course allow you eventually in terms of getting a physiology degree ?


Hello The course attests to a series of learning outcomes related to the psychology of sport and as such you would be able to gain credit from the university, towards their degree entry requirements. I think though that physiology is a sufficiently different subject for the psychology course not to make a major contribution to degree entry requirements.

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SMITA asked:

Whats the difference between this course and Exercise and Sport Psychology Course?


The Sport Psychology course is a general psychology course applied to sport situations. We don't offer an Exercise and Sport Psychology course and so I am unable to comment on its content. Regards,

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Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

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What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as ABC Awards and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.


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