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Programme Specification for the 2021/2 academic year

BSc (Hons) Psychology with Sport and Exercise Science and Professional Placement

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBSc (Hons) Psychology with Sport and Exercise Science and Professional Placement Programme codeUFS4PSYSHS01
Study mode(s)Full Time
Part Time
Academic year2021/2
Campus(es)St Luke's (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

Psychology is the systematic and scientific study of behaviour, experience and expertise. As a discipline, it plays an important role in drawing together techniques, theories, findings and professional practice from several areas of expertise to address complex and socially and economically important questions about behaviour. Psychologists study people at all stages in their lives from birth to old-age, assessing how people perceive the physical and social world around them, how they think and use ideas, how they vary in intelligence and personality and how they are influenced by particular environments such as work, school and family. One fruitful application of Psychology is in understanding the necessary ingredients for developing high-level skill and expertise, such as those required in Sports. On the other hand, psychologists are also studying the effects of physical activity and exercise on behaviour, cognition, interpersonal interactions and mental health. The latter two applications of Psychology are the focus of our BSc Psychology with Sport and Exercise Science and Professional Placement undergraduate programme.

The programme is taught jointly by the School of Psychology and the Department of Sport and Health Sciences (SHS) Based in the Washington-Singer Laboratories on Exeter’s Streatham campus, The Department of Psychology is an expanding centre for academic teaching and research, committed to providing its staff and students with a friendly and stimulating intellectual environment. It is one of the UK's top Psychology departments, providing high-quality undergraduate programmes for intelligent and highly-motivated people, whatever their background. Its teaching staff are recognised internationally for their academic excellence and world-leading research investigating mood disorders, human cognition, animal behaviour, and social, environmental and organisational psychology. You also benefit from the establishment of the Mood Disorders Centre, funded by the Wellcome Foundation, a variety of neuropsychological testing laboratories, including Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, electroencephalography and eye-tracking. Based on the St Luke’s Campus, the Department of Sport and Health Sciences has dedicated laboratories for sport and exercise physiology, sports biomechanics, and health and performance psychology. Its staff are active researchers whose work informs public policy on exercise and health. For example, they provide scientific support and consultancy services to national and international athletes and teams including Rugby Football Union, England and Wales Cricket Board, and the Football Association.

Our BSc Psychology with Sport and Exercise Science and Professional Placement degree has been designed to be stimulating, flexible and relevant to the needs of a career in psychology, with a strong reputation for intellectual rigour, academic excellence and practical value. Our undergraduate students benefit from the active research environment and our teaching standards are considered to be excellent. The degree provides a solid grounding in all major areas of psychology, with particular emphasis on sports and performance psychology, and our teaching is inspired and informed by our internationally-rated research. Our graduates are widely recognised as being thoroughly prepared for employment or for entry into postgraduate research and professional training courses, and the programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society for Graduate Membership and Graduate Basis for Registration.

A BSc Psychology with Sport and Exercise Science and Professional Placement degree from the University of Exeter would be an excellent foundation for a career in Sports Psychology. Because the degree is BPS accredited, it could also be your first step towards becoming a clinical, educational, or occupational psychologist (although entry into all these professions also requires postgraduate training). It will also give you valuable academic, personal and professional skills that can be used in a variety of sectors such as education, business, health and the media. Our programme is designed to provide a fantastic platform for many future career paths.

On the work placement you will gain valuable experience by spending a year working within an organisation appropriate to your degree. Your first and second year of the Psychology degree provides you with excellent transferable skills, and you will be encouraged to apply for positions with relevant organisations, with the support of the module convenor. You are encouraged to consider a range of organisations, including consultancies, charities, sports clubs, research institutes and universities. Psychology and SHS have established collaborations with local, national and international organisations that you can consider when applying for placement positions. You will gain valuable experience from the professional placement: you will learn to apply the skills learnt during the first and second years, improve personal and transferable skills, make new contacts and enhance employability. Professional placements allow you to develop your career focus and are valued highly by employers.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

We aim to promote the values described by McGovern et al (2010), providing an intellectual environment that allows you to develop into, ‘critical scientific thinkers and ethical and socially responsible participants in their communities’ (p.10).

Specifically, the aims of the undergraduate Psychology programme are:

  • To provide an education of high quality in a stimulating and supportive environment that is enriched by research and/or current practice in the discipline;
  • To provide training in scientific skills of problem analysis, research design, evaluation of empirical evidence and dissemination;
  • To provide a range of academic and key skills that will prepare you confidently for employment, future study, or training for professional practice;

Additional aims specific to this programme are:

  • To provide a thorough grounding in a range of skills, including statistical analysis and research design and methodology, necessary to satisfy the criteria for accreditation as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Registration under the scheme administered by the British Psychological Society
  • To promote specialist capabilities in specific areas of psychology congruent with the research focus of the College.

Plus, whilst on placement:

  • The application of psychology in the workplace.
  • How to think critically, evaluate evidence, analyse, build resilience, challenge, solve problems, work collaboratively, and communicate effectively.

In doing so, we aim to encourage you to develop into individuals who, on graduation, will:

  • Have a well-defined vocabulary and basic knowledge of the critical subject matter of Psychology, with special emphasis to its application to sports, exercise and performance
  • Value the intellectual challenges required to use scientific thinking and the disciplined analysis of information to evaluate alternative courses of action
  • Take a creative and amiable sceptic approach to problem solving
  • Apply psychological principles to personal, social and organisational issues in work, relationships and the broader community
  • Act ethically
  • Be competent in using and evaluating information technology
  • Communicate effectively in different modes and with many different audiences
  • Recognise, understand and foster respect for diversity
  • Be insightful and reflective about your own and other’s behaviour and mental processes

4. Programme Structure

5. Programme Modules

 www.exeter.ac.uk/psychology/currentstudents/modules/

 www.exeter.ac.uk/sshs/students/modules/

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 in the second or final years. Registration on this module is subject to a competitive application process. If taken, this module will not count towards progression or award calculation.

Stage 1


60 credits of compulsory modules, 60 credits of optional modules

a The written Statistics examination component of PSY1205 must also be passed at 40%.

b You must choose modules to the value of 15 credits from this list of Psychology modules.

c You must choose modules to the value of 45 credits from this list of Sport and Health Sciences modules

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
PSY1202 Introduction to Biological Psychology 15No
PSY1205 Introduction to Statistics [See note a above]15Yes
PSY1206 Introduction to Research Methods 15No
PSY1207 Cognition, Emotion and Development 15No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
PSY S1 BSc Psy-SES - Psy opt 2021/2 [See note b above]
PSY1203 Introduction to Social Psychology 15 No
PSY1204 Introduction to Clinical Psychology 15 No
PSY1208 Workplace Learning 15 No
PSY S1 BSc Psy-SES - SHS opt 2021/2 [See note c above]
ESS1006 Human Anatomy and Kinanthropometry 15 No
ESS1007 Human Physiology 15 No
ESS1605 Foundations of Exercise and Sport Psychology 15 No
ESS1606 Nutrition and Metabolism 15 No
ESS1703 Bioenergetics 15 No

Stage 2


90 credits of compulsory modules, 30 credits of optional modules

d You must choose modules to the value of 15 credits from this list of Psychology modules.

e You must choose modules to the value of 15 credits from this list of Sport and Health Sciences modules.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
PSY2203 Social Psychology II 15No
PSY2205 Personality and Individual Differences 15No
PSY2206 Methods and Statistics in Psychology II 15Yes
PSY2303 Cognition and Emotion 15No
PSY2304 Biological Basis of Behaviour 15No
PSY2306 Development Psychology and Psychopathology 15No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
PSY S2 BSc Psy-SES - Psy opt 2021/2 [See note d above]
PSY2209 Cognition Practical I 15 No
PSY2210 Social Practical I 15 No
PSY2212 Cognition Practical II 15 No
PSY2213 Social Practical II 15 No
PSY2214 Observations and Experiments in Animal Behaviour 15 No
PSY2216 Qualitative Methods and Interview Skills 15 No
PSY2217 Wild Behaviour 15 No
PSY2218 Social Practical III 15 No
PSY S2 BSc Psy-SES - SHS opt 2021/2 [See note e above]
ESS2001 Exercise Physiology 15 No
ESS2222 Motor Control 15 No
ESS2808 Sport Psychology 2: Skill Acquisition 15 No

Stage 3


120 credits of compulsory modules.

f You must take either PSY3406 or ESS3108. PSY3406 should be taken if you aim to do a Psychology-related placement. ESS3108 should be taken if you aim to do a Sport and Health Sciences-related placement. Module convenors will be available to advise you on module selection.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
PSY3406 Professional Placement [See note f above]120Yes
ESS3108 Professional Placement [See note f above]120Yes

Stage 4


60 credits of compulsory modules, 60 credits of optional modules (subject to an overall total of 120 credits)

g All students must take a research project module. This can either be PSY3401 Research Project in Psychology (45 credits) or ESS3302 Dissertation (45 credits) offered by Sport and Health Sciences. In the latter case, it is a requirement of BPS accreditation that the project involves a Psychology topic and that the work be supervised by a Psychologist within Sport and Health Sciences.

If you choose PSY3401 then you must take 60 credits of optional modules comprising:

  • At least one ESS-coded module (30 or 15 credits).
  • 30 or 45 credits from either PSY- or ESS-coded modules. You can select all ESS-coded modules. If you decide to take two Psychology modules these must be from two different groups. If you decide to take three Psychology modules these must be from three different groups.

If you choose ESS3302 then you must take 60 credits of optional modules comprising:

  • At least one ESS-coded module (30 or 15 credits).
  • At least one PSY-coded module (15 credits).
  • 30 or 15 credits from either PSY- or ESS-coded modules. If you decide to take two Psychology modules these must be from two different groups. If you decide to take three Psychology modules these must be from three different groups.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
PSY3401 Psychology Research Project [See note g above]45Yes
ESS3302 Dissertation [See note g above]45Yes
PSY3402 Methods and Statistics in Psychology III 15Yes

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
PSY SF BSc Psy-SES - SHS opt 2021/2
EDU3013 Learning for Teaching: School Experience 15 No
EDU3014 Learning for Teaching: School Experience 30 No
ESS3705 Sport, Physical Activity and Health 15 No
ESS3707 Physiological Determinants of Exercise Performance 15 No
ESS3804 Clinical Exercise Prescription 30 No
ESS3808 Sport Psychology 30 No
PSY SF BSc-BA Psy S3 MSci Psy App - Group 1 2021/2
PSY3411 Psychology and Law 15 No
PSY3412 The Psychology of Gender 15 No
PSY3413 Communication and Social Groups 15 No
PSY3416 Work and Organisational Psychology 15 No
PSY3432 The Moral Mind 15 No
PSY3440 The Psychology of Helping 15 No
PSY3441 Psychology of Close Relationships 15 No
PSY3442 Cultural Psychology 15 No
PSY3443 The Social Psychology of Ageing and Ageism 15 No
LAW3169 Equality and Diversity at Work 15 No
PSY SF BSc-BA Psy S3 MSci App Psy - Group 2 2021/2
PSY3417 The Associative Mind 15 No
PSY3418 Processes of Human Memory 15 No
PSY3419 Studying Cognition and Emotion with Brain Imaging 15 No
PSY3420 Brain Plasticity and Language Learning across the Lifespan 15 No
PSY3423 The Evolution of Social Behaviour and Social Organisation 15 No
PSY3427 Compulsive Behaviour 15 No
PSY3431 Comparative Approaches in the Study of Brain and Behaviour 15 No
PSY3437 The Psychology of Addiction 15 No
PSY3444 Foundations of Human Behaviour 15 No
PSY3445 Mechanisms of Face Recognition 15 No
PSY SF BSc-BA Psy S3 MSci App Psy - Group 3 2021/2
NEU3003 Psychology Applied to Health 15 No
PSY3411 Psychology and Law 15 No
PSY3425 Cognitive Behavioural Approaches to Mood Disorders 15 No
PSY3426 Parental Psychiatric Disorders and Children's Development 15 No
PSY3430 Women's Mental Health 15 No
PSY3439 Social Exclusion and Inclusion in Childhood and Adolescence 15 No
PSY3446 Prevention Science in Developmental Psychopathology 15 No
PSY3447 Solitude and Social Withdrawal across the Lifespan 15 No
PSY3448 Sleep and Psychology 15 No

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Demonstrate detailed knowledge about a range of core subject areas as defined by the British Psychological Society, with in-depth specialisation at the forefront of the subject in certain areas
2. Apply a range of methodological skills, including a variety of statistical and research techniques, to carry out empirical research both individually and collectively
3. Apply skills of scientific writing in psychology and in sports and exercise science, through a range of methods, at a level appropriate to an honours degree

ILO 1 is developed in Stages 1 and 2 of the programme through lectures and tutorials. In-depth specialisation is developed in Stage 3 via seminars and the dissertation (research project). ILOs 2 and 3 are developed throughout the programme, via practical classes, lectures, and the Stage 3 dissertation (research project). Independent study also forms a major part of the programme’s teaching and learning methods.

  • ILOs 1 and 3 are assessed by a combination of written examinations, and continuous assessment essays.
  • ILOs 2 and 3 are assessed via practical reports and the final dissertation.

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

4. Apply skills of scientific writing and presenting results
5. Review and critically evaluate empirical evidence using a range of defined techniques.
6. Illustrate an awareness of the wider ethical issues relating to the subject and its application.
7. Review and critically evaluate published work as well as your own work.
8. Plan, execute and present an independent and original project.

ILOS 4, 5, 6 and 8 are developed through Research Methods, Key Skills, and Statistics lectures, tutorials and practicals at Stage 1; through research practical modules at Stage 2, and through the research project at Stage 3. ILOs 4, 7 and 8 are also developed throughout the programme in lectures, seminars, and continuous assessment. Independent study and practice also forms a major part of our teaching and learning methods.

  • ILOs 4 and 7 are assessed by a combination of written examinations, and continuous assessment essays.
  • ILOs 5, 6 and 8 are assessed via written examinations, practical reports, and the final project report

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

9. Think independently, critically and creatively.
10. Identify and solve complex problems confidently and flexibly
11. Use electronic information retrieval and management tools effectively; access information from a variety of sources.
12. Interact effectively within a group.
13. Manage yourself effectively including autonomy, time management, self-teaching, self-reflection, seeking and using feedback, personal responsibility, self-criticism.

ILOs 9, 10 and 11 are developed through the process of acquiring subject knowledge and core academic skills (see A and B above). ILO 12 is developed through group discussions in academic tutorials, through working in groups in practicals, through pair work and an apprenticeship teaching model on the final research project. ILO 13 is developed through you progressing through a teaching programme that is gradually more self-managed, and the personal tutorial and Personal Development Planning system. Independent study and practice also forms a major part of our teaching and learning methods.

ILOs 9, 10 and 11 are assessed primarily through continuous assessment essays, practical reports, and the final project report. ILOs 12 and 13 are indirectly assessed – in the sense that where modules require development of these skills, it would be very difficult to achieve a good mark in the assessments without having developed such skills.

7. Programme Regulations

Programme-specific Progression Rules

To progress to Stage 2 of this programme you must pass the non-condonable module PSY1205 Introduction to Statistics. If you do not pass PSY1205 you will be transferred to the 3-year BA Psychological Studies programme. If you subsequently take and pass PSY2206 Methods and Statistics in Psychology II as an optional module on the BA in Psychological Studies programme, you would have the opportunity to transfer back onto the BSc Psychology programme; you will not be permitted to transfer back to the BSc Psychology with Sport and Exercise Science.

To progress to Stage 2 you must also achieve an average mark of at least 60% in Stage 1. If you do not achieve an average mark of 60% in Stage 1, you will be interviewed to determine whether you can continue the Professional Placement programme; if you do not succeed in that interview you will be required to transfer to the 3-year programme. This is to ensure that only those students who are likely to succeed in their professional placement are selected. If you are unsuccessful in your application for a professional placement, you will normally be transferred to the 3-year programme

To progress to Stage 3 of this programme you must pass the non-condonable module PSY2206 Methods and Statistics in Psychology II. If you do not pass PSY2206 you will be transferred to the 3-year BA Psychological Studies programme.

In stage three you will take the PSY3406 Professional Placement or ESS3208 Professional Placement module, depending on whether you secure a Psychology- or Sport and Health Sciences-related placement, respectively. Each of these count as 120 credits and are non-condonable; you must pass this module to graduate with the degree title of BSc Psychology with Sport and Exercise Science and Professional Placement. If you fail the professional placement your degree title will be commuted to BSc Psychology with Sport and Exercise Sciences. 

Classification

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

You will be allocated two tutors - one in the Department of Psychology and one in the Department of Sport and Health Sciences. Typically, the tutor in the Department of Psychology will be their personal tutor who will remain with them throughout the programme, where possible. The two tutors will provide guidance and feedback on assessment performance and guidance in generic academic skills. The personal tutor will provide pastoral support. They are also able to refer students to more specialist support services, both within the College and elsewhere across the University.

You will have access to the computer clusters in the Washington Singer Laboratories and the Richards Building, when not in use for teaching or assessment purposes, along with the pay-per-print laser printer installed there. University IT Services provide a range of central services, including open and training clusters of PCs - available on a 24/7 basis.  Network access is available from all rooms in the hall of residence on site.

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

10. Admissions Criteria

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

The programme is not subject to accreditation and/ or review by professional and statutory regulatory bodies (PSRBs).

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

College of Life and Environmental Sciences (CLES)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

Not applicable to this programme.

18. Final Award

BSc (Hons) Psychology with Sport and Exercise Science and Professional Placement

19. UCAS Code

Not applicable to this programme.

20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits

180

ECTS credits

90

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

23. Dates

Origin Date

05/03/2021

Date of last revision

05/03/2021