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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


Mental skills


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


Study Method


The course is designed for study by distance learning at work or at home.  Students receive course manual, assignments and studyguide plus tutor support by mail and email.  You can start at any time and plan your studies over a period of up to one year from the time of enrolment. 




Each element is followed by a written assignment, which is submitted and then marked by your tutor.  There is no external examination required.


Course Accreditation


At the end of this course successful learners will be awarded a certificate of achievement by NCFE. This course has been accredited under NCFE IIQ Licence by Kendal Publishing Limited which has been approved as an NCFE Investing in Quality (IIQ) centre to give formal recognition to our courses. We have designed our training courses specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home. The course measurable learning outcomes have been benchmarked at Level 3 (using Ofqual’s Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) level descriptors) to allow you to consider the depth of study, difficulty, and level of achievement involved.


Course Duration


Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies.  The course will take around 90 hours of study to complete.


Pack/Course Contents


Your study pack is dispatched in full at the time of enrolment and provides all you need to complete your studies:



Comprehensive study notes for each element of the course

Self-assessment activities


Tutor support

Assignment marking & feedback



Price and Payment Methods


Please refer to current price list



Course Contents

This course consists of six units of study:


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



Theories on personality

Methods of measuring personality

The links between personality and sport involvement and performance

Personality profiling


Origins of attitude

Triadic model of attitude formation

Changing attitudes

How attitudes influence 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




Theories of arousal

How arousal affects sporting performance


How anxiety affects sporting performance


Causes of stress

Measuring stress

Stress Management

Physical relaxation




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

Group maturity



Leadership characteristics

Leadership qualities

Leadership behaviours

Leadership styles

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


Advantages of this distance learning course:
  • Home Study: you declare when you study, no need to attend class at fixed times and fixed dates. Your study hours fit around you!
  • We will post all the beautifully printed course materials to you. Everything is written in a clear and easy-to-understand format.
  • Start this course anytime of the year! No need to wait until the new academic year starts. Enroll today so soon you'll start improving your CV or re-skill for your new career.
  • Create your own study routine, learn at your own pace, complete your course as quickly or slowly as your circumstance dictate.
  • Your home learning is totally supported by experienced tutors who guide, encourage and assess your progress. You will not be alone because all our tutors are friendly and approachable.


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