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C8C6 - Psychology and Sport and Exercise Science

Psychology and Sport and Exercise Science

BSc Joint Honours

  • UCAS code: C8C6
  • Full time
  • 3 years
  • Next start date: September 2021
Year :

This accredited degree allows you to explore both psychology and sports and exercise science. You'll apply your learning to help athletes perform, and promote physical activity and exercise with the wider public.

Fees (per year)

  • Home: £9250
  • International: £23400

Entry requirements

  • A Level: AAA-AAB
  • IB: 35 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21
Work placement opportunity Professional accreditation

Course overview

This three-year, joint honours degree focuses on building your knowledge across both psychology and sport and exercise science.

You'll study key disciplines in psychology and sport and exercise science, such as physiology, bioenergetics, nutrition, and social and developmental psychology.

You'll have access to our brand new building, with state-of-the-art facilities, including:

  • a forensic interviewing suite
  • a nutrition and food preference unit
  • a media and behaviour lab
  • medical consultation rooms
  • psychological testing cubicles

You'll also cover advanced topics which are linked to the research of our expert staff, exploring applied sport and exercise psychology and clinical psychology.

Your course during COVID-19
Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the programmes, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption.

Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitments outlined are subject to guidelines that may be in place from time to time.

View our COVID-19 Study page, which gives information about your Newcastle University study experience for the academic year 2021-22.

See our terms and conditions and student complaints information

Quality and ranking

  • top 20 in the UK – The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 and The Complete University Guide 2021
  • top 100 – Psychology category – QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020
  • top 150 – Life Sciences category – Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2020
  • 8th in the UK for Medicine and Life Sciences research – Research Excellence Framework 2014

Professional accreditation

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body.

Modules and learning


The information below is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage. 

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content may change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Optional module availability
Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

You will be introduced to the basic concepts in psychology through core topics including cognitive psychology, sensation and perception, instinct, learning and motivation.

You also study key disciplines of sport and exercise science including sport and exercise psychology, bioenergetics, and physiology. You will develop your communication and study skills by working in small group tutorials on a guided research investigation in psychology.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Cognitive Psychology 10
Sensation and Perception 10
Instinct, Learning and Motivation 10
Research Methods and Skills 2 20
Introduction to Psychology for Joint Honours 10
Human Physiology and Practical Skills 20
Bioenergetics 20
Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology 20

You continue to develop your knowledge in core areas of sport and exercise science, including applied sport and exercise psychology, applied sport and exercise nutrition, and exercise physiology.

You also study core psychology topics in more depth, including visual perception, social psychology and cognition.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Developmental Psychology 10
Social Psychology 10
Individual Differences 10
Biological Psychology: Sex, Drugs, Rhythms and Blues 10
Methods in Psychology 2B 10
Statistics for Empirical Psychology 10
Methods in Psychology 2A 10
Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology 20
Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition 20
Exercise Physiology 20

You study advanced sport and exercise science topics including: clinical sport and exercise psychology; sport and exercise medicine; and factors affecting elite performance.

You choose from a range of psychology modules, which currently include areas such as: abnormal psychology and psychiatry; clinical psychology; personality and eating disorders; and forensic psychology.

You will also undertake an empirical project, giving you the opportunity to specialise in an area of psychology that interests you.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Psychological Enquiry 3: Psychological Literacy and Professional Skills 10
Clinical Sport & Exercise Psychology 20
Empirical Project 30
Sport and Exercise Medicine 20
Factors Affecting Elite Performance 20
Optional Modules Credits
Consumer Psychology 20
Art, Mind and Brain 10
To Cheat or not to Cheat: The Evolution of Cooperative Behaviour 10
The Damaged Brain: Case Studies in Neuropsychology 10
Psychology of Religion 20
Disorders of Development: A Psychological Perspective 20
Foundations in Forensic and Criminal Psychology 20
The Psychology of Teaching and Learning 20
Eating and Weight Disorders 20
Psychobiology of Drug Addiction 10
Sensation & Perception in Atypical Development 10
Sex Differences and the Brain 10
Cultural and Technical Intelligence: Developmental and Comparative Perspectives 10
Psychology for Sport Performance 20
The Social Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination 20
Advanced statistics for Empirical Psychology 10
Making Sense of Forgotten Senses: Investigating Olfaction and Gustation 20

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

Teaching methods include:

  • lectures
  • laboratory practical classes
  • computer sessions

You'll be taught the skills essential to carrying out research such as conducting experiments, analysing and interpreting data, and writing up research reports.

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Assessments

  • Assignments – written or fieldwork

  • Coursework

  • Dissertation or research project

  • Essays

  • Examinations – practical or online

  • Practical sessions

  • Reports

Skills and experience

Practical skills

The majority of your Psychology and Sport and Exercise Science modules will involve practical lab work, working with state-of-the-art, purpose-built facilities in our brand new building.

In Psychology, you'll learn how to formulate theories, conduct experiments, use statistical techniques, and write up research reports.

In your Sport and Exercise Science modules, you'll work in the laboratory and in the field to develop key practical skills.

Business skills

Your psychology modules focus on psychological literacy, applying psychology in a real-world setting. Modules in Sport and Exercise Science look to equip you with professional skills and ethical guidance, preparing you for a career in sport. 

Research skills

In stages 1 and 2, you'll complete Research Methods and Skills modules, in which you'll develop as an independent researcher.

In your third year, you'll put these skills into practice, completing a comprehensive research project in an area of your choice.

You'll also have the opportunity to gain additional research outside your course, including the School's certified research apprenticeship scheme.

Chat to a student

If you would like to study Psychology you should definitely consider Newcastle! The course ensures you have a good grounding in all areas of Psychology as well as allowing you to focus in more specialised areas in third year.

Hannah, Psychology student


Work placement

Get career ready with a work placement and leave as a confident professional in your field. You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months working in any organisation in the world, and receive University support from our dedicated team to secure your dream placement. Work placements take place between stages 2 and 3.

You'll gain first-hand experience of working in the sector, putting your learning into practice and developing your professional expertise.

If you choose to take a work placement, it will extend your degree by a year. Placements are subject to availability.

Find out more about work placements

Facilities and environment


As a joint honours Psychology and Sport and Exercise Science student, you'll be based between the School of Psychology and the School of Biomedical, Nutritional and Sport Sciences, at our city-centre campus. 

As well as having great access to University facilities like its libraries, student's union and sports centre, both schools are less than 10 minutes' walk from Newcastle city centre.

You'll also have access to our excellent practical facilities in the School of Psychology, such as:

  • a forensic interviewing suite
  • a nutrition and food preference unit
  • a media and behaviour lab
  • medical consultation rooms
  • psychological testing cubicles

While in Sport and Exercise Science, you'll be able to access brand new sport and exercise science research and teaching facilities. They include: 

  • an environmental chamber to enable the simulation of altitude, temperature and humidity
  • gait track
  • biomechanics laboratory
  • physiology laboratory
  • high-performance suite
  • nutrition kitchen
  • blood preparation and analysis lab

The facilities also support performance and recreational sport. They include an eight-court sports hall, four squash courts, strength and conditioning gym, spin studio and gym.

Situated next to Newcastle’s RVI hospital, we’re one of the largest integrated teaching/hospital complexes in the country.


You'll have an academic adviser in both subject areas as well as student buddies to help you settle into life at Newcastle University. 

You'll have the support of an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree to help with academic and personal issues.

Peer mentors will help you in your first year. They are fellow students who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have when starting university.

Your future

As a joint honours graduate, you'll develop a range of skills that are sought by employers. By studying two disciplines, you're well prepared for the multidisciplinary challenges of everyday work, such as:

  • time management
  • organisation
  • self-motivation

Graduates with a strong background in sport and exercise science are also ideally suited to fulfil emerging roles that overlap the fields of medicine, exercise and health promotion.

Opportunities for diverse career paths

Recent graduates have secured employment in areas such as clinical psychology, forensic psychology, and educational psychology, in companies such as NHS, Home Office, HMRC, Prison Service, and local, national, and international charities.

Many of our graduates embark on further study, including master's degrees and PHDs in areas such as forensics, sports and exercise, medicine, clinical psychology, and teacher training.

As a psychology graduate, you'll also be incredibly versatile, with plenty of transferable skills, including analytical thinking, research skills, strategy development, problem solving, and content writing skills. Many graduates go on to careers in teaching, marketing, and financial services.

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Careers support

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

Visit our Careers Service website

Recognition of professional qualifications outside of the UK

From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK.

Read our detailed explanation

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.

A Level


International Baccalaureate

35 points

Other UK qualifications (and PARTNERS)

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements


Through our PARTNERS programme, you could receive an offer up to three grades lower than the typical requirements, and get support throughout the application process. To apply through PARTNERS, you must be based in the UK and meet our eligibility criteria. 

Find out more about PARTNERS

Entrance courses (INTO)

International Pathway Courses are specialist programmes designed for international students who want to study in the UK. We provide a range of study options for international students in partnership with INTO. 

Find out more about International Pathway Courses

Admissions policy

This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University, including Newcastle University London. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for 2021 entry (per year)

Home Fee Students


International Fee Students


The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for home fee-paying students is set by the UK government.

As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.

Read more about fees and funding

You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme). 

The tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.

For courses commencing from September 2021 and beyond, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fees or Student Finance England support.

If you are from the EU you will pay international tuition fees.

Read more about fees and funding

Year abroad and additional costs

For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year. 

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

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  • the UCAS name and institution codes for Newcastle University (NEWC/N21)
  • the UCAS code for the course you want to apply for
  • the UCAS 'buzzword' for your school or college

If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.

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