Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Applied Sport Psychology
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminar 10 x 2 Hour Seminars
Lecture 11 x 2 Hour Lectures


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Coursework: 3,000 word case study  50%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   EXAMINATION  50%
Supplementary Assessment 3 hour written examination  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

analyse an athlete's psychological skills training needs, identify suitable strategies for addressing these needs and methods of implementing and assessing the efficacy of suggested strategies.

critically discuss the empirical and theoretical underpinnings of key psychological skills training strategies and interventions, and

demonstrate a critical understanding of consultancy issues, such as ethical considerations in applied work and different approaches to consultancy with athletes.

Brief description

This module will introduce students to the processes – philosophical, technical, ethical, procedural – involved with applying psychological principles to resolve issues in the "real world" of competitive sport. The primary focus of the module is on the application of theoretical and research knowledge in the form of psychological skills training and intervention strategies aimed at optimising competitive sports performance and alleviating unwanted psychological consequences of participating.


First and second year sport psychology modules provide a sound introduction to the knowledge that underpins the field of applied sport psychology. In doing so, these modules gradually engender in the students a sense of the connection between their knowledge and its application. However, there is a stark contrast between knowing about the psychology of sport and its potential application, and what it is really like to make this transition and provide psychological services to athletes. This year three applied sport psychology module is designed to bridge this gap and to prepare students for further training and career opportunities in this important profession.


Indicative content includes:

Professional philosophies and approaches to applied sport psychology;
Theoretical perspectives that inform the design and implementation of interventions to change unwanted thoughts, behaviours, and emotions in sport;
Assessing the client’s needs and readiness to change – the basis for effective intervention;
Evidence-based practice;
Measurement issues and study designs in the field of applied sport psychology.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number N/A
Communication Case study assessment and written examination: - Expression of arguments coherently and in an appropriate academic style
Improving own Learning and Performance N/A
Information Technology - Use of web-based literature databases
Personal Development and Career planning - Develop awareness of the consultancy role played by Sport Psychologists. - Develop awareness of the accreditation process for Sport Psychologists.
Problem solving Case study assessment: - Identification of problems - Identification of factors which might influence potential solutions - Identification of solutions, and evaluation of advantages and disadvantages of potential solutions - Construction of a rational proposal in response to a problem.
Research skills Case study assessment: - Location and use of primary sources - Production of an academically appropriate report
Subject Specific Skills
Team work N/A


This module is at CQFW Level 6