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Sports Psychology (BPS106)



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Learn How State of Mind Can Affect Athletic Performance

Sports psychology is concerned with how to enhance the performance of athletes or those partaking in sport and exercise - from children and the elderly to people with disabilities and, of course, professional athletes. Any type of exercise can have a toll on our body, even for the super fit, and so it can seem like a chore at times. Sometimes, in order to benefit from sport and exercise, we need to use strategies to overcome hurdles and find a way to continue. 

This course helps students to develop an understanding of the psychology of sport and exercise and how an athlete, psychologist or coach can apply it to improve motivation and performance. Factors which influence success at sports are examined from individual traits to outside influences. You'll look at techniques to overcome anxiety about performance, how to channel aggression more usefully, the use of imagery, and how to motivate sports people. You'll also apply what you learn to different groups of people with different needs.  


What the Course Covers

Eight lessons
1. Introduction
2. Psychological Traits of Successful Athletes
3. Anxiety and Arousal
4. Motivation
5. Aggression
6. Leadership and Coaching
7. Learn Dynamics
8. Special Groups


Study when, where and however much you want. For most students, the course can be completed with a total of around 100 hours of study; and a commitment close to that may be needed to achieve desired learning outcomes.

Extra Reading

The following books, available through this web site are relevant supplementary reading for this course

  • Leadership
  • The Brain and Behaviour
  • Working with People
  • Aerobic Fitness


Self Assessment Tests are presented throughout the course. These are essentially an automated quiz. When you undertake a "SAT" or "Self Assessment Test", you will be able to see what you got correct, and what was incorrect; and in that way, you can identify your weaknesses.

Assignments are given at the end of each lesson. You should complete this assignment, paying careful attention to follow what is asked of you. It can be just as important to learn to work to specification, as it is to learn about the topic you are studying. Graduates who develop a habit of working to specification in the field of counselling, will impress employers, and will be more efficient when self employed.

A Final Exam is offered upon satisfactory completion of all assignments. This is optional. If you choose to apply for and do this exam, you will have the possibility of obtaining a "formal credit" or "Pass Certification" for this course. A fee applies. The exam may be sat under prearranged conditions anywhere in the world. This college will award you a formal transcript, upon successful completion of the exam, as proof of your results.

Recognition and Ethics

This college is a member of the ACS Affiliates Network; a group of colleges from several countries, affiliated with each other through ACS Distance Education.. Courses are developed with input from all of these colleges, aspiring to reflect internationally accepted standards and needs.

A strict "No Plagiarism" and "No fraud" policy exists. Assignments are checked for plagiarism, and assignments will not be deemed to have been completed, if work is not your own original creation, and is found to have been copied from elsewhere. If the person doing the course is discovered to be different to the name enrolled, the enrolment and any results will be recorded as invalid and any fees paid will be forfeited.

Refund Policy

A full refund less expenses (up to 15% of fees applied) is provided to anyone wishing to withdraw from a course, within 2 weeks of enrolment. This does not apply after the first assignment has been submitted and marked; or after the two weeks has expired.


We believe that we have an ethical responsibility to make good use of the fees you pay and the time you invest into an education through our college. To this end, our first priority is always your learning. This comes before issues such as formal accreditations, speculative marketing and bureaucratic processes which all too often add considerable costs to the running of colleges, and take resources away from the provision of more valuable services to the student.

This college focuses on facilitating your learning and support to optimise that learning. We recognise that learning is all about improving knowledge and skills in your long term memory. While some colleges may focus on getting you to pass exams, by committing knowledge to short term memory; we understand that such an approach is not true education, and does little to improve your long term career or business prospects.


How This Course Could Help You

This course is of value to anyone with an interest in psychology, counselling, sports coaching or training. Those wishing to work in these fields may wish to use this course to develop their understanding of this area. It may also be useful in teaching or rehabilitation settings.

Study this course either in isolation or as part of a certificate or higher qualification to enhance your current skills or as a foundation towards further study.  

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Sports Psychology (BPS106) Sports Psychology (BPS106)
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