Diploma in Sports Psychology


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Diploma in Sports Psychology

Why Oxford Learning College 

This course is accredited by ACCPH at Level 3 and allows you join as a professional member after graduation.


This Quality Assured Level 3 Diploma course will include reflective and practical activities. Sport psychology is the scientific study of people and their behaviors in sport contexts and the practical application of that knowledge.

Each module has an associated assignment which is designed to allow students to demonstrate their underpinning knowledge and show how this can be applied in various contexts.

Module Titles and Content

Module 1: In the beginning

In this module we will look at the definition and description of sports psychology, together with examining the various components or specialities within the overall context.

There will be a brief historical overview and exploration of the scientific or theoretical, versus implementation or practical applications. So the discussions will centre on how sports psychology came into being and its evolvement over recent years; it has become a mainstay of both amateur and professional sporting performance and skills enhancement, and is used from the very basic to professional levels.

Within this module we will also look at performance preferences, and understand what is current in terms of trends and practice; so the questions we will be addressing are: how do individuals like to play their sport; what are the specific learning aids which help best; differentiation within sporting practices and how are these being used within both the amateur and professional fields at present?

Module 2: Participation and learning

In this module we will be looking at personality and identity, and what makes us competitive; there are many theories of identity used in multiple fields such as psychology, healthcare, business and philosophy. Identity is linked with the way in which individuals take part in every aspect of life, therefore this relates very well to sporting activities.

Personality types have been explored for many years within the fields of both psychiatry and psychology, so there is a great deal of data and evidence to support emergent theories and concepts; these are relevant to how we learn and make sense of our world, and in turn how we perceive roles and our place in that world. These processes underpin approaches to information assimilation and understanding, thereby impacting the psychological 'self' which has a direct impact on any thought we have or activity we undertake.

There will also be exploration of motivational influences and professional practice in this area as external factors can exert influences on direct and indirect actions.

We will look at strategies for success and identifying your own role in both understanding personality and thereby your own psyche. By examination of one's own personality, you will be better placed to identify key markers in other individuals and this will be an invaluable skill to develop whether you are in the role of a sports trainer, psychologist, coach, or just using the skills for personal performance enhancement and skills training.

Module3: Stress and anxiety

So these are things that will be detailed within this module in reference to anatomy, physiology and how these impact the psychological response.

From there we move onto looking at how to reduce stress, particularly prior to performance; and in addition the strategies that will help if stress occurs during performance; these are known as coping strategies.

Module 4: The sports environment

We look at what happens during competition and examine feedback, reinforcement and the principles of rewarding behaviours, both extrinsic and intrinsic. Examples we will be looking at within this module are what are the expectations of training? How does performance from one session impact behaviour in the next? How do athletes feedback to their coaches and themselves to make use of positive and negative experiences? What are the benefits of using rewards to maintain desired behaviour? How do we behave to one another within a competitive environment?

And finally, how do we define extrinsic and intrinsic behaviours, together with explaining their relevant position and usefulness within the sports environment?

This is an integrative module and will link into the previous and subsequent modules.

Module 5: Group dynamics

Groups and teams are very complex entities, requiring special skills and interactions. We will look at group behaviour in depth and study some of the most influential theories. Working as part of a team requires individuals to set aside their own personal desires and take on those of the whole group; within this there is room for a subsection of 'personal goals' but they are not considered as important as the overall team objectives – how do we cope with this?

Interacting with several people is difficult at the best of times but within a competitive environment it has sensitive issues and complexities which can affect personal performance; here we look at these in detail.

This module will specifically examine cohesion and leadership. In any team or group there has to be a leader, or 'leaders'. This can pose problems of poor relationship building, lack of respect, hierarchical issues, and some basic clashes or resentments. In this module these elements will be discussed and some strategies presented which can be used to overcome these potentially difficult situations.

In addition communication will be thoroughly explored and we will look at some of the barriers to positive communications which may in turn affect performance. Communication skills are vital in group situations, especially when you are working towards shared objectives; these skills may have to be enhanced and some training aids will be presented. Barriers to communication will prevent effective group cohesion and so we will look at some of the common barriers and see how they can be overcome by the employment of strategies and learning aids.

Module 6: Performance dynamics

In this module we look at improving performance through skills training, arousal regulation and imagery. There will also be discussion about self-confidence and how to address issues within this context, especially building self-confidence in order to improve training etc. Many performers, whether within sport or another discipline, may have outstanding achievements when training or practicing on their own but these elude them during competitive or public performance and so here we will look at how to cope with fear, nerves and poor confidence levels, turning these negative processes into positive strategies instead.

We will explore the concepts of goal setting and bring into these issues of cognitive behaviour – in other words how we can change behaviour in order to promote performance enhancement.

Module 7 & 8: Health and wellbeing part 1 and 2

This module will also look at the concepts within wellbeing and how the perceptions of individuals affect physical performance, and it will also look briefly at the concept of homeostasis in relations to systemic equilibrium and how maintenance of optimum equilibrium influences health and physical performance.

Within the module we will also address athletic injuries and the role of sports psychology in injury rehabilitation. There will be discussion about burnout and excessive training, looking specifically at definitions, measurement and prevention of these incidents

Module 9: Children and sports psychology

Children require special considerations in sports training and performance. They are still growing physically and developing mentally, being particularly susceptible to role model influence and adult coercion. The module will look briefly at the key stages of child development. Also in this module we look at all these areas in relation to psychology, and how to apply professional knowledge to practice when working with children in the sporting context.

There will also be some direct discussion regarding working with children, appropriate approaches and how best to utilize specific training and learning techniques in a positive and effective way.

Module 10: Psychology, growth and development

This module looks at issues of aggression and anger in sport, how this can affect performance and how to channel this into something positive. In addition we will explore the negative side of aggressive behaviour in relation to sporting performance and how this can be detrimental to both the individual and group.

It also looks at character building and how to 'behave' within the performance environment. It is said that you grow with your sport, so here we want to examine this concept and look at some research which underpins the supporting theories.

Entry Requirements

All students must be 16 years of age and above.

Level 3 Diploma courses require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order that students can manage their studies and the assumed knowledge within course content.

Study Hours

Approximately 20 hours per unit

Assessment Method

Final online multiple choice examination.

Please note that you can enrol on this course at anytime.


Diploma in Sports Psychology

This course is Quality Assured by the Quality Licence Scheme
Quality Assured by QLS

At the end of this course successful learners will receive an e-Certificate from Oxford Learning College. There is also the option to purchase an Embossed Certificate and also a certificate from ABC Awards for the qualification.

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Oxford Learning College has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future.

The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by Oxford Learning College to meet specific learners' and/or employers' requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers. Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

How can I progress

For more information on how to progress after completing this course, please click here

Additional Information

You will receive a certificate from the College. A digital version is included in the price and will be emailed to you within 5 days of taking your online exam.

Should you require an embossed hard copy of your certificate to be sent to you by Special Delivery post, you can order this separately after taking your exam.

The course can be enrolled upon by students Internationally. There are no deadlines for enrolments.

To view the differences between our qualifications, please click HERE

What's Included

Online study materials to enable the student to successfully complete the Diploma. Support is provided by the tutor department for the duration of the course (1 year). Certification upon completion. All examination fees.

Course Fee


Payment by Instalments

Students are able to pay course fees in monthly instalments. Click here to download our instalment plan.

Further Information

The Quality Assured Diploma is a Level 3 equivalent on the National Qualifications Framework. The Diploma is a 1 year course which is self study and is examined by online examination. The Diploma is awarded by Oxford College. Upon completion of the course you will receive certification awarded by Oxford College.

The Level 3 Diplomas require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order to for students to manage study and the assumed knowledge within course content.

They provide an ability to gain and apply a range of knowledge, skills and understanding in a specific subject at a detailed level. Level 3 qualifications such as A levels, NVQ3, BTEC Diplomas etc. are appropriate if you plan to progress to university study.

Level 3 Diploma courses can assist you in career development, continued professional development, personal development, and provision of a basis for further study.

Progression from Level 3 is to specialist learning and detailed analysis of a higher level of information (for example university level study, Diploma Level 5 study).

Your course is delivered online via the Oxford Learning On Campus website.

This is a flexible learning course, so the more time you have to commit to your studies, the sooner you are able to complete.

In the student 'On Campus' you are also able to take part in the student chat room and forums as part of our online student community.

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