Sports Psychology Level 3

Our course code: X349

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Have a passion for sports? Interested in achieving optimal performance in activities? Maybe you’re searching ways to improve motivation in individuals or team members? If so, then our online Level 3 Sports Psychology course is the perfect starting point for you! Designed with sporting professionals in mind: coaches, officials, teachers, physiotherapists. However, it’s also idea for the casual sports enthusiast looking to enhance their own performance. So, come join countless other athletes by enrolling today.

A lot of Athletes use sports psychologists” – Andy Murray – Wimbledon Tennis Champion

A modern phenomenon, sports psychology is gaining rapid media attention. Every year athletes, coaches and sports teams are choosing to work with sport psychology consultants to enhance their performance. After all, sport isn’t just physical activity. Oh, no. It’s also a game of the mind, too. Knowing yourself. Knowing your opponent. Getting into the zone. Having complete mental focus often gives you that edge!

Top athletes know squeezing every inch out of training is vital. Add poise and concentration to the mix and you have the recipe for success. A sports psychologist will have the know-how to enable this to happen. That’s why our sports psychology course was built for those involved or interested in the field of sports and exercise. You’ll develop the essentials from the comforts of your living room to put into practice in real life.

“…psychology is part of the building bricks to make a top athlete” – David James – Footballing Legend

Specifically, our online sports psychology course aims to teach you the skills to improve sporting performance. You’ll study key psychological principles and influencers, as well as the effect and impact of psychology within sports. If an exciting career in sports psychology is what you’re after, this is a good stepping stone.

On this Sports Psychology course, you will:

  • Discover the power personality and motivation has on sports performance
  • Explore the relationship between stress, anxiety, arousal and sports performance
  • Know the role of group dynamics in team sports
  • Learn to plan a psychological skills training programme to enhance sports performance

Discover the importance of how to optimise performance in sporting activities, motivation and group dynamics in sports.

  • Study with winners

    We’re an award-winning learning provider and have been recognised for our cutting-edge learning techniques.

  • At your own pace

    Study this course as quickly or slowly as you wish; we’ll work at a speed that suits you.

  • Affordable price plans

    We’ll find a way to make this course fit in to your budget.

Study Hours

Up to 90 hours which is around 30 minutes per day for 6 months.

Study Method

The course is specially designed for study by distance learning. Throughout the course, there will be self-assessment questions, and tutor marked assignments (TMAs), to enable you to monitor your progress.

Course Duration

You have up to a year to complete this course and we have included a suggested number of study hours. This is usually ample time for learners, even with full-time jobs and other commitments. Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for a small fee, which also extends your tutor support.


Each unit is followed by a written tutor-marked assignment (TMA), which is submitted and then marked by your tutor. You will not be required to take an external exam.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course, successful learners will be awarded an NCFE Customised Qualification. The training courses have been designed specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home. You can read more about NCFE here.

Additional Information

Difficulty - Level 3

Entry requirements - There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.

Course Content

1: Introduction to Sport Psychology

Develop knowledge of the scope, purpose and definitions of sports psychology. You’ll gain insight into scientific principles guiding the development of sport psychology. You’ll also learn about the different approaches of understanding psychological influences on sporting performance.

2: The Influence of Stress, Arousal, Anxiety and Pressure on Sport Performance
3: The Influence of Individual Differences on Sport Performance

Learn the importance of respecting the differing traits and characteristics of individuals and how they might impact sporting performance. Consider the role self-confidence plays and identify techniques to enhance an athlete’s confidence in sport situations. You’ll also look at perfectionism, self-efficacy and vicarious experiences.

4: Social Aspects of Sport Psychology

Identify factors influencing the effective functioning of teams. Consider the relationship between team cohesion and performance. Finally, recognise methods that enhance team climate and cohesion.

5: Psychological Challenges and Issues in Sporting Contexts

Familiarise yourself with the psychological aspects of sports injury. Detect the causes and symptoms of burnout in sport participants. Finally, explore the concept of exercise dependence and how it relates to body image. With learning on the Unidimensional Identity Development & External Control Model.

6: Goal Setting

Understand how to develop core relaxation techniques and diaphragmatic breathing. You’ll also know how to use psychological skills for goal setting, as well as create psychological skills training programmes. Areas you’ll study include setting specific goals, self-talk, and improving concentration. With activities to complete.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email and telephone, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

You don’t need any prior skills in the subject area to start. However, as with all of our courses, we recommend a reasonable level of English reading and writing ability.

We provide all the specially written learning materials you require to study this course at home. The course fee also includes tutor support for the specified duration of your course.

You will receive everything you need to complete this course within the study pack we send to you.

No, this course is assessed by coursework alone.

No, all of the study materials are supplied within your learning pack.

That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).

Please check our main FAQs section or Contact Us, we have experienced course advisers who will be delighted to help!