Sports Psychology Level 3

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

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Overview

As footballing legend David James once commented, “Psychology is part of the building blocks to make a top athlete”. Sport isn’t just physical activity, it’s also a game of the mind, too: knowing yourself. Knowing your opponent. Getting into the zone, and having complete mental focus.

A sports psychologist can help athletes overcome performance anxiety, improve their mental resilience, help them mentally prepare for a race or competition, and so much more. And don’t think this only applies to Olympic-level competitors – coaches, sports teams, and marathon runners all regularly employ the services of sports psychologists in a bid to improve their performance.

If you’re interested in pursuing this increasingly popular sports psychology career, or even if you’d just like to gain the psychological knowledge that will help to boost your own athletic performance, this level 3 sports psychology course is ideal. You’ll study the influence that stress and anxiety can have on sporting achievement, and discover how psychology can be used to enhance teamwork and resolve conflict.

You’ll explore the psychological aspects of injury, and strategies for overcoming such setbacks and maintaining a positive outlook. Finally, you’ll take a look at effective approaches to goal-setting, as well as psychological techniques that have been proven to boost athletic performance. You can study in your own time, at your own pace, and at the end, you'll receive a certificate of achievement from NCFE.

What you'll learn

Unit 1 - Introduction to Sport Psychology

Unit one will explain the scope, purpose, and definitions of sports psychology as a science. You’ll gain knowledge of scientific principles that have guided the development of the subject so far. You’ll also take a look at some of the different approaches to understanding the influence that psychology can have on sporting performance.

Unit 2 - The Influence of Stress, Arousal, Anxiety and Pressure on Sport Performance

Unit two will help you to differentiate between the terms ‘stress’, ‘stressors’, ‘arousal’ and ‘anxiety’, as well as understand the effect that each can have upon individuals in sporting contexts. You’ll discover some common sources of stress and anxiety for sportspeople, as well as exactly what happens when athletes ‘choke under pressure’.

Unit 3 - The Influence of Individual Differences on Sport Performance

Unit three will explore the relationship between self-confidence and performance in sport, as well as techniques athletes can use to give theirs a boost. You’ll examine the role that personality can play in sporting performance, as well as the characteristic of perfectionism.

Unit 4 - Social Aspects of Sport Psychology

In the fourth unit, you’ll examine factors that can influence the effective functioning of teams, and explore the relationship between team cohesion and performance. You’ll also learn some common techniques to help encourage closeness between teammates, and maintain a positive atmosphere.

Unit 5 - Psychological Challenges and Issues in Sporting Contexts

Often athletes have more to worry about than whether they have performed poorly or well in a particular competition, sometimes having a profound effect their general well-being and mental health. Throughout this unit you’ll have an understanding of aspects of sports injury, explain the causes and symptoms of burnout in participants and lastly explaining the concept of exercise dependence and how it relates to body image.

Unit 6 - Goal Setting

Research has discovered that athletes who use process and performance goals rather than outcome goals exhibit less anxiety, greater levels of confidence, enhanced concentration, greater satisfaction and improved performance. This unit will help you develop an understanding of relaxation techniques, diaphragmatic breathing, psychological skills for goal setting and training programmes.

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Awarding Body

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With a heritage stretching back over 150 years, NCFE is one of the largest awarding bodies in the UK. Over 340,000 students were awarded certification by NCFE last year.

NCFE Customised Qualifications are bespoke, unregulated qualifications developed to meet the specific needs of learners. These courses fit in where there are no other regulated qualifications are available. Meaning you can achieve recognition from a well-respected awarding body, even if there isn’t a pre-existing qualification in a certain subject area.

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Course Outcome

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.

How is this course assessed or examined?

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.

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.

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Is it too late to start a career in psychology?

It’s never too late to start a career in psychology, whether you’re considering changing direction after studies in an unrelated field, or you want a fresh start after years or decades following a different path. Studying psychology online is easy, flexible and convenient, which opens up this exciting field to everyone – regardless of age or previous experience.

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How do I start a career in psychology?

You could begin with an introductory course that covers a selection of psychological practices. This could be at GCSE level or even a level 3 psychology course. 

From here, you could study a more specialised course such as educational psychology, an advanced diploma in psychology, or neuro-linguistic programming. And if you wish, you can use your new knowledge to apply for a university-level course.

Once you’ve got some qualifications under your belt, you can start applying for jobs in your chosen field of psychology.

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Why study psychology with Oxbridge?

We offer courses for beginners through to more advanced levels, so there will be a course to suit everyone’s experience and ability. All of our courses are created by industry experts and taught online by experienced tutors.

The best part is that all our courses are flexible, which is perfect if you’re in full-time employment or have other commitments preventing you from attending a physical location to study.

Are you ready to join the hundreds of recently enrolled students of all ages and backgrounds, enhancing their careers through an online psychology course with Oxbridge? Enrol online or speak to a learning adviser for more information or advice.

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Is being a psychologist stressful?

Psychologists can often work long or unsociable hours, alongside patients in difficult situations. For these reasons, at times some people may find psychology to be a stressful career. That said, it’s rarely a boring vocation, and it can frequently be incredibly rewarding.

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How can I learn psychology on my own?

We get it; you want to become a psychologist but don’t want to upheave your entire life to retrain or study. You also may not be too thrilled at the idea of being forced to learn at the pace of a whole class. Instead, you want to qualify by yourself.

That’s where online psychology courses come in. Once you’ve enrolled, you simply log into your learning portal and study at a time and pace that suits you. And if you do need additional help and support, you can request an online one-to-one with your personal tutor.

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Is a career in psychology for me?

If you have a deep interest in the workings of the human mind and behaviour, and you want a challenging career working closely with people, then psychology may be the career for you.

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Selecting GCSEs is a highly personal decision that will be influenced by factors such as your educational and career goals, your skills and strengths, and the subjects you enjoy (or don’t enjoy). To help you decide on the right GCSEs for you and your future, we’ve written a detailed guide on choosing GCSE subjects.

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What jobs are there in sport?

If you thought the only job available to those with a sports and fitness-related qualification was as a personal trainer, you’re in for a surprise. While a career in gym instruction is varied and exciting, there are other avenues you can explore too.

If you dream of working with footballers or athletes, you could study sports psychology and learn not only what makes them tick but how to leverage their mentality to improve their physical performance.

Other pathways open to those with a qualification in sport include Sports therapists, choreographers, Health promotion specialists, Nutritionists, Fitness centre managers and Sports development officers.  However, some of these will require further study.

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Why choose one of Oxbridge’s sports and fitness courses?

Job and family ties, location, entry requirements, cost and time; none of these should be the reason you don’t train for your dream role.

We’re firm believers in getting paid to do what you love. That’s why our quality, award-winning course materials are designed to equip you with the expert skills and knowledge to pursue your goals, whatever you’ve set your sights on.

And with unlimited tutor support from experts at every stage of your journey, you’ll be ready to take on anything. Just think of us as your own personal cheerleaders.

Get in touch with our learning advisers for more help and advice on choosing the right course for you.

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The benefits of studying a sports and fitness course online

If time restraints are preventing you from leaping into a new career, home learning may be the key. By opting for an online course, particularly one with us, you’ll experience the same quality of education as traditional schools but from the comfort of your own home, at your own pace.

That means you won’t be held back by other students who don’t pick things up as quickly as you, and if you need more time to study a specific module, then that’s something you have complete control over.

What’s more, you’ll have access to one-to-one tutor support whenever you need it.

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