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BSc (Hons) Sports Psychology, Coaching & PE - Blended Learning

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3 Years


Degree Level 8


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October 2020

BSc (Hons) Sports Psychology, Coaching & PE - Blended Learning

We are working remotely and are available to support you with any queries you have - please email Brandon at or call him on 01-8920035. Our academic delivery teams are all also working remotely and are supporting our students to continue with their studies or to assisting those to get started who are just commencing their learning journey. 

Do you want to understand how psychological factors affect performance and how participation in sport and exercise affect psychological and physical factors. If the answer is yes, then this BSc in Sports Psychology, Coaching & PE will be of interest to you. As you study this degree, you will learn to draw on knowledge from many related fields including biomechanics, physiology, kinesiology and psychology. You will explore cognitive, motor and emotional theories and how these impact an athlete’s performance. In addition to instruction and training of psychological skills for performance improvement, you will learn to apply sport psychology when working with athletes, coaches, parents regarding injury, rehabilitation, team building and career transitions. 

This is an honours degree designed by Portobello Institute for blended learning so you can study at your time. A combination of online learning together with seminars delivered over the weekend with one to one support available to you throughout your learning journey. There is an easy payment plan designed to make this degree affordable for you. These factors, together with the one to one tutorial support, offer you a level 8 degree that is accessible, affordable and achievable.

What is the role of a Sports Psychologist?

If you are interested in working with athletes to enhance their performance and achieve their goals, then a role in Sports Psychology, Coaching and PE will be of interest to you. Sports Psychologists work with athletes and teams to help them cope with the pressures of competition, stay focused on their goals and prepare for competition. When working in the area of sports psychology you will be helping professional athletes use the mental skills required to improve confidence, focus, composure, and intensity for enhanced performance. From a physical performance perspective, sports psychologist work with athletes and coaches to develop understanding and control of an athlete’s zone of optimal functioning and develop tools and skills so that athletes can control their arousal levels.

Why should I study this degree?

Portobello Institute's BSc Hons in Sports Psychology, Coaching & PE gives you the opportunity to attain a level 8 honours degree through a flexible mode of delivery combining contact tuition with online learning. You will have career opportunities as a Sports Psychologist working with athletes, teams or as a self-employed practitioner. The transferable skills developed throughout the degree are relevant to all forms of employment in the sport, exercise and health industries.

What is Blended Learning?

Blended learning takes the schedule of a traditional face to face learning programme and re-structures it to reduce the contact tuition time by introducing more online learning together with one to one tutor support.  This mode of delivery includes contact tuition and web-based e-learning sessions. The e-learning platform is interactive including recorded sessions, webinars with weekly content and assigned tasks to themes and topics. This type of delivery allows you to work full-time and balance the requirements of a lengthy programme with home and work.

What will I learn during this BSc (Hons) in Sports Psychology, Coaching & PE?

During this degree you will explore general psychological theories and develop applied interventional skills to be used in practical settings with individuals or teams.  Over the course of this degree you will progressively build the knowledge and skills needed to perform needs analysis, develop interventional strategies, implement and assess these strategies and report back to multi-disciplinary team members. You will learn how psychological factors affect performance and how participation in sport and exercise affect psychological and physical factors.

Who will I learn from?

The programme management and tutoring team on this Sports Psychology, Coaching and PE degree have been carefully selected on the basis of their qualifications and combined practical experience in sports psychology and education. Each of our tutoring team are passionate about the contribution sports therapy plays in the overall performance of athletes and are eager to share their knowledge and experience with you. Meet our Team by clicking here

Who will recognise my degree?

Upon completing this degree you will hold a BSc (Hons) in Sports Psychology, Coaching and PE awarded by London Metropolitan University (LMU). 

Upon successful completion of this programme, you will be awarded a BSc (Hons) in Sports Psychology, Coaching and PE. This is awarded at level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications

Qualifications Frameworks in Ireland and the UK

The Irish and UK qualifications authorities have collaborated on initiatives that promote the transparency, recognition and mobility of qualifications between our respective jurisdictions. The qualifications authorities in the UK and Ireland have agreed the qualifications frameworks in operation, Brexit will not impact this agreement. Further guidance on this framework is available here. 


Entry is by direct application to Portobello Institute.

The entry routes are as follows:

Sitting the Leaving Certificate in 2019

Students may apply and be granted a "Conditional Offer" prior to completing the Leaving Certificate.

Step 1 - submit application

Step 2 - Attend Interview

Step 3 - Conditional Offer issued on the basis of successful achievement of LC requirements

Step 4 - Confirm acceptance of a place and pay deposit as detailed

Places can not be held open for applicants awaiting leaving certificate results, however should a student accept a place and then choose not to progress with this course, after first round CAO offers have been made, a refund of 75% of fees paid will be made. Refunds must be requested in writing on or before 23rd August 2019.

With a Leaving Certificate;

Minimum of grade C or O6 in ordinary level Biology*, English and Maths with a pass in 3 other subjects.

*Students applying without LC Biology may complete QQI level 5 in Anatomy & Physiology, as a distance learning course, with Portobello Institute to compensate.


Without the required Leaving Certificate;

Applicants should meet one of the following criteria;

QQI level 5 major award containing a biology subject

ITEC level 2 award containing anatomy & physiology

An undergraduate degree in another subject

QQI Level 5 Anatomy & Physiology - available through Portobello Institute

Mature entry at 21 years without meeting the above criteria

Equivalent qualifications with biology/anatomy & physiology module


Application Process

Step 1 - Complete the online booking form.

Step 2 - Applicants will be contacted for confirmation of the entry criteria

Step 3  - Confirmation of a place will be given to applicants immediately meeting the criteria.


Applicants who do not meet the criteria, maybe required to attend an interview with an offer of a place on the programme issued following assessment of suitability. Applicants confirm acceptance of offer by returning acceptance form.

Please note places on this course are only confirmed once tuition fees have been received.

Students will be registered as an undergraduate degree student  with London Metropolitan University (LMU).

This programme is delivered over three academic years. There are supported seminars held at weekends.

Year 1 - 05/10/19 - 23/05/20

Weekend seminar dates 19/20 

Weekend seminar dates Feb 20

Weekend seminar dates Sept 2020

Each module commences with a supported seminar the purpose of which is to intoduce the module tutor, set out the learning outcomes, content, the assessment strategy and expectations for skills/knowledge development. To complete this course, students must have a basic knowledge of using a computer and searching the internet for research purposes.

Seminars & Tutor Support

The tutorial seminars held at the start and throughout each module introduce you to your tutor who will guide and support you throughout the module. These seminars lay out the module for you and support you to learn and acquire the skills you will need as a Sports Therapist. The assessment and expectations for successful completion are covered in detail as is where and how to access the information on the Moodle platform. You will meet fellow students and have the opportunity to create your study network for the duration of your learning journey.

You can email your tutor at any stage during the module to ask a simple query or submit a draft of your assessment. Our programme management team are always available to offer you telephone and email support and if you need to, you can arrange to meet them for further one to one guidance.

Many of our past graduates have found it is the opportunity to ask a simple question, seek direction and submit a draft of their assessment that supported them most to successful completion.  This level of one to one support is a particular benefit to choosing this mode of study. Portobello Institute has invested in a team of programme managers and tutors who are experienced sports therapy practitioners as well as qualified and knowledgeable educators. They are available to assist you at every stage of this programme.

Online Learning Portal - Moodle

During the induction seminar, we will show you how to navigate Moodle and find what you need with all of the information you need to complete this programme. The content of this programme is set out in an easy to follow format with a combination of notes, articles, podcasts and other materials that will help you to understand the subject and complete your assessment. You will need basic computer skills to search the internet and type a word document to complete your assignment.

The principal aim of this course is to educate you, regardless of your background, to your full potential at graduate level in the sports sciences. The development of your potential is viewed as comprising both subject-specific knowledge, as well as a range of transferable skills. The course is designed for you if you are considering entering professions within the sport, exercise and health industries. You will study a range of modules including sport psychology and coaching alongside other important sports science disciplines. Modules such as Principles of Effective Coaching and Sport Psychology and the Elite Athlete equip you with practical skills and theoretical knowledge pertinent to effective practice in sport psychology coaching and teaching.

Year 1

  • Introduction to Anatomy & Biomechanics
  • Human Training Principles
  • Introduction to Physiology
  • Foundations of Coaching and psychology
  • Sports Science Research Skills

Year 2

  • Sociological issues in Sport (Doping etc.) (option)
  • Biomechanics & human movement (option)
  • Biomedical implication of sport and exercise physiology
  • Psychological skills for individuals and teams
  • Sports Science Research Methods
  • Principles of effective coaching
  • Professional Competencies (performance coaching)

Year 3

  • Advanced Coaching theory & practice
  • Business development for sports practitioners (option)
  • Advanced biomechanics (option)
  • Clinical sport & exercise physiology
  • Work placement
  • Sports psychology for elite athletes
  • Sports Science Research Dissertation


Learning outcomes

On completing the course the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of practical skills relating to work as a sport psychologist, coach, teacher and sports scientist
  • Critically evaluate the principles and limitations of measurement and assessment strategies in sport, exercise and physical education
  • Propose appropriate methodologies for a variety of measurements in sport, exercise and physical education
  • Facilitate the enhancement of sporting performance through effective coaching and teaching

Course price €4,795 per academic year

Exam fee £220 per academic year - due at start of academic year

Easy Payment Scheme:

Deposit of €1,200, 6 monthly payments of €633 per month payable by debit/credit card on 5th of each month, commencing month after the academic year commences. Total payable is €4,998 per academic year

Please note if you  wish to pay by instalment, contact our enrolments department on 01-8920041 as our website can only process full payment.

Places are not confirmed until initial tuition fee is received by Portobello Institute.

Throughout the year we release blog posts examining sporting fixtures from the perspective of a sports psychologist.

The latest posts are detailed below:

The Hurling Final - Favourites of Underdogs - the Winners Mindset posted 21/08/19

Is it the strongest, fittest and fastest team that wins the day?  Is this the team we like to support? Not always – psychology in sport tells a different story.

Yesterday, the All Ireland Hurling Final in Croke Park, was set to be a vicious affair, and it did not disappoint.  A dog-fight from the start turned into a convincing defeat by Tipperary.    On this occasion, Tipperary were favourites and Kilkenny the underdogs. This is in stark contrast to last year’s final where Kilkenny were favourites and Limerick the underdogs. Last year was Limerick’s 8th championship title but their first since 1973 - 45 years in anticipation.  So, are the outcomes of these matches unpredictable?  Is it in the ‘lap of the Gods’ whether the favourite or underdog wins?  By delving deeper into performance psychology it becomes evident that success is more down to the players mindset than chance. Read More

The Psychological Game of Golf posted 22/07/2019

The Open was a fantastic display of psychology in sport - both from a positive and a negative perspective. Golf is often referred to as a game won or lost with the six inches between your ears (i.e. your brain!) and we have taken the opportunity to consider how appropriate psychological preparation and management can lead to life-changing success (Lowry) or devastating underperformance (McIlroy). How can two players of similar professional status, physical ability and competitive capacity produce such contrasting performances? That question has been explored extensively by sports psychologist to begin to understand how to prime players and coaches for the psychological demands of elite performance. Read More

Course Progression

This course is designed to provide a broad foundational undergraduate education in sports science with a heavy emphasis on the Psychology of Sport. The course will equip students to progress on to further education in sports psychology, physiology or coaching. Provided as part of the designated employability modules at each level. A number of employer and alumni led career events are organised by the School and each Cluster Group.   The transferable skills developed throughout the course are relevant to all forms of employment. The degree is particularly suited to students planning a career within the sport, exercise and health industries.  Employment opportunities lie in both the public and private sectors.  

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Course Code Location & Info Price
SPCP-B-DS-OC-20 Portobello Institute, Dublin 1

03/10/2020 - 28/05/2021
This course is delivered for flexible learning with workshops held on a Saturday & Sunday, 9.30am - 4.30pm on the dates detailed under course structure
€4795 Book Now
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