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Level 3 Diploma in Sports Psychology


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Oxford Learning College
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The course is designed to give you a well rounded knowledge of the subject and to give you the ability to carry on your studies at a higher level. At Level 3 you are not required to have any previous knowledge of the subject, as the materials will take you from no previous knowledge up to Level 3. For Level 5/HND subjects you will be required to have studied at Level 3 or above before enrolment.
Suitable for: SUITABLE FOR: This course is suitable for all students over the age of 17. Students can study on this course no matter where you are in the World. The course is made up of various units and each build up your knowledge base of the subject. Courses are all delivered in English.

Course Synopsis
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 per 16 years of age and above.

These require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order to for students to manage study 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.

Level 3 Diploma in Sports Psychology

This course is Quality Assured by OLQA

Additional Information
You will receive a certificate from the College. Fees for both are included in the course fee.

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
All study materials to enable the student to successfully complete the Diploma. Support is provided by the tutor department. 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
These 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 courses which are not examination board accredited 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).

Level 3 Diploma
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.

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.

Please note that included in your course fee is your registration to the On Campus student community, and a licence to print your study materials.

Please note that the licence is for one print only, so please ensure that you have enough paper and ink to print the full course materials if required.

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After enrolling online you will receive your username and password to access the On Campus area within 5 working days. You will also receive your personal Oxford Learning student number via email.

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Thanks to this offer, valid exclusively for one person, you will obtain a Level 3 Diploma in Sports Psychology.

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