The Sports Psychology course is an important add on skill for Sports Coaches and is aimed at individuals who are working with teams or athletes, as well as those who work in the leisure industry.

The Sports Psychology course is designed to equip learners with the skills and knowledge to change behavior in a sporting context. It will enable participants to develop an understanding of the psychological principles that underpin coaching techniques.

The 2 key areas of interest in sports psychology are:

  1. Understanding how psychology can be applied to improve motivation and performance and
  2. Understanding how sports and athletics can improve mental health and overall well-being

These two areas encompass a range of topics including:

  • Motivation to persist and achieve
  • Psychological considerations in sport injury and rehabilitation
  • Counseling techniques with athletes
  • Assessing talent
  • Exercise adherence and well-being
  • Self-perceptions related to achieving
  • Expertise in sport
  • Youth sport
  • Performance enhancement and self-regulation techniques

While popular perceptions often presume that Sports Psychology is only concerned with professional athletics, this specialty area includes a broad range of scientific, clinical and applied topics involving sports and exercise.

Qualifications Gained

  • QQI Minor Award in Sports Psychology (6N4665)

Entry Requirements

Entry to this course is by direct application to the college. There are no previous academic requirements.

Class Sizes

We are committed to ensuring you gain the most, academically and personally, during your study time with Portobello.  To facilitate this, we limit our class sizes to a maximum of 14 students on part-time programmes. With these uniquely small classes, we create the environment for you get to know everyone in your group, you can then feel comfortable and confident to ask questions and our tutors have the time to attend to the needs of each and every student. Many of our students tell us of the lifelong friendships they have made during their study time with Portobello.

Assignment Support

We understand the challenge of completing assignments at third level, the new skills and the change in thinking sometimes needed to put on paper, all that you have learned. We offer our students the opportunity to submit a draft assignment for informal feedback before submitting the final version. We care about your success, we want you to achieve the best you can and we offer you the individual support to acquire the skills you need to communicate what you have learned whilst studying with Portobello Institute.

Course Structure

This is a part time course delivered 1 evening a week.

Course Content Modules

  1. The Development of Sports Psychology
  2. Sports Psychology and Performance
  3. Arousal, Stress and Anxiety
  4. Concept of Motivation in Sport
  5. Goal Setting
  6. Leadership and Coaching




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