This QQI Level 6 Sport Psychology 6N4665 programme is designed to assist learners in understanding the psychological aspects of sport. It aims to equip learners with the skills and knowledge to understand and help change the behaviours of athletes in order to improve performance.
Sports Psychology is continually growing in Ireland. This has been aided by the success of Irish sports teams and individuals who have employed the services of sport psychologists being well documented e.g. Tipperary hurlers and Dublin footballers winning their respective All Ireland Finals.
This programme will introduce you to the discipline of sports psychology. It will focus on the key topics of sports psychology, and how they are applied to aid performance in sport.
Sports Psychology Programme Aims:
- Understand the role of the sports psychologist
- Understand the relationship between sports psychology and performance
- Know how to design and deliver intervention strategies to improve sports performance (e.g. how to deal with anxiety)
- Evaluate different approaches to motivation in sport
- Understand the Influence of leaders and role models in sport.
Topics to be Covered:
- The Development of Sports Psychology
- Sports Psychology and Performance
- Arousal, Stress and Anxiety
- Concept of Motivation in Sport
- Goal Setting
- Leadership and Coaching.
The course is ideal for:
- Students who wish to receive a nationally recognised certificate at QQI level 6 in Sports Psychology.
- People involved in the Sports and Leisure Industry looking for an understanding of Sports Psychology and its applications in sporting environments.
- Coaches looking to complete a qualification to enhanced their learning in the Sports Psychology field.
- Coaches looking to complete a qualification in the area of Sports and Sports performance.
Athletes and Leisure participants.
Pre-Requisites/ Entry Level Requirements:
- QQI or FETAC Level 5 in sports area or equivalent qualifications and/or relevant life and work experiences.
- As this programme is delivered through distance learning, students must be capable of studying on their own initiative.
Please Note: This Level 6 component certificate will introduce the learner to areas of Sports Psychology and provide an understanding in all aspects of Sports Psychology as listed above in the programme aims. It does not fully qualify the learner to become a Sports Psychologist which can take further years of study. If a learner wishes to progress further in this field after they study this level 6 award, they would need to consider Sports Psychology Diplomas & Degrees (Level 7-8) or a Masters (Level 9) programme in a 3rd Level University setting.
Unit 1: The development of Sports Psychology
- The History and Main Theories of Sports Psychology.
- The Role of the Sports Pyschologist.
- How Sports Psychology might hep a Team or Athlete.
- The future of Sports Psychology.
- Career Opportunities and training in the field of Sports Psychology.
- The importance of Psychology Skills Training (PST).
Unit 2: Sports Psychology and Performance
- Personality Theories – Trait Theories, Attribution, Theories and Personality Influences on Sports Participation.
- Importance of Attitude in Sport.
- Concept of Aggression in Sport.
- Relationship between Performance and Aggression.
- Assess Outer Barriers to Performance.
- The Role of Imagery, Self-Talk and Mental Rehearsal in Psychological Preparation for Performance.
Unit 3: Arousal, Stress and Anxiety
- Definition of Arousal, Stress and Anxiety.
- How Arousal, Stress and Anxiety Affect Performance.
- The Differences between Trait and State Anxiety.
- The Concept of Pre-Performance Routines.
- Compare and Contrast Ways to Regulate Arousal Stress and Anxiety.
- Tips to Help Reduce Performance Anxiety.
- Signs of Arousal, Stress Or Anxiety.
- Examples of Stressors in Sport.
Unit 4: Concept of Motivation in Sport
- Why People Take Part in Sport.
- Differences between Individuals Regarding Levels of Motivation.
- The Role of Self-Efficacy Plays in Performance and Motivation.
- Guidelines for Improving Motivation.
- Theories of Motivation.
Unit 5: Leadership and Coaching
- The Major Characteristics of Successful Leaders.
- Leadership Styles.
- Organisations & Groups.
- Characteristics of a Team.
- Compare and Contrast Different Leadership Styles.
- Summary of the Psychological Models of Leadership.
- How to Create a Positive Team Culture.
- Process of Communication.
- Factors that Affect Modelling in Sports Psychology.
Unit 6: Goal Setting and Performance
- Setting Goals and Performance Targets
- Factors that can Influence the Effectiveness of Goal Setting.
- Goal Setting Principles.
Assignments x 2 – 60%
Assignment (1) – Each learner will need to present a study of the theories being examined. These theories will then have to explain how they affect emotional responses and sporting performance.
- Is goal setting required for optimum sports performance. Explain the use of and positive effectives of goal setting in sport.
- Give a Comprehensive description of leadership. How does leadership affects sports training and performance for both teams and individuals.
- Role models and leaders improve sports performance.
Assignment (2) – Learners will need to present a study of the theories of Sports Psychology. These theories will then have to explain how they affect emotional responses and sporting performance.
- Detail a comprehensive overview of the main theories of Sports Psychology.
- Show a comprehensive understanding of these theories and how they can affect individuals and performance. Explain how motivation is affected by these theories.
- Explain how motivation is affected by these theories.
- How can arousal, stress and anxiety affect sporting performance.
- Can too much aggression affect sports performance.
Examination: The internal assessor will devise a theory based examination that assesses candidates’ ability to recall, comprehend and apply the theory learned in the module by answering 10 short questions and 4 long answer questions.
The examination will be based on a range of specific learning outcomes from each of the units in the module. The examination will be 1.5 hours in duration.
As part of our quality assurance, student assessment work will be marked by an Internal Assessor, validated by a Verifier with an independent QQI External Authenticator to complete the process.
- Following successful completion you will receive a QQI Level 6 component certificate in Sports Psychology (6N4665).
- QQI (Quality & Qualifications Ireland) is the national awarding body for further education and training in Ireland. ITEC is registered with QQI to offer programmes leading to QQI awards on the National Framework of Qualifications in Ireland. Click here for details of the National Framework of Qualifications.