Diploma in Sports and Exercise Psychology


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Course: Diploma in Sports and Exercise Psychology

Start date: Monday, 24 September 2018

Duration: 10 weeks, one evening per week from 6.30 to 9.30pm

Course fee: classroom-based €945 (or €995 if paying the course fee in instalments), online €845 (or €895 if paying the course fee in instalments)
Non-EU students: €1,295

A fee of £76 will be payable to The Institute of Commercial Management on successful completion of this course.

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Multi-Course Discount: Students who register for two or more courses can do so at a fee of €895 per course.

The course is relevant to those interested and involved in the sport and leisure industry eg. coaches, athletes, strength & conditioning professionals, physiotherapists, P.E. Teachers, personal trainers etc. The course may also be of interest to business leaders and managers in terms of understanding what drives performance, staff motivation, leadership and team cohesion. The course will examine a broad range of topical issues with the sport and exercise psychology profession through the application of theory and research.

Aims and Objectives:

  1. To provide students with a sound understanding of key theoretical issues within the field of sport and exercise psychology.
  2. To enable students to develop an in-depth understanding of the application of theory and research to sport and exercise settings.
  3. To provide an opportunity for students to gain insight and practical skills that will enhance their work with individuals and groups in a sport and exercise context.
  4. To facilitate students in acquiring of critical and self-reflective awareness of the individual differences and ethical concerns and implications of applying psychology in sport and exercise settings.

    1. Introduction to Sport Psychology
    • What is sport psychology
    • The role of & how to become a sport psychologist
    • History of sport psychology
    • Overview of psychology
    1. Social Perspectives within sport
    • Gender and disability issues in sport
    • Children and sport psychology
    • Coach/athlete relationship
    • Aggression in sport
    • Character development and good sporting behaviour
    1. Individual Considerations within Sport
    • Personality in sport
    • Arousal, stress and anxiety
    • Motivation
    • Mental Toughness
    1. Improving Performance
    • Introduction to psychological skills training (PST)
    • Arousal Regulation
    • Imagery
    • Goal-setting
    • Self Confidence
    • Concentration
    • Mindfulness
    1. Team Processes
    • Group and team dynamics
    • Group cohesion
    • Leadership
    • Communication
    1. Enhancing Health and Well-being
    • Exercise and psychological well-being (mental health & mental health literacy)
    • Exercise behaviour and adherence
    • Addictive and unhealthy behaviours
    • Burnout and overtraining

  • Anne Marie Kennedy is a qualified sport and exercise psychologist having received her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology and her Master of Science in Sport and Exercise Psychology from the University of Ulster, the only postgraduate programme in sport psychology in Ireland accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and is currently pursuing Chartered Accreditation through the BPS.

    The founder of Yoga for Golf Ireland® and Sports Yoga Ireland™, Anne Marie is Ireland’s leading expert in yoga for golfers® and yoga for sporting performance. Anne Marie works closely with the Dublin GAA Senior Football Team and is privileged to be an integral part of their training programme since 2013. She enjoys successful working relationships with many of Ireland’s top PGA Touring Professionals and coaches across many disciplines and sports. She is the yoga performance coach and sport psychologist for the Paddy Harrington Golf Scholarship at Maynooth University.

  • A pass grade on the assignment will be required for awarding of the Diploma. A fail grade will result in a Certificate of Attendance for the course but without the Diploma being awarded. Students must attend at least 10 of the 12 evenings to graduate with either the Diploma or Certificate of Attendance unless a serious and verifiable reason for further absence is provided. Similarly, the Project must be handed in on the due date unless a sound reason for lateness is provided. In such instances, an extension may be awarded at the discretion of the lecturer.

  • Why City Colleges?

    • Courses for students who are passionate about their subject, delivered by leaders in their field.
    • Live lectures which are also streamed live on Moodle and recorded for review
    • City centre location in South Great George’s Street, convenient for bus, LUAS, DART
    • Southside Dublin location in Dundrum
    • Study rooms and library in our City Centre and Dundrum locations
    • Limited class size
    • Parking

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    For more information please contact us on: 1850 25 27 40, 01 4160034 or email info@citycolleges.ie

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Please contact us on: 1850 25 27 40, 01 4160034  or email info@citycolleges.ie