Course Description

Sports Psychology – (QQI Level 6)

The Open College

This QQI Level 6 Sports 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.


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.

Leopardstown, Dublin, Ireland
Course Code 6N4665
College Name The Open College
Course Category Sport
Course Type Distance Learning
Course Qualification Level 6 Advanced Certificate
Course Location Leopardstown, Dublin, Ireland
Location Postcode Dublin 18
Delivery mode Distance Learning
Course Fee 314
Course Duration 8 weeks
Course Times This QQI Level 6 Sports Psychology 6N4665 course is completed through Distance Learning Course and there are no lectures to attend. Students can complete this course within 8 weeks which is ample time and can start it at any time of the year that is convenient. If students need to extend this period for any reason during or near the end of the course they can request an extension through the college
Awarding Body QQI
Title of Awarding QQI Level 6 component Certificate in Sports Psychology (6N4665)
Entry Requirements Level 5 certificate or equivalent in a relevant subject area (Sports, Healthcare, Childcare) and/or relevant practical experience (3 years minimum) – Please ask about our requirements surrounding Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for entry. Mature students (over 23 years) may be exempt from the above prerequisites. English Language Requirement: Students entering programmes leading to awards at Level 6 are expected to be able to: fluently read, draft, prepare and understand complex information, including quantitative information, that is personally relevant and reflecting a broad knowledge base. For example, this might include text and other information relating to abstract theoretical ideas, concerns or procedures, such as local planning concerns in relation to broader spatial strategy, political issues in relation to particular agenda, budget plans/ specifications. Learners undertaking this programme must have basic IT skills and access to the necessary equipment to enable them to undertake an online programme: computer, broadband, email, Microsoft, recording equipment necessary for some skills demonstration tasks, and where applicable any other specialised software/equipment. As this programme is delivered through distance learning or eLearning, students must be capable of studying on their own initiative.
Career Path Who should complete this course? - Students who wish to receive an internationally 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 enhance their learning in the Sports Psychology field. - Coaches looking to complete a qualification in the area of Sports and Sports performance. - Interested Sports and Leisure participants.
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Unit 9, Leopardstown Business Centre,, Ballyogan Road, Leopardstown, Dublin, Ireland

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