Diploma in Sport and Exercise Psychology

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11 weeks, one evening per week,
Start Date:
21st February
Reference Code:
Normal Price:
Online: €650
On-Campus: €850

This course is starting in February 2022. Apply now!

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Why Sport and Exercise Psychology

A 2013 study by AT Kearney, found that, with 7 percent per year growth between 2009 and 2013, the sports market has grown faster than GDP in most countries in the world, especially in major markets including the United States, Brazil, the UK, and France. It projected that long term prospects were strong with the revenues for yearly events growing steadily, from $58 billion in 2009 to $75 billion 2013 and $80 billion in 2014. When you add in sporting goods, apparel, equipment, and health and fitness spending, the sports industry generates as much as $700 billion yearly, or 1 percent of global GDP.

Growth occurred across all types of sport, with European football (soccer) remaining the clear leader. Overall, the list of the top seven sports internationally remains unchanged: football, NFL, baseball, Formula 1, NBA, NHL and tennis, with media rights and sponsorships being among the main drivers for revenues.

The report concluded that revenue of sports events should continue to grow in the next cycle with projected revenue of $91 billion by 2017, an additional $15 billion value between 2013 and 2017. Key revenues will be mainly generated by a robust growth of football and the fast growing business of Rugby or Cricket. The study findings highlight that the sports business is an exciting business opportunity in the coming years.

According to the Federation of Irish Sport, an organisation which represents 72 National Sports Organisations and 28 Local Sports Partnerships in Ireland, in its Annual Review 2013: The Role of Sport in Ireland Today (2014) - developing on the above graphic - summarised the value of Irish sport in 2013 as follows:

  • Irish Sport contributed €2.4 billion of sport to the Irish economy
  • Overall, approximately 40,000 jobs (2.08% of the total workforce) were supported by Irish Sport.

Sports psychology is the study of how psychology influences sports, athletic performance, exercise, and physical activity. It uses psychological knowledge and skills to address optimal performance and well-being of athletes, developmental and social aspects of sports participation, and systemic issues associated with sports settings and organisations.
Some sports psychologists work with professional athletes and coaches to improve performance and increase motivation.

"Champions aren't made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – a desire, a dream, a vision."
Muhammad Ali

The aim of this Diploma is to give you the foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology. Course elements include aspects of motivation, the role of stress and team dynamics, and is designed for you to equip you with knowledge on how to change behaviour in a sporting context. 

Why IBAT College?

Career Potential
Maximise your career potential as you remain working while obtaining a professionally relevant, career enhancing, qualification at the same time.

Excellent Lecturing Staff
Learn from friendly and highly qualified academic staff, with industry experience, in small class-sizes, and guest lecturers who are experts in their fields.

Student Experience
Being part of a culturally diverse student nationality mix at IBAT College Dublin, with learners from over 30 different countries, gives you the opportunity to learn culturally different working methods first-hand, and the fundamentals to succeed in a globally connected network once you graduate.

City Centre Location
With our campus located in Dublin city centre, in Temple Bar, you are close to all major transport hubs making it easy to attend classes in between work and home.

Programme Material
Printed course notes are supplied for the first lecture. All subsequent notes are then available to download/view/print through the student virtual learning (Moodle) platform.

Course Overview

The aim of this Diploma is to give you the foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology. Course elements include aspects of motivation, the role of stress and team dynamics, and is designed for you to equipped with knowledge on how to change behaviour in a sporting context. 

You will be introduced to the concept of motivation and the relevance of a person’s personality type. You will learn about the role self-confidence plays in your day to day behaviour in relation to exercise. The concept of stress, an ever growing factor, in how we behave is discussed. Goal setting is examined in depth, and the challenges which we present to ourselves by placing too much pressure to attain too many goals.

What is a Professional Diploma?

An IBAT Professional Diploma is a focused, short duration practical course that consolidates, upskills and/or reskills learners in a professional area. They are stand-alone qualifications  that do not lead to an award on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

Course Structure

  • Introducing Sports and Exercise Psychology
  • Motivation
  • Self-Motivation
  • Identifying your Psychological Core
  • The Role of Stress as a Propelling Dynamic Force
  • The Role and Impact of Self-confidence and Self-efficacy – why can’t I go to the gym?
  • Group Dynamics and Team Dynamics
  • Exercise Addiction and Adherence
  • Field Trip and Practical Observation
  • Psychological Skills Training.

You will be assessed on completing a written assignment as well as an observational journal, in a group, following a class field trip.


Career Opportunities

This course can assist you in pursuing the following careers:

  • Coaches in professional and amateur sports clubs
  • Health, Wellbeing and Lifestyle Coaching
  • Managers in Gyms and Fitness Centres
  • Youth and Community Coaching
  • Personal Training

Lecturer Profile

James Caffey
James Caffey/ Lecturer Diploma Sport and Exercise Psychology /
James has eight years lecturing experience chiefly in sport and exercise psychology. He holds an honours degree in Recreation, Sport & Exercise and has also completed a Masters in Sport and Exercise Psychology. He is registered with BASES (the British Association of Sport Exercise Sciences) as a sport and exercise psychologist. As well as lecturing, James works one-to-one with individual athletes and teams in the sport and exercise psychology arena. He has over 12 years experience in sports coaching and the educational training area. James also also developed the Sport Psychology module for Quality & Qualifications Ireland, which is delivered by a number of third level institutions nationwide. James has a wide and diverse range of industry experience which includes working with awarding bodies such as NCEF, IFP, ITEC, BTEC , FETAC, HETAC, QQI, and ISTD.

Meet James Claffey, Diploma in Sports Psychology and Nutrition Lecturer

Entry Requirements

No prior academic qualification or professional experience in sports and exercise psychology is required.

You should have an interest in sports and exercise psychology and wish to expand your knowledge in this area, and/or are perhaps considering embarking on a career in this area.

How to Apply

Don’t miss out because you’re unsure.

You can contact or apply to us directly using the the "Contact Us" or "Apply Online" options at the top of the page, this will reserve your place and also give us the key details to start your application, a member of our admissions team will then contact you with further details, or alternatively you can simply "Ask us a Question" using the form below.

You can also "Book a One-to-One" with one of our course specialists who will provide you with additional guidance on your application, you can set up a meeting by:

  • Calling us at:  +353 1 8075 055 
  • Email us at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

We also have flexible payment plans, please contact us to discuss your options or visit the college anytime and our course specialists will be more than willing to discuss any queries you may have.

We look forward to meeting you.

IBAT is now offering 100% interactive learning via virtual classrooms, all at an affordable price. We’re adapting along with the rest of the world, to the new normal. With an increasing shift towards online learning and as jobs become harder to find, now is the time to take initiative and upskill by gaining a diploma from the comfort of your own home.

Benefit from live sessions with our expert tutors who are teaching in real-time and can therefore engage with you directly. Seize this opportunity to boost your prospects and stay ahead of the competition. 

John Sullivan giving a guest lecture

James Footballer guest Lecture

Professional Footballer John Sullivan giving a guest lecture on the impact of psychology, nutrition and sports management has in Professional Football.


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Student Benefits

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Listen to James Claffey, Lecturer on the Diploma in Sports Psychology and Nutrition

James is a sport exercise performance psychologist and has been working in IBAT for the last three years.

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