Online course details

Study options

Part-time: 10 weeks

UK fee

£905 (2021/22)

International fee

£905 (2021/22)/EU

Course level



Certificate of Credit

Start date




Online course description

Whether you are looking to start your career in psychology, introduce new theories and skills as someone who works within an exercise, health or fitness profession or are just simply taking this online exercise psychology course for personal interest, you will learn about the models and concepts to help individuals deal with issues they may encounter during physical activities or exercise.

Credit bearing online Exercise Psychology course

This online Certificate of Credit in Exercise Psychology is worth 20 credits, and will enable you to understand how different aspects of psychology can affect exercise and physical activity differently on an individual.

You will learn about the core principles of exercise psychology, and study key topics in exercise psychology including stress, mood and emotion, self-esteem and body image, anxiety and depression, pain, as well as theories of behaviour change and motivation.

Exercise psychology focuses on the study of emotional and mental effects of taking part in exercise through focusing on the mind sets of individuals. Exercise psychology suits a wide range of professionals working in a variety of fields from private consultants, psychologists, GPs, coaches, dieticians, personal trainers, health and social care professionals and P.E teachers, to those working across different sectors within the health and fitness industry.

Online Exercise Psychology course suitable for many professions

As an exercise psychologist you may work closely with other professionals from nutritionists, psychotherapists, personals trainers and GPs. You may be looking to understand the role of exercise in managing chronic conditions or improving health. The course will also suit those who are interested in learning more about how you can support and motivate people to exercise and to understand the reasons behind sedentary behaviour and inactivity.

By completing this online exercise psychology course, you’ll have a greater understanding of the key factors associated with exercise psychology and lifestyle behaviour change. Through studying this module you will engage with applied exercise psychology scenarios to help you understand the role exercise plays on an individual.

This course has also been designed to help you in your personal development, whether that’s for your continual professional development (CPD) or as part of your training and development plan.

A talk from our academic

Our academic for Psychology, Dr Phil Clarke, talks about our online Exercise Psychology Certificate of Credit course in this video.

Our academic, Dr Philip Clarke, talks about the online Exercise Psychology Certificate of Credit course

View our Exercise Psychology Certificate of Credit course introduction video transcript

What you will study

We will advise you of your study plan when you are invited to enrol.

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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During this hour long webinar, we'll take you through the basic principles of how online learning works and what you can expect as an online learner with the University of Derby Online Learning.

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How you will learn

Over 10 weeks you’ll complete end of unit activities that are innovatively designed to ensure you are getting the best learning experience possible. You will also have the chance to participate in discussion groups and live collaborative sessions where you can interact with staff and other students who are studying this course.

We have over 10 years’ experience in the delivery of psychology courses online which means you can expect the highest standards of teaching and education. Our specialist psychology academic team will guide you through the module, providing regular contact and feedback to ensure you stay on track. You can be assured of a supportive and structured learning experience and our online learning advisors are on hand to provide non-academic support throughout the duration of your studies.

Pace of study

We recommend about 20 hours of study per week to complete one 20-credit module over a 10-week trimester.

Assessment method

This course is assessed through 100% coursework with a range of methods, such as essays, research reports, presentations, group work and practical reports.

Who will teach you

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Dr Sophie Williams
Programme leader

Academic Lead in Psychology, Dr Sophie Williams is a chartered psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS). Sophie's research interests lie in women’s health and long-term conditions, her research particularly focuses on Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and quality of life.

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Entry requirements

You require:

We also accept Access qualifications (with a grade of 22 merits or a distinction). You must also be 18 years of age or over.

We will need to consider all the information that you've included in your application. We want to see that you're enthusiastic and motivated to take this course and that you have the potential to benefit from studying your degree through online learning. Entry to the programme is at the discretion of the Academic Lead and prior to beginning your study you may need to speak to them.

If you have a significant amount of experience within a sports and exercise role or career, your application will also be considered.

English language qualifications

If English is not your first language you will need an English language qualification. For this course you will need at least one of the following:

* If you don't have GCSE Maths, you can study our Certificate of Credit in Introduction to Maths in Preparation for Higher Education, which is a 20-credit module designed to help you develop your mathematical skills in preparation for higher education. 

**If you have a minimum of IELTS level 4.5, you can study our Certificate of Credit in English for Academic Purposes, which we will accept as evidence that you are able to perform at a suitable level of IELTS 6.0. We will also accept the Certificate of Credit as evidence that you can perform at GCSE level.

If you are unable to take an English Language Test locally, you may wish to consider our Derby English Language Test (DELT), which is an online test in two parts: reading and writing, and listening and speaking. Take a look at our Derby English Language test (DELT) page for full course details, online exam dates and how to book.

Fees and funding

2021/22 Fees for new entrants

Starting between September 2021 and August 2022.

 Per 20 creditsModulesCost
UK/EU/International £905 1 £905

2022/23 Fees for new entrants

Starting between September 2022 and August 2023.

 Per 20 creditsModulesCost
UK/EU/International £905 1 £905

About your fees

Prices are correct for the year of entry shown. These are subject to annual increase in subsequent academic years.

Flexible payment plan available

How to apply

Students should apply directly to the University.

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For support with completing your application, view our guide to the application process.

Documents to support your application

You'll need to provide:

*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:

A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website.

Application deadlines

All of our online courses have set start dates throughout the year. We require time to review your application and get back to you with a response before your course starts. Take a look at information regarding applying for an online course to see full details of deadlines and term dates.


By completing this module you can:

The course is ideal for anyone working in health, health promotion or sports and exercise who wants to know more about the psychology behind exercise and physical activity.

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