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Duration (approx) 600 hours
Qualification Certificate

Learn about sports psychology, nutrition and life coaching

  • Learn about performance and exercise psychology.
  • Learn about human nutrition and energy usage and diet in relation to atheletes.
  • Understand how to motivate and how to maintain motivation.
  • Elective modules include Strees Management, Life Coaching and Health and Wellbeing.
  • This is a great course for anyone wanting broad based studies in sporting health or anyone already working in coaching or other areas of sport and wanting to improve their knowledge.


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Learn more about the importance of psychology, motivation and nutrition in sport.

  • Learn about performance and exercise psychology.
  • Learn about human nutrition and energy usage and diet in relation to athletes.
  • Understand how to motivate and how to maintain motivation.
  • Flexible studying with expert support from ACS tutors.
  • Course Duration: 600 hours of self paced study.  Start at any time and work at a pace that suits you.



You are required to complete 6 modules.  Each module takes approximately 100 hours to complete.

Each module has a number of assignments.

To pass the course, you need to pass all assignments and six exams.

Exams can be taken at a time and location to suit you.


The Certificate in Sports Studies comprises 4 Core (compulsory) Modules, plus a further 2 Electives (which students select from a list of options).

The modules are listed below.  Please click on the module titles for further information on each.  Details of the lesson structure for the Core Modules are shown lower down this page.


Sports Psychology BPS106

Sports Coaching VRE109

Sports Nutrition BRE303

Motivation VBS111


Students are to select 2 modules from this list of electives.

Advanced Aerobics BRE208

Health and Wellbeing VRE102

 Human Nutrition I BRE302

Human Nutrition II BRE202

Human Nutrition III BRE302

Nutrition for Weight Loss BRE210

Weight Loss Consultant BRE307

Stress Management VPS100

Counselling Skills I BPS109

Life Coaching BPS305



Sports Psychology BPS106

This subject has 8 lessons as follows:

1. Introduction.  Performance Psychology, Exercise Psychology, Environmental Influences, Aspects of Sports Psychology, Applying Sports Psychology.

2. Psychological Traits of Successful Athletes.  Personality Inventory, Cognitive Techniques. State of Mind.

3. Anxiety & Arousal.  Anxiety, Physiology of Anxiety, Psychology of Anxiety, Arousal, How to Maximise Psychological State, Focusing (or Centering).

4. Motivation.  Motivation is the internal impulse that causes increasingly energetic action in a particular direction. Basic Principles, Intrinsic Motivation, Extrinsic Motivation Factors Affecting Motivation, Motivation for fun, Slimming for fun.

5. Aggression.  Mental Rehearsal, Error Parking, Using Self Consciousness, Word Association, Anger, Conflict, Measuring Aggression, Simulated Practice, e-Event Procedure, Reliving Success, Positive, Conflict Handling Techniques.

6. Leadership & Coaching.  A Coach’s Role, Getting Attention, Questioning, Punishment.

7. Team Dynamics.  Group cohesion, Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing, Traits of an Effective Team, Suitable membership, Appropriate Leadership, Commitment to the Team, Concern for Achieving, Effective Work Methods, Well Organised Team Procedures, Ability To Take Criticism, Creative Strength, Positive Relationships, Positive Environment.

8. Special Groups.  Stress, Post Game/Season Evaluation, Gender Differences, Elite Female Athletes, Special Considerations with Female Athletes, Disabled Persons. Children, Readiness, Dropping out.


Sports Nutrition BRE303

There are 9 lessons in total. At the end of each lesson there is an assignment, which you submit to your tutor for marking.

Lesson 1: Introduction to Human and Sports Nutrition.
This lesson gives the student a basic grounding in human nutrition as it relates to sport. Topics include: dietary nutrients; recommended daily intake; the balanced diet; carbohydrates (including the glycaemic index), fats and proteins.

Lesson 2: Energy.
This lesson explains the concept of chemical energy and how it is produced in the human body. Topics include: Calories and Kilojoules; energy systems and adenosine triphosphate; and aerobic vs anaerobic respiration.

Lesson 3: Energy in the athlete’s body.
This lesson examines how energy is utilised in the human body. Topics include: aerobic capacity; respiratory quotient; metabolism; stages of exercise; energy sources during exercise; and protein as an energy source.

Lesson 4: The Training Diet.
Looks at the principles of a training diet and how to design an effective training diet. Topics include carbohydrates; proteins and the protein needs of athletes; fats; other nutrients (such as antioxidants); and meal timing.

Lesson 5: The Competition Diet.
In this lesson, the studentwill learn about the principles behind and how to design a diet for an athlete for the days leading up to, during and after a competition. Topics include: carbohydrate loading and the carbohydrate needs of athletes; guidelines for pre competition eating; eating during competition; competition, fatigue and nutrition; and competition recovery requirements.

Lesson 6: Fluids.
Explains the importance of fluids in an athlete’s diet. Topics include: the function of water in the human body; fluid needs in humans; water and solute regulation in the body; electrolytes; water and body temperature regulation; fluid intake before, during and after exercise; and intravenous fluid replacement.

Lesson 7: The Athlete’s Body Composition.
Teaches students about the body composition of an athlete, and methods of measuring body composition. Topics include: components of the human body; body composition assessment techniques; the importance of body composition to performance; and the body mass index.

Lesson 8: Weight Management.
This lesson examines effective methods for weight reduction and body fat control where they are deemed necessary. Topics include: the mechanics of weight loss; why athletes may want to lose weight; “making weight” and “cutting up”; weight loss and physical performance; overweight people; weight change and low energy diets; tips for losing body fat; key characteristics of a safe weight reduction diet; and eating disorders.

Lesson 9: Training for Size and the use of Sports.
Supplements. Examines methods of increasing muscle mass and assesses the use of sports supplements. Topics include: how to gain weight; gaining muscle mass; evaluating the use of sports supplements; types of sports supplements; and supplements and drug testing.


Human Nutrition I BRE302

The 9 lessons are as follows:

1. Introduction to Nutrition.

2. The Digestive System.

3. Absorption & Enzymes.

4. Energy Value and Foods.

5. Carbohydrates and Fats.

6. Proteins.

7. Vitamins and Minerals.

8. Water.

9. Nutrient Disorders.


Motivation VBS111

This module contains 8 lessons, as follows:

  1. Introduction
    • How important is the study of motivation.
    • What is motivation.
    • Maslows theory of motivation.
    • Incentives.
    • Internal or intrinsic incentives.
    • Incentives external to the working environment.
    • The relational character of incentives.
    • Social reinforcers.
  2. Awareness
    • Motivation and goals.
    • Motivation and distress.
    • Reinforcement.
    • Classical conditioning.
    • Operant conditioning.
  3. Tangible Rewards
    • Self determination theory.
    • Hygiene and motivation theory.
    • Tangible rewards.
  4. Intangible Rewards
    • Intrinsic motivation.
    • Security -Cultural, Production of community, Gender, Age, Vocation, Education, etc.
    • Ethics.
    • Gratitude.
    • Belief systems.
    • Peer pressure.
    • Extringsic and intrinsic reinforcement at work.
  5. Negative Motivators
    • Punishment.
    • Pain.
    • Suffering.
    • Discipline.
    • Threat.
  6. Initiating Motivation
    • Explain how to initiate motivation with an individual or group for a situation not previously confronted.
  7. Maintaining Motivation
    • Goal setting.
    • Influence of Groups on individual motivation.
    • Social loafing.
    • Employee motivation in the workplace by managers.
    • Expectations.
    • Job design.
    • Motivation for a personal trainer.
  8. Applications
    • Space management.
    • Time management.
    • Staff appraisals.
    • Expectations.
    • Vicious and virtuous cycles.
    • PBL Project: Create and present a plan with specific strategies for improving the employee’s motivation in the workplace, based on a clear understanding of the person’s needs, values and situation.

Who will benefit from this course?

Exercise trainers and coaches seeking to improve their motivational skills and understand the mental challenges of athletes.

Counsellors and coaches, especially those working with younger or older people.

Small business owners and personal trainers, or those interested in setting up bootcamp-style workshops.

Amateur athletes and social sportspeople looking to improve their general health and well-being.

At the end of this course you will:

  • Understand the principles of good nutrition for athletes and other active people
  • Understand motivation, the factors affecting it, and how to increase it
  • Understand the relationship between diet and energy production in the body
  • Know how to work with an athlete to design an effective overall program accounting for individual dietary needs, motivational needs, and emotional support.




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Tracey Jones (psychology)B.Sc. (Hons) (Psychology), M.Soc.Sc (social work), DipSW (social work), PGCE (Education), PGD (Learning Disability Studies) Tracey began studying psychology in 1990. She has a wide range of experience within the psychology and social work field, particularly working with people with learning disabilities. She is also qualified as a teacher and now teaches psychology and social work related subjects. She has been a book reviewer for the British Journal of Social Work and has also written many textbooks, blogs, articles and ebooks on psychology, writing, sociology, child development and more. She has had also several short stories published.
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