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Diploma of Higher Education in Psychology & Sports Science


UK Level 5


2 Years


About the Course

Sports  Psychology

Sports Psychology is a specialty in applied psychology that uses a broad range of techniques to facilitate sportsmen and women improve their performance, increase attention and concentration on their goals, psychological well-being, prevent and alleviate distress and working under pressure, resolve crises, and increase their ability to function better in their professional and personal life.

Sports psychologists support sports teams and individual athletes and from the beginners to professional and international level players  and pay particular attention to psychological strength, resilience, motivation and emotional well-being.

Using psychological concepts in identifying factors affecting performance, supporting them overcome weaknesses and limitations, protecting them from negative effects of busy schedules and supporting them achieve their best, professionals in Sports Psychology serve the field of sports working in many different types of sports and games.

In a fast phased, sophisticated world pressure to achieve for sports teams and athletes increase day by day. Governments, Sports Clubs, Sports Organizations and even schools are looking for professionals who could support their teams to do better. As a results Sports Psychology is becoming more and more popular everywhere in the world, creating a high demand for those who are qualified and trained in these areas. Therefore this field offers many job opportunities across the world and not to forget the popularity, traveling opportunities, social recognition and very high monetary rewards these positions involved.

Diploma of Higher Education in Sports Psychology (DHEPSp)

This Level 5 Diploma is designed to provide students with the ground knowledge required to start their journey towards becoming a professional in  Sports psychology. Program provides a thorough understanding of  behaviors and thinking of humans through core modules delivered in the first two semester and then go on to introduce the students to applications of psychology in supporting and facilitating Sportsmen and women and working with people  in the field of Sports.

At the end of the  DHEPSp, you will cover the content covered in the first two years of the Bachelor;s degree in Psychology as well as knowledge relevant to first two years of a degree in Sports  psychology. Hence giving you the opportunity to select your academic and career path at the end of the second year.

You have the options of completing a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Psychology, A Double Major in Sports Science & Psychology  (Check transfer options) or completing a BSc (Hons) in Psychology with a Specialization in Sports Psychology.

Please check-out the Dual Qualification Series offered by CIRP


How is the program delivered?

Program is delivered using modern teaching methods and training techniques that inspires the minds of the students creating enthusiasm, interest and motivation to explore further in to the field. A variety of methods from face to face lectures to case studies, journal discussions, workshops and seminars, small group discussions and group activities are used to create and maintain passion of the students.

Program Structure

Qualification Title                   : Diploma of Higher Education in  Psychology & Sports Science

Qualification Level                 : UK RQF Level 5

Awarding Body                      : Colombo Institute of Research & Psychology UK          

Credits                                    : 240 UK RQF Credits

Modules                                  : 16

Duration                                  : 02 Years

Progression                              : BSc (Hons) Psychology Final Year

Transfer Options                     : Available

Combinations                          : Dual Qualifications & Double Majors

Accreditation                          : Tertiary & Vocational Education Commission, Sri Lanka

Schedule                                 : Weekday or Weekends

Delivery                                  : On Campus or Online

Intakes                                    : February & September



Module Structure

Core Psychology Modules (Each module is worth 15 UK RQF Credits)

1. Introduction to Psychology                    

2. Biopsychology                                             

3. Cognitive Psychology                                                

4. Developmental Psychology                 

5. Social Psychology                                       

6. Memory                                                         

7. Personality                                                    


Sports Psychology Modules (Each module is worth 15 UK RQF Credits)


1. Introduction to Sports Psychology                                

2. Training & Skill Development                                                                           

3. Life Style and Well-being                                                                   

4. Coaching for Sports                                                                       

5. Performance Enhancement                                                    


 Common Modules  (Each module is worth 15 UK RQF Credits)

1. Research Methods – Quantitate         

2. Research Methods – Qualitative         

3. Statistics 1                                                     

4. Statistics 2       


Assessments are designed to ensure that the students have achieved the required learning outcomes. Students are provided opportunity to take a range of assessments that will empower students to face the various different challenges and demands of their work life upon graduation including written examinations, essays and assignments submitted online, individual and group presentations, social media projects, mini research projects.


Entry Criteria

Educational Qualifications - Standard Entry

Completed A/L  (SL / Edexcel / Cambrdige / Recognized examinations body) with a minimum of 2 Passes in any Stream

or have completed a Foundation  Programme awarded by a recognized College /University

Educational Qualifications - Special considerations for mature students

A professional qualification with two (02) years work experience in a relevant field

or follow the Access Diploma to Higher Education at CIRP

Language Requirement

A high level of English Proficiency is required to successfully complete this programme.

English Proficiency of the students will be assessed in the beginning of the programs and students who do not meet the expected standard will be asked to follow the English Language Proficient Program (ELPP) offered by CIRP and obtain the required level of mastery before commencing the program

Award & Certificate

DHEP qualifications awarded by CIRP and is recognized by TVEC Sri Lanka. Certificate is issued by CIRP and you are able to get the certificate attested by TVEC Sri Lanka as a registered qualification when you apply for foreign universities.


Academic Progression & Transfer Options

Most of the students who complete the dual qualifications will enter the final year of the BSc (Hons) Psychology program delivered at CIRP in Sri Lanka in affiliation with UK university Partner.

Some students opt to transfer to different countries and universities around the world. As a result of DHEP curriculum meeting international standards, students are able to get exemptions with almost all the universities they apply to. CIRP has already established transfer pathways to many universities in UK, Australia, Canada, Dubai and many other countries


Student Life

CIRP offers and excellent campus life that provides students ample opportunities to enjoy their university life combining academic work with a range of other activities. Most are aimed at providing students the much required recreational time and sufficient time away from classrooms essential for psychological well-being. Working together with the students council, CIRP organizes many activities and events to bring our hidden talents in students, provide confidence, enhance social and interpersonal skills, embrace cultural diversity and have fun in a responsible  way in a safe environment. 

We invite all students to check out student life at CIRP.



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