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Specialist Diploma in Applied Sports Psychology

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About the course

3.1       The Specialist Diploma in Applied Sports Psychology provides learners with the basis in behavioral psychology with roots in sports science, motivation, psychology, mental toughness, as well as health and fitness.

3.2       This course is a scientific study of the psychological factors associated with participation and performance in sport activities.

3.3       Emphasis will be placed on how psychological principles, theories, and research can be used to understand and enhance sport performance from a practical view point.

3.4       To graduate, student must successfully complete and demonstrate competency in all of 4 required modules.

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Learning Outcomes

4.1       Origins of Sport Psychology, its development overtime along with various theories. This will enhance your understanding and lay a solid foundation.

4.2       You will have an increased understanding of what motivates athletes, with relevant practical know-how about various techniques as well as theories.

4.3       How to effectively deal with Stressful situations that athletes encounter during the course of their career.

4.4       Be able to know various research methods and various leadership roles in sport psychology, and how to effectively deal with athletes who face burnout situation or face injuries.

4.5       Help build a career in Sport Psychology and how to conduct assessment of athletes.

4.6       Understand how to motivate athletes by effectively applying various theories of motivation.

4.7       Understand and apply various techniques in dealing with stressful situations and how to cope with anxiety related matters.

4.8       Understand effective ways to exercise and apply visualization related techniques and how athletes can benefit from them.

4.9       You will have developed the skills to perform counseling among athletes and provide recommendations regarding dangers of drug and steroid use.

4.10     Understand various relaxation and hypnosis concepts and successfully apply in various situations.

4.11     Earn a Specialist Diploma in Applied Sports Psychology.


All the modules here can be taken as individual stackable units and it stacks to form a complete qualification. Each module completion will be awarded a "certificate". Each modules taken separately is priced at $1400. Please email us if you wish to take the modules as stackable qualifications.

Introduction to Sports Psychology

Introduction to Sport Psychology examines the cognitive, social, behavioral, and neurophysiological factors that influence performance in sport and other motor performance endeavors. The field of sport psychology actively promotes the scientist-practitioner model. Utilization of the scientist-practitioner model involves the ability to consume and appropriately apply contemporary theory and scientific findings to the practice of applied sport psychology.

Motivation and Sports Performance

Motivation is the largest single topic in psychology, with at least 32 theories that attempt to explain why people are or are not motivated to achieve. Within sport psychology research, there are a plethora of techniques of how to increase and sustain motivation (strategies to enhance agency beliefs, self-regulation, goal setting, and others). However, when explaining the conceptual undergirding of motivation in sport, the why of motivation, two theories predominate: Achievement Goal Theory (AGT) and Self-Determination Theory (SDT). Both theories predict the same outcomes, such as increased achievement striving, sustained behavior change, and perceptions of well-being, but they differ in why those outcomes occur. AGT assumes that individuals cognitively evaluate the competence demands and meaningfulness of the activity, and that those perceptions govern behavior. SDT assumes that individuals are driven by three basic needs, competence, autonomy, and relatedness, and the satisfaction of those needs govern behavior. The module discusses both theories and concludes that each has their strengths and weaknesses.

Sports Psychology Skills: Managing Anxiety, and Stress Relationships

This course covers stress management for athletes beginning with a brief behavioral conceptualization of athletic performance and analysis of stress. Examples of external and internal stressors are offered, as well as of stress responses from autonomic, somatic, and cognitive domains. Further discussed are specific types of stress management approaches used with athletes, and associated with external vs. internal sources of stress, and with the 3 stress response domains.

Sports Psychology Intervention: Sports Injuries and Illness

Sport injury and illness is relatively common among sport and exercise participants, and while the physical impact of injury is often easy to recognise, the psychological impact is not understood. In this course, you will examine the relationship between injury and psychological factors. You will look at the link between injury and psychology at two distinct points – before an injury has occurred and then following an injury. First, you will consider the psychological factors that may increase the likelihood of sustaining a sport injury (pre-injury), and then you will consider psychological reactions to the incidence of a sport injury (post-injury). The course will also allow you to examine how sport and exercise psychology can be used both to help minimise the risk of injury and to help people cope better with sport injury rehabilitation.

Course Delivery Method
Student to Lecturer Ratio
Cost and Installment Plan
Course Mode and Duration
Assessment Methods and Graduation

Delivered via face-to-face lecture in classroom

25 : 1

$3,600 (course fee) + $150 (non-refundable registration fee) + $200 (material fee per module) - Payable over 6 installments over 6 months

Part-Time (6 months), 2 evenings per week @ 4 hours each

Total of 168 in-class contact hours

Class assignment, and class quiz

To graduate, learners must pass all modules

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Admissions Requirements

Academic Requirements:

  1. Above the age of 17 years of age, and

  2. Obtained at least a pass (minimum of C6) at GCE O-Levels in any 2 subjects, or

  3. Nitec, Higher Nitec or other qualifications of equivalent level, or

  4. Mature candidates who are at least 30 years old with at least 8 years of working experience.


Language Requirements:

  1. At least a pass (minimum C6) at GCE O-Level English or IELTS 5.5.

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What can you do with this specialist diploma?

A Specialist Diploma in Applied Sports Psychology in Singapore is a focused and advanced qualification that can provide you with specialized knowledge and skills in the field of sports psychology. While it may not qualify you for roles that require higher degrees and professional licensure, it can serve as a valuable qualification for various positions related to sports and performance psychology.

The million dollar question: What can you do with this diploma?

  1. Sports Coach or Trainer

  2. Athletic Advisor

  3. Performance Enhancement Specialist

  4. Sports Program Coordinator

  5. Fitness Center Manager

  6. Sports Event Organizer

  7. Recreation Program Coordinator

  8. Health and Wellness Coach

  9. Consultant for Sports Teams

  10. Fitness Blogger or Content Creator

  11. Sports Consultant

  12. Business Owner / Enterpreneur

How much can you make?

We're not going to make any data up. But a successful sports psychology practitioner in Singapore do not earn less than $200,000 a year. Most lucrative careers in Sports Psychology are often as consultants, trainers, or business owners.

IPHM UK Accreditation

Nanyang Psychology Academy is accredited by International Practitioner of Holistic Medicine in UK.

IPHM UK Membership Number: IPHMNC13663 | Validity: September 2024.

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