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Qualification in Sport and Exercise Psychology (Stage 2)

The Qualification in Sport and Exercise Psychology (QSEP) (Stage 2) is the independent route to training as a sport and exercise psychologist for those who are unable, or choose not, to undertake a professional doctorate.

Duration Flexible (2 years minimum, with 2, 3, and 4 year assessment tracks available)
Enrolment (entry) requirements Graduate Membership of the Society with the Graduate Basis for Chartered membership

Society-accredited MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology

Access to a suitable placement (paid or voluntary)
Start date Flexible
Fees £5,678.40 (£4,732.00 plus VAT)

The flexibility of the qualification means that there are no restrictions on the type of work that you are doing, so long as you can demonstrate how it relates to the competencies underpinning the qualification. This flexibility also enables you to undertake  your training while you are working in the field and acquiring valuable practical experience.

This is a doctoral level qualification which leads to eligibility for Chartered membership of the Society, Full membership of the Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology, and eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council, the statutory regulator for practitioner psychologists in the UK.

The QSEP (Stage 2) involves structured supervised practice over a period of 2, 3 or 4 years, depending on whether you wish to train on a full-time or a part-time basis and your access to appropriate development opportunities.

Your supervised practice will build upon the academic components of your Stage 1 training by enabling you to develop and demonstrate your skills to doctoral level in:

  • professional practice
  • consultancy
  • research and communication

You will receive supervision and support from your Co-ordinating Supervisor, who will act as your mentor throughout your training on the qualification, in addition to support from the Society’s Qualifications Office, with the goal of ensuring that you are competent to practice independently in a range of settings. 

You may also choose to engage additional supervisory support for specific aspects of your supervised practice.  

For further details, please see the Candidate Handbook.

For more information on the benefits of training independently, please click here.

The first step is to read the Candidate Handbook and make sure you fulfil the entry requirements of the qualification.

The next step is to contact a Co-ordinating Supervisor using the Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors (RAPPS).

The Candidate Handbook will help you to find a Co-ordinating Supervisor using RAPPS.  Supervision with your Co-ordinating Supervisor is an important part of your training on the qualification, and therefore it is advisable to contact more than one Co-ordinating Supervisor before agreeing terms.

Your Co-ordinating Supervisor will be able to explore with you how you might develop and demonstrate the competencies within your current job or placement.

Once you have secured a Co-ordinating Supervisor, the next step is to complete the enrolment application forms found on the Forms and Handbooks tab.

The Candidate Handbook will guide you through the process, and if you have any queries the Qualifications Team is available to help via email and telephone.

Assessment consists of a written portfolio assessing progress and competence, and a viva relating to the contents of the portfolio.

The first two submissions are formative, and the final submission (including the viva) is summative.

This enables you to receive feedback to support your development as you progress through each of your submissions.

Submission points vary according to whether you are enrolled on a 2, 3 or 4 year track. 

Your Co-ordinating Supervisor is available to support you in preparing your submissions, although this does not constitute a formal assessment of your work.

Further details can be found in the Candidate Handbook.  

Phone: +44 (0)116 252 9505

Email: [email protected]

Postal address:
The British Psychological Society
St Andrews House
48 Princess Road East

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