BSc (Hons) Psychology


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Program Description

BSc (Hons) Psychology

The programme includes many thought-provoking topics including forensic and investigative psychology, educational psychology, the psychology of sport and exercise, and critical social psychology. Students also get to develop their own knowledge within a particular psychology topic of interest by writing a 30-credit final project.

Graduates from this BSc (Hons) Psychology course will have an understanding of the scientific and theoretical underpinnings of the discipline. They will also develop detailed knowledge of several specialised areas/or applications of psychology, including the ability to recognise the variability and diversity of psychological functioning (and its significance).

Students who want to develop their career will also develop a number of transferable skills including critical thinking, communication, evidence-based reasoning, investigative abilities, data analysis and lots more.

Course structure

This BSc (Hons) Psychology is made up of the following modules and, upon completion, is equal to a total of 360 credits.

Level 4 modules:

  • Fundamentals of Effective Learning in Psychology
  • Introduction to Social Psychology
  • Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
  • Personality and Intelligence
  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Key Studies in Psychology
  • Mental Health, Stress and Well-being

Level 5 modules:

  • Biological Psychology
  • Advanced Cognitive Psychology
  • Psychological Development through the lifespan
  • Individual Differences, Emotions and Behaviour
  • The Psychology of Attitudes
  • Reasoning and Decision-Making
  • Selection of optional modules

Level 6 modules:

  • Critical Social Psychology
  • Developmental Science
  • Occupational Psychology
  • Investigative Psychology
  • Psychology of Sport & Exercise
  • Clinical & Counselling Psychology
  • Final Psychology Project

Teaching methods and style

Unlike a traditional university environment, our online BSc (Hons) Psychology course utilises a Virtual Learning Environment. The system is designed to track and manage the learning process in real-time and provides you with immediate access to your learning materials wherever you are.

This learning platform allows both students and tutors to actively take part in real-time conversations and you can listen to, and view, live lectures and seminars over the internet. Studying is carried out entirely online and the programme of study can fit your work and personal commitments.

You will be supported throughout your BSc (Hons) Psychology course by a dedicated Student Adviser and have the opportunity to regularly interact with fellow students and your tutor.

Methods of assessment

We adopt an assignment-based approach to assessment instead of exams. Assessment for the BSc (Hons) Psychology will be based on a combination of written coursework.

You will always be aware of your current provisional grade right from the start of the programme, allowing you to evaluate the success of your current study methods and clearly identify areas to improve. We believe that this transparency gives you the information you need to make the most of your undergraduate course. We achieve this by:

  • showing your marks clearly in your grade book, which can be viewed whenever you log onto the learning platform;
  • the rapid turnaround of work assessed to ensure that your grade book is always up to date;
  • assessing your work throughout the module rather than waiting for the end of year exams;
  • ensuring you have regular contact with your Student Adviser; and
  • the simplicity and transparency in the design of our assessment criteria.

We also have a policy of ensuring that work submitted by students is authentic. As well as the fact that all work is frequently assessed, we use a well established electronic monitoring system to check for plagiarism.

Career destinations

Achieving BSc (Hons) Psychology degree will give you an opportunity to progress your career and increase earning potential with skills that are directly transferable to the workplace.

The specialist knowledge and understanding of the key psychology concepts you will gain from this course could open up rewarding careers in a wide range of industries such as counselling, civil service, marketing, research, healthcare, security, education and business.

Entry requirements

We have flexible entry requirements that look at both your academic and work-based experience as well as your motivation to do the course. There are two entry routes onto our BSc (Hons) Psychology programme:

1 - Academic Entry Route

In order to satisfy the Academic Entry Route requirements for our BSc (Hons) Psychology programme you must have the following qualifications as a minimum:

  • Three A-levels, or equivalent; plus
  • If English is not your first language, IELTS (Academic) 6.0 or equivalent.
  • If you do not hold an IELTS or equivalent qualification, we require students to pass a free online English test.

2 - Open Entry Route

In order to satisfy the Open Entry Route requirements for our BSc (Hons) Psychology programme you must meet the following criteria as a minimum:

  • GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above, or equivalent
  • Three years’ relevant work experience; plus
  • English language proficiency should be at a level equivalent to IELTS 6.0

Your application will be considered on an individual basis taking into account your motivation for doing the course, prior work experience and other relevant qualifications that demonstrate your ability to successfully complete the programme.

Last updated Mar 2020

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