Social Psychology BSc (Hons)

Social Psychology BSc (Hons)

School of Psychology




Under- graduate



Contact UCLan

University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Full-time: 3 years; Part-time: 5-6 years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    2Q65; Short form: BScSP

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

Have you ever wondered how salesmen and advertisers get us to buy things? Or why cult leaders exert such destructive influence over their followers? If you’re interested in understanding how the thoughts, feelings and behaviour of individuals are influenced by others, then this British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited degree will appeal to you.

Our psychology degrees share a common core in the first year, providing you with a breadth of knowledge, before providing the core BPS curriculum in Year 2, with the option to specialise in your final year in Health, Forensic, Sport & Exercise, Social or Neuropsychology, or retain a breadth of coverage on the BSc (Hons) Psychology. You’ll have a wide range of international opportunities available, including the option to travel to our overseas campuses, support to learn a language or participate in overseas research conferences.     

Entry Requirements

112 -128 at A2; General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit - Distinction, Distinction, Merit 
BTEC Diploma: Distinction* Distinction*
Pass Access to HE with 112 - 128 UCAS Points. 
International Baccalaureate and obtain 112 - 128 UCAS Points.
IELTS 6.0 with no component lower than 5.5.
GCSE: 5 at grade C inc Maths and English or Equivalent.

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

Compulsory modules:

  • Methods and Practice of Psychological Inquiry
  • Introduction to Developmental and Social Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychobiology and Cognition
  • Current Topics in Psychology I
  • Current Topics in Psychology II

Optional modules:

  • An Introduction to Evolutionary Psychology
  • Topics in Forensic and Criminal Psychology
  • Psychology of the Media
  • Mind Games: Topics in Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • The Social Construction of Childhood
  • Crime and Society
  • Media and Culture
  • Sociological ways of Thinking

Year 2

Compulsory modules:

  • Psychological Research 1: Design and Quantitative Analysis
  • Psychological Research 2: Qualitative Methods
  • Social and Developmental Psychology
  • Cognitive and Physiological Psychology
  • Individual Differences

Optional modules:

One from the following:

  • Health Psychology
  • Applying Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Sport Psychology

And one from the following:

  • Diversity and Inclusive Practice with Children and Adults
  • Understanding Interpersonal Violence
  • Sociology of Social Movements
  • Sociology of Religion

Year 3

Compulsory modules:

  • Social Psychology Project (double module)
  • Contemporary Issues in Social Psychology
  • Interpersonal and Organisational Psychology

Optional modules – choose two of the following:

  • Applying Psychology to the Educational Setting
  • Psychology Placement Module
  • EITHER Violent and Sexual Offending
    OR Crime: Impacts and Consequences
  • EITHER Neuropsychological Disorders and Techniques
    OR Brain, Treatments and Behaviour
  • EITHER Theory and Practice in Sport Psychology
    OR Psychology of Diet & Exercise
  • EITHER Health Psychology: Theory and Practice
    OR Psychology of Health Promotion

Further Information

Following this British Psychological Society accredited course, you’ll study a range of topics throughout the first two years of the course, alongside additional modules covering topics related to social psychology, before spending the majority of the final year specialising mainly in social psychology. In your final year, you’ll be designing your own empirical project to investigate topics in an area of social psychology that captures your interest - past examples of such projects have looked at how the layout of menus can influence food choice, whether mood can influence our lie detection accuracy and how the medium of an advert might affect our likelihood to buy a product. You’ll also take specialist modules that deal with contemporary issues in social psychology such as persuasion (by con artists, salespeople and politicians, amongst others), deception detection in everyday life, romantic relationships and how social psychology has a major influence in the workplace.


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Apply Now

You should apply through UCAS to start September 2018 by the UCAS deadline of 15 January 2018

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2018/19

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Industry Links

We continuously engage with employers to make sure our curriculum delivers the skills and knowledge industry needs. These include a number of professionals from various sectors, including NHS Trusts including patient groups, medical practitioners and allied health professionals, Her Majesty’s Prison Service, Police forces, Local Education Authorities, schools and professional sports organisations.

Professional Accreditation

The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society which gives Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) on award of a minimum lower second class honours degree.


Learning Environment and Assessment

You’ll be taught by academics that produce first-class research, which has an impact not just in academia but in our working and everyday lives. Much of our psychological research continues to be rated ‘internationally excellent’ and ‘world-leading’ as per the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) in 2014, whilst 100 percent was rated as having ‘real-world’ impact.

You’ll enjoy visits from renowned guest speakers - previous speakers have included Prof. Richard Dawkins, Sir Nicholas Humpfrey and Prof. Bruce Hood.

Year 1 is assessed by coursework and Multiple Choice Question exams; Year 2 through coursework, MCQ and essay exams; Year 3 through coursework or essay exams and the project.


You will study in our purpose-built psychology building, Darwin, with its specialist labs :

Video Observation Suite

Health Psychology Suite

Cognitive Psychology Complex & Brain Imaging Laboratory

Sport Psychology Laboratories



Graduate Careers

Some of our graduates pursue a career in psychology by undertaking postgraduate training to become professional psychologists, including our BPS-accredited master’s programmes. UCLan graduates, however, are valued more broadly, and others utilise the skills that our degree encourages to take graduate-level positions in a range of organisations.

Progression Routes

Progression onto the following postgraduate programmes:

MSc Applied Clinical Psychology

MSc Forensic Psychology

MSc Health Psychology