Health Psychology BSc (Hons)

Health 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: Three years; Part-time: Five – Six years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    C841; Short form: BSc/HPsy

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

How is stress linked to disease? How do people adapt to chronic illness? What factors influence healthy eating or exercising? What are the psychological consequences of genetic testing? These are the types of questions addressed by Health Psychologists, who are interested in how psychological, social and biological factors influence health and illness. Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), this course will give you a strong foundation to become a qualified health practitioner and you’ll have access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment for your teaching and research. Modules are taught by registered practitioner health psychologists and research experts in the field, and include lectures given by invited speakers who work within the health psychology field, clinical domain and the NHS.

Entry Requirements

112 - 128 points at A2; General Studies accepted 
OCF BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit
QCF BTEC Diploma: Distinction* Distinction*
Pass Access to Higher Education: 112-128 UCAS Points
Pass International Baccalaureate Diploma: 112 - 128 UCAS Points
GCSE: 5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths and English or equivalent
IELTS: Grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5

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

PLUS two from the following options:

  • An Introduction to Evolutionary Psychology 
  • Topics in Forensic and Criminal Psychology 
  • Psychology of the Media 
  • Mind Games: Topics in Sport and Exercise Psychology

Year 2

Compulsory Modules

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

PLUS one from the following:

  • Applying Psychology 
  • Forensic Psychology 
  • Topics and Techniques in Neuroscience 
  • Sport Psychology

Year 3

Compulsory Modules

  • Health Psychology Project 
  • Health Psychology: Theory and Practice 
  • Health Promotion

PLUS two from the following:

  • Applying Psychology to the Educational Setting 
  • Interpersonal and Organisational Psychology 
  • 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 & Practice in Sport Psychology 
  • OR Psychology of Diet & Exercise

Further Information

The course also affords the opportunity to apply to work as a research Intern during the summer. In addition the final year placement modules often taken by students between the end of Year 2 and the start of Year 3.

The course is also delivered in Athens (Greece) and at UCLan Cyprus.


Graduates of this course have commonly gone on to study for the MSc Health Psychology degree (Stage I) at UCLan, and then Stage II – leading to Chartered status with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Others have studied for the MSc Health Psychology (Stage I) and have gone on to do a Clinical degree (DClin), or a PhD, and others have gone out into the workplace.

Health psychologists work in a wide variety of settings including hospitals, clinics, private corporations and universities. Some health psychologists work in settings that specialise in a particular area of health care such as oncology, pain management, women's health and smoking cessation programmes. Other health psychologists work in government settings, often administering community health programmes or influencing public policy.  


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)

*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, patient groups, medical practitioners, allied health professionals, the Prison Service, police forces, local education authorities, schools and professional sports organisations.

Professional Accreditation

Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as conferring eligibility for Graduate Membership of the Society with the Graduate Basis for Registration, provided a minimum standard of qualification of second class honours is achieved.

Learning Environment and Assessment

The course is based in the School of Psychology, housed in the new purpose-built Darwin Building. This building offers specialist teaching and research facilities, including Sport and Exercise Psychology Laboratories, Health Psychology Suite, Cognitive Psychology Laboratories, Brain Imaging Laboratory, Video Observation Suite, Biomechanics Laboratory, and Sport Physiology Laboratory. The building also includes a state-of-the-art lecture theatre, teaching and computer rooms.

Health Psychology Suite

Child Observation Suite

The BSc (Hons) Health Psychology course is taught by Senior Lecturers who are members of the British Psychological Society Health Division (C. Psychol) and who are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).