Full-time: Three years, Part-time: Five - six years
Campus, Full-time and Part-time
C860; Short form: BSc/NPsy
Preston (Campus code: U)
How does the brain control our behaviour? How do brain disorders affect us? What about drugs…? If you want to specialise in physiological psychology, this is the course for you. It will prepare you for a career working with people with a range of needs - neurodegenerative diseases, tumours, strokes, traumatic brain injuries… For the first two years, you’ll study core areas of the British Psychological Society’s curriculum on this accredited course, with a specialist Techniques in Biopsychology module in Year 2. In Year 3, you’ll develop your neuropsychological skills further by choosing from topic and project options including biological treatments in neuropsychological disorders and techniques and brain, treatments and behaviour.
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
Pass International Baccalaureate Diploma and obtain 112 - 128 UCAS Points
IELTS 6.0 with no Component lower than 5.5
5 GCSE's at grade C including 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.
All our Psychology degrees share a common first year, with the opportunity to start specialising from Year 2. You can choose BSc routes in Forensic Psychology, Health Psychology, Neuropsychology, Sport & Exercise Psychology, Psychology with Psychotherapy and Counselling and Psychology and Criminology.
The Psychology syllabus is informed by the professional body, the British Psychological Society (BPS). All core modules are completed by Year 2, after which you can choose your specialism and, if you like, progress straight onto a specialist BPS-accredited master's, which provides stage 1 of your training towards becoming a professional psychologist.
In Years 1 and 2, all of our Psychology courses include an introduction to the main areas of psychology and further development of these key themes. In Year 2, you take Topics and Techniques in Neuroscience, learning about different brain regions and their role in behaviour, and enhancing your practical skills. For your Year 3 Project, you would investigate some area of neuropsychology, and further develop your skills in Neuropsychological Disorders and Techniques, and Brain, Treatment and Behaviour. The rest of Year 3 is made up from a range of specialist and general options.
In Year 1, you will attend lectures, seminars, workshops, computing and IT classes. You will take part in Psychology practicals and develop your skills in statistical analysis and report-writing. Lectures are delivered to large groups, but other classes contain about thirty students. These small groups allow you to develop your understanding of psychology and to practise your communication skills. You should get to know your fellow group members, and learn to use your Personal Tutor as a source of academic advice.
In Year 2, you will study core areas of psychology in more depth, including Social and Developmental, Cognitive and Physiological Psychology, Psychological Research Methods, Individual Differences, alongside an optional psychology module. As a Neuropsychology student you will also take Topics and Techniques in Neuroscience. You will continue to develop your skills in psychological research and report-writing but work in smaller groups of 4-6 students, and take a role in designing your own studies. For instance, you might investigate how to improve people's ability to detect lies in Social Psychology, or sex-stereotyping in children's television programmes in Developmental Psychology.
In Year 3, you will complete a double module research project on an appropriate topic. This can be the most exciting part of your degree because it lets you investigate a subject in which you have a particular interest, supported by one-to-one discussions with your supervisor. You will further develop your skills in Frontiers in Biopsychology, and select from a range of specialist modules including: Violent and Sexual Offending, Crime: Impacts and Consequences, Theory & Practice in Sport Psychology, Psychology of Diet and Exercise, Health Psychology: Theory and Practice, Health Promotion, Applying Psychology to the Educational Setting, Interpersonal and Organisational Psychology, Contemporary Issues in Social Psychology. In the summer between Years 2 and 3, you may do a work placement, which can be particularly useful for those who have a clear idea of the career they want to pursue.
For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.
For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
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 and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate
For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.
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.
Based in the purpose built Darwin Building, we aim to provide the best possible facilities for our students including specialist teaching and research rooms. The building also includes a state-of-the-art lecture theatre and computer rooms.
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 was rated as ‘internationally excellent’ and ‘world-leading’ in the last research assessment exercise.
Enjoy regular 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. Percentage of coursework to exams is roughly 50/50.
You can get involved in the research carried out by our staff, both as a participant and as a researcher, and not just through your classes and final year projects - there are paid research student internships and part-time research assistant positions available. You can also take part in conference talks, research publications and research grants - our current students regularly publish themselves, or become members of the editorial panel of ‘Diffusion’, UCLan’s own undergraduate research journal.
In the summer between Years 2 and 3, you may do a work placement, which can be particularly useful for those who have a clear idea of the career they want to pursue.
Some of our graduates pursue a career in psychology by undertaking postgraduate training to become professional psychologists, including our BPS-accredited Master’s programmes. However, UCLan graduates are valued more broadly, and others utilise the skills that our degree encourages to take graduate-level positions in a range of organisations, including the Police, Prison Service, NHS, social and community services, health authorities and in the pharmaceutical industry, and in education and training.
‘I found all tutors extremely helpful, willing and encouraging at all times as well as showing good understanding, patience and compassion when required through difficult periods. The course has developed me as a person, as an academic and has opened doors that previously could never be seen. I would not hesitate to recommend the University or the course to any prospective students.'