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Psychology BSc (Hons)

Understanding what makes people tick prepares you for a wide range of careers, not just as a professional psychologist - no wonder Psychology is such an incredibly popular degree course. You’ll learn how to apply scientific methods to measure, understand and explain beliefs, decision-making processes and behaviour. How can we improve our ability to detect lies? What role does stress play in our lives? How can professionals improve their performance at work? It’s the first element of training towards a career as a Chartered Psychologist, and you’ll learn how to apply your knowledge in a variety of professional settings.

You can choose BSc routes in Forensic Psychology, Social 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 2/3, 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.

All programmes include an introduction to the main areas of psychology and further development of these key themes. Additionally, you may study two specialist subjects from a choice of Applied Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Health Psychology, Neuropsychology, or Sport Psychology. You can take a specialist module but follow the BSc (Hons) Psychology programme; or you can continue with the speciality by doing a project within the specialist area, and selecting appropriate specialist topics, graduating with a BSc in Applied, Forensic, Health, Social, Neuropsychology or Sport Psychology. For BSc (Hons) Psychology there is a wide choice of project topic and module options.

Psychology study

Students testing people’s psychology during training on how to evacuate an underwater helicopter.

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.

You will study core areas of psychology in more depth, including Developmental Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Research Methods, Social Psychology and Physiological Psychology. 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. For your 'elective' modules, you may take Applied Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Health Psychology, Neuropsychology or Sport Psychology. Taking one of these specialist Psychology elective modules would allow you to transfer to that specialist route if you found you enjoyed the area

You complete a double module research project on an appropriate topic, from any area within psychology. 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. The rest is made up of eight half modules selected from a wide choice, including the opportunity to do a work placement in the summer. This can be particularly useful for those who have a clear idea of the career they want to pursue.

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years, Part-time: Five - six years minimum.

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:

    C800

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Fees 2018/19

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

  • View 2017/18 Fees

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 112-128 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit - Distinction, Distinction, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access Course: 112 -128 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 112-128 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent 

Not got the grades?

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degree

Foundation Entry Route

Course Overview

Year 1 and 2

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 modules from the following:

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

Compulsory modules

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

Plus two modules from the following:

  • Health Psychology
  • Applying Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Topics and Techniques in Neuroscience
  • Sports Psychology

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Psychology Project

Optional modules
Select four modules from the following:

  • Applying Psychology to the Educational Setting
  • Interpersonal and Organisational Psychology
  • Contemporary Issues in Social 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 and Exercise
  • EITHER Health Psychology: Theory and Practice
  • OR Health Promotion

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Our 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 Chartered Membership, provided a minimum standard of qualification of second class honours is achieved.

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Learning Environment

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.

You will be assessed by coursework and Multiple Choice Question exam, essay exams and the project. Percentage of coursework to exams is roughly 50/50.


Excellent Facilities

Study in our state-of-the art purpose-built psychology building, Darwin, with its specialist labs :

Fantastic Opportunities

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.

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.

Important Information

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2017 Entry | 2018 Entry

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

* Tuition Fees

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Entry Requirements

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.