Psychology (Burnley campus)

Psychology (Burnley campus) BSc (Hons)

Having a wide understanding of the way in which people act, react and interact prepares you for a wide range of careers, not just as a professional psychologist but also across a range of different sectors.  On this course at our Burnley campus, 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? How can we improve the mental health and well-being of society?  Whether you wish to pursue a career as a Chartered Psychologist or simply use psychology as entry into a wide range of graduate careers you’ll learn how to apply your knowledge in a variety of professional settings.   

In Years One and Two you’ll cover the core areas of the discipline, cognition (memory, thinking and language), developmental (the psychology of life span), psychophysiology (the biological bases of behaviour), social (the influence of actual, imagined, or implied presence of others upon our thoughts and behaviour) and research methods (teaching you to conduct, report and interpret research).  Alongside each of these interesting core areas you have the ability to study additional modules which look at a variety of psychological areas like Counselling, Clinical, Forensic, Educational and Cyberpsychology ensuring that you have both an understanding of the core areas of modern psychology and the ability to apply this knowledge across a range of areas.  In your final year, you spend one third of your time on your research project and select four optional modules to study alongside it.   Depending upon your career aspirations and personal goals you might take up the opportunity to study overseas either at another UCLan Campus or to utilise exchange agreements with Universities across the globe, or you might take either a full year placement or a placement module to ensure that you develop the skills that will increase your employment options. 

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

By using a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and computer/IT sessions you will be able to develop your understanding of psychology and practise your communication skills. Your research methods knowledge will be developed through a range of psychology practical’s and you will develop your skills in statistical analysis and report writing. At UCLan Burnley, you will get to know your fellow group members well due to the smaller cohort sizes on this course, relative to the courses at our other campuses: Preston and Cyprus.  Our smaller community approach enables you to make the step from your current studies to degree level education without having to focus on overcoming large changes in your learning style.  This is possible due to the smaller classes, allowing our teaching and learning approaches to be similar to those you’ve previously experienced at School or College empowering you to study at degree level with all the advantages of smaller classes, meaning you will have greater access to staff and support to help you achieve the levels of success that you desire.

Students considering this course may also be interested in the parallel course that operates at our main campus in Preston.

Key Information

  • Duration:

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

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Burnley (Campus code: A)

  • Start Date:


  • Industry Links - We continuously engage with employers to make sure our curriculum delivers the skills and knowledge industry needs.
  • 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.
  • At UCLan Burnley, you will get to know your fellow group members well due to the smaller cohort sizes on this course.

Course Overview

Year 1

The first year of the course begins by providing a broad understanding of the core elements of the discipline alongside some optional modules that permit you to explore new interests or consolidate existing ones.

Compulsory modules

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

Plus two modules from the following:

  • Introduction to Counselling and Counselling Skills
  • Key Issues in in Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Introduction to CBT
  • Volunteering and Community Action

Year 2

At Year 2, we concentrate on delivering the core areas of 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
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

Year 3

Having covered the core areas of Psychology in Year 2, Year 3 enables you to select from a range of optional modules which you take alongside your final year research project.

Compulsory modules

  • Psychology Project

Optional modules

Select four modules from the following:

  • Applying Psychology to the Educational Setting
  • Psychology Placement Module
  • Violent and Sexual Offending
  • Application of Clinical Psychology Practice, Clinical Research, Service Delivery
  • Understanding Human Behaviour in Cyberspace: Current Problems, Debates & Insights

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

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

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

Applications for advanced entry to the course will be considered on an individual basis.  We can recognise prior learning from other institutions but must ensure all our graduates have covered the curriculum required by the British Psychological Society for the award of Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). No exemptions can be made against the empirical project.

International Students

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Scholarships and Bursaries

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

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

Foundation Entry Route

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Further Information

Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

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.

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.

Professional Accreditation

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The course follows the core syllabus of the professional body, the British Psychological Society (BPS) providing you with the breadth and depth of knowledge that allows you graduate with Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership and to progress onto a specialist, accredited master's.  Students are provided with Student Membership of the BPS as part of the course fee, this entitles you to access the member areas of the BPS website, careers resources, discounts on publications and to receive the monthly magazine providing you with an understanding of the latest develops within Psychology.

Accreditation is awarded to all students achieving at least a Lower Second Class degree and successfully completing the final year research project.


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.

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.

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Important Information

This course is based in the School of Psychology

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.