Psychology (Foundation Entry) BSc (Hons)

Psychology (Foundation Entry) BSc (Hons)

School of Psychology




Under- graduate



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

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Four Years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    3B17; Short form: PFE

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

This is a flexible 4 year degree allowing you to specialise, after your first year, in an area of Psychology, including: forensic, health, neuropsychology or further combinations of psychology with law, criminology, education, and psychotherapy & counselling. Through the provision of a stimulating and supportive learning environment, you’ll be provided with an introductory curriculum in psychology which emphasises the development of skills and knowledge related to the scientific and empirical aspects of the subject, but also an appreciation of how these can be applied in real world situations. By the end of your first year you’ll have understood and learned about the major areas of psychology and the main methodologies including: Biological psychology; Cognitive Psychology; Developmental Psychology; Social Psychology; Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology; Individual Differences; Research Methods.

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 72 UCAS Points, including Grade C in 1 Subject. 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: Merit, Merit, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & 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

  • Introduction to Psychology (core)
  • Foundations of Psychology (core)
  • Essential Study Skills for Higher Education (comp)



Compulsory (Students must take at least two of the following three modules):

  • Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Introduction to Education
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • An Introduction to Childhood, Education & Deaf Studies


  • Developing Academic Knowledge
  • Introduction to Sociology

Year 2 and 3

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 four modules from the following:

  • Topics in Forensic and Criminal Psychology
  • Psychology of the Media
  • Baby Minds: Psychology of Infant Development
  • Social Media and Cyberpsychological Behaviour
  • Clinical Perspectives on Psychological Disorders
  • Brain and Behaviour

Year 4

At Year 2, we deliver all of the core British Psychological Society curriculum through your core modules. You do, however, still have room to select two optional modules each of which correspond to one of the specialist named courses that we offer in the School.

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:

  • Neurocognitive Development & Disorders
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Cyberpsychology, Identity and Online Behaviour
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Topics and Techniques in Neuroscience

Placement Year

At the end of Year 2 you may choose to spend a year on placement to develop your work place skills and enhance your employment prospects.  Alternatively, you may take a placement over the summer between Year 2 and 3 as one of your final year modules. 

Having covered all the core BPS syllabus in Year 2, Year 3 enables you to select from our extensive range of options taking modules from five different areas of psychology alongside your final year research project.


Compulsory modules

  • Psychology Project

Optional modules
Select four modules from the following:

  • Psychology Placement Module
  • EITHER Applying Psychology to the Educational Setting
  • OR Advanced Developmental Psychopathology
  • EITHER Violent and Sexual Offending
  • OR Crime: Impacts and Consequences
  • EITHER Neuropsychological Disorders and Techniques
  • OR Brain, Treatments and Behaviour
  • EITHER Application of Clinical Psychology Practice, Clinical Research, Service Delivery
  • OR Cognitive Behaviour Assessment and Treatment Planning in Clinical Psychology
  • EITHER Psychological Aspects of Cyberspace: Theory, Research and Applications
  • OR Understanding Human Behaviour in Cyberspace: Current Problems, Debates & Insights

Further Information

In Years 1 and 2 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 on thoughts and behaviour) and research methods and statistics (teaching you to conduct, report and interpret research).  Alongside each of these interesting core areas you have the ability to select additional modules that correspond to our named, specialist psychology degree routes; Clinical, Cyberpsychology, Forensic, Neuropsychology or the Psychology of Child Development 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 modules from our wide range of options to ensure a breadth of coverage of the discipline – or should you desire to specialise in a specific area of psychology you can opt to transfer to any of our named, single honours, degree courses.   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.

Psychology study

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

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and computing/IT classes. Your research methods knowledge will be developed through a range of psychology practicals and develop your skills in statistical analysis and report writing. Whilst the lectures will typically be delivered to large groups, other smaller classes are used where appropriate, for example in seminars and research methods classes. These small groups allow you to develop your understanding of psychology and to practise your communication skills. You will get to know your fellow group members, and learn to use your Academic Advisor as a source of guidance and advice to help you get the most from your time studying at UCLan.

Students considering this course may also be interested in the parallel courses that operates at our Burnley Campus.


The course is exceptionally well equipped with laboratories to facilitate teaching and research in each of the areas of the discipline.  You’ll be primarily located in the multi-million pound, purpose-built Darwin Building, housing over 30 state-of-the-art laboratories providing you with a first-class learning environment. These fantastic facilities support your experiential learning with laboratories equipped to ensure you receive the skills and knowledge of immediate benefit to you and your potential employers. 

The Child Observation Suite (COS) and Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience (DCN) Laboratory are both primary focused on the study of children.  The later through the measurement of brain activity, which is also the focus (in adults) of the Brain Imaging Laboratory (BiL). The Cognitive Psychology Complex (CPC) houses our motion capture, Virtual Reality, Forensic Labs (including the composite system EvoFIT) and CHaPS provides facilities for Clinical, Health and Psychobiology.  All labs offer intern opportunities both paid and voluntary to enhance your understanding of a range of exciting research programmes.


Psychology facilities

Health Psychology Suite

"UCLan has state of the art facilities ranging from laboratories, lecture theatres and sports facilities. It has everything I would expect a highly rated educational institution to have in order for me to successfully complete my studies whilst also enjoying extra-curricular activities too."

Ghazala Fasal

Ghazala Fasal

The facilities are incredible and nothing like I have seen at any other university. They are also easily accessible to students which is great!

Aimee Sullivan, Psychology graduate

Cognitive Psychology Laboratory

Child Observation Suite

Explore the: Play Room | Waiting Room


Virtual Reality Laboratory



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.


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.

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2019/20 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

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.

BPS logo

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.

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.


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.

Staff Expertise

Psychology is a broad and diverse discipline, dealing with human behaviour at levels ranging from the highly specific neuronal level to the general cultural level. The academic staff in the School are experts in their own field of psychology and are actively engaged in their own research which informs their teaching and ensures that the curriculum in the School is at the very cutting-edge of the field. Information about the specific research interests of the academic staff can be found in the School Staff Directory.

In addition, a majority of senior academic staff engaged in teaching in the School have been awarded Fellowship status by the Higher Education Academy, the organisation responsible for enhancing excellence in teaching in higher education.