Health Psychology

Health Psychology BSc (Hons)

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.

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.

Key Information

  • Duration:

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

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Fees 2019/20

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)

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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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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 
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 

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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 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



Year 2

In Year 2 we deliver all of the core British Psychological Society curriculum through your core modules.  You also take the health Psychology, this module provides a breadth of content related to your degree title and is the basis for the two specialist modules in Year 3 and your project. Alongside these modules you select an additional module from one of the other specialist routes.


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


Year 3

For your final year you also take the two modules of Health Psychology that develop your specialist knowledge alongside a final year research project in this area.  You may then select two further modules from the extensive list of options


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



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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.

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 the Health Psychology Suite, Cognitive Psychology Laboratories, Brain Imaging Laboratory, Video Observation Suite and the Biomechanics Laboratory.The building also includes a state-of-the-art lecture theatre, teaching and computer rooms.

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).

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

The course is accredited by the British Psychology Society which is the learned and professional body, incorporated by the Royal Charter, for Psychology in the United Kingdom.  This means that the course quality, leadership, design and content, the resources (physical and staffing) and the selection and admissions policies have all been found to meet the standards demanded by the BPS.  Consequently the course fulfils the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the BPS for those students graduating with a Lower Second Class Honours Degree or better.  Thus enabling progression to postgraduate training in psychology, and therefore enables graduates to pursue, in due course, eligibility for Chartered Membership of the Society (CPsychol).


Cognitive Psychology Complex (CPC)

Virtual Reality Lab (VRL)

Important Information

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This course is based in the School of Psychology
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Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2018 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 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

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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.