Course Details

  • “The purpose of psychology is to give us a completely different idea of the things we know best.”
    – Paul Valéry
    If you are interested in the elements of the brain and behaviour, then this could be the course for you. The main aims of the course are to develop knowledge and understanding of psychological approaches and practices, and to be able to apply these skills in different psychological contexts. You will gain a broad knowledge base of psychology, develop valuable research skills and learn about topical issues and applications. This knowledge and skills will be essential for success in employment in your industry sector. The course will also enhance your professional and personal skills.

    BPS accreditation subject to approval.
    There are 120 credits in each level of study.

    On level 4 you will study 6 units, each at 20 credits:
    - Introduction to Biopsychology
    - Introduction to Cognitive
    - Introduction to Developmental and Social Psychology
    - Introduction to Research Methods and Practical Investigations
    - A history of Psychology
    - Professional and Academic Development.

    On level 5 you will study 6 units, each at 20 credits:
    - Psychology of Crime
    - Individual Differences
    - Developmental Psychology
    - Psychopathology
    - Contemporary Issues
    - Practice Based Research

    On level 6 you will study:
    - Forensic Psychology
    - Health Psychology
    - Organisational Psychology
    - Psychology and Education
    - Dissertation.

  • The ideal candidate will have a passion for Psychology. You should be highly motivated, determined and be able to work well both independently and as a member of a team. You don’t need to have studied any Psychology before you apply. If you have an interest in understanding people, their thoughts and behaviour, you can pursue a degree in Psychology.
    To be considered for entry onto this degree you will need to have:
    (a) Three GCSE subjects at Grade C/grade 5 or higher including Maths and English Language at grade C/ grade 5; and 80 UCAS points
    (b) You have successfully completed and passed a recognised Access programme containing elements of study in relevant subjects or associated areas OR
    (c) For International students:
    If English isn't your native tongue, you will need to provide evidence of qualification and proficiency in the English language.
    For overseas entry to levels 4, 5 and 6 IELTS score of 6 or above for each component
    For EU entry to levels 4,5 and 6 IELTS score of 6 or above for each component

  • You will have to complete two or three assessments for each module which will be submitted over four assessment periods throughout the year. Methods will include:

    - Individual report
    - Group presentation
    - Group project
    - Individual presentation
    - Essays
    - Exams

  • On successful completion of this degree you could go on to study for a Masters degree, for example:

    MSc Clinical Cognitive Neuroscience*
    MSc Counselling
    MSc Developmental Psychology*
    MSc Health Psychology*

    Or if you wanted to become a teacher in Psychology, you could progress to a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

    *(offered at the linked Sheffield Hallam University)
    With our strong focus on employability our Psychology graduates will have many employment opportunities due to the transferable skills gained on the degree programme. For example, human resources, market research, media, business and management careers.

    Another option would be to complete a professional qualification awarded by the professional bodies. If you wish to advance into a specialist Psychology career pathway, including Clinical Psychology, counselling, Educational Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Health Psychology and Occupational Psychology, this degree will allow you to progress for further study for postgraduate qualifications.