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Entry Requirements

80 UCAS points

GCSEs in Maths and English at Grade 4

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Full time

Part time


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Full time:

3 years

Part time

6 years

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Two days a week.

Key Features & Benefits

  • Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)* for more please see Supplementary Information
  • Validated by Lancaster University
  • Students have the opportunity to present independent research at the annual Psychology and Health Conference alongside field experts.
  • Students have opportunities for involvement in wider student conferences such as Lancaster University’s International Student Conference

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the British Psychological Society accredited

Our BSc (Hons) Psychology programme introduces students to to a broad range of theories and research across the discipline with an aim to establish an understanding of their application to human thoughts and behaviours. Covering a range of topics, the course will help students investigate an extensive array of phenomena including across the core domains of psychology, including; social, cognitive, biological, developmental, and individual differences, with further insights into specialist areas including, forensic psychology, counselling, positive psychology, and cyberpsychology.

  • Overview

    At Level Four, students will be introduced to the main disciplines in psychology: Biological, Cognitive, Developmental, Social and Individual Differences. Students will also be given an insight into the scientific methods and techniques used to conduct research in psychology, including the collection and analysis of primary data and the use of psychometric tests.
    Tailored around the professional standards within psychology, study at level five will help students build on the insights gained during the previous year and develop their skills in the practical applications of psychological theories. Modules include an Introduction to Neuropsychology, Psychology in Society, and Health Psychology. There will also be an opportunity for students to further their own individual interests through the Minor Research Project module, in which the student will be guided in conducting primary research into a topic of their choosing.
    This personalised learning approach will be continued at level six, with students being able to choose between a number of optional modules, covering topics including Forensic Psychology, Cyberpsychology, Educational Psychology, and Counselling. The main focus of the final year of study is the student’s own independent research in the form of the Major Research Project. This offers students the chance to undertake an independent piece of primary research into an area of psychology of their own choosing.
  • What will I study?

    At Level 4 you will study eight modules in total. These have all been designed to help you develop the knowledge of the core domains of psychology. You will also develop an understanding of the requirements of degree level study and it will give you an opportunity to develop and refine the skills needed when studying and taking part in University level assessments.
    At Level 5, you will develop the knowledge gained at Level 4 and how it is applied to within practice. Students will have the opportunity to undertake modules focused on advanced research skills, neuropsychology, and the application of psychology to health settings.
    Level 6 will focus on the critical evaluation of psychological theory and practice, with a particular focus on clinical psychology and areas of the students own choice. At level six, students will exert a degree of control over the study plan, by identifying topics for both the Major Research Project and the Literature Review, and by selecting from available optional modules to personalise their timetable.
    During the programme you will have the opportunity to take part in an academic conference focusing on the promotion of the students’
    research in areas including Psychology, Counselling and Health.
    All students take a total of 120 credits per level.
    Level 4 Modules (all modules are mandatory) include:
    • History and Context
    • Introduction to Social Psychology
    • Introduction to Biological Psychology
    • Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
    • Introduction to Developmental Psychology
    • Individual Differences
    • Research Methods 1
    • Psychometrics
    Level 5 Modules (all modules are mandatory) include:
    • Research Methods 2
    • Minor Research Project
    • Applied Psychology
    • Psychology in Society
    • Introduction to Neuropsychology
    • Health Psychology
    Level 6 Modules (there are 3 mandatory modules and 2 optional modules out of a choice of 6 as indicated by * and only one of these optional modules may be a negotiated learning module) include:
    • Major Research Project
    • Literature Review
    • Clinical Psychology and Mental Health
    • Forensic Psychology* (available as negotiated learning)
    • Counselling Psychology* (available as negotiated learning)
    • Cyberpsychology and New Media* (available as negotiated learning)
    • Psychology of Education* (available as negotiated learning)
    • Positive Psychology* (available as negotiated learning)
    • Psychology of work* (available as negotiated learning)
    Optional Modules
    Optional modules will only be available if a sufficient number of students select them. If an optional module was unavailable, then students would be advised on a suitable alternative module.
  • Entry Requirements

    You will need a minimum 80 UCAS Tariff points. Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have relevant work / life experience will be considered on an individual basis.

    In addition, for this programme, you will be required to have a GCSE (or equivalent level 2 qualification) at grade 4 (formerly grade C) or above in English and Mathematics.

    All applicants must show that they have a good level of spoken or written English, and if English is not your first language you'll need to demonstrate the ability to study in English.

    All applicants will have to interview successfully.

    Care Leavers or Young Carers

    We want students from all backgrounds to have the opportunity to go to University. If you have spent three months or more in local authority care OR are a young carer, you will be eligible for a contextual offer. This is a grade reduction of 1-A Level grade below our standard entry requirements. For example, a standard offer of CCC, would become CCD. MMM at Level 3 Extended Diploma would become MMP. To apply we advise that you tick the box on your UCAS application which identifies you have spent time in care and to help identify you as eligible for our contextual offer.

  • How will I be assessed?

    Each module is formally assessed and these submissions will count towards your module mark with feedback usually given within 15 working days following the submission of the work. A variety of assessment methods are used on the course.

    At Level Four all assessment is predominantly coursework based, including academic essays, presentations, laboratory reports, and reflective reports. There are also multiple-choice class tests in several modules.

    Level Five has similar coursework requirements with the majority of assignments focusing on the application of psychological theory to real world practices and situations. There is a single formal examination at this level.

    At Level Six, a large part of the assessed work is focused on independent research conducted by the students through the Major Research Project and the Literature Review. 

    The remaining modules are assessed through a combination of examinations and coursework. It should be noted that feedback is part of the ongoing learning cycle which is not limited to written feedback.

    Other forms of feedback include draft feedback opportunities on all assignments, one-to-one meetings with module or personal tutors, project supervision meetings, and workshop discussions within the timetabled sessions.

    Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

  • Teaching and Learning

    The learning environment and facilities could include classrooms, lecture theatres, technology suites, laboratories and workshops, library and skills labs, small group and quiet zones. Learning methods will vary according to the programme of study but will include lectures and group tutorials. In addition, seminars, field trips, laboratory and workshop practical, guest lectures, discussions and debates all contribute to the learning experience to support the acquisition of subject specific skills and knowledge and the development of transferable and employment related skills.

    You should typically expect to have around 15 contact hours per week if you are studying full time.

    In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor.  

    You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team could include senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technical officers. 


    We endeavour to make timetables available one month before you start your course. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week. 

    On this course, students generally spend up to 2 days a week in College, if you choose to study the course full-time. As all course timetables are subject to change you should not make definite plans based on this information; this information is intended as a guide only. Please remember that you will be expected to carry out work in your own time in addition to the time you spend in College.

    Overall Workload

    Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity, and any field trips which may take place.

    Academic Support

    We have a dedicated Student Engagement Team who will be able to provide support in the following areas;

    • Study Skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
    • Written English
    • Academic Writing (including referencing)
    • Research Skills
  • What can I do next?

    Graduates have gone on to further study at post-graduate level, including gaining PhD qualification. Other areas that graduates have gone on to work with/in:

    • Working within the NHS and care sector
    • Charity and non-profit organisations.
    • Working within individuals on the Autism Spectrum
    • Research positions

    Some specific roles that previous graduates have gone on to gain include work as a lecturer on an undergraduate programme at Liverpool University, a Smoking Cessation Advisor, a Research Assistant at the University of Central Lancashire and a Mental Health Nurse.

  • Supplementary Information

    Work Placements

    Work placements are subject to availability. You are also responsible for any costs in travelling to and from your work placements, for any accommodation costs and in some instances the cost of acquiring a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) report.

    *The British Psychological Society

    Graduates from this programmes are deemed to have met the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the society (GBC), provided they pass the empirical psychology project and achieve a minimum of a Lower Second Class Honours degree, or its equivalent overall.

    Please note as per the BPS continuous monitoring process there is a BPS campus visit to take place during the 24/25 academic year to ensure we meet the conditions set by BPS and remain BPS accredited. This process ensures that we make continuous improvements to the programme in keeping at the forefront of Psychology.

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