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BSc (Hons) Psychology

Course Overview

The BSc (Hons) Psychology degree offers an ideal foundation for students aiming to become a practising psychologist or for other employment routes including human resources, marketing research or communications. It provides them with a sound foundation in all the key areas of psychology and specialist fields including cognitive, biological, developmental, social, clinical health, organisational, forensic psychology and neuroscience. The programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and provides eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC).

Key Information

    Course Name:

    BSc (Hons) Psychology

    Total Academic Credits:

    360 credits

    Qualification Awarded:

    BA (Hons) Psychology

    Awarding Body:

    BPP University

    Professional Recognition:

    Yes – British Psychological Society (BPS) and Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC)

    Academic Level:

    Undergraduate (QCF_NQF Level 6)

    Study Mode:

    Full time - Classroom

    Duration:

    3 years

    Tuition Fees:

    £7,850 per year

    Intakes:

    September and January

    Work Placement:

    No

    Course Location :

    London Waterloo

Academic Entry Requirements

Three A levels with minimum BCC or equivalent qualification

English Entry Requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall score with no components below 5.5

Assessment Methods

Combination of examination, coursework, group presentations and project reports

Progression Route

MSc Psychology

Career Opportunities

Case Management, Career Counselor, Rehabilitation Specialist, Psychiatric Technician in private and Public sectors

Modules

Year 1

Compulsory

  • Introduction to Biological Psychology (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Cognitive Psychology (15 credits)
  • Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Developmental Psychology (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis in Psychology (15 credits)
  • Introduction to the Psychology of Mental Illness (15 credits)

 

Year 2

Compulsory

  • Qualitative Research Methods (15 credits)
  • Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology (30 credits)
  • Social Psychology II (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Organisational Psychology (15 credits)
  • Developmental Psychology II (15 credits)
  • Biological Psychology II (15 credits)
  • Cognitive Psychology II (15 credits)

 

Year 3

Compulsory

  • Personality and Individual Differences (15 credits)
  • Final Psychology Project (45 credits)

Electives

  • Applied Social Psychology (15 credits)
  • Educational Psychology and Special Educational Needs (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Forensic Psychology (15 credits)
  • Psychological Approaches to Organisational Change and Leadership (15 credits)
  • Psychological Health and Illness (15 credits)
  • Foundations of Investigative Psychology (15 credits)
  • Psychological Therapies (15 credits)

 


Reasons for choosing this course

The BSc (Hons) Psychology will provide students with the foundation for further post-graduate training in specialist branches of applied psychology including clinical, occupational, forensic and educational psychology, as well as applied research.
An emphasis is placed on personal and professional development enabling students to develop academic, personal and professional skills that will prepare you for employment through a number of potential career paths including:

  • Human resources
  • Communication and the media
  • Research
  • Public relations
  • Industry and management
  • Marketing
  • Teaching
  • Health and social services
  • The Probation Service
  • The Civil Service

 

Main learning outcomes

As the BSc (Hons) Psychology programme is designed to be your first step towards a career as a psychologist, classroom scenarios are based on real-world activities that make your learning directly relevant to practice.

You will participate and work in groups to design psychological research projects as part of your research methods modules. In the last stage of your studies you will work individually to complete an extended psychology research project in a topic of your choice. This has the potential to result in original findings that will add to your knowledge and understanding of the topic and could lead to publication.

During this time, you will attend a series of seminars which cover topics that will assist you in completing your final year academic work successfully and to the highest academic standard, which will also provide you with a number of transferable key skills essential to a successful career.

The BSc (Hons) Psychology programme will enable you to develop career-oriented skills such as:

  • Collecting, analysing and presenting information
  • Working with other people
  • Quantitative application
  • Research methodology
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving


The Assessment Strategy for the BSc (Hons) Psychology is designed to provide you with a variety of vocationally-oriented challenges. It provides you with opportunities to:

  • Work in groups and be assessed informally
  • Develop group skills and interpersonal skills
  • Carry out wider reading and research and the development of academic skills
  • Build a body of knowledge and understanding that can be applied with relevance, confidence and sound judgement to aid analysis and decision-making
  • Focus on current areas of psychological study and research