Psychology BSc (Hons)

Psychology students using the eye tracker
UCAS code C800
Location Stoke-on-Trent Campus
Duration 3 Years

2017/18 New Entrants, Full Time

  • Home and EU students: £9,250 per year of study
  • International students: £10,900 per year of study
Course start September
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  • Accredited by the British Psychological Society
  • Develop skills that make you incredibly attractive to employers
  • Understand at depth the inner workings of the human mind
  • Learn from experienced lecturers who share their knowledge of psychology theory

Course outline

On this degree you’ll explore the scientific study of people, the mind and behaviour. You’ll learn how our behaviour influences the decisions we make and how we respond to our environment and those around us.

You'll develop useful and transferable skills in problem solving, communication, critical thinking and evaluation. These skills are suited to a wide range of careers - from the caring professions to advertising, management and marketing.

The course is based in our multi-million pound Science Centre, with lab spaces for teaching and research. The labs include:

  • The Psychological Human Sciences Suite (with state of the art physiological equipment including EEG, galvanic skin response, hormone assessment and pain stimulation)

  • Cognitive Laboratories and Observation Suites (with eye-tracking and specialist software, video and audio recording facilities)

Our course has been accredited by the British Psychological Society and, once you graduate, you can apply for Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC), your first step towards becoming a chartered psychologist.  


Course Fees and Finance

The expected study pattern on this programme enables you to complete modules totalling 120 credits in your first year of study and the other 240 credits, split equally over your second and third years of study. If you follow this pattern of study you will pay a fee of £9,250 for your first year in 2017/18. The fee for your second and third year of study will be broadly the same, except that an inflationary uplift may apply each year.*

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.


Undergraduate Loans:

UK and EU students who are studying for their first undergraduate degree may not have to pay these fees up front. For eligible students a loan is available from the Student Loans Company to cover the cost of tuition so you don't have to find the money to pay your tuition costs before or while you are studying. You won't have to start repaying the loan until you are earning more than (currently) £21,000 a year.

A loan is also available for part-time students studying at least 25% (30 credits) per year.

However, if you already hold a degree, or another qualification at the same level, you may not qualify for this loan.

For further information on eligibility and how to apply visit apply-for-student-finance.


Repayment (current arrangements):

9% of income over £21,000 per year.

Interest on the loan is charged at up to Retail Price Index** (RPI) +3% = 4.6% as of 2016/17.

If you are living in the UK: Your employer will deduct repayments when your salary reaches the threshold (currently £21,000 per year). Different arrangements are made to collect repayments from those living outside the UK.

For further information on repayment visit student loan repayment.


*The fees listed are for the 2017/18 academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an inflationary uplift.

**RPI – the Retail Price Index is a measure of UK inflation. The UK Government uses the rate of RPI to set the interest rate charged on student loans.

Entry requirements

Typical UCAS Offer: 120 points. BTEC: National Diploma 128 points. All applicants are individually assessed.

Student success

To prospective employers, psychology offers a combination of analytic and personal skills. Graduates are able to analyse problems, use computer skills and design investigations and are especially aware of human relationships.

A number of psychology graduates pursue careers as professional psychologists in the areas of organisation, health, counselling, education, forensic and clinical practice, while others find employment in industrial, commercial and public sector organisations.

Many of our psychology graduates have been very successful after completing this course. For example, Dr Juliet Conlin (graduated 2001) works at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, where she is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow.

Dr Elisa Back (graduated 2002) is a Research Fellow and has recently received the BPS ‘Neil O’Conner’ award for producing the best article for the year on research into developmental disability, which was published in the journal ‘Child Development’

Charlotte Brearly (graduated 2012) has been accepted for a Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology at Manchester University to begin in September 2013.


The BSc (Hons) Psychology programme is accredited with the British Psychological Society (BPS) meaning that successful completion of this programme (with a minimum of a 2:2 degree) will enable you to claim Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) after graduation, which is the first stage towards becoming a professional psychologist. (Students who choose not to or who are unable to follow an accredited route can transfer at the start of Level 5 to an alternative degree, BSc (Hons) Psychological Studies).

Teaching and learning

Our knowledgeable teaching team will help you master skills that a wide range of employers look for, such as problem-solving, presentation skills and data analysis. You’ll benefit from your lecturers’ experience and their pioneering research into psychology.

Different people learn in different ways. To help everyone get the most out of their studies, we teach students through a blend of:

  • Lectures

  • Guest speakers and master classes

  • Tutorials

  • Workshops

  • Seminars

  • Virtual Learning Environment online

There is also a wealth of additional online resources available such as electronic journals, databases and e-books from our well-equipped library. We have recently moved into new purpose-built accommodation with specialist facilities, such as cognitive research cubicles, counselling suites, IT labs and psychophysiology equipment.


Your lecturers will give you constructive feedback that builds your confidence as a problem solver and decision maker. You’ll also be able to give your own feedback and use these discussions to help achieve the best possible results.

We measure your progress through a range of different assessment techniques. 59% of your assessment is through coursework

You’ll have a chance to show how your skills are developing through:

  • Essays

  • Presentations

  • Research projects
  • Examinations

To prepare you for your future career, we keep the assessments focused on real life situations and scenarios where possible. In your final year, you’ll work on a research project.

All of our awards are accredited by the British Psychological Society, but you have the option to follow a non-accredited award instead (for example if you are not interested in accreditation, or if you are unsuccessful in completing some modules, you may be able to replace them and transfer to a non-accredited award).

Employment opportunities

Once you graduate, you’ll have a broad range of skills that make you particularly attractive to employers. You’ll be able to analyse problems, use computer skills, design research studies and understand human relationships.

A number of psychology graduates go on to pursue careers as professional psychologists in areas such as:

  • Health Psychology

  • Counselling

  • Educational Psychology

  • Forensic Psychology

You don’t have to go into employment in an area specific to psychology. Our graduates also discover jobs in various commercial and public sector organisations.

Some of our recent successes include:

Dr Elisa Back (graduated 2002) is a Research Fellow and has recently received the BPS ‘Neil O’Conner’ award for producing the best article for the year on research into developmental disability, which was published in the journal ‘Child Development’

Charlotte Brearly (graduated 2012) has been accepted for a Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology at Manchester University to begin in September 2013.

Graduate destinations

With our Psychology degree, you can follow a wide range of careers. Accreditation from the BPS means that after graduation, you can apply for postgraduate training in professional psychology, including clinical, educational, forensic, sport and exercise, occupational, health, and counselling.

Many graduates from this course use their specialist knowledge and transferable skills as the basis for careers in teaching, welfare, health, education, caring and guidance professions.

Programme specification

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