Psychology

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BSc (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code:
C800
UCAS code:
C803
UCAS code:
C801
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Location:
City of Stoke-On-Trent Sixth Form College
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time, Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time, Stoke-on-Trent campus, with a placement year
Study option:
Full-time, with a foundation year at City of Stoke-On-Trent Sixth Form College
Study option:
Part-time, Stoke-on-Trent campus
Duration:
3 Years
Duration:
4 Years
Duration:
4 Years
Duration:
6 Years
Start date:
25 September 2023

Professional body accreditation

Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)

11th for Student Satisfaction

Complete University Guide 2023 (Psychology)

Simulation-based and immersive learning

In our £30m Science Centre

Psychology is part of our everyday lives, from how we react to different environments through to the impact of social media on our wellbeing.

Our single honours Psychology degree will give you a deeper understanding of the mind and why we behave the way we do. The focus will be on applying your knowledge in the real world.

You could soon be delving into key questions. How do we help someone who has mental health struggles? Why does nature often make us happier? What is the psychology behind social movements?

The course will cover a broad sweep of psychological disciplines, including clinical, developmental, health, cognitive and forensic psychology. It means you can discover your niche and then go on to specialise in this area. Ideal for shaping the in-depth research project you will complete in your final year.

Optional modules include doing a research assistantship, working on live research alongside one of our academic experts. You can also choose to undertake a placement year, where you will gain invaluable experience for future employment.

As a psychologist in training, you’ll receive lots of support and will become confident in analysing data and producing scientific reports.

The modules include contemporary issues, covering topics as diverse as conspiracy theories, cyber-bullying, and the psychology of leadership. You can also opt to study parapsychology and anomalous experiences – with the possibility of a ghost-hunting investigation.

You’ll have access to our fantastic Science Centre facilities too, including cognitive research cubicles, psychophysiology equipment, simulation machines and observation suites.

The degree is accredited by the BPS (British Psychological Society), which means you can undertake postgraduate training to become a professional psychologist in a specialist field. But the transferable skills you learn could also lead to lots of other career opportunities.

Our single honours Psychology degree will give you a deeper understanding of the mind and why we behave the way we do. The focus will be on applying your knowledge in the real world.

You could soon be delving into key questions. How do we help someone who has mental health struggles? Why does nature often make us happier? What is the psychology behind social movements?

The course will cover a broad sweep of psychological disciplines, including clinical, developmental, health, cognitive and forensic psychology. It means you can discover your niche and then go on to specialise in this area. Ideal for shaping the in-depth research project you will complete in your final year.

Optional modules include doing a research assistantship, working on live research alongside one of our academic experts. You can also choose to undertake a placement year, where you will gain invaluable experience for future employment.

As a psychologist in training, you’ll receive lots of support and will become confident in analysing data and producing scientific reports.

The modules include contemporary issues, covering topics as diverse as conspiracy theories, cyber-bullying, and the psychology of leadership. You can also opt to study parapsychology and anomalous experiences – with the possibility of a ghost-hunting investigation.

You’ll have access to our fantastic Science Centre facilities too, including cognitive research cubicles, psychophysiology equipment, simulation machines and observation suites.

The degree is accredited by the BPS (British Psychological Society), which means you can undertake postgraduate training to become a professional psychologist in a specialist field. But the transferable skills you learn could also lead to lots of other career opportunities.

Our single honours Psychology degree will give you a deeper understanding of the mind and why we behave the way we do. The focus will be on applying your knowledge in the real world.

You could soon be delving into key questions. How do we help someone who has mental health struggles? Why does nature often make us happier? What is the psychology behind social movements?

The course will cover a broad sweep of psychological disciplines, including clinical, developmental, health, cognitive and forensic psychology. It means you can discover your niche and then go on to specialise in this area. Ideal for shaping the in-depth research project you will complete in your final year.

Optional modules include doing a research assistantship, working on live research alongside one of our academic experts. You can also choose to undertake a placement year, where you will gain invaluable experience for future employment.

As a psychologist in training, you’ll receive lots of support and will become confident in analysing data and producing scientific reports.

The modules include contemporary issues, covering topics as diverse as conspiracy theories, cyber-bullying, and the psychology of leadership. You can also opt to study parapsychology and anomalous experiences – with the possibility of a ghost-hunting investigation.

You’ll have access to our fantastic Science Centre facilities too, including cognitive research cubicles, psychophysiology equipment, simulation machines and observation suites.

The degree is accredited by the BPS (British Psychological Society), which means you can undertake postgraduate training to become a professional psychologist in a specialist field. But the transferable skills you learn could also lead to lots of other career opportunities.

Our single honours Psychology degree will give you a deeper understanding of the mind and why we behave the way we do. The focus will be on applying your knowledge in the real world.

You could soon be delving into key questions. How do we help someone who has mental health struggles? Why does nature often make us happier? What is the psychology behind social movements?

The course will cover a broad sweep of psychological disciplines, including clinical, developmental, health, cognitive and forensic psychology. It means you can discover your niche and then go on to specialise in this area. Ideal for shaping the in-depth research project you will complete in your final year.

Optional modules include doing a research assistantship, working on live research alongside one of our academic experts. You can also choose to undertake a placement year, where you will gain invaluable experience for future employment.

As a psychologist in training, you’ll receive lots of support and will become confident in analysing data and producing scientific reports.

The modules include contemporary issues, covering topics as diverse as conspiracy theories, cyber-bullying, and the psychology of leadership. You can also opt to study parapsychology and anomalous experiences – with the possibility of a ghost-hunting investigation.

You’ll have access to our fantastic Science Centre facilities too, including cognitive research cubicles, psychophysiology equipment, simulation machines and observation suites.

The degree is accredited by the BPS (British Psychological Society), which means you can undertake postgraduate training to become a professional psychologist in a specialist field. But the transferable skills you learn could also lead to lots of other career opportunities.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Psychology

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Psychology

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Psychology

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Psychology

Work placements

As well as shorter placements, students have the option of undertaking a placement (sandwich) year. This typically involves working for three days a week for a nine-month period.

The placement year is becoming an increasingly popular choice, with feedback showing students are overwhelmingly positive about the experience.

Choose your dream placement with support from our staff. Examples have included working with the YMCA, as a mental health support worker or study support worker in a school, or working with the charity Mind.

Throughout your placement, you’ll have a workplace supervisor and regular contact with the University. The fee for a placement year will vary - please get in touch if you would like more information about this.

Students on our psychology courses are also encouraged to find voluntary work. It could include supporting people experiencing homelessness, helping with charities, or volunteering with organisations that work with vulnerable children.

Course content

The course emphasises the application of psychological knowledge to everyday life and experience. We will teach you about the relevance of a broad range of psychology to a wide range of contemporary issues, and you will learn through a mix of lectures, seminars, tutorials, debates and practicals.

As well as subject skills and knowledge, you will develop highly transferrable skills that are valued by employers in communication, problem solving, interpersonal skills, numeracy, teamwork, critical thinking, computing and independent learning.

A crucial part of becoming a psychologist is learning to understand, conduct, and analyse scientific research. As with all high-quality undergraduate psychology degrees, this means our courses feature modules that focus on teaching these skills. Practical experience with industry-standard SPSS statistics software teaches students to answer a wide variety of research questions by interrogating complex datasets. We take great care in closely guiding students through this learning process (via small group teaching, group work with peers, support clinics and step-by-step guides) supporting our students in preparation for the increasingly data-driven world.

The course emphasises the application of psychological knowledge to everyday life and experience. We will teach you about the relevance of a broad range of psychology to a wide range of contemporary issues, and you will learn through a mix of lectures, seminars, tutorials, debates and practicals.

As well as subject skills and knowledge, you will develop highly transferrable skills that are valued by employers in communication, problem solving, interpersonal skills, numeracy, teamwork, critical thinking, computing and independent learning.

A crucial part of becoming a psychologist is learning to understand, conduct, and analyse scientific research. As with all high-quality undergraduate psychology degrees, this means our courses feature modules that focus on teaching these skills. Practical experience with industry-standard SPSS statistics software teaches students to answer a wide variety of research questions by interrogating complex datasets. We take great care in closely guiding students through this learning process (via small group teaching, group work with peers, support clinics and step-by-step guides) supporting our students in preparation for the increasingly data-driven world.

The course emphasises the application of psychological knowledge to everyday life and experience. We will teach you about the relevance of a broad range of psychology to a wide range of contemporary issues, and you will learn through a mix of lectures, seminars, tutorials, debates and practicals.

As well as subject skills and knowledge, you will develop highly transferrable skills that are valued by employers in communication, problem solving, interpersonal skills, numeracy, teamwork, critical thinking, computing and independent learning.

A crucial part of becoming a psychologist is learning to understand, conduct, and analyse scientific research. As with all high-quality undergraduate psychology degrees, this means our courses feature modules that focus on teaching these skills. Practical experience with industry-standard SPSS statistics software teaches students to answer a wide variety of research questions by interrogating complex datasets. We take great care in closely guiding students through this learning process (via small group teaching, group work with peers, support clinics and step-by-step guides) supporting our students in preparation for the increasingly data-driven world.

The course emphasises the application of psychological knowledge to everyday life and experience. We will teach you about the relevance of a broad range of psychology to a wide range of contemporary issues, and you will learn through a mix of lectures, seminars, tutorials, debates and practicals.

As well as subject skills and knowledge, you will develop highly transferrable skills that are valued by employers in communication, problem solving, interpersonal skills, numeracy, teamwork, critical thinking, computing and independent learning.

A crucial part of becoming a psychologist is learning to understand, conduct, and analyse scientific research. As with all high-quality undergraduate psychology degrees, this means our courses feature modules that focus on teaching these skills. Practical experience with industry-standard SPSS statistics software teaches students to answer a wide variety of research questions by interrogating complex datasets. We take great care in closely guiding students through this learning process (via small group teaching, group work with peers, support clinics and step-by-step guides) supporting our students in preparation for the increasingly data-driven world.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 20 or 40 academic credits. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 120 credits per year, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September’

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 20 or 40 academic credits. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 120 credits per year, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September’

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 20 or 40 academic credits. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 120 credits per year, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September’

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 20 or 40 academic credits. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 120 credits per year, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September’

Professional body accreditation

Accredited against the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

The British Psychological Society

Professional body accreditation

Accredited against the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

The British Psychological Society

Professional body accreditation

Accredited against the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

The British Psychological Society

Professional body accreditation

Accredited against the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

The British Psychological Society
Psychology Facility Tour

Psychology Facility Tour

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Join Senior Lecturer Nikki for a tour around our state-of-the-art psychology facilities.

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Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Year 3 compulsory modules
Year 3 compulsory modules
Applying Psychology In The Contemporary World 20 credits
Personalised Psychology Portfolio 20 credits
Psychology Project 40 credits
Society And The Mind 20 credits
Steps To Success 3 N/A
Show 7 optional modules

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Year 3 compulsory modules
Year 3 compulsory modules
Psychology Placement Year 120 credits
Year 4 compulsory modules
Year 4 compulsory modules
Applying Psychology In The Contemporary World 20 credits
Personalised Psychology Portfolio 20 credits
Psychology Project 40 credits
Society And The Mind 20 credits
Steps To Success 3 N/A
Show 7 optional modules

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Year 0 compulsory modules
Year 0 compulsory modules
Humans - Nature And Nurture 40 credits
The Science Of Human Behaviour 40 credits
Typical And Atypical Behaviour 40 credits

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Year 1 compulsory modules
Adventures In Psychology 1 20 credits
Adventures In Psychology 2 20 credits
Pathways In Psychology 20 credits
Steps To Success 1 N/A
Year 2 compulsory modules
Year 2 compulsory modules
Becoming A Researcher 1: Quantitative Methods 20 credits
Becoming A Researcher 2: Qualitative Methods 20 credits
Growing And Changing 20 credits
Year 5 compulsory modules
Year 5 compulsory modules
Personalised Psychology Portfolio 20 credits
Society And The Mind 20 credits
Show 7 optional modules
Year 6 compulsory modules
Year 6 compulsory modules
Applying Psychology In The Contemporary World 20 credits
Psychology Project 40 credits
Steps To Success 3 N/A

Entry requirements

112-120 UCAS Tariff points

  • GCE A Levels - grades BBC or equivalent
  • Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma - grade DMM
  • Access to HE Diploma - Pass Access with a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points. Applicants to Staffs who are taking the Access to HE Diploma receive a reduced tariff point offer as part of our access and participation plan activity
  • UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma - grade of Merit overall
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma - grade DMM
  • T Levels - Eligible T Level applications will be asked to achieve a minimum overall grade of P (A*-C) or Higher Pass as a condition of offer

A foundation year is available for applicants who do not have the appropriate entry qualifications for direct entry to the degree level course. The foundation year for this course has a long track record of success in providing a smooth transition to our BSc (Hons) Psychology degree or any one of our other psychology-based courses.

112-120 UCAS Tariff points

  • GCE A Levels - grades BBC or equivalent
  • Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma - grade DMM
  • Access to HE Diploma - Pass Access with a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points. Applicants to Staffs who are taking the Access to HE Diploma receive a reduced tariff point offer as part of our access and participation plan activity
  • UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma - grade of Merit overall
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma - grade DMM
  • T Levels - Eligible T Level applications will be asked to achieve a minimum overall grade of P (A*-C) or Higher Pass as a condition of offer

A foundation year is available for applicants who do not have the appropriate entry qualifications for direct entry to the degree level course. The foundation year for this course has a long track record of success in providing a smooth transition to our BSc (Hons) Psychology degree or any one of our other psychology-based courses.

  • Typical UCAS Offer: 48 points
  • A levels: A, DD, EEE
  • BTEC: PPP

112-120 UCAS Tariff points

  • GCE A Levels - grades BBC or equivalent
  • Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma - grade DMM
  • Access to HE Diploma - Pass Access with a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points. Applicants to Staffs who are taking the Access to HE Diploma receive a reduced tariff point offer as part of our access and participation plan activity
  • UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma - grade of Merit overall
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma - grade DMM
  • T Levels - Eligible T Level applications will be asked to achieve a minimum overall grade of P (A*-C) or Higher Pass as a condition of offer

A foundation year is available for applicants who do not have the appropriate entry qualifications for direct entry to the degree level course. The foundation year for this course has a long track record of success in providing a smooth transition to our BSc (Hons) Psychology degree or any one of our other psychology-based courses.

We understand that you might have experienced a challenging run up to higher education and may have not met the entry requirements as listed. If this is the case don’t worry, contact us and our team of expert advisors can guide you through the next stages of application, or help you find the perfect course for your needs.

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Facilities

As a student on our psychology course you will have access to a range of psychology technical laboratories which house equipment such as eye tracking, equipment to record physiological measures (e.g. heart rate), virtual reality, driving simulator, temperature-induced pain stimuli, plus an array of experimental software. This equipment allows us to take scientific measures to underpin theoretical content within psychology.

Throughout your course, you will be introduced to technical equipment as part of your taught sessions. Examples of this could include interactive demonstrations on eye tracking and the Observation Suite, and seminars where students make use of pain inducing stimuli and physiological measures to understand how we can scientifically induce and measure stress.

Additionally, when you conduct your own research project in Year 3 you’ll have the opportunity to use the psychology laboratories and equipment to facilitate and enhance your research. Examples of student projects using technical equipment have included:

  • Using virtual reality and physiological measures to investigate the effects of urban and rural environments on stress
  • Using eye tracking to study how people pay attention to nutritional information when making food choices

The psychology resources are supported by dedicated psychology technicians who will deliver technical sessions and will train and support you in your use of the resources.

Careers

The degree can lead to a wide range of jobs, including becoming an assistant psychologist, senior family support worker or a research assistant. Graduates also go into teacher training or business roles.

After completing further professional training, many have become:

  • Clinical psychologists (earning potential £40,000 - £60,000)
  • Educational psychologists (earning potential £37,000 - £55,000)
  • Counselling psychologists (earning potential £37,000 to £50,000)
  • Health psychologists (earning potential £37,000 - £55,000)
  • Teachers (earning potential £23,000 to £37,000)
  • Social workers (earning potential £24,000 to £40,000).

You can find out further information about our graduates on our InPsych Blog and Graduate Stories page. 

All students have access to Career Connect, our dedicated careers team.

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Teaching and assessment

Teaching

Students learn in different ways. To help everyone get the most out of their studies, we teach students through a blend of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course.

Students learn in different ways. To help everyone get the most out of their studies, we teach students through a blend of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course.

Students learn in different ways. To help everyone get the most out of their studies, we teach students through a blend of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course.

Students learn in different ways. To help everyone get the most out of their studies, we teach students through a blend of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course.

Assessment

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our Student Inclusion Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

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Dr Claire Barlow explains the key differences between the four undergraduate Psychology degrees at Staffordshire University.

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Your study time will consist of class contact hours, self-directed learning, assessment and placements where appropriate. Your actual contact hours will depend on the subject area, on the option modules you select and professional body requirements. A typical composition of study time for this course is: 

Your study time will consist of class contact hours, self-directed learning, assessment and placements where appropriate. Your actual contact hours will depend on the subject area, on the option modules you select and professional body requirements. A typical composition of study time for this course is: 

Your study time will consist of class contact hours, self-directed learning, assessment and placements where appropriate. Your actual contact hours will depend on the subject area, on the option modules you select and professional body requirements. A typical composition of study time for this course is: 

Your study time will consist of class contact hours, self-directed learning, assessment and placements where appropriate. Your actual contact hours will depend on the subject area, on the option modules you select and professional body requirements. A typical composition of study time for this course is: 

Year 1

18% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
82% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 2

21% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
79% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 3

14% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
86% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars, laboratory or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve utilising a range of digital resources including our virtual learning environment; reading journals, articles and books; working on individual and group projects; undertaking research in the library; preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning will be supported by a range of excellent facilities. These include the library, open access computer facilities, informal learning zones and a range of laboratories. 

When not attending lectures, seminars, laboratory or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve utilising a range of digital resources including our virtual learning environment; reading journals, articles and books; working on individual and group projects; undertaking research in the library; preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning will be supported by a range of excellent facilities. These include the library, open access computer facilities, informal learning zones and a range of laboratories. 

When not attending lectures, seminars, laboratory or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve utilising a range of digital resources including our virtual learning environment; reading journals, articles and books; working on individual and group projects; undertaking research in the library; preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning will be supported by a range of excellent facilities. These include the library, open access computer facilities, informal learning zones and a range of laboratories. 

When not attending lectures, seminars, laboratory or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve utilising a range of digital resources including our virtual learning environment; reading journals, articles and books; working on individual and group projects; undertaking research in the library; preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning will be supported by a range of excellent facilities. These include the library, open access computer facilities, informal learning zones and a range of laboratories. 

Year 1

0% practical assessments
60% coursework
40% written exams

Year 2

17% practical assessments
67% coursework
17% written exams

Year 3

5% practical assessments
95% coursework
0% written exams

Staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader.

Nichola Street

Senior Lecturer

Nikki is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology, teaching across a range of psychology modules at all levels and acting as Level 6 tutor as well as research which is housed under the umbrella of psychological interventions.

Nichola's profile

Fees

For the course starting on 25 September 2023 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BSc (Hons)-Full-time, Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full-time £9,250 per year of study £16,750 per year of study

For the course starting on 25 September 2023 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BSc (Hons) Full-time, Stoke-on-Trent campus, with a placement year
Study option UK / Channel Islands
Full-time To be confirmed

For the course starting on 25 September 2023 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BSc (Hons) Full-time, with a foundation year at City of Stoke-On-Trent Sixth Form College
Study option UK / Channel Islands
Full-time £5,950 for your first year subsequent years will be charged at the University standard rate

For the course starting on 25 September 2023 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BSc (Hons) Part-time, Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option UK / Channel Islands
Part-time £4,620 per year of study

UK and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

BSc (Hons) Psychology - Jaime-Lee Cunningham

BSc (Hons) Psychology - Jaime-Lee Cunningham

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Graduate Jaime-Lee talks about her time on the BSc (Hons) Psychology degree.

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Included in tuition fees
Included in the fees:
  • DBS checks where required for compulsory modules 
  • Loan of subject related equipment where required
  • Compulsory field trips.
  • DBS checks where required for compulsory modules 
  • Loan of subject related equipment where required
  • Compulsory field trips.
  • DBS checks where required for compulsory modules 
  • Loan of subject related equipment where required
  • Compulsory field trips.
  • DBS checks where required for compulsory modules 
  • Loan of subject related equipment where required
  • Compulsory field trips.
Not included in tuition fees
Not included in the fees:
  • The estimated cost of text books over three years. Text books are available from the library, but some students chose to purchase their own copies
  • Printing
  • Travel costs to and from placements. We will have available placements within travel distance from the campus, or within proximity of your address
  • Clothing suitable for placements and facilities
  • Optional field trips
  • DBS checks where not required for compulsory modules
  • The estimated cost of text books over three years. Text books are available from the library, but some students chose to purchase their own copies
  • Printing
  • Travel costs to and from placements. We will have available placements within travel distance from the campus, or within proximity of your address
  • Clothing suitable for placements and facilities
  • Optional field trips
  • DBS checks where not required for compulsory modules
  • The estimated cost of text books over three years. Text books are available from the library, but some students chose to purchase their own copies
  • Printing
  • Travel costs to and from placements. We will have available placements within travel distance from the campus, or within proximity of your address
  • Clothing suitable for placements and facilities
  • Optional field trips
  • DBS checks where not required for compulsory modules
  • The estimated cost of text books over three years. Text books are available from the library, but some students chose to purchase their own copies
  • Printing
  • Travel costs to and from placements. We will have available placements within travel distance from the campus, or within proximity of your address
  • Clothing suitable for placements and facilities
  • Optional field trips
  • DBS checks where not required for compulsory modules
Accommodation and living costs
Accommodation and living costs

Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

For more information on accommodation and living costs, please see: Accommodation

Sources of financial support

If you receive funding from Student Finance you may be eligible to apply for additional benefits. Details can be obtained by visiting: www.gov.uk

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

Our students

Whilst not only enjoying the course, one of the best parts of Staffordshire is the sense of community, especially in the Psychology department. Staff are approachable and more than helpful - with living away it is important to feel that sense of support both academically and personally.

Staffs has really provided me with the tools to further pursue my career and individual development. I have enjoyed every moment and would recommend the university to anyone.

 

Lauren Spelman

Student, BSc (Hons) Psychology

The helpfulness of the staff, in addition to the open day confirmed my decision that Staffs was for me.

Following my undergraduate degree, completing the Health Psychology Masters degree at Staffs (the home of health psychology!) was an easy decision. The excellent teaching staff, with research and practice experience in various areas of Health Psychology affirmed my choice.

Laurna Bullock

Graduate, BSc (Hons) Psychology

The staff were incredibly motivating.

Studying Psychology at Staffordshire University changed my career and lifestyle. The staff were incredibly motivating and gave me a level of confidence that was the foundation to being successful in my Master’s. The course is broad, it covers all areas of the discipline, this is great. It will allow you to find which area is best suited to you. 

Luke Foulser

Graduate, BSc (Hons) Psychology

Studying at Staffordshire University gave me my first opportunity to learn about health psychology and I have never looked back. My passion and dedication to health psychology has surfaced in all the different roles I have had since leaving Staffs, clinical as well as none clinical, and I have been able to keep up with a lot of the new innovative ideas in health promotion as it all stems from health psychology i.e. behaviour change.

 

Fozia Ikram-Bashir

Graduate, BSc (Hons) Psychology

In my first year, I enjoyed my ‘People Behaving Badly’ module, which taught reasoning behind abnormal behaviours. It was interesting to understand why people may behave in a different way. In my second year, I have really enjoyed my ‘Contemporary Issues in Psychology’ module, as it allowed me to see how the knowledge from my lectures and seminars can be applied to real-life scenarios as a Psychologist.

I’d recommend this course to anyone with an interest in psychology, especially if you would like a hands-on experience, as at Staffordshire University, you get practical experiences with the multi-million pound equipment which you can use for your final year project or research throughout your time at Staffordshire University.  

Sophie Jarrett

BSc (Hons) Psychology

I applied for the Psychology degree with Foundation Year in 2019 with the attitude that this would be my “last roll of the career dice”. At the age of 48 I believed that a lot of companies like to employ younger people - this is not always the case but I does not stop me from worrying about it.

My interview with Dr Claire Barlow went really well. She had the ability to dilute my self-doubt and managed to assure me that if I worked hard enough I could achieve great things. I came away from that interview feeling as though I could achieve anything as long as I applied myself.

I am now moving into my second year of study (level 4 at the University). I am going into this year full of confidence and excitement, comfortable in the knowledge that I will be guided and supported throughout my degree. Staffs Uni has given me a new sense of self-belief and I am very excited to see where this wonderful journey will take me.

Phil Bowman

BSc (Hons) Psychology

I would absolutely recommend this course. It's full of interesting topics, you’ll learn so much with so many avenues to consider following it. There is such variety and so many areas for discussion. The foundation year is also a great way of getting back into education, and gives you a great start to your course with the University.

The degree has opened up so many different career options for me to consider and lots of possibilities. I'm now considering teaching Psychology and even the possibility of going all the way and working within the NHS. 

Lisa Kyte

Foundation Year, BSc (Hons) Psychology

The best part of the course has definitely been having the opportunity to make a contribution to psychology research by creating and conducting my own study on a topic that I am interested in. I feel like having the freedom to choose my own research area and collect my own data has been a great experience, and one that will definitely become useful in the future.

I also really enjoyed having the chance to study so many different areas of psychology, including comparative psychology, social psychology, child psychology or neuropsychology. Some of which I have never been aware of before, making the course so much more interesting and unique.

Dominika Rabinska

BSc (Hons) Psychology

I have gained so much more than a degree during my time at Staffs. I worked for the Psychology department as a Psychology Advocate which enabled me to share my passion for psychology with prospective students. I also took two years out during my degree to work at the Students’ Union, which gave me valuable work experience and invaluable life skills.

Jaime-Lee Cunningham

Graduate, BSc (Hons) Psychology

I would recommend the Psychology course to anyone who’s interested. I’m doing single Psychology but whatever aspect of Psychology you’re interested in, there’s a course to suit you.  

Joh Turner

BSc (Hons) Psychology

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Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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