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Psychology BSc (Hons)

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code:

    3 year: C800 4 year: C801

  • Level:


  • Duration:

    3 years full time
    4 years full time (with foundation)
    4 years part time

  • Starting:


  • Fees UK/EU:

    Full Time: £9,250 Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module Integrated Foundation Year £6,750

  • Fees International:

    Full Time: £12,900 Integrated Foundation Year £12,900

  • Location:


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Our Psychology Subject Group has considerable experience of offering the BSc (Hons) in Psychology. Throughout the duration of this psychology undergraduate course, students will have the flexibility to choose from a range of modules, in order to inform their studies further.

This psychology degree evaluates and furthers the understanding and reasoning behind human behaviour and mental experiences.There is a direct focus upon the major issues and methods of enquiry in current psychology and the applications of psychology to issues within modern life in work, education, physical and mental health and crime.

Our BSc Psychology degree can be studied both full-time and part-time to suit your needs.

We will support you to achieve your career and study ambitions, which is why if you complete our Employability Plus Gold programme or Changemaker Gold certificate alongside your studies and if you haven’t secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating* we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you, or support you into postgraduate study.

*with a 2:2 degree classification or higher

Updated 15/09/2020


  • This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
  • Enhanced employabilty through optional volunteering.
  • Dedicated laboratories and computer suites for Psychology students.
  • Progression courses available.
  • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise
  • HP Laptop and software included with this course.*  (*Terms and Conditions apply)

Course Content

  • You will learn new ways of understanding how and why people think and act as they do. This course will also equip you with transferable critical and analytical skills that will enhance your employability. Studying Psychology offers you considerable flexibility and choice within a supportive environment, through teaching staff and your personal academic tutor.

    At the University of Northampton, you will benefit from studying Psychology modules which are applied, providing valuable work-based learning skills and links to Changemaker. You will have access to excellent facilities and resources for research in areas such as social, cognitive, biological, developmental and personality psychology.

    Our Single Honours psychology degree course allows you to understand and analyse human behaviour, thought and emotions, from many different psychological perspectives. The course provides you with useful experience, especially if you are intending to work in a range of career areas both in and outside of psychology, such as educational psychology, clinical psychology, teaching and research

    If you are studying this course full-time you will take 120 credits worth of modules for each stage for three years. Some modules are mandatory whilst others are selected from a range of options. In stage one important core ideas, evidence and methods are introduced. This basic knowledge is built upon in stages two and three to foster an advanced understanding of topics.

    Stage one

    In stage one, six compulsory modules permit an excellent grounding in psychology. In one of these modules, you will explore the many ways that psychology is applied to real-world problems, developing your research, thinking and communication skills. You will also be introduced to the major approaches to understanding the mind and human behaviour through studying social, cognitive, biological and developmental psychology. Another module enables you to acquire skills in the design and execution of a range of psychological research methods, the analysis and interpretation of data and report writing. Other modules allow you to develop intra and inter-personal skills, as well as build on your psychological literacy using psychological skills and knowledge to solve real-world problems, whilst interacting ethically and responsibly with others.

    Stage two

    During the second stage, you will take modules in Social and Developmental Psychology; Cognitive and Biological Psychology; as well as Personality Psychology, and Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology, covering the key areas and debates within the discipline. There are also modules to expand your knowledge of quantitative and qualitative psychological research and data analysis through carrying out independent and group projects. You can also choose to study The Human Animal, The Psychology of Well Being and The Psychology of Learning and Teaching in Educational Settings.

    Stage three

    In stage three, you have the opportunity to specialise in areas of interest and for your potential career preparation. You will have the chance to select from a range of advanced Psychology modules including Forensic Psychology, Educational Psychology, The Psychology of Mental Health and The Psychology of Health amongst other applied psychological specialisms such as Applying Positive Psychology and Lifespan Development. There are also modules reflecting the research expertise of our staff, for example Psychology of Spirituality, Religion and Wellbeing, Neuroscience of Mind, Parapsychology and Anomalous Experiences and Applying Positive Psychology. You will take an empirical dissertation on a subject of your choice with one-to-one guidance from a psychology lecturer. The dissertation allows you to immerse yourself in a topic of your choice, subject to staff approval, and to put into practice your research skills that you have acquired throughout the course.

    • Module code: PSY1001
      Status: Compulsory
      This module introduces students to applications of psychological knowledge in the real world. It aims to help students acquire knowledge and understanding of theory and research relating to key topics in Applied Psychology and to develop the critical skills necessary to the evaluation of different approaches within Applied Psychology.
    • Module code: PSY1003
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is to provide students with a broad understanding of psychology by introducing four core areas (social developmental cognitive and biological psychology). Students will develop critical thinking and evaluative skills of psychological material by focusing on theory empirical research and real-life examples.
    • Module code: PSY1004
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is to promote reflective critical thinking and evaluation skills using a wide variety of psychological materials and develop student confidence in evaluating and conducting Psychological research.
    • Module code: PSY1006
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is to provide a fundamental introduction to research design analysis and interpretation in psychology. Students need to understand common methods of investigation in order to appreciate the source and context of theories and research findings encountered in specific subject areas studied in other psychology modules.
    • Module code: PSY1011
      Status: Compulsory
      This module aims to develop student?s intra-and-inter-personal skills through exploring Positive Psychology theory and application and increasing self-awareness. Throughout the module you will gain understanding for how these are experienced how we relate to them and what psychology has begun to understand about them.
    • Module code: PSY1012
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is to be personally relevant to students? psychological studies and enable them to start to build psychological literacy - using psychological skills and knowledge to solve real-world problems and interact ethically and responsibly with others.
  • This well-established programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

    You also have the opportunity to gain Graduate Basis for Chartered (GBC) Membership, which is considered as the starting point to your career in psychology Obtaining GBC encompasses many benefits, including access to journals, conferences, and events. You will have the opportunity to enhance your employability through volunteering opportunities and research placements, as well as through the courses focus on analysing human behaviour from many psychological perspectives.

  • What can you do with a psychology degree?

    With a psychology degree, you can specialise within different pathways and develop within an area of your choice in the field of psychology.

    Students who study this course may also choose to follow various career paths outside of the psychological profession, as they will have gained such an invaluable set of skills and a knowledge base that enables them to succeed in areas outside of psychology. For example, our graduates are employed in education, the health service, the police force, human resources management, marketing, the civil service, broadcasting, social work and many other professions.

    The work-based elements of this programme provide valuable careers based skills. As well as our annual Psychology Careers Event, at the University of Northampton, we also offer other volunteering opportunities through our Changemaker Hub, Employability Plus recognition, STEAM Opportunities and support from our careers team.

    Upon completion of this course, and depending on degree classification, you can progress to postgraduate training to obtain British Psychological Society (BPS) ‘chartered’ status (GBC) as counselling, clinical, educational, occupational, health or forensic psychologist. You could pursue a career as an academic psychologist, conducting research and teaching in higher education. More information about psychology careers can be found on the BPS website.

    How will I learn?

    Teaching methods on the BSc (Hons) Psychology include an innovative, active blended approach to learning which makes the acquisition of knowledge more dynamic and flexible for students than ever before. This involves face-to-face seminars, tutorials, practical or laboratory workshops and computer assisted learning. Independent and group work will be supplemented with online seminars, self-directed learning and virtual tasks.

    You are encouraged to actively engage and participate with your course material both online and in class discussions to further enhance your learning and will be expected to complete independent study alongside attending your classes. Practical work represents an important component of the Psychology course in each of your three years of study. Throughout the course, you are exposed to different research approaches, and will develop an ability to apply both quantitative and qualitative techniques to research questions. We have extensive online resources that support face-to-face contact in class.

    You are taught by experienced, well-qualified staff that are experts within their disciplines. Staff in the Subject Group are active researchers, producing research that is nationally and internationally recognised.

    How am I assessed?

    A variety of assessment strategies are used at each level to ascertain your level of competence in a range of academic and transferable skills. These strategies include essays, practical reports, multiple-choice tests, oral presentations, time-constrained essays, seen and unseen examinations, critical reviews, group project work, patchwork blogs, audio-visual presentations, and reflective reports, for example.

  • A typical offer for this course is BBC at A Level or DDM at BTEC.

    A requirement for this course is at least GCSE Mathematics at grade C or above. Equivalences are not accepted, apart from Access applicants who must take 12 credits of Maths Level 2 or 9 credits of Maths Level 3 as part of their Access course.

    Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) Entry Requirements

    The standard entry requirements for the Integrated Foundation Year are DEE at A level or MPP at BTEC.

    For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to Apply page.


    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands for study at undergraduate level

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

    For information on how to apply to study with us as an International student, please see our How to Apply for International Study page.

  • The Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

    If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year programme which includes an Integrated Foundation Year. The Integrated Foundation Year will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.

    Featuring a reduced tuition fee in the first year, our four-year courses will enable you to successfully follow the degree pathway of your choice while gaining essential study skills. The foundation year of your chosen degree will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting the transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme.

  • UK & EU

    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module

    Integrated Foundation Year (IFY): £6,750 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA/BSc rate).

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module

    Additional Costs

    Travel costs to and from placements, and extra costs associated with placements, may be incurred throughout your studies depending on where you are based.

    Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2020/21. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.


    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,900

    Integrated Foundation Year (IFY): £12,900

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,500

    Additional Costs

    Travel costs to and from placements, and extra costs associated with placements, may be incurred throughout your studies depending on where you are based.

    For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.

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Careers and Employability

There is a broad set of career options available to students who study this degree, as you are able to specialise within a specific type of psychology.

Some examples of job roles that come from studying this field include:

  • Counselling psychologist
  • Educational psychologist
  • Forensic psychologist
  • Further education teacher