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Psychology BSc (Hons)

Key features of this course:

  • Accredited by the British Psychological Society, this course develops the skills needed to become competent in investigating theories and carrying out research.
  • Excellent facilities including a new Psychology computer suite, specialist e-learning resources and a state of the art eye-tracker.
  • Innovative assessment methods including; wiki’s, blogs, YouTube presentations and posters.
  • A key focus on employability and skill development helping you to realise your potential.

What our students say...

“The course is a basis for accreditation with the BPS society, which is essential for psychologists. I also like the fact that all of my lecturers are working in this field and tell us about their own research – it helps you realize what you can achieve.”

Debbie Smith
Student, Psychology BSc (Hons)

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Entry requirements

280 UCAS Tariff points

Course fees

The standard annual fee for full-time UK/EU students enrolling in 2015 is £9,000 per year. Part-time fees are generally charged on a pro rata basis.

For more details, please visit our course fees page

Study options

It is also possible to study Psychology as a joint degree with another subject.

The combination subjects available are: Art & Design, Biology, Business Management, Drama & Performance, Education Studies, English Literary Studies, Fine Art Practice, Human Biology, Human Nutrition, Mathematics and Sociology.

The University of Worcester’s degree combinations add breadth to your studies and enhance your employability.

Eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society if studied as single honours or as the major component of a major/minor degree.

Get in touch

Dr Helen Scott
Course Leader
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Admissions Office
01905 855111 

Course content

Year 1

Core modules:

• Introduction to Psychology
• Psychological Research Methods 1


Module options:

• Introduction to Developmental Psychology
• Introduction to Counselling Psychology
• Introduction to Forensic Psychology
• Applying Psychology to the Real World

Year 2

Core modules:

• Biological & Cognitive Psychology
• Social & Developmental Psychology
• Psychological Research Methods 2
• Individual Differences


Module options:

• Applied Psychology
• Preparing for Work in Psychology

Year 3

Core modules:

• Psychology Research Project


Module options:

• Psychology in Practice
• Business Psychology
• Clinical Psychology
• Coaching Psychology
• Counselling Psychology
• Educational Psychology
• Forensic Psychology
• Health Psychology
• Critical Sociocultural Psychology
• Applied Sports Psychology
• Positive Psychology

You will learn how to

• Understand the historical and scientific origins and limitations of psychology as a discipline;

• Use scientific and evidence-based reasoning to critically evaluate psychological arguments and develop their own perspective on psychological debates by the systematic analysis of multiple perspectives, their interrelationships, and their ethical and contextual underpinnings;

• Show knowledge and critical understanding of how core areas within the discipline have conceptualised factors that influence psychological behaviours, experience and functioning;

• Identify and evaluate, meaningfully, significant patterns, variability and diversity in the full range of psychological behaviour, experience and functioning;

• Problem solve by developing and evaluating research questions;

• Demonstrate substantial and competent research skills through the appropriate and critical use of research paradigms, and a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods and measurement techniques; including: statistical reasoning; comprehension and use of numerical and other data, including presenting and analysing complex data sets by a variety of methods;

• Show knowledge of some of the cutting edge research in specialised and/or applied areas of psychology specifically psychology;

• Initiate, design, conduct with appropriate supervision, and report an ethical empirical research project, and recognise it methodological and ethical limits;

• Use effective and fluent written, oral and visual communication to convey ideas and research findings;

• Learn independently through self-reflection, the evaluation of strengths and weaknesses, self-directed study, and self and task management to meet set objectives;

• Demonstrate team working skills through awareness and sensitivity to the contextual and interpersonal features of group work.

Teaching approach

• Lectures; seminars; practical workshops, project work, academic tutorials, directed study, computer workshops, independent learning and e-learning.

• Each module has a dedicated virtual learning page as part of the virtual learning environment (Blackboard), giving access to a range of resources including self-directed learning, assessment tasks, discussion boards and other learning materials.

• Teaching involves large and small group sessions with the latter designed to help support your learning.


Employability is embedded in the Psychology curriculum at the University of Worcester and we strongly believe in supporting our students to develop key skills that are applicable in a range of environments; including health, business, counselling, forensic, education and sport.

Our course is fully accredited by the BPS - the first step in professional training towards Chartership in Psychology.

Psychology students develop skills that are highly attractive to a range of employers, such as communication (oral and written) self-reflection, problem solving, critical thinking, team working, qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis, and autonomy.

We work closely with Careers and Employability at University of Worcester and many local organisations to ensure paid and voluntary opportunities are available on a regular basis. The Psychology department has excellent links with both local and national organisations including the NHS, Alive! Charity, the BPS, West Mercia Police Constabulary, Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, Worcestershire County Council and HMP Aylesbury.

During your study, there will be regular opportunities to take part in workshops and sessions tailored for supporting CV writing, interview skills, recruitment and assessment techniques. As well as interaction with guest speakers, visit days to external organisations, and guidance on applying for work and postgraduate study.

Where do our Graduate’s go?

According to our recent survey of graduate destinations in 2013, 94% of Psychology students from University of Worcester were employed or undertaking postgraduate study.

Graduate destinations included Assistant Psychologist, Teaching, Care Work, Management, Sales/Customer Service, and Leisure.



How to apply

Apply through UCAS

Single Honours:
Psychology BSc (Hons) - C800 BSc/Psy

Joint Honours
Art & Design and Psychology - WC98
Biology and Psychology - CC18
Business Management and Psychology - NC28
Drama & Performance and Psychology - WC48
Education Studies and Psychology - XC38
English Literary Studies and Psychology
Fine Art Practice and Psychology
Human Biology and Psychology - CCC8
Human Nutrition and Psychology - BCK8
Mathematics and Psychology - GC18
Psychology/Sociology - CL83

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

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