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What makes Psychology at Worcester special?

With Psychology, you will study one of the most fascinating subjects in the world today: people. From the boardroom to the courtroom, via sport and education, psychology underpins everything we do, colouring our perceptions, influencing our relationships and shaping our world.

At Worcester, you can choose to study the broad spectrum of psychological disciplines, or tailor your degree to suit your interests as they develop, with specialisms including forensic, developmental, counselling, business and sports psychology.

Key features

  • Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), giving you the opportunity to gain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) - the first step to a career as a psychologist
  • Excellent facilities including a new psychology computer suite and state-of-the-art eye tracking technology
  • Join the Worcester Psychology Society, with guest speakers, group trips, social nights and a mentoring scheme
  • 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.

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?


UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

280 UCAS Tariff points

Other information

If your qualifications are not listed, please contact the Admissions Office for advice on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from   

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, Psychology BSc (Hons)

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

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

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

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.


Where could it take you?

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 graduates 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.




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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard annual fee for full-time UK and EU students enrolling in 2016 is £9,000 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard annual fee for full-time international (non-EU) students enrolling in 2015 is £11,120 per year. Tuition fees for international students enrolling in 2016 are yet to be confirmed.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

Part-time fees for 2016/17 are yet to be confirmed but are generally charged on a pro rata basis.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

Part-time fees for 2016/17 are yet to be confirmed but are generally charged on a pro rata basis.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Financial support

£1,000 ABB or equivalent scholarships

The University of Worcester offers a £1,000 first-year scholarship to all new undergraduate students to the University who achieve at least ABB at A Level, or the equivalent qualification (such as distinction, distinction, merit at BTEC), and who are responsible for paying their own tuition fees.

For full details visit the scholarships and fee waivers page.

£1,000 academic achievement scholarships

Based solely on academic performance, the University awards up to 100 scholarships of £1,000 each to eligible high-achieving undergraduate students after completion of their first and second year of a degree course, or first year of a foundation degree or HND.

For full details visit the scholarships and fee waivers page.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £89 per week to the £145 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.


How do you apply?

Applying 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 Literature and Psychology - 5QP7
Fine Art and Psychology - 7CW2
Human Biology and Psychology - CCC8
Human Nutrition and Psychology - BCK8
Mathematics and Psychology - GC18
Psychology and Criminology - L3C8
Psychology/Sociology - CL83

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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111  

Course leader

Dr Helen Scott