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What makes Human Biology and Psychology at Worcester special?

Studied in combination, you will explore the latest scientific developments in how our bodies operate, alongside a critical interpretation of people’s psychological behaviour.

At Worcester, Human Biology will provide you with a practical approach to scientific study and allow you to work with brand new laboratories equipped with the latest technologies.

From forensic or clinical psychology to counselling or business psychology, the Psychology course offers flexibility to allow you to specialise, while still gaining a grasp of the topic in general.

Overview

Overview

Key Features

  • Staff are active in biomedical research, leading to informed and up-to-date teaching
  • 90% of Human Biology students are in work or further study 6 months after graduating
  • New laboratories and specialist equipment
  • Welcoming, friendly community, including the Worcester Psychology Society, with guest speakers, group trips, social nights and a mentoring scheme
  • Excellent facilities, including a new computer suite and state-of-the-art eye-tracking technology
  • Links with 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

When you choose to combine Psychology with another subject in a Joint Honours degree you will not receive the BPS accreditation as this pathway does not provide full coverage of mandatory BPS curriculum content. However, there is flexibility to switch to Single Honours at the end of the first year if you wish to receive a BPS accredited Psychology degree.

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

112
UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

112 UCAS Tariff points

Other information

The University will consider each application on its individual merits and will recognise a range of qualifications not currently included in the Tariff, including pre-2002 qualifications such as GNVQ.

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

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from the UCAS website.

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Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Cell Biology 
  • Introduction to Human Biology and Disease 
  • Introduction to Psychology 
  • Psychological Research Methods 1

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Molecular Genetics 
  • Human Systems Physiology

Optional

  • Microbiology 
  • Applied Human Metabolism 
  • Work Experience
  • Infectious Agents and Allergens
  • Human Genetics 
  • Medical Forensic Science 
  • Comparative Digestive Anatomy& Physiology 
  • Biological & Cognitive Psychology
  • Social & Developmental Psychology
  • Psychological Research Methods 2 
  • Individual Differences
  • Evolution and Human Behaviour
  • Diversity and Inclusivity in Psychology

Year 3

Mandatory

  • Systems Physiology 2

Optional

  • Mammalian Reproduction 
  • Research Methods and Research Project
  • Pharmacology 
  • Parasitology 
  • Psychology Research Project 
  • Business Psychology 
  • Clinical Psychology 
  • Coaching Psychology 
  • Counselling Psychology 
  • Educational Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Health Psychology 
  • Positive Psychology

When selecting your modules in Levels 5 and 6 it is important to consult with your academic tutor from Psychology. We offer an MSc in Psychology following the BSc that would provide you with the Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society (BPS). If as a Joint Honours student you go on to complete the MSc Psychology, the option of entering professional training within a particular pathway in psychology is then opened up to you. This would have an impact on your module choices within your Joint Honours programme. Visit the MSc Psychology webpage for more information.

Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

For more information about teaching, learning and assessment on this course, please see the single honours course pages for Human Biology and Psychology.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification documents for Human Biology and Psychology.

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Lorraine Weaver

Lorraine's interests range from the physiology and behaviour of large agricultural animals to the ecology of Bryophytes, the latter being one of her main research interests.

Lorraine also carries out research on learning and teaching. With other biology tutors, Lorraine has developed a Personal Development Planning scheme which is unique to Worcester. One aspect of this is that it recognises and records the skills which students can gain, including the practical skills.

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Dr Daniel Farrelly

Daniel is a senior lecturer in psychology. He obtained his BSc (hons) in psychology from Liverpool University in 1999, followed by an MSc in evolutionary psychology from Liverpool University in 2000.

Careers

Where could it take you?

As a Human Biologist at the University of Worcester, you will be able to develop a wide range of intellectual, practical and social skills that are much in demand by employers. These include primary research and critical evaluation skills, communications skills, both written and oral, and a range of technical and IT skills such as the use of DNA technology, IT-based analysis, data analysis, and applied statistics. This course will prepare you for a number of different career paths including work with the police, laboratory practice, medical and laboratory sales and postgraduate degrees. Some students are using Human Biology as a route into medical school.

In addition, a degree with Psychology is highly favoured by employers, giving you an excellent advantage in the job market. Previous graduates have gone into roles as diverse as management, human resources, teaching, and healthcare or art therapy. During your studies with us you will learn and develop a broad range of transferable skills. An important part of this learning process is the ability to reflect upon your own experiences; an aspect of practice engaged in by all professional psychologists.

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2019/20 will be £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2019/20 will be £12,400 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2019/20 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying.  The amounts vary between courses.

You will also need a lab coat, which can be bought for around £13.

Accommodation

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 of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £102 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £165 per week (2019/20 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Human Biology and Psychology BSc (Hons) – CCC8

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.

UCAS Code

CCC8

Get in touch

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

Lorraine Weaver

Head of Biological Sciences

Dr Daniel Farrelly

Course leader - Psychology