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Overview

The BSc Psychology course at UWS will prepare you for a career as a Chartered Psychologist. The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). 

The primary aim of the psychology degree is to develop your understanding of how and why people act in the way that they do.

On this course you will study the human mind and associated behaviour. As a student, you will: 

  • Study the mind, brain and behaviour; 
  • Be able to apply this knowledge to real world settings and problems; 
  • You will also develop key skills in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data. These, in turn, will contribute to an understanding of the research and investigation process.

Psychology graduates use their skills and knowledge to enter a wide variety of careers. Through study you will attain specific knowledge in psychology and gain a range of additional skills that employers value such as communication, numeracy, teamwork, computing, critical thinking and working independently.

Many psychology graduates enter industry or commerce sectors. The range of generic skills embedded in the psychology degree provides graduates with a wide variety of options including market research, personnel management, teaching, civil service, research, careers guidance and working in the charity/non-governmental organisation sector.

The BSc (Hons) Psychology degree is accredited by the BPS and provides the basis for Graduate Registration (i.e. Graduate Basis of Chartership (GBC) with the Society).

Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need? 

We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.
 
Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience.
 
If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Undergraduate Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.

Year 1

  • Scottish Highers: BBBC or 102 UCAS Tariff points
  • A levels: CCC or 96 UCAS Tariff points
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: H3 H3 H3 H4
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points (4, 4 at HL) 
  • SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Science or Social Sciences or Social Studies or Social Care or Social Services or Counselling or Care & Admin Practice or Coaching & Developing Sport or Early Education & Childcare or Childhood Practice
  • Scottish Wider Access Programme: Access to Humanities BBB plus Higher English or Access to Life Sciences BBB plus Higher English or Access to Primary Education BBB with B in the Graded Unit or Access to Medical Studies BBB or Access to Dietics BBB

Year 2

  • A levels: BBC including Psychology 
  • SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Social Sciences or Social Studies, or relevant discipline (with Grade B in the Graded Unit) 
  • SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND: Social Sciences or Social Studies, or relevant discipline

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for most courses

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.0
  • no sub-test less than 5.5

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests

 

IELTS Score Exceptions (DBA, Certificate of Higher Education, PhD, etc.)

For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0


For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • no sub-test less than 7.0


For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 5.0
  • no sub-test less than 4.5

 

Pre-sessional courses

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:

  • 10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
  • 5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
  • English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).

Course details

The BSc (Hons) Psychology at UWS will prepare your career as a Chartered Psychologist. The course carries accreditation by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and provides the basis for Graduate Registration with the BPS. 


On this course you will study the human mind and associated behaviour. As a student, you will: 

  • Gain scientific insight into why people act in the way that they do; 
  • Study the mind, brain and behaviour; 
  • Be able to apply this knowledge to real world settings and problems; 
  • You will also develop key skills in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data. 

 

These, in turn, will contribute to an understanding of the research and investigation process.

Year 1

  • Introduction to key psychology topics and methods of investigation.

Year 2

  • Develop skills in research design and data analysis; 
  • Explore key topics in developmental and biological psychology, and social and cognitive psychology.

Year 3

You will focus on the key areas of psychology for BPS accreditation: 

  • Developmental psychology 
  • Social psychology 
  • Biological psychology 
  • Cognitive psychology 
  • Personality and individual differences

Year 4

  • Carry out a research dissertation on a psychology topic of your choice; 
  • Deepen your knowledge of applied psychology through specialist optional modules

Teaching & Assessment

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, and flipped-classrooms. 

There will also be group work and independent learning through inquiry-based learning. This is often coordinated and guided by tutors. You will develop transferable skills such as: 

  • Research; 
  • Presentation; 
  • Communication; 
  • Working as part of a team. 

 

Our BSc (Hons) Psychology course uses a variety of assessment methods, including:  

  • Written examinations in a small number of modules from Year 2 onwards; 
  • Coursework including essays, critical review exercises, practical reports, poster and oral presentations, laboratory exercises and digital assessments. 

 

We place greater emphasis on continuous assessment in the early stages of the course. We then introduce you to the necessary skills to underpin the later levels of the degree. 

Course Structure

Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.

Course Structure (17/18)

Learn a Language (optional)

This course also gives you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level.

Undergraduate Tuition Fees 2017/2018

Scottish campuses non-lab-based 2017/18

Scottish & EU

£1,820 per year of study

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£9,250 per year of study

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£9,250 per year of study

International (Non-EU)

£12,300 per year of study

More on current & future tuition fees

Additional Costs & Sources of Funding

The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career.
 
In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs like study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms.
 
Fortunately, there is a great deal of financial support available to help students meet the cost of their study. This ranges from:

  • statutory government loans to pay for tuition fees
  • scholarships for Scottish, EU and International (non-EU) students
  • bursaries to help towards living expenses


The sections below provide details of additional costs that your course may involve along with any financial support that may be available.
 
You can also find additional information in our Undergraduate Money, Fees & Funding section.

Additional Costs

Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.

For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.

Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.

Tuition Fees & Living Cost Support

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs

Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.

Find out how much it will cost you to study at UWS as an undergraduate student.

Funding for Scottish Students

Scottish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for English, Welsh & Northern Irish Students

English, Welsh and Northern Irish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for EU Students

EU students studying at undergraduate level of UWS may be eligible for SAAS funding, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find our more.

Funding for International Students

There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at undergraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find out more.

Other Financial Support

Discretionary & Childcare Funds

UWS administer a range of discretionary and childcare funds. These are designed to support students who are experiencing financial difficulty or struggling to meet the costs of childcare.

Find out more.

Benefits & Tax Credits

Becoming a student can have an impact on your entitlement to certain benefits. It may mean you are no longer eligible to claim a benefit you have been receiving, or your new income from student funding may affect the amount you are able to receive.

Find out more.

Additional Financial Support

If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, or you are in need of additional financial support, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.

Find out more.

Money & Debt Advice

Choosing to become a student can have a big impact on your budget and you may need to reassess your spending to account for a reduced income. We’ve put together some guidance to help you manage your money and make the right financial choices for you and your family.

Find out more.

HOW TO APPLY

All UK and EU applicants for undergraduate study, not applying through an agent or partner, must apply through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

UCAS codes for UWS

  • Institution name: UWS
  • Institution code: U40

GO TO UCAS


If you are applying from a non-EU/EEA country for entry to one of our Bachelor’s degree courses in September, and have not applied already via UCAS, or have not applied to another UK university, then you may apply via our dedicated online application system.

For more information on when and how to apply to study at UWS please refer to our Undergraduate Application Guide.


An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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