BSc (Hons) Psychology

Our BSc (Hons) Psychology degree offers an ideal foundation if you are aiming to become a practicing psychologist or for other employment routes including human resources, marketing, research or media and communications. It will provide you with a sound foundation in all the key areas of psychology and specialist fields including cognitive, biological, developmental, social, clinical, health, organisational, forensic psychology and neuroscience.

The programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and provides eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC).

The BSc (Hons) Psychology degree is awarded by BPP University.

Programme details
Location

London Waterloo

Start Date

September 2018

Length of programme

Three years, full-time
Four-six years, part-time

Modes of study

Classroom and pre-recorded lectures

Assessment

Written exams, assignments, essays, group presentations and project reports

How to apply

All applications for full-time undergraduate programmes should be made online through UCAS: ucas.com

Three year programme code: C800

To apply for part-time study, please contact Admissions on 03331 224 359.


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Key Information

  • Our lecturers are academic experts in psychology with strong research profiles
  • Develop professional, intellectual, methodological and practical skills using real world scenarios
  • All our lectures are pre-recorded and viewable and downloadable online for your flexibility
  • External career talks from practising psychologists in specialist fields
  • Experience problem-based learning and practical application in our unique interactive workshops
  • Gain specialist knowledge and capabilities in areas of psychology including; clinical, health, educational, forensic and organisational areas
  • Internships and research training available with charities or health services
  • Bespoke three-year career planning for our students

British Psychological Society


Your degree

During the first two stages of the programme, you will be exposed to all core areas of psychology in order to shape your knowledge and understanding. This will enable you to make an informed decision about a specialist route in the final year and for your future studies, as well as giving you the opportunity to explore different possibilities within particular fields.

The final stage of the programme offers you a choice of specialist routes in some of the most popular areas in psychology including clinical, health and neuroscience, organisational and forensic. Our BSc (Hons) Psychology programme will also prepare you for a wide range of career possibilities by enabling you to develop professional skills transferable to many different vocational settings.

How the BSc (Hons) Psychology is taught

Our BSc (Hons) Psychology programme is taught by research-active staff through a mix of lecturer-led presentations, student-led sessions and discussions, work in small groups and student presentations, as well as independent learning and project work.

Please note - If at any point during your programme you switch from full-time/part-time to mixed-mode, you may no longer be eligible for government funding. Also if you change the speed of your part-time study, you will be required to notify the Student Loans Company as changing modes or the speed at which you complete your studies will have fee or student funding implications.

Lectures and seminars

Your weekly lectures will be delivered by way of pre-recorded lectures, presentations, or podcasts that can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) in preparation for weekly classroom-based seminars. Lectures are accessible in a variety of formats making them available via computer, smartphone (e.g. iPhone or mp3 player).

Lectures last for one hour and cover the core information relevant to each week of study.

Small group seminars

Each lecture will be accompanied by a two-hour weekly classroom-based seminar in small groups, where you will discuss the content of the lecture. Here, you will take part in various tasks which will enable you to reflect on advanced topics covered in the lecture and apply knowledge to real-world settings.

Teaching hours

Throughout your programme there are 12 contact hours a week, including online lectures, and you are expected to do additional work to prepare for and consolidate each session by way of independent study.

Participation and student interaction

At BPP University, there is an emphasis on participation and student interaction. Your lecturer is a learning facilitator and students are expected to contribute questions and ideas, and even lead parts of seminar sessions. In this way, ideas can best be examined, defended, justified and reflected upon.

Career-oriented skills

The BSc (Hons) Psychology programme will enable you to develop career-oriented skills such as:

  • Collecting, analysing and presenting information
  • Working with other people
  • Quantitative application
  • Research methodology
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving

In addition to acquiring an in-depth understanding of all the main fields in psychology, you will also be encouraged to apply this knowledge to real-world settings and scenarios through seminar tasks, written work and group projects.

The BSc (Hons) Psychology will also give you the foundation for further post-graduate training in specialist branches of applied psychology including clinical, occupational, forensic and educational psychology, as well as applied research.

An emphasis is placed on personal and professional development enabling you to develop academic, personal and professional skills that will prepare you for employment through a number of potential career paths including:

  • Human resources
  • Communication and the media
  • Research
  • Public relations
  • Industry and management
  • Marketing
  • Teaching
  • Health and social services
  • The Probation Service
  • The Civil Service

Real-world activities

As the BSc (Hons) Psychology programme is designed to be your first step towards a career as a psychologist, classroom scenarios are based on real-world activities that make your learning directly relevant to practice.

You will participate and work in groups to design psychological research projects as part of your research methods modules. In the last stage of your studies you will work individually to complete an extended psychology research project in a topic of your choice. This has the potential to result in original findings that will add to your knowledge and understanding of the topic and could lead to publication.

During this time, you will attend a series of seminars which cover topics that will assist you in completing your final year of academic work successfully and to the highest academic standard, which will also provide you with a number of transferable key skills essential to a successful career.

Postgraduate training

Your knowledge of the subject will make you eligible for entry into any field which is normally open to psychology graduates, or for any further postgraduate training you may want to pursue. A number of psychology graduates undertake further postgraduate training in areas of psychology such as educational or occupational psychology, health and clinical psychology and forensic psychology.

Assessment

Exams take place in the academic environment and you will need to be successful in order to achieve your BSc (Hons) Psychology. A range of assessment methods are used, including:

  • Written exams
  • Essays
  • Group presentations
  • Project reports

The Assessment Strategy for the BSc (Hons) Psychology is designed to provide you with a variety of vocationally-oriented challenges. It provides you with opportunities to:

  • Work in groups and be assessed informally
  • Develop group skills and interpersonal skills
  • Carry out wider reading and research and the development of academic skills
  • Build a body of knowledge and understanding that can be applied with relevance, confidence and sound judgment to aid analysis and decision-making
  • Focus on current areas of psychological study and research

You will receive written and verbal feedback throughout your degree to help keep you on track.

BPP University Psychology research

The Psychology Department at BPP University conducts research under three main themes. These are:

Brief information about each theme, group members and selected, recent publications can be found on our Psychology Research page.

Key Information Sets about this programme

 

Key Information Sets (KIS) are comparable sets of information about full or part-time undergraduate courses and are designed to meet the information needs of prospective students.

Modules

Level 4- Certificate of Higher Education 

  • Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Cognitive and Biological Psychology (20 credits)
  • Academic Skills in Psychology (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Social and Developmental Psychology (20 credits)
  • Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology (50 credits)

Level 5- Diploma of Higher Education 

  • Cognitive Psychology (15 credits)
  • Developmental Psychology (15 credits)
  • Qualitative Research Methods (15 credits)
  • Social Psychology (15 credits)
  • Biological Psychology (15 credits)
  • Personality and Individual Differences (15 credits)
  • Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology (30 credits)

Level 6- BSc (Hons) Degree 

  • Final Psychology Project (Dissertation) (40 credits)

Electives*- Four modules from the following list 

  • Forensic Psychology (20 credits)
  • Psychology of Health and Illness (20 credits)
  • Cognitive Neuroscience (20 credits)
  • Occupational Psychology (20 credits) 
  • Psychology of Mental Illness (20 credits)
  • Evolutionary Psychology: Sex, Survival and Human Nature (credits)
  • Educational Psychology and Special Educational Needs (20 credits)
*Please note - elective modules run subject to demand. A minimum of 10 students are required for an elective to run

Entry requirements

From 2017 entry, the UCAS Tariff is changing. Your tariff points can be calculated using the UCAS tariff point calculator here.

You can also visit https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/getting-started/entry-requirements/tariff/new-tariff for further information on the new tariff. Alternatively, you can contact our Admissions and Enquiries Teams who are available Monday to Friday from 8.00am to 6.00pm (GMT).

Three year programme:

  • Minimum BBC or 112 UCAS points;
  • Or the international equivalent; and
  • Minimum grade C in English Language and Maths GCSE; 

If you do not meet the entry requirements, but have other qualifications or work experience, please contact us to discuss your options.

If you do not meet the programme’s entry requirements, you may be eligible for our Pathway to Higher Education Certificate in Psychology or the International Foundation Certificate in Psychology.

International students

If English is not your first language, you will need to have an IELTS level 6.5 score or equivalent, in addition to the above entry requirements.

Teaching beyond coursework

At BPP University, we have a dedicated Careers Service in place to give students an ‘edge’. This comes in the form of professional support and guidance given in a range of ways. This ensures you have a rounded and professional approach to finding and securing a graduate role when you finish your studies.

The Careers Service provides one-to-one consultations, mock interviews and career events. You can even receive advice on preparing your all-important CV, filling in application forms and essential interview techniques.

Just as importantly, you are offered ‘Career-Ready Skills’ workshops throughout the year. Developed with employers, the skills taught have been identified as those critical to the success of organisations and cover everything from negotiation and presentation techniques to time management.

It’s never too early to start learning all the essential skills you’ll need to get a job, which is why you can begin taking advantage of our careers services as soon as you have accepted a place at BPP University. You then continue to have access to this Careers Service for 12 months after you leave.

Your student experience

BPP University Students' Association has thousands of members with students across all ten BPP University sites and studying online.

Every student of BPP University automatically becomes a member of the Students' Association when they start their programme.

The Association aims to put you, the student, at the heart of everything BPP University does, giving you:

  • An independent voice on student matters
  • Information, support and guidance about your academic and personal life
  • Academic, cultural, social and professional enrichment through the development of clubs, societies, events and initiatives
  • Awareness and enhancement of your employability

BPP University students are eligible for an NUS extra card.

Study locations

You can study the BSc (Hons) Psychology at BPP London Waterloo.

Accommodation

Whether you're looking for long-term, short-term or temporary accommodation, we'll help you find the perfect place to stay while you study. We can offer information on halls of residence, student houses, flat-shares and hotels – as well as advice on any accommodation issues.

If you'd like to know more about mixing events, finding a housemate or discussion boards, or if you just need some general advice, please contact our Accommodation Officer:

Fees

  • UK or EU students, 3-years, full-time: £9,000 per year
  • UK or EU students, 4-years, part-time: £6,750 per year
  • UK or EU students, 6-years, part-time: £4,500 per year
  • International students, 3-years, full-time: £12,500 per year

If you are self-funding, your first instalment will be due two weeks before the programme commences. If you are funding your fees through the Student Loans Company, please email a copy of your SLC confirmation letter to your Service Representative.

Additional charges

In addition to your programme fees, there may be additional charges associated with your studies, which include:

Resit fees for exams £75
Resit fees to repeat a 15-credit module £400
Resit fees to repeat a 20-credit module £530
Resit fees to repeat a 30-credit module £800

Undergraduate loans

UK students applying for our Undergraduate courses can apply for Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans to help cover the cost of tuition fees and living costs whilst studying (subject to eligibility). Tuition Fee Loans are also available for EU students.

If you are applying for a programme begining before September 2017:

You can apply for a tuition fee loan up to a maximum of £6,000 (full-time) or £4,500 (part-time) per academic year. For students from Northern Ireland, the maximum tuition fee loan available is £3,805 per academic year.

If you are applying for a programme begining in September 2017 or onwards:

You can apply for a tuition fee loan up to a maximum of £6,165 (full-time) or £4,625 (part-time) per academic year. For students from Northern Ireland, the maximum tuition fee loan available is £3,805 per academic year.

Students should note that from September 2017, BPP University's fee are above the maximum tuition loan available of £6,165 per year and students would therefore need to self-fund the difference.  To find out more visit our undergraduate loans page.

Please note - if at any point during your studies you change modes of study or the speed at which you complete your studies, we will be required to notify the Student Loans Company as this may have funding implications.

Scholarships and bursaries

At BPP University, we want students with passion and drive, which is why we offer bursaries to high achievers and to those who might not have the finances to go to university, but do have the ability, commitment and dedication. You can find out more about our scholarships at:

bpp.com/scholarships