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This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Health and Social Sciences
Three years; four years sandwich
Full-time; part-time; sandwich option
Programme leader:
Dr Nancy Zook Dr Kris Kinsey
Key fact:
BSc(Hons) Psychology at UWE Bristol is accredited by the British Psychological Society and has a strong applied, practical focus designed to build relevant professional skills and enhance graduate employability.

Page last updated 13 September 2017


Why study BSc(Hons) Psychology?

This course will provide you with a deep insight into human thought, action and behaviour. Combining the benefits of a methodical, scientific approach with the ability to think creatively, you will develop a set of skills essential for success in many interesting careers. Psychology graduates now work in almost every area of society, using their numeracy, IT literacy, communication and problem-solving capabilities to add value in many different careers.

Why study our course?

BSc(Hons) Psychology at UWE Bristol is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and confers the Society's Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC). Gaining GBC is the recognised initial standard for those wishing to become practitioner psychologists. Built around the core BPS curriculum, the course is geared to applying academic knowledge to real-world situations, training you in a range of advanced psychological methods and transferable skills for a career in a wide variety of sectors. Taught by internationally recognised practitioners and mentored by a personal tutor, you will also have the opportunity to undertake work-based learning.

Real-world experience

The applied nature of the course will provide you with opportunities to gain hands-on experience with psychological topics and approaches in practical-based sessions, developing your knowledge, strengthening your CV and enhancing your employability. You will also participate in a range of undergraduate, postgraduate and staff research projects. Our focus on developing professional skills in work settings is reflected in placement opportunities in Year two and the option to choose a third year project with an applied framework. Selecting our sandwich option will provide you with a year of work-based learning in a public, private or voluntary sector organisation.  

Where it can take you

Psychology equips you with the skills that today's leading employers value. From healthcare, law enforcement, finance, IT and research, to government, education, the creative industries and the legal sector, you will have the confidence, communication skills and team-working abilities that make a positive impact in any organisation.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:



The first couple of years of the course cover the core BPS content areas in Psychology. These include social, developmental and cognitive psychology, individual differences, biological Psychology, conceptual and historical issues, statistical analysis and research design (qualitative and quantitative). 

Year one

You will be introduced to applied psychology and professional skills and study the following compulsory modules:

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Research Design and Analysis 1
  • Psychology in Action
  • Critical Thinking
  • Interpersonal Psychology

Year two

To gain work experience and apply psychological principles in real-world settings, you will undertake a work-based learning project supervised by a member of academic staff.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Research Design and Analysis 2
  • Identities in Psychology
  • Mind, Brain and Development
  • Developing Self and Society

Final year

You will have the opportunity to select from a wide range of specialist topic modules that suits your interests while undertaking an independent research project of their choice supervised by a member of the academic staff.

You will study the following compulsory module:

  • Social Sciences Project and Placement

Plus six of the following optional modules:

  • Advanced Developmental Psychology: Theory and Practice
  • Applied Developmental Psychology
  • Clinical Aspects of Mental Health
  • Cognitive Neuropsychology
  • Constructing Gender in Society
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Health Psychology in Practice
  • Human Sexuality
  • Methods in Neuroscience
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Neurophysiology and Brain Imaging
  • Principles of Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Psychological Perspectives on Political Violence
  • Psychology and Social Justice
  • Psychology in the Community*
  • Psychology of Addiction
  • Psychology of Appearance and Embodiment
  • Psychology of Consciousness
  • Psychology of Sport and Exercise
  • Psychology of Work, Business and Organizations
  • Psychopharmocology
  • The Arts and Mental Health

*To be taken if you undertake a placement.

This structure is for the full-time course delivery only. For part-time delivery, the same modules will be studied. However, the structure will differ.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

The course uses a mixed model of instruction that includes traditional lectures and seminars, along with interaction through a virtual online learning environment, Blackboard. You are able to engage with learning materials, other students and members of staff through this system, in addition to using the various functionalities built into the system (e.g. online assignment submission, interactive quizzes, blogs, videos, podcasts and discussion boards). Instructors on the course form a collegiate academic community comprising around 40 permanent academic staff who are readily accessible to you for questions and support.   

Throughout the course of study, you will have extensive opportunities to gain hands-on experience with psychological topics and approaches in practical-based sessions. Many of these are taught in our large undergraduate teaching laboratory, which features advanced computing systems, software and analytic instrumentation. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to participate in a range of undergraduate, postgraduate and staff research projects.

For more details, see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Percentage of time spend in different learning activities, per year.

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The course makes use of a variety of formative and summative assessment methods across the three levels of study. Examples of coursework assessment include essays, journal articles and book reviews, research reports, literature reviews, computer based tests, personal reflective journals and group presentations. Controlled assessments can include unseen and seen examinations and timed assignments, along with group and individual presentations.

For more details, see our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time spend in different assessment methods, per year.

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Professional accreditation

BSc(Hons) Psychology is a professional course accredited by the British Psychological Society and the degree confers the Graduate Basis for Chartership with the Society.


After your second year there will be an opportunity to gain work experience and apply your psychological expertise in real-world settings. During this year, you will undertake a work-based learning project, supervised by a member of academic staff.

In your final year of study, you will tackle an independent research project that can also be work-based. Alternatively, you can choose our sandwich course option and spend 12 months, between your second and third years, on a work placement in a public, private or voluntary sector organisation.

Study facilities

Lectures and seminars are backed by an innovative virtual learning environment where you can engage with materials, students and staff, as well as access blogs, videos, podcasts and discussion boards. Our health and social care library is one of the largest in the UK. Exceptional on-site facilities include eye-tracking laboratories to investigate perception and eye-movements related to psychological experiences, and a state-of-the-art driving simulator designed to assess the impact of different factors on driving performance. Supported by dedicated psychology technicians, practical sessions in our undergraduate laboratory use advanced computing systems, software and analytic instrumentation to evaluate physiological data.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.

Learn from Experts

The course is taught by a dynamic, approachable and supportive team of internationally acclaimed professionals with interests in teaching, research, scholarship and professional practice. The Psychology department contributes to a wide range of scholarship and professional activities. Many operate within the faculty research centres, including the Centre for Appearance Research.

Designed around you

Psychology at UWE Bristol can also be studied as either a major or minor accredited course in conjunction with Criminology, Sociology or Law. Where Psychology is studied as a major, the degree confers Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC). 


Careers / Further study

Our students graduate as well-organised, confident communicators with excellent analytical and critical thinking abilities. Psychology at UWE Bristol has an applied focus, providing you with a strong blend of knowledge, skills and experience essential for a career as a Chartered Psychologist or employment in a range of competitive industries from healthcare, law enforcement, finance, IT and research, to government, education, the creative industries and the legal sector. There are also many opportunities for postgraduate study and research degrees.

Award-winning careers service

Our award-winning careers service will help you develop your employment potential through career coaching and a vacancy service for internships, along with placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity, plus support for entrepreneurial activity and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Be inspired

Read Ali's experience of studying Psychology at UWE Bristol and how it is opening up exciting career opportunities in clinical environments.

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Useful links

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Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year450

Full Time Course with Placement Year

FeesAmount (£)
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year12750
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1594
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year11156

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those you could reasonably expect to incur during your studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Further information about fees and funding.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 128
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language, Mathematics and Science, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Grade B or above in at least one A2 subject. 112 points must come from A2 subjects or equivalent. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 15 level 3 credits at distinction and 15 level 3 credits at merit.
  • Baccalaureate IB: A minimum grade of 6 in a higher level subject.

Entry requirements

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for Foundation Year entry into this or other related degree courses.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

UWE Bristol's International College
If you are an international student and do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

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