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BSc (Hons)

Psychology (with Foundation Year)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Health and Social Sciences
Four years full-time; five years sandwich
Full-time; sandwich
Programme leader:
Dr Nancy Zook
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?

Psychology 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. It 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, every student also has the opportunity to undertake work-based learning.

Real-world experience

The applied nature of the course provides 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 can 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 three and the option to choose a final year project with an applied framework, while selecting our sandwich option provides 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 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 to make a positive impact in any organisation.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

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The course covers the core 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).

Foundation year (Year zero)

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Academic Skills for Social Sciences
  • Exploring the Social World and the Problems of Crime
  • From Plato to Nato
  • People and Social Science

You will study the Foundation year alongside students from our other Social Science courses, and so you may be able to transfer to a course in one of these areas at the end of the Foundation year.

The normal expectation is that you must pass all Year zero modules before progressing to Year one.

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
  • Interpersonal Psychology
  • Psychology in Action
  • Critical Thinking

Year two

To gain work experience and apply psychological principles in real-word settings, students 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

Students have the opportunity to select from a wide range of specialist topic modules that suits their 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 optional modules from the list below, according to credit requirements:

  • Advanced Developmental Psychology
  • Anomalous Experiences and Mental Health
  • Psychology of Appearance and Embodiment
  • Applied Developmental Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuropsychology
  • Counselling and Psychotherapy Theory and Research
  • Developing Self and Society
  • Health Psychology in Practice
  • Psychology and Social Justice
  • Psychology and the Arts
  • Psychology in the Community
  • The Arts and Mental Health
  • Working with Difference in Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Atypical Development
  • Gender, Sexualities and Society
  • Human Sexuality
  • Methods in Neuroscience
  • Psychological Approaches in Mental Health
  • Consciousness
  • Psychology of Work, Business and Organisations
  • Psychopharmocology
  • Psychology of Addiction

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 including traditional lectures and seminars, along with interaction through a virtual online learning environment, Blackboard. You will be 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 answer questions and support students.  

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 sessions are taught in our undergraduate teaching laboratory, which features advanced computing systems, software and analytic instrumentation. Additionally, students 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.

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check


The course makes use of a variety of formative and summative assessment methods across the 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, timed assignments, group and individual presentations.

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

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

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check


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.


In 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, you will tackle an independent research project, which can also be work-based. Alternatively, you can choose our sandwich course option and spend 12 months, between your second and final years, on work placement in a public, private or voluntary sector organisation. These placements are normally paid and the majority of students are recruited by their employers after graduating.

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, and 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 be studied as either a major or minor course in conjunction with Criminology, Sociology or Law.


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.

Read Elina's experience of studying Psychology at UWE Bristol and how it allows her to combine her fascination with the human mind and passion for music in a career in music therapy.

Useful links

Guardian - what to do with a degree in psychology.


Full Time Course

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

Full Time Course with Placement

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

Indicative Additional Costs

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

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: 48
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language, Mathematics and Double 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: Science AS or A2. 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 one A-Level.
  • Specific subjects: Science at GCSE, A or AS-Level.
  • Relevant subjects: Maths
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: To include six units in a science subject.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma, to include level three credits in Science.
  • Baccalaureate IB: A pass in a higher level science subject.

Entry requirements

Students who expect to achieve a higher tariff score may also be interested in our BSc(Hons) Psychology course.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.


How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

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