BSc(Hons) Psychology (with Foundation Year)
This course is open for applications
Page last updated 2 September 2020
This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society and has a strong practical focus that will build your professional skills, enhance your CV and get you noticed by employers.
Why study psychology?
Psychology gives us the tools to investigate and understand human thought, action and behaviour.
Combining a scientific approach, with the ability to think creatively, it's a subject that builds strong practical skills that are essential for success in the workplace.
Psychology graduates now work in every area of society, using their numeracy, IT literacy, communication and problem-solving capabilities to add value in their professions.
Why UWE Bristol?
BSc(Hons) Psychology is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), so you'll get the Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) alongside your degree. That's the initial recognised standard you need to become a practising psychologist.
Built around the core BPS curriculum, the course will help you apply academic knowledge to real-world situations learning from internationally-recognised researchers and practitioners.
You'll learn advanced psychological methods and gain valuable transferable skills, becoming a strong communicator and problem solver.
Hands-on experience with psychological topics and approaches in practical sessions will develop your knowledge further.
Mentored by a personal tutor, you'll undertake work-based learning, have the opportunity to go on a placement, and participate in research projects. In your final year, you will complete an independent research project in an area of your interest.
If you choose to do a placement, you'll spend a year working in a public, private or voluntary sector organisation between your second and final year.
Where can it take me?
The transferable skills and industry experience you'll gain will make you attractive to a wide range of employers.
You could take your skills into healthcare, law enforcement, finance, IT, research, government, education, the creative industries or the legal sector.
You'll have the confidence, communication and team-working skills to make a positive impact in any organisation.
Watch: The learning and teaching experience
The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.
Year zero (foundation year)
All Foundation Year students study together and will take four compulsory modules covering introductions to Sociology, Criminology, Philosophy, Politics and International Relations, Psychology, and university level academic and study skills.
This will ensure that you have the necessary grounding across all the social science disciplines, enabling you to develop a range of perspectives that will enrich your learning at Year one and beyond.
You will study:
- Essentials of Academic Practice
- Exploring the Social World and the Problems of Crime
- From Plato to Nato
- People and Social Science.
You normally need to pass your foundation year before going into Year one.
You will study:
- Introduction to Psychology
- Research Design and Analysis 1
- Psychology in Action
- Critical Thinking (Psychology)
- Interpersonal Psychology.
You will study:
- Research Design and Analysis 2
- Identities in Psychology
- Mind, Brain and Development
- Developing Self and Society.
Placement year (if applicable)
If you study on the five year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after Year two.
Depending on which you choose, you'll either complete a placement learning or learning and development module.
See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.
You will study:
- Psychology Project
Plus six optional modules from:
- 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
- The Arts and Mental Health.
You can study psychology at UWE Bristol as either a major or minor accredited course, with criminology, sociology or law. If psychology is the major subject, you'll receive the Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC).
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 covers the core British Psychological Society content areas in psychology. You'll study social, developmental and cognitive psychology, individual differences, biological psychology, conceptual and historical issues, statistical analysis and research design.
The course is taught by internationally acclaimed psychologists and researchers. Over 40 members of academic staff will be available to you for questions and support.
Learn through a mix of traditional lectures, seminars, and online learning in our virtual learning environment, Blackboard. Gain hands-on experience with psychological topics and approaches through regular practical sessions in our psychology labs.
Engage with learning materials, and other students and staff, through this online system - submitting assignments online, taking quizzes, and accessing blogs, videos, podcasts and discussion boards.
Our lecturers incorporate their research into their teaching. Participate in student and staff research projects through our faculty research centres such as the Psychological Sciences Research Group and the internationally- renowned Centre for Appearance Research.
See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.
Percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities, each year:
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You'll have at least 12 hours of teaching and related activities each week.
We'll assess you using coursework, such as essays, journal articles, book reviews, research reports, literature reviews, computer-based tests, personal reflective journals and group presentations. We'll also use controlled assessments such as unseen and seen examinations, timed assignments, and group and individual presentations.
See our full glossary of assessment terms.
Percentage of time you'll spend on different assessment methods, each year:
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This a professional course accredited by The British Psychological Society which means you'll receive their Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC). This is the initial recognised standard you need to become a practising psychologist.
Students who go on work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.
In Year two, you'll undertake a work-based learning project, supervised by a member of academic staff as part of the Developing of Self and Society module.
You'll have the opportunity to gain work experience and apply your psychological expertise in a real setting. In your final year, you'll also tackle an independent research project relating to your interests and future career aspirations.
If you choose the five year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after Year two.
You'll get help to find a placement and support throughout from department staff and our award-winning careers service.
Study year abroad
You'll also have opportunities to study overseas on courses that are taught in English and are relevant to your degree. The study year abroad is not a paid placement.
Learn in our modern, well-equipped facilities to support your study of psychology, including our dedicated psychology undergraduate lab equipped with Biopac amplifiers for psychophysiological teaching and research.
Our specialist psychology labs include EEG labs, a sport and exercise lab and interview rooms that are available to psychology students for their own research. We also have modern computing facilities with qualitative and quantitative statistical and specialist software for psychology including SPSS, NVivo, SuperLab and E-prime.
Carry out psychological experiments, using the latest technology and analytical instrumentation, supported by dedicated psychology technicians.
Investigate perception and eye-movements related to psychological experiences in our eye-tracking labs.
Use our advanced driving simulator to assess the impact of different factors on driving performance and access our health and social care library, one of the largest in the UK.
Our virtual learning environment is a big part of all our courses too. You'll get to engage online with study materials, students and staff, and access blogs, videos, podcasts and discussion boards.
Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.
Careers / Further study
BSc(Hons) Psychology gives you the strong blend of knowledge, skills and experience essential for a career as a chartered psychologist.
As a well-organised, confident communicator, with excellent analytical and critical thinking abilities, you'll also be well suited to careers in healthcare, law enforcement, finance, IT, research, government, education, the creative industries or the legal sector.
Many students also progress to postgraduate study and research degrees.
Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.
We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.
Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.
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Full-time; sandwich course
Supplementary fee information
Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.
You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the five year course and then transfer to the four year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.
Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.
Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.
- Tariff points: 48
- GCSE: Grade C/4 or above in English Language or Literature, Mathematics and Science, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy as alternatives to GCSEs.
- English Language Requirement: International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*). *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit http://uwe.ac.uk/englishlanguagerequirements
- A-level subjects: No specific subjects required.
- EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
- Access: No specific subjects required.
- Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.
If you exceed the entry requirements you may be eligible for BSc(Hons) Psychology.
If you are an international student your recommended route of study for this degree is through our International College, which upon successful completion to the required level and with good attendance, guarantees entry to Year One of the degree.