BSc (Hons) Psychology

98% of our BSc (Hons) Psychology students were satisfied with their course. National Student Survey 2023

 

We believe that open minds open doors which is why our innovative BPS-accredited BSc Psychology degree combines hands-on learning with a rich variety of placement opportunities and real-life projects to give our Psychology graduates the experience they really need to kickstart their careers.

Our Psychology programme powers up your prospects through partnership. You will be challenged to apply your learning to real life practical issues and provide reviews and reports to update partners on your findings.

Our aim is to produce career-ready graduates with the skills to succeed in a variety of work environments. Whether you’re interested in traditional psychology careers, working in the social and welfare profession, or analysing human behaviours, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to enhance your prospects and be well equipped to make an impression on a future employer.

UCAS Code Study Mode
2024
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
C800 Full-time 3 Years September Treforest A
N/A Part-time 6 Years September Treforest A
C802 Sandwich 4 Years September Treforest A
UCAS Code Study Mode
2025
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
C800 Full-time 3 Years September Treforest A
N/A Part-time 6 Years September Treforest A
C802 Sandwich 4 Years September Treforest A

Year One: Psychology Degree

We consider questions such as why we remember some things and forget others, how different areas of our brain influence behaviour, and how we develop language. You will also acquire hands-on research skills, conducting experiments in your research methods classes and experiencing research assistant work during cutting edge staff research activities. Modules include:

Investigating Methods and Evidence in Psychology*

How is psychological research conducted? We’ll look at the methods of quantitative and qualitative research and analysis and explore research ethics and their effect on psychology.

Thinking Psychologically

The core concepts that frame contemporary psychology and the concomitant ethical issues and questions: start to develop the skills that will underpin your psychological literacy.

Introduction to Biological and Cognitive Psychology

A broad overview of the key concepts, theories, and research that make up biological and cognitive psychology.

Psychological Development in the Social World

Study key research in social and developmental psychology and develop an understanding of the core, underpinning theoretical principles of this area.

*This module is available to study fully in Welsh

Year Two: Psychology Degree

Focusing on investigative psychology, you will have the opportunity to understand and practice quantitative methods such as ANOVA and ANCOVA, as well as qualitative methods like grounded theory and discourse analysis. You will also have the opportunity for paid or voluntary placement activities, helping you strengthen your abilities as a psychologist and develop transferable skills for your future.

Finding Things Out: Approaches to Psychological Investigation

Develop a critical understanding of the methodological skills necessary for psychological investigation.

Professional Practice and Employability

Gain sector-specific work-related experience and/or transferable employability skills linked to psychological theory and research, and address and reflect on some of the ethical and practical issues associated with this.

Advanced Methods and Evidence in Psychology

Expand your knowledge of research methodology, statistics and ethics, along with your ability to critically assess the efficacy of different approaches.

Current Research in Biological and Cognitive Psychology

An overview of some key biological, cognitive and neuroscience research: you will be encouraged to critically evaluate the current research in these areas.

Developmental and Social Perspectives on Identity

Develop a deep critical appreciation of the current debates in social and developmental psychology.

Year Three: Psychology Degree

You will complete an Advanced Research Methods project (i.e., dissertation) on a topic that interests you, taking responsibility for the design, execution, analysis, and reporting. You will also learn to apply your knowledge of psychology to specific practice and real-life contexts, and choose from a range of further specialist modules that match your interests and career aspirations.

Psychology Dissertation

An original piece of research where you will have the opportunity to collect and analyse data, assess the ethical issues of research, explore research methods, and report your findings.

Using Psychology

Examine the use of Psychology in practice whilst exploring real-life contexts as well as current national and international debates.

The Psychology of Education and Work (Optional)

Learn to critically reflect on the theoretical and research perspectives that underpin educational and occupational psychology.

Health Psychology across the Lifespan (Optional)

Develop a systematic knowledge and critical understanding of a range of topics and issues in Health Psychology, placed in the context of lifespan development.

Psychological Disorders and Therapeutic Interventions (Optional)

Evaluate theoretical models of psychological disorders and critically assess the efficacy of different therapeutic interventions.

Applications of Social Psychology (Optional)

Develop a systematic critical appreciation of how social psychology can be applied in the real world; including the role that social identity plays in this process.

Cognitive Neuropsychology and Neuroscience (Optional)

Understand the cognitive consequences of brain damage and disease and explore the current methods of investigating the structure and function of brain systems and regions.

Forensic Psychology (Optional)

Critically appraise the role that Psychology plays in all aspects of the criminal and civil justice systems.

Foundation Year

The BSc (Hons) Psychology degree is also available as a four-year course including an integrated Foundation Year, and is designed for students who do not currently meet admissions criteria for direct entry onto the degree. You will start by completing a foundation year, which provides well-structured support, allowing you to develop your skills and knowledge before continuing onto the three year degree programme. For more information please email [email protected] 

Teaching

Our BSc Psychology course provides you with an engaging and immersive learning environment through lectures, workshops, tutorials, projects, group activities, placements, podcasts, and simulation learning in the Hydra Simulation Suite. We also arrange guest lectures throughout the year delivered by academics from other institutions and practising psychologists from various fields. 

Assessment

We want you to have the opportunity to learn about psychology in new ways, with no two modules being delivered or assessed in the same way: one of our most exciting features is how varied the learning is on our course! Coursework will include essays, practical reports, oral presentations, and case studies.

Accreditations

Our single Honours and major psychology degrees are fully accredited by the British Psychological Society for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist and will enhance your CV.

Placements

Work-based learning plays a critical aspect of the course, helping you become career-ready.

You will have specific opportunities throughout the course to apply and understand psychological theory to the workplace, with additional focus for these opportunities in the Professional Practice and Employability module as part of your second year. You can also opt to volunteer for longer than the required hours in your allocated placement setting, or volunteer to support a range of activities across different settings. 

We want to help you enhance your skillset to open as may doors as possible for your future career, and you can also find a range of options for this through our Psychology Plus scheme, including volunteering, internships and short courses. 

Facilities

The Psychology facilities at USW are invaluable in helping us understand human behaviour and helping you to develop your practical psychology skills.

Our purpose-built psychology lab is filled with industry standard equipment that you will use throughout your studies, as well as interview and observation rooms that allow you, as a researcher, to observe human behaviour in a natural manner through a one-way screen.

Some of the equipment that you will use includes eye-tracking equipment, Electroencephalography (EEG) machines, and BIOPAC systems. As part of our dedicated Psychology space, you will also be able to book a space for quiet study and access the dedicated social learning space with computers and psychology textbooks.

Featured Lecturer:
Hayley Gibbon

Hayley Gibbon

Lecturers

Our academic staff are passionate about psychology and are heavily involved in current psychology research across a range of specialist fields, so your teaching comes from staff at the forefront of their research areas. Tutors specialise in a range of fields, including developmental disorders across the lifespan, health behaviour and sport psychology.  

We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement

At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.

If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.

Contextual offers

We may make you a lower offer based on a range of factors, including your background (where you live and the school or college that you attended for example), your experiences and individual circumstances (as a care leaver, for example). This is referred to as a contextual offer and we receive data from UCAS to support us in making these decisions. USW prides itself on its student experience and we support our students to achieve their goals and become a successful graduate. This approach helps us to support students who have the potential to succeed and who may have faced barriers that make it more difficult to access university. Here is a link to our Contextual Admissions Policy.  

Other qualifications and experience
 

We can also consider combinations of qualifications and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable. We can sometimes consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or advanced entry to year two or three of a course where this is possible.

To find out which qualifications have tariff points, please refer to the UCAS tariff calculator.

If you need more help or information or would like to speak to our friendly admissions team, please contact us here

Typical A-Level Offer

CCC to exclude General Studies (this is equivalent to 96 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C in the Skills Challenge Certificate and CC at A Level to exclude General Studies (this is equivalent to 96 UCAS tariff points).

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Merit Merit Merit (this is equivalent to 96 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass the Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 96 UCAS tariff points

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy and English at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent, but consideration is given to individual circumstances

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2024 - July 2025 Fees


  • Full-time UK:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £15260 

  • Part-time UK:  £740 per 20 credits

August 2025 - July 2026 Fees


  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

  • Part-time UK: TBC

Student Perks

At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.

Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future-proofed.

Click here to learn more about student perks at USW.

Additional Costs

As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
DBS £55.42
A DBS is not obligatory for the course. It will only be required if a specific placement or dissertation project working with children or vulnerable groups is required. This fee includes £40 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
DBS Updating Service £13
Whilst optional it is strongly recommended signing up for this service especially if you are likely to have placements each year and wish to pursue a career post University where a DBS check is a requirement. Please note the service has to be joined within 19 days of receipt of your enhanced DBS certificate.
Other: Travel to Placement
Cost is dependent on placement location

Funding

Funding to help pay for (or cover) course tuition fees and living costs

Whilst you’re studying, you’ll have two main financial obligations – tuition fees and living costs. There’s lots of financial help available from the University of South Wales and external funding sources, that may provide loans (which have to be paid back) and grants, scholarships and bursaries (that don't).

To learn about course fees, funding options, and to see if you are eligible for financial support, visit our Fees and Funding pages.

UK students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International and EU students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK. 

Admissions statement

A Psychology degree can take you into a range of interesting careers when you graduate. We will provide you with exciting opportunities to enhance your skills that look great on your CV and give you a cutting edge when looking for a job. Whether you are interested in traditional psychology careers, working in the social and welfare profession, or analysing human behaviours, you will have plenty of opportunities to enhance your future career prospects and equip yourself to make an impression on a future employer. You could also progress onto a psychology research degree such as a PhD or Masters by Research.

Possible Career Paths

Optional modules in your final year allow you to focus your career aspirations and interests with specialist psychology knowledge and experience and you can access plenty of additional free training through our Psychology Plus scheme that can help boost your employability within your chosen specialism. You could also choose to progress onto postgraduate study or professional psychology training. Some possible career paths include clinical psychology, forensic psychology, occupational psychology, and educational psychology. 
You will also develop transferable skills throughout the course that are valuable to a range of employers really value in fields such as human resource management, teaching, social work, journalism, marketing, and police work.  

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW psychology student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.

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