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Psychology

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B

Grades AAB or ABB with an acceptable EPQ. A level General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship are not accepted.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

A minimum of grade 4/C in each of GCSE mathematics and English language is required.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

Including a minimum of 5 in each higher level subject.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD

Contact Admissions team to confirm acceptable subjects.

UCAS Tariff

136

136 UCAS tariff points from combination of acceptable level 3 qualifications (eg. BTEC diploma and OCR Cambridge technical extended certificate) equivalent to three A Levels.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Psychology

You will study a broad curriculum in your first two years – learning about cognitive, behavioural and biological psychology – before having the opportunity to specialise in your final year. This degree is British Psychological Society Accredited.

We offer four pathways linked to the expertise of our staff, who are all research-active academics and practitioners. Continue with our BSc Psychology degree or specialise in:

- BSc Psychology with Counselling and Health Psychology

- BSc Psychology with Organisational Psychology and Behavioural Economics

- BSc Psychology with Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience

- BSc Psychology with Child Development.

This flexibility offers you the chance to start shaping your CV as your career aspirations take shape.

- Learn from internationally recognised research-active academics

- Study cutting-edge topics related to our research activity, in areas such as Cognitive Neuroscience, Autism, Child Development, Memory, and Counselling and Health Psychology

- Benefit from our three specialist research centres that provide a link between our research and professional practice and industry

- Develop your research skills in our specialised psychology research laboratories

- Boost your employability with an integrated professional training year, research assistant opportunities or volunteering."

Modules

The first year covers the main areas of psychology: cognition, development, biology and the history of psychological theories. In addition, a specialist module focuses on the training and skills needed to pursue a degree and a career as a professional psychologist.

Core modules include:
- Biological approaches to mind and behaviour
- Cognitive approaches to mind and behaviour
- History and theory of psychology
- Lifespan psychology
- Professional and academic development for psychologists
- Research design and analysis (laboratory methods)
- Research design and analysis (quantitative methods).

The second year advances knowledge of core subjects in psychology to meet the requirements for British Psychological Society accreditation.

Core modules include:
- Biological psychology
- Cognitive Psychology 1
- Introduction to Clinical Psychology
- Developmental psychology
- Personality and differential psychology
- Research methods in psychology
- Social psychology

Final year students conduct their own empirical research project and select six specialist modules from a wide range of modules in Psychology.

Assessment methods

- Essays
- Problem-based assessments
- Presentations
- Class tests
- Lab reports
- Lab classes
- End-of-year exams

In your final year you will be required to submit a dissertation based on your own empirical Psychology research, conducted under the close mentorship of an expert researcher. For active research topics please view the Department of Psychology's research pages.

The assessment weighting for year one is 10%, year two is 30% and year 3 is 60%

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£18,770
per year
International
£18,770
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

City, University of London

Department:

Department of Psychology

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

71%
low
Psychology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Psychology (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

67%
Staff make the subject interesting
82%
Staff are good at explaining things
75%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
62%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

81%
Library resources
89%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
54%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

85%
UK students
15%
International students
11%
Male students
89%
Female students
91%
2:1 or above
12%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Psychology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£19,802
high
Average annual salary
88%
low
Employed or in further education
45%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Childcare and related personal services
18%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
13%
Public services and other associate professionals

20 years ago, this was a specialist degree for would-be psychologists but now it is the model of a modern, flexible degree subject. One of the UK's fastest-growing subject at degree level, and the second most popular subject overall (it recently overtook business studies), one in 23 of all graduates last year had psychology degrees. As you'd expect with figures like that, jobs in psychology itself are incredibly competitive, so to stand a chance of securing one, you need to get a postgraduate qualification (probably a doctorate in most fields, especially clinical psychology) and some relevant work experience. But even though there are so many psychology graduates — far more than there are jobs in psychology, and over 13,800 in total last year — this degree has a lower unemployment rate than average because its grads are so flexible and well-regarded by business and other industries across the economy. Everywhere there are good jobs in the UK economy, you'll find psychology graduates - and it's hardly surprising as the course helps you gain a mix of good people skills and excellent number and data handling skills. A psychology degree ticks most employers' boxes — but we'd suggest you don't drop your maths modules.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Psychology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£18k

£18k

£22k

£22k

£27k

£27k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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