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Psychology - BSc (Hons) 

Course Overview

We are a student-centred team that cares about employability and we will give you the skills and knowledge to make the most of your degree and your career. As a tightly knit team, we will provide you with the space to develop your interests in psychology and also bridge the gap between education and employment. In our vibrant and dynamic department, we will ensure that you have the opportunity to flourish.

Why study with us?

  • You will be taught by a group of friendly and approachable academics who care about your progress and development
  • You will have a personal tutor who will be there to support you through your degree
  • You will gain excellent skills in research methods, crucial to successful career development
  • You will be able to choose from a wide range of final year modules to follow your own interests
  • You will enjoy the benefits of an active psychology society that organises film nights, charity events and much, much more.

As part of your studies you will also have the opportunity to apply and participate in the Erasmus exchange scheme, which can lead to you undertaking study abroad in your second year. Further information about the scheme can be found by visiting

Click here to visit the Department of Applied Psychology web pages.

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Course Content

Foundation year (Year 0):

This programme can incorporate a foundation year (year 0) for those students who aspire to enrol onto the first year of a science based honours degree programme or HND within the Cardiff School of Health Sciences, who have not achieved the standard entry requirements, or who have not studied subjects that provide the necessary background within the scientific disciplines required to enter the first year of the chosen honours degree programme.

Students wishing to undertake the foundation year will apply for the degree programme they intend to progress to, using the relevant UCAS code listed on this course page (under Key Facts) and apply for entry point 0 on the UCAS website. As such, students following the foundation route will take an extra year to complete their honours degree.

Further information about the foundation year can be found by clicking here.


The course has the recognition of the British Psychological Society and confers Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC), an essential requirement for admission to postgraduate psychology training, providing a minimum of a lower second class (2:2) honours is achieved.
The first year (level 4) introduces all the key skills and knowledge to be developed over the three years of the full-time programme.

The second year (level 5) develops core knowledge and skills required for the British Psychological Society accreditation. Furthermore, we offer volunteering placement opportunities here.

The final year (level 6) you will undertake your own research in an area of psychology that interests you, and complete a range of optional modules. You will be supported throughout your studies by an assigned personal tutor, as well as lecturers in all the modules.

Year One Modules:

  • Social Psychology 1
  • Developmental Psychology 1
  • Brain and Cognition
  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Psychology for Learning and Work

Year Two Modules:

  • Research and Statistics
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Developmental Psychology 2
  • Social psychology 2
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Individual Differences
  • Contemporary Issues in Psychology (optional 10 credit)
  • Volunteering and work-based learning (optional 10 credit)

Year Three Modules:
Core modules:

  • Final year project
  • Project proposal

Option modules:

  • Media Psychology
  • Applied Psychological Testing
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Language & Social Psychology
  • Human Genetics and Healthcare
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Occupational Psychology
  • Exercise Psychology
  • An Introduction to Counselling Psychology

Please note that not all year three options are available every year.

Learning & Teaching

A variety of learning and teaching methods are used, and this will include lecture series supported by seminars, workshops and tutorials. Learning and teaching is tailored to the needs of students in different modules, so each module will be different developing skills and knowledge appropriate to the subject area.  All modules are supported by Blackboard, which helps students to access information when it is needed. Notes, reading and discussion boards are used to support student learning.
A personal tutor scheme supports students with academic and pastoral support from the first year onwards, and using our Initial Professional Development  we work to encourage students to set and achieve their academic and career goals through all three years of the programme. 


Assessment may be through coursework (e.g. essays, reports and seminar presentations) or formal examinations (which take place in May/June each year) and by coursework.

Employability & Careers

Career opportunities exist for graduates where knowledge of people and how they communicate is valued. The course is an ideal foundation for further study in postgraduate psychology courses leading to a qualification as an occupational, educational, clinical, and forensic or health psychologist, also leading to other postgraduate courses such as PGCE. Graduates will also be able to enter careers in personnel management, advertising, health promotion and many areas of industry.
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The programme takes employment and skills development very seriously. From the start of the degree students are encouraged to think about career, work and skills, especially in the module Psychology for Learning and Work. The second year offers further opportunities to develop with a volunteering and Work-based learning module. This encourages the application of psychological knowledge to real-world situations. In the final year, optional modules integrate skills development and applied psychology to help prepare graduates for their next steps..

Entry Requirements

Foundation route:

Applicants should normally have five GCSEs including Mathematics, Science and English Language (or Welsh First Language) plus one of the following:

  • 120 points from at least 2 A-Level qualifications or their equivalent at an appropriate standard for entry into Higher Education at Year 1, but in subject areas which fail to meet the entry requirements for their intended undergraduate degree programme.
  • 120 points from at least 2 A-Level qualifications or their equivalent in subject areas relevant for their intended undergraduate degree programme, but at a standard which fails to meet the entry requirements to Higher Education at Year 1.
  • Prospective students who do not meet the above criteria may be considered on an individual basis and may be called for interview.

For specific information on entry requirements, please refer to the UCAS website.


Applicants should have five GCSE passes including English Language, Mathematics and Science or equivalent, plus one of the following:

  • 280 points from at least three A Levels / Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades BC
  • BTEC Diploma 280 points
  • 280 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers (C2 minimum grade considered towards points offer)
  • Pass Access with 45 credits at Level 3 within a relevant subject
  • 280 points from the Welsh Baccalaureate to include grades CCC at A Level or equivalent

'Or Foundation leading to BSc Social Sciences'.

If your qualification isn't listed above, please refer to the UCAS website.

If you do not meet the above entry requirements, the ‘Foundation leading to BSc Health Sciences’ is available one year full-time and will provide you with a relevant qualification that will allow you to progress to this degree upon successful completion. For further information about the Foundation course, please click here.

Those who do not hold any of the above qualifications, but are still interested in applying should contact the programme director to discuss entry options. Students who feel that they have the work experience / life experience and evidence of some recent, successful study may still be admitted.

Selection Procedure:
Selection for this course is normally on the basis of the UCAS application form. Applicants, who thereby demonstrate that they appreciate and are interested in the syllabus, are likely to be considered favourably during the selection process. Mature students may be invited for interview.

Key Facts

Accredited by:
British Psychology Society

UCAS Code(s): C800

Foundation students should also use this UCAS code and apply for entry point 0 on the UCAS website.

Place of Study:
Cardiff School of Health Sciences
Llandaff Campus

Course Length: Three years full-time, or four years full-time including foundation.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at
International Applicants:
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs:
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available please refer to For additional costs please refer to

Bursaries & Scholarships:
The university also offers a bursary and scholarship scheme to help students whilst at university. To see if you are eligible, visit

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Student Recruitment Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader, Dan Heggs:
Tel: 029 2041 7019


Tel: 029 2041 6893

Come and see us
If you’d like to find out more, then why not come and see us at one of our undergraduate Open Days. To book a place, click here.

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