Psychology - BSc (Hons)
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 of academics, administrators and technicians, 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.
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 a full year of studying abroad in your second year. Further information about the scheme can be found by visiting www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/erasmus.
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 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 work-based learning 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.
- Social Psychology 1
- Developmental Psychology 1
- Brain and Cognition
- Introduction to Research Methods
- Introduction to Statistics
- Psychology for learning and work
- 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)
- Final year project
- Project proposal
- Media Psychology
- Analysing Texts
- Applied Psychological Testing
- Culture Identity and Development
- Forensic Psychology
- Health Psychology
- Language & Social Psychology
- Human Genetics and Healthcare
- Clinical Psychology
- Occupational Psychology
- Exercise Psychology
Please note that not all year three options are available every year.
Students who do not meet the professional accreditation requirements will graduate with the BSc (Hons) Psychological Studies pathway.
Career opportunities exist for graduates where a 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, 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.
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.
to BSc Health or Social Sciences’ is available one year full-time and will provide you with a relevant qualification that can be considered for progression to the degree. On successful completion of the social science route within this foundation course you will be eligible for entrance onto the BSc (Hons) Psychology.
For those who do not hold any of the above qualifications, but are still interested in applying should contact the programmer leader 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.
British Psychological Society
UCAS Code(s): C800*
*Foundation students should also use this UCAS code and apply for entry point 0 on the UCAS website.
School: Cardiff School of Health Sciences
Course Length: Three years full-time or four years full-time for those undertaking the foundation year.
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.
How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at http://www.ucas.com/
For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply
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.
Tuition Fees and Additional Costs:
For up to date information on tuition fees and additional costs relating to this programme please refer to www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/fees and www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/additionalcosts.