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Course Essentials

Psychology is a fascinating science. Why do people behave in the way they do? How do our minds work?

If you have an inquisitive mind and want to develop a scientific understanding of the mind, brain, behaviour and experience, and the complex way they work together - then this distance learning Psychology degree is for you. The key knowledge areas within Psychology will all be covered: research methods, biological psychology, cognitive psychology, individual differences, developmental psychology and social psychology. You will also gain knowledge of the history of psychological theory.

BPS Accredited

This degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). This means that successful graduates obtaining at least a lower second class honours degree will be eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the BPS - the basic requirement to train as a professional psychologist.

Whilst you are actively studying with us, we will cover the cost of your student membership with the BPS. This gives you access to a great range of resources.

Key Information

UCAS Course Code:
Course Title:
BSc (Hons) Psychology (BPS)
3-6 years
Intake Status:
Intake open
Study Mode:
Psychology Degrees
Exemptions Available:
Course Fees:
See Course Fees and Funding tab
Entry Requirements

This course has standard entry requirements. To be eligible for this course through the standard entry requirements you must have either:

  • Two subjects at GCE A level or equivalent, plus passes at grade C or above in three subjects at GCSE level including mathematics or equivalent; or
  • Completed a recognised Access Programme or equivalent.

For students whose prior learning was not taught in English

  • IELTS 6.0 or equivalent

If you have work experience

We are happy to consider an application from you if you can show us you have the motivation to study the programme.

We’ll ask you for a personal statement that demonstrates your ability to study the course. We’ll also ask you for references and evidence of relevant work experience.

Course Details & Modules

You’ll start the degree with a thorough introduction to all the core topics within Psychology. Following this you will focus on understanding research methods, and developing statistical skills which will teach you how to design your own research projects to test and better understand established theory. You’ll get the chance to engage with some contemporary debates through the key studies module – so you’ll develop a great range of skills as well as general ‘knowledge of psychology’. Your skills will be further developed in your final year as you study modules on both quantitative and qualitative methods. The final piece of the puzzle is to apply these to a range of topics.

Year 1 (Level 4)

  • Introduction to Studying Psychology
  • Introduction to Social and Developmental Psychology
  • Introduction to Biological and Cognitive Psychology
  • Introduction to Research Methods I
  • Introduction to Research Methods II
  • Key Studies in Psychology

Year 2 (Level 5)

  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Personality and Intelligence
  • Social Psychology
  • Brain and Behaviour
  • Advanced Topics in Cognitive Psychology

Year 3 (Level 6)

  • Research Project
  • Contemporary Developmental Psychology
  • Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • Occupational Psychology
  • Mental Health and Illness
Course Fees & Funding



You can support your study in a variety of ways.

If you are a UK student, the most common funding of undergraduate degrees is a Tuition Fee Loan from the UK Government. The key information about these loans is:

  • You must be a UK resident
  • You can get a loan to cover the full cost of your tuition fees
  • You only start to pay it back when you are earning over £21,000 a year.
  • Your tuition fees are paid directly to the University by the loan company.

Other options include:


If you choose to pay for the course yourself you can pay as you go. This means you have no monthly obligations, simply pay for each module when you decide to study it.


Because your studies will develop you as a professional your employer may want to pay or contribute to the cost of your studies. Feel free to call the team on 0800 268 7737 to discuss steps to employer sponsorship

Find out more about fees and funding and employer sponsorship on our dedicated information pages.

Careers Impact

Thinking of your broader options within other fields?

Once you have earned that graduation cap, you will have a range of skills that will be really appealing to a variety of employers and industries. Employers know that a successful Psychology graduate can write coherent and logical reports, understand statistical and other forms of evidence and have a good understanding of human behaviour.

Want to know exactly what skills you can come out of a BA (Hons) in Psychology with? You will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively
  • Comprehend and use data effectively;
  • Retrieve and organise information effectively;
  • Handle primary source material critically;
  • Problem solve and reason scientifically
  • Make critical judgements and evaluations;
  • Be sensitive to interpersonal factors;
  • Use effectively personal planning and project management skills

Learn more about how we will support you in your career development.

If you’re not 100% comfortable with university level study choosing 4 year degree would be a smart choice. The first year is designed to give you the basics needed to successfully complete the rest of the degree as it focuses on essential study skills. You will build your confidence and become a capable, well equipped student who is able to complete the full degree.

The four year degree is perfect for you if:

  • It’s been a while since you studied
  • You don’t feel you did well in previous academic study
  • You want to improve your time management skills
  • You’re not confident in writing assignments and would like some support
  • You want to learn research skill that can support your studies and assignments
  • You want some extra knowledge of the degree subject before beginning the course.

This foundation year is part of the full degree. If you are funding your degree by Tuition Fee Loan from the UK Government, your tuition fee for the foundation year will also be covered in this loan.

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