Psychology (BPS)

BSc (Hons)

Study level
Undergraduate
Years
3-9 years
Study Option
Online
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Degree
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BSc (Hons) Psychology (BPS)

Course Overview

Psychology is a fascinating science that’s fast becoming a viable and popular career option for more people. Why do people behave the way they do? How do our minds work? If you’re inquisitive by nature and would like to develop a scientific understanding of the mind, behaviour and experience of people, alongside the complex way they work together, then this BPS accredited BSc (Hons) Psychology degree is the perfect choice for you.

Arden University’s online psychology degree covers the key knowledge areas within the psychology universe, including research methods, biological psychology, cognitive psychology, individual differences, developmental psychology and social psychology. Alongside the freedom of online learning, this course will help you to shape your future, gaining knowledge of the history of psychological theory and keeping your career options wide open. 

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This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), so you’ll leave with a degree that is recognised in both academic and professional fields. The cost of BPS membership is included while you are actively studying with us, which gives you access to a range of great resources.

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The key study modules of this BSc psychology degree give you the chance to engage in real-world debates, enabling you to develop a variety of unique skills along the way. Your knowledge will be further developed in your final year as you complete your own piece of research in a topic area you are interested in. By the end of your course, you’ll have the confidence and the ability to apply your understanding to a range of exciting further learning opportunities and career paths.

Modules

You have 3-9 years to complete your online psychology degree, meaning that you can take up to three years to complete each level. However, many of our students complete the course in 3-6 years.

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

Level 5

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

Level 6

  • Research Project
  • Contemporary Developmental Psychology
  • Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • Occupational Psychology
  • Mental Health and Illness

How do we assess you?

The way we assess our students provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a variety of ways. That’s why we choose a range of different methods to keep track of your progress. These include:

  • Assignments
  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Case studies
  • Portfolios of work
  • Exams

At Arden University we consider applications on a case by case basis. If you have significant work experience, have qualifications you have gained elsewhere, or a degree or qualification that isn't a clear pathway to this degree - we are more than happy to discuss your application.

Eligibility

Our BSc (Hons) Psychology degree has standard entry requirements. To be able to study this course, we need to see that you have:

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

English Proficiency

  • IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 80; or equivalent
  • Alternatively, a letter to show that the Medium of Instruction was in English is accepted

We also offer an internal English test for applicants who are unable to provide an English Proficiency letter. More information on this can be found here.

We will consider alternative qualifications to evidence the maths component, as this qualification includes research methods which involve statistics. 

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

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Before enrolling onto your BSc (Hons) Psychology degree, it’s nice to get to know the faces of who you’ll be learning from. The School of Psychology team is multi-disciplinary, bringing a wealth of academic experience that enhances the student journey. The use of an evidence-based approach provides students with the opportunity to develop skills that can be applied in the workplace. 

With a psychology degree under your belt, your career options are wide open! This course sets you up with a range of transferable skills that will allow you to understand a variety of different sectors, so when you graduate, you’ll feel confident to make a decision about which career path is best for you.  

What can a psychology degree do for me?

With a variety of topics to learn about and a range of different skills to master, you’ll be spoilt for choice for your next career move after graduating. While studying, you will: 

  • Learn how 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 effective personal planning and project management skills

What can I do after Arden University?

After successfully completing your BSc psychology degree, you’ll have acquired a range of skills that will be appealing to several industries. Employers know that a successful psychology graduate can write coherent and logical reports, understand statistical forms of evidence and have a good understanding of human behaviour. With that in mind, a few career options for you could include: 

  • Counsellor
  • Life Coach
  • Psychotherapist
  • Support Worker
  • Detective
  • Lecturer
  • Researcher

Or if you want to continue your journey towards becoming a registered Practitioner Psychologist it will allow you to apply for MSc accredited courses in Psychology specific disciplines.  Keep a look out for future MSc discipline specific courses with us at Arden University.

Your next step into the professional world

This qualification is a BPS psychology degree, which means it’s fully accredited by the British Psychological Society – helping to ensure that the course meets the highest academic standards in the field of psychology. 

As a graduate, you’ll be eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) from the BPS if you gain a grade of 2:2 or above, which is essential for pursuing a career in recognised psychology professions. A BPS psychology degree is also recognised by many professional bodies worldwide, such as the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI). 

Whilst you’re actively studying with Arden, we’ll cover the cost of your student membership with the BPS, which will give you access to a range of additional resources to assist with your BPS psychology course studies, including: 

  • Access to both digital and physical copies of The Psychologist and PsychTalk
  • Membership to your local branch, providing you with networking opportunities
  • Exclusive discounts on books, events and e-learning
  • Free online access to the Society’s archive of academic journals 

Got other commitments? Studying a degree in psychology part-time or from home has never been easier. Our online learning model fits around your lifestyle, so you can study at a time and pace that works best for you. 

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Arden is for winners. Nobody will beg you to sit down and start working on your career, if you 
don’t do it yourself! Once you have an honest interest for what you learn, if you reach out for
more, you will be welcome to be helped and advised. But to do that, you must be determined. 

Bettina Finna
Bettina Finna
BA (Hons) Psychology
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Online Learning

How does it work?

With online learning, you decide when and where you work through your self-guided learning materials, without being held to a set lecture timetable. If you’re interrupted during a lesson, simply pause the materials and continue later. You can also communicate and collaborate with your tutor and classmates through live online forums and email. 

Find out more about how Online Learning works.