BSc (Hons) Psychology

Summary

Study level
Award
Part time
3 years+
Location
London, Birmingham, Manchester or Online
Faculty of Social Science

Course Overview

Are you interested in developing a scientific understanding of the human mind? Are you interested in understanding what drives human motivation and behaviour?  Our British Psychological Society accredited* BSc (Hons) Psychology degree will introduce you to a wide range of contemporary research and support you in developing key knowledge, skills, and abilities that are essential in pursuing a career within psychology.  Our course has been designed with your career in mind. Through the use of elective modules you have the power to tailor the focus of your degree and to specialise in areas that are more aligned with your career aspirations. This provides you with control over your learning and gives you the opportunity to discover and experience ideas and concepts from a range of different areas within psychology.

 In your first academic year of study, you’ll learn about social, cognitive, developmental, and biological psychology, as well as studying the important areas of research methods and individual differences. In your two subsequent years on the course you’ll be able to choose specialised ‘elective’ modules, which include the major discipline areas of clinical psychology, occupational psychology, health psychology, forensic psychology, educational psychology, neuropsychology, as well as sports and exercise psychology and counselling. You’ll also have the option to learn about new, contemporary areas of psychology including political psychology, gender and sexuality, positive psychology, coaching psychology, and cyber psychology.  

With such a wide range of areas in psychology to choose from, this course gives you the time and flexibility to decide where you want to focus. Psychology is applicable to all areas of our lives and work. As such, psychology graduates are attractive to organisations due to their understanding of human behaviour, expertise in research, and ability to handle data. Studying this new undergraduate psychology course with Arden will provide you with multiple future career and study options, and you’ll have access to modern, digital learning tools as you study. You’ll also have full support from our dedicated academic team, who are internationally respected industry practitioners, published authors, and PhD holders in the psychology field. 

*We are currently in the process of achieving accreditation from the British Psychological Society

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This course is in the process of gaining accreditation by the British Psychological Society, the representative body for professional psychologists in the UK.

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Course details and modules

On the course you’ll study a variety of interesting and stimulating subject modules that have been designed to engage you in fascinating topics within psychology, enabling you to develop sought after and career focused skills. During your second and third academic years of study you’ll be able to select specialised modules to fine tune your degree to the areas of psychology you find most interesting and personally rewarding. Your studies will culminate with choosing an area of psychology on which to focus and produce your own research project at the end of your final year. By the time you graduate, you’ll have the confidence and ability to apply your knowledge of psychology to a range of exciting career paths and further learning opportunities.

Throughout the course you’ll have one-to-one support from your lecturers and academic skills tutors, as well as frequent invitations to online coffee mornings with your fellow students and staff and personal academic tutor support sessions. You’ll also be able to start developing industry links and networks by attending sessions with guest speakers from a wealth of areas, including the NHS, policing, and the fire service. Above all, our academic team, who come from a range of professional and cultural backgrounds, will help you learn through real-world context, helping you understand how your new skills are best applied in practice.  

Bettina Finna

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
BSc (Hons) Psychology

Modules

You have 3-9 years to complete this course, which means you can take up to 3 years to complete each level. Most of our students, however, aim to complete the course within 3 to 6 years.

  • Core modules
  • Introduction to studying Psychology (20 credits)
  • Social Psychology (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Research Methods (20 credits)
  • Developmental Psychology (20 credits)
  • Biological Psychology (20 credits)
  • Cognitive Psychology (20 credits)
  • Core modules
  • Qualitative Research Methods (20 credits)
  • Quantitative Research Methods (20 credits)
  • Personality and Intelligence (20 credits)
  • Positive Psychology (20 credits)
  • Elective modules (select two)
  • Forensic Psychology (20 credits)
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology (20 credits)
  • Occupational Psychology (20 credits)
  • Clinical and Health Psychology (20 credits)
  • Child Development and Educational Psychology (20 credits)
  •  Coaching Psychology (20 credits)
  • Core modules
  • Professional Development (20 credits)
  • Advanced Research Methods (20 credits)
  • Research Project (40 credits)
  • Elective modules (select two)
  • Counselling Psychology: Mental Health and Illness (20 credit)
  • Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience (20 credits)
  • Political Psychology (20 credits) 
  • Cyber Psychology (20 credits) 
  • Gender and Sexuality (20 credits)

How do we assess you?

Assessments

Unlike on more traditional degree courses, you don’t need to sit through exams on the BSc (Hons) Psychology degree. Your assessments have been designed to help you apply your learning to real-word scenarios. This means you’ll be better prepared to apply the skills you’ve gained on the course to your professional role after graduation. 

As you work through your course modules you’ll have the chance to compete a range of useful assessment methods such as individual reports, case study analyses, role play, group presentations, and reflective and personal independent assignments devised in consultation with your course module leader. Your assessments will have an emphasis upon personal discovery, the application of theory to practice, and creative and innovative thinking. 
We’ve made sure the assessments you undertake on the course are fun, engaging, and give you key transferable skills that employers today are looking for. You’ll only sit one exam on this course, to fulfil your research methods requirements; all others assessments have been designed to give you the tools and skills you’ll need in your career. 

Role play sessions on this course have been designed to give you the unique opportunity to practice real life professional situations in a safe environment. You’ll learn how to provide feedback on psychometrics, run a counselling session, provide mental health interventions and more, all guided by your course lecturer. This allows students to consider evidence based practice before proposing suitable intervention approaches, and then evaluating your decisions with supportive feedback from your peers and our academic staff.

Study options

Cynthia Blow

I chose online learning because I do not currently have the capacity to attend classes as my days are full with running my household, my elderly parents’ household and tending to the needs of my 3-year-old. Online studying has been extremely helpful because it provides the flexibility I need in order to study at random times during the day or night.

Cynthia Blow
BSc (Hons) Psychology

Part time blended learning

How does it work?

When you choose our blended learning study mode, each week you’ll have eight hours of timetabled classes spread over two days at the Arden study centre of your choice. This is combined with around 25 hours of independent study, which takes place through ilearn, our university campus in the cloud. ilearn contains all the resources you need to study successfully. You’ll also have access to our online library, Perlego, which contains almost half a million books, journals, and industry literature which you can make use of throughout your studies, removing the need to buy expensive course books in order to study successfully. 

Blended learning is the best option for students who prefer the structure of regular face-to-face classes with their tutor and fellow classmates, and is particularly suited to students who live within commuting or driving distance of one of our UK study centres.  

If you're a student from The England who is enrolling on a full-time blended learning course with Arden (based in one of our UK study centres), you can apply for a  Maintenance Loan for living costs to help pay for your living expenses. You can find more information on our fees and funding page. If you're a student from Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you can find information on Maintenance Loan from your student finance body.

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Part-time online learning

How does it work?

Studying the BSc (Hons) Psychology online gives you the ultimate in convenience. You can enrol with Arden from anywhere in the world and study your degree from the comfort of home, without the requirement to attend classes in a physical location. 

Our online students study their degree through ilearn, Arden’s university campus in the cloud.  ilearn provides everything you need to study at University. It offers an integrated virtual learning experience, including your virtual classroom, lecture theatre, and online library (which when used along with our supplementary library, Perlego, gives you access to almost half a million books and journals – yours for free while you study with us).

ilearn is also integrated with Zoom, making it easier to chat with your course tutor during your scheduled seminar sessions. You can even integrate our study materials into your Kindle, making it possible to study wherever you have you Kindle handy. 

Studying online doesn’t mean studying alone. As well as receiving regular feedback and guidance from your course tutor, you’ll be studying with likeminded students who you can meet with through our Unitu community, and you’ll have access to community message boards to discuss your course and the topics being raised within it. We’ve even set up community boards embedded into each of the course modules so you can have discussions with your tutor and classmates on the topics you’re currently learning. 

Online learning students resident in the England can apply for a Maintenance Loan for living costs if they cannot attend their course in person because of a disability. Please find more information on our fees and funding page. If you're a student from Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you can find information on 
Living Cost Loans from your student finance body

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Entry requirements

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 

To be eligible for our BSc (Hons) Psychology course, you must have:

  • Passes at grade C or above in three subjects including mathematics at GCSE level or academic equivalent.
  • If you are unable to evidence a GCSE or equivalent in mathematics you will be able to complete an assessment-free module before the start of your course to substitute for this.

 

Applicants may be considered based on a minimum of 12 months of relevant work experience. We’ll ask you for a personal statement that demonstrates your ability to study the course, along with references and evidence of your previous work experience.

English proficiency

  • IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 80; or equivalent
  • Alternatively, evidence you have previously studied in English, such as a letter to show that the Medium of Instruction was in English, can be accepted.

We also offer an internal English test for applicants who are unable to provide the above evidence of English proficiency. More information can be found here and we have an internal mathematics module for those that do not hold a qualification at the right level or who may want to refresh themselves in that topic area. 

Before you start studying

Whilst you can read your study materials on your smart phone or tablet, to make the most of your learning experience, you will need access to a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.

Course fees and funding

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Meet the faculty

Gail Steptoe-Warren

Arden’s psychology and social science degrees are designed to explore human behaviours across diverse areas of psychology and social science such as criminology, sociology, and criminal justice. These courses provide you with a range of transferable skills that are valued by employers from a wide range of industries. Our Psychology online courses are accredited by The British Psychological Society, which means they are internationally recognised. I look forward to welcoming you to the Arden University family.

Gail Steptoe-Warren
Head of School, Psychology and Social Sciences

Career prospects

With a BPS-accredited psychology degree, your career options truly are wide open. This course sets you up with a range of universal skills that will allow you to apply your knowledge in a huge variety of sectors. This means that when you graduate you’ll have the confidence to make life-changing decisions about which professional career path is best for you to take.

What will the BSc (Hons) Psychology do for me?

Employers who have provided input into this course’s development include independent psychology practitioners, counselling psychologists, clinical psychologists, independent consultants, the UK fire service and previous alumni who are now working across many varied professional areas. Because of this input, you’ll find that your course content has been tailored to help you fill current skills gaps in a range of careers and professions worldwide. 

With such a wide choice of topics to learn about, and different skills to master, you’ll graduate with knowledge and abilities in diverse academic and professional areas including:

  • Communicating effectively in challenging situations
  • Retrieving, comprehending, and using data 
  • Handling primary source material appropriately
  • Problem solving and abstract and scientific reasoning
  • Make critical judgements and evaluations
  • Applying sensitivity 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 employers across almost all industries. Around 15 to 20% of psychology graduates in the UK choose to complete postgraduate training to become professional psychologists. Employers across industries know that successful psychology graduates can write coherent and logical reports, understand statistical forms of evidence and data handling, and have a good understanding of human behaviour in the workplace. The majority of graduates therefore go on to work in careers where these skills developed during an undergraduate degree are highly desirable.
As well as graduating with the possibility of continuing on to further study at master’s degree level or entering training to qualify as a professional psychologist, you’ll also have career options in front of you which could include: 

  • Psychotherapist
  • Data analyst
  • Support Worker
  • Nursing
  • Mental health professional
  • Human resource manager
  • Careers adviser 
  • Counsellor 
  • Journalist
  • Marketing/advertising
  • Police officer 
  • Social work 

Industry skills

  

The topics you’ll study on this course have a global focus that is relevant anywhere in the world. Avoiding the Western-centric focus of many undergraduate psychology courses and aligned with the framework of BPS accreditation, which provides a cross-cultural viewpoint, this degree is internationally recognised and will give you experience and knowledge that you can apply in your home country.

The British Psychological Society (BPS)

The British Psychological Society (BPS) is the representative body for psychology and psychologists in the UK. The society is responsible for the development, promotion, and application of psychology for the public good.

Arden’s BSc (Hons) Psychology is in the process of being accredited by the BPS. This means that students obtaining at least a lower second class honours degree (2:2) will be eligible for the society’s Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership - the prerequisite requirement to go on to further training as a professional psychologist after graduation. 

While you’re studying your BPS accredited course with us, we’ll cover the cost of your student membership with the BPS, which gives you access to a large range of useful resources including access to the British Psychological Society  student online community, access to events including those on careers and subscription to the Psychologist magazine.