Institute of Human Sciences

BSc (Hons) Psychology with Foundation Year

BSc (Hons)
Start date(s)
25 September 2023
Course specifications
Course length
Full-time (4 years)
Campus location
Wolverhampton City Campus
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Why choose this course?

By choosing to study Psychology with us, you will gain a degree accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), learn from leading experts in the field, and complete a career-enhancing placement.

Over 3 years (full-time) or 6 years (part-time), you will scientifically analyse aspects of the mind and understand the various influences on human behaviour, finding real-world applications for your theory in the thriving professional field of psychology. University of Wolverhampton graduates are innovative, critical leaders in their chosen careers, gaining from the extensive experience of our diverse teaching team and published experts in different psychology professions. After completing your foundation year, you will enter a course crafted by recognised bodies and credible professionals to meet modern teaching and learning standards, preparing you for entry into the international workplace.

The British Psychological Society

What happens on the course?

Our Foundation Year programme has been designed to prepare you for studying at undergraduate level, become familiar with university life, and feel at home on campus. You will learn the required skills and knowledge to progress smoothly from the foundation year into the first year of your chosen psychology degree route. Your supportive team will work closely with you and your fellow students, guiding you to build valuable skills and succeed.

Your foundation year will focus on collaborative work with your fellow students, challenging and debating ideas, and expressing yourself with greater confidence. Following this, you will enter in-depth study of the core areas in psychology, remaining mindful of the historical and scientific underpinnings of the subject. These critical thinking skills will be further practised in your third year, learning to apply your theory to real-world case studies. You will learn quantitative and qualitative research methods, developing transferrable skills for your choice of specialist area. In your final year, you will produce an original empirical research project in order to complete your degree. Academic researchers who share your passion for your chosen topic will aid you at every step of the way, helping to ensure that you graduate with specialised knowledge and a range of skills transferrable to any employment role.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

The British Psychological Society accredits this course and informs its content with the latest developments in vocational psychology. This accreditation allows you to enter Graduate Basis of Chartered Memberships within the Society upon graduation, drastically improving your employability. Course quality is further fuelled by staff knowledge – School of Psychology teachers being published experts in specialised and related fields – and partnerships with recognised bodies in teaching quality such as Advance HE. The course’s professional focus will ably prepare you for your own entry into these fields, complimented by frequent placement opportunities offered in on-campus and online services.

Our robust approach to student support, your studies seeing you mentored by enthusiastic personal tutors, will dramatically enhance your course progression, further collaboration with the University’s thriving research community fuelling a pronounced international focus in your curriculum. Research will make use of the University’s state-of-the-art facilities, including our mental health clinic, cyberpsychology research laboratory and psychological test library. Additional computer labs, observation rooms and extensive libraries will be available, all stocked with the latest equipment; virtual reality and eye-tracking hardware, psychometric tools and psychology-specific software will be employed throughout your course.

The course is part of the School of Psychology in the Faculty of Education, Health, and Wellbeing.  The School of Psychology is the professional home to over 50 teaching and research staff, bringing a broad range of interests and experience to benefit students learning on our portfolio of courses.  Our School is recognised as one of the leading providers of Psychology education, using innovative teaching methods which focus on the application of scientific and theoretical principles to the study of people’s lives. Psychology staff are grouped into a variety of highly active research clusters through our Centre for Psychological Research, publishing in the latest academic journals and working to make a real-world impact on people’s lives.

Exploring different facets of psychology careers, you will begin your journey to a career focused on human behaviour. University of Wolverhampton courses provide specialist knowledge and transferrable skills, applicable to psychologist, healthcare sector, teaching and business settings among others.

Your critical thinking, reasoning, and problem-solving proficiencies will be trained, helping you become an innovative and reflective graduate. You will develop communicative skills to aid in teamwork, presentation, and articulation.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2023-24
Home Part-time £3120 per year# 2022-23
International Full-time £13450 per year 2022-23
International Full-time £14450 per year 2023-24

Additional Course Costs

Optional Costs

  • Various certified courses are available via My Course + More, ranging from £0-£200

Further information on these additional costs will be provided prior to the start of your studies

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

Key Entry Requirements   48+ UCAS points


  • A-levels: Grade profile of DD
  • Access to HE Diploma (60 credits) of which a minimum of 45 must be at Level 3 (48 UCAS point equivalence, minimum 45 credits at pass)
  • BTEC: Grade profile of PPP
  • T-Level: Pass grade with a core component profile less than C.
  • Tariff: Other Level 3 qualifications are accepted for entry. A minimum of 48 UCAS Tariff points will be required.
  • Other: Equivalent experience. We can consider applicants with other qualifications or relevant experience so if you do not have 48 UCAS points, please make sure you outline this experience within your personal statement. This can also be assessed through an alternative assessment route such as an academic essay.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

 Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see for further information.



Don't have GCSE English and/or Maths? Take our Equivalency Assessments

We understand that not everyone is able to achieve GCSE Maths and English for a variety of reasons. Our equivalency assessments provide an opportunity for you to further your English and/or Maths skills ready for your studies, as well as being able to meet part of the entry requirements for many of our undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Our online equivalency assessments are free of charge and accepted as the equivalent to a GCSE for the majority of our courses, however applicants of Initial Teacher Training courses will need to sit an on-campus equivalency test which costs £35. Find out more about our equivalency tests.

“During my time I felt all the staff genuinely wanted me to do well and were more than happy to invest their time and effort in achieving this, they were always extremely helpful and understanding, not to mention patient.”
Mel West

“Following graduation from an undergraduate psychology degree, I acquired the position of trainee practitioner with the National Autistic Society. Currently I am in the process of applying for a postgraduate course in Clinical Psychology. Although competition is high, with my education and experience I am hopeful that I will secure a placement.”
Yukyee Chang

“There are many great aspects to studying at the University of Wolverhampton. For me it meant that I could live locally, using the free shuttle bus between the campuses. The on-site facilities were very good too, giving me easy access to computers, books and journal articles.”

Kirsty Lee

“I can’t thank you all at the University enough for providing me with the healing that comes from gaining an education in a supportive environment. I continue to grow and hold my head high now!”


“Being at Wolverhampton Uni has literally changed my life. It helped me to realise my intelligence, skills, gifts and talents. It helped me realise my potential and gain my identity. It has helped me understand my own mental health, have better reflection and respect the world in a whole different way. I'm not here really to declare a sob story, but just share a little bit how you have changed my life through your care, compassion, and empathy as a department. I sincerely mean it from my heart. Thank you for always believing in me.”


Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: See How to pay.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund.

for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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