Institute of Human Sciences

Psychology

The BSc (Hons) Psychology is a three-year full-time course (usually six years if taken part-time), that provides a comprehensive coverage of all the most important areas in psychology.

The BSc (Hons) Psychology is a three-year full-time course (usually six years if taken part-time), that provides a comprehensive coverage of all the most important areas in psychology.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code C800
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  • Start Date(s) 20 September 2021
  • Award BSc (Hons)
  • Study Mode Full-time, Part-time
  • Course Length Full-time (3 years), Part-time (6 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School Institute of Human Sciences
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Why choose this course?

The BSc (Hons) Psychology is a three-year full-time course (usually six years if taken part-time), that provides a comprehensive coverage of all the most important areas in psychology.  The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). In your first two years with us you study a number of compulsory modules that cover a broad range of psychological sub-disciplines such as social, cognitive, health, clinical, developmental, and psychodynamic psychology, to name but a few. In the final level (your third year if you study full time), you will get to choose a number of optional, specialist modules. We run a slightly different range of  specialist modules each year, depending on staff expertise. To get a feel for the sorts of topics we teach for these modules.

As you progress through the course, you will gain in independence as you complete a series of modules designed to support you in becoming an independent psychological researcher. In your final year, you will choose from a wide range of specialised modules, as well as completing an individual research project.  

What happens on the course?

The course places emphasis on a problem-based learning approach. Right from the start, you will gain knowledge and skills through hands-on work with psychological data, examining issues from across the spectrum of human psychology. You will also examine various philosophical approaches to psychology in order to be able to evaluate, critique and question current psychological thinking.

The psychology department organises a range of different learning experiences, ranging from lectures and seminars to group tutorials and research practicals. There's something to suit all tastes.  

 

 

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

The British Psychological Society provides comprehensive information on the career paths that Psychology graduates can pursue. Careers include a range of specialist areas of practise.

  • Counselling psychologists work in the field of mental health, weaving psychotherapy training together with evidence-based practise to address issues such as depression, trauma, and eating disorders.
  • Clinical psychologists work with cases of anxiety and depression but also with serious and enduring mental illness, neurological and developmental disorders, addictive behaviours, childhood behaviours, and family relationships.
  • Educational psychologists work with the local education authorities, schools, special education units, colleges and nurseries, and work with children who are experiencing social, emotional, or learning difficulties by providing assessments, counselling, and other interventions.
  • Occupational psychologists focus on human behaviour in the workplace (physical and virtual) in order to increase aspects such as productivity, job satisfaction and organisational effectiveness.
  • Practitioners of health psychology, often known as health psychologists. Many factors can impact directly on our wellbeing, health psychologists use their knowledge and skills to further understand wellbeing and to promote healthier lifestyles
  • Forensic psychologists typically work with law enforcement agencies, rehabilitation centres, law firms, and other government agencies.They typically carry out psychological assessments of prisoners, explore evidence for psychological disorders, and evaluate the mental health of defendants

These routes require postgraduate study and supervised practice to reach Chartered status with the British Psychological Society, and/or registration with the Health & Care Professions Council.For further information please visit: careers.bps.org.uk

Types of employment where you can use your Psychology degree outside of becoming a registered psychologist include:

  • Commercial companies (analyst, statistician, public relations)
  • Charities (engagement worker, fundraiser, project leader, grant writer, PR)
  • Advertising, Press and Media• financial organisations (insurance, banking, statistician)
  • Human resources (recruitment company, HR manager, careers consultant, coach)
  • Local and national government• the legal sector (e.g. legal researcher)
  • The NHS (creative therapies, mental health support work, speech and language therapy, management training programmes)
  • Security services (intelligence officer with MI5, customs officer, police forces
  • National Probation Service and prisons etc
  • Schools, sixth form colleges and colleges of further education
  • Social services.

By choosing a BPS-accredited degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you will be ensuring you have access to a broad range of careers in the future.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

We're proud to confirm our £300 travel fund helping eligible new UK full-time undergraduate entrants* with the costs of travel continues for students starting in 2019/20 and 2020/21! For further information please click here. 

You will specialise in human psychology throughout the course and will receive support from personal tutors who are expert in relevant areas of both applied and theoretical psychology who will be in a position to support your learning. We believe our system of personal tutoring contributes considerably to the success of our students through regular progress reviews and opportunities for careers advice.  

The Psychology Department at the University of Wolverhampton offers state-of-the-art facilities in which to study, including dedicated research and computer labs with specialist testing software, an observation room with a one-way mirror, video equipment, a psychological test library, plus much more.

 

 

You will gain knowledge and job-relevant skills as you explore areas such as social psychology, cognitive psychology, personality and individual differences, and developmental and biological psychology. The programme of study will help you to take your first steps along the road to a career focused on human behaviour, whether this is as a psychologist, a mental health practitioner within the healthcare secotr, or within a related field such as teaching or business.Psychology graduates are also equipped to perform well in other career paths such as journalism, business management, research, policing, the media and politics.

The University of Wolverhampton prides itself on preparing you with a number of desirable graduate attributes, including specialist knowledge and enterprise, technological literacy, research skills, effective communication and global awareness.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2021-22
Home Part-time £3100 per year# 2021-22
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £12950 per year 2021-22
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21
International Part-time £6475 per year# 2021-22

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

GCSE Maths and English grade C / 4+ or equivalent.

The following are considered equivalent of grade 'C' Mathematics:

  • OCN Access to HE Core Mathematics
  • National Test level 2 Numeracy
  • Key Skills L3 Application of Number
  • Functional Skills L2 Mathematics

The following are NOT accepted:

  • Key Skills L2: Application of Number

Plus Either

  • 112 UCAS points
  • A Levels grades BBC / CCA
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma- grades DMM
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma - grades D*D*
  • Access to HE Diploma requires candidates to accumulate 60 credits, at least 45 of which are at Level 3.  To study psychology at the University of Wolverhampton, students must further achieve at least a 'merit' or 'distinction' in at least 24 of their Level 3 credits.  You are also required to have achieved 12 credits at Level 2 or 3 in English and 12 credits at Level 2 or 3 in Mathematics within the Access or have evidence of  GCSE English and Maths at grade C+/4 equivalence.

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

Other Requirements

Students must usually have studied for a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, we will consider applications from mature students who do not have two years of post-16 study, where they have relevant work experience. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

"During my time I felt all the staff in the department 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


 

British Psychological Society (BPS)

Accredited against the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

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.


Self-funding:

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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