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Psychology

BSc (Hons) |
City's Psychology BSc course is BPS-accredited and ranked 2nd in London by The Complete University Guide 2014.

Key Information

Start date

September 2017

Duration

3 years or 4 years with a work placement option or study abroad

Fees

UK/EU

Full-time: £9,250 per year (fees in subsequent years may be subject to increases (limited to the Retail Prices Index) dependent on governmental policy)

Non-EU

Full-time: £17,000 per year

UCAS code

C800

Who is it for?

The BSc (Hons) Psychology at City is an excellent introduction to many careers. Graduates have found that the keys skills learnt have found them roles in schools, charities, the NHS and the Crown Prosecution Service.

The BSc (Hons) Psychology at City is accredited by the BPS and comprises the first stage of qualifying as a Chartered Psychologist. It also provides the necessary first degree qualification for further education on BPS-accredited Masters and Doctoral level courses.

BSc Psychology with Pathways

In addition to the BSc Psychology degree we provide the opportunity for you to graduate with a BPS accredited BSc Psychology degree in a specialised area of Psychology. All students that enter our BSc Psychology route and can apply to specialise in one of the 4 pathways below, or continue with their BSc Psychology degree. You can make this choice at the end of your 2nd year.

You can enter a specialised pathway and will study modules related to this pathway and conduct your honours research project in that field in your 3rd year.

Objectives

The BSc (Hons) Psychology at City encourages analytical and critical thinking while developing an understanding of the complex interactions between the human mind, brain, behaviour and experience.

This combination of educating by both research-active academics and practitioners gives you a wide range of learning, experiences and insights. You can therefore use the BSc Psychology as a step towards further study or into a career.

City's Psychology BSc degree is taught by enthusiastic experts who dedicate their time to your development: academic, personal and professional.

Our academics are actively researching in these fields:

  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • Autism
  • Memory
  • Decision making
  • Low and high level cognition
  • Child development
  • Health
  • Occupational
  • Counselling psychology.

Accreditation

The British Psychological Society Accredited logo

The course is accredited by the BPS and confers eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC), provided you graduate with at least a 2.2 honours degree. This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

  • 'A' Level: Grades AAB or ABB with relevant EPQ or 136 UCAS tariff points
  • IB: 33 points
  • BTEC: DDD
  • GCSE: English and Mathematics at grade 6 (B) or equivalent.

For help with the new UCAS tariff please visit the UCAS Tariff Calculator

INTO City, University of London

Don’t meet the entry requirements? INTO City, University of London offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare you for study at City, University of London. You’ll learn from experience teachers in a dedicated international study centre.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry. To prepare for this degree course, learn more about the International Foundation in Business and Economics with Society and Culture or the International Foundation in Humanities and Law.

English requirements

Cambridge ESOL: CPE grade C or above

PTE Academic: 58 overall with a minimum of 50 in each component

English language programmes

Don’t meet the English language requirements? INTO City, University of London offers English language programmes to help prepare you for study at university. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to degree courses. Learn more about INTO’s English for University Study programme

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.

www.ucas.com

You can apply to up to five universities or institutions on the form. The UCAS code for City, University of London is C60.

Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.

UCAS has implemented an ‘invisibility of choices’ policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each institution can see only their entry and not those of other institutions you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.

You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £23 application fee. If you want to apply to City, University of London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2017 should arrive at UCAS between 1st September 2016 and 15th January 2017. Applications that arrive after 15th January 2017 will be considered only at City's discretion.

When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.

Enquiries

For general enquiries about the admissions process at City, please contact our Admissions Office:

Email: ugadmissions@city.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 8716.

If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, please use the contact details provided on the course page.

Contacting UCAS

Website: www.ucas.com

Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ

Telephone: from inside the UK 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK +44 (0)871 468 0468

For callers with hearing difficulties: from inside the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0468.

90%
overall satisfaction National Student Survey (NSS) 2016
Pathways
BPS-accredited degrees in specialised areas of Psychology
2nd
over all in London for Psychology National Student Survey (NSS) 2016

The Lord Mayor of London Scholarship

Student views

A day in the life of a Psychology student

Aqsa’s story, BSc (Hons) Psychology

Placements

As a student on this course you can gain voluntary work experience during the summer breaks. Past examples of volunteer work involve training as a counsellor for victims of crime or working in the NHS with long-term and elderly patients, in mental health or in occupational health.

There are sometimes opportunities to work as a Research Assistant with Psychology staff on their ongoing projects. Read about Jenny Murphy, Psychology BSc student, who was awarded a biomedical vacation scholarship between her second and third year, enabling her to work as a Research Assistant for the Department of Psychology.

BSc Psychology with Integrated Professional Training

You can spend four years completing your degree by undertaking a work placement, usually between completing Part 2 and entering Part 3. The degree title awarded would be "BSc Psychology with Integrated Professional Training".

Study abroad

You may spend four years completing your degree by undertaking a year studying abroad usually between completing Part 2 and entering Part 3. The degree title awarded would be "BSc Psychology with Study Abroad".

Find out more about City's International exchange programmes.

Learn a language for free

We offer a free language course for City, University of London students.

Find out how to apply

Teaching and learning

We encourage the development of independent learning skills, requiring you to take responsibility and initiative for your own learning.

We use lectures to provide facts, commentary and explanation of key content areas, and lab-based teaching to develop your skills and understanding of research methodology, statistics and report writing. Self-directed tutorials are used for development of general skills in ICT and web-based information use.

Throughout the course you will have a mixture of group project work, student-led seminar presentations and problem-based assessments.

Assessment

  • Essays
  • Problem-based assessments
  • Presentations
  • Class tests
  • Lab reports
  • Lab classes
  • End-of-year exams.

In your final year you will be required to submit a dissertation based on your own empirical Psychology research, conducted under the close mentorship of an expert researcher. For active research topics please view the Department of Psychology's research pages.

Assessment weighting

The assessment weighting for year one is 10%, year two is 30% and year 3 is 60%.

Assessment weightings by year

  • Year 1: 10%
  • Year 2: 30%
  • Year 3: 60%

Modules

BSc Psychology with Pathways

In addition to the BSc Psychology degree we provide the opportunity for you to graduate with a BPS accredited BSc Psychology degree in a specialised area of Psychology. All students that enter our BSc Psychology route and can apply to specialise in one of the 4 pathways below, or continue with their BSc Psychology degree. You can make this choice at the end of your 2nd year.

You can enter a specialised pathway and will study modules related to this pathway and conduct your honours research project in that field in your 3rd year.

The additional pathways and respective degree titles are:

  • BSc Psychology with Counselling and Health Psychology
  • BSc Psychology with Organisational Psychology and Behavioural Economics
  • BSc Psychology with Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience
  • BSc Psychology with Child Development

Year 1

The first year covers the main areas of psychology: cognition, development, biology and the history of psychological theories. In addition, a specialist module focuses on the training and skills needed to pursue a degree and a career as a professional psychologist.

Core modules include:

  • Biological approaches to mind and behaviour
  • Cognitive approaches to mind and behaviour
  • History and theory of psychology
  • Lifespan psychology
  • Professional and academic development for psychologists
  • Research design and analysis (laboratory methods)
  • Research design and analysis (quantitative methods).

Year 2

The second year advances knowledge of core subjects in psychology to meet the requirements for British Psychological Society accreditation.

Core modules include:

  • Biological psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology 1
  • Cognitive Psychology 2
  • Developmental psychology
  • Personality and differential psychology
  • Research methods in psychology
  • Social psychology.

Year 3

Final year students conduct their own empirical research project and select six specialist modules from a wide range of modules led by expert academic staff and practitioners.

Current elective modules:

  • Abnormal and clinical psychology
  • Approaches to autism
  • Coaching psychology
  • Cognitive development
  • Health psychology
  • Introduction to counselling psychology
  • Judgment and decision making
  • Memory and the law
  • Normal and disordered word processing
  • Organisational psychology
  • Programming tools for psychologists
  • Psychological illnesses, brain damage and dreams
  • Social perception
  • Topics in behavioural economics
  • Topics in cognitive neuroscience.

Career prospects

A Psychology degree is widely recognised as an excellent introduction to many careers, and we work closely with City's Careers Service to give you the best possible career start.

85 per cent of our Psychology BSc graduates were in employment or further study six months after graduation (Unistats 2014) working in schools, charities, the NHS and the Crown Prosecution Service. This BSc comprises the first stage of becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

A significant proportion of our graduates follow further training in professional Psychology and graduates have pursue careers in, teaching, social services, industry and management, human resources and marketing.

96.5% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2014-15

Psychology

UCAS code: C800


Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.

www.ucas.com

You can apply to up to five universities or institutions on the form. The UCAS code for City, University of London is C60.

Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.

UCAS has implemented an ‘invisibility of choices’ policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each institution can see only their entry and not those of other institutions you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.

You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £23 application fee. If you want to apply to City, University of London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2017 should arrive at UCAS between 1st September 2016 and 15th January 2017. Applications that arrive after 15th January 2017 will be considered only at City's discretion.

When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.

Enquiries

For general enquiries about the admissions process at City, please contact our Admissions Office:

Email: ugadmissions@city.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 8716.

If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, please use the contact details provided on the course page.

Contacting UCAS

Website: www.ucas.com

Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ

Telephone: from inside the UK 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK +44 (0)871 468 0468

For callers with hearing difficulties: from inside the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0468.

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