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Psychology  BSc (Hons)

This BPS-accredited degree is ranked 2nd in London by The Complete University Guide 2014. The course is the first step towards becoming a chartered psychologist, but also opens the door to a range of careers that require the analytical, statistical and research skills you will learn here. Our commitment to giving you an excellent university experience is reflected in coming joint first in the UK with a student satisfaction rating of 99% (Unistats).

Overview

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

We have some of the most satisfied Psychology students in the UK. Take some time to read the views of our students and graduates (right), and you'll understand why we have a student satisfaction rating of 99% (NSS 2013, on Unistats).

Our academics are actively researching fields as diverse as cognitive neuroscience, autism, health, occupational and coaching psychology. And many of the final year applied topics are taught by practicing chartered psychologists.

This combination of teaching by both research-active academics and practitioners gives you a wide range of learning, experiences and insights. You can therefore use this BSc as a step towards further study or into a career. 86 per cent of our graduates were in employment and/or further study within six months (Unistats 2013).

Psychology at City: student view

In this short video, final year student Amanda talks about studying Psychology at City University London:

For more student and graduate views, see What our students say on the right of this page

British Psychological Society (BPS)

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.

The British Psychological Society Accredited logo

Entry Requirements:

  • 'A' Level: 340 UCAS tariff points. Typically gained from 'A' Level grades AAB. Other qualification combinations achieving 340 UCAS tariff points will be considered.
  • IB: 35 points
  • GCSE: English Language and Mathematics or Statistics at grade B (or equivalent)
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Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £9,000
  • Full-time Non EU: £13,500
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Start Date:

September 2014

UCAS code:

C800

Entry Requirements

UK

'A' Level

  • 'A' Level: 340 UCAS tariff points. Typically gained from 'A' Level grades AAB. Other qualification combinations achieving 340 UCAS tariff points will be considered.
  • 'A' Level General Studies and 'A' Level Critical Studies are not accepted.

GCSE pre-requisites

English Language and Mathematics or Statistics at grade B (or equivalent)

Access to Higher Education

We welcome Access course applicants from 'mature' students. These applicants will be considered on the basis of their own merits.

A typical offer for an Access applicant would be: Pass 60 credits, 45 of which at Level 3. These Level 3 credits must include at least 27 at distinction and 18 at merit.

It is essential the Access course qualification is supplemented by at least a grade B in Mathematics and English Language at GCSE.

Please be aware that Access students are often asked for further information to supplement their application, this is normally in the form of a questionnaire.

Other UK qualifications accepted include:

  • BTEC National Diploma (DDD required, plus B in Mathematics and English at GCSE)
  • Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects
  • Advanced Diploma (plus appropriate 'A' Levels)
  • Scottish Advanced Highers
  • Welsh Diploma (plus appropriate 'A' Levels)

Second-year transfer applicants

If you wish to apply for second-year entry please be aware that you must:

  • have achieved grades equal to the entry requirements for first-year entry ('A' Levels, foundation years, access courses, etc.)
  • have covered sufficiently similar content to that covered by our first-year students
  • be gaining or have gained at least a 2:1 in every module in your current first year. You must provide official documentation of this as evidence (e.g. university transcript).

If you feel you meet these requirements then please apply through UCAS as early as possible (transfer students normally apply when their first semester exam results are published) and we can then assess your eligibility.

Please note: For direct second-year entrants the overall degree classification will be based on the marks obtained at City University London only, with the weighting of 33/67 between the second and third year. Marks previously obtained will not be used in the degree classification.

On your application please include:

  • the exact name of the degree you are studying towards
  • the institution at which you are studying
  • the modules you have taken
  • any scores you have achieved.

This information will enable us to make a more informed decision as to whether the content that you have studied is to an appropriate level for level-two entry.

Please be aware that you must meet all of the above requirements, otherwise your application is unlikely to be successful.

International

International Baccalaureate (IB)

35 points (no specific subjects required)

European Baccalaureate

80%

International Foundation Programme

The entry requirements for applicants applying having completed such programmes varies in relation to the specific programme completed. Typically, we would ask for applicants to have achieved at least 65% in a programme verified by the university, for an applicant to be made an offer.

International qualifications

Please be aware you can apply for a course here before you sit your school leaving qualifications. Any offer we decide to make you will be conditional on you achieving the appropriate score in your school leaving qualifications, in conjunction with your English language qualification. This can be done from September the year before the programme to which you are applying.

Accepted qualifications include:

  • Australian school leaving certificates. (Offer typically made on the basis of a score of 90%)
  • Bulgarian Diploma za Sredno Obrazovanie (Offer typically made on the basis of a score of at least 5.8)
  • Canadian school leaving certificates. (Offer typically made on the basis of a score between 80-90%)
  • Cypriot Apolytirion (Require a score of at least 19. Combined with two relevant 'A' Levels)
  • French Baccalauréat (Offer typically around 14.5/20)
  • German Abitur (Offer typically around 1.8)
  • Greek Apolytirion (Require a score of at least 19. Combined with two relevant 'A' Levels)
  • Hong Kong Advanced Level (AAB)
  • Indian HSC/ISC/SSC grade XII (Offer typically made on the basis of a score of 90% average, including 90% in mathematics)
  • Italian Esame di Stato (Offer typically made on the basis of an overall score of 90% with a grade of 8/10 in mathematics)
  • Israeli Bagrut (Offer typically made on the basis of a score between 85-90%)
  • Lithuanian Brandos Atestatas (Offer typically made on the basis of an average score of 9/10 from all A and B subjects)
  • Malaysian Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan (STPM AAA)
  • Norwegian Vitnemål  (Offer typically made on the basis of a score of at least 5.0)
  • Polish Matura (Offer typically made on the basis of an applicant achieving an average of 85% across three extended level subjects)
  • Singapore/Cambridge GCE Advanced Level (AAA at Higher 2)
  • Spanish Título de Bachillerato (Offer typically made on the basis of the applicant achieving between 8-9/10)
  • USA Advanced Placement (Offer typically made on the basis of an applicant achieving at least 15 (5,5,5) from three approved subjects).

    Please contact the department for further guidance, if required.

All qualifications where the education is not in English will be required to achieve the appropriate IELTS/TOEFL score.

If the qualification you are due to complete is not shown above, please feel free to contact our UG admissions team for advice.

 

Other Suitable Qualifications

Undergraduate Preparatory Courses for International Students

If you do not qualify for direct entry, INTO City University London offers an International Foundation Programme. This course offers a route to City University London through an excellent teaching and learning experience located in purpose built study facilities. Successful completion of the International Foundation Programme at INTO City University London to the standard required provides guaranteed progression to this degree.

English Requirements

  • Grade B in GCSE (or International GCSE)
  • Cambridge ESOL CPE grade C or above
  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

INTO English Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree. Please click the links below for more information:

 

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 at City, there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake a part-time course.

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
September 2014
Duration:
Full-time - 3 years

Course Content

The degree offers a wide range of transferable skills which are incorporated into the course to enhance your employment prospects. As a result, the course provides excellent preparation for further training in psychology at postgraduate level and confers GBC (Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership) status, a requirement for further BPS-accredited postgraduate training.

Course Structure

Year one

Core modules:

Elective modules:

One to be taken from a choice of Psychology, languages, Economics, International Politics and Media Studies.

Year two

Core modules:
  • Biological psychology
  • Cognitive psychology 1 (memory and language)
  • Cognitive psychology 2 (thinking and perception)
  • Developmental psychology
  • Personality and differential psychology
  • Research methods in psychology (double module)
  • Social psychology.

Final year

Core module:

  • Research project in psychology

Elective modules include:

  • Approaches to autism
  • Abnormal and clinical psychology
  • Coaching psychology: theory, research and practice
  • Cognitive development
  • Health psychology
  • Introduction to Counselling Psychology
  • Judgment and decision-making
  • Memory and the law
  • Normal and disordered word processing
  • Organisational psychology
  • Philosophical and psychological approaches to concepts
  • Positive psychology
  • Programming tools for psychologists
  • The psychology of time
  • Psychological illness, brain damage & dreams: malfunctions of mind
  • Social perception
  • Subjective well-being
  • Topics in behavioural economics
  • Topics in cognitive neuroscience.

Read the full programme specification

BSc Psychology with Pathways

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

Students who enter a specialised pathway will study modules related to that pathway and conduct their honours research project in that field in their 3rd year.

The additional pathways and respective degree titles are:

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

 

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching

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. There will also be 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 and end-of-year exams. In order to achieve the BSc Psychology, students are required to complete and pass a 30 credit empirical psychology project in the third year.

Read the full programme specification

Fees

  • Full-time EU: £9,000
  • Full-time Non EU: £13,500

Please note:

UK/EU students - The fees for UK/EU students rise each year by the rate of the cost of living in the UK and are set by the UK Government.

Non-EU international students - There is a small percentage increase, usually between 3% and 5%, each year on these fees.

 

Funding

For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Undergraduate Fees and Finance.

Scholarships

City is offering a scholarship of up to £2,000 cash each year for at least three years for students on this course. Read more here to see if you might qualify. 

Placements

Many students 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.

Career Prospects

A Psychology degree is widely recognised as an excellent introduction to many careers, and we work closely with the University's Careers Service to give you the best possible career start. Key skills are the evaluation of ideas and evidence, written and oral presentation skills, and sophisticated understanding of numerical data.

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

86 per cent of our graduates were in employment or further study six months after graduation (Unistats 2013) working in schools, charities, the NHS and the Crown Prosecution Service. This BSc comprises the first stage of becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

Read about recent Psychology graduate Rehana's experiences of the course and how it led to her training as a Clinical Psychologist, or read current third-year student Lara's thoughts on studying Psychology at City.   

Studying Psychology: independent advice

Find out how studying at City University London helps you to improve your job prospects.

Read an interview with Gary Argent (City's Director of Careers & Skills Development Service) about how undergraduates can improve their job prospects in today's workplace.

Psychology

UCAS code: C800


Applications to our undergraduate courses open on 1 September 2013 and close on 15 January 2014 (30 June 2014 for international students). Late applications will still be considered at our discretion. All applications to our undergraduate degree courses, including those from mature students, must be made through UCAS.

You can apply through your school or college using the UCAS online service 'Apply' which enables you to apply directly through the UCAS website (www.ucas.com).

Independent applicants such as mature and international students can also use ucasapply. The institution code for City University is C60.

If you are still at school or college when you make an application, staff there should be able to assist with this process offering you help and advice. If you are outside the UK when you make an application your local British Council Office should be able to provide assistance.

We accept a large number of international students to our undergraduate courses every year, so if your international qualifications do not reflect the grade requirements, then please feel free to contact us.