Psychology BSc (Hons)

Course length: 3 years full-time 4 years part-time (for further information on part-time courses available click here)


What does the course cover?

Psychology is the study of human behaviour. It explores a wide range of fascinating areas from how we think and how we see other people, to how children develop, how relationships are formed, and how we can help people in distress. Psychology is useful because whatever you intend to do in life will involve trying to understand and deal with other people. Studying Psychology at Newman provides you with a solid grounding in all core areas of psychology, but with particular strengths in considering how psychology is applied to the ‘real world’. Many of our lecturers have particular specialisms in applied psychology, and this gives this degree programme its distinctive approach and appeal.

What is noteworthy about this course?

The course will enable you to explore these areas of human behaviour and teach you to reach valid conclusions based on scientific underpinnings.

On the programme you will be introduced to the five major strands of psychology, which are individual differences, cognition, development, biopsychology and social psychology, plus research methods. You can expect to deepen your understanding of these areas as you progress through the programme. In your final year you study a range of topics covering the applications of psychology, such as education, clinical, health, counselling, and forensic psychology.

How will I be assessed?

The psychology degree programme uses a wide variety of forms of assessment, designed to help you develop a range of skills that will be invaluable in the modern professional work place. The assessment strategy for the degree includes traditional essays, exams, short notes and multiple ­choice tests. Also included in the strategy are less traditional assessments, such as designing a web page, Power Point presentations, writing dialogues and presenting portfolios. Finally, there are a variety of assessments linked to research, which include writing reports, giving conference style presentations, and writing a dissertation.

What careers could I consider?

Many Single Honours students aim to enter the various psychological professions, including clinical, occupational, educational, counselling, forensic, health and sport psychology. Students can also pursue an academic career, and may progress into a PhD. Psychology graduates can also progress into a variety of careers, typically in people-orientated and caring roles; for example, nursing, teaching, social work, human resources, marketing, software design, health research, or rehabilitation. Psychology graduates must be both literate and numerate and these are skills that employers demand in the modern professional work place.

What is GBC?

Newman University's Single Honours Psychology degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), and students gaining at least a lower 2nd class honours degree gain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the BPS.

In the United Kingdom, psychology degrees are regulated by the British Psychological Society. Only those degrees that meet a minimum standard, and are judged as providing a sound basis for progression into further post­graduate training in psychology, are accredited. Accredited courses are said to provide the Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC).

"The course as a whole and its components in particular are well designed and involve a number of innovative elements …teaching quality is high."
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Entry requirements

September 2016 Entry Requirements

A minimum of 280 UCAS points.  A Level students must  include minimum grades of BC or above at A2 level).  BTEC National Diploma with an overall grade of Distinction Merit Merit, or an Access Diploma with a minimum of 39 level 3 units with Merit or Distinction.

5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include GCSE English language and Mathematics or a recognised equivalent, are also required.

September 2017 Entry Requirements

You must achieve either at least 104 UCAS points (260 points on the old tariff) including a minimum of CC at A level or equivalent, or a total of 96 points from a maximum of 3 A levels or a BTEC Extended Diploma. Access Diploma students will need a completed diploma with a minimum of 39 level 3 units at merit or distinction.

5 GCSEs at grade C or above including English Language and Mathematics or a recognised equivalent, are also required.



Below are the Undegraduate fees for 2017/18

Full-time UK/EU Students - £9,250

Full-time International Students - £11,100

Part-time UK/EU Students - £4,950

From 2018/19 tuition fees may rise in line with inflation

Course structure


As well as covering essential, foundational subject knowledge, the first year of the course has been very carefully designed to build in the development of a range of skills necessary for success in HE. Greater choice of modules are available in Years 2 and 3, to enable you to particularly develop your interests in some areas of the subject if you wish.

The compulsory Work Placement is intended to give you relevant experience in a career of your choice.


Year 1


Semester 1


Introduction to Applied Psychology (20 credits)

Foundations of Psychology (20 credits)

Classic Studies & Contemporary Issues (20 credits)


Semester 2


Being an Independent Learner (10 credits)

Preparation for placement (10 credits)

Introduction to Research Design & Analysis (20 credits)

Exploring Psychology (20 credits)


Year 2 - Semester 1 & 2


Expanding on Research Design & Analysis (20 credits)

Placement (20 credits)


Semester 1 only


Human Development: an ethological approach (20 credits)

Elective (20 credits)


Semester 2 only


Cognition & The Brain (20 credits)

The Individual in Society (20 credits)


Year 3 - Semester 1 & 2


Dissertation (40 credits)


Semester 1 only


Psychology in Question (20 credits)

Option from Psychology year 3 options list* (20 credits)


Semester 2 only


Option from Psychology year 3 options list* (20 credits)

Option from Psychology year 3 options list* (20 credits)

Course code

Single Honours: 100% Psychology

UCAS code:


Applications for full-time courses are made through UCAS.

Applications for flexible learning courses are made via Newman.


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