Psychology and Childhood Studies BSc (Hons) - with Foundation Year

Course length: 4 years full-time


What is the course?

Newman University is piloting a new innovative foundation year for their social science degrees. The pre-degree year of this four year course, if passed, leads into the same study programme as the 3 year joint honours degree course in Psychology and Childhood Studies.

This foundation year enables those unable to access the traditional UCAS tariff requirements for a three year degree, an alternative route into beginning and ultimately gaining an honours degree.

What is it about?

The Foundation Year in Social Sciences promotes student understanding of education, society and the social sciences alongside consideration of their own educational journey, to effectively prepare them for degree level study. It sees personal reflection, growth and high levels of student determination as essentials. It provides a supportive learning environment which develops confidence, intellectual curiosity in tandem with the ability to manage working as a member of a team as well as autonomously. The programme emphasises non-formal adult learning and democratic development on an individual and community level.

Students apply for a named foundation year degree but can swap onto other degrees within the Foundation Year route in the course of the year, if the subject agrees.

Further Information

For further information regarding years 2, 3 and 4 of this course please visit the 3 year degree course details. Psychology and Childhood Studies BSc (Hons)


Psychology and Childhood Studies provides an ideal foundation for any student interested in a career as a psychologist with a particular focus on applying those skills to working with children and young people. This programme combines the study of two disciplines (Psychology and Working with Children, Young People and Families) to provide students with the knowledge and understanding needed for a range of career opportunities. Whilst this degree does not provide you with a professional qualification in working with children and young people, it provides an excellent basis for applying to do such training at postgraduate level.

You will gain knowledge, understanding and skills in all the core domains of psychology (individual differences, cognition, development, biopsychology and social psychology) whilst exploring the social, economic, educational, political and cultural issues and barriers facing children and young people.

You will be taught by a highly qualified and experienced team of academic lecturers who are at the cutting-edge of their disciplines, allowing you to discover and explore the latest developments in the field.

Newman’s other Psychology degrees are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), accreditation for this programme has been applied for and is currently under review. This accreditation will provide you with Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) from the BPS, which is essential if you are intending to become a Chartered Psychologist.

What does this course cover?

Psychology and Childhood Studies will enable students to apply psychological knowledge and understanding to work with children and young people. The programme will teach students how to reach valid conclusions based on scientific underpinnings. Students will be introduced to the five major strands of psychology, which are individual differences, cognition, development, biopsychology and social psychology, plus research methods. The course will inform students about the practicalities of working with children and young people in research and social contexts, emphasis will be placed on current social and educational policies within child care and safeguarding. Psychology and Childhood Studies will explore how society views childhood, how children develop, the challenges facing children and young people today in addition to reviewing the impact of relevant legislation.

All students on this programme complete a work-based placement in year 2 which can involve working with children and young people. In year 3, students will undertake a piece of research (in the form of a dissertation) in the Psychology and Childhood Studies area.

What makes this course noteworthy?
  • British Psychological Society (BPS) accreditation for this programme is currently in the review stage. Accredited programmes provide the graduate basis for chartered membership (GBC) with the BPS. GBC is essential for anyone intending to embark on postgraduate study to become a Chartered Psychologist

     Work placements are a key feature of this course which will allow you to gain valuable work experience

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Entry requirements

All students apply through UCAS for a four year named degree, which includes the Foundation year. A typical offer to students will be between 48 and 80 UCAS tariff points to access the programme. However, as all applicants will be invited to interview, there is opportunity to discuss any circumstances that may have affected the accrual of level three credits. Those with considerable work and life experience of a complexity that demonstrates an aptitude to study at degree level, but with no formal qualifications, will also be accepted. Different degree pathway options available at the end of the Foundation year have different entry requirements. Whilst not a condition of entry onto the Foundation Year, students wishing to enter particular routes will need to meet these by the time they complete the year. please see the respective course pages on the Newman University website for further details.

BSc (Hons) Psychology and Childhood Studies - 3 year course



Fees per academic year: 2017/18* 
Fees are currently £4,560 for the Foundation Year 0 and are funded through the government loan scheme (effectively meaning people undertake a four year degree).

Fees for the following three years are currently £9,250 per year. Please go to the standard 3 year degree page for details.
Counselling Studies and Working with Children, Young People and Families BA (Hons)

* Please note for 2018/19 the University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Finance information

Additional costs:

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is not required for entry into this programme, although it is in many cases required by employers before students can begin their Year 2 (level 5) work placement.  The cost of the DBS is currently £55 (including processing fee) with the option of subscribing to the update service which is currently £13 per year.  For more information on your DBS application please click here.

Psychology and Childhood Studies BSc (Hons) - with Foundation Year

The Foundation Year

The foundational modules Studentship, Education and Society (1) & (2) go across the programme, examining what is needed to be successful in higher education including one’s personal disposition towards learning. These work through student’s experiences of formal assessment such as exams, reading academically and academic writing conventions, to help develop strategies in overcoming barriers to effective engagement. Concurrently students will undertake the module Foundations of Social Sciences. This explores the relevance of philosophy, politics, sociology, psychology and economics, and applied social science such as sports science, criminology and health to student’s everyday lives.

In the second semester and in tandem with the second Studentship module, students undertake two projects. In Understanding and Exploring Society, students apply what they have learnt to the real world. Students then investigate and make a case for studying on the subsequent course they wish to study. This involves undertaking both desk based research and interviews with lecturers and current students, as well as undertaking direct experience of the teaching conducted across at least two courses within the pathway.

For course content for years 2,3, and 4 of this course please visit the 3yr full-time degree page Psychology BSc(Hons)


Course code


Course Code: C802

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