Psychology BSc (Hons)

This degree is designed to provide a sound, core knowledge of psychology and how it applies to many aspects of the human condition such as child development, crime, education, mental health or the behaviour of groups of people.

UCAS course code
York St John University
Course fees
2017 - 2018: Home & EU students: £9,250 per annum, International (non EU) students: £10,000 per annum
3 years full-time | 6 years part-time
Study Abroad
Yes - see our study abroad web pages for more information
Start date
September 2017 | September 2018

Course overview

At its heart psychology is about understanding people; studying psychology at York St John is to study the human condition, to attempt to understand human behaviours and experiences and to use that understanding to try and predict future behaviours and experiences. Our degree programmes are designed to provide a sound, core knowledge of psychology and how it applies to many aspects of the human condition such as child development, crime, education, mental health or the behaviour of groups of people. The different degree programmes explained here accommodate the needs of a variety of students and their career aspirations.

Dr Rob Sanders - Subject Director, Psychology & Counselling

Course structure


This degree is designed to provide a sound, core knowledge of psychology and how it applies to many aspects of the human condition. The course content spans the full breadth of the discipline of psychology, from the biology of the brain to the study of communities and societies.

The British Psychological Society AccreditedThis programme is accredited as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society provided the minimum standard of qualification of second class honours is achieved.

Level 1

Modules may include:

  • Psychobiology - This covers biological processes such as brain anatomy and the nervous system, and explores the relationship between physiological processes and psychological experience.
  • Developmental Psychology - This provides an introduction to the key cognitive and social theories of developmental psychology and introduces research methods relevant to the study of developmental psychology.
  • Individual Differences - Explores the nature and study of intelligence and the structures and functioning of personality.
  • Research Methods - Enables students to both understand and undertake quantitative and qualitative research in psychology, and provide them with a ‘toolbox’ of research skills that will support them throughout their degree program and further.

Level 2

Modules may include:

  • Social Psychology - Explores different theoretical approaches related to specific social behaviours and problems.
  • Psychology of Work - Enables students to understand different psychological theories applied to work and work problems in ‘real life’ through a supervised work placement
  • Cognitive Psychology - Provides specific knowledge about human perception; human memory, including relationships between standard laboratory findings and real world memory; the relationship between language and thought; human thinking and decision making; and the effect of emotion on everyday cognitions.
  • Statistics & Psychology.

Level 3

Modules may include:

  • You will undertake a dissertation and a large scale research project. At this level your modules are optional, but may include:
  • Clinical Psychology - Covers concepts of contemporary theory, research and practice in clinical psychology with particular reference to the diagnosis, cause and therapeutic interventions in mental health.
  • Forensic Psychology - An opportunity to study historical and contemporary explanations for offending behaviour and to consider the role of investigative psychology and behaviour analysts.
  • Occupational Psychology - Addresses the concepts of organisational culture; performance measurement; career development; industrial relations; the ergonomic analysis of jobs; organisational safety and the dynamic nature of work, whilst simultaneously develop practical and professional skills, such as presentation and negotiating skills
  • Sport Psychology - Introduces students to the key issues related to working with individuals and teams when providing sport psychology support. Students will give critical consideration to the development and implementation of psychological interventions.

Teaching & Assessment

In order to fulfil the programme aims, the assessment requirements of the BPS, the aims of York St John’s Learning & Teaching strategy, and the Faculty of Health & Life Sciences Principles of Exceptional Assessment and Feedback (PEAF) each module provides structured learning utilising a variety of summative and formative assessment techniques. Module-based learning activities will include formal lectures, seminars, supported open learning, independent study, and the use of virtual learning environments (i.e. Moodle). Formative assessment activities are designed to enable students to receive relevant feedback about their learning in preparation for subsequent summative assessments.

Following the Faculty of Health & Life Science’s Principles of Exceptional Assessment and Feedback, formative assessment and feedback is seen as central to student success and in encouraging students to spend time and effort on challenging tasks and skills; such assessment enables students to receive constructive feedback in a timely manner which can inform their progress on the module in skills and knowledge. To this end all modules contain formative assessment descriptions alongside summative assessment descriptions.

Programme specification

Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.

Learning support

York St John University works hard to create an inclusive environment for all our students. We offer a range of learning support services to assist students throughout their studies.

Entry requirements


The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

120 UCAS Tariff points

3 GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English Language and Maths

Level 2 equivalent maths qualifications (e.g. Adult Numeracy, Key Skills Application of Number) are not acceptable in lieu of GCSE Maths

For 2017 entry UCAS has altered how its tariff points are calculated. Calculate your tariff points.

Personal statement

Essential criteria

As well as a strong standard of written English, we also look for the ability to demonstrate knowledge in the subject. This can be done in a variety of ways, for example, through previous study, reading relevant textbooks and/or completing people-based work experience that involves social skills e.g. healthcare assistant. Please note, you need to demonstrate more than just personal experiences

Valued criteria

Candidates can demonstrate a real enthusiasm for the subject that goes beyond achieving good grades in exams. Examples of this include:

  • Completing volunteer work e.g. through Duke of Edinburgh Awards
  • Engaging in activities which involve group participation
  • Engaging with the British Psychological Society - this could be via Facebook or Twitter
  • Subscribing/reading relevant journals/magazines
  • Attending relevant conferences/workshops outside of your school/college
  • Doing further relevant study
  • Discussion of future career plans
  • Evidencing transferrable skills e.g. team work, independence, initiative
  • Showing an awareness that postgraduate study will be necessary to become a practicing psychologist

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Tuition fees for 2018 / 19 entry have not yet been confirmed.

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.

Tuition fees

UK & EU 2016 / 17

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2017 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and UG Health Programme degrees is £9,250 per year for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Fees & Funding

Overseas 2016 / 17

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2017 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £10,000 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

International Fees & Funding

International students

We welcome international students from all over the world at York St John University and have a vibrant international community. You can find out more on our International Pages about how you can study with us and what it’s like to live and learn in York, one of the UK’s most historic cities.

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