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Undergraduate course

Psychology Degrees with Foundation Year BSc (Hons)

Explore the human brain and behaviour. Start your journey into Psychology and develop the skills needed for undergraduate study.

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Our foundation year is perfect if you have little to no experience in the academic study of Psychology. We'll introduce you to the key concepts and theories in psychological science. You'll develop confidence in academic skills, critical thinking and independent study. At the end of the course, you can start one of our three undergraduate degrees in Psychology.

York campus

  • Duration – 4 years full time
  • Start date – September 2021
  • School – School of Education, Language and Psychology

Minimum Entry Requirements

    48 UCAS Tariff points

    1 GCSE English Language at grade C/4 (or equivalent)

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2021 entry £9,250 per year full time

    International 2021 entry £12,750 per year full time

The York St John Experience

Course overview

Our staff will introduce you to the conceptual and historical bases of Psychology. You'll explore the scientific methods and empirical foundations of psychological science.

Extend your learning. Take part in psychological studies run by our staff and students. These form part of our Psychology Research Participation Scheme. 

We support you to succeed. We will assign you a personal academic tutor in your first week. They'll provide personalised support as you progress through your studies. You'll also be supported by a team of technicians and teaching assistants.

On this course you will: 

  • Develop key study skills using a range of information technology applications.
  • Reflect on your learning and identify strategies to help you succeed. 
  • Improve your confidence in verbal and written communication. 
  • Explore contemporary debates in psychological science. 
  • Complete an extended project on a topic you're interested in. 

Psychology degrees available with Foundation Year

This course gives you an alternative route to undergraduate study. Upon successful completion of this course you'll progress onto one of our undergraduate degree courses. All our courses have accreditation from the British Psychological Society.

Course structure

Level 1

Modules include:

  • Classic studies in psychological science (20 credits)
  • Core academic skills (20 credits)
  • Understanding evidence: Science, myth and fake news (20 credits)
  • Contemporary debates in psychological science (20 credits)
  • Core research skills (20 credits)
  • Extended project (20 credits)


Teaching and assessment

Assessment types on this programme are diverse. This ensures that you develop the range of skills needed to undergraduate study. Assessment types include: 

  • Multiple choice exams 
  • Written coursework 
  • Online exams 
  • Skills portfolio (completing a range of applied tasks) 
  • Group presentations
  • Extended written project 

We deliver this programme through a combination of short lectures and practical workshops. You'll receive 9 hours contact time per week. We expect you to engage in independent study outside of this time. We'll set some tasks for you to complete before taught sessions. These include reading preparatory materials and completing activities on Moodle.

Our staff are active researchers with interests that cover a wide range of psychological topics. They use this research to influence their teaching. This means you're always studying the most up-to-date theories, research findings and study methods. 

Entry requirements


The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

48 UCAS Tariff points

English Language GCSE at grade C or above (or equivalent)

Calculate your tariff points.

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements. Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our international pages.

If your first language is not English you must show evidence of English language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

International entry requirements

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 depends on whether you live inside the UK or EU, or internationally (outside the UK/EU). Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

UK and EU 2021 entry

The tuition fee for 2021 entry onto this foundation year course is:

  • £9,250 for your foundation year
  • then £9,250 per year of your undergraduate degree. 

This price applies to all UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

You can apply for the Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loan for the full duration of your course, including the foundation year and then your undergraduate degree. 

You can find out more about funding your degree by visiting our funding opportunities page.

Funding Opportunities 

International 2021 entry

For full time study the tuition fee for 2021 entry to this course is:

  • £12,750 for your foundation year
  • £12,750 per year of your undergraduate degree.

This price applies to all students living outside the UK/EU.

Due to immigration laws, if you are an international student on a student visa, you must study full time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

Find out more about funding your degree.

International Fees and Funding

Additional costs and financial support

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

Course-related costs

While studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

Study Abroad

For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad pages.

Accommodation and living costs

View our accommodation pages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

Financial help and support

Our Funding Advice team are here to help you with your finances throughout your degree. They offer a personal service that can help you with funding your studies and budgeting for living expenses. 

All undergraduates receive financial support through the York St John Aspire card. Find out more about the Aspire scheme and how it can be used to help you purchase equipment you need for your course. 

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