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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 2020, September 2021
  • School – Psychological & Social Sciences

Minimum Entry Requirements

    48 UCAS Tariff points

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

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2020-21 £9,250 per year

    International 2020-21 £12,750 per year

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)

This programme is currently subject to validation. These modules are subject to change. 

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.

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.

Find out more about funding for Foundation Year and/or Placement Year by visiting the Funding Advice pages of our website. York St John offers special reductions to students graduating from York St John University Undergraduate degrees in 2019 and continuing directly onto Postgraduate study. Find out more about discounts and scholarships. There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.

Tuition fees

Home / EU students

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 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.

Overseas students

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £12,750 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Funding your course

Additional costs and financial support


Whilst 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.


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


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


Help and advice on funding your studies at York St John is available through our Money Advice service.

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