Psychology BSc (Hons)

Studying Psychology provides students with a comprehensive education in the scientific foundations of psychology and an introduction to applied practice across multiple domains. This programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as an approved Undergraduate sequence of study in psychology in the United Kingdom.

UCAS course code
York St John University
Course fees
2018 - 2019: Home & EU students: £9,250 per annum, International (non EU) students: £12,500 per annum
3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request
Study Abroad
Yes - see our study abroad web pages for more information
Start date
September 2018
Accredited by
British Psychological Society (BPS)

Course overview

The Bachelor of Science (Honours) Psychology* provides a scientific approach to understanding behaviour and thinking. In Year 1, students develop a broad understanding of basic psychological processes, which is expanded upon in greater depth and breadth in Year 2. The final year of the programme allows students to focus on their individual areas of interest in psychology through elective modules and self-generated research; final year classes are limited in size to provide a more individualised learning experience. Throughout the degree, students participate in laboratory work, and work to the British Psychological Society Code of Ethics. To develop the scientific competence which underpins the discipline and profession, students receive training in data analytic techniques and the research methods used by psychologists. The programme equips graduates with the basic scientific grounding and theoretical understanding required for advanced level studies.

*The programme is subject to revalidation in 2018

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.

This 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

Compulsory modules

  • 1PY180 Study Skills
  • 1PY181 Cognitive Psychology
  • 1PY183 Individual Differences
  • 1PY186 Research Methods
  • 1PY184 Conceptual & Historical Issues in Psychology
  • 1PY185 Developmental Psychology
  • 1PY187 Statistics & Psychology
  • 1PY182 Psychobiology

All modules are worth 20 credits, unless otherwise stated.

Level 2

Compulsory modules

  • 2PY280 Qualitative Research Methods
  • 2PY281 Psychobiology II
  • 2PY282 Developmental Psychology II
  • 2PY283 Social Psychology
  • 2PY284 Individual Differences II
  • 2PY285 Cognitive Psychology II
  • 2PY286 Statistics & Psychology II
  • 2PY287 Psychology of Work

All modules are worth 20 credits, unless otherwise stated.

Level 3

Compulsory module

  • 3PY340 Dissertation (40 credits)

Any two from*

  • 3PY341 Clinical Psychology
  • 3PY346 Forensic Psychology
  • 3PY342 Adolescent Development
  • 3PY331 Human Memory
  • 3PY351 Counselling Approaches in Psychology
  • 3PY353 Evolutionary Psychology
  • 3PY345 Psychology of Health

And any two from*

  • 3PY341 Clinical Psychology
  • 3PY346 Forensic Psychology
  • 3PY356 Neuropsychology
  • 3PY347 Psychology of Education
  • 3PY348 Critical Social Psychology
  • 3PY332 Developmental Disorders
  • 3PY357 Animal Psychology
  • 3PY354 Perspectives in Sport & Exercise Psychology


*Optional modules are subject to change dependent on student demand and staff expertise

All modules are worth 20 credits, unless otherwise stated.

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

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.

Find out more about funding for Foundation Year and/or Placement Year by visiting the Funding Advice pages of our website.

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 2018 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 2018 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £12,500 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

International Fees & Funding

Additional costs and financial support

Course-related costs

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.

Accommodation and living costs

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

Study abroad

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

Financial help and support

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

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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