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Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Explore the application of psychology in the real world with this British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited course.

From the neuroscience of behaviour to the social construction of reality, you’ll learn the theories and skills needed to pursue a career in professional psychology, or related areas such as education, the caring professions, human resources or the criminal justice system.

Choose from a range of specialist psychology modules, including coverage of professional areas such as forensic, occupational, mental health, educational, counselling and sports psychology. By following our accredited route through the programme you will achieve the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society, the first step to becoming a chartered psychologist.

Pursue your personal research interests by using specialist facilities such as our EEG laboratory or by working in organisations such as schools, businesses or the voluntary sector. Develop your CV by undertaking an internship project with an external organisation for academic credit, and see the application of psychology in the real world through visits and field trips.

Study style

You'll be assessed in a variety of ways to develop career-relevant skills including reports, presentations, blogs and portfolios as well as traditional exams and essays. You’ll also have a chance to pursue a topic of interest for your research dissertation.

Entry requirements

You will need 320 UCAS Tariff points to be considered for this course.

The UCAS Tariff system takes into account a wide range of qualifications including BTECs, A Levels, AS Levels, International Baccalaureate Diplomas and Access courses, to name just a few.

If you’ve studied more than one type of qualification (for example BTECs with A Levels) don’t forget to include them all in your application as they will all count towards your tariff total.

Take a look at the UCAS tariff list for a full list of accepted qualifications.

Please see our full entry requirements for more details.

If you are an international student, you will need an IELTS 6.0 overall in English with no less than 5.5 in any other band, or equivalent.

Please see the international entry requirements for full details.

Please see the tuition fees.

UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
Single Honours - 3 years full-timeC800


  • Forensic psychology
  • Clinical psychology
  • Occupational psychology
  • Health services
  • Education

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Student Focus

Charlie Cowtan

I work in research at Cardiff University and I'm an assistant psychologist for NHS Swansea. I find my work really rewarding, making a difference to people experiencing distress.

I volunteered on an inpatients mental health ward on my degree. Having hands on experience felt great. It really helped at a later job interview. I did my dissertation on common mental health problems such as paranoia. I presented at Cardiff Science Festival about it! I want to become a clinical psychologist. My lecturers were really encouraging with lots of advice.

Programme specifications

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Staff Profile

Di Catherwood

"My research was focused for many years on infant cognition but recently I have studied adult cognition and decision-making in real-world contexts and also in laboratory studies of brain activity. My research has been funded by grants from ESRC, British Academy, Welcome Trust, as well as a MoD Competition of ideas, and recently by an Erasmus Plus grant with colleagues in Fire Services in UK and Europe. My research with the Fire Services examines fireground decision-making and situational awareness and this work has been awarded two research prizes as well as an Emerald Publishing Literati award."

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Focus on real-world psychology in everyday life and professional practice

See how psychology is represented and misrepresented in the media and develop a critical appreciation of the use and abuse of psychology in everyday life.

Gain the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society (BPS)

This is the first step to becoming a chartered psychologist. Our syllabus gives you the skills and knowledge to progress into a professional psychology career.

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Design and direct your own research

Develop personal and career interests, culminating in a bespoke research project. Recent examples include eye-witness testimony, psychopathy and brain activity, and issues around eating disorders.

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