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Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Study the science of being human on this BPS-accredited degree - your first step towards a career in psychology or a related field

From the neuroscience of behaviour to the social construction of reality, this degree will equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary for careers in psychology and beyond.

Our psychology degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society, and so is your first step towards becoming a chartered psychologist working in areas such as forensic, occupational and clinical psychology. The abilities you develop will also serve you well in related areas such as teaching, human resources, health and social care, and research.

You’ll have opportunities to examine topics such as what brain events occur during a phobic reaction, how to maintain psychological wellbeing, and why some people are psychopaths. In your first year you’ll cover the core conceptual frameworks in psychology, how to investigate psychological questions, and ways that psychology can help us in everyday life. In your second and third years you’ll choose from a range of specialist modules including Forensic Psychology, Psychology of Wellbeing, Psychology of Gender and Sexuality, and Cognitive Neuroscience.

You can choose to take a brief internship with an external organisation, gaining skills and experience useful for your intended career. Recent internships have been completed with the Rethink self-harm helpline, the learning support team at an FE college, and marketing for a local company. You’ll also undertake a live research project in an area of psychology that interests you and matches your career goals. Students have recently investigated psychopathy and brain activity, psychological issues around eating disorders, animal therapy, and motivations in physical exercise. You’ll benefit from specialist facilities in our psychology laboratories, including electroencephalogram (EEG) equipment to measure brain activity, and virtual reality facilities to investigate how environments shape thoughts, feelings and behavior.

Study style

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

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2017 entry

128 tariff points

Typical offers

ABB at A levels, DDM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

2017 UCAS tariff table

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. To find out more, please email our enquiries team.

For international students please see entry requirements in your country for full details.

Grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please email our admissions team for further information.

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.

UCAS codes

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

Careers

  • 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.

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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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Your first step to becoming a chartered psychologist

You’ll develop the skills and knowledge to progress into a professional psychology career if that’s what you choose to do. Becoming a chartered psychologist requires additional training.

Design and direct your own psychology research

We support you to develop your own research project in an area that interests you. Recent examples include attitudes towards immigration, trust in a virtual environment and media effects on body image.

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Earn academic credit while you undertake an internship

Opt to take an internship, where you complete a small project on behalf of an external organisation or work as a member of a research team within the university. Recent interns have worked on projects relating to mental heath, marketing, bereavement support, and special needs education.

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