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What is Psychology BSc (Hons)?

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, health 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.

Study style

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 topics – from psychology of forensics and wellbeing to gender, sexuality and cognitive neuroscience.

Students have recently investigated psychopathy and brain activity, psychological issues around eating disorders, animal therapy and motivations in physical exercise. You’ll use 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 behaviour.

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.

Get Psychology BSc (Hons) course updates and hear more about studying with us.

Entry requirements

    • 112 tariff points (calculate your points at

      Your points must include at least 2 A Levels, BTEC or equivalent qualifications, for example:
      BBC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of qualifications to achieve the required tariff.

      If your course has a fast-track option that you’re applying to, you’ll also need to pass an entry interview.

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants though the entry requirements still apply.

      Some courses require several years of working experiences in the relevant industry.

    • English and Maths Grade 4/C in GCSE (or equivalent) are normally required.

Course modules


Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Sep 2021 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham C800 £9,250 £14,700
Sep 2022 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham C800

Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work in:

  • forensic psychology
  • clinical psychology
  • occupational psychology
  • health psychology
  • human resources
  • teaching
  • research.

Industry links

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.

Take your first step to becoming a Chartered Psychologist

You’ll be able to develop the skills and knowledge to progress into a professional psychology career – or further training to become a Chartered Psychologist.

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Design your own psychology research

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

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Psychology - Graduate Prospects - CUG 2021

Our Psychology courses rank in the top 25% in the UK for Graduate Prospects, according to the Complete University Guide 2021.

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Psychology - Value Added - Guardian University Guide 2021

Our Psychology courses rank in the UK top 10 for value added, according to the Guardian University Guide 2021.


You can choose to earn academic credit through an internship – completing a small project on behalf of an external organisation, or working as a member of a research team within the university.

Recent interns have worked on projects relating to:

  • mental heath
  • marketing
  • bereavement support
  • special needs education.

"I volunteered on an inpatients mental health ward"

“Having hands-on experience during my degree felt great, and really helped at a later job interview. My lecturers were really encouraging with lots of advice, and 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 – currently 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.”

Charlie Cowtan, Psychology graduate

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