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University of Gloucestershire

Psychology BSc (Hons)

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Full Time
Course length
3 Years
Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Course overview

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.

Our Psychology courses are ranked in the top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction by the Complete University Guide 2024.

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.

It’s planned that this course will be taught at UoG’s new campus in Gloucester city centre from September 2025.

The vibrant campus will be at the heart of the regeneration of Gloucester city centre. It will bring an iconic building back to life as a modern centre for teaching, learning and community partnerships, through placements, research and outreach activity, and provide cutting-edge facilities for your course.

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Entry requirements

    • 104 – 120 UCAS tariff points, from any level 3 qualification, which includes A-levels, BTEC, T-levels and many other qualifications. Please see the UCAS tariff calculator for a list of level 3 qualifications and associated tariff points.

      If you are unsure whether we could make you an offer or you have any questions, just get in touch with our admissions team who will be able to advise you.

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

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants, although some entry requirements may still apply for Professionally Accredited Courses. We accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas and make offers on an individual basis.

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Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
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Sep 2024 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham C800 £9,250 £16,600
Sep 2025 City Campus, Gloucester C800 TBC TBC

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UoG Career promise

At UoG we create a climate for bravery and growth. We instil confidence in all our students, so you can graduate career-ready and meet your ambitions.

95% of our graduates are in work or further study*, but if you’re not in a job 6 months after graduating we’ll guarantee you 6 months of free support, followed by the offer of a paid internship to kickstart your career – plus we’ll commit to lifetime career coaching. Eligibility conditions apply.

*Graduate Outcomes Survey published 2024 and based on 2021/22 leavers

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Preparing students for their future careers is something we are very passionate about, we provide employability-based opportunities and support through the degree. We have a “Professional Skills” module in year two, where you’ll undertake a project which advances your career-specific skills and knowledge. Students can also choose to complete a brief internship with an external organisation during year three, gaining additional work experience useful for your intended career.

Recent projects and internships have been completed with Sunflowers Suicide Support, Victim Support, SEND schools, and Headway Gloucestershire.

You’ll also undertake a final-year research project in an area of psychology that interests you and aligns with your career goals.

Graduates from this course can go on to work in various areas of psychology including forensic, clinical, occupational and health. Alternatively, you might consider a career in human resources, teaching or research.


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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Ranked in the top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction

Our psychology courses are ranked in the top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction by the Complete University Guide 2024.

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Ranked in the top 20 in the UK for student satisfaction

Our psychology courses are ranked in the top 20 for student satisfaction by the Guardian University Guide 2023.


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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