Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £13,400 *
Duration 4 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Our degree courses with Foundation year offer the opportunity to prepare you for advanced study before you progress onto a full honours degree at the University of Westminster. Whether you do not feel ready for degree-level study, don’t have the right qualifications, want to change your subject specialism or return to study after an absence from education, we aim to encourage a broad range of students to undertake our Foundation year in order to progress onto their full honours degree with us. 

The Foundation year is designed to give you the opportunity to explore new ideas, opening up new perspectives on the key debates within your chosen field. Core modules accelerate your academic and professional development , bringing together like-minded students to think about the ‘big ideas’ within your discipline. You will also take modules from areas closely related to your chosen field, giving you the chance to develop a cross-disciplinary perspective on your course. 

On successful completion of the Foundation year (Year 0), you will be able to move on to study for the Psychology BSc Honours degree over a further three years study.

This course will provide you with an exciting and unique learning experience, delivered by active researchers who are passionate and knowledgeable about their subject. A number of our staff have won prestigious awards for their teaching, and we believe strongly in maintaining close links between our research and teaching, which means that you will be taught by recognised international experts. We are committed to understanding the place of psychology in contemporary society, and our course content is constantly updated to provide a fresh perspective into the human mind.

The course is designed to enhance your chances of successfully gaining employment once you graduate, and many of our past students have pursued careers in clinical, counselling, forensic or occupational psychology. Others have used their degree in related professions, including human resources, management, market research, public relations and social work.

The course is structured to provide a strong psychology base from the start of your studies. What you study has been designed to meet the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society, preparing you for postgraduate training on the path to becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, practical classes and laboratory work, supported by online material and periods of independent study.

Assessment methods may include exams, in-class tests, essays, oral and poster presentations, debates, case studies, and laboratory, practical and technical reports. 

Work Placement or International Study Year

Many of our students take up the opportunity to have an additional work placement year between Years 2 and 3, experiencing work under supervision in a psychological setting and gaining a Certificate in Work-Based Learning in Psychology. Students have secured placements in a range of settings including advertising agencies, drug rehabilitation units, prisons, psychiatric clinics and schools for children with special needs.

On successful completion of the work placement year, you will be eligible for the award of Psychology with Professional Placement BSc on graduation to recognise the skills and experience you have developed over the course of this extra year of study.

Alternatively, you have the opportunity to spend an additional year between Years 2 and 3 studying at one of our international partner universities. On successful completion, you will be eligible for the award of Psychology with International Study BSc on graduation.

The opportunity to take a work placement or international study year is available towards the end of Year 2 (you do not need to apply for this named award in initial application).

Course structure

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course.

To help you make an informed decision, you can have a look at how marks have been calculated and study time has been distributed on this course in the past.

Subjects of study include: 

Introduction to Academic Practice

  • Intercultural Communication
  • Imagining Global Society and Politics
  • Law, Power and Authority
  • Psychology in Everyday Life

Critical Thinking for Academic and Professional Development 

  • Reading Identities
  • History, Memory and Belonging
  • Crime and Society

There are no optional or elective modules offered at Level 3, as the focus is on the development of key academic skills through a broad understanding of social sciences and humanities.

Credit Level 3

Subjects of study include:

  • Biological Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychological Research Methods
  • Social Psychology

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Brain, Mind and Behaviour
  • Data Analysis for Psychology
  • Individual Differences
  • Psychological Research at Westminster
  • Self and Society: Applications from Social and Developmental Psychology
  • Work Experience in a Psychological Setting
  • Work Placement or International Study opportunity available between Year 2 and 3

Credit Level 5

Subjects of study include:

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Cognitive Disorders
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Occupational and Work Psychology
  • Project in Psychology
  • Psychology of Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Psychology of Education
  • Understanding Psychological Diversity

Credit Level 6

Westminster Plus Electives

 
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As part of your course you may be able to take elective modules. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable.

Find out about Westminster Plus Electives.

Professional accreditation

Students who achieve at least a Lower Second Class Honours degree and pass their project will be eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society, the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

Entry Requirements

Typical Offer

  • A levels – DDE
  • International Baccalaureate – 24 points
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma – MPP
  • Access to HE Diploma - 64 UCAS tariff points from the Access course.

GCSE minimum grade 4 (Grade C in grading system prior to 2017) in Maths and English.

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each element.

View standard entry requirements.

 

Typical Offer

  • International Baccalaureate – 24 points

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each element.

More information

 

International Foundation course

We work in partnership with Kaplan International College London to provide Foundation courses for international students who do not meet our Bachelor’s degree entry requirements.

Find out how to apply for the Foundation Certificate course

Careers

The Psychology BSc Honours course is accredited by the professional body that oversees psychology in the United Kingdom, British Psychological Society (BPS). Providing a student meets the minimum standard of a lower 2nd class honours level he or she is eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered (GBC) membership of the BPS. GBC is the first stage necessary for becoming a chartered practitioner in the areas of Clinical Psychology Counselling Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Educational Psychology, Health Psychology,

Occupational Psychology and Sport and Exercise Psychology. As well as pursuing careers as Chartered Psychologists our graduates go on to pursue academic research and to careers in teaching, health and social care, human resources, advertising, marketing and business.

Our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you to achieve your full potential.
 
With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we provide you with a variety of opportunities to work and develop new skills. As a University of Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.
 
We can help you:
    •    find work placements, graduate jobs or voluntary experience related to your course
    •    discover international opportunities to enhance your employability
    •    write effective CVs and application forms
    •    develop your interview and enterprise skills
    •    plan your career with our career consultants
    •    gain insights into your chosen industry through mentoring
    •    meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events 
 
Find out more about the Careers and Employability Service.

 

Find out more about other employability initiatives at the University of Westminster. 

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs content

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £13,400 (Price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs content

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

What our students say

Sam Parker – clinical psychology trainee

Sam Parker

Psychology BSc Honours

I chose a psychology degree at Westminster due to the large choice of option modules throughout the course. The support from the course and tutors was excellent and provided me with the foundation to succeed to my potential.

Nazanin Tayeby

Nazanin Tayeby

Psychology BSc Honours, Assistant Psychologist Broadmoor Hospital

Reflecting back on my time at Westminster (2013 Graduate) as a psychology student, I am now able to acknowledge how helpful the course was in preparing me for the outside world. 

Eren Behget

Eren Behget

Psychology BSc Honours, Project Support Officer at NHS London Leadership Academy

Studying Psychology at the University of Westminster was one of the best decisions that I have made. Lecturers were supportive, engaging, and passionate, whilst the course content was diverse, relevant, and interesting.

Find out more

Watch our video to find out more about studying Psychology courses with us.

Course Location

Our Cavendish Campus in the heart of London is home to the Faculty of Science and Technology. With first-class facilities, the campus houses subject areas ranging from biosciences to electronic engineering. For more details, visit our Cavendish Campus page.

Contact us

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