BSc (Hons) Psychology

95% of BSc (Hons) Psychology students were satisfied with their course National Student Survey 2018

Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour and mental processes. It has a broad scope and influences many other disciplines in the biological and social sciences. This BPS-accredited Psychology degree combines opportunities to study cutting edge research with access to excellent teaching and student support.

On this Psychology degree, you’ll study the major approaches in psychology, including social, cognitive, biological, and developmental psychology, neuroscience and research methods. You’ll also develop practical psychology skills in our purpose-built laboratories.

A key element is the hands-on experience you’ll gain throughout your Psychology degree. You’ll be offered clinical experience on campus and have access to a range of exciting opportunities, including completion of specialist short courses, professional certificates and work placements – another great boost to your CV. 

You’ll develop additional skills that employers value, such as problem solving, analytical skills, communication and presentations, report writing, numeracy and teamwork. These can be transferred to other careers, including human resource management, teaching, social work, business, journalism, marketing, and police work.

UCAS Code Study Mode
2019
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
C800 Full-time 3 Years September Treforest A
N/A Part-time 6 Years September Treforest A
UCAS Code Study Mode
2020
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
C800 Full-time 3 Years September Treforest A
N/A Part-time 6 Years September Treforest A

Year One: Psychology Degree

You will study four modules in this year; one focusing on research methods, one introducing you to social and developmental psychology, one introducing you to biological and cognitive psychology and one introducing you to the skills that will help you think like a psychologist. We will consider questions such as why we remember some things and forget others, how different areas of our brain influence behaviour and how we develop language. You will have an opportunity to acquire some hands-on skills in research by conducting experiments in your research methods classes as well as by getting experience of research assistant work with cutting edge staff research activity. Modules include:

  • Investigating Methods and Evidence in Psychology
  • Psychological Development in the Social World
  • Biological and Cognitive Psychology
  • Thinking Psychologically

Year Two: Psychology Degree

You will study five modules in Year Two. The methods and evidence module which will give you an opportunity to understand and practice quantitative methods such as ANOVA and ANCOVA, as well as qualitative methods in psychology such as grounded theory and discourse analysis. A module will cover core curriculum in cognitive and biological psychology and another will cover the core areas of social and developmental psychology as well as individual differences. The emphasis this year is learning to investigate like a psychologist, and one module will expose students to the different methodological approaches used within specific areas of psychology to find things out. Your final module in the second year aims to develop transferable skills in placement activity in a paid or voluntary setting.

  • Advanced Methods and Evidence in Psychology
  • Current Research in Biological and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Social Perspectives on Identity
  • Finding Things Out: Approaches to Psychological Investigation
  • Professional Practice and Employability

Year Three: Psychology Degree

In your final year, you will complete an Advanced Research Methods: Dissertation. You will be expected to undertake a research dissertation based on a topic that interests you. You will be responsible for the design, execution analysis and reporting of your project and will take part in an ethics conference, complete a dissertation report and an oral presentation of your research findings. You will also complete a module called Using Psychology in which you will be encouraged to apply your knowledge of psychology to specific practice and real life contexts. You will also choose from a range of specialist modules to match your interests and aspirations. These include:

  • Health Psychology Across the Lifespan
  • Psychological Disorders and Therapeutic Interventions
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Applications of Social Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuropsychology and Neuroscience
  • The Psychology of Education and Work

Foundation Year

The BSc (Hons) Psychology degree is also available as a four-year course including an integrated Foundation Year, and is designed for students who do not currently meet admissions criteria for direct entry onto the degree. You will start by completing a foundation year, which provides well-structured support, allowing you to develop your skills and knowledge before continuing onto the three year degree programme. For more information please email fbsfoundation@southwales.ac.uk 

Teaching

The Psychology degree is delivered through lectures, seminars, workshops, individual/small group supervision and independent study. You will also have the opportunity to attend guest lectures given by academic staff from other institutions and professional psychologists who work in different areas of practise.

You will also be given the opportunity to learn about psychology in new ways and no two modules are entirely the same in terms of delivery and assessment. You will complete coursework including essays, practical reports, oral presentations and case studies. There will also be some examination assessments (seen and unseen) and in-class tests.

Our academic staff are involved in research, so you’ll be taught by staff at the forefront of their specialist fields. Tutors specialise in a range of fields, including developmental disorders across the lifespan, health behaviour and sport psychology.

Assessment

You will complete a range of different class activities including group discussions, debates, case studies and in-class projects. In fact one of the most exciting things about this course is that you experience a great range of delivery and assessment methods.

Accreditations

Our single Honours and major psychology degrees are fully accredited by the British Psychological Society for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist and will enhance your CV.

Placements

Through our Psychology Plus scheme, you will have the unique opportunity to gain clinical experience on campus by taking part in activities at one of our two psychology clinics.

Every student is guaranteed, if they want it during their undergraduate studies, a six-week placement in our on-campus Autism Clinic. The University of South Wales Autism Project offers applied behaviour analytic intervention for children five and under typically with a diagnosis of autism. The clinic is largely run by student volunteers under the supervision of a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst.

There is also an opportunity to study abroad at a partner university in Europe on an Erasmus exchange, or at a university in the USA or Australia. This would add an extra perspective to your studies and boost your confidence.

Facilities

We have purpose-built psychology laboratories where you can develop your practical psychology skills.

A range of tools are available,including eye-tracking equipment and electroencephalography (EEG) machines. There are also interview and observation rooms that you can use to conduct experiments and tests.

The University was the first institution in the UK to offer a wide range of psychological services to the public. Services offered at our clinic include Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD) assessment services, behaviour analysis, autism services, and health and sport psychology interventions.

 

 

Lecturers

The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. Most offers we make are at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable.

Typical A-Level Offer

BCC - CDD to exclude General Studies (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level to exclude General Studies (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with higher grades of between 655-445 (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points)

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits overall – the credits should equate to between 106-80 UCAS tariff points (examples below)

45 Level 3 credits equating to 15 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 6 Passes (106 UCAS Tariff Points)

45 Level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 6 Merits and 27 Passes (80 UCAS Tariff Points)

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy and English at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent, but consideration is given to individual circumstances. 

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

Fees apply to new students starting a course in the academic year indicated. Full-time fees are per year and part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course. USW Postgraduate Bursary is now available for new UK and EU students starting an eligible course in 2018-19. International Scholarships are also available for self-funding international students.

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees


  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

August 2020 - July 2021 Fees


  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
DBS * £57.2
This fee includes £44 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
DBS Updating Service £13
Whilst optional it is strongly recommended signing up for this service especially if you are likely to have placements each year and wish to persue a career post University where a DBS check is a requirement. Please note the service has to be joined within 19 days of receipt of your enhanced DBS certificate.
Other: Travel to Placement
Cost is dependent on placement location

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU. 

Admissions statement

A psychology degree can take you into a range of interesting careers when you graduate. We will provide you with exciting opportunities that will enhance your skills, look great on your CV, and give you that vital edge when looking for a job. Whether you’re interested in traditional psychology careers, working in the social and welfare profession or analysing human behaviours, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to help enhance your future career prospects and be well equipped to make an impression on a future employer. Psychology has a broad range of applications in everyday life, so graduates have career options in a variety of fields including human resource management, teaching, social work, business, journalism, marketing, and police work. Many graduates also progress to postgraduate study or specialist professional training in psychology.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW psychology student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.