BSc (Hons) Psychology

Summary

Study level
Award
Part time
3 years+
Location
London, Birmingham, Manchester or Online
Faculty of Social Science

Course Overview

Are you interested in developing a scientific understanding of the human mind? Are you interested in understanding what drives human motivation and behaviour?  Our British Psychological Society accredited BSc (Hons) Psychology degree will introduce you to a wide range of contemporary research and support you in developing key knowledge, skills, and abilities that are essential in pursuing a career within psychology.  Our course has been designed with your career in mind. Through the use of elective modules you have the power to tailor the focus of your degree and to specialise in areas that are more aligned with your career aspirations. This provides you with control over your learning and gives you the opportunity to discover and experience ideas and concepts from a range of different areas within psychology.

In your first academic year of study, you’ll learn about social, cognitive, developmental, and biological psychology, as well as studying the important areas of research methods and individual differences. In your two subsequent years on the course you’ll be able to choose specialised ‘elective’ modules, which include the major discipline areas of clinical psychology, occupational psychology, health psychology, forensic psychology, educational psychology, neuropsychology, as well as sports and exercise psychology and counselling. You’ll also have the option to learn about new, contemporary areas of psychology including political psychology, gender and sexuality, positive psychology, coaching psychology, and cyber psychology.

With such a wide range of areas in psychology to choose from, this course gives you the time and flexibility to decide where you want to focus. Psychology is applicable to all areas of our lives and work. As such, psychology graduates are attractive to organisations due to their understanding of human behaviour, expertise in research, and ability to handle data. Studying this new undergraduate psychology course with Arden will provide you with multiple future career and study options, and you’ll have access to modern, digital learning tools as you study. You’ll also have full support from our dedicated academic team, who are internationally respected industry practitioners, published authors, and PhD holders in the psychology field. 

The next available start dates for this course are as follows:
 
Online learning: 31st January 2022
Blended learning at a UK study centre: 12th Sept 2022

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This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society, the representative body for professional psychologists in the UK.

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Course details and modules

On the course you’ll study a variety of interesting and stimulating subject modules that have been designed to engage you in fascinating topics within psychology, enabling you to develop sought after and career focused skills. During your second and third academic years of study you’ll be able to select specialised modules to fine tune your degree to the areas of psychology you find most interesting and personally rewarding. Your studies will culminate with choosing an area of psychology on which to focus and produce your own research project at the end of your final year. By the time you graduate, you’ll have the confidence and ability to apply your knowledge of psychology to a range of exciting career paths and further learning opportunities.

Throughout the course you’ll have one-to-one support from your lecturers and academic skills tutors, as well as frequent invitations to online coffee mornings with your fellow students and staff and personal academic tutor support sessions. You’ll also be able to start developing industry links and networks by attending sessions with guest speakers from a wealth of areas, including the fire service, policing, and the NHS. Above all, our academic team, who come from a range of professional and cultural backgrounds, will help you learn through real-world context, helping you understand how your new skills are best applied in practice. 

Bettina Finna

Arden is for winners. Nobody will beg you to sit down and start working on your career, if you don’t do it yourself! At Arden, if you have an honest interest for what you learn and you want to reach out for more, you will be welcomed, helped, and advised. But to do that, you must be determined.

Bettina Finna
BSc (Hons) Psychology

Modules

You have 3-9 years to complete this course, which means you can take up to 3 years to complete each level. Most of our students, however, aim to complete the course within 3 to 6 years.

  • Core modules
  • Introduction to studying Psychology (20 credits)
  • Social Psychology (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Research Methods (20 credits)
  • Developmental Psychology (20 credits)
  • Biological Psychology (20 credits)
  • Cognitive Psychology (20 credits)
  • Core modules
  • Qualitative Research Methods (20 credits)
  • Quantitative Research Methods (20 credits)
  • Personality and Intelligence (20 credits)
  • Positive Psychology (20 credits)
  • Elective modules (select two)
  • Forensic Psychology (20 credits)
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology (20 credits)
  • Occupational Psychology (20 credits)
  • Clinical and Health Psychology (20 credits)
  • Child Development and Educational Psychology (20 credits)
  • Coaching Psychology (20 credits)
  • Core modules
  • Professional Development (20 credits)
  • Research Project (40 credits)
  • Elective modules (select two)
  • Advanced Research Methods (20 credits)
  • Counselling Psychology: Mental Health and Illness (20 credit)
  • Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience (20 credits)
  • Political Psychology (20 credits) 
  • Cyber Psychology (20 credits) 
  • Gender and Sexuality (20 credits)

Study Support and assessments

Unparalleled support for your psychology degree studies

Alongside the extensive support available to all students studying with Arden, our BSc (Hons) Psychology course features its own personalised support system to help you succeed with your studies. 

We go above and beyond to provide you with the resources and opportunities you’ll need to study with confidence and take pride in your personal development. Take a look at the support resources you’ll have access to as an Arden psychology student:

  • Study skills workshops to support you on your academic journey and help you achieve your goals.
  • Peer guides and learning assistants to answer any questions you might have about your student journey with Arden.
  • Virtual coffee mornings, online office hours, and drop-in sessions to discuss your coursework with your tutors.
  • Quarterly student-lecturer feedback events that give you the chance to co-create your learning experience.
  • Annual student conferences to showcase your work and make valuable professional connections.
  • Guest speakers that will engage and inspire you through their industry insight and first-hand experiences.
  • Annual employability event, held virtually so all can attend, with over 40 guest speakers from diverse branches of psychology.
  • Flexible and voluntary work opportunities, suitable for both blended and online students, giving you the opportunity to gain valuable employment experience.
  • BPS membership, giving you access to a wealth of valuable resources for learning and networking.

Free online research and analysis software

As a psychology student at Arden, you’ll be introduced to a number of easy-to-use software packages that will help you reinforce your learning through state-of-the-art research and analysis tools:

SPSS is a great resource for carrying out analysis in psychology and social science. It is also used by health researchers, survey companies, governments, and education researchers, allowing researchers to do their own statistical analysis.

GORILLA can be used to create and host online experiments easily. With no previous experience required, you can quickly set up simple questionnaires, reaction-time tasks, or even complex multi-day training studies and randomised controlled trials, all in just a few clicks.

NVivo is a qualitative data analysis (QDA) computer software package that helps you to organise, analyse, and find insights in data such as interviews, survey responses, social media, and web content, where you need to perform deep levels of analysis on small or large volumes of data.

Authentic assessments. No exams.

You’ll find that our assessment methods provide you with practical skills and experience in a safe environment, with no exams in sight. Instead, each assessment is embedded with employability skills you can transfer to your future role, including preparing presentations, role play sessions, conducting real-world research and analysis, and devising your own final research project in collaboration with our highly experienced psychology and social science faculty members. 

Study options

Cynthia Blow

I chose online learning because I do not currently have the capacity to attend classes as my days are full with running my household, my elderly parents’ household and tending to the needs of my 3-year-old. Online studying has been extremely helpful because it provides the flexibility I need in order to study at random times during the day or night.

Cynthia Blow
BSc (Hons) Psychology

Full-time blended learning

How does it work?

When you choose our blended learning study mode, each week you’ll have eight hours of timetabled classes spread over two days at the Arden study centre of your choice. This is combined with around 25 hours of independent study, which takes place through ilearn, our university campus in the cloud. ilearn contains all the resources you need to study successfully. You’ll also have access to our online library, Perlego, which contains almost half a million books, journals, and industry literature which you can make use of throughout your studies. 

Blended learning is the best option for students who prefer the structure of regular face-to-face classes with their tutor and fellow classmates, and is particularly suited to students who live within commuting or driving distance of one of our UK study centres.  

If you're a student from The UK who is enrolling on a full-time blended learning course with Arden (based in one of our UK study centres), you can apply for a Living Cost Loan for living costs to help pay for your living expenses. You can find more information on our fees and funding page. If you're a student from Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you can find information on Living Cost Loans from your student finance body.

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Part-time online learning

How does it work?

Studying the BSc (Hons) Psychology online gives you the ultimate in convenience. You can enrol with Arden from anywhere in the world and study your degree from the comfort of home, without the requirement to attend classes in a physical location. 

Our online students study their degree through ilearn, Arden’s university campus in the cloud. ilearn provides everything you need to study at University. As well as receiving regular feedback and guidance from your course tutor, you’ll be studying with likeminded students who you can meet with through our Unitu community, and you’ll have access to community message boards to discuss your course and the topics being raised within it. You’ll also have access to our online library, Perlego, which contains almost half a million books, journals, and industry literature which you can make use of throughout your studies.

Online learning students resident in the UK can apply for a Maintenance Loan for living costs if they cannot attend their course in person because of a disability. Please find more information on our fees and funding page. If you're a student from Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you can find information on 
Living Cost Loans from your student finance body

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Introducing your Digital Backpack

Once you’ve enrolled on your psychology degree with Arden you’ll get access to your Digital Backpack, a toolkit of digital resources we’ve put together to help you succeed during your time studying with us.
 
Here are some of the digital resources you’ll have available from day one of your course:

Office 365 subscription

We set you up with a subscription to Microsoft Office 365 during your studies, completely free of charge, helping you create and manage your coursework and assignments in one handy cloud location.

Zoom video conferencing

Zoom is integrated into our online learning platform, ilearn. This makes it seamless to attend lectures from any location and on any device.

Career services through Abintegro 

The Abintegro career portal is the UK’s leading career development platform, designed specifically for college and university students. 

Perlego online library access

Perlego’s online library was founded to help you avoid having to pay hefty fees for your study texts, so you’ll find it a user friendly and intuitive resource. After selecting a book or article from Perlego, it’ll become yours to keep and refer back to.

Togetherall mental health support

All Arden University students have access to mental health support from Togetherall, which includes free online welfare services, as well as advice for students and wellbeing support.

Entry requirements

At Arden University we consider applications on a case by case basis. If you have significant work experience, have qualifications you have gained elsewhere, or a degree or qualification that isn't a clear pathway to this degree - we are more than happy to discuss your application.

What do you need to study with us?

Our aim is to make learning as accessible as possible by ensuring that you can study your degree in a flexible and convenient way. That's why we keep our requirements simple. All you need is a laptop or desktop PC (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good internet connection. Through ilearn, our online university campus in the cloud, you'll be able to access your course calendar, support services, learning materials, and our online library containing almost half a million texts, as well as creating assignments, keeping notes, and collaborating with other students on your course. 

Eligibility 

To be eligible for our BSc (Hons) Psychology course, you must have:

  • Passes at grade C or above in three subjects including mathematics at GCSE level or 1 year of relevant work experience within the last 3 years.
  • If you do not have GCSE or equivalent in mathematics you will be able to complete an assessment-free module before the start of your course to substitute for this.

Applicants may be considered based on a minimum of 12 months of relevant work experience. We’ll ask you for a personal statement that demonstrates your ability to study the course, along with references and evidence of your previous work experience.

English proficiency

  • IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 80; or equivalent
  • Alternatively, evidence you have previously studied in English, such as a letter to show that the Medium of Instruction was in English, can be accepted.

We also offer an internal English test for applicants who are unable to provide the above evidence of English proficiency. More information can be found here.

Before you start studying

Whilst you can read your study materials on your smart phone or tablet, to make the most of your learning experience, you will need access to a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.

Course fees and funding

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Meet the faculty

Gail Steptoe-Warren

Arden’s psychology and social science degrees are designed to explore human behaviours across diverse areas of psychology and social science such as criminology, sociology, and criminal justice. These courses provide you with a range of transferable skills that are valued by employers from a wide range of industries. Our Psychology online courses are accredited by The British Psychological Society, which means they are internationally recognised. I look forward to welcoming you to the Arden University family.

Gail Steptoe-Warren
Head of School, Psychology and Social Sciences

Career prospects

With a BPS-accredited psychology degree, your career options truly are wide open. This course sets you up with a range of universal skills that will allow you to apply your knowledge in a huge variety of sectors. This means that when you graduate you’ll have the confidence to make life-changing decisions about which professional career path is best for you to take.

What will the BSc (Hons) Psychology do for me?

Employers who have provided input into this course’s development include the UK fire service, independent psychology practitioners, counselling psychologists, clinical psychologists, independent consultants, and previous alumni who are now working across many varied professional areas. Because of this input, you’ll find that your course content has been tailored to help you fill current skills gaps in a range of careers and professions worldwide. 

With such a wide choice of topics to learn about, and different skills to master, you’ll graduate with knowledge and abilities in diverse academic and professional areas including:

  • Communicating effectively in challenging situations
  • Retrieving, comprehending, and using data 
  • Handling primary source material appropriately
  • Problem solving and abstract and scientific reasoning
  • Making critical judgements and evaluations
  • Applying sensitivity to interpersonal factors
  • Using effective personal planning and project management skills

What can I do after Arden University?

After successfully completing your BSc psychology degree, you’ll have acquired a range of skills that will be appealing to employers across almost all industries. Around 15 to 20% of psychology graduates in the UK choose to complete postgraduate training to become professional psychologists. Employers across industries know that successful psychology graduates can write coherent and logical reports, understand statistical forms of evidence and data handling, and have a good understanding of human behaviour in the workplace. The majority of graduates therefore go on to work in careers where these skills developed during an undergraduate degree are highly desirable.

As well as graduating with the possibility of continuing on to further study at master’s degree level or entering training to qualify as a professional psychologist, you’ll also have career options in front of you which could include: 

  • Psychotherapist
  • Data analyst
  • Support Worker
  • Nursing
  • Mental Health Professional
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Careers Adviser 
  • Counsellor 
  • Journalist
  • Marketing/Advertising
  • Police Officer 
  • Social Work 

Industry skills

  

The topics you’ll study on this course have a global focus that is relevant anywhere in the world. Avoiding the Western-centric focus of many undergraduate psychology courses and aligned with the framework of BPS accreditation, which provides a cross-cultural viewpoint, this degree is internationally recognised and will give you experience and knowledge that you can apply in your home country.

The British Psychological Society (BPS) accreditation and membership

Arden’s BSc (Hons) Psychology and BSc (Hons) Psychology with Counselling courses are accredited by the British Psychological Society, which gives you eligibility for Graduate Membership for Chartered Membership, a requirement if you want to study various postgraduate courses and to become a fully Chartered Psychologist.

You’ll have free membership of the BPS as soon as you enrol with us, which opens up a number of fantastic opportunities and professional resources for you, including:

  • Access to dozens of industry events each year, including student-focused careers events where you can learn from psychology professionals.
  • Subscriptions to The Psychologist, the monthly BPS magazine, and Psych-Talk, which is written by psychology students for psychology students – and is also a great way for you to get published.
  • Access to the online community of BPS members, which helps you to connect with other psychology students across the UK and discuss the latest advances and developments in your field of interest.
  • The chance to become a student rep and help support your fellow psychology students and spread the word about BPS membership.
  • Discounts on textbooks and key publications, including 35% off Wiley/Blackwell books (print and e-books) when you sign up for BPS membership.
Fully Funded Masters

Fully Funded Masters

At Arden University, we’re dedicated to your readiness for the future workplace, and are committed to helping you gain the skills and qualifications you need as you progress in your professional life. Our Fully Funded Masters promise has been developed to allow you to pursue your master’s degree with us - with no tuition fees to pay - once you have successfully completed your Arden undergraduate degree course. 

On successful completion of your bachelor’s course, you can simply apply for the Arden master’s degree of your choice and you’ll then be able to progress with your postgraduate education completely free of any additional course tuition fees.

We’ll provide you with advice and guidance about which master’s course meets your career needs and provides a meaningful pathway from undergraduate to postgraduate study.

To see the full terms and conditions, please visit https://arden.ac.uk/terms-and-conditions