Psychology BSc (Hons)

Psychology BSc (Hons)

Psychology is the scientific study of experience and behaviour - why we act the way we do, how we interact with other people and the emotional significance we attach to this. Psychological studies have gained increasing importance across a wide range of activities, including human resources, education, sport, social care and the creative industries.

Indicative Course Content

This programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and enables students to gain a scientific understanding of the mind, brain, behaviour and experience, and of the complex interactions between those. Practical experiments are used as a foundation for understanding and explanation. This is a feature of the programme which runs throughout the three levels.

The key theoretical areas:

  • cognitive psychology and neuropsychology
  • developmental psychology
  • individual differences
  • social psychology
  • biological psychology are introduced at level one, and further developed at levels two and three.

Optional Modules include:

There are opportunities to select optional modules in the third year such as the psychology of social issues, health psychology and occupational psychology.  The first year of the programme also introduces research methods, both quantitative and qualitative, which are developed over the next two years to give students the confidence to undertake their own projects. There is an option at level 3 to take a year out or arrange a summer placement in order to apply your understanding to practice. In the final year, all students will have the opportunity to undertake a specialised Research Project.

Why this Course?

  • A practical focus to the application of psychology to real world situations.
  • The opportunity to undertake your own research in an area of interest to you in Year 3
  • Staff with experience in a range of disciplines who are highly qualified and enthusiastic about their work.
  • A supportive learning environment

A first degree in psychology, with status of the Graduate Basis for Registration (GBR) with the BPS provides a foundation for you to progress to specialist areas of psychology, and subsequent status as a Chartered Psychologist. There are currently 10 professional Divisions within the BPS, including Clinical Psychology, Educational Psychology, Sport and Exercise Psychology.

All of these have professional training programmes, for which the attainment of GBR is essential. Whilst nationally, less than one psychology graduate in every five ultimately takes up work as a professional psychologist, psychology provides a good insight into human behaviour that equips graduates with the skills that enable them to work in a wide range of fields.


Students will initially study at an introductory level, and thus it is not a requirement to have studied psychology at 'A' level.' As well as providing a sound basis for work as a professional psychologist, a psychology degree at the University of Chichester would facilitate entry into the following careers:

  • Industry
  • Media
  • Teaching
  • Work with children, adults and families
  • IT
  • Computing
  • Marketing
  • Civil Service
BSc (Hons) Psychology
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Application Details: UCAS Code C800 - BSc (Hons) Psychology. Indicative Modules
Length of Programme: 3 Years Full Time. Also available part time (normally 5 to 6 years)
Entry Requirements: Typical entry requirements - individual offers may vary:
A levels: ABB - BBB / ABC, including a grade B at A level science or Psychology - plus GCSEs in English language, maths and science, at grade C or above;
BTEC: Science: DDM - plus GCSEs in English language, maths and science, at grade C or above ;
International Baccalaureate: 32 points, grade 5 in a science;
QAA-approved Access Diploma: Science or Access to Psychology: 12 level 3 credits worth of Merits in Science plus GCSEs at grade C or above in English language, and maths;
GCSEs. For general entrance requirements regarding GCSEs please contact the Admissions office.

Applicants with qualifications from other countries: The University of Chichester considers applicants from a wide range of countries with appropriate A level equivalent qualifications. Non native speakers of English are expected to have IELTS 6.0, or equivalent.

Applicants without the above formal qualifications but who have relevant skills and work / life experience will be considered on an individual basis and may be assessed through a written portfolio.
Interview: No but there will be opportunities to visit the department after you receive your offer.
Campus Info: Bishop Otter Campus, Chichester
Combinations: No combined courses