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BSc (Hons) Psychology (with Foundation Year option)

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With foundation year: C801

This student-centred course with research-inspired teaching is accredited by the British Psychological Society, so when you graduate with at least a Second Class Honours, you are eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartership, the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

Why Psychology at BU?

The diversity of the topics offered on the course will provide both the breadth and depth of knowledge which will well-prepare you for any career, whether in psychology (such as in mental health or forensic) or outside (such as HR, the police, management). Our staff’s expertise and extensive collaborations with the mental health sector (e.g. the NHS), the criminal justice system (e.g., the police), the educational system, industrial partners (e.g. Microsoft) and local communities/charitable trusts will also benefit your learning and your career path.

We have a system in place where feedback is regularly sought from our students and staff to continuously refine the quality of our courses and maximize students’ experience. 87% of our final year students agree our staff are good at explaining things - join us on live chat now to find out more, or register to meet us at an Open Day.

What you will learn

You’ll be situated with the Department of Psychology and will learn theories and practical skills covering a range of psychological approaches, including social, biological, developmental and cognitive psychology, as well as more specialist topics, such as forensic, clinical, cyber, consumer, educational psychology, and neuropsychology through state-of-the-art facilities. Importantly, you’ll acquire generic skills which are readily transferable to your future careers, such as critical thinking, project management, presentation skills and professional practice. You will become some of the most highly employable graduates around.

How you will learn

You’ll learn through problem-based learning, practicals, interactive assessments, coursework, placements, research opportunities, mentorship from staff as well as plenty of seminars by nationally/internationally renowned researchers and practitioners throughout the year.

You also get many opportunities to work with world-leading researchers on projects of mutual interest - indeed many of our students have published work with members of the Department. 

What makes this course different

  • Accredited by the British Psychological Society
  • Work placement option in the third year
  • Excellent student support system
  • Emphasis on the development of vocationally relevant skills
  • Research-inspired teaching
  • Research Apprenticeship Scheme in the second year
  • Choice of option modules for in-depth study of specialist topics in the final year
  • State of the art facilities.

93% of our final year students say staff are good at explaining things. Join us on live chat now to find out more, or register to meet us at an Open Day.

Foundation year: We have a foundation year option for UK students who do not meet the entry requirements for the degree course. This additional year of study will give you a grounding in Psychology, building your confidence, knowledge and skills for further study. After successful completion of the foundation year, you will progress to the full degree.

All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated. 

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Key information

Next start date:

September 2021, September 2022


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


3 years with an optional 4-week placement, or 4 years with a minimum 30-week placement. Foundation year: 4 years full-time with a 5-week placement or 5 years with a 30-week minimum placement.


British Psychological Society

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

For September 2021 entry: 112-128 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM.

For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

For September 2021 entry: If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each of the four components or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

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Course details

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students.

Contact hours and assessment 

Details of the assessment methods and contact hours for each unit of the course can be found in the programme specification. 

Download the programme specification (pdf 254kb)Download the foundation year programme specification (pdf 338kb)


At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career. That’s why we now offer every new student the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of their course.

A placement year is a vital part in developing well-rounded and industry-ready graduates. What’s more, you can also choose to take your placement abroad, giving you the opportunity to develop yourself personally, academically, and professionally and gain skills to help you stand out in the job market. 

Find out about BU students’ experiences on placementsAll you need to know about placements

Your application

For Psychology, we are looking for applicants who:

  • Have a mature attitude
  • Are self-aware
  • Are open to new ideas
  • Have an academic interest in the subject, as demonstrated by recent readings.

How to apply

Entry requirements


This course provides a suitable basis for entry to, or professional development within, psychology and research and strategic work for campaigning groups. 91% of our students are working or studying six months after graduating. 


At BU we offer a Research Apprenticeship Scheme to our second-year Psychology undergraduates.

The scheme gives students the opportunity to work with members of the faculty on their research projects and could be on one of the many areas of expertise found amongst the staff including autism, prosopagnosia and also how not to get lost!

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be. You’ll also find you could benefit from a range of discounts as a student.

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that staff can change.

When you study psychology with us, you'll be learning from world-leading researchers in fields such as face blindness, neuropsychology and clinical psychology and you will have the opportunity to get involved in various research projects.

Read Sarah's story; find out more about the areas of expertise of other staff within the Department of Psychology 

Many of our staff and students are involved in community or charitable trusts in addition to their academic practice or study, and we have close ties with the British Psychological Society. We are committed to developing our field through our research, practice and educating future psychologists.

Course changes

What our students say

Ben Hunt

Being a research assistant is a great privilege as experience is key. Acting as an honorary research assistant so early in your career really makes you stand out.

Hear from our staff

Dr Samuel Nyman

I take a practical, applied approach, and bring this to my teaching so students apply their knowledge to life. In terms of research, this entails applying theory to everyday issues.

What our students say

Alexandra Brown

We get to write and run our own experiments; the facilities are state of the art.

All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.