- Study Mode: Full time
- Location: High Wycombe
- Duration: Four Years
- Start Date: September 2022
Do you want to be taught by experienced Psychologists who love what they teach, have extensive experience and help you move forward with your dream career? Uncover the depths of the human psyche and dive into the science of the mind at Buckinghamshire New University.
Our BSc (Hons) Psychology programme is accredited by The British Psychological Society (BPS) and is a recognised qualification by employers throughout the country. Upon graduation, you’ll be eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) and from there you can take steps towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.
I have returned to education and wanted to complete a Foundation Year to ensure I had the skills for a degree. I feel like I have been given all the skills I require to ensure I can start the degree confident that I can succeed.Anthony Colley
We understand that when it comes to deciding where you’d like to study, there are a lot of things to consider. Come along to our Open Day and discover why BNU could be the place for you. You can find out more about your course, meet the course team, and get all your questions answered.
For everything you need to know about applying, check out our Application Guide. You can find useful information for each stage of your application journey – from before you even apply to what to do if you receive an offer, and everything in between.
Why study this subject?
Whether you’re simply fascinated by Psychology, or you have your sights set on becoming a Psychologist, gaining a psychology degree is a great choice. A Psychology degree gives you a strong foundation for a variety of careers, utilising your knowledge of human behaviour and trends.
A Psychology degree helps you gain an understanding of the root cause of behaviours, thoughts and emotions and explain them within the scope of scientific theory. A psychologist is not only interested in personal development but brings out the potential in others too.
You can expect to build a deep understanding of yourself and our societies, develop your analytical mind, nurture your curiosity and understand communication and relationships. You can also help lift the veil on mental health, the mind and the brain through active research.
If you choose to become chartered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) you can go on to practice Psychology as a scientist, analyst, researcher, commentator, advisor or as a clinician. Psychology is a wide field, and there is a lot of paths to choose from. Psychology crosses over with medical science, clinical practice, business and more.
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
At Buckinghamshire New University (BNU) you’ll know what it means to improve the mental health, wellbeing and performance of those around you. We want you to ask questions of us, develop your core skills, build your analytical mind, and take advantage of our professional experience. You never stop learning, and BNU teaches you how to learn well.
When you graduate from Buckinghamshire New University you will be inspired, empowered, confident. You will have gained a good grounding in those fields of Psychology which excite you, inspire you, and motivate you to push boundaries.
Grow organically and authentically as a professional, discover how inclusivity informs teaching regardless of your academic background. Choosing to study at BNU means gaining a welcoming community, lifelong friends and expert tutors who are actively engaged in your needs. We are home to an incredibly passionate community of Psychology lecturers and Social Science students, and it shows.
In addition to the amazing lecturers and students, Our BSc (Hons) Psychology course is accredited by The British Psychological Society (BPS) and is a recognised accreditation by employers throughout the country. Upon graduation, you’ll be eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) and from there you can take steps towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist, which is a highly desired accreditation.
Studying at BNU means you can take advantage of the specialist facilities our professional psychologists use day to day, including virtual reality facilities, laboratory facilities containing equipment that tracks eye movement, emotions and communication, brain activity and more.
Our hands-on pragmatic approach to learning is designed to impart onto you the practical skills to excel and experiment, developing your own theories and knowledge of what it’s like to push the boundaries of Psychological research, whether this is based within the fields of medical science, business or society.
Our students can go on to take roles such as: clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, counsellor, therapist, nurse and other mental health professions, as well as careers in marketing and advertisement.
I cannot fault the quality of teaching, it’s excellent. The lecturers do all they can to support students. They are well experienced, kind, passionate, supportive and always available to help students in any way they can. The lectures and seminars are well prepared and delivered. I am enjoying my course, my time at BNU and the whole learning environment.Homaira Merzai
What facilities can I use?
On our BSc (Hons) Psychology degree, you will benefit from hands-on learning, using our state-of-the-art facilities.
In our laboratory and computing workshops, you’ll use software and equipment that social scientists use in the field to present research data. You will use industry standard equipment as part of this course to build your own experience on a range of recognisable equipment.
- Use our observation laboratory for the measurement of psycho-physiological responses using Biopac© as well as the activity of the cardiovascular system, brain, autonomic nervous system and more.
- Use our Tobii eye tracking equipment and HTC Vive, a virtual reality software, to test what happens when conditions change and the brain reacts.
The facilities at BNU are always here for the student first, and we have heavily invested in them with the goal of providing the best space for your own theories, ideas and experiments. We want you to use them to push your boundaries, as we use them to push ours during lessons.
We’ll also sign you up to our Virtual Learning Environment which means you’ll have access to lots of online resources wherever you are! The VLE is an additional online learning platform that supplements your core degree content.
What will I study?
As part of BPS accreditation, you will study a core of psychology which is designed to set you up with the foundational knowledge needed in the profession. Some of the optional modules we provide in the course are tailored to give you a pathway into several popular psychology careers.
You can approach this course with the intention of specialising in a specific career or to get a general feel and choose to specialise with postgraduate study or go straight into work with the knowledge you gained on this degree course.
The course covers many aspects of psychology and explores the complex interactions between individuals, society and biology. The factors that influence our psychological understanding are best explored through analytical research, scientific experimentation, data analysis and lab work, which you’ll undertake with the guidance of our experienced lecturers.
During your time at BNU, you get to study fascinating subjects like developmental psychology, cognitive processes, biological psychology, positive psychology, business psychology, social psychology, criminological and forensic psychology and the historical issues which have helped or hindered the progress of psychology.
Our course will also give you the skills and awareness to tackle the issue of mental health and wellbeing within society. We’ll give you the opportunity to discuss the place of psychologists in our world and explore our ethical and social responsibilities. You will get to grips with how to run your own experiments through our research skills and methodology modules, and the process of implanting and applying these theories within psychology.
You will get the chance to study modules which give you an introduction to personality, research methods, developmental psychology and cross disciplinary psychology. You’ll get the chance to understand your personality and how learning can be applied for beneficial effects. You’ll get to grips with the necessary framework needed to practice psychology at a higher and more professional level.
You’ll continue to develop your understanding of personality, and dive into the complexities of human behaviour as you progress in the course. In addition, there will be modules exploring cognitive processes, conceptual problems, biopsychology and developmental psychology at a higher level.
In your final year, you’ll have the opportunity to deep dive into a specialist area you’re passionate about by completing an empirical dissertation. With the support and guidance of your personal tutor, along with the facilities available to you here at BNU, the possibilities for this project are endless – this is your time to shine and show off what you know to prospective employers.
I have always loved psychology and the further along the course, the more freedom there is. The option to choose modules in the last year also lets me study exactly what I love. The facilities are really great; the library and other course-related facilities are super accessible to students.Emma Fraser-Mills
How will I be taught and assessed?
Assessments are designed to test the achievement of the learning outcomes. Some modules include formative assessments. While formative assessments do not give marks towards the final module grade, they offer you valuable learning through feedback from the tutors, which can offer direction for improved performance on the final summative assignments.
- time controlled assignments
- laboratory/research reports
- empirical dissertations.
BNU is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student, to increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
What are the course entry requirements?
A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 32 - 56
For this course, you'll need a GCSE Maths and English at grade C/4.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year. If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more about our General Entry Requirements.
This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.
Year 1 Modules
Preparing for Success Knowledge and Creativity
Preparing for Success Self-development and Responsibility
Inquiry Based Learning
Foundations of Psychology
Year 2 Modules
Intro to Developmental and Social Psychology
Intro to Biological Psychology and Cognitive Psychology
Intro to Personality and Applying Psychology
Psychological Research Methods
Intro to Cross-Disciplinary Psychology
Making Sense of Society: The Sociological Imagination
Making Sense of Society: Understanding the Social World
Year 3 Modules
Quantitative Research Methods in Psychology
Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology
Cognitive Processes in Psychology
Personality and Individual Differences
Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology
Year 4 Modules
Critical Social Psychology
Positive Psychology (optional)
Health Psychology (optional)
Business and Organisational Psychology (optional)
Advanced Developmental Psychology (optional)
Counselling Psychology (optional)
Principles of Psychopathology (optional)
Evolutionary Psychology (optional)
Exceptional Human Experience (optional)
Brain, Mind and Behaviour (optional)
Educational Psychology (optional)
Police Psychology and Legal Framework (optional)
Investigative and Forensic Psychology (optional)
What are the tuition fees
Home, Academic Year 2022 - 2023
£9,250 per year
Overseas/International, Academic Year 2022 - 2023
£14,250 per year
What are my career prospects?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.
With such a strong academic grounding, as well as the transferrable skills you’ll develop along the way, you are well-placed to succeed wherever you go.
There are many options to explore with your BSc (Hons) Psychology degree; it’s the first step to starting postgraduate study in a more focused area like clinical, educational, forensic, counselling, health, cognitive neuropsychology and sports psychology (to name a few). Or perhaps you’d prefer to dive right into the world of work and explore a career in health, education, local government or the infinite possibilities available to you in the private and public sector.
Graduates can choose to continue their studies at Buckinghamshire New University and study a postgraduate programme, such as our MSc Applied Positive Psychology, MSc Mental Health and Wellbeing in Education, or even the MSc Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
There are numerous opportunities which your degree could help to open. Our graduates have gone on to successful careers in psychology, clinical psychology, forensic psychology, therapy, nursing, and private and public businesses.
Dr Matthew Smith
- Associate Professor
- Course Leader for MSc Mental Health and Wellbeing in Education
Dr Ciaran O'Keeffe
- Head of the School of Human and Social Sciences
- Associate Professor of Education & Research