BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology

In Psychology we describe, explain and predict thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Psychologists carry out research, develop theories and often try to solve practical problems. These three elements all feature strongly in this applied psychology course. Psychology’s intriguing subject matter, blend of specialist knowledge and generic skills provide its graduates with opportunities for personal growth, and many of the characteristics sought by potential employers.

The overarching aim of the course is to provide a stimulating and challenging education in applied psychology. BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology will allow you to learn about psychological theory and research and how this can be applied to the real world. The core psychology curriculum will be contextualised with real-world examples and a suite of applied psychology modules will introduce students to different professions in psychology. This will be beneficial to graduates in seeking employment or higher study after completion of the programme. The course also offers a range of psychology modules covering the main areas of the discipline and a range of choice within other complementary disciplines.

To become a Chartered Psychologist, graduates are required to carry out further study and practice in a particular area such as Clinical, Forensic, Health, Educational, Counselling and Sport and Exercise Psychology. The BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology programme offers specialism in four of these areas: Counselling, Forensic, Health and Sport and Exercise Psychology. Students can exit with a named award in one of these areas, providing specific modules have been taken.

With a choice of final year options, you have the opportunity to specialise in a preferred area of study. By taking opional modules and undertaking a relevant research project, you can graduate with a BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology (Counselling), a BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology (Forensic), a BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology (Health) or a BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology (Sport and Exercise).

There are opportunities to spend a trimester studying abroad and you have the additional option of studying a modern language, biology or social science subject during the programme.

All programme pathways are accredited by the British Psychological Society and meet the requirements for Graduate Level Chartered Membership (GBC) with the Society.

Your career

Graduates can become a Chartered Psychologist after further study and postgraduate training in areas such as clinical, educational, health, occupational, counselling, sport and exercise or forensic psychology, or undertake research and follow an academic career.

Year 1

Foundations in Psychology, Research Methods 1a: Philosophy and Methods, Research Methods 1b: Data Management, Introduction to Applied Psychology, Digital Psychology. There are also a number of option modules: Biology, languages, social sciences.

Year 2

Applying Mental Health, Forensic and Counselling Psychology, Research Methods 2: Analysing data, Introduction to Biological, Cognitive and Developmental Psychology, Applying Health and Sport and Exercise Psychology, Political and Cultural Psychology. There are also a number of option modules: Biology, language, social sciences, Working in Inter-Professional Teams.

Year 3

Research Methods 3: Advanced Research Methods and Analysis, Psychology of Individual Differences, Applied Social Psychology, Applied Human Cognition, Psycho-biology: Underpinning Behaviour and Experience. There are also a number of option modules: Biology, languages, social sciences, Applied Psychology for Career Development.

Year 4

Developmental Psychology and the Psychology Empirical Project. Option modules in Forensic Psychology, Health Psychology, Counselling Psychology, Mental Health and Well-being, Sport and Exercise Psychology, biology, languages, social sciences.

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

Study Options

  • 2022/23


Mode of study


Start date



BSc (Hons)
Full Time
4 Years
Sep 2022
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
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Year 1
Scottish Higher: Standard entry requirement: ABBBB Nat 5: C (English and Maths)
Minimum entry requirement: BBBCC   Nat 5: C (English and Maths)

Minimum entry requirements are for widening access students only. If you are from a group that is not currently well-represented in higher education you may qualify as a widening access student. This includes living in a target postcode area, attending a target school or college, attending SWAP, are care-experienced or provide care for someone else, have refugee status or are an asylum seeker.

A level: BBC GCSE: C/4 (English and Maths)
ILC Higher: H1 H1 H2 H2 H2 O2: (English and Maths)
IB Diploma: 28 points SG 2/Int 2/Nat 5: C (Maths)
BTEC: DDM Ext Dip GCSE: C/4 (Maths and English)
SWAP: Access to Humanities/Science/Social Science - ABB
College HNC: Applied Biological Sciences/Food Science and Technology/Applied Sciences - graded unit B

Year 2
College HNC: 15 credits in Social Sciences - graded unit A (incl Psychology A, B and Research Methods)
IB Diploma: 32 points incl. HL Psychology and either SL English or Maths
A level: AAB to include Psychology plus GCSE Maths and English at C/4

Year 3
College HND: Social Sciences - graded units AAB (incl Psychology A, B, C, D and Research Methods)

English language IELTS score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5 (or equivalent)

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Additional information

Modern Apprenticeships

If you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF level 6 in a relevant discipline this would be equivalent to two highers at B.

Relevant experience (RPL)

GCU’s flexible entry policies exist to allow relevant work experience and prior learning to be considered towards standard entry or advanced entry into a course. If you have three to five years of relevant work experience, you can apply for the degree that interests you and get in touch with our admissions team about your application and your eligibility for Recognition of Prior Learning.

International pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for our pre-sessional English programme which is taught at our Glasgow campus.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Annual full-time tuition fees

Home: £1,820*
RUK: £9,250**
International: £13,000

*Scottish student tuition fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.
**Students from the Rest of the UK (RUK) will pay no more than £27,750 towards the total fees of a three or four-year degree.

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only.

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Each module on the programme uses its own learning, teaching and assessment strategy to achieve learning objectives. Assessment methods vary between modules and may include examinations, class tests, essays, lab reports, presentations and group work.

Students will have the option to take the module, Applied Psychology for Career Development which will allow them relate a paid or voluntary experience to psychological theory. This will allow students to gain experience in relevant areas of psychology which should give graduates the edge in the highly competitive employment market.

Throughout the programme a variety of teaching methods will be used including lectures, practical work, group projects and seminars with a strong emphasis at all levels on personal contact.

Psychology has three undergraduate laboratories equipped with computers for use in practical work. Students have access to central institutional computer laboratories with a larger numbers of machines. In addition, dedicated laboratory provision exists for psycho-physiology, perception, electro-physiology, imaging and social interaction.

All programme pathways are accredited by the British Psychological Society and meet the requirements for Graduate Level Chartered Membership (GBC) with the Society.