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 programme. 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 programme is to provide a stimulating and challenging education in applied psychology. BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology will allow students 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 programme 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 & 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.

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 e.g. 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.

  • 2019/20

Award

Mode of study

Duration

Start date

Location

UCAS

 

BSc (Hons)
Full Time
4 Years
16 Sep 2019
GCU Glasgow
C810
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BSc (Hons) Full Time 4 Years 16 Sep 2019 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Standard entry requirements

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.

Year 1

SQA Higher
AAABB plus National 5 English and Maths at C
A Level
ABB plus GCSE English and Maths at C/4
ILC Higher
H1 H2 H2 H2 and English and Maths at a minimum of O2
IB Diploma
28 points
Level 3 Extended Diploma
DDM in relevant subject plus GCSE requirements
College
SWAP Access to Humanities/Science at ABB

Year 2

HNC
HNC Social Sciences with 15 credits and A in the graded unit must include Psychology A, B and Research Methods
A Level
AAB including Psychology, plus GCSE English and Maths at C/4

Year 3

HND Social Sciences with Graded Units AAB inc Psychology A, B, C, D and Research Methods.

Additional information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

English language

Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5.

International pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for the Academic English course.

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Tuition fees 2019/20

Home: £1820** 
RUK: £9250*
EU: £1820** 
International: £11,845 

*Total tuition fees for RUK students completing a three or four year degree are capped at £27,750.

**Specific fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.

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

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Scholarships

We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.

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For new international students, particular care is taken around our induction events which begin on 13 September 2019 to welcome you to the UK and GCU prior to the start of teaching. There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus tours, city tours and social events where you can meet other international students. Where possible, we encourage you to arrange travel to allow you to arrive in time to enjoy these.

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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.