The focus of this degree is to apply the core psychological material of research methods, cognitive, social, developmental, personality and biological psychology to real life applications.
You will cover all areas of applied psychology with a focus on mental health, forensic, counselling and health psychology. You can choose to exit with a named degree in BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology (Counselling), (Forensic) or (Health), provided you take specific modules.
Modules are taught through various specialist laboratories, seminars and lectures and all students take a work-based learning in psychology module where they relate work experience to psychological theory.
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).
Your careerGraduates can become chartered psychologists after further study and postgraduate training in clinical, educational, health, occupational, counselling, sport and exercise or forensic psychology, or undertake research and follow an academic career.
Foundations in Psychology, Applied Psychology 1, Introduction to Psychological Inquiry.
Introduction to Research Methods, Introduction to Biological, Cognitive and Developmental Psychology, Applied Psychology 2.
Research Methods, Applied Human Cognition, Social Psychology, Physiology of Behaviour and Work Based Learning in Psychology, Personality and Individual Differences.
Developmental Psychology and the Psychology Empirical Project, option modules in Cyberpsychology, Forensic, Mental Health, Health, and Counselling Psychology.
Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.
UCAS Clearing 2018
Year 1 entry via clearing
AAABC/ABBBCC/BBBBBC/AABBCC plus Nat 5 Maths at C
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.
- 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
- SWAP Access to Humanities/Science at ABB
- 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
- HND Social Sciences with Graded Units AAB inc Psychology A, B, C, D and Research Methods.
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.
Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5.
If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for the Academic English course.
The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?
The fees shown are for students starting studies within the 2018/19 academic year. GCU is currently in the process of setting fees for 2019/20. Students interested in enrolling on a programmes starting in September 2019 or later should check back for further information shortly.
Tuition fees 2018/19
*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.
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We use a wide range of learning and teaching methods to ensure that you have both the necessary knowledge and understanding of business and management and a portfolio of intellectual and personal skills.
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 unseen examinations, class tests, essays, management reports, case studies, presentations, and group work.
The learning and teaching methods we use ensure that our programme is both vocationally relevant and academically challenging. Our approach is student-centred, practical, participative and relevant to the needs of employers.
We've moved away from the traditional teacher-centric learning to a more independent learning approach, where you are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills.