Course Details

*New for September 2018*


This course is for people fascinated by human behaviour, curious about thoughts and intrigued by feelings. It examines what drives us – such as brain/physiology, learning, genes, environment, social groups, individual differences in personality and motivation. It is ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Critically evaluating possible explanations for thoughts, feelings and behaviour
  • A career or further study in a psychology-related discipline
  • Challenging common sense views of human behaviour
  • Applying theoretical and methodological approaches to real-world behaviour

How long is the course?

This course runs for three years.

What qualification will I achieve?

BSc (Hons) Psychology†

What will I study?

Year 1

Cognitive Processes and Psychobiology Mandatory (20 credits)
Developmental and Social Psychology Mandatory (20 credits)
Abnormal Psychology and Individual Differences Mandatory (20 credits)
Psychology Practical’s and Statistics Mandatory (20 credits)
Psychological Research and Design Mandatory (20 credits)
Academic Development and Personal Tuition Mandatory (20 credits)

Year 2

Applications of Psychology Mandatory (20 credits)
Processes in Psychology Mandatory (20 credits)
Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods Mandatory (20 credits)
Academic Development and Personal Tuition 2
Other units to be confirmed

Year 3

Psychology Research Project and Personal Tuition Mandatory (40 credits)
Other units to be confirmed

Work placements

In your second year, you have the opportunity to complete a block placement as part of your course. This enables you to apply your theoretical knowledge in the workplace, gain valuable experience, establish networks and obtain a professional reference before you graduate.

After completing core modules in the first and second year, the final year will be a dissertation project, you carry out independent psychology research under supervision.

The BSc Psychology programme aims to:

  • Provide a comprehensive and thorough knowledge and scientific understanding of the core areas of psychology and how these relate to other cognate disciplines
  • Provide students with training in the skills necessary to research and enhance the discipline of psychology
  • Provide an active and student centred approach to learning, enabling students to tailor their studies to reflect specialist interests and enhance autonomy
  • Enable students to develop the key personal and transferable skills for enhancing employability and graduate skills, through embedded academic and professional development, work-related learning and opportunities for international mobility
  • Provide learning opportunities which are creative, challenging and innovative and which introduce students to a range of new developments in the field
  • Enable students to develop an understanding of the real life applications of psychological theory to experience and behaviour.

Where will I study?

You will study at University Campus Barnsley, Church Street, Barnsley, S70 2AN.

What equipment will I need?

You will need writing materials, paper, pens and folders.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through presentations, portfolio work, report writing, course work and exams.

What can I do next?

You can then go onto postgraduate training courses in psychology to become a clinical, educational, occupational, health or counselling psychologist.

How do I apply?

Apply directly via UCAS.

How much does the course cost?

Course fees: £5,995 per year. 

Student Finance

As a Higher Education student living in England you may be eligible for the non-means tested Tuition Fee Loan from the Government. See the Fees and Finance page for further information.

Disability and Dyslexia Service

Our Disability and Dyslexia Service can provide you with the support you need

Further information

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 165 or email

Any changes to the information on this page can be found on the Updates to UCB Information page


† is subject to validation by Sheffield Hallam University