University of Hertfordshire - BSc (Hons) Psychology

University of Hertfordshire

BSc (Hons) Psychology

A major part of the course examines important theoretical issues within psychology. 

For instance, to what extent are people the product of their genes or upbringing? Why do we sleep and dream? How does the brain store memories and thoughts? Why do people obey authority? We also focus on how psychology can help to transform lives and improve the world. What are the best ways to promote and improve health? How can psychological research be used to understand and predict offending behaviour? How do our brains recover from injury? How can teachers encourage their pupils to grow in the face of adversity? 

Throughout the course you’ll gain several core skills. For example, you’ll discover how to think critically about a topic, collate and assess evidence, and present your findings. You’ll also find out how to design and conduct psychological studies. This will involve devising research questions, collecting data, using statistical tools as well as qualitative methods, and writing a laboratory report. These are all transferable skills that are highly valued by employees, and can also form a vital stepping-stone to future professional qualifications and work. 

Entry Requirements

UCAS pointsA LevelBTECIB
112 - 120BBC - BBBDMM112 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at H4 or above

GCSE: Grade 4/C in English language and 4/C mathematics

Access course tariff: All access courses considered. Must pass 60 credits and have overall merit profile on 45 L3 credits.

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.

Career Prospects

Postgraduate study can lead to professional careers in a wide range of areas including: 

  • Forensic psychology 
  • Clinical psychology 
  • Health psychology 
  • Educational psychology.  

BPS accreditation is a hallmark of quality that is acknowledged by many employers and is also an important stepping stone if you wish to become a Chartered Psychologist. You can also continue your studies, and eventually teach and research psychology at a University. Due to their transferable skills, psychology graduates are also highly sought after in many different sectors of society, including marketing and advertising, human resources and communications, public relations and sales, learning and development roles in organisations, criminal justice and rehabilitation, business consultancy and management training, sports and wellbeing, and in government agencies and public bodies. 

Course Details

In the first year, you’ll study several key topics, including developmental, cognitive and biological psychology. You will also learn about research methods and statistical analysis, and carry out several studies and experiments.  

In the second year, you’ll begin to shape your course. As well as core modules, you’ll be able to choose options that help you explore areas of interest in more depth. Some examples of options include cyberpsychology, personal construct theory and nonverbal behaviour. Some of these courses are unique to the University of Hertfordshire. 

You’ll also enhance your employability by undertaking 120 hours of work experience, providing an opportunity to explore how psychology is relevant to a range of work settings. If you pass all your first and second-year modules, then you’ll be eligible to take part in our study abroad option. This is a great experience, which some of our students take up to explore different learning environments and cultural contexts, and to also boost their employability. 

In the final year, you’ll continue to shape your course, and we offer a wide range of options, including health psychology, cognitive neuropsychology, counselling, clinical psychology, sports psychology, forensic psychology, occupational psychology and educational psychology. You'll also work with a member of staff to design and carry out your own research project. 

For more information on each of the years, please click the links in the sections below. 

Year 1

Skills for psychologists
Foundations in social psychology
Foundations in developmental psychology
Foundations in cognitive psychology
Statistics for psychologists 1
Foundations in biological psychology
Methods for psychologists 1

Year 2

Psychology work experience practical
Individual differences
Statistics for psychologists 2
Methods for psychologists 2
Social and developmental psychology
Biological and cognitive psychology

Optional modules
Nonverbal behaviour
Culture and psychology
Personal construct psychology

Year 3

Psychology work experience
Psychology project

Optional modules
Health psychology
Clinical psychology
Sports psychology
Forensic psychology
Occupational psychology
Educational psychology
Cognitive neuropsychology
Year abroad

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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