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  • University name: University of Liverpool
  • Course: Psychology C800
  • Location: Main site
  • Start date: 25 September 2023

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Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Science (BSc) is a bachelor’s degree awarded for an undergraduate programme in the sciences.

Course overview

The Psychology BSc (Hons) degree course at Liverpool is an exciting programme that draws on our research excellence and the transferable skills you'll learn while you're here means a psychology degree from Liverpool will be suitable for a wide range of career choices. Outstanding applicants may be also be offered conditional places on linked postgraduate courses provided by the University of Liverpool to enable you to to further enhance your career prospects.

Introduction

Entry to the undergraduate degree programme is available to applicants with a wide array of qualifications and backgrounds and it is accredited by the British Psychological Society and provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership, making it an excellent platform for postgraduate study. The modular basis of the course will enable you to develop specialist knowledge in a range of subject areas.

The large number of available modules makes it possible to focus your learning on topics of personal interest. You also have the opportunity to work on a summer placement to an organisation. In year three you will be able to work with an individual academic on an in-depth research project on a topic of personal and professional interest.

In addition, in your final year you may wish to apply for entry to our range of taught Masters postgraduate programmes in psychology (eg Investigative and Forensic Psychology, which is accredited by the BPS Forensic Division ) or alternatively you may wish to transfer onto our MPsycholSci programme (C804).

You’ll be studying in a department which is home to some of the world’s leading academic experts, research centres and laboratories and our new research connected curriculum moves quickly from general psychology to our research strengths and specialisms. You’ll benefit from research focused lectures in year one, enabling an understanding and application of the Liverpool context, all taught by specialists who are passionate about their research activity.

Ours is a rewarding programme and you’ll have plenty of not only academic but also pastoral support at Liverpool to advise about any issues you may be experiencing.

What you'll learn

  • Biological and clinical psychology
  • Cognitive neurosciences
  • Forensic psychology
  • Research methodologies and statistics
  • Great debates in psychology
  • A wide selection of optional modules in areas such as addiction, evolutionary psychology, the neurobiology of emotions, the psychology of pain, visual intelligence and many more.

Accreditation

The degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society and provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership.

Accreditations in detail

Accreditations

The degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society and provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership.

Course content

Discover what you'll learn, what you'll study, and how you'll be taught and assessed.

Year one

In this first year, you’ll begin to understand the basis, concepts and principles associated with the neural underpinnings of human behaviour and will help you apply research strategies and investigatory methods in biological psychology, cognition, developmental and social psychology. There will be class based practical sessions and group work and you will also have the opportunity to begin developing a specialist portfolio.

Compulsory modules

BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY (PSYC133)

Credits: 22.5 / Semester: semester 2

This module introduces students to the relationship between physiology and psychology. The module content will focus on basic processes and how these can be applied to a number of areas that will also be covered in other modules, such as social and clinical. This content introduces the structure and function of the central and peripheral nervous systems and how this influences stress, sex, aggression, appetite, drug use, and sleep. The module will be taught through a combination of lectures and seminars. The content lectures (12 x 2 hours) will focus on the academic material and the ‘applied’ or ‘research focused’ lectures (10 x 1 hour) will present how this academic material is used in the real world. In order to explore the practicalities of conducting research in this area there will be small group research seminars (3 x 2 hours) where students will conduct an experiment under the supervision of a member of staff. Online activities will further support student learning. The module will be assessed with a combination of written coursework and an exam containing a combination of multiple choice and short answer exam questions.​

BRAIN AND COGNITION (PSYC131)

Credits: 22.5 / Semester: semester 1

The module covers core areas of cognitive psychology including perception, memory, language and speech, decision making, and categorisation and semantics. Successful students will demonstrate an understanding of key theories and findings within these areas. The course will be delivered via two hours of content lectures each week, paired with one hour research-focused lecture addressing a key topic or controversy in the area. Over the semester, students will participate in 3 x 2 hours smaller group seminars during which students research a specific topic in cognitive psychology.  Learning will be assessed via a paper discussing methodological issues in an area of cognitive psychology submitted mid semester and a multiple choice and short answer exam during the exam period. Material will be available to students online (e.g., lecture slides, stream captured sessions, online activities, group discussion forum, formative and summative feedback).

DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY (PSYC130)

Credits: 22.5 / Semester: semester 1

The module covers cognitive, social, and emotional development, and discusses the key theories and debates in child psychology. Successful students will demonstrate an understanding of theories of human development and of the range and relative merits of research conducted in developmental psychology. The course will be delivered via two hours of content lectures each week, paired with one hour research-focus lectures addressing a key topic or controversy in the area. Over the semester, students will participate in 3 x 2 hours smaller group seminars during which students research a specific topic in developmental psychology.  Learning will be assessed via a summary paper on a chosen body of research submitted mid semester and a multiple choice and short answer exam during the exam period. Material will be available to students online (e.g., lecture slides, stream captured sessions, online activities, group discussion forum, formative and summative feedback). ​

RESEARCH METHODS AND STATISTICS 1 (PSYC134)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

This module will introduce students to research methods and statistics in psychology, including empirical design, hypothesis testing, and different types of data. The module (15 credits) includes 10 x 1.5 hours of lectures, 11 x 1.5 hours practical classes, and 5 x 1 hour small group practical sessions with Academic Advisors. By the end of the module successful students will be able to describe basic statistical tests, identify different types of data, and explain hypotheses. Learning outcomes will be assessed using individual presentations, a MCT examination, and ongoing assessments.​ Material will be available to students online (e.g., lecture slides, stream captured sessions, online activities, group discussion forum, formative and summative feedback).  

RESEARCH METHODS AND STATISTICS 2 (PSYC135)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 2

This module will provide training in quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, building on previously gained knowledge. The module (15 credits) includes 10 x 1.5 hours of lectures, 11 x 1.5 hours practical classes, and 5 x 1 hour small group practical sessions with Academic Advisors. By the end of the module successful students will be able to describe qualitative analysis techniques and recognise appropriate statistical tests to be used for different types of data. Learning outcomes will be assessed using coursework (practical report and ethics presentation) and a MCT / short answer examination.​ Material (e.g., lecture slides, stream capture, discussion forum, feedback) will be available online.

SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY AND INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES (PSYC132)

Credits: 22.5 / Semester: semester 2

Psychologists who are interested in individual differences focus on the dispositional factors that influence how people think and behave, whereas social psychologists seek to examine behaviour through the social interactions that take place. This module examines the history of both fields of psychology, the principal theories and methods used and how this knowledge can be applied to solve real-world problems. The content lectures (12 x 2 hours) will focus on the academic material and the ‘applied’ or ‘research focused’ lectures (10 x 1 hour) will present how this academic material is used in the real world. In order to explore the practicalities of conducting research in this area, there will be small group research seminars (3 x 2 hours) where students will conduct an experiment under the supervision of a member of staff. The module will be assessed by a combination of written coursework and an exam containing a  combination of multiple choice and short answer exam questions.  Material will be available to students online (e.g., lecture slides, stream captured sessions, online activities, group discussion forum, formative and summative feedback).

Programme details and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.

Our curriculum

The Liverpool Curriculum framework sets out our distinctive approach to education. Our teaching staff support our students to develop academic knowledge, skills, and understanding alongside our graduate attributes:

  • Digital fluency
  • Confidence
  • Global citizenship

Our curriculum is characterised by the three Liverpool Hallmarks:

  • Research-connected teaching
  • Active learning
  • Authentic assessment

All this is underpinned by our core value of inclusivity and commitment to providing a curriculum that is accessible to all students.

Course options

Studying with us means you can tailor your degree to suit you. Here's what is available on this course.

Global Opportunities

University of Liverpool students can choose from an exciting range of study placements at partner universities worldwide. Choose to spend a year at XJTLU in China or a year or semester at an institution of your choice.

What's available on this course?

Year in China

Immerse yourself in Chinese culture on an optional additional year at Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University in stunning Suzhou.

  • Learn Chinese
  • Study in a bustling world heritage city
  • Improve employment prospects
  • Study Chinese culture
  • 30 minutes from Shanghai
  • Learn new skills

Read more about Year at XJTLU, China

Language study

Every student at The University of Liverpool can study a language as part of, or alongside their degree. You can choose:

  • A dedicated languages degree
  • A language as a joint or major/ minor degree
  • Language modules (selected degrees)
  • Language classes alongside your studies

Read more about studying a language

Your experience

Day-to-day teaching takes place in one of the UK’s oldest academic psychology departments based at the Eleanor Rathbone Building. The Department undertakes cutting-edge research with real-world impact. You will have access to a wealth of learning facilities, renowned museums, libraries and galleries.

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What students say...

It always said in the brochure that there would be early clinical contact, but I never really expected how much. It really is great to be on the ward - and that’s how you learn. The Medical School is very good and very supportive. It’s definitely set me up well for my future career, and I’m looking forward to getting into the job.

Tom Marks, MBChB Medicine and Surgery

Careers and employability

Employability is embedded into the Psychology BSc(Hons) programme, from lectures through to integrating it within your chosen modules and your future employers can be reassured by the fact that the Psychology BSc (Hons) programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

At Liverpool you’ll be connected with the best student and graduate employers in the region. Our career coaches will help you explore jobs, connect with employers and guide you through the whole application process.

4 in 5 psychology students find their main activity after graduation meaningful.

Graduate Outcomes, 2018-19.
  • NHS
  • Business Services Authority
  • Marks & Spencer
  • Camelot Retail Sales
  • Unilever
  • Deloitte Audit
  • Tax and Corporate Finance Services
  • Amazon
  • Local government
  • Department for Education

Preparing you for future success

At Liverpool, our goal is to support you to build your intellectual, social, and cultural capital so that you graduate as a socially-conscious global citizen who is prepared for future success. We achieve this by:

  • Embedding employability within your , through the modules you take and the opportunities to gain real-world experience offered by many of our courses.
  • Providing you with opportunities to gain experience and develop connections with people and organisations, including student and graduate employers as well as our global alumni.
  • Providing you with the latest tools and skills to thrive in a competitive world, including access to Handshake, a platform which allows you to create your personalised job shortlist and apply with ease.
  • Supporting you through our peer-to-peer led Careers Studio, where our career coaches provide you with tailored advice and support.

Fees and funding

Your tuition fees, funding your studies, and other costs to consider.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching and assessment, operating facilities such as libraries, IT equipment, and access to academic and personal support. Learn more about tuition fees, funding and student finance.

UK fees
Full-time place, per year £9,250
Year in industry fee £1,850
Year abroad fee £1,385
International fees
Full-time place, per year £24,200
Fees stated are for the 2022-23 academic year and may rise for 2023-24.

Additional costs

We understand that budgeting for your time at university is important, and we want to make sure you understand any course-related costs that are not covered by your tuition fee. This could include buying a laptop, books, or stationery.

Find out more about the additional study costs that may apply to this course.

Additional study costs

We understand that budgeting for your time at university is important, and we want to make sure you understand any course-related costs that are not covered by your tuition fee. This could include buying a laptop, books, or stationery.

Find out more about additional study costs.

Scholarships and bursaries

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help cover tuition fees and help with living expenses while at university.

Scholarships and bursaries you can apply for from the United Kingdom

Entry requirements

The qualifications and exam results you'll need to apply for this course.

My qualifications are from: United Kingdom.

Your qualification Requirements

About our typical entry requirements

A levels

AAB with a B or above in A level science

Applicants with the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) are eligible for a reduction in grade requirements. For this course, the offer is ABB with A in the EPQ.

You may automatically qualify for reduced entry requirements through our contextual offers scheme.

If you don't meet the entry requirements, you may be able to complete a foundation year which would allow you to progress to this course.

Available foundation years:

GCSE GCSE Mathematics and English at grade B/6 are required.
Subject requirements

The required Science A level must be one of the following: Psychology, Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Economics, Statistics, Further Maths, Mathematics, Geology, Geography, Environmental Science, Computer Science or Applied Science

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

D*D*D in relevant diploma

BTEC National Extended Certificate in Applied Science; Health and Social Care or Applied Psychology accepted with two A levels
BTEC National Diploma in Applied Science or Health and Social Care accepted with one A level
BTEC National Extended Diploma in Applied Science or Health and Social Care accepted

International Baccalaureate

35 points including 6 in HL science subject

Irish Leaving Certificate H1, H1, H2, H2, H2, H3 including grade H2 in a Science
Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher

Not accepted without Advanced Highers AAB

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma: B with AA at A level including a science subject.
Access 45 credits at Distinction from graded level 3 units in a relevant Diploma
International qualifications

Many countries have a different education system to that of the UK, meaning your qualifications may not meet our entry requirements. Completing your Foundation Certificate, such as that offered by the University of Liverpool International College, means you're guaranteed a place on your chosen course.

Contextual offers: reduced grade requirements

Based on your personal circumstances, you may automatically qualify for up to a two-grade reduction in the entry requirements needed for this course. When you apply, we consider a range of factors – such as where you live – to assess if you’re eligible for a grade reduction. You don’t have to make an application for a grade reduction – we’ll do all the work.

Find out more about how we make reduced grade offers.

About our entry requirements

Our entry requirements may change from time to time both according to national application trends and the availability of places at Liverpool for particular courses. We review our requirements before the start of the new UCAS cycle each year and publish any changes on our website so that applicants are aware of our typical entry requirements before they submit their application.

Recent changes to government policy which determine the number of students individual institutions may admit under the student number control also have a bearing on our entry requirements and acceptance levels, as this policy may result in us having fewer places than in previous years.

We believe in treating applicants as individuals, and in making offers that are appropriate to their personal circumstances and background. For this reason, we consider a range of factors in addition to predicted grades, widening participation factors amongst other evidence provided. Therefore the offer any individual applicant receives may differ slightly from the typical offer quoted in the prospectus and on the website.

Contextual offers: reduced grade requirements

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Alternative entry requirements

  • If your qualification isn't listed here, or you're taking a combination of qualifications, contact us for advice
  • Aged 20+ and without formal qualifications? The one-year Go Higher diploma qualifies you to apply for University of Liverpool arts, humanities and social sciences programmes
  • Applications from mature students are welcome.

Changes to Psychology BSc (Hons)

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