The supportive environment nurtures and encourages students to fulfil their own potential and begin a long and successful working life.



    Psychology seeks to understand thoughts, emotions and behaviour through scientific study. Explore this fascinating subject on a course that has employability embedded within it from start to finish.

    You’ll gain insight into the practical application of psychology and build a broad range of academic, personal and careers skills. Our degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), ensuring quality and giving you the opportunity to gain the BPS Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership, the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

    Your Christ Church Psychology degree is a great springboard into a career in the caring professions, education, business and management, or other people-focused occupations.

    Why study Psychology? 

    If you are fascinated by the ways people think, act, react, and interact, then our Psychology course is a great option for you.

    Psychology at Christ Church focusses on psychology in the real world, and you'll gain an insight into the practical application of psychology from early on in your studies. Through scientific study, you'll learn about human behaviour, and the thoughts and emotions that influence.

    You'll cover all the core areas of psychology: biological; cognitive; developmental; individual difference; social; conceptual and historical issues; and research methods.

      All about the course

      In Year 1, you will become familiar with the British Psychological Society core areas of psychology (including biological, cognitive, social, developmental and individual differences) and the basic methods of psychological research. You'll undertake a range of practical coursework, where you'll gather and analyse data, interpret your findings, and write your own report. If you are a single honours student, you'll also: complete additional practical exercises; develop key skills for becoming an effective student in psychology; explore past and present philosophical and theoretical issues in psychology; and receive an insight into the work of applied psychologists through talks from practitioners in the field.

      Entry requirements

      A typical offer would be 96-120 UCAS points. We do not require you to have taken Psychology at A-Level, although a background in the subject is always helpful. We do, however, require a GCSE Grade C or above in Mathematics or equivalent (such as a GCSE in Statistics).

      For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

      More entry requirement details.

      UCAS Points

      Module information

      Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. 

      In Year One combined honours students will take three core modules. These modules differ depending on the combining subject. They have been set to meet the learning needs of the combined honours subject and align with the specific combination. You can see the list of core modules for each combination here.

      Core/optional modules

      How you’ll learn

      You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, supervisions and directed studies. The precise mode of delivery, and the number of contact hours you will have per week, will vary depending on the modules you take in each semester.

      You will be expected to attend the taught sessions and contribute to group activities. Discussions in smaller groups will enable you to develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures. In addition, you will meet with your academic personal tutor.

      You will be expected to undertake independent reading and research throughout your course. You will have access to a wide range of library resources (books, journal articles, and media resources), and you will be supported in making good use of these.

      All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

      Full-time students (both single and combined honours) will complete six 20-credit modules per year (three modules in Semester 1 and three in Semester 2).

      Part-time students who study over six years will generally complete three 20-credit modules per year (e.g., two modules in Semester 1 and one in Semester 2, or vice versa).

      For a typical 20 credit module, you'll receive around 50 hours of academic direction, which could include face-to-face and online contact with teaching staff. You'll then be expected to complete a further 150 hours of independent study.

      You will be supported at all stages of your degree by our research-active team of experienced academic staff including lecturers, senior lecturers, principal lecturers, technicians and postgraduate researchers, with additional input from external practitioners on selected modules.

      Our Lecturers have all successfully completed doctoral-level qualifications in psychology in their chosen specialist fields. Lecturers are responsible for the development and running of every module, both core and optional (with optional modules generally a reflection of an individual Lecturer's area of specialism). On core modules, Lecturers may also be supported in delivering teaching to students by our postgraduate researchers (known as Instructors), who are currently working towards doctoral-level qualification. Most of our teaching team have completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, while others are working towards it. Many are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

      When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions, you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars. Our Graduate Attributes modules are designed to support you in developing your self-study skills, to effectively engage with these tasks.

      Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class. You will be encouraged to develop your knowledge beyond the contents provided, by exploring the broader research literature available and pursuing your own lines of enquiry. For some assignments, you might undertake independent research. For this, you will work under the supervision of a member of the course team, and you will meet with your supervisor regularly.

      Psychology is one of the most diverse and inclusive courses in the country. Along with our furriest member of staff Oliver, (our facility dog) I have recently won the University Teaching Excellence Award for Inclusivity and Diversity, focusing on our ground-breaking, innovative work with our Psychology students. Our range of core and optionable modules offer exciting learning opportunities for everyone.

      Dr Liz SpruinProgramme Director, Psychology

      How you’ll be assessed

      All modules require students to submit two pieces of work for assessment, with each assessment generally contributing towards 50% of students' module grades. Students must attain an overall module grade of 40% in order to pass the module. The precise nature of the assessment methods will vary from module to module though will generally involve completing two of the following:

      • Written work - such such as essays, reflective logs, critical reviews, practical reports, portfolios, posters, blogs, and case studies)
      • Oral work - such as presentations and podcasts)
      • Tests and examinations.

      Those completing a BPS accredited degree will also submit a dissertation in their final year.

      Graduate Outcomes Survey 2021

      of our Psychology students were in jobs or further study 15 months after finishing their course

      Your future career

      Many psychology graduates find employment in the caring professions, education, business and management, and other people-focused occupations. Others pursue careers as applied psychologists, or as academics and researchers. Accreditation from the British Psychological Society gives graduates of the single honours or major routes the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC), which is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist. It allows graduates to pursue postgraduate vocational training in areas such as clinical, educational, forensic, and health psychology.

      The Psychology course at Christ Church has not only given me the tools to progress within a career in forensic psychology, it has also provided opportunities for personal and professional development, volunteer experiences and incredible contacts. The supportive environment nurtures and encourages students to fulfil their own potential and begin a long and successful working life.

      Becky Psychology graduate

      Combined honours

      Combined UCAS Codes

      We constantly assess our curriculum to ensure students have the best possible study experience and this means our course combinations are subject to change. If you are interested in a particular combination please contact our friendly course enquiry team to discuss your choice.

      Course UCAS Code Placement Year
      Applied Criminology MC98 -
      Business Management NC18  N2C8
      Drama WC48 -
      Early Childhood Studies XC38 -
      Education Studies XC3V -
      English Language and Linguistics QC3V -
      English Literature CQ83 -
      Marketing NC58 N6C9
      Media and Communications CP83 -
      Politics LC28 -
      Public Relations and Media PR10 -
      International Relations LN3W  



      Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

      Costs applicable to all students



      Text books

      Own purchase text books

      Travel to other sites

      Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student

      Library Fees and Fines

      Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable

      Printing & Photocopying

      The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student

      Graduation ceremonies

      It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student


      The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for this course are:

        UK** Overseas***
      Full-time £9,250 £14,500
      Part-time £4,625 £7,250

      Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

      Please read the 2022/23 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2022/23 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

      **Home (UK) Fees

      The fees above are for the 2022/23 academic year but may be subject to change following any announcements by the UK Government (approved by Parliament) regarding maximum Undergraduate tuition fee caps for 2022/23.

      In addition, the University reserves the right to increase all full-time and part-time Undergraduate tuition fees mid-course, in line with any further inflationary increase in the Government tuition fee cap which is approved by Parliament. The University will publish information about any changes to tuition fees on its website.

      ***Overseas Fees (including EU fees):

      Undergraduate Overseas tuition fees for International students are not subject to the Government’s regulations on maximum tuition fees.

      Students with an Overseas fee status will be eligible for an International student Scholarship fee discount of £1,500, which will be applied to all Full-time Undergraduate courses with a tuition fee of £14,500.

      Students with an EU fee status will be eligible for the EEA Transition Scholarship. Further details can be found here:

      Diamond Jubilee Scholarships and Bursaries

      To celebrate 60 years of transforming lives through education new cash bursary and scholarship opportunities are available for students starting a degree in September 2022. See full details.

      Specialist facilities

      You will have access to psychology-specific resources housed in Verena Holmes, CCCU's new STEM building. Our dedicated psychology teaching spaces and laboratories, which include a psychology seminar room, seven bespoke psychology labs incorporating eye trackers, brain imaging equipment (EEG), virtual reality simulation, and observation suites with one-way mirrors and Mangold video surveillance and behavioural coding software.

      We also incorporate the use of specialist software to conduct data analysis, including SPSS, R and NVivo.

      Industry links

      Our Psychology in Practice module links with external partners. Single honours students on this module receive guest talks from practitioners in the field to highlight the applications of psychology in a variety of professional settings. For students who register to study with a Placement Year, we also use links to external partners to help students secure their placement.

      Our psychology team has several research groups that aim to collaborate with external organisations. For example, our Learning and Development Group has conducted research in local schools, with local charities such as SNAAP, and alongside the BBC’s CBeebies.

      Regulated by the Office for Students

      The Office for Students (OfS) regulates Canterbury Christ Church University. The OfS is the independent regulator of higher education in England. It aims to ensure that every student, whatever their background, has a fulfilling experience of higher education that enriches their lives and careers. Further details about its work are available on the OfS website.

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