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 a 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 gives you the opportunity to gain the BPS Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership, the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

Your 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 looking at the ways people think, act, react, and interact, then our Psychology course is a great option for you. 

Our course focuses on psychology in the real world and you'll gain an insight into the practical application of psychology from early on. Through scientific study, you'll learn about human behaviour, and the thoughts and emotions that influence behaviour.

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 C or above in mathematics, or equivalent (such as a GCSE in statistics). More entry requirement details.

UCAS Points

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 data, analyse your findings and write your own report. If you are a single honours student, you'll also complete additional practical exercises, develop your key skills 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.

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.

Typically, for a typical 20 credit module, you'll receive around 50 hours of academic direction, which could include face-to-face and online contact. 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.

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.

Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class. 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

Assessment methods may include various forms of written work such as essays, reflective logs, critical reviews, practical reports, presentations, portfolios, case studies, tests and examinations. Those completing a BPS accredited degree will also submit a dissertation in their final year.

Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18

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 psychology, educational psychology 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

Combination courses

Combined UCAS Codes


Course UCAS Code Placement Year
Advertising NC59 N5C9
Applied Criminology MC98 -
Business Management NC18  N2C8
Drama WC48 -
Early Childhood Studies XC38 -
Education Studies XC3V -
English Language QC3V -
English Literature CQ83 -
Film, Radio and Television CW86 -
Forensic Investigation FC48 -
History CV81 -
Marketing NC58 N6C9
Media and Communications CP83 -
Politics LC28 -
Public Relations and Media PR10 -
Sociology C801 -
Sport and Exercise Science CC86 -
Tourism Studies CN28 -



The 2020/21 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time £9,250 £13,000
Part-time £4,625 N/A

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

Please read the 2020/21 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2020/21 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

Specialist facilities

You will have access to psychology specific resources including online study skills materials and our dedicated psychology teaching space and laboratories, which include a psychology seminar room, an eye tracker, brain imaging equipment (EEG), virtual reality simulation, and at least one observation suite with a one-way mirror and video surveillance. 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. We also use links to external partners when helping students achieve their placement year.

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

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