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A foundation year helps you develop the study skills and self-confidence needed for higher education when you don’t reach the entry requirements for your subject.

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, while our single honours and major routes give you 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 with Foundation Year? 

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.

The foundation year provides you with the fundamental skills and abilities to be able to study at university level. On successful completion of this foundation year you can progress to the Psychology degree.

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have 32 UCAS Tariff points. We also require a GCSE C or above in mathematics, or equivalent (such as a GCSE in statistics).

We will also welcome applications from students with few or no formal Level 3 qualifications who wish to return to education and applicants may be asked to attend an interview.

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 information about entry requirements.

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All about the course

During your foundation year you will learn topics across Psychology, Politics, Sociology and Applied Criminology to support your progression to your degree subject. This will further give you the opportunity to do join honors in these subjects should you wish.

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. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

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 SpruinSenior Lecturer, Psychology

Graduate Outcomes Survey 2021

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

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.

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


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

  UK** Overseas***
Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £9,250 £14,500
Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £14,500
Full-time - placement year * £1,850 N/A

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

* The tuition fees of £9,250 / £14,500 / £1,850 relate to 2022/23 only. 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:

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 5 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.

Students will also have access to 7 bespoke psychology labs in the new STEM building on campus, including new observation areas for psychology-related research.

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.

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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