BSc single honours or in combination with another subject Psychology 2017/18

Year of entry

Psychology is one of the most popular degree programmes at Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU). A psychology degree enables you to study people – their thoughts, emotions and behaviours. It helps us to answer questions such as: Why do we procrastinate? How do children learn to talk? How do we diagnose and treat depression? Why do people commit crimes? To answer questions such as these, you will learn to study people scientifically, by conducting observations, interviews, experiments and questionnaire studies. Our programme offers a variety of options that reflect the interests of our staff and students. Amongst these options are popular topics, including: Clinical and Health Psychology; Forensic and Investigative Psychology; Slaves to Emotion; Psychology and Education. Our wide range of options makes our degree flexible to suit your interests. We are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), therefore, our programme provides you with the first step to qualifying as a psychologist.  

95% of our most recent Psychology students were in jobs or further study 6 months after finishing their course.

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Top reason to choose this course

One top reason that our current students give for choosing us, is due to our friendly and supportive team. We are passionate about our research, teaching and your experience as a student. We know that choosing to go to University is a big decision and we are keen to help you during this next step in your life. When you begin, you will have a Lecturer who will be assigned as your Personal Academic Tutor (PAT) to help you settle in, and to support you throughout your degree. We also have a dedicated Student Support Advisor and Technical Support Staff to assist you when needed, and to direct you to the support available across the University.  We hope you can visit us on one of our Open Days or Applicant Days so you can get to know a ‘friendly face’ and ask any questions you may have about our degree. Please get in touch – we are happy to help. 

“Psychology students at Canterbury Christ Church University receive one of the most creative and engaging undergraduate curriculum that I have come across over the course of my career.”

Dr Russell Luyt, external examiner for our programme, 2014-2017)

Psychology could appeal to you if you have an interest in understanding people’s thoughts, emotions and behaviour. Psychology is a diverse topic, covering a range of topics: from rational to irrational thoughts; emotions to moods; prosocial to antisocial behaviour; in babies through to the elderly. The knowledge you will gain from our psychology degree is useful for a wide range of careers including social work, teaching, media and business, as well as providing you with the first step towards a career as a chartered psychologist.

“Having lived in the South East all my life, Christ Church was the ideal location for me. The academics are all passionate about what they do, which is reflected in their lectures and seminars. The course is everything I was looking for and more. I couldn't recommend it more highly to someone with a keen interest in the subject who wishes to learn amongst a group of like-minded peers.”

Samuel Hales, final year student in 2015

If you are aiming for a career as a chartered psychologist (e.g. a Clinical Psychologist, Forensic Psychologist, Educational Psychologist), then you will need to gain the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). For more information, search “what is accreditation?” on the BPS website. Our degree is accredited by the BPS, and therefore provides you with the required foundations for a career as a chartered psychologist. 

As a mature student the prospect of taking up studying so ‘late in the day’ was daunting, but staff have been so supportive and encouraging, it has been easy (ish!) to learn again. I’ve covered lots of topics and had the chance to explore subjects that interest me in more depth. We get lots of input about careers and further studying which really helps towards deciding on your future.

Sharon Good (Final year student in 2016).

You will study all the BPS core areas of psychology, including social psychology, developmental psychology, biological psychology, cognitive psychology, individual differences, conceptual and historical issues, research methods, and an empirical project. We also offer a variety of options that reflect the interests of our staff and students. Our degree programme has a strong applied element, so you can see the real world application of the topics that you study. Alongside the core areas and your options, we will support the development of your graduate attributes for psychology and future work. 

You can study French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish as part of, or alongside, your course.

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What you will study will depend on whether you choose to do Psychology on its own (single honours), or with another subject (combined honours). We are pleased to offer a BPS accredited combined honours pathway to our students (i.e. you will get BPS accreditation if you chose to do most of your modules in psychology in Year 2 and 3, A.K.A. ‘majoring’ in Psychology).

The support I have received from all of the staff in the Psychology department has allowed me to become the person I am now. I have always struggled with my studies due to my dyslexia, but the support I have received has allowed me to go into my final year with the confidence. I believe I can successfully conduct my research report and achieve a good degree when I graduate.

Charlotte Randle (Final year student in 2016-17).

Work-based experience

We strongly encourage volunteering and graduate placements, and will help you connect with charities and organisations. For single-honours students, we now offer a work-related experience module in Year 2, and the opportunity to pursue a placement year between Year 2 and Year 3. This experience provides you with the chance to get to know the work of professional psychologists and develop practical skills.

A great way to learn about psychology is from the inside – by taking the place of a participant in psychological studies. As part of our programme, you will take part in our Research Participation Scheme (RPS), where you will earn credits for your participation in studies run by our staff and students. This experience can help you to learn about the procedure of a studies, why they use different methods, what their predicted results are (e.g. aims and hypothesis), and what it is like to be the person being studied. By taking part, you are also actively involved in contributing to the field of psychology, helping us to advance our understanding of human thoughts and behaviours. 

One of the most rewarding experiences was my internship with three of the lecturers in my department. For five months, I helped to perform literature reviews and run interviews with several pet owners and local stakeholders, so that we could investigate the social and cognitive reasons behind why people surrender their pet dogs for adoption. This opportunity not only allowed me to put my knowledge of psychology into practice, but also helped me to develop lots of good research skills which proved vital when it came to running my own studies in the final year.

Sam Hales  (Graduated July 2016).

Year one

All modules are subject to change. There is no guarantee they will be offered in the future. Each module is worth 20 credits, unless stated otherwise.

Core modules

Brain, Mind and Behaviour (Single and Combined Honours)

Classic Studies and Practicals in Psychology (Single Honours Only)

Graduate Attributes in Psychology (Single Honours Only)

Psychology in Practice (Single Honours Only)

Research in Psychology (Single and Combined Honours)

Social and Developing Self (Single and Combined Honours)

Year two

Core modules

Biological and Cognitive Psychology (Single and Combined Honours)

Graduate Attributes in Work (Single Honours Only)

Research in Psychology 2 (Single and Combined Honours)

Social and Developmental Psychology (Single and Combined Honours)

Likely optional modules

Clinical and Health Psychology

Evolutionary Psychology

Experimental Psychology

Forensic and Investigative Psychology

Psychology and Education

Psychology of Nations

Year three

Core modules

Extended Research Project (40 credits) (Single and Combined Honours)

Personality and Individual Differences (Single and Combined Honours)

Psychology in Critical Perspectives (Single and Combined Honours)

Research Project (for majoring students only) (Single and Combined Honours)

Likely optional modules

Anomalous Cognition

Applied Psychology

Dreaming and dream interpretation

Psychology and Sustainable Living

Psychology of the Family

Slaves to Emotion

Therapeutic approaches to Wellbeing

When values collide

Dr Amanda Carr has been conducting research with CBeebies Interactive looking at how children under 3 years old use touch screen tablets. In a study of 18 children and their parents she observed infants and toddlers playing simple interactive games on the tablet and is looking at the developmental impact this type of activity might have on children of this age.

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.

From day one, you are encouraged to consider your next steps after university. Whether it’s applying for further study or hunting down a graduate job, the lecturers in the Psychology Department really do support you all the way. If it wasn’t for my Personal Tutor, I’m in no doubt that I wouldn’t be studying for my Masters now. Not only did she help me to decide which courses I should consider based on my academic interests and personal strengths, but also offered countless advice when I was writing up my applications.

Sam Hales (Graduated in 2016). 


The 2017/18 annual tuition fees for this course are:

Full-time £9,250* £11,000**
Part-time £4,625 N/A

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

*Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2017/18 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,165 in Year 0.

**Tuition Fee Scholarship discounts of £1,500 are available to eligible overseas students. Visit the International webpages for further information.

Please read the 2017/18 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2017/18 tuition fees and year on year fee increases

Further information

Additional course costs

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

Course specific costs

DBS / Health Checks Applicable only if the student decides to conduct a final-year project that requires such checks.
Learning Materials Specialist software is provided on the University computers, but students can purchase installation media for their personal computer from the University Bookshop at a discounted price.

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) Yes, if the trip contributes to the course (whether it is part of an optional or compulsory module), but not including food and drink. Yes, if the trip is not an essential part of the course but is offered as an enhancement or enrichment activity, or for a student’s personal development.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
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.
Composition of the course

Learning and teaching methods may include lectures, seminars, individual and group tutorials, directed independent study, practicals and research projects, workshops, reflective practice, and structured discussions. For a typical 20­credit module, you will receive around 50 hours of academic direction and invest around 150 hours of independent study. Contact takes place in face­to­face and online environments, and learning and teaching methods are continually informed by student feedback.

In addition to curricular activity, we strongly encourage volunteering and graduate placements, and will help you connect with worthwhile charities and organisations.

Academic input

You will be supported at all stages of your degree by our research­active team of experienced academic staff including lecturers, senior lecturers, principal lecturers, and postgraduate researchers with additional input from external practitioners on selected modules. Most of our teaching staff have completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, others are currently completing it. Many are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. Psychology also has a team of dedicated administrative and technical staff, as well as a student advisor to provide support and guidance.

Surprising terms

Our single honours in psychology and major combined honours in psychology with another subject are both accredited by the British Psychological Society and confer the Graduate Basis of Chartered Membership (GBC). To complete the major route, combined honours students must take a minimum of 50% of their credits in Psychology across the programme. If you choose a BPS accredited pathway, then modules choices in psychology and in your other subject will be limited.

To gain GBC, you must complete your degree with a second­class degree classification or better (2:2 or above), and pass the Psychology Research Project with a mark of at least 40. Please note that compensation cannot be applied to the Psychology Research Project in order to meet this criterion.

83% of our assessments are coursework based and 17% are exam based. Coursework assessment methods may include various forms of written work such as: essays, blog posts, reflective logs, critical reviews, practical reports, presentations, portfolios and case studies. Exam assessments can include written essays, short answers or multiple-choice.

Grade C or above, or equivalent, in GCSE Mathematics


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UCAS code

  • C800 Psychology
  • C803 Psychology with Foundation Year

Institutional code

  • C10


  • 3 years full-time

    4 years full-time including a Foundation Year

    6 years part-time


  • September 2017

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