BSc single honours or in combination with another subject Psychology 2020/21

Year of entry

91% of our Psychology students were satisfied with the quality of the course.

National Student Survey, 2019

Psychology seeks to understand thoughts, emotions and behaviour through scientific study. You will be exploring an inherently fascinating and useful subject that offers you many opportunities for future development and employment.

We emphasise the uses of psychology in the real world, and you will gain an insight into its practical application. You will study all of the core areas of this diverse subject and then have the opportunity to pursue areas of specialism under the guidance of expert staff.

Employability, research skills, practical application and personal development are embedded within our course from start to finish.

You will explore areas including:

  • the social and developing self
  • brain, mind and behaviour
  • research methods in psychology.

Psychology courses at Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) emphasise psychology in the real-world. As a psychology student, you will seek to understand thoughts, emotions and behaviour. A degree in psychology gives you the chance to study an inherently fascinating and useful subject, while offering you many opportunities for future development and employment.

Our degree course has three key strengths: firstly, it is applied: we focus on psychology in the real world and provide insight into the practical application of psychology from early on; secondly, employability is embedded within our course from start to finish, helping you to build a broad range of academic, personal and career skills; finally, we are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). This ensures quality and gives you the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) required for many postgraduate psychology training courses (assuming a 2:2 or above and a pass in your final year project is achieved).

“94% of our most recent Psychology students were in jobs or further study 6 months after finishing their course.”

DLHE 16-17

Top reason to choose this course

We are a dedicated team of research-active staff who are passionate about teaching. Together, we have designed a course that provides an excellent study experience with a choice of pathways (i.e. single honours and a number of combined honours pathways). We have made clear links between modules to provide you with a coherent and complementary study experience. For example, if you choose single honours Psychology, you will study the Research Methods and Statistics module in your first year, and these methods will come alive thanks to the parallel module ‘Psychology in Practice’ that features talks from practitioners in the field. If you choose to study psychology as a combined honours student, you will have the fantastic opportunity to choose a pathway that provides BPS accreditation as well as studying another subject, even if you don’t major in psychology.

92% of our students find that our programme challenged them to do their best and enabled them to think more critically and analytically.

UKES, 2018


The British Psychological Society sponsors a prize for one outstanding student at each participating institution.

“As a mature student I felt that I would feel 'too old'. But I have had so much support and the way that our lecturers are always there and care about us is amazing.”

Jennifer Wells, First Year Psychology Student, 2018

“The psychology programme at CCCU 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 Thomson, Final Year Psychology Student, 2018

Psychology is a diverse and fascinating subject that deals with how we perceive the everyday world. This course is for you if you have studied the subject or a related social science before, or if you have a keen interest in the thoughts, emotions and behaviors of others and want to study them in a scientific way. Psychology at CCCU is applied which means we focus on psychology in the real world and provide an insight into the practical application of psychological knowledge from day one. As part of the course you will also have the opportunity to enjoy guest lectures and research seminars.

“I find the lecturers are all approachable in regards to clarifying and explaining their area of expertise in psychology. The lecturers also make you feel at ease to ask questions during lectures. Overall I felt valued as an individual throughout my degree, as before I started I felt I would just be a number.”

Samantha Hudson, Final Year Combined Student, 2018

Psychology is a diverse subject. Our single honours and combined pathways (with at least 50% of psychology modules) are accredited by the British Psychological Society. They cover all the core areas of psychology: biological, cognitive, developmental, individual differences, social, conceptual and historical issues, research methods, and finish with an independent empirical project. There are also optional modules in areas of staff expertise. Our course is designed to offer a coherent delivery of subject knowledge, research skills, practical application and personal development at all levels of study.

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

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In year one, you will become familiar with the BPS core areas of psychology (including biological, cognitive, social, developmental and individual differences) and the basic methods of psychological research. You will engage in a range of practical coursework, where you will gather data, analyse your findings and write your own report. Single honours students will also complete additional practical exercises, develop their 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.

Did you know? Psychology team has four active research groups: Creativity and Cognition; Health and Wellbeing; Learning and Development; and Society and Environment.

Year two builds on these foundations and includes some more in-depth and specialised modules. If you choose the single ­honours route or take psychology with at least 50% of psychology modules, you will learn more about research methods and their practical application, develop your work-related and key skills in psychology, build more specialist subject knowledge, and have access to optional modules on sub disciplines and applied topics (e.g. clinical and forensic psychology).

In year three you will also develop more specialised knowledge in Personality and Individual Differences. You will have access to a diverse range of optional modules in our Lecturer’s areas of expertise (e.g., Psychology of the Family). If you are a single honours or major student, you will continue to develop your research skills and carry out your own empirical research project, designing, conducting, analysing and presenting your study under the supervision of an allocated member of staff.

Work experience

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

For single honours psychology students, we have a work-related and key skills module in year two to help you develop your employability skills. We also now offer an optional placement year between the second and third years of study, providing an additional opportunity to get to know the work of professional psychologists and develop practical skills.

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.

Year One

Please note that all modules are subject to change. There is no guarantee they will be offered in the future. Each module is worth 20 credits.

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)
  • Research in Psychology 2 (Single and Combined Honours)
  • Social and Developmental Psychology (Single and Combined Honours)
  • Graduate Attributes in Work (Single Honours Only)

Likely optional modules

  • Clinical and Forensic Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Psychology and Education
  • Psychology of Nations

Year Three

Core modules

  • Research in Psychology 3 (Single and Combined Honours)
  • Personality and Individual Differences (Single and Combined Honours)
  • Research Project (Single and Combined Honours)

Likely optional modules

  • Psychology in Critical Perspective
  • Anomalous Cognition
  • Applied Psychology
  • Dreaming and Dream Interpretation
  • Psychology and Sustainable Living
  • Psychology of the Family
  • Slaves to Emotion
  • Therapeutic Approaches to Wellbeing

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.

“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, Christ Church graduate

““I felt supported and welcomed by every member of the department throughout my degree. No matter how busy the lecturers were, their doors were always open. The course content was engaging, covering varied and current topics, and the coursework allowed exploration of intriguing areas. The Psychology Society holds regular events and meetings, which contribute to the overall friendly feel of the department. I feel lucky to have studied here!”

Summer Hubble, Christ Church graduate


Tuition Fees for 2020/21 have not yet been finalised. Course webpages will be updated with Tuition Fee information once these have been agreed.

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) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
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 20-credit module, you will receive around 50 hours of academic direction and invest around 150 hours of independent study. Contact takes place in face-to-face 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 research-active 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, while others are working towards it. Many are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. Psychology also has a team of dedicated administrative and technical staff.


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

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.

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 may be limited.

Our single honours in psychology route and some combined honours routes in psychology with another subject are both accredited by the British Psychological Society and confer the Graduate Basis of Chartered Membership (GBC). To gain GBC, combined honours students must take 60 credits in each of their years. GBC is only conferred if you complete your degree with a second class degree classification or better, and pass the Psychology Research Project.

The psychology course adheres to the BPS Code of Ethics and Conduct, which can be obtained from the British Psychological Society.

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.

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 achievement 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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UCAS course code

  • C800 Psychology
  • C803 Psychology with Foundation Year

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 3 years full-time

    4 years full-time including a Foundation Year

    6 years part-time


  • September 2020

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