BSc single honours Psychology (with foundation year) 2019/20

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A number of our degrees are also offered with an additional foundation year (Year 0). Whether you are a school-leaver or someone considering returning to study but don’t have the entry requirements for your chosen subject, a foundation year course may be just what you’re looking for.

A foundation year is the first year of a four year programme which:

  • provides an introduction not only to study at University but also to your chosen subject
  • offers you a highly supportive environment where you can develop the self-confidence, knowledge, skills and understanding for further study.

Following the Foundation Year you will go on to 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 through scientific study. 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. First, we are applied; we focus on psychology in the real world and provide insight into the practical application of psychology from early on. Second, 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 of 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).

Top reason to choose this course

We are a dedicated team of research­active staff who are passionate about teaching. Together we have designed a course that provides an excellent study experience with a choice of pathways (e.g. single honours and a number of combined honours pathways). We have developed a course with clear links between modules to provide you with a coherent and complementary study experience. For example, if you choose to study single honours Psychology, in your first year as you study the Research Methods and Statistics module, you will hear these methods come alive with talks from practitioners in the field, within our Psychology in Practice module. 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.


The British Psychological Society sponsors a prize for one outstanding student at each participating institution. We are proud that our student, Summer Hubble won the BPS Undergraduate Award for achieving the highest degree average.

“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

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.

Psychology is a diverse subject. Our single honours and major 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 an 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.

The 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 as the major component of your combined honours degree, 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 psychology).

In year three you will take Critical Perspectives in Psychology, which will help you to discuss, debate and discover psychology from a critical perspective. You will also develop more specialised knowledge in Personality and Individual Differences. You will also 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 also 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 2 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 0 - Foundation Year

Core Modules

Contemporary Issues in Politics

This module explores key issues and questions in the study of politics – including how political systems function, how political change occurs, and who holds political power. The module takes an exciting and innovative problem focused approach, enabling you to engage in lively and topical debate on the big issues of the day.  

Contemporary Issues in Sociology

This discursive issue focused module enables you to gain an entry level understanding of key critical issues in the study of sociology – including race, class and gender. The module uses the ‘sociological imagination’ to interrogate these issues in an engaging, innovative and informative fashion.

Contemporary Issues in Psychology

This module introduces students to some key areas and concepts in psychology and also begins to explore how psychology may be applied to addressing practical real-world problems and contemporary issues. Students will begin to put into practice the study skills that are required at university level and also begin to understand how to approach psychological theory and application from a critical standpoint.  

Academic Skills

The module aims to give you the basic transferable skills needed to understand and practice social scientific reasoning, to undertake research methods and to communicate effectively with academic writing and other formats.

Interdisciplinary Studies

This module provides an opportunity for hands-on project work allowing integration, reflection upon, and application of concepts and perspectives covered in subject-specific modules. The module provides a forum for exploring and appreciating the differences between, and the complementarity or otherwise of psychological, sociological and political perspectives on human behaviour.

Individual Project

The individual project allows you to pursue an investigation of a particular topic within your chosen subject area of EITHER Politics, OR Sociology, OR Psychology, and is designed to help you prepare for further study at Level 4 within your chosen degree pathway.

Year one

Core modules

Core for single honours only
Brain and Mind

Psychobiology and cognitive psychology are core areas of the British Psychological Society’s curriculum for accredited undergraduate programmes.This module will introduce you to the contribution that psychobiology and cognition have made to our understanding of the brain, cognition, behaviour, and the links between them.

The Social and Developing Self

Social psychology, developmental psychology and individual differences are core areas of the British Psychological Society’s curriculum for accredited undergraduate programmes. This module will introduce you to the contribution that social and developmental psychology, and the psychology of individual differences, have made to our understanding of the self.

Research in Psychology 1

This module provides the building blocks for the scientific study of thoughts, emotions and behaviours. You will be introduced to the most commonly employed methods of data collection and data analysis. You will also gain practical experience in designing empirical studies and analysing data. This module will emphasise the importance of research methods not only to conduct research, but also to understand and critically evaluate psychological literature in all of your other modules.

Key Skills in Psychology 1*

This module aims to help you identify and develop a range of transferable skills necessary for studying psychology at degree level in year one, which will support your future employability and recruitment. The module will encourage you to develop a reflective approach by helping you to identify your strengths and weaknesses, plan for personal, educational and career development, and introduce you to practices which promote academic citizenship.

Classic Studies and Practicals in Psychology*

This module offers you an opportunity to look in greater detail at classic studies in psychology and their representation in both academic and popular media. An important aim is to develop your awareness of the social and historical contexts in which such studies or works were produced, the different ways in which they are and have been portrayed, and a critical appreciation of their corresponding influence on the development of psychology as a discipline. This understanding will also come-alive as you are introduced to applied psychological practice, via hands-on practical work.

Psychology in Practice*

This module will provide you with the exciting opportunity to hear from practitioners in the field of psychology. You will be introduced to applied psychological practice in some of the major domains determined by the British Psychological Society, such as the divisions of clinical, educational and child, forensic, health, and occupational psychology. 

Year two

Core modules

Compulsory for single honours or majors

Biological and Cognitive Psychology

Expanding on content covered in the Brain and Mind module in year one, this module will further your knowledge and understanding of contemporary topics, theories and research in biological and cognitive psychology. The module will also examine the techniques used in neuropsychology and explore the relationship between brain and behaviour to enhance your understanding of issues such as cerebral asymmetry and movement.

Social and Developmental Psychology

This module builds on material covered in The Social and Developing Self in year one, in covering key perspectives and topics in the study of social and developmental psychology. You will be given the opportunity to acquire a comprehensive understanding of topics spanning the breadth of interpersonal relationships to intergroup relations (e.g. social influence), with special attention given to the potential for practical application.This module also considers aspects of development that are relevant to children’s developing understanding of the self and the social world such as infant cognition, play and moral understanding.

Research in Psychology 2

This module builds upon material covered in Research in Psychology 1 by extending your knowledge and understanding of research methods in psychology, introducing you to more sophisticated techniques widely used in the analysis of quantitative data (such as ANOVA) and qualitative data (such as content analysis) and providing further, more independent, experience in designing, conducting and reporting your own research.

Work-related and Key Skills in Psychology*

Continuing your skills development from Key Skills in Psychology 1, this module aims to help you further identify and develop a range of transferable skills necessary for studying psychology at degree level in year two, with a particular focus on supporting your future employability and recruitment. 

Year three

Core modules

*Core for single honours and majors only

Personality and Individual Differences

This module builds on material covered in The Social and Developing Self in year one, by covering key perspectives and topics in the study of personality and individual differences. The module aims to provide you with a knowledge and understanding of key theories, research findings, and debates in this area.

Psychology in Critical Perspective

The module will ask you to reflect back on all of your undergraduate study of psychology. You will be encouraged to adopt a critical stance towards psychology as a discipline. This is achieved by introducing you to epistemological issues in, and critiques of, mainstream psychology; alternative epistemologies which have been developed by critical psychologists; and a range of philosophical issues having a bearing on psychology’s methodological and foundational assumptions.

Psychology Research Project*

The final year empirical project is a core requirement of the British Psychological Society’s curriculum. This module offers you the opportunity to undertake a significant piece of independent research, under supervisory guidance, of a particular topic or issue related to and/or arising out of general topics covered by taught courses in the psychology degree programme. The module offers you the opportunity to build upon the knowledge, understanding and skills developed in previous years, and a vehicle by which you may further explore the use of quantitative and/or qualitative research methodologies used within the discipline.

Likely optional modules

Depending on your chosen degree pathway, you may have a choice of optional modules in your second and third years. Optional modules cover specialist content connected to our four major research themes:

  • Creativity and Cognition
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Learning and Development
  • Society and Environment

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 2019/20 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £6,575 £8,500
Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £11,900

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

* The tuition fee of £9,250 relates to 2019/20 only. Please read the 2019/20 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2019/20 tuition fees and mid-course year on year fee increases.

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

In the foundation year (Level 0) you will study core concepts, theories and issues in the social sciences. These modules are studied alongside a study skills programme which will prepare you for studying at undergraduate level. Completion of the foundation year permits students to progress to Level 4.

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, 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.

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.

Grade C or above, or equivalent, in GCSE Mathematics

Professional accreditation

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 60 credits in Psychology in year one and 80 credits in Psychology in both years two and three. To gain GBC, you must complete your degree with a second­ class degree classification or better, and pass the Psychology Research Project with a mark of at least 40.

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

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), and our observation suite with a one ­way mirror and video surveillance. We also incorporate the use of specialist software to conduct data analysis, including SPSS and NVivo. Finally, our academic tutors, psychology technician, psychology administrators and student advisor together make a difference to the student experience.

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.

Our Psychology team has four research groups that aim to collaborate with external organisations. For example, the Learning and Development group has conducted research in local schools, in local charities e.g. SNAAP and for CBeebies.


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UCAS course code

  • C830 Psychology with Foundation Year

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 4 years full-time


  • September 2019

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