BSc (Hons) in Applied Psychology


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Program Description

In Psychology, we describe, explain and predict thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

The focus of this degree is to apply the core psychological material of research methods, cognitive, social, developmental, personality and biological psychology to real-life applications.

You will cover all areas of applied psychology with a focus on mental health, forensic, counseling and health psychology. You can choose to exit with a named degree in BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology (Counselling), (Forensic) or (Health), provided you take specific modules.

Modules are taught through various specialist laboratories, seminars and lectures and all students take a work-based learning in psychology module where they relate work experience to psychological theory.

There are opportunities to spend a trimester studying abroad and you have the additional option of studying modern language, biology or social science subject during the programme.

All programme pathways are accredited by the British Psychological Society and meet the requirements for Graduate Level Chartered Membership (GBC).

Your career

Graduates can become chartered psychologists after further study and postgraduate training in clinical, educational, health, occupational, counseling, sport, and exercise or forensic psychology, or undertake research and follow an academic career.

What you will study

Year 1

Foundations of Psychology, Applied Psychology 1, Introduction to Psychological Inquiry.

Year 2

Introduction to Research Methods, Introduction to Biological, Cognitive and Developmental Psychology, Applied Psychology 2.

Year 3

Research Methods, Applied Human Cognition, Social Psychology, Physiology of Behaviour and Work Based Learning in Psychology, Personality, and Individual Differences.

Year 4

Developmental Psychology and the Psychology Empirical Project, option modules in Cyberpsychology, Forensic, Mental Health, Health, and Counselling Psychology.

Entry requirements

Year 1

SQA Higher

AAABB plus National 5 English and Maths at C

A Level

ABB plus GCSE English and Maths at C/4

ILC Higher

H1 H2 H2 H2 and English and Maths at a minimum of O2

IB Diploma

28 points

Level 3 Extended Diploma

DDM in relevant subject plus GCSE requirements


SWAP Access to Humanities/Science at ABB

Year 2


HNC Social Sciences with 15 credits and A in the graded unit

A Level

AAB including Psychology, plus GCSE English and Maths at C/4

Year 3

HND Social Sciences with Graded Units AAB inc Psychology A, B, C, D and Research Methods.

English language

Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5.

Additional information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognized professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

International pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for the English for University Study programme.

Fees and funding

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2018/19

  • Home: £1820
  • RUK: £9250*
  • EU: £1820
  • International: £11,500

*Total tuition fees for RUK students completing a three or four-year degree are capped at £27,750. Specific fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.

If you commence your studies in September 2018 or January 2019, these are the annual or module fees that apply to the duration of your course; however, fees are subject to change. For full details on how fees may change read our fees and refund policy.

Additional costs

In addition to course tuition fees, you may encounter additional costs during your time at University.


We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.

If you have any questions or inquiries regarding scholarships available for 2018/19, please feel free to contact the student inquiries team.

Assessment methods

We use a wide range of learning and teaching methods to ensure that you have both the necessary knowledge and understanding of business and management and a portfolio of intellectual and personal skills.

Each module on the programme uses its own learning, teaching and assessment strategy to achieve learning objectives. Assessment methods vary between modules and may include unseen examinations, class tests, essays, management reports, case studies, presentations, and group work.

Teaching methods

The learning and teaching methods we use to ensure that our programme is both vocationally relevant and academically challenging. Our approach is student-centered, practical, participative and relevant to the needs of employers.

We've moved away from the traditional teacher-centric learning to a more independent learning approach, where you are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills.

International student start dates

For new international students, orientation events start on 14 September 2018. This extra time is specifically designed to assist new international students in settling into the UK and GCU prior to the start of general student induction and teaching.

There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus and city tours, as well as welcome events where you can meet other international students.

Last updated Feb 2020

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