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Our innovative BSc Psychology programme has been designed to equip students with a wide range of psychological knowledge and skills.
(British Psychological Society accredited)

NSS 2019: 100% of UWTSD students at the School of Psychology agreed that staff are good at explaining things.

Students will be supported to become future psychologists by access to a team of expert lecturers and dedicated psychology laboratories at our new SA1 waterfront development.

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Psychology (BSc)
UCAS Code: 3UC3
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Contact Email: Psychology@uwtsd.ac.uk
Contact Name: Dr Paul B. Hutchings

Institution Code: T80

Tuition Fees 2021/22:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year

Why choose this course?

  1. Develops a range of problem-solving and practical research skills through working alongside psychology lecturers in our dedicated Psychology laboratories.

  2. Focus on the application of psychological knowledge and critical thinking to a range of real-world issues of relevance to a range of future careers and postgraduate options.

  3. Assisting and guiding students at every level through lectures, small group seminars and workshops.

  4. Providing support through our personal tutor system.

  5. Work placement opportunity and study abroad option supports the development of a wide range of transferable and employability skills in our students.

What you will learn

Course Overview

The single honours programme will provide you with comprehensive knowledge and skills in understanding how and why people behave in the ways they do and the ability to apply that knowledge in a variety of individual and group settings.

You will explore the link between psychological theory, research and practice with a focus on producing a scientific understanding of the links between the mind, brain, behaviour and experience and how we can try to influence these processes to improve individual, organisational, and societal health and wellbeing.

The programme has a strong emphasis on developing psychological research skills and an understanding of research ethics, culminating in an independent final year research project.

The programme will explore issues such as:

  • How do humans communicate in society, and how is this changing in the face of technology and social media?
  • How does the human brain influence the ways that we think, feel and behave?
  • How can we apply our knowledge of the ways in which people think, feel and behave in order to tackle problems in society?
  • How can we promote physical and psychological well being and encourage individuals to behave more healthily?
  • What can be done to help in the treatment of mental illness?

In addition, this single honours Psychology degree will equip students with a strong set of critical thinking, analytical and problem-solving skills, plus many other transferable skills considered desirable by employers and post-graduate courses.

Students will develop strong IT and numeracy skills as well as strong critical writing skills. The nature of assessments within this single-honours degree will provide students with the experience of presenting work through a variety of media such as oral and written presentations.

The development of team-working skills and independent learning are carefully supported throughout the degree.

Module Topics

Year One – Level 4 (Cert HE, Dip HE & BSc)

  • Cognition and Emotion (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Developmental and Social Psychology (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Learning in the Digital Era (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Psych Lab (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Research Methods I (20 credits; core)
  • Understanding the Self (20 credits; compulsory).

Year Two – Level 5 (Dip HE & BSc)

  • Individual Differences Across the Lifespan (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Psychology for Work (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Research in Action (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Research Methods II (20 credits; core)
  • Social Psychology: Global Perspectives (20 credits; compulsory)
  • The Brain, Biology and Cognition (20 credits; compulsory).

Year Three – Level 6 (BSc)

  • CBT and the New Cognitive Therapies (20 credits; optional)
  • Clinical Psychology: Treatment and Approaches (20 credits; optional)
  • Cognition in Action (20 credits; optional)
  • Health Psychology (20 credits; optional)
  • Mental Health in Children and Young People (20 credits; optional)
  • Psychology Empirical Project (40 credits; core)
  • Skills for Life: Employability and Future Pathways (20 credits; optional)
  • Social Knowledge and Identity (20 credits; optional)
  • The Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination (20 credits; optional).

 Each student chooses four of the eight optional modules.


The programme uses a range of different assessment methods to provide students with the opportunity to extend their practical and academic skills and encourage independent learning.

These include innovative assessment methods such as academic posters, in-class skills assessments, group presentations and research proposals, as well as traditional assessments such as academic essays and exams.

Your overall degree classification marks will be calculated from Years Two and Three of your studies.
This classification will be calculated as 33% at Level 5 and 67% at Level 6.

Graduate Attributes Framework

This Framework aims to develop your professional skills and competence alongside your academic subject knowledge. You’ll study up to 40 credits per level throughout your programme from the Graduate Attributes Framework.

The Graduate Attribute modules are designed to enable you to develop, and evidence, a range of career-focused skills related to your subject area. These skills include digital competency, research and project management, as well as such personal competencies as communication, creativity, self-reflection, resilience and problem-solving. 

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Key Information

Entry Criteria

Typical offers are made for 112 tariff points for the BSc Psychology programme. The programme is aimed at A-level school leavers and those who have left education and now wish to return.

There is no expectation that A-level candidates will have studied psychology at A-level and, although they typically would have studied a (social) science at A-level, students with a mix of subjects across the A-level spectrum are welcome.

Here at UWTSD, we place great importance on encouraging non-standard entry students with relevant life skills and academic potential to join our course. Additional study skills support is available for any student needing more one-to-one tuition. The nature of assessments and feedback in the first year provides ample opportunity for students to develop their confidence and academic style.

Career Opportunities

Students who graduate with a minimum lower second class honours classification (2:2) are eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society.

This indicates that students have met the curriculum requirements derived from the Quality Assurance Agency’s (2007) subject benchmark statement for Psychology, and is often an important prerequisite for students wishing to go on to further postgraduate study or training in psychology.

Over the last four years, a number of our students have progressed onto BPS stage II postgraduate training programmes (popular routes being Masters programmes in Clinical/Abnormal Psychology, Occupational Psychology and Health Psychology), as well as our own MSc in Applied Social and Health Psychology, offered at UWTSD.

For those not wishing to pursue a career in psychology, graduates have long been recognised as being of value to a range of organisations beyond Psychology such as HR, Advertising, Media, Research & Development, and Health and Social Care. 

Additional Costs

Students may be required to apply for and obtain a UWTSD Enhanced Disclosure Barring Check (DBS). The fee for this is dependent on the DBS; it is currently approximately £44.

Students are required to gain 10-days practical placement experience within a setting that offers students exposure to a variety of organisational processes and systems, for which a DBS may be required (see above). This placement will also incur travel and refreshments costs that will be payable by the student.

The School also offers students optional opportunities to partake in visits beyond the campus, for example, Cardiff, London, or abroad. The students incur the costs of these optional visits and activities.

Student Quotes

Amy Curtis, BSc Psychology student

"During my time studying Psychology at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, I experienced a rollercoaster of academic and emotional challenges. The academic and non-academic staff were, therefore, one of the most important parts of my time at UWTSD. The academic staff were amazing at providing guidance and support for assignments, exams and presentations but additionally, they were always there to help with other problems you may be experiencing, I think that is what makes the Psychology team so supportive and really helps with motivation to do as well as you can.

The non-academic support at UWTSD was also invaluable and were brilliant whenever I needed them. While studying Psychology at UWTSD I found the lectures interesting and engaging, the content covers such a broad range of psychology it gives you a great opportunity to find out what interests you most. The lecturers are very passionate and incredibly knowledgeable about their areas which are so inspiring as a student.

I also really enjoyed the wide range of assignments on this course, you are given the opportunity to present, write essays, do group work and most importantly design and conduct interesting research before the third year and write up a report. This is honestly such a valuable assignment as it allows you to learn how to conduct robust research in the new SA1 campus Psychology Labs before your dissertation! Overall, I loved my time studying Psychology at UWTSD and am so proud to have completed my degree at such a great university."

Bursary / Scholarship Information

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study.  To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Scholarships and Bursaries section.


Please visit our Student Accommodation section to find out more.

Further Information

Psychology at University of Wales Trinity Saint David offers an exciting mix of expertise in experimental psychology, applied health psychology, therapeutic counselling practice and psychotherapeutic approaches. This diverse mix of skills and experience inform both the teaching and research areas across all programmes within the discipline and creates an exciting and dynamic learning environment where students can flourish and develop strong academic, research and transferable skills.

We have strong links with the local community through our community engagement work, as well as with national charities and the NHS, alongside a growing national and international research profile.

For more information, please contact the programme director Dr Paul Hutchings via email paul.hutchings@uwtsd.ac.uk.