Psychology (BSc)

95% of UWTSD students at the School of Psychology agreed that staff are good at explaining things – NSS 2018.

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

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

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Key Facts

UCAS Code: 3UC3
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
3 years (full-time)

Tuition Fees for 2018/19:
£9000 (Home/EU students)
£11000 (Overseas students)
Scholarships and Bursaries

School of Psychology
Contact Name:
Dr Paul B. Hutchings
Contact Email:
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  • First of all in my first year I remember seeing the Head of School and the Programme Director walking around the campus and classes every day – this is something that you don’t see often in universities and shows that you are genuinely interested in your roles/taking things seriously, and makes a very good impression. All the staff are really competent and have always been extremely helpful, answering questions and explaining things patiently. From the point of view of a non-native English speaker, all the lecturers speak very clearly and it’s extremely easy to follow their lectures. For me, the most important aspect in the 1st year was the participation in class discussions. I started preparing regularly before the lectures only after I started participating in class discussions (probably it’s that sense of contributing something that gets you more involved in the subject). Finding a way to involve students more in class discussions, especially with critical thinking questions, definitely has benefits for all.

    Ioannis Kazakos | Age: 402nd Year BSc

  • Psychology has always been an interest of mine and I’d decided long ago that if there was to be a subject I’d choose to study, it would be that. The BSc Psychology course at UWTSD, Swansea offered an extensive range of modules which cover a large proportion of what the subject has to offer, and the staff are clearly very knowledgeable with regards to their specialised subjects. It was an easy choice for me to come here to study Psychology. I have learned and experience much more throughout the course than I expected. Following completion of this course I hope to start and maintain my own business. I am not sure whether I will be pursuing a strictly psychological career, but I do know that the skills and knowledge I have gained throughout this course will prove invaluable on a personal, social, and business developmental level.

    Christian Littler

    Christian Littler | Age: 29BSc Psychology

  • Going back to university as a mature student and having not studied psychology previously was an intimidating task but, with the guidance, expertise and feedback from the academic staff at UWTSD I was able to gain confidence and significantly improve my academic skills. The environment created within the School of Psychology has been an inclusive one, where staff are approachable and where fellow students support each other. I have made some like-minded friends for life of whom I would not have been lucky enough to meet should I have not returned to university. We were told on day one that we will walk in wanting to work in one field of psychology and likely leave wanting to work in another... it is true! I found interest in things I never expected to and it changed my career goals. The course has opened up my mind to all branches of psychology and consequently has given me a good foundation to build upon whether that be at post graduate level or entering the workplace.

    Danielle-Marie George

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 in a healthier way?
  • 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.

Year One:

Typical Year One Modules include:

  • Developmental and Social Psychology
  • Cognition and Emotion
  • Understanding the Self
  • Psych Lab
  • Research Methods
  • Academic Study Skills for Students

Year Two:

Typical Year Two Modules include:

  • Social Psychology: Global Perspectives
  • Individual Differences Across the Lifespan
  • The Brain, Biology and Cognition
  • Psychology for Work
  • Research in Action
  • Research Methods 

Year Three:

In the final year of study alongside partaking in their own independent research project students can choose from a number optional modules including:

  • Clinical Psychology: Treatment and Approaches
  • The Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination
  • Health Psychology
  • Mental Health in Children and Young People
  • Cognition in Action
  • CBT and the New Cognitive Therapies
  • Social Knowledge and Identity

Our BSc (Hons) Psychology degree allows students to study psychology in a supportive environment under the instruction of an established team of expert psychology lecturers. With the opportunity to study abroad for a Semester in the second year of study, the friendly and communicative approach of the academic team allows our students the opportunity to thrive in their studies.

This course captures the essence of psychology both as a science and also as a tool to improve people’s lives in society. It is structured to provide those graduating from the course with the skills required for further study in the field of psychology if they wish to follow this route, and also to provide a range of transferable skills and knowledge that are highly valued by many employers which will enable graduates to apply for jobs in many fields. By allowing students to select their taught modules in the final year of their degree each student can tailor their learning to their own interests and potential career pathways.

The programme of study is structured around research-informed modules delivered by internationally recognised academic staff, with a focus on the application of psychological theory aimed at understanding and improving individual, organisational, and societal health. You will be encouraged to actively engage in research and skills development from the very beginning, and in your final year will be encouraged and supported to present your research at national conferences. On this course we don’t just want you to learn about psychology; we want you to do psychology.

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.

For 2019 entry:

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 provide ample opportunity for students to develop their confidence and academic style.

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 post-graduate 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. 

UK/EU Tuition Fees
Visit our UK/EU Tuition Fees section to find out more.

Overseas Tuition Fees
Visit our Overseas Fees section to find out more.

Bursaries and Scholarships
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 Bursaries and Scholarships section.

1. 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.

2. 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.

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

This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). Students who graduate with a minimum lower second class honours classification and pass the empirical project 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 (2016) subject benchmark statement for Psychology, and is often an important prerequisite for students wishing to go on to further postgraduate study or Stage II training in psychology.

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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