Psychology - GradCert / GradDip

Distance Learning, Full Time, Part Time
June 2016, September 2016
£5,000 for UK/EU Full Time 2016 entry (view all fees)

The GradCert/GradDip Psychology course is aimed at graduates who have not studied a British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited psychology degree programme and who would like to pursue a career as a professional psychologist.

The GradCert will enable you to gain the required 60 credits of appropriate psychology at degree level to progress onto the GradDip level. If you already have 60 credits of appropriate psychology at degree level, you may be eligible to progress straight onto the GradDip level, without the need to complete the GradCert first.

What's covered in the course?

The GradCert course in Psychology starts in June and is offered as an online distance learning course for either 12 or 24 weeks.

The modules you study will give you an introduction to some fundamental elements of psychology. You will also be introduced to research methods, knowledge and skills in this area underpin all psychological learning and knowledge.

You will study as part of an online community and will have opportunities for discussion with fellow students and tutors on forums and via email.

The GradDip starts in September and offers both part-time and full-time study modes. On the Graduate Diploma level, you will study the core Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) syllabus specified by the BPS, which will confer eligibility for GBC, providing a minimum of 50 per cent has been attained and the empirical project has been successfully completed. The GBC qualification will enable you to pursue postgraduate studies/training in chartered divisional areas in psychology.

GBC is a necessary pre-requisite for entry onto postgraduate training courses in the various chartered divisional psychology areas which are accredited by the BPS.

Why Choose Us?

  • Our staff are highly experienced in the various divisional areas of Chartered Psychology and research.
  • We have a dedicated psychology technician who offers a comprehensive IT induction to the course including one to one support via webcam if required and ongoing support for all access and computer requirements. 
  • You will have the chance to get work experience in your own time and pursue related interests in the areas of clinical, educational and forensic psychology due to our staff contacts in industry.
  • Our psychology students are award winning. One BSc (Hons) Psychology student was recently recognised for her outstanding work in a community health setting.
  • Pursue a career in the chartered areas of Psychology by taking further study after the course. Many of our students who complete the Graduate Certificate continue onto the Graduate Diploma in Psychology.
  • We also offer MSc Forensic Psychology and MSc Integrative Psychotherapy at the School of Social Sciences, providing you with many networking opportunities.
  • The majority of our staff are research active and you’ll have the chance to undertake voluntary research assistant work to gain valuable experience and improve employability prospects.
  • A number of our recent graduate diploma students have been successful in gaining further training and employment in highly competitive areas of psychology including Clinical Doctorate programmes and research posts with national charitable organisations. 
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Where our students go

Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:

  • NHS - New Queen Elizabeth Hospital
  • Perry Field High School

And in jobs such as:

  • Honorary assistant psychologist
  • Psychology Teacher

This course is accredited by:

The British Psychological Society (GradDip only)

Entry Requirements

Graduate Diploma in Psychology

Applicants must have a minimum 2:2 degree and either satisfactorily completed the Graduate Certificate in Psychology or have at least 60 credits of appropriate Psychology at degree level. At the point of enrolment you must have GCSE in English Language and Mathematics.

All exemptions must be approved by the Admissions Tutor prior to starting the course.

The British Psychological Society (BPS) requires all graduates to obtain a minimum of 50 per cent overall in order to meet the criteria for GBC.

Proficiency in the English language is essential.

If English is not your first language, you will require an IELTS 6.5 minimum with a minimum score of 6 in all components, TOEFL (old examination) 630, TOEFL (new examination) 267 or equivalent.

Please note that students will not be able to progress on to the Diploma level and work towards eligibility for Society membership if they do not hold an undergraduate degree, regardless if they have postgraduate qualifications. This is the requirement set by the British Psychological Society.

Graduate Certificate in Psychology

Applicants who are graduates with a minimum of 2:2 degree and do not hold a Graduate Certificate in Psychology or do not have 60 credits of appropriate psychology and would like to study on the Graduate Diploma in Psychology will be required to complete the Graduate Certificate in Psychology. At the point of enrolment you must have GCSE in English Language and Mathematics.

If English is not your first language, you will require an IELTS 6.5 minimum with a minimum score of 6 in all components, TOEFL (old examination) 630, TOEFL (new examination) 267 or equivalent.

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
GradCert Jun 2016 DL 12 weeks £2,580
DL 24 weeks £2,580
GradDip Sep 2016 FT 12 months £5,000
PT 24 months £675 per 15-credit module

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
GradCert Jun 2016 DL 12 weeks TBC
GradDip Sep 2016 FT 12 months TBC

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Additional costs

While there are no additional costs associated with purchasing text books, there may be other costs to you. If you are joining the course which has a professional body accreditation you may be required to pay membership or examination costs. For details of these costs, please click on the link below.

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for your personal stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

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Financial support

Find out more about possible financial support during your studies.

This course is available part-time

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Financial support

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Exploring Issues in Cognitive and Biological Psychology

You will be introduced to the perspectives Cognitive Psychology and Biological Psychology. You will be introduced to key studies and research from these two perspectives which contribute to the explanation and prediction of individual thinking, behaviour and functioning.

Exploring Issues in Social and Developmental Psychology

You are introduced to the key concepts, studies, theories and research in Social Psychology and Developmental Psychology which explain thinking, functioning and behaviour of the social individual across the lifespan.

Origins and Concepts in Psychology

The module will introduce you to the origins and concepts which contribute to the explanation of individual thinking, behaviour and functioning over chronological time periods.

Key Skills and Issues in Psychological Research Methods

The module Key Issues and Skills in Psychological Research Methods will consist of online lectures which will introduce you to the ethical governance bodies- APA, BPS, Helsinki Declaration - which underpin Psychology Research. You will learn key skills which are required for research enquiry in Psychology.


Fundamentals in Developmental Psychology (term one)
Fundamentals in Cognitive Psychology (term one)
Fundamentals in Social Psychology (term one)
Psychological Research and Statistics (term one)
Fundamentals in Biological Psychology (term two)
Individual Differences (term two)
Psychology Dissertation (term two)
Psychology Dissertation (term three)

Course Structure

The aim of the Graduate Diploma in Psychology is for the student to study the core GBC syllabus specified by the British Psychological Society (BPS) which will confer eligibility for GBC (providing a minimum of 50 per cent has been obtained and the empirical project has been successfully completed).

The aim of the Graduate Certificate in Psychology is for the student to accumulate 60 credits in Psychology and then be eligible to gain entry onto the Graduate Diploma in Psychology. The Graduate Certificate in Psychology is based on an online distance learning model and is made up of four 15 credit modules.

The Graduate Diploma in Psychology will be based on campus. There are six 15 credited single modules and one 30 credited double module. The Psychology Dissertation double module which will begin during the second term will be the only module which will run across over the summer period where the student can write up their research findings.

This course will be offered as both full-time and part-time modes of learning. Students on the full-time course will be required to attend two to three days a week. Students on the part-time mode of study will be able to select modules which will suit external commitments and will require one to two days of attendance per week. Over the summer period, the student will be required to only attend dissertation supervision meetings which will be agreed between the student and the supervisor.

This course is supported by specialist software packages such as E-prime, psychology laboratories, statistical computer packages such as NVIVO and SPSS, counselling rooms, individual psychology laboratories, teaching psychology laboratories, psychometric test library and psychology databases. The course is also supported by dedicated psychology administrators and a psychology technician.

This course is accredited by the following organisation:

The British Psychological Society (GradDip only)
The British Psychological Society (GradDip only)

The Graduate Diploma in Psychology is accredited by the British Psychological Society*

Find out more about British Psychological Society accreditation.

*Please note that the Graduate Certificate in Psychology is not accredited.

Further Study

Students who have completed this programme and meet the standards to be eligible for GBC, can apply for postgraduate studies which are aligned to chartered divisional areas in Psychology at MSc which are recognised by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

*Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2016

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Employment Opportunities

To pursue a career as a professional psychologist further training at MSc and or doctorate level is required. This can lead to employment in the areas of

  • Clinical neuropsychology
  • Educational psychology
  • Forensic psychology
  • Health psychology
  • Occupational psychology
  • Counselling
  • Teaching and research
  • Sports and exercise science.

GBC graduates who do not wish to pursue a career in Professional Psychology also enter into employment areas such as, recruitment consultancy, human resources, civil service, researcher and data analyst, IAPT, counselling and teaching.


OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

International Students

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.


BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

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Curzon facilities student hub

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

The Curzon Building

This course is based at our City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building, alongside other social sciences, law, business and English students.

The £63m building offers students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.

Realistic, simulated environments include two mock court rooms, a Magistrates' and Crown Court, and an interviewing suite. We’re also exploring the use of virtual environments as a way to develop case study analysis.

For those studying on the BA (Hons) Criminology, Policing and Investigation pathway, you’ll experience simulations of police interviewing environments for both suspects and witnesses, with access to tape recording and video playback analysis.

Crime investigation files are prepared using computer-based technology, and the crime data analysis requirements of the degree are supported by appropriate statistical and analytical software.

Psychology students can look forward to using state-of-the-art equipment as well, including the latest in eye-tracking software, and our new EEG machine, all geared towards giving you true hands-on experience with tools you’ll be using in your later career.

The Curzon Building also features:

  • An impressive new library with access to over 65 million full text items and stunning views of Eastside City Park
  • Your Students’ Union which is located in a beautifully restored 19th century pub, The Eagle and Ball
  • A modern 300-seat food court with space to study and socialise
  • Brand new, accessible IT facilities with full Office365 for all students for free
  • Shared facilities with the wider campus including the recently opened Parkside Building and Millennium Point

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Dr Katerina Kantartzis

Lecturer in Applied Psychology

Dr Katerina Kantartzis's PhD looked at language development, and specifically at sound symbolism. Most of her research has focused on 2-3 year olds sensitivity and use of novel sound symbolic words in word learning tasks.

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