Psychology with Sociology - BSc (Hons)

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Full Time (3 years), Part Time (5 years)
September 2016, September 2017

This course is now full for September 2016.

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The Psychology with Sociology BSc (Hons) is fully accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), and offers an investigation into how individuals behave, think, perceive and interact with the world around them. You’ll be asked to apply multiple psychology perspectives to issues in contemporary society as well as considering the links with sociology.

New for 2017/18

Psychology with Sociology - BSc (Hons)*

If you’re looking to start this course in 2017, it's important to know that the content and structure are undergoing a substantial review and are likely to be different to what is outlined here. We’ll publish more detailed information about the changes over the next few months. If you’re starting in 2016, the course content/structure won’t be affected by the review.

*This course is subject to approval.

Summary of our new course

Apply multiple perspectives from psychology to issues in contemporary society with this BSc (Hons) course. You’ll study the key areas of psychology alongside a number of sociology modules that provide an in-depth knowledge of societal issues.

Learning skills from both disciplines, as well as acquiring a host of transferrable skills, will equip you for a range of roles within the public, voluntary, not-for-profit or private sectors. Our academic expertise in research and teaching ensures your course remains cutting-edge and relevant. 

Our accreditation from the British Psychological Society indicates the high, professional standard of the course which constitutes stage one training for a range of (chartered status) careers in psychology.

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What's covered in the course?

This course will be made up of 70 per cent psychology and 30 per cent sociology. You’ll study the key areas of psychology, such as development psychology, cognitive psychology, abnormal psychology and social psychology.

You’ll study the many perspectives that exist within psychology and sociology, and learn to reach valid conclusions based on scientific underpinnings. You’ll address questions such as: What makes the society we live in? Who are the people in charge? Who controls the media? Who controls the people in control? Why are psychometric tests used to supplement job interviews?

“Birmingham City University offers a great start to your career. You need to play hard but work even harder as the course is very demanding of your time and effort, but it will all be worth it in the end.” Mandip Kaur Narewal

Why Choose Us?

  • We have strong links with local voluntary, statutory and commercial organisations such as Sifa Fireside and NACRO, giving you the chance to undertake a placement and develop your practical skills.
  • The Psychology and Sociology divisions comprise highly qualified teaching and research staff such as Professor Craig Jackson and Dr Eugene Nulman.
  • Upon graduating, there is the opportunity to apply for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the Society (GBC), enabling you to train or study in chartered psychology divisional areas.
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Please note: we are currently reviewing our entire course provision for 2017/18. Details will be included in your registration email.

This course is open to International students

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Where our students go

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

  • Options for Care
  • Sunrise Programme

And in jobs such as:

  • Support Worker
  • Play therapist

This course is accredited by:

The British Psychological Society

Entry Requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

UK students

At the point of enrolment you must have GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or above. Equivalent qualifications will be considered, however Adult Literacy and Adult Numeracy are not accepted.

280 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels, excluding General Studies.

Typical Offers
UK Qualification Requirements 2016/17
GCE A Level/ AS Level Minimum of 2 at A2 Level or equivalent, excluding General Studies. Remaining points can be made up with a maximum of 2 AS Levels in different subjects.
Access to Higher Education Diploma Pass overall with 60 credits, 45 at Level 3, of which 18 Level 3 credits are at merit or distinction on a social sciences/Humanities pathway.
BTEC National Diploma (12-units not including Early Years or Children’s Care, Learning and Development) D*D* or combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points. This excludes BTEC Health and Social Care subjects.
BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including Early Years or Children’s Care, Learning and Development) DMM - 280 UCAS points. This excludes BTEC Health and Social Care subjects.
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ National Award (6-units not including Early Years or Children’s Care, Learning and Development) Accepted in combination with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points. This excludes BTEC Health and Social Care subjects.
BTEC Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art and Design Distinction
International Baccalaureate Diploma 28 points overall
Irish Leaving Certificate 280 UCAS points - Higher Levels
Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher 280 UCAS points
Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options) 120 tariff points combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points
Other qualifications
If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.
EU/International students
EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications Requirements 2016/17
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands
International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses). 28 points overall
Country-specific entry requirements and qualifications.


International students who cannot meet the direct entry requirements can begin their degree studies at Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC).

The UCAS tariff is changing

If you're considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it's important to know that the UCAS tariff system is changing.

UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – will be introducing a new system on how points are calculated.

More about the new tariff

From A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

Unconditional Offers

Unconditional Offers

If you are a full-time undergraduate applicant for 2016/17, and show particular potential, we may be able to make you an unconditional offer if you make us first choice and satisfy certain criteria.

To be considered you must hold, or be predicted to achieve:

280 points or above from three A levels (equivalent to grades BBC or above)
predicted DMM at BTEC level

You will also be required to attend an interview.

More about unconditional offers

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Sep 2016 FT 3 years £9,000 per year
PT 5 years £1,125 per 15-credit module
Sep 2017 FT 3 years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS
PT 5 years TBC

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Sep 2016 FT 3 years £12,000 per year
Sep 2017 FT 3 years £12,000 per year Apply via UCAS

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.

This course is now full for September 2016.

You will be able to apply for 2017/18 via UCAS from 6 September 2016.

Non-EU (International) students

There are three ways to apply:

1) Direct to the University

You will need to complete our International Application Form and submit it together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.

2) Through a country representative

Our in-country representatives can help you make your application and apply for a visa. They can also offer advice on travel, living in the UK and studying abroad.

3) Through UCAS

If you are applying for an undergraduate degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND), you can apply through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

You can request a printed form from your school or nearest British Council office. You will be charged for applying through UCAS. Birmingham City University’s UCAS code is B25 BCITY.

Additional costs

There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. While you may choose to purchase personal copies of text books, all our key text books are available from our library or online (subject to normal library loan and online access arrangements).

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.

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.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

This course is available part-time

Got any questions?

Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.

Loans and Grants

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Year One

Introduction to Psychology

This module explores the origins, developments and refinements in the study of modern-day psychology, dating back to early philosophy, thought experiments and the ‘founding fathers’ of the discipline.

Introduction to Psychopathology

This will introduce the key perspectives in psychology which contribute to the explanation of abnormal states and their impact on disordered thinking, functioning and behaviour.

Year Two

Cognitive Psychology

Cognitive psychology is fundamental to providing key empirical studies and research which explain the mental and cognitive processes involved for particular behaviours and explain/conceptualise how these processes impact on individuals’ psychological functioning and experience.

Individual Differences

This module will build your knowledge and understanding of different perspectives in individual differences psychology, including your conceptualisation and explanation of patterns in behaviour, psychological functioning and experience, and its application to contemporary society.

Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis

This provides you with a grounding in the use of qualitative research methods and analysis techniques commonly used in psychology.

Social Psychology

The module will provide you with the relevant skills, knowledge and training to undertake social psychology research and further training. In particular, this module will familiarise students with core theoretical social psychology concepts and their explanation and conceptualisation.

Year Three

Biological Psychology

This module covers fundamental areas of biological psychology, exploring competing perspectives, contemporary debates and important areas of application. The module explores comparative approaches to biological psychology.

Developmental Psychology

Developmental psychology will look at issues across the lifespan which will be considered with inter-relationships across differing perspectives in psychology and cognate disciplines which give rise to theories and specialised areas in their explanation of thinking, functioning and behaviour across the lifespan.

You’ll study the key areas of psychology, such as development psychology, cognitive psychology, abnormal psychology and social psychology. This will be complemented by an equal number of sociology modules that provide an in-depth study of society and social changes.

The course provides you with:

  • The knowledge and understanding of perspectives in psychology, including their conceptualisation and explanation of patterns in behaviour, psychological functioning, experience, the role of brain function in human behaviour and application to contemporary society.
  • The ability to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of theories and research relating to specific aspects of society and culture.
  • The ability to think critically and creatively about inter-relationships and integration of theoretical and empirical work in psychology and sociology, their inter-relationships across multiple perspectives, research methodologies and applications to chartered and applied areas in psychology and sociology.
  • The understanding and application of research design, data analysis, evaluation and scientific report of findings across both domains.
  • Active learning and transferable skills that are appropriate for a psychology graduate.

You'll be supported by specialist facilities such as psychology computer teaching laboratories, an eye-tracker, EEG, an E-Prime psychology laboratory, individual E-Prime laboratories and a counselling suite. Computers in the psychology laboratories are supported by E-Prime, editing and research packages. Other supporting equipment - such as a two-way mirror - also support psychology experiments. All these facilities are maintained by dedicated technicians.

In your final year you’ll carry out independent study into an area of psychology of your choice. This is of particular benefit if you wish to go on to further specialist postgraduate study. Staff on the course will be specialists in one of the branch areas and will have links with chartered branch psychology divisions.

You’ll study the key areas of psychology, such as development psychology, cognitive psychology, abnormal psychology and social psychology.

This is complemented by an equal number of sociology modules that provide an in-depth study of society and social changes.

Teaching breakdown

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Assessment breakdown

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This course is accredited by the following organisations:

The British Psychological Society
The British Psychological Society

This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society, which not only demonstrates the high quality of our teaching provision, but also ensures our course remains cutting-edge, fresh and relevant.

The Society and its members develop, promote and apply psychology for the public good. They enhance the efficiency and usefulness of psychologists by setting high standards of professional education and knowledge, and cover all areas of psychological research and practice.

Find out more about British Psychological Society accreditation.

Study and work abroad

If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.

It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.

Find out more

Further Study

Examples of further study opportunities include:

  • MSc Forensic Psychology
  • MA Criminology
  • MSc Health Psychology

Qualified candidates may apply for PhD research degrees. Details can be found on the postgraduate section of the website.

Trips and visits

The School of Social Sciences has relationships with a number of criminal justice agencies and non-government organisations, including the local Community Safety Partnership, the high-security HMP Grendon and the Howard League. Alongside this we regularly have guest lecturers from the police force and various regional charities.

Student stories Joshua Rae

Secured a role in Human Resources

Attracted by the prospects of studying an interesting and varied psychology programme without moving too far from home, Joshua Rae has made the most of the opportunities to get involved in University life. And his studies have already paid off, as he has secured a role in human resources before graduation.

The most enjoyable part of the course is definitely the seminars. They allow you to discuss the topics learned in the lectures in more depth and often in interesting ways, such as debates.

David Wilson at The Future of Murder

The Future of Murder

Crime is changing and social media is altering how killers operate. Our academics, Professor David Wilson and Dr Elizabeth Yardley, debated what murder looks like in the 21st Century during our free Future of Murder talk. They were joined by columnist Erwin James, a convicted murderer, and prison governor Jamie Bennett.

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Enhancing employability skills

A Psychology with Sociology degree opens up a wide range of career opportunities both within and outside the psychology field. Within psychology you can become a qualified psychologist after postgraduate studies, leading to roles in forensic psychology, clinical psychology, educational psychology, health psychology and other career paths. Recent graduates have entered education, teaching, the media, social services and health administration.

A psychology with sociology degree will also equip you with a host of transferable skills which can lead to careers in human resources, counselling, teaching, research, government and many more.


There are several opportunities throughout the course to take on placement work within a variety of organisations. Second-year students have undertaken placements at a variety of organisations across the West Midlands and further afield (including Freshwinds, NACRO, Sifa Fireside, local primary and secondary schools, Birmingham A’s Basketball Team community involvement team, and a range of other third-sector organisations, developing their practical skills in real-life environments.

More about our placement opportunities...


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.


BCU Graduate+

Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.

Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.

More about Graduate+

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:

Studying in the UK is better

Overseas students studying in the UK are happier and have a better learning experience compared to those studying in other countries.

The International Undergraduate Students: The UK's Competitive Advantage report asked 365,754 international students studying outside their home country to give their feedback on what it's like to study in this country. And the UK scored top in every aspect.

So if you're looking at studying with us, you'll be making a good choice.

Overall measures: ranked positions
Undergraduate 2014 2014 2014 2013 2014
Recommendation 1 4 3 5 2
Overall satisfaction 1 4 3 5 2
Arrival overall 1 2 4 5 3
Learning overall 1 4 3 5 2
Living overall 1 2 5 3 4
Support overall 1 4 5 3 2

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

Professor Craig Jackson

Head of Department - Psychology

As Professor of Occupational Health Psychology, Craig Jackson is interested in the effect of workplaces and working on people’s health and psychological wellbeing. Specific interests include unusual and rare occupations, technology change, pesticide exposures, working hours, stress, research techniques, neurobehavioural methods and psychological assessments.

Dr Eugene Nulman

Senior Lecturer

Dr Eugene Nulman joined the Sociology division of the School of Social Sciences at Birmingham City University in 2015. He researched the policy outcomes of climate change activism in the UK for his PhD.

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

Already applied?

Email the applications team

+44 (0)121 331 6295