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Psychology with a Foundation Year - BSc (Hons)

  • UCAS Code: C80F
  • Level: Foundation
  • Starting: September 2020
  • Study mode: Full Time (4 Years)
  • Location: City Centre

Looking for a foundation course in psychology in Birmingham? Our BSc (Hons) Psychology with a Foundation Year degree has lower entry requirements and can lead to a full undergraduate qualification.

This course has been specifically designed to allow home and EU students, who do not initially meet the Birmingham City University entry requirements for our standard Psychology degree, to undertake additional level 3 study designed to ensure they are successful on their chosen degree course.

What's covered in the course?

The foundation year itself will equip you with the required knowledge and skills to proceed on to any of our undergraduate Psychology degree courses offered within the School of Social Sciences.

You will gain a deep understanding of how the core and specialised areas in psychology contribute to our understanding of contemporary issues, as well as looking at the role of brain function across multiple psychological perspectives. You’ll apply scientific reasoning and evaluate patterns of behaviour, gaining key transferable skills in communication, teamwork and problem-solving. You’ll also adopt a variety of perspectives ensuring you get the big picture.

You will explore scientific approaches to understanding the mind, brain and behaviour. Our Psychology department works in partnership with the nationally recognised Higher Education Academy (HEA) to continually develop the quality of both our staff and the course, focusing on self-development, contemporary learning practices and integrating practice within the community.

Instead of only engaging with other academics and psychologists, we focus on connecting with, and making an impact on, the local community through links with businesses, NHS and the surrounding prison services.

Why Choose Us?

  • Students are satisfied with our courses! Our Psychology courses scored 90.6 per cent for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2019.
  • This course is designed to progress students who fall below normal entry requirement levels on to full Undergraduate degrees.
  • The BSc (Hons) Psychology degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society. This means that on successfully completing your degree with a pass of over 50%, you will gain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society. This allows you to pursue a career path in Psychology through accredited Master’s and Doctoral courses throughout the UK. The course is therefore as professionally relevant and up-to-date as possible, taking into account the very latest developments in the profession.
  • On all of our courses you will gain a professional focus and real world experience of psychology, ensuring you are equipped to make an immediate impact in your career. You have the opportunity to embark on a year-long sandwich placement as part of your degree course.
  • All of our courses have an international focus. This is embedded throughout the curriculum, giving you the opportunity to transform your experience with us into a global one. There are a variety of exciting possibilities open to you, ranging from our successful international travel scholarships scheme, through which you can spend a summer working for a charitable organisation overseas, to one of our many overseas study exchange programmes.
  • As a student on one of our undergraduate degrees, you will be able to benefit from our Graduate+ initiative. This three-year award course enables you to gain award levels for all the extra-curricular activities you undertake so that you can stand out from the crowd on graduation.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to work in collaboration with our academic researchers to gain specialist insight into the fields of clinical, forensic, health and occupational psychology.
  • You can get involved with additional Psychology projects via our Voluntary Research Assistantship and Student Research Scheme.
  • All of our assessments emphasise the practical elements of the course, giving you a taste of what it is actually like to be a psychologist.
  • You will study in our state-of-the-art City Centre Campus, ideally located for you to take advantage of our links to industry in the UK’s second city.
  • Our Psychology department has a wide range of psychology testing labs to suit all needs, including our BPS computer lab, which consists of more than thirty networked computers with Psychology-specific software such as SPSS, NVivo and others such as Opensesame.
  • Student support is at the forefront of our approach, with everything designed to give you the skills you need to succeed in the profession. 

Find out more

This course is open to International students

*National Student Survey 2019

Where our students go

  • Psychologist
  • Teacher
  • Human Resources
  • Youth/Community Worker

Course Accreditations

The BSc (Hons) Psychology degree is accredited by:

The British Psychological Society

Entry Requirements

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

Essential Requirements

96 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level with a minimum of 3 A Levels.

Typical Offers (UK Students)

GCSE English Language and Maths at grade 4 or above. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment. Equivalent qualifications will be considered.

UK Qualification Requirements 2020/21
A Level / AS Level Obtain a minimum of 96 UCAS tariff points at A-level and/or AS-level.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 60 credits overall including 45 at level 3 of which 18 Level 3 credits are at merit or distinction grade. Must be on a Social Sciences / Humanities pathway with a minimum of one 6-credit module in Psychology. Must also hold GCSE English Language and Maths at grade 4+ or equivalent.
BTEC Extended Diploma MMM (96 points). 
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 96 UCAS points.
International Baccalaureate Diploma

Obtain a minimum of 24 points overall. Students who do not complete the IB Diploma and who achieve the minimum of 11 points from two High Level subjects, will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates and alongside other acceptable level 3 qualifications to meet 96 UCAS Tariff Points.

Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level) Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 96 tariff points, achieved in three level subjects.  This must include English Language taken at either Ordinary level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level (minimum H3/D1 taken from three subjects).
Scottish Advanced Higher

Achieve a minimum of 96 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve a minimum of grades DDD. 

Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of DD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of DC in two Highers). 

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.
Additional information for EU/International students

Applications from international applicants with equivalent qualifications to 96 points are welcome. Please see your country page for further details on the equivalent qualifications we accept.

In additional to the academic entry requirements listed above, international and EU students will also require the qualifications detailed in this table.

English language requirements 2020/21

6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands

If you do not meet the required IELTS score, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English courses. Please note that you must have a Secure English Language Test (SELT) to study on the pre-sessional English course. More information.

Other accepted qualifications Visit our English language page

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

  • UK/EU students
  • International students

Award: BSc (Hons)

Starting: Sep 2020

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees

Award: BSc (Hons)

Starting: Sep 2020

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 4 Years
  • £12,800 per year

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

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Year One

In order to complete this course, you must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits):

Developing Academic Skills for Success
20 credits

This module will help you to develop the essential academic skills required to be successful in Higher Education. Within a supportive class environment this module will help you to develop basic research skills, academic writing and reflection skills. Acquiring these skills will aid your transition to the higher levels of study associated with your chosen degree programme.

Developing Interpersonal Skills for Success
20 credits

This module will equip you with the essential skills required to be successful in Higher Education. Within a supportive class environment this module will help you to develop the professional presentation, time management and team working skills that will be needed in your subsequent study at BCU and in graduate employment. Acquiring these skills will aid your transition to the higher levels of study associated with your chosen degree programme and increase your self-awareness, confidence and assertiveness.

Origins in Psychology
20 credits

This module will provide you with an introduction to psychology to reflect the discipline’s rich and varied history. When studying psychology in a contemporary context it is important to explore the origins and development of the subject in order to understand how psychology originated, who was responsible for establishing psychology as a distinct discipline, and in order to be able to critically consider debates concerning psychology’s status as a science.

Foundation Practice Project
20 credits

The Foundation Practice Project module is a practical piece of extended work related to your chosen degree. It will require you to apply the knowledge and skills developed throughout your current level of study and will enhance your ability to work individually and as part of a team. During the project you will be given the space, time and facilities to support deeper appreciation for your specialisation and you will be encouraged to demonstrate creativity in the design, planning and execution of a project.

Real World Psychology
20 credits

In this module you will explore current research topics in psychology. This module will be delivered by lecturers who have expertise in specific topic areas. You will learn about current trending topics in psychology, and engage in current debates in psychology. You will reflect upon your own experiences and communicate current research within chosen topic areas. This module will help you develop important skills to help you debate, understand concepts ethics and research design.

Controversies and Myths in Psychology
20 credits

This module will provide you with an introduction to some misconceptions and controversies within psychological research. Throughout the history of psychology, as a discipline, there have been many examples of instances where research has not been carried out, or reported, correctly. This includes aspects such as disregard for ethical considerations, misreporting of research findings, and even fraudulent use of data.

Year Two

In order to complete this course, you must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 100 credits):

Introduction to Psychology
20 credits

This module explores the origins, developments and refinements in the study of modern-day Psychology, dating back to early philosophy. The module will ensure students will see how modern-day Psychology has evolved, not just in terms of the “big-names” but also by viewing the scientific, cultural and social movements and influences that were happening alongside the development of this new discipline.

Psychology and Research Skills
20 credits

This module explores many of the key skills and competencies required for a successful transition to university and beyond. The module will introduce students to members of staff in the department as active researchers. The lectures will describe research skills and discuss how these have been used in real world research. The module will also explore many of the methods involved in planning and executing research within Psychology, such as identifying an appropriate research question, reviewing existing literature, research planning, data collection methods and ethical considerations.

Introduction to Research Methods and Statistics
20 credits

This module introduces you to the process of conducting research, analysing data and evaluating the findings. The module will provide a conceptual understanding of reporting research, the core statistical principals and tests used. The module provides hands-on experience of conducting an experiment, using statistical software for carrying out analyses and writing up the experiment in practical workshops. This module will equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills required to prepare you for future work, training or careers in an applied area of Psychology or research. This module will also identify how the skills and knowledge gained during this module are relevant to future modules that cover GBC competencies and training which are relevant to future work and studies in the area of Psychology.

Contemporary Issues and Applied Psychology
20 credits

The module aims to identify contemporary issues in our society where psychological insights and perspectives can potentially deepen and broaden our understanding of the human condition and social affairs. It will aim to enable you to view the relationship between Psychology and other social sciences) in order to achieve a more holistic and eclectic understanding of Psychology and its relation to the contemporary age. The intention is to demonstrate the ways in which approaches in Psychology can contribute directly to our understanding of national and international contemporary events, and how Psychology can potentially deepen our understanding and insights of social processes.

Introduction to Psychopathology
20 credits

Introduction to Psychopathology, will introduce you to psychological disorders such as depression, schizophrenia, addiction etc. and how these psychological disorders have an effect on daily thinking, functioning and behaviour. The assessment and diagnosis process of a psychological disorder will play a central role in this module and this will be done by using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5; 2013). The DSM-5 (2013) is used by clinicians worldwide to assess and diagnose individuals with a psychological disorder. In this module the DSM-5 (2013) will be used to describe the key symptoms of psychological disorders which will help to enhance your understanding of key symptoms and criteria used by clinicians to diagnose a psychological disorder.

In order to complete this course, you must successfully complete at least 20 credits from the following list of OPTIONAL modules:

20 credits

The parapsychology module focuses on exploring how Psychology is placed in the wider domain of “science” and through debates about the meaning and function of parapsychological belief, parapsychological research, and the social/historical relevance of parapsychology. Throughout the module you will be presented with a number of parapsychological topics (e.g., Alien abduction; Telepathy; Clairvoyance; Demonic possession) which will be underpinned by two broad perspectives: (i) believer and (ii) sceptic. You will be introduced to the methodological, theoretical and psychological problems in examining paranormal belief and experience in order to provide opportunities for the development of semantic learning and critical thinking skills.

Popular Images and Psychological Understanding
20 credits

The intention of this module is to bring aesthetic awareness in to the living space of students in order to demonstrate the fascinating and useful lens that psychology can provide in helping make sense and understanding of the immediate symbolic world that surrounds people in society. This module takes aspects of every day art, culture, design, architecture and creativity, and attempts to provide psychological commentaries which are novel, speculative, and above all, interesting. The focus is on seeing through images to the psychological fantasies and themes they portray, and the drives that animate the human condition.

All core modules are guaranteed to run. Optional modules will vary from year to year and the published list is indicative only.

Year Three

In order to complete this course, you must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 60 credits):

Qualitative Research Methods and Analyses
20 credits

This module provides you with an overview of the purpose, design, and conduct of qualitative research in psychology. This module builds upon and complements research methods modules delivered in level 4 by providing students with grounding in the use of qualitative research methods and analysis techniques commonly used in psychology. All sessions are structured to facilitate both conceptual learning and the development of applied research skills. More specifically, this module aims to help you develop skills in research and inquiry and develop academic attributes such as being able to think critically about different methodologies and knowledge claims.

20 credits

This module will continue to develop key transferable skills from level 4 such as group discussion and debate, critical evaluation and evidence-based reasoning. There will be research-led teaching which will explore key debates and methodologies used in neuropsychology and cognitive Psychology. The GBC area of biological Psychology and cognitive Psychology will be supplemented through this module.

Quantitative Research Methods and Statistics
20 credits

This module builds on the Research Methods and Psychology literacy module (Level 4), by providing you with the skills to master the process of designing and executing research using quantitative research methods, and analysing and evaluating the findings with quantitative data analysis techniques. The module provides hands-on experience of using computer software to build experiments and statistical software for carrying out analyses in the practical workshops. The module will enhance your skills in critically evaluating the strengths and limitations of published research papers and equip you with an advanced understanding of ethics in psychological research.

In order to complete this course, you must successfully complete at least 60 credits from the following list of OPTIONAL modules:

Forensic Psychology
20 credits

This optional Level 5 module is designed to introduce you to the field of forensic psychology. Forensic psychology is one of the key psychological domains recognised by the British Psychological Society and covers a broad range of topics highly relevant to the real world context. A key aim of the module is to teach you about a range of criminal justice settings within which psychology can be applied to assist the work of practitioners and the police.

Educational Psychology
20 credits

This module aims to equip you with the relevant skills and knowledge, which are required for the role of the educational psychologist. The module will provide you with an understanding of the general principles and concepts underlying the British educational system and the relevance of psychology to that system. This module examines the role of the educational psychologist and explores the relationship between theory and practice within different educational contexts. The module will familiarise you with different methods of investigation (psychometric testing, observational techniques, interviewing and projective techniques) and intervention methods (behaviour modification, task analysis, conflict mediation and counselling). The module will also help you appreciate the integration and inter-relationships of different perspectives in psychology which contribute to this specialised applied area in psychology which transcend into applied and specialised areas of work within the Educational sector.

Health Psychology
20 credits

This module aims to introduce you to the area of health psychology and demonstrate how psychological principles may be applied to understand and alleviate problems of illness, ill health and health-related behaviours which are significant real world problems (pursing excellence). Key models and theories that aim to predict risk behaviour and at promoting health and self-care will be discussed, compared and contrasted. Interventions to promote behaviour change will also be covered. Behaviour change techniques and adherence will be debated with practical examples given. After considering the role of psychology in the field of health the module will focus on factors such as stress and its effects on health and illness. Coping styles and strategies as well as social support will be discussed as moderators of the relation between stress and illness.

Occupational Health Psychology
20 credits

Occupational Health Psychology (OHP) will cover the importance of how the workplace can impact upon people’s health (in both negative and positive ways) and how the workplace can also be used to improve well-being. The definition of OHP is ‘application of psychology to improving the quality of work life and to protecting and promoting the safety, health and well-being of workers’ (The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health; NIOSH).

Real World Work Experiences
20 credits

At this level of study you will be encouraged to think about areas of study or work that you would like to pursue upon completion of this course. You will be firstly introduced to the different areas of psychology that you can specialise in. This will involve looking at the roles that psychologists perform within each of the branch areas as well as what is entailed to become specialised and charted within each particular branch. Workshops will be carried out within the following which will be supported by psychologists both within and external to the university.

20 credits

Infancy will examine the social, emotional, cognitive and neural changes that occur during the first two years of life. Starting with pre-natal development and the formation of the brain the module will go on to investigate how infants start to explore the world, recognise faces, learn language and form attachments with those around them. The module will explore the complex relationship between genetics and the environment and how they shape our thinking, behaviour and personality.

Work Experience
20 credits

The practical approach to this module will see you applying psychological theories to the real world via your experiences from work-based placements. This will allow you the opportunity to learn from your own experiences, but also experiences of your colleagues. This module will continue to develop key transferable skills such as group-work, critical evaluation and evidence-based reasoning contributing to the graduate attributes. This module has a strong link with professional development and will allow you to reflect on work placement experiences and the application of psychological theory. There is a strong integration of psychological theory and real world experiences across different domains, thus strongly supporting your continuing personal and professional development.

Stress and Disease
20 credits

This module builds on the clinical and health-based modules on the programme by providing you with an in-depth and critical understanding of stress, which is one of the main risk factors for both psychological (e.g. anxiety, depression) and physical health outcomes (e.g. heart disease, cancer). In this module, you will learn about the biological, psychological and environmental influences on stress, as well as the interaction between them. Key literature on stress-related illness across a wide-range of disciplines will be critically appraised.

Cultural Psychology
20 credits

This module will explore how culture influences human thought, feelings, cognitive processes and behaviour in an applied context. The relations between culture and psychology are both complex and profound. We will be considering a number of difficult questions including: What is human nature? What happens when different cultures collide? How do various ways of thinking differ across cultures? How does culture influence how we view ourselves? How can we study culture in psychology? How do cultures change or persist over time? The goals of the module are to introduce you to the field of cultural psychology, stimulate critical thinking and analytic skills generally, and help you to think about your own values from a cultural perspective.

All core modules are guaranteed to run. Optional modules will vary from year to year and the published list is indicative only.

Final Year

In order to complete this course, you must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 80 credits):

Applied Social Psychology
20 credits

The applied social psychology module focuses on exploring how social psychological theory and research can be applied to real life. Throughout the module you will be presented with a number of contemporary social issues and will explore relevant theoretical models and examples to illustrate the impact that social psychological constructs, theories and research has had on informing applied interventions. Theoretical perspectives might include cross cultural psychology, individual differences, and critical social psychology. Contemporary social issues might include encouraging cooperation with authorities, understanding responses to terrorism, reducing prejudice, and promoting employee production.

Lifespan Psychology
20 credits

This module aims to investigate human development throughout the lifespan focusing on changes to biological, cognitive, social and emotional elements of psychological functioning. The module will provide you with an understanding of the general principles and concepts, different theoretical perspectives, research methodologies, contemporary debates and areas of application of Lifespan Development. This module will enable you to develop skills in critical reading and analysis of theoretical and empirical issues related to Lifespan Development. In the context of contemporary societies and globalisation, the role of social and cultural context of development is explored.

Integrative Psychology Project
40 credits

Understanding research issues is an essential skill for psychologists operating in an evidence-based paradigm. The ability to produce an in-depth dissertation and present a logical argument using such research is a crucial skill for a successful psychology graduate.

This module builds upon learning at level 4 and level 5 in previous Psychological Research Methods modules. This module will encourage you to plan, execute and write up a research project which adheres to principles of the Psychology Ethics Committee. You should seek out research sources to produce an in-depth dissertation that answers your own identified research question or knowledge gap, making a contribution to the existing literature within your chosen topic area. This will be facilitated through critical evaluation of the sources you have selected and used. You will also be facilitated in using statistical and other specialist software, testing equipment and materials, as well as the use of the Psychology laboratories.

In order to complete this course, you must successfully complete at least 40 credits from the following list of OPTIONAL modules:

Legal Psychology
20 credits

The aim of this optional Level 6 module is to introduce you to the field of legal psychology, which is an important area within forensic psychology. Legal psychology focuses on the application of psychological theory and practice to, for example, legal proceedings, the criminal investigation process, and prosecution of offences. Whereas in some cases the theories are specific to forensic psychology, in others we will apply theory and practice from different areas of psychology (e.g. cognitive and social psychology) to legal proceedings and the criminal investigation process. Thus, the module covers a broad range of topics highly relevant to the real world context. This module complements the optional Level 5 Forensic Psychology module. However, having attended the Level 5 module is not a requirement for the Level 6 module.

Communication and Language
20 credits

This module will continue to develop key transferable skills from level 4 and 5 such as group discussion and debate, critical evaluation and evidence-based reasoning. There will be research-led teaching which will explore key debates and methodologies used in language and communication research. The GBC areas of biological psychology, cognitive psychology and developmental psychology will be supplemented through this module.

Attachment Theory, Mental Health and Wellbeing
20 credits

This module uses attachment theory to develop knowledge and understanding of how early experiences impact on psychopathological (mental illness) outcomes. Attachment theory is a well established explanation of infant-carer bonding, and is extensively applied to studying adolescent and adult romantic relationships, interpersonal functioning and emotional regulation.

More recently however, attachment has been identified as having important intersects with the study of psychopathology, specifically in terms of individual differences. Within this module you will be introduced to attachment theory and attachment-related research that illustrates the impact that variations in attachment have on predicting mental illness and wellbeing. Throughout this module you will learn how to consider a number of clinically recognised psychopathologies via the mechanism of attachment history, and develop an understanding of the impact of individual differences in this dynamic

Advanced Statistics
20 credits

This module is designed to deepen understanding of the fundamental and ongoing debates surrounding good research and statistical practice in psychology as well as provide an introduction to more advanced methods of statistical analyses and associated software packages. The module will continue to develop key transferable skills from Levels 4 and 5, such as IT skills, critical evaluation and evidence-based reasoning. During this module, you will build on key statistical skills learnt at Levels 4 and 5 (in particular, multiple regression) and learn how these can be used to address specific kinds of hypotheses. You will also be introduced to statistical software packages in addition to SPSS. Finally, you will develop your understanding of null-hypothesis significance testing and its alternatives, which will contribute to debates about best research practice in psychology.

Intellectual Disabilities and Developmental Disorders
20 credits

This module covers fundamental areas and phenomena of Intellectual and Developmental disabilities, exploring competing perspectives, contemporary debates and important areas of application. The module looks at Intellectual and Developmental disabilities pre-natal, post-natal and across the lifespan. The module will explore the types of research methods, theoretical perspectives and questions of value, culture and context. The role of brain functioning will be considered throughout this module. This module will also identify how the skills and knowledge gained during this module are relevant to GBC competencies and training which are relevant to future work and studies in the area of Psychology. This module will be of particular interest if you would like to explore a career as an educational or clinical psychologist.

Counselling Psychology
20 credits

This module explores the origins, developments and refinements in counselling psychology, in both theory and practice, as well as the necessary communication processes and skills employed in clinical practise across a range of settings in the human services. You will be introduced to key theoretical approaches to counselling psychology, core conditions underpinning successful counselling relationships and essential skills employed in counselling practice.

Gender and Sexualities
20 credits

This module equips you with the relevant skills, knowledge and training which are required for understanding the psychology of gender and sexualities. In undertaking this module, you will gain the relevant knowledge of psychological perspectives of gender and sexualities, including their conceptualisation and organisation in relation to cultural and historical circumstances. You will evaluate psychological theory and apply theoretical concepts and knowledge to develop arguments relating to gender and sexuality. Additionally, you will be encouraged to examine the relationship between theory and practice in psychology in order to identify the links between psychological knowledge and its application. As part of your learning, you will analyse the construction of sexuality and gender in society and will be encouraged to develop awareness around how such conceptualisations impact on various social groups and psychological practice.

Ageing and the Brain
20 credits

This module will develop key transferable skills, continued from level 4 and 5 modules such as Neuropsychology, including group discussion and debate, critical evaluation and evidence-based reasoning. Research-led teaching will explore key debates, theories and methodologies used in neuropsychology and ageing, as well as challenges. The GBC areas of biological psychology, developmental psychology and cognitive psychology will be supplemented through this module.
This module contributes to knowledge and understanding in neuropsychology from a lifespan development perspective. It takes a holistic approach to understand the cognitive and neural theories and evidence across a range of areas, including language, attention and memory, and the effects ageing has on these processes.

All core modules are guaranteed to run. Optional modules will vary from year to year and the published list is indicative only.

You have the flexibility to transfer to any standard undergraduate Psychology course offered within the School of Social Sciences after successful completion of your foundation year and you may also transfer to any specialist Psychology pathway when you successfully complete your second year if you choose to stay on this course.  

The specialist pathways offered as part of the Psychology suite of courses are:

BSc (Hons) Psychology with Criminology will give you a deep understanding of how psychology can be applied to explain certain aspects of crime and criminal behaviour. This versatile course provides the opportunity for you to embark on a psychology career, or bring those skills to the domain of criminology.  

BSc (Hons) Psychology with Sociology brings together two closely interrelated areas, allowing you to gain significant knowledge and insight into how the core areas of psychology can be applied to the key areas of sociology.

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.

Further Study

When you successfully complete your Foundation Year, you will be able to proceed on to any of our undergraduate Psychology degree courses offered within the School of Social Sciences. 

Enhancing your employability skills

Our graduates will not only gain a degree with some of the most diverse career options, but also the transferrable skills to support this.

Importantly, all content is underpinned by active learning - degree content and assessment not only meet the criteria for our accrediting body, but allow flexibility of the learning process, which can be tailored to career goals. Specific modules dedicated to employability skills and creation of impact within the local community will further support this.


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.

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 £340 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) Policing or BA (Hons) Criminology, Policing and Investigation degrees, 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. You will also benefit from facilities across the wider campus including the Parkside and Millennium Point buildings.

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

Dr Keeley Abbott

Senior Lecturer in Applied Psychology, Athena SWAN Lead

Dr Keeley Abbott career to date has been characterised by an interest and awareness around issues related to equality, diversity and inclusivity. This is based on her research focus related to sexualities, sexual health and sex education.

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Dr Elle Boag

Associate Professor in Applied Social Psychology / Teaching, Learning and Quality Lead

Dr Elle Boag returned from industry to academia as a mature student due to a diagnosis of MS. She studied at the University of Southampton and gained her BSc., MSc., and PhD. in Social Psychology.

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