c800 - Psychology BSc

Psychology BSc Honours

UCAS Code: C800 (3 Years)

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Course Overview

Our flagship Psychology BSc Honours degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society, and is available with a professional placement year, giving you a head start in your professional career.

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At a Glance


UCAS Institution Name and Code

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Degree Awarded
BSc Honours

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Course Duration
3 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: AAA-AAB
IB: 35 points

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Psychology is the scientific study of people, the mind and behaviour. 

This BPS-accredited degree covers a range of fascinating topics, including:

  • developmental and social psychology
  • personality and abnormal psychology
  • evolution and genetics for psychologists

Your teaching is informed by our internationally recognised research in areas such as:

  • visual and cognitive neuroscience
  • clinical psychology
  • disorders of development

You'll have the chance to apply to take a year-long professional placement between Stages 2 and 3.

Placement opportunities may include working with clinical psychologists, forensic psychologists or psychology researchers. 

You'll also develop transferable skills - such as quantitative and qualitative data analyses, computing, report writing and presentation - which prepare you for a wide range of careers. 

Highlights of this degree

Student profile

If you would like to study Psychology you should definitely consider Newcastle! The course ensures you have a good grounding in all areas of Psychology as well as allowing you to focus in more specialised areas in third year.

Hannah, Psychology BSc Honours

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Course Details

Modules for 2016 entry

Please note

The module and/or programme information below is for 2016 entry. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Modules/programme information for 2017 entry will be published here as soon as it is available (mid-May 2017).

Our degrees are divided into Stages. Each Stage lasts for an academic year and you need to complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each Stage.

Stage 1

Compulsory modules

Stage 2

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You also take two modules from the list below:

Placement year (C801)

After Stage 2 and before Stage 3, you may have the opportunity to spend one academic year on a professional placement approved by the Degree Programme Director. During your placement year, you complete the following compulsory module:

Stage 3

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You choose 80 credits of optional modules from the following list with no more than 50 credits to be taken in any semester:

You may replace 20 credits of the above modules with 20 credits of modules from Stage 2 or Stage 3 offered by another unit.

All candidates are considered on an individual basis.

If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our additional entry requirements web pages to find out which other qualifications are considered. 

The entrance requirements below apply to 2018 entry.

Entry Requirements

Undergraduate Admissions Policy

See our Admissions Policy 2017 Entry (PDF: 109 KB).

See further policies related to admission.


Psychology careers

Psychology has an impact on all areas of life and this means that there are lots of different career paths. Use the interactive tool on the British Psychological Society (BPS) website to learn more about different types of psychology and to decide what type of psychologist you want to be.

For some careers you may need to undertake further study.

  • If you wish to become a practising psychologist, you will need a combination of practical experience and further specialist training after you graduate.

  • If you want to become a clinical or an educational psychologist you would also need to complete the appropriate three-year doctorate programme.

  • Career paths in other areas of psychology usually require a related one-year MSc programme, for example an MSc in forensic psychology or an MSc in occupational psychology.

Many psychology graduates choose not to enter the psychological professions. Their degrees take them into a wide range of careers where they can apply their skills of report writing, data analysis, computing and communication skills. An understanding of the behaviour of groups and individuals is particularly valuable.

Possible careers include: management and administration; human resources; banking and finance; social work; teaching; the media; librarianship; and marketing.

Find out further information about the career options for Psychology from Prospects: The UK's Official Careers Website.

Gaining an honours degree in psychology at Newcastle gives you the Graduate Basis for Registration with the British Psychological Society (BPS) providing you achieve lower second class honours or above. This means you can join the BPS and will be eligible to go on to further training and, if successful, to practice as a professional psychologist.

For information on joining the BPS when you graduate, and for joining the BPS student group for the time you are here, see http://www.bps.org.uk

What our graduates go on to do: employment and further study choices

See what our recent graduates went on to do and view graduate destinations statistics. These statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation. The most recent data available is for graduates who completed their course in 2014/15.

The destination data is available in varying levels, beginning with the University and moving through Faculty and School down to individual course reports. This final level may give you some useful ideas about possible options after your course or a course you are considering.

Careers and employability at Newcastle

Newcastle University consistently has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK.

94% of our 2014/15 UK/EU graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.

Of our graduates who entered employment 85% were in a professional or managerial position.

We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through an initiative called ncl+. This enables you to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and to give you the edge in the employment market after you graduate.

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers.

Fees & Funding



Before you apply you will need to check the entry requirements for your chosen degree. We accept a wide range of qualifications offered for entry to our degrees. We welcome applications from international students.

Applying to Newcastle University through UCAS

To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

UCAS codes for Newcastle University

  • institution name - NEWC
  • institution code - N21

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