c800 - Psychology BSc

Psychology BSc Honours

UCAS Code: C800 (full time: 3 Years)

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


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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 skills - which prepare you for a wide range of careers. 

Highlights of this degree

Meet Hannah from the UK

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 2019 entry

    Please note

    The module and/or programme information below is for 2019 entry. Our teaching is informed by research and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, student feedback, or insufficient numbers of students interested (in an optional module). To find out more read our terms and conditions.

    Module/programme information for 2020 entry will be published here as soon as it is available (end of May 2020).

    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. Further information, including the credit value of the module, is available in each of the module descriptions below.

    Stage 1

    Compulsory modules

    Stage 2

    Compulsory modules

    Optional modules

    You also take 40 credits of optional modules. At least 20 credits must be taken from the following list.

    You can choose 20 credits from another unit, subject to approval. 

    Work Placement (optional)

    You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months on an optional work placement between Stages 2 and 3. You can apply to spend your placement year with any organisation and will receive University support to do so. It will extend your degree by a year and is subject to availability. Find out more on about Work Placements.

    Professional Placement

    Careers Placement

    Stage 3

    Compulsory modules

    Optional modules

    You choose 80 credits of optional modules from the following list: 

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

      Entry Requirements

      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 2020 entry.

      Undergraduate Admissions Policy

      See our Admissions Policy (PDF: 71 KB).

      See further policies related to admission.


      Careers in Psychology

      “96% of graduates from the school of Psychology were employed or in further study within 6 months of graduating. This puts Newcastle’s employment record in the top 10% of Universities in the UK.”*

      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.

      Developing Employability skills

      Our students are encouraged to undertake a placement year to gain knowledge, experience and employability skills. Employers include:

      • NHS Trust
      • Prison Service
      • Northumbria Police
      • Institute of Neuroscience

      Students also benefit from:

      • Optional Career Development module at stages two and three
      • Graduate skills and career events embedded throughout the degree programme
      • Development of entrepreneurship through embedded Enterprise Challenges

      Professional Pathways

      Our professional pathways are designed to increase our student’s employability so they can confidently pursue the career of their choice.  The pathways support this through offering guidance around module choices and placement choices in order to optimise a student’s knowledge and propel them on a particular vocational trajectory.    

      When you graduate

      • If you wish to become a practising psychologist, you will need a combination of practical experience and further specialist training after you graduate (seehttps://careers.bps.org.uk/).
      • If you want to become a clinical or an educational psychologist you would also need to gain suitable experience and 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 which can be studied at Newcastle or an MSc in Sports and Exercise psychology

       Our Psychology programmes are valued by a wide range of sectors. Many graduates go into professions including:

      • Teaching
      • Marketing
      • Financial Services
      • Marketing

      Companies that our recent graduates work for include:*

      • NHS
      • Home Office
      • HM Revenue and Customs
      • Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre
      • PAUL for Brain Recovery

      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[HC3] [ALF4] 

      *Destination of Leavers of Higher Education (DLHE) data 2015/16



      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. Take a look at the most recent data available for our graduates.

      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.

      96% of our 2017 UK-domiciled UG/PG graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.

      85.5% of our graduates are in graduate level employment or further study within six months of graduating.

      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.

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      UCAS codes for Newcastle University

      • institution name - NEWC
      • institution code - N21

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