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2017 entry

BSc (Hons) Psychology

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full time home/EU tuition fee: £9,250 per annum*
Full time international tuition fee: £12,660 per annum
Full-time industrial placement year fee: £1007 per annum*

*Subject to yearly increases

Course type

BSc (Hons)

UCAS info

Points required: 112

UCAS code: C870

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Three years full time

 This course is no longer accepting applications for 2017 entry

About your course

The professionally-accredited BSc (Hons) Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University is informed by internationally important research and taught by leading experts in the field.

  • Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Opportunity to undertake a 20-hour work placement in your second year
  • Excellent spring board into careers as diverse as teaching, the police, media, management, counselling, clinical, educational, occupational and health psychology
  • Brand new state-of-the-art facilities including a driving simulator and human performance lab
  • Fascinating range of topics ranging from psycho-social problems and drug use to understanding the criminal mind and the functions of the brain
  • International Foundation Year course available offering direct progression onto this degree programme - visit LJMU's International Study Centre to find out more

Completing the degree has given me more self confidence in my abilities and has allowed me to follow a career path to the job I am currently in.

Psychology graduate

I hope to find a career in the police after completing my degree. Becoming a detective would allow me to use skills I have learnt about personality and how to interpret them to help people effectively.

Current student

Work-related learning

Translating your academic studies into essential professional experience

The discipline of psychology can lead to such a wide variety of careers, and employers increasingly recognise its value. This programme is carefully designed to help you develop not only your knowledge, skills and competencies in your subject area, but also your personal skills to ensure that you emerge from your degree studies as a fully-rounded, balanced, well-adjusted and practical individual: all qualities that are highly valued by employers. Although this is a full-time course, you will have the opportunity to put your practical skills and knowledge into practice in your second year when you are offered the opportunity to complete 20 hours of work experience and write a report about it.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support

As a Psychology student, you will benefit from a structured and supportive learning environment where your development as a highly employable individual is paramount. A tutorial system is built into every level of your course so you will have constant support, whether it involves getting feedback on your work or discussing more general course issues.

Course details

The BSc Degree in Psychology is delivered by expert academics engaged in fascinating research.

The study of psychology is about understanding fascinating concepts such as human thinking, memory, problem solving, emotion, development, communication, relationships, and using a scientific approach to apply them in a broad range of areas from health, education and work to more specific areas, like teamwork, stress management and conflict resolution.

The course builds your understanding of psychological theory to the stage where you will be able to apply it in practice. You will have the option of spending 20 hours on a work placement in your second year, culminating in the writing of a report. Options in Level 6 then allow you to specialise in areas as diverse as education, forensics, health, work psychology, cognitive neuroscience, positive psychology and substance use.

The programme has been designed to help you develop not only your knowledge and skills but also your self-awareness, self-management, self-expression and self-presentation, so that you emerge from your studies as a fully-rounded and practical individual who is well prepared for the world of work.

Throughout your course you will be supported by a team of research-active tutors in the brand new purpose-built environment at Byrom Street. Facilities include:

  • a driving simulator
  • an EEG laboratory
  • testing booths
  • a human performance lab
  • a neuroscience lab 
  • and a health psychology lab

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 4

  • Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology 1: Relationships and Associations
  • Studying Psychology
  • Introduction to Developmental Psychology and Individual Differences
  • Psychological Themes
  • Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology 2: Testing for Differences
  • Introduction to Biological and Cognitive Psychology
  • Concepts in Mental Health and Wellbeing

Level 5

  • Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology 3: Qualitative Research Methods
  • Cognitive and Biological Psychology
  • Developmental and Social Psychology
  • Careers and Employability
  • Contemporary Issues in Psychology
  • Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology 4: Advanced Quantitative Research Methods
  • Mental Health Disorders

Level 6

  • Dissertation (core and contributes 40 credits) 

The remaining 80 credits must be made up from three 20 credit modules and two 10 credit modules. The following options are typically offered:   

  • Psychology in Education (20 credits)
  • Health Psychology (20 credits)
  • Positive Psychology (20 credits)
  • Cognitive Neuroscience (20 credits)
  • Forensic Psychology (20 credits)
  • Psychopharmacology and Addictive Behaviour (10 credits)
  • Face Perception: Processes and Disorders (10 credits)
  • Work Psychology (10 credits)
  • Social Cognition (10 credits)
  • Sleep (10 credits)

Further guidance on modules 

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Programme specification document (PDF)

Teaching and learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

Teaching is via lectures, seminars and workshop groups, with the time allocated to private study increasing as you progress through the course, although you will always have the regular support of tutorial group meetings. You will be expected to write a dissertation in your third year, with ten hours’ one-to-one support provided by your personal tutor.

Your lecturers

Expert tuition and support

Your tutors have active research interests in areas as diverse as education, health, work, stress, child development, brain functions, pain, motivation, social problems and eating disorders, so you can be confident that the topics you will cover are right at the cutting-edge of psychological research. We are proud of the high quality publications produced by our staff and the research funding and PhD students they have attracted over the years, which contribute to a vibrant research culture within the department.

Assessment and feedback

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose

All students perform differently depending on how they are assessed, which is why we use a combination of assessment methods. These include exams (seen/unseen, multiple choice tests, short answer questions), written work (essays), individual verbal presentations, practical/lab reports, a placement report, a poster display and a dissertation. Final year option modules vary in assessment from 100% course work to 100% exams.

You will receive feedback on your coursework within three weeks of submitting it and your personal tutor will give constructive advice and discuss any issues with you.

In one key first year module, you will be expected to complete a self-awareness statement as part of the assessment process. This will allow you to demonstrate self-awareness by reflecting on personal development and skill attainment during the first year of your Psychology programme of study. This will enable you to develop your competencies in self-presentation as an invaluable aspect of your employability preparation.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications

112

Application and selection

​We are looking for students with the potential to:

  • Use their initiative
  • Understand and perform a wide range of psychological investigations
  • Understand and critically evaluate the theory, concepts and principles that underpin the practical techniques of psychology
  • Demonstrate their understanding by communicating effectively, both orally and in their written work
  • Possess the self-discipline to manage their time and tasks effectively throughout their time here at LJMU

GCSE and equivalents

  • Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or • Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English • Higher Diploma in Maths/ English • Functional skills level 2 in Maths/ English

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
  • Subject specific requirements: C or above in Psychology if Psychology was taken.
  • Is general studies acceptable? No
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Average A Level offer: BBC
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

BTEC qualifications

  • BTEC certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • 90 credit diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma subjects / grades required: D*D* if studied on its own or to the total of 112 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications
  • Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Extended diploma subjects / grades required: DMM if studied on its own or to the total of 112 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Further information: Access programme must have been taken be in a relevant subject area, minimum of 24 Distinctions and 12 Merits required

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 26 IB Diploma Points

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: 112 UCAS points from a minimum of 5 subjects

Additional entry requirement information

​Please contact the University if you have any questions regarding the relevance of your qualifications.

Will I be interviewed?

No interview required (UCAS application form only)

IELTS

6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)

Can this course be deferred?

Yes

Is a DBS check required?

No

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Yes

International requirements

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Finance and fees

Find out more about the student funding available from LJMU as well as government grants and loans and targeted support for students with children/dependants or disabilities.

Different funding arrangements will apply if you are from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or other countries in the EU. If you normally live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you will still be eligible for loans for tuition fees as well as grants and/or bursaries plus loans for living costs. It's just that the amounts available may be different to those stated here as these apply to applicants who live in England.

LJMU scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, and if successful you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course worth between £1,000 and £10,000. This money does not need to be repaid and it's up to you to decide what you want to spend it on.

LJMU bursary

LJMU bursaries are means-tested, which means your household income must be below a certain level in order for you to qualify for this funding.

The money you receive does not have to be repaid and is intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student. You will receive a bursary for each year of your course providing you still meet the eligibility criteria.

Tuition fees

In line with most universities, LJMU charges an annual tuition fee of £9,250 for most of our degrees.

If you opt to complete a foundation year as part of your degree, your first year tuition fee will be £7,700.

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront when you enrol.

Instead you can take out a tuition fee loan, which doesn't have to be repaid until after you leave LJMU and start earning over the threshold. Currently the threshold is £21,000 for students resident in England.

As long as you have not been to University before and meet the residency rules both full and part-time students are eligible to apply for tuition fee loans.

For more information on tuition fee loans, go to: www.gov.uk/student-finance

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at LJMU. Our programmes have no hidden costs and your tuition fee covers all expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • Safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • Uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placement students (if applicable)
  • UK field trips
  • Educational visits
  • Student exchanges
  • Criminal Records Bureau checks
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership
  • Governing body awards

Living costs

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible students can also choose to take out a maintenance loan for each year of your course to help you meet the costs of being a student.

The money will have to be paid back but only after you leave LJMU and starting earning over the income threshold, currently £21,000 for those resident in England.

Part-time students are not eligible to take out these loans.

For more information on student loans, go to:www.gov.uk/student-finance

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Paying back your student loans

Any loans you take out while studying will be added together into one loan account. This means that when you start paying back your student loans, you will only make one affordable monthly payment. This monthly repayment will be the same regardless of how many loans you have taken out. That’s because your repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you borrowed from the Student Loans Company.

The current threshold for students normally resident in England is £21,000. Once your income goes over this threshold your employer will start taking repayments from your salary just like tax and national insurance. If your income falls below £21,000 your repayments will stop.

Career prospects

You will enjoy varied career opportunities with a Psychology degree, plus it provides an excellent foundation for further study or research.

The course is an excellent springboard into many areas of psychology, from health and the caring professions to education, forensics and clinical and occupational practice. Psychologists can pursue careers as diverse as teaching, the police, media, business, human resources, management, counselling and clinical, educational, occupational and health psychology.

Teaching in schools and universities or postgraduate study are popular choices too. As an LJMU graduate you have a strong advantage when it comes to applying for research posts because of the thorough training in methodology provided by the course.

New for 2017 – CareerSmart programme

All students in their first year of study will have an opportunity to engage with the CareerSmart programme as an integral part of a core module of study. Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies.

The new CareerSmart e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals.

Professional accreditation / links

This degree programme is accredited by the BPS and confers eligibility for graduate membership of the BPS and the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership, which is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

International Scholarships

Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.

Each year, LJMU offers a range of prestigious international scholarships. Further details of the scholarships offered to applicants wishing to study at the University from September 2017 onwards will be available on this page in the coming months.

For the most up-to-date information about studying at Liverpool John Moores University, and the International Scholarship programme, please visit the International pages.

International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes

LJMU offers international students the option of completing International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. These courses are managed and taught by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international  students. For more details on the International Study Centre, go to www.ljmuisc.com/

English language qualifications

All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.

This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU.

Please note: your specific course requirements may differ.

For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry Requirements tab above.

To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country please visit the international pages.

Type of Programme IELTS Pearson
International Foundation Programme 4.5 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Undergraduate degrees 6.0 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
MPharm 7.0 Not accepted

English language support to improve IELTS

If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.

Please contact the International Study Centre and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers (www.ljmuisc.com/) or email: international@ljmu.ac.uk for more details.

Tuition fees

International students are liable to pay a minimum of 50% of their tuition fees when they complete their enrolment at the University. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of your enrolment date.

Living Costs

When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.

In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. The UKVI requires that students studying outside London must have £9,135 to pay for their living costs (or £1,015 per month).

LJMU’s undergraduate courses run over an academic calendar of nine months so you will need to show that you have at least £9,135. If your course lasts 6 months you will need to demonstrate you have £6,090.

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)

If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.

You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/

Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team (int-admissions@ljmu.ac.uk)for guidance.

Your visa application

As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.

Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:

  • Passport
  • A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
  • Evidence of financial support for the programme
  • Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
  • All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
  • A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes

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