Psychology

2019/20 entry

BSc (Hons) Psychology with Foundation Year

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full time home/EU tuition fee: £9,250 per annum*
Full time international tuition fee: £10,600 Foundation year

Course type

BSc (Hons)

Bachelor of Science

UCAS info

Points required: 88

UCAS code: S004

Institute code: L51

Study mode

About your course

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

  • Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Opportunity to undertake a 10-hour (minimum) 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
  • 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
  • Start month: September
  • Campus location: City Campus; Mount Pleasant Campus

Watch our Psychology course film​ to hear what our students and staff have to say.

The support I’ve received from the Psychology course team has been fantastic. Doing this degree has inspired me to go on and start my own business

Liam Duffy

"The course gave me the opportunity to do a placement in a residential home for people with schizophrenia. This really opened my eyes to the importance of drug therapy"

Shea Garvey

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 a work placement and present a report on 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.

Go abroad

LJMU aims to make an international opportunity available to every student. You may be able to study abroad as part of your degree, either in Europe or the US. You could take part in a work placement in Europe under the ERASMUS+ scheme or apply for one of our prestigious worldwide internship programmes. There are also opportunities to attend a two-week summer school with one of our worldwide partners.

Our Go Global Fund can help with costs towards volunteering, individual projects or unpaid placements anywhere in the world. With all these opportunities at your feet, why wouldn’t you take up the chance to go abroad?

Find out more about studying or working abroad or email us at: goabroad@ljmu.ac.uk.

Course details

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

Foundation Year

The Foundation Year is ideal if you have the ability to study for a degree but don't have the qualifications to enter directly onto the honours degree programme. Once you pass the Foundation Year you will progress directly onto the first year of the honours degree. If you are a full-time UK student, you will qualify for student financial support for the full duration of your course (subject to eligibility criteria).

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. The first and second years provide you with a grounding in all the core areas of Psychology. Options in third year 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 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 3

  • Building Blocks of Life
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Skills and Perspectives in Science 1
  • Healthy Humans
  • Skills and Perspectives in Science 2
  • Humans and their Environment
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)
  • Pleasure and Pain: Sensation, Emotion and Behaviour (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)
  • The Psychology of Sexual Violence (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 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.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications

88

GCSE and equivalents

  • •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
  • Are functional skills acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 1
  • Is general studies acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Average A Level offer: CCD
  • 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 only when combined with other qualifications
  • Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Extended diploma subjects / grades required: MMM if studied on its own or to the total of 88 UCAS points when combined with other qualifications
  • Level 3 in childrens play, learning and development: N/A

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: Overall Pass Required

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: 88 points from a minimum of 5 subjects

Scottish awards

  • Scottish Higher: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 88 UCAS Points

Key skills

  • Will Key Skills tariff points be counted towards an offer? N/A
  • What minimum Key Skill level is appropriate?

OCR National acceptability

  • National Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications

NVQ

  • Are Level 3 NVQs acceptable? Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

Additional entry requirement information

​Please contact the University if you would like to discuss your entry requirements and whether they are acceptable for this programme.

Will I be interviewed?

No interview required

Can this course be deferred?

Yes, please contact us to discuss your options

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 that you may be eligible for from either LJMU or the government. This section will give you information about grants and loans as well as targeted support for students with children, adult dependants or those with a disability.

Please note that the amount of money you will receive as a student is dependent on where in the UK you normally live (i.e. England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland).

LJMU scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all new full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, they are based on excellence. If successful, you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course subject to satisfactory progress. Scholarships are worth between £1,000 and £10,000 per year. The money you receive doesn’t have to be paid back.

LJMU bursary

The LJMU bursary is automatically paid to eligible students – you do not need to apply for it. The annual bursary is £500, which works out at £1,500 over a three year degree.

LJMU bursaries are means-tested and you don’t have to pay them back; they are intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student.

Tuition fees

You will be charged a fee for each year of your course. The University reserves the right to increase fees up to the maximum permitted by law or government policy in the second and subsequent years of your course. Generally, these fee increases are linked to RPIX inflation (Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

The fees quoted are those for the 2018/19 year as information for 2019/20 is not yet available. The Department for Education (DfE) have recently announced that they will be freezing tuition fees for the 2019/20 academic year. However, this is still subject to the normal parliamentary approval. Once 2019/20 fees are confirmed we will update our web pages accordingly.

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront - subject to meeting eligibility criteria, you can take out a tuition fee loan for each year of your course.

You can also take out a maintenance or living cost loan for each year of your course to cover your living expenses, such as rent and food.

You don’t start repaying your student loans until after you’ve left university and start earning at least £25,000**.

For more information on eligibility and tuition fee loans, go to: 

www.gov.uk/studentfinance

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at the University. Your tuition fee will cover or contribute to, as appropriate, expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placements
  • UK field trips and other educational visits
  • student exchanges
  • DBS checks (Disclosure and Barring Service – formerly CRB)
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership

** Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Living expenses (maintenance) loan

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible full-time undergraduate students can also apply for a maintenance loan to cover your living costs. If you’re eligible, you can take out a loan for each year of your course.

The amount you’ll receive will depend on where in the UK you normally live and your household income. This money will be paid into your bank or building society account in three instalments and it’s up to you to budget for your living costs.

Part time students starting in 2018 or later can also apply for a maintenance loan.

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

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Paying back your student loans

You only start repaying your student loans the April after you have graduated or left university and start earning £25,000* or above. Repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you have borrowed from the Student Loans Company. Repayments are currently set at 9% of any income over the threshold (which is currently set at £25,000).*

* Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

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.

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.

Foundation year fees

If you are studying on a foundation year of a degree programme you will be charged a reduced fee for your 1st year only. This means you will only pay £10,600 tuition fees for the first (foundation) year of your course.

After your first year, your annual tuition fees will increase to the standard tuition fee charged for our undergraduate courses (£13,950/£14,450).

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.

LJMU offers scholarships for international students. The provision and range of these scholarships can change from year to year so it is important that you always check the website for the most up-to-date information. The University also accepts a range of external funding, should you be awarded a scholarship or sponsorship from elsewhere.

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, although specific course requirements may differ depending on the programme you want to study.

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 or email: international@ljmu.ac.uk for more details.

Tuition fee deposits

International students are liable to pay a minimum deposit of 50% of their tuition fees before their CAS can be issued. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of the given 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. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) states that students studying outside London must have £1,015 per month for a maximum of nine months to cover their living costs.

We estimate that a single student living in LJMU-approved accommodation is likely to need an average of £5,000 to cover just their rent for a full academic year.

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 for guidance. It is important to note that, if required, an ATAS certificate must be obtained before your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies can be released to you.

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.

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 reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because 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. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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