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BSc (Hons) Psychology

Location: Online Qualification: BSc (Hons) Mode of study: Part-time Indicative duration: 48 months Places available: September 2017 Tuition fee: See our fees page Funding available: Call 0800 0527 526 Taught by: Kaplan Open Learning

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BSc (Hons) Psychology

Location: Online Qualification: BSc (Hons) Mode of study: Part-time Indicative duration: 48 months Places available: September 2017 Tuition fee: See our fees page Funding available: Call 0800 0527 526 Taught by: Kaplan Open Learning

Apply now

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Our BSc (Hons) Psychology degree* gives you a 100% online and part-time way to discover the fascinating world of psychology. Developed and led by Chartered Psychologists, this recognised qualification prepares students for a wide range of careers and opportunities.

Modules are diverse, covering topics such as forensic and investigative psychology, education psychology, the psychology of sport and exercise, and critical social psychology. Students also have the opportunity to write a 30-credit final project on a psychology topic of interest.

BSc (Hons) Psychology students will possess detailed knowledge of several specialised areas/or applications of psychology, have an understanding of the scientific and theoretical underpinnings of the discipline and will recognise the variability and diversity of psychological functioning and its significance.

Graduates looking to improve their career will also develop a number of transferable skills including critical-thinking, communication, evidence-based reasoning, investigative abilities, data analysis and many more.

Please note: This course is not accredited with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

* The start date and details of this course are still subject to University approval. In the event that approval is not granted by your course start date, an alternative date will be offered or a full refund given. If we need to make changes to this programme as part of the University of Essex validation process, we will communicate these to you at the earliest possible date.

Course structure

The BSc Psychology is made up of the following modules and, upon completion, is equal to a total of 360 credits.

Level 4 modules:

  • Fundamentals of Effective Learning in Psychology (15 credits)*
  • Introduction to Social Psychology (15 credits)*
  • Introduction to Cognitive Psychology (15 credits)*
  • Personality and Intelligence (15 credits)*
  • Introduction to Research Methods (30 credits)*
  • Key Studies in Psychology (15 credits)*
  • Mental Health, Stress and Well-being (15 credits)

Level 5 modules:

  • Biological Psychology (15 credits)*
  • Advanced Cognitive Psychology (15 credits)*
  • Psychological Development through the lifespan (15 credits)*
  • Individual Differences, Emotions and Behaviour (15 credits)*
  • The Psychology of Attitudes (15 credits)*
  • Reasoning and Decision-Making (15 credits)*
  • Optional module from the ‘Level  5 optional modules’ list below (15 credits)
  • Optional module from the ‘Level  5 optional modules’ list below (15 credits)

Level 6 modules:

  • Critical Social Psychology (15 credits)
  • Developmental Science (15 credits)
  • Occupational Psychology (15 credits)
  • Investigative Psychology (15 credits)
  • Psychology of Sport & Exercise (15 credits)
  • Clinical & Counselling Psychology (15 credits)
  • Final Psychology Project (30 credits)*

* These modules are core and must be passed in order to achieve the award.

Level 5 optional modules:

  • Forensic Psychology (15 credits)
  • Health Psychology (15 credits)
  • Educational Psychology (15 credits)

Learning and assessment


Studying online gives you the freedom to study when and where it suits you – at home, during your lunch hour or anywhere else you have internet access.

All of our online courses have an indicative study duration which is a guide to how long your course will take to complete. The actual duration may be longer or shorter depending on your speed of study, study options chosen and module availability. It’s possible to complete your studies faster than the indicative course duration by doubling up on modules at certain times; however, minimum study durations do apply.

All of our courses have regular start dates throughout the year. Our academic year is organised into modules, typically with a one- or two-week break between modules and a structured three-week break for the Christmas period. Students will receive a course timetable during the application process.

Teaching methods and style

As we are a 100% online university, we utilise a virtual learning environment instead of a traditional campus. The system tracks and manages the learning process in real-time and provides you with immediate access to your learning materials.

This learning platform allows both students and tutors to actively take part in real-time conversations and you can listen to, and view, live lectures and seminars over the internet. All courses are delivered in English only.

You are supported throughout your course by a dedicated Student Adviser and have the opportunity to regularly interact with fellow students and your tutor. To ensure you receive the support you need from your tutor, we cap our class sizes at 20 students.


We adopt an assignment-based approach to assessment instead of exams.

You are always aware of your current provisional grade right from the start of the programme, allowing you to evaluate the success of your current study methods and clearly identify areas to improve.

We believe that this transparency gives you the information you need to make the most of your course. We achieve this by:

  • showing your marks clearly in your gradebook, which can be viewed whenever you log onto the learning platform
  • the rapid turnaround of work assessed to ensure that your gradebook is always up to date
  • assessing your work throughout the module rather than waiting for end of year exams
  • ensuring you have regular contact with your Student Adviser
  • the simplicity and transparency in the design of our assessment criteria

We also have a policy of ensuring that work submitted by students is authentic. As well as the fact that all work is frequently assessed, we use a well-established electronic monitoring system to check for plagiarism.

On successful completion of your BSc (Hons) Psychology, you will be invited to attend a graduation ceremony at the University of Essex, Colchester Campus.

Career prospects

We are dedicated to improving employability amongst our graduates. Our online courses give you the opportunity to improve your career prospects and earning potential with a mix of key skills that are directly transferable to the workplace.

Careers related to this programme are extremely wide-ranging; graduates may wish to work in a number of areas including counselling, civil service (e.g. roles as a youth worker or in crime prevention), marketing, research, healthcare (e.g. nursing or support worker roles), security (e.g. security analysts or behavioural scientists), education (e.g. teaching assistant roles or behavioural support) and business (e.g. human resources or training).

In addition to the subject-specific knowledge that learners on our BSc (Hons) Psychology will develop, students are also measured on a number of career-related skills including communication, IT skills, numeracy and problem solving skills, planning and many more.

Entry requirements

1. Academic Entry Route

In order to satisfy the Academic Entry Route requirements for the BSc (Hons) Psychology degree you must have the following qualifications as a minimum:

Three A-levels, or equivalent; plus

If English is not your first language, IELTS (Academic) 6.0 or equivalent.

You are required to pass your initial assignment set during the first 21 days of the course in order to continue with your studies

2. Open Entry Route

To apply for the BSc (Hons) Psychology degree via our Open Entry Route you must meet the following criteria:

GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above, or equivalent

Three years’ relevant work experience; plus

If English is not your first language, IELTS (Academic) 6.0 or equivalent

You will be required to pass your initial assignment set during the first 21 days of the course in order to continue with your studies.

21-day money back guarantee

We want to give you the opportunity to experience a University of Essex Online course for a 21-day trial period. That’s why we have introduced our money back guarantee. If you start the course and decide it’s not for you during the first three weeks, you will receive a full refund.