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Psychology (First year taught at Salford City College)

BSc (Hons)

School - School of Health and Society

Subject area - Psychology and Public Health

UCAS Code: C803

Start Date(s): September


Three years full-time

In Brief:

  • Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Taught at Salford City College - save money on the cost of tuition and get used to the demands of HE study. The first year of your course is delivered in smaller classes at Salford City College before you transition to the University of Salford main campus for years 2 and 3 of study
  • Ability to focus on your interests in the final year, with a range of vocational options

Course Summary

Psychology is about people - the study of the human mind and behaviour. As such psychology graduates are well sought after in many workplaces.

This course is designed to provide you with in-depth knowledge and opportunities for learning a wide range of psychological concepts. It has a hands-on approach to developing research skills and encourages you to apply the theory to real-world settings. The final year gives you the opportunity to specialise in areas of psychology that interest you and to undertake a supervised research project of your own.

Find out more about us in our Psychology blog.

To find out more about this course, please visit the Salford City College website.

This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) – if you achieve a lower second class degree or above, Graduate Basis for Registration is awarded. This is the first step to becoming a chartered psychologist.

Salford City College were named College of the Year 2017

Awards and Accreditation

Course Details


Full-time tuition fee for entry in September 2019: £7,500

These are the fees you will pay whilst studying at the college, you will pay the standard tuition fees for the period when you are studying at the main University of Salford campus.

Course Info

The first year of the programme are delivered at Salford City College FutureSkills campus, the final two years are delivered at the University of Salford.

You will learn about the core areas of psychology; biological, cognitive, developmental, social and individual differences. These core areas are underpinned with research methods, which is integrated into your learning across the modules, as well as being a standalone module. You will learn to be a critical thinker, able to consider a problem, develop a research plan and execute that plan. You will initially be introduced to the key areas of psychology, then explore these in detail at year 2, finally in year 3 you have option modules in which you can explore areas of interest to you.

For more information on this course, please visit the Salford City College website

Year 1                                

An introduction to statistics and research methods used in psychology.                                                
You will be introduced to key factors in human development including social, emotional, cognitive and biological foundation. Within social psychology you will look at how individuals perceive, influence and interact with others.                                                
Provides a clear understanding of the relevance of psychology in the contemporary world with opportunities to consider applications of core psychological principles across the range of GBC curriculum areas in a range of contemporary contexts.  The module aims to develop your ability to evaluate        and        problem solve in a real world context using a range of research and analysis skills.                                                
An introduction to the study of personality, intelligence, gender and mental health.                                                
You will be introduced to the basic biological processes and cognitive principles necessary for understanding human psychology.                                                
You will explore methodological principles in psychology, through scientific enquiry and practice.      

For content of Years 2 and 3 see BSc (Hons) Psychology at the University of Salford.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
AVCE Double Award BB and A level C, plus GCSE in Maths, English and Science
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
Five at grade C/4 or above including English language, maths and science
UCAS tariff points 104-112 points
GCE A level BBC
BTEC National Diploma DMM
Access to HE 45 credits at level 3 (30 at merit) and level 2 in numeracy

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

The University offers two routes for entry under the scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course.  As this course is part of the School of Health Sciences you will only be considered under Entry Route 1.

English Language Requirements

Applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Applicant profile

Your application will demonstrate a good understanding of the discipline of psychology. You will have strong written skills and an aptitude for research, together with a desire to explore all areas of psychology and enthusiasm to discover more about the range of human behaviours.

Unfortunately, we are not able to accept international applications for this programme.



Assessment methods will vary depending on the modules you choose to study, you can expect:

  • Exams 25%
  • Research Report 25%
  • Essays 25%

The remaining 25% will be split between:

  • Assignments
  • Practical reports
  • Group work
  • Presentations


You will be equipped to work in a number of environments, such as health and social care, business and education. You will also be able to continue your study at postgraduate level. If you go on to become a chartered psychologist, you may specialise in clinical, forensic, educational, health or occupational psychology.

Our graduates have taken a range of jobs within a variety of fields. Following graduation you may decide to continue your studies with us on the MSc Applied Psychology (Therapies), MSc Applied Psychology (Addictions), MSc Media Psychology or a vocational course such as MA Social Work.

Some graduates have gained employment as an assistant psychologist, mental health support worker or within drug and alcohol services or have gone on to pursue a career as a chartered psychologist. Alternatively you may take a role within advertising, marketing or retail. Whatever direction you choose, the key skills within this degree ensure that you will be both accomplished and imaginative in your career.

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The British Psychological Society (BPS) accredits this course – if you achieve a lower second class degree or above, Graduate Basis for Registration is awarded. This is the first step to becoming a chartered psychologist.

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