Foundation year (Year 0):
This programme can incorporate a foundation year (year 0) for those students who aspire to enrol onto the first year of a social science based honours degree programme or HND within Cardiff Metropolitan University, who have not achieved the standard entry requirements, or who have not studied subjects that provide the necessary background within the social science disciplines required to enter the first year of the chosen honours degree programme.
Students wishing to undertake the foundation year will apply for the degree programme they intend to progress to, using the relevant UCAS code listed on this course page (under Key Facts) and apply for entry point 0 on the UCAS website. As such, students following the foundation route will take an extra year to complete their honours degree.
Further information about the foundation year can be found by clicking here.
The course has the recognition of the British Psychological Society and confers Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC), an essential requirement for admission to postgraduate psychology training, providing a minimum of a lower second class (2:2) honours is achieved.
The first year (level 4) introduces all the key skills and knowledge to be developed over the three years of the full-time programme.
The second year (level 5) develops core knowledge and skills required for the British Psychological Society accreditation. Furthermore, we offer volunteering placement opportunities here.
The final year (level 6) you will undertake your own research in an area of psychology that interests you, and complete a range of optional modules. You will be supported throughout your studies by an assigned personal tutor, as well as lecturers in all the modules.
Year One Modules:
- Social Psychology 1
- Developmental Psychology 1
- Brain and Cognition
- Introduction to Research Methods
- Data Analysis
- Psychological Literacy: Skills for Learning and Work
Year Two Modules:
- Research and Statistics
- Cognitive Neuroscience
- Childhood Issues and Disorders
- Social Psychology 2
- Cognitive Psychology
- Individual Differences
- Contemporary Issues in Psychology 1 (optional 10 credit)
- Work, Volunteering and Applied Psychology 1 (optional 10 credit)
Year Three Modules:
- Final year project
- Project proposal
- Media Psychology
- Contemporary Issues in Psychology 2
- Applied Psychological Testing
- Forensic Psychology
- Health Psychology
- Language & Social Psychology
- Human Genetics and Healthcare
- Clinical Psychology 1
- Clinical Psychology 2
- Applied Psychological Therapies
- Occupational Psychology
- Exercise Psychology
- Work, Volunteering and Applied Psychology 2
- An Introduction to Counselling Psychology
- Positive Psychology
- Human Performance in the Workplace
- Evolutionary Psychology
Please note that not all year three options are available every year.
Learning & Teaching
A variety of learning and teaching methods are used, such as lecture series supported by seminars, workshops and tutorials. Learning and teaching is tailored to the needs of students in different modules, so each module will be different developing skills and knowledge appropriate to the subject area. All modules are supported by Moodle, which helps students to access information when it is needed. Notes, reading and discussion boards are used to support student learning.
A personal tutor scheme supports students with academic and pastoral support from the first year onwards, and with Initial Professional Development we work to encourage students to set and achieve their academic and career goals through all three years of the programme.
Assessment may be through coursework (e.g. essays, reports and seminar presentations) or formal examinations (which take place in May/June each year).
Employability & Careers
Career opportunities exist for graduates where knowledge of people and how they communicate is valued. The course is an ideal foundation for further study in postgraduate psychology courses leading to a qualification as an occupational, educational, clinical, and forensic or health psychologist, and also leads to other postgraduate courses such as PGCE. Graduates will also be able to enter careers in personnel management, advertising, health promotion and many areas of industry.
For further information on careers in psychology please see: www.bps.org.uk
The programme takes employment and skills development very seriously, and prepares students for a competitive professional world. Many careers for psychology graduates require experience in the field before starting postgraduate training. We support students in gaining as much experience as they can during their studies with us, but unfortunately not all work that is undertaken is recorded when the national statistics on graduate employment are collated due to this being collated six months after graduation.
From the start of the degree students are encouraged to think about career, work and skills, especially in the module Psychology for Learning and Work. The second year offers further opportunities to gain experience with a volunteering and work-based learning module. This encourages the application of psychological knowledge to real-world situations. In the final year, optional modules integrate skills development and applied psychology to help prepare graduates for their next steps.
Entry Requirements & How to Apply
Please note: The following entry requirements relate to September 2017 entry and use the new UCAS tariff. Please refer to our
Entry Requirements for further information on the new tariff, or contact Admissions if you have any questions.
Applicants should normally have five GCSEs including English Language (or Welsh First Language) and Mathematics at grade C or above / grade 4 or above (for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England) plus one of the following:
- 48 points from at least 2 A level qualifications or their equivalent at an appropriate standard for entry into Higher Education at Year 1, but in subject areas which fail to meet the entry requirements for their intended undergraduate degree programme.
- 48 points from at least 2 A level qualifications or their equivalent in subject areas relevant for their intended undergraduate degree programme, but at a standard which fails to meet the entry requirements to Higher Education at Year 1.
- Prospective students who do not meet the above criteria may be considered on an individual basis and may be called for interview.
For specific information on entry requirements or if your qualification isn't listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search.
Applicants should have five GCSEs including English Language (or Welsh First Language), Mathematics and Science at grade C or above / grade 4 or above (for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England) plus one of the following:
- 112 points from at least three A levels to include grades BC; or A level grades CCC along with the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma at grade C
- QCF BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit
- 112 points from the Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades CD
- 112 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include three B1 grades. Higher level subjects only considered with a minimum grade C2
- 112 points from the Access to Higher Education Diploma
If you are studying combinations of the above or if your qualification isn't listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search for entry requirements.
If you do not meet the above entry requirements, the ‘Foundation leading to BSc Social Sciences’ is available one year full-time and will provide you with a relevant qualification that will allow you to progress to this degree upon successful completion. For further information about the Foundation course, please click here.
Those who do not hold any of the above qualifications, but are still interested in applying should contact the programme director to discuss entry options. Students who feel that they have the work experience / life experience and evidence of some recent, successful study may still be admitted.
Selection for this course is normally on the basis of the UCAS application form. Applicants, who thereby demonstrate that they appreciate and are interested in the syllabus, are likely to be considered favourably during the selection process. Mature students may be invited for interview.
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit
How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at
www.ucas.com. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at