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Psychology - BSc (Hons) Degree

The BSc Psychology degree at Cardiff Met is professionally accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), offering you the opportunity to study an industry-approved psychology course that is highly regarded by employers.

BPS accreditation means you can gain Graduate and/or Chartered Membership of the Society upon graduation - enhancing your CV, maximizing your career prospects and providing you with a platform to progress to specialist postgraduate Psychology courses.

The course provides an introduction to the areas of social, developmental, and biological Psychology as well as research and data analysis in the first year of study. The second and third years provide you with an opportunity to specialise in a pathway (Educational, Clinical or Forensic) or to choose from a variety of exciting modules to suit your interests.

You will have the opportunity to undertake work placements and volunteering in a wide range of settings to maximize your practical experience. We work closely with placement providers in the fields of educational, clinical, health, forensic and occupational psychology to provide students with an opportunity to apply their knowledge to a practical situation.

In addition, we offer global exchange opportunities including volunteering and work placements.

You will have access to a suite of facilities and labs and be supported by a dedicated team of psychology staff and a personal tutor throughout your time with us.

Course information on this page relates to 2022.

Why study with us?

  • You will have the opportunity to specialise in a pathway (Educational, Clinical or Forensic)
  • You will be taught by a group of friendly and approachable academics who care about your progress and development
  • You will have a personal tutor who will be there to support you through your degree
  • You will be able to complete work placement opportunities that look great on a CV
  • You will gain excellent skills in research methods, crucial to successful career development
  • You will be able to choose from a range of final year modules to follow your own interests
  • You will have opportunities opportunities for global exchange including volunteering and work placements

​We will support you throughout your time with us and provide you with the space to develop your interests in psychology, helping you bridge the gap between education and employment. In our vibrant and dynamic department, we will ensure that you have the opportunity to flourish.​

​Course Content​

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.

In 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.

The programme is structured in a modular format. At level 4 students complete 6 x 20 credit core modules. At level 5, students complete a 40 credit research methods module, 3 x 20 credit core modules and 1 x 20 credit optional module. At level 6 all students complete a 40 credit project module, 2 x 20 credit core modules and select 2 x 20 credit optional modules. 

The overall degree classification is determined from the average marks in each of the modules from levels 5 and 6 of the programme. Level 5 contributes 30% to the overall degree outcome, and level 6 contributes 70%.

Year One Modules:

  • Professional and Interprofessional Development 
  • Conducting and Communicating Research in Psychology
  • Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology
  • Fundamentals of Cognition
  • Social and Developmental Psychology
  • Biological Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience

Year Two Modules:

  • Professional and Interprofessional Development 2
  • Research Methods
  • Professional Development in Psychology
  • Critical Social and Developmental Psychology
  • Applied Cognitive and Biological Psychology

Optional Modules:

  • Health Psychology and Well-being
  • Introduction to Forensic Psychology
  • Psychosocial Aspects of Education

Year Three Modules:
Core modules:

  • Project

  • Clinical Psychology 

  • Psychological Therapeutic Techniques 

Optional Modules:

  • Professional Practice
  • Health Behaviour Change
  • Applied Forensic Psychology
  • Applied Psychology in Education
  • Contemporary Issues

Learning & Teaching

A range of teaching, learning, and assessment strategies and methods have been carefully selected to provide a challenging and enriching learning experience. These strategies have been designed to facilitate a progressive and coherent development of the students’ knowledge skills and confidence. The psychology degree uses a range of teaching and learning strategies (including flipped classrooms, debates, workshops, practical lab classes) to enable students to develop Ethical, Digital, Global and Entrepreneurial skills, experience, knowledge, confidence and resilience. The teaching and learning strategies are mapped below.

Level 4 modules will provide a sound foundation for students to progress to the level 5 and level 6 modules, where they will gain a more detailed and advanced and applied knowledge and understanding of the core BPS curriculum. This will culminate in students having the confidence, skills and resilience to complete an independent piece of research for their project in level 6.

Lectures will provide the conceptual framework of ideas and theory, supplemented by workshops, seminars and directed study (including online tasks and activities) to enable students to gain an in-depth knowledge of the subject areas and to encourage independent learning.

Students will engage with practical classes throughout their degree, setting up and programming experiments, conducting interviews and analyzing data. Completing these empirical pieces of work will necessitate a sound understanding and appreciation of ethical and professional conduct. This is underpinned by the British Psychological Society Code for Ethics.

Workshops and individual supervision, as part of Professional Development in level 5, will enhance students’ employability skills, specifically their ability to reflect and understand the skills they have gained and the skills that are required in their chosen career path.

Contact Hours
Generally students will receive 4 hours contact time for each module each week – which equates to a minimum of 12 hours contact time a week. This may be delivered in a variety of ways through lectures, seminars, tutorials or online interactive activities. Module leaders also offer office hours each week, where students can drop in for queries. In addition students will have the opportunity to meet with their personal tutor for an individual meeting at least once a term.

We will support you throughout your time with us and provide you with the space to develop your interests in psychology, helping you bridge the gap between education and employment. In our vibrant and dynamic department, we will ensure that you have the opportunity to flourish.

You will be taught by a group of friendly and approachable academics who care about your progress and development. Each member of staff either has a PhD in Psychology or a professional Chartership in their particular area.

You will have a personal tutor who will be there to support you through your degree. You will be provided with a number of individual meetings throughout your degree programme, and your personal tutor will remain the same for the length of your degree as well as office hours’ availability for the entire teaching team. 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.

In addition, we have year tutors for each year group who work closely with the programme director and student services to ensure that no one gets lost.

We work closely with both the Psychology society at Cardiff Metropolitan University, and the Welsh branch of the British Psychological Society to provide students with a range of student led activities beyond the undergraduate degree programme.

Technology and Facilities

The Psychology department benefits from a dedicated research space from which students and staff can conduct research whilst using the latest technology.

There are six experimental research rooms in the Psychology Applied Research Centre (PARC), where we have eye trackers, EEG skull caps and biopac systems. We also have a decdicated computer laboratory with the latest experimental software, an observation room and a clinic consultation room. The PARC space includes a social learning space for students as part of the suite of facilities.

We have a dedicated team of technicians who provide support during demonstrations, labs and project data collection. Students can take advantage of our virtual learning environment (Moodle) to access all teaching and learning materials, guidance and handbooks and for online submission and marking.

Staff Expertise
At Cardiff Metropolitan University, staff are engaged in research in a wide range of applied psychology topics including: health psychology, forensic psychology, the higher education experience, risk-taking behaviour, and eating disorders. The psychology team are equally committed to high quality teaching and to providing a supportive learning environment. We listen to our students and this is reflected in the excellent feedback we get from them and our external examiners

Staff profiles here


The undergraduate degree programme provides a range of assessment, with the aim of inclusivity at its heart. Students might be assessed through essays, exams and reports but also through presenting, designing posters, problem based learning, and reflective portfolios.

Here are some examples of the authentic assesments we provide our students, which emulate real world tasks geared towards developing practical graduate skills.

Research methods:

  • Data collection with fellow students
  • Participation in studies
  • Lab shops / statistical analysis
  • Data collection for dissertation

Professional Development in the Workplace:

  • Reflective writing and development of CV
  • Placements in year 2 and 3
  • Portfolio of evidence / Placement report
  • Practical experience in Psychology specific fields

Applied Skills:

  • Counselling
  • Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Occupational Psychology

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:
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. Embedding placements within the curriculum allows students space and time to engage in not just gaining work experience but reflecting on how this experience has enhanced their skills with the support of an academic and work-based supervisor.

From the start of the degree students are encouraged to think about career, work and skills. 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.​

  • You will be able to complete work placement opportunities that look great on a CV
  • You will gain excellent skills in research methods, crucial to successful career development
  • You will be able to choose from a range of final year modules to follow your own interests
  • You will have opportunities for global exchange including volunteering and work placements

Psychology graduates will develop a range of transferable skills from their degree, including computing skills, numeracy and statistical competence; critical thinking; library research; empirical research (in both qualitative and quantitative methods); team working and independent skills; communicational skills (writing, oral, and poster presentations).
We offer final year options in Forensic, Clinical, Health, and Educational psychology and students can progress onto postgraduate training courses in Forensic, Health or Sport psychology, delivered by Chartered Psychologists at the school.

Graduates of the Psychology Undergraduate degree can also go on to have successful careers in the public sector, with positions in teaching, social services, department for health, ministry of defence, health and safety and the office of national statistics.

Entry Requirements​ & How to Apply

Foundation route:

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 96 - 112 points from at least 3 A levels (or equivalent). Typical offers may include:

  • 96 - 112 points from at least three A levels to include grades BC; or A level grades CCC along with the Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate at grade C
  • RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma / Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma MMM - DMM
  • 96 - 112 points from the Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades CD
  • 96 - 112 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include three H2 grades. Higher level subjects only considered with a minimum grade H4
  • 96 - 112 points from the Access to Higher Education Diploma​

*For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSE Mathematics or Mathematics – Numeracy.

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. Further information on our entry requirements, including qualifications from the EU can be found by clicking here.

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 Procedure:
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.

International Applicants
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer into year 2 & 3

If you are interested in transferring credit from another institution to study at Cardiff Met for a course which accepts entry for year 2 and/or 3, you can find further information on this and information on how to apply on the RPL page. Please contact Admissions for any queries that you have on RPL.

Mature student

A mature applicant is anyone over the age of 21 who didn't go to university after school or college. Cardiff Met welcomes applications from mature applicants and further advice and information can be found here.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044, email or via Twitter @CMetAdmissions.

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader, Dr Amie-Louise Prior:
Tel: 029 2020 5975

Key Course Information

UCAS Code: C800

Accredited by: British Psychological Society (BPS)

Place of Study: Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences 
Llandaff Campus

Course Length: Three years full-time or four years full-time including Foundation year.

Degree Highlights

Principal Lecturer Debbie Clayton and current students tell us more about studying Psychology at Cardiff Met.

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