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BSc (Hons)

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Part time

3 years+


London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds eller online

The Faculty of Social Sciences

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Education for everyone, everywhere

Whether you're limited by location, cost, time or other life commitments, we're passionate about giving you access to higher education that fits into your busy, modern life.

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You decide for yourself how and where you want to study

We offer a wide range of flexible undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in both our online and blended study formats.

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Full support both online and on-site

We are also proud to offer non-standard access, which means that your work experience and previous qualifications are taken into account when assessing your application.

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Strong focus on employability

You will gain in-depth subject knowledge and transferable skills that employers from a wide range of industries will value. Many of our courses at Arden are also accredited by leading professional bodies in the UK.

Course overview

Are you interested in developing a scientific understanding of the human mind and what drives human motivation and behavior? Our British Psychological Society accredited BSc (Hons) Psychology degree will introduce you to a wide range of contemporary research and support you in developing the key knowledge, skills and abilities essential to pursuing a career in psychology. Our course is designed with your career in mind.

With a huge range of subjects, many of which you won't see at other leading universities, you can design your own course based on the areas that interest you most; whether it's sports and health, advice, coaching, we have something for everyone.

This course is more than learning a topic; it is being part of a rich community of students and teachers, being immersed in the subject and preparing for the future. You will never be alone while studying with us; we have gone above and beyond in the support we offer so that it is tailored to you as an individual; whether through our various support teams or your tutors who are internationally respected industry professionals, published authors and PhD holders in the field of psychology.

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Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society, the representative body for professional psychologists in the UK.

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Course details and modules

On the course you will study a range of interesting and stimulating subject modules designed to engage you with fascinating topics in psychology. We have so many options that you have almost endless ways to build your degree so that it is truly tailored to your interests. Your studies will culminate in choosing an area of ​​psychology that you will focus on and producing your own research project at the end of your final year. When you graduate, you will have the confidence and ability to apply your knowledge of psychology to a range of exciting career paths and further learning opportunities.

Throughout the course, you will receive one-to-one support from your academic skills tutors and tutors, as well as frequent invitations to online coffee mornings with your fellow students and staff. Above all, our academic team will help you learn through the real world and help you understand how best to put your new skills into practice.

Academic experience

On this course you will be taught by a number of psychological experts. Many of our academics are active in research and have published in academic journals, presented at national and international conferences and authored book chapters on applied psychology. We also have past and continuing practitioners within the team whose expertise centers on the application of psychology in real-world contexts such as organizational, educational, prison, health and clinical settings. As a whole, the team is very active in the professional psychology community by holding workshops and participating in charitable events for organizations such as MIND.

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Arden is for winners. No one is going to ask you to sit down and start working on your career if you don't do it yourself! At Arden, if you have a genuine interest in what you are learning and you want to reach out for more, you will be welcomed, helped and advised. But to do that, you have to be determined.

Bettina Finn

BSc (Hons) Psychology


You have 3-9 years to complete this course, which means you can take up to 3 years to complete each level. However, most of our students aim to complete the course within 3 to 6 years.

Level 4

  • Core modules
  • Introduction to studying psychology (20 points)
  • Social psychology (20 points)
  • Introduction to research methods (20 points)
  • Developmental psychology (20 points)
  • Biological psychology (20 points)
  • Cognitive psychology (20 points)

Level 5

  • Core modules
  • Qualitative research methods (20 points)
  • Quantitative research methods (20 points)
  • Personality and intelligence (20 points)
  • Positive psychology (20 points)
  • Optional modules (choose two)
  • Forensic psychology (20 points)
  • Sport and training psychology (20 points)
  • Work psychology (20 points)
  • Clinical and health psychology (20 points)
  • Child development and educational psychology (20 points)
  • Coachingpsykologi (20 point)

Level 6

  • Core modules
  • Professional development (20 points)
  • Research project (40 points)
  • Optional modules (choose three)
  • Advanced research methods (20 points)
  • Counseling Psychology: Mental Health and Illness (20 credits)
  • Cognitive and behavioral neuroscience (20 points)
  • Political psychology (20 points)
  • Cyberpsykologi (20 point)
  • Gender and sexuality (20 points)

Please note that our optional modules will run with sufficient demand and resources. This means that if necessary we may have to limit the number or change or discontinue modules to account for this.

Study support and assessments

Tailored support for your studies in psychology

In addition to the extensive support available to all students studying with Arden, our BSc (Hons) Psychology course has its own personal support system to help you succeed in your studies. On this course you will:

  • Keep your skills sharp with our study skills workshops
  • Get personal support throughout your studies with peer guides and learning assistants
  • Get a sense of community with virtual coffee mornings, online office hours and drop-in sessions with your tutors.
  • Always know where you stand with quarterly student-teacher feedback events
  • Participate in our annual student conferences
  • Expand your learning with inspiring guest speakers who share their first-hand experience in areas you study
  • Get ready for the future with our annual employment event
  • Gain work experience while studying with flexible and voluntary work opportunities
  • Get free BPS membership.

Free online research and analysis software

As a psychology student at Arden, you will be introduced to a number of user-friendly software packages that will help you enhance your learning through advanced research and analysis tools:

  • SPSS for statistical analysis.
  • GORILLA to easily create and host online experiments
  • NVivo for Qualitative Data Analysis (QDA)

Authentic reviews. No exams.

Like you, we believe in real-world assessments you can apply to everyday life, not exams. That's why every assessment on this course is embedded with employability skills you can transfer to your future role, including preparing presentations, role-play sessions, conducting real-world research and analysis. You will even complete your own final research project.

Study opportunities

This course is available to study through Arden's blended learning study mode at our study centers inLondon Ealing,London Tower Hill,London Holborn,Manchester,Birmingham, andLeeds.

The course is also available to students viaonline learning. This gives you the convenience of being able to study anywhere in the UK or worldwide, giving you the same high standards of education but with lower tuition fees.

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I chose online learning because I currently do not have the capacity to attend classes as my days are full of running my household, my elderly parents household and looking after the needs of my 3 year old. Online studying has been extremely helpful because it gives me the flexibility I need to study at random times during the day or night.

Cynthia Blow

BSc (Hons) Psychology

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How does it work?

When you choose our blended learning study mode, you have eight hours of scheduled classes each week spread over two days at the Arden study center of your choice. This is combined with around 25 hours of independent study, which takes place through ilearn, our university campus in the cloud. ilearn contains all the resources you need to study successfully. As a blended learning student, you also have access to our Library Portal, a comprehensive digital library with thousands of journal titles, e-books and a range of academic and industry databases that you can use to research and gain in-depth information about your field of study. At Arden, all your course materials are provided free of charge, removing the need for you to purchase expensive textbooks to successfully study your degree.

Blended learning is the best option for students who prefer the structure of regular face-to-face classes with their tutor and fellow classmates, and is particularly suitable for students who live within commuting or driving distance of one of our UK study centres.

If you are a student from England enrolling on a blended learning course with Arden (based in one of our UK study centres), you can apply for a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan to help pay your living costs. You can find more information on ourfees and financing page. If you are a student from Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, you can find information about living costs loans from your student funding body.

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Part-time online learning

How does it work?

Studying BSc (Hons) Psychology online gives you the ultimate in convenience. You can enroll at Arden from anywhere in the world and study your degree from home without the requirement to attend classes at a physical location.

Our online students study their degree through ilearn, Arden's university campus in the cloud. ilearn provides everything you need to study at university. As well as receiving regular feedback and guidance from your course tutor, you will study with like-minded students who you can meet through our Unitu community and you will have access to community message boards to discuss your course and the topics being raised. within it. You also have access to our library portal. The portal includes an extensive digital library of thousands of journal titles, e-books, and academic and industry databases that you can use to research your assignments and projects. All of these materials are provided to you free of charge and contain all the research information you will need to complete your degree with us.

Online learning students resident in the UK can apply for a maintenance loan for living expenses if they are unable to attend their course in person due to a disability. Find more information on ourfees and financing page. If you are a student from Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, you can find information on
Living costs loan from your student funding agency

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Introduction to your digital backpack

Once you've enrolled in your psychology degree at Arden, you'll get access to your digital backpack, a toolkit of digital resources we've put together to help you succeed during your time studying with us.

Here are some of the digital resources you will have available during your course:

  • office 365 subscription
  • Integrated zoom video conference
  • Career services through Abintegro to prepare you for your future career
  • Free online access to our library portal, which includes thousands of e-books and journals, as well as industry databases that we have carefully hand-picked to support your studies – absolutely free while you study with us.
  • Subscribe to Togetherall for an abundance of mental health support
  • BPS resources and support
  • NVIVO, SPSS, GORILLA and JAMIVO industrial software

Entry requirements

At Arden University, we process applications on a case-by-case basis. If you have significant work experience, qualifications you have gained elsewhere, or a degree or qualification that is not a clear pathway to this degree - we are more than happy to discuss your application.

What do you need to study with us?

Our aim is to make learning as accessible as possible by ensuring that you can study your degree in a flexible and convenient way. That's why we keep our requirements simple. All you need is a laptop or desktop PC (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows) and a good internet connection. Please note that if you are using a Chromebook, only those released in 2020 and beyond will support SPSS and Jamovi, which are essential requirements for the statistical elements of the course. Through ilearn, our online university campus in the cloud, you will be able to access your course calendar, support services, teaching materials and our online library of almost half a million texts, as well as create assignments, keep notes and collaborate with other students on your course.

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To be eligible for our BSc (Hons) Psychology course, you must have:

  • Passes at grade C or above in three subjects, including mathematics at GCSE level or academic equivalent.
  • If you do not have a GCSE or equivalent in Mathematics, you are strongly encouraged to complete an assessment-free module before the start of your course to replace this.

Applicants may be considered based on a minimum of 12 months of relevant work experience. We ask you for a personal statement demonstrating your ability to study the course, together with references and evidence of your previous work experience.

English skills

  • IELTS 6.0 (not less than 5.5 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 80; or equivalent
  • Alternatively, evidence that you have previously studied in English, such as a letter showing that the medium of instruction was in English, may be accepted.

We also offer an internal English test for applicants who are unable to provide the above proof of English proficiency. More information can be foundher.

Before you start studying

While you can read your study material on your smartphone or tablet, to get the most out of your learning experience, you'll need access to a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows) and a good, stable internet connection .

Course fees and funding

Meet the faculty

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Arden's psychology courses are designed to explore human behavior across different areas of psychology. These courses provide you with a range of transferable skills that are valued by employers from a wide range of industries. I look forward to welcoming you to the Arden University family.

Prof Gail Steptoe-Warren

Head of school - Psychology

Career prospects

With a BPS-accredited psychology degree, your career options are truly open. This course equips you with a range of universal skills that will allow you to apply your knowledge in a wide variety of sectors. This means that when you graduate, you'll have the confidence to make life-changing decisions about which professional career path is best for you to take.

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What will BSc (Hons) Psychology do for me?

Employers who have provided input into the development of this course include the UK Fire Service, independent psychological practitioners, counseling psychologists, clinical psychologists, independent consultants and past alumni who now work across a wide range of disciplines. Because of this input, you will find that your course content has been tailored to help you fill current skills gaps in a range of careers and occupations worldwide.

With such a wide range of subjects to learn about, and different skills to master, you'll graduate with knowledge and skills in various academic and professional areas, including:

  • Communicate effectively in challenging situations
  • Collection, understanding and use of data
  • Correct handling of primary source material
  • Problem solving and abstract and scientific reasoning
  • To make critical judgments and assessments
  • Application of sensitivity to interpersonal factors
  • Use of effective personal planning and project management

What can I do after Arden University?

After completing your bachelor's degree in psychology, you will have acquired a range of skills that will appeal to employers across almost every industry. Around 15 to 20% of psychology graduates in the UK choose to complete postgraduate training to become professional psychologists. Employers across industries know that successful psychology graduates can write coherent and logical reports, understand statistical forms of evidence and data management, and have a good understanding of human behavior in the workplace. The majority of graduates therefore go on to work in careers where these skills developed during a bachelor's degree are highly desirable.

As well as graduating with the option of continuing to study at postgraduate level or embarking on training to qualify as a professional psychologist, you will also have career options ahead of you which could include:

  • Psychotherapist
  • Data analyst
  • Support worker
  • Lactating
  • Psychologist
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Career advisor
  • Adviser
  • Journalist
  • Marketing/advertising
  • Police officer
  • Social work

Industry skills

The topics you will study on this course have a global focus that is relevant anywhere in the world. Avoiding the Western-centric focus of many undergraduate psychology courses and aligned with the framework of BPS accreditation, which provides a cross-cultural point of view, this degree is internationally recognized and will give you experience and knowledge that you can apply in your home country.

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British Psychological Society (BPS) accreditation and membership

Arden's BSc (Hons) Psychology and BSc (Hons) Psychology with Counseling courses are accredited by the British Psychological Society, which qualifies you for Graduate Membership for Chartered Membership, a requirement if you wish to study various postgraduate courses and become a fully Chartered Membership Psychologist.

You get free BPS membership as soon as you sign up with us, opening up a range of fantastic opportunities and professional resources for you, including:

  • Access to dozens of industry events each year, including student-focused career events where you can learn from psychology professionals.
  • Subscriptions to Psykologen, the monthly BPS magazine and Psych-Talk, which are written by psychology students for psychology students - and are also a good way for you to get published.
  • Access to the online community of BPS members, which helps you connect with other psychology students across the UK and discuss the latest progress and developments in your field of interest.
  • The chance to become a student worker and help support your fellow psychology students and spread the word about BPS membership.
  • Discounts on textbooks and key publications, including 35% off Wiley/Blackwell books (print and e-books) when you sign up for BPS membership.

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