Psychology (with integrated foundation year) at University of Cumbria - UCAS

Course summary

Are you fascinated by what makes people tick, the human mind and debating psychological ideas? On this psychology degree with a foundation year, we’ll guide you through a vast range of contexts and lifespans – from the biological basis of behaviour to questioning contemporary issues. This foundation year will help you on your way to achieving our full BSc (Hons) Psychology, accredited by the British Psychological Society, designed to give you the knowledge and expertise that allows you to kickstart a successful career. What’s more, our psychology courses are ranked 1st in the North West and 11th in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2023 Results). Course Overview If you are passionate about pursuing a career in psychology but do not have the required qualifications for direct entry, this psychology foundation degree offers a supportive alternative route into higher education. In years two to four, half of your course will be practical, focusing on research techniques, qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods, data handling and analysis skills, laboratory reports and communication skills. You’ll learn from industry-expert tutors through lectures and seminars. You’ll be encouraged to engage in career-enhancing voluntary work, giving you hands-on experience. You will be eligible to apply for Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS). The skills, knowledge and understanding you gain from this psychology degree course will help you access a range of rewarding professions. On this course you will

  • Study psychology at the University of Cumbria, with the opportunity to explore and apply psychological literature to current issues, contexts and experiences.
  • Be taught and given high-quality support and guidance by our lecturing team, who are active in research and practices.
  • Learn valuable transferrable skills in research, which are highly sought after by employers.
  • Develop your knowledge and build a solid foundation of the core skills needed to progress from your foundation year onto the full psychology degree course.
  • Be able to shape your degree experience to your interests and career goals, allowing us to help you to reach your ideal future career.
What you'll learn In year one, you are encouraged to reflect on your skills development in learning and personal contexts so you develop your ability to make appropriate choices and decisions. Challenging and authentic tasks will be used to stretch your capabilities in real-world learning and assessment resulting in a deeper approach to learning. In years 2-4, you will study five key themes within psychology:
  • The contextualised bio-psychosocial nature of human development and experience
  • Ethical decision making and professional values
  • Gathering and analysing evidence using robust, population relevant and ethical research techniques
  • The pivotal role of academic, professional and graduate skills
  • Experiential problem-based learning
Year 1
  • Essential University Skills 1
  • Essential University Skills 2
  • Contemporary Issues and the Media
  • Families, Communities and the Criminal Justice System
  • Professional Practice in the Community
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
Year 2
  • Psychology in Action
  • Introduction to Psychological Research Methods
  • Introduction to Data Analysis
  • Perspectives in Psychology
  • Professional and Academic Skills
  • Introduction to Psychopathology
Year 3
  • Research Methods and Statistics
  • Development, Brain and Cognition
  • Research Methods in Applied Psychology Settings
  • Work Experience
  • Negotiated Learning
  • Social and Community Psychology
Year 4
  • Critical Psychology
  • Individual Differences: Abilities, Personalities and measuring differences
  • Dissertation
  • Psychological Literacy and Careers
  • Counselling and Coaching Psychology

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

If you are over 21 and returning to study after being in relevant employment for a minimum of 3 years and do not meet the published entry requirements for Year 1 of our degree courses, please do not assume you are not qualified to join us. Our experienced Admissions and Academic staff will review your prior qualifications and professional experience to support your application. The Integrated Foundation Year programmes support your return to education and are specifically designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree but may not have all the necessary qualifications, skills or experience to join the degree in Year 1. Contact our Course Enquiries Team for more information.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £13575 Year 1

Additional fee information

These fees are for the first year only. For years 2 - 4, the BA or BSc fee will apply. Visit for more information about student fees and finance, and for details about our alumni discount.
Psychology (with integrated foundation year) at University of Cumbria - UCAS