Psychology (with Foundation Year) at Wrexham University - UCAS

Wrexham University

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Wrexham University (Prifysgol Wrecsam)

Psychology (with Foundation Year)

Course summary

If you are fascinated with behaviour and wonder why people do what they do, then our psychology course – which is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) – will be ideal for your questioning mind. On this course you will:

  • have the opportunity to research a topic of your own choosing for your dissertation in the final year
  • have access to support throughout the degree from award winning personal tutors, fantastic psychology Technicians and Module leaders who are happy to arrange additional module tutorials on request
  • complete assessments that measure your understanding and critical thinking about psychology, as well as encouraging the application of theory to ‘real world’ problems
  • have access to a diverse range of facilities including our psychometric lab, flight simulator, high-tech sports performance lab, experimental cubicles and simulation lab
  • study core modules relating to social psychology, individual differences, cognitive psychology and psychobiology, which will enable you to gain a greater understanding of social interaction, individual development, and the way in which the brain interprets information
over the course of the degree be taught the skills needed to conduct both qualitative and quantitative research; with a module solely dedicated to qualitative research
  • gain transferrable skills that are desirable by employers
  • have the opportunity to research a topic of your own choosing for your dissertation in the final year
  • be part of small yet diverse class sizes
*This course has been rated as part of the CHA3 subject group ranked 10th in the UK and 1st out of Welsh universities for teaching on my course in the National Student Survey 2022. *This course has been rated as part of the CHA3 subject group ranked joint 3rd in the UK and 1st out of Welsh universities for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2022. *This course has been ranked 1st in the UK as part of the Psychology subject league table for Teaching Quality as well as 3rd in the UK and 1st in Wales for Student experience in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023. Key course features:
  • Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) – you will also have the opportunity to attend and present at the BPS conference in your final year
  • Small and Friendly department with a research active academic team; who are fully supportive of student research interests. This includes supporting students in their final year to pursue their own research ideas in the form of an individual research project, which is supported and guided by their supervisor; this forms the final year dissertation
  • There are opportunities within each module for you to gain hands-on-experience of the applicability of theory and/or develop student research skills. We believe that psychology is about real life and formal lectures should be enhanced by experiential learning. Psychology is an applied science, and we believe that it is important that students are able to apply theory in a practical way
  • You will take part in our Annual Psychology Enrichment Week, which was commended by the BPS: “The enrichment week is an opportunity for students and staff to provide approachable networking opportunities and assists to develop a broad range of skills including presentation skills which is fundamental in developing psychological literacy. These skills are essential transferable skills that students were able to use reflecting upon their academic and personal experiences.”
  • Dedicated qualitative research methods module, which provides you with the knowledge and understanding needed to conduct a qualitative research project
  • You will be given the opportunity to take part in our annual real-time Crime Scene Day learning simulation – where students from different departments come together to act out, witness, investigate and report on a high-profile crime that has taken place on campus


What you will study YEAR 1 (FOUNDATION YEAR) The foundation year aims to provide you with an introduction to Psychology, whilst also developing your key skills and introducing you to research methods. MODULES Writing and Presenting for Psychology: Encourages you to develop the necessary skills for studying psychology at HE level and the study of selected key research. This will include generic and subject-specific skills. A Mini Project in Psychology: Introduces you to the principles, research areas and ethics in psychology and enables you to develop your research skills through conducting a small scale research project within the class environment. This is an essential module for the personal and professional development of Foundation year students and for future employer requirements as it enables students to gain knowledge and understanding of the well-established principles and research in areas of psychology. Introduction to Psychology 1: Provides you with a foundation level introduction to the major theoretical approaches and applications in psychology. These approaches include biological, behaviourist, cognitive, psychodynamic, and humanistic. You will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the different approaches and apply these to a range of research methods through an examination of a range of classic and contemporary studies. Introduction to Psychology 2: Introduces you to a range of applied areas of psychology such as Forensic Psychology, Health Psychology, Educational Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Sport Psychology. You are directed to explore issues in the practical application of psychology within these areas. The Skills You Need: This module aims to ensure that you develop key academic, personal and professional skills required for successful study at High Education. The module focuses on developing the necessary practical, intellectual and communication skills to allow you to progress through the Honours Degree and prepare students for employment and further study. Contextual Studies: This module aims to introduce you to a broad variety of contemporary issues to stimulate discussion and debate. It will enable you to relate your area of interest to the issues presented. YEAR 2 (LEVEL 4) Over the course of this year you will develop study and research methods skills that are key to the degree programme, whilst also learning and developing your understanding of key psychological theories and concepts. MODULES Fundamental Psychology Introduction to Research Design Essential Psychology Introduction to Data Analysis Study Skills for Psychology Scientific Writing and Communication YEAR 3 (LEVEL 5) In your third year, you will continue to develop your research method skills and apply them in different areas of Psychology. During this year you will complete some core modules that will build on the knowledge gained in the first year. MODULES Developmental Psychology Advanced Research Design Biological Psychology Cognitive Psychology Intermediate Research Methods Individual Differences YEAR 4 (LEVEL 6) In your final year, you will design your own research project with supervision from the Academic team. This year will see you complete the final core module, Social Psychology, and also allow you to choose optional modules to study based on your own preferences and interests. MODULES Research Project (core) Social Psychology (core) Clinical Psychology (optional) Negotiated Learning (optional) Forensic Psychology (optional) Counselling Psychology (optional) Work-Based Learning (optional) Cyberpsychology (optional) Health Psychology (optional) The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Assessment method

Teaching & Assessment You will be assessed via a variety of different assessment methods, including a combination of coursework, essays, portfolios, practical reports, presentations and in-class tests. The course does not currently assess students via exams. You will be required to do a dissertation as part of your final year assessment.  Teaching and learning Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential. We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our Student Support section has more information on the help available. In terms of particular needs, the University’s Inclusion team can provide appropriate guidance and support should any students require reasonable adjustments to be made because of a recognised prevailing disability, medical condition, or specific learning difference. The degree will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical classes, project work and computer-based exercises (e.g. in research methods and statistics). Teaching currently takes place over the course of 3 days a week and contact hours vary year to year, as you become an independent learner (Foundation year 40 hours; Year 1 36 hours; Year 2 30 hours; Year 3 24 hours).

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

International applicants

This course is not currently available to those requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Wrexham Glyndwr University takes into account a variety of qualifications and experience when considering applications to our programmes. If you are unsure if the qualifications you currently hold will be accepted for entry, or if you're not sure you'll achieve the required UCAS Tariff points, please contact us at [email protected] for further advice and guidance.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 Year 1
Scotland £9000 Year 1
Wales £9000 Year 1

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Psychology (with Foundation Year) at Wrexham University - UCAS