Psychology (with a foundation year) at Staffordshire University - UCAS

Course summary

Why do we think and behave the way we do? Human behaviour influences every facet of our everyday life, from the decisions we make, to how we respond to our environment and those around us. Our Psychology degree will help you to apply scientific knowledge of the mind to recognise people's behaviour and to understand why they act in the way they do. You'll develop useful and transferable skills in problem solving, communication, critical thinking and evaluation. By the end of the course, you will be equipped with all of the necessary skills and knowledge to design and create your very own investigations and experiments. You will also be encouraged, where possible, to contribute new findings and theory to existing knowledge in your specialist area. There are lots of options to choose from in your final year, so you can follow your interests in different areas of psychology. A variety of teaching and learning methods are used to deliver the course and these include case studies, essays, reports, presentations and examinations. The Foundation Year (Year 0, the first year of this course) is taught at Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College and prepares you for subsequent study at Staffordshire University (Years 1-3) on the BSc (Hons) Psychology degree. Following completion of the foundation year, you can stay on the Psychology degree, or transfer to one of our other Undergraduate Psychology degrees. We have a long history (25+ years) of running British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited courses. We have recently refreshed and improved our courses and as a result of this we are currently awaiting the accreditation of our new courses being delivered from September 2022.


Level 3: The Science of Human Behaviour, Typical and Atypical Behaviour and Humans: Nature and Nurture. Level 4: Adventures in Psychology 1, Becoming a Researcher 1, Growing and Changing, Pathways in Psychology, Adventures in Psychology 2, Becoming a Researcher 2, Steps to Success 1. Level 5: Developmental and Biological Psychology Across the Lifespan, Theory and Application of Qualitative Research Methods, Exploring Difference: A Quantitative Approach, Contemporary Issues in Psychology, Steps to Success 2 and 1 optional module (see below) Level 6: Psychology project/dissertation, Society and the Mind, Applying Psychology in the Contemporary World, Personalised Psychology Portfolio, Steps to Success 3 and 1 optional module (see below). Level 5 Options (all 20 credits): People Behaving Badly (What makes people, organisations and systems behave in antisocial and atypical ways?) Psychological Interventions (how psychology can help with problems- families, counselling, health, in the workplace) Psychology Research Assistantship (gain valuable work experience by working with a member of staff on their research projects) Psychology of Social Perception (learn about how we make judgements about ourselves and others) Level 6 Options (all 20 credits): Advanced Quantitative Research Methods (learn how to make the very most of research, using expert techniques) Behavioural Medicine (the relationships between behavioural, physiological and psychosocial processes in well-being) Children and Pictures (children’s representation of pictures and the cultural, cognitive and clinical relevance of their art) Health Psychology (learn what healthy behaviour is and how can psychologists promote and manage that healthy behaviour) Neuropsychological Disorders (some of the neuropsychological problems experienced and how psychology can help) Parapsychology and Anomalous Experience (ghosts, possessions, out of body experiences through the psychologist’s lens). Psychology of Oppression and Empowerment (contemporary socio-political issues including mental health, poverty, gender/sexuality, war, politics)

Assessment method

Formal essays, class tests, coursework, presentations and examinations.

How to apply

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Sixth Form College, Stoke on Trent
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £5950 Year 1
Northern Ireland £5950 Year 1
Scotland £5950 Year 1
Wales £5950 Year 1
Channel Islands £5950 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Tuition fees for the Foundation Year (Year Zero) at Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College is £5950. Subsequent years (1-3) at Staffordshire University are charged at standard undergraduate tuition fee (currently £9250 for 2023/24 entry) - subject to change For more information about tuition fees please go to
Psychology (with a foundation year) at Staffordshire University - UCAS