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Undergraduate Pathway in Psychology

Birmingham City University’s School of Social Sciences is focused on developing insights into society and understanding everything from crime and punishment to social structures and change.

Degrees are accredited by the British Psychological Society and supported by cutting-edge facilities, including the Observation Lab with VR equipment.

Through participation in the Social Impact Hub, you will have the opportunity to work on real-life projects.


  • One or two semesters


  • September
  • January
  • May

Entry Points

  • Foundation

Progression Degrees

BSc (Hons) Psychology

You will use scientific approaches to understand the mind, the brain and human behaviour. Modules will cover a range of fascinating topics, including:

  • Psychology of individual differences and personality
  • Introduction to psychopathology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Ageing and the brain.

Find out more: BSc (Hons) Psychology

Study Psychology at Birmingham City School of Social Sciences

Programme Details

Foundation Modules

Interactive Learning Skills and Communication*

Throughout this module, you will learn the academic skills needed for success at a UK university, such as:

  • Time management
  • Public speaking techniques
  • Appropriate language styles
  • Professional communication and presentation
  • Researching and referencing techniques.

Business Studies*

You will learn to define what a business is and its functions in relation to the different types of business costs. You will also be introduced to marketing, the marketing mix and product life cycle.

Critical Thinking

You will be introduced to the fundamentals of critical thinking. You will learn how to examine and comment on components of an argument, so that you can develop a structured and analytical response.

Composition and Style*

This module will define the core principles of effective academic writing, including:

  • How to argue a position coherently and appropriately
  • Distinguishing between descriptive and analytic writing
  • Identifying academic systems of researching and referencing.

ICT Skills*

This module will introduce you to the concepts of ICT skills, including applications and reporting mechanisms.


You will explore how the concept of globalisation has evolved, looking at:

  • The economic, political, technological and social forces involved
  • Local/regional beliefs that become global.

Numerical Techniques 1

This module will introduce you to basic mathematics and mathematical applications – including equations, algebraic problems and trigonometry.

Numerical Techniques 2*

This module covers a variety of numerical techniques associated with basic number theory, including:

  • Cartesian coordinates
  • Indices
  • Logarithms
  • Polynomial, quadratic and simultaneous equations
  • Geometric progressions.

* Modules covered in the one-semester programme

Career Prospects

  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Counsellor
  • Psychotherapist
  • Occupational Psychologist
  • Forensic Psychologist

Industry-standard Facilities

BCU’s School of Social Sciences is based in the Curzon Building on the City Centre Campus and contains resources that support curiosity, critical thinking, and scientific inquiry. Take a look at where you will be studying and the facilities available to you.

Our Facilities – Psychology
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