BSc (Hons) Psychology | AECC University College

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BSc (Hons) Psychology

BSc (Hons)

Ready to make an impact in mental health? Explore the science of the mind and gain the practical skills you’ll need in your rewarding career.

Course Title BSc (Hons) Psychology
Qualification BSc (Hons)
UCAS Code C800
Study Mode Full-time
Typical Offer UCAS Tariff points 104-120
Accreditation British Psychological Society (BPS)
Duration 3 years
Institution Code A65
Start Date September Entry
Location Parkwood Campus, Bournemouth


Whichever area of psychology you’re interested in pursuing, achieving your ambitions begins with a solid understanding of the science of psychology. On this British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited course, you’ll learn to interpret and apply a broad range of relevant theory and scientific evidence to understand the complex interactions that take place in the mind and between people.

Working in small groups, you’ll study in a dynamic, stimulating environment, exploring the cognitive, behavioural and ecological approaches to psychology, as well as innovative approaches such as cyber-psychology and cognitive neuroscience. You’ll also have the opportunity to tailor your learning, focusing on health or counselling psychology, or to explore a broader range of topics if you prefer.

At AECC UC we have a strong reputation for putting scientific expertise at the centre of everything we do. We’re currently developing an on-site psychological services clinic that will offer our students first-hand insights into the real environments of psychology services. This will help you to develop practical skills and gain experience for your future career, maximising your employability as a graduate.

Please note:

  • This course is Subject to periodic review.
  • This course is now closed for September 2024 entries
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Course Details

The BSc (Hons) Psychology course seeks to develop your understanding of the core scientific disciplines within psychology. If you’re wanting to make an impact within the area of psychology, mental health, and the application of science to life, our course will be a fantastic benefit to get you to where you aspire to be.

You will learn through a variety of teaching styles, and will make the most of our on-site laboratory testing facilities, with more traditional coursework, essays, presentations, group work, and practical skills assessments.

With access to our Virtual Learning Environment, your education will be interactive and varied. Through quizzes, video tutorials, seminar notes and more you will be able to study whenever and wherever suits you alongside your core teaching.

Please note: This course is Subject to periodic review.

What you will learn

We have a reputation for delivering evidence based courses, with scientific expertise at the core of everything we offer. We are currently developing an on-site psychological services clinic/centre that will provide you as a student with first-hand insights into the real world of psychology service provision and consultancy. Our approach builds on our renowned reputation and experience of running applied clinics in chiropractic and ultrasound.

Introducing you to real environments enables you to develop necessary practical skills and prepares you with gained experience, so you become the most employable graduate once you complete your degree.

Unique learning environment

Working in small groups, you will study within a dynamic and a stimulating learning environment. Find out more about our outstanding in-house facilities:

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed through a combination of:

  • Group work
  • Presentations
  • Coursework
  • Practical Assessment
  • Portfolio
  • Examinations

Need more info about, learning aims and outcomes, curriculum content, teaching methods and assessment, credits per unit? Take a look at our Course Specification to find out more.

For more information see our Course Specifications.

Careers and Opportunities

Importantly, our course follows the curriculum of the British Psychological Society (BPS) that means you will cover all of the core areas of knowledge required to pursue a psychology-focused career. This content also underpins the core psychological professions, and due to the impressive scope and potential pathways in psychology application, as a graduate you can explore numerous and diverse careers including:

  • Occupational Psychologist
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Counselling Psychologist
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Health Psychologist
  • Sport and Exercise Psychologist
  • Neuropsychologist

With such a wealth of career prospects you will be able to find the best fit for you, and truly progress in a career that is suited to your goals and interests. There are also a broad range of careers that are open to psychology graduates that build upon the knowledge, skills and expertise developed while studying.

Unit Breakdown

Year 1


  • Introduction to Psychology Research Methods
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Applying Psychology
  • Conceptual and Historical Perspectives
  • Introduction to Learning Theory
  • Cyberpsychology
Year 2


  • Research Methods
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Biological Psychology
  • Applied Psychological Skills
Year 3


  • Psychology dissertation
  • Individual differences

Option units

  • Psychology placement
  • Psychology and Mental health
  • Exercise and Health Psychology
  • Counselling Theory and Practice
  • Working with teams
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Contemporary Issues in Psychology
  • Rehabilitating the Brain
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Positive Psychology
  • Psychology placement
  • Health Technology
  • Behaviour Change and Public Health


Course Leader

Dr Zöe Wimshurst

BSc MSc PhD CPsychol – Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Zöe is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology within the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. She is a Chartered Psychologist specialising in visual performance in elite athletes – and area in which she has been working for over a decade.

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Entry Requirements

If you’re applying from the UK or Ireland

Essential for entry

Please note: that applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A*-C including Maths and English, or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above) to be considered for the programme.


BBB-BCC or above. General Studies will not be considered.

BTEC Extended Diploma

Distinction Merit Merit – Merit, Merit, Merit or above.

Access to HE Diploma

A total of 120-104 UCAS points in an Access to HE Diploma.

International Baccalaureate

Overall grade of 32-28 points or higher.

Scottish Highers/Advanced Highers

BBBBB – BBCCCC or above in 5 Higher/Advanced Higher subjects

Irish Leaving Certificate

H3,H3,H3,H3,H3 to H3,H3,H4,H4,H4 from 5 subjects at Higher Level

T Level

Merit in any Health and Science pathway accepted.

If you have undertaken a qualification that’s not listed, it may still be considered. Get in touch with our Admissions team by completing the form below or call us on 01202 436200 and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.

Is there anything else that is required?
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For more information about our admissions policies and procedures, including our Admissions Complaints and Appeals Policy, please see our latest policies.

International Students

International Students

If your qualification is not listed here, please take a look at our international entry requirements page or get in touch with our admissions team on the form below. Please note, to be accepted onto this course; you will also need to demonstrate that you meet the minimum standards of English. For further information on English language requirements, please see the dedicated English language requirements page. More information on permission to study in the UK, can be found on our Visas and Immigration page.

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Course Fees

Tuition Fees

UK/ROI/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year

International – £16,560 per year

Please note: These fees are for the 2024-25 academic year only and may be subject to increase in subsequent years of study. Any increase will be in line with our Tuition Fees Policy but will not be more than 5%.

Additional course costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your course.  There are additional course related costs are not included in the tuition fees. So you will need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

For more information see Additional Costs page.

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Fees and funding

Scholarships and Bursaries

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Please Note: For students to be eligible for funding from Student Finance England, they must be studying on an eligible course at a provider registered with the Office for Students (OfS). AECC University College is registered with the OfS. View the register and search for our AECC University College.

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