Psychology Foundation Entry BSc (Hons)

Key Information:

Start date: September

Institutional code: O10

UCAS code: CC80

Duration: 4 years

Course type: Full Time

Fees per year: £7500


Entry Requirements

Applicants must meet the University Campus Oldham’s minimum academic entry requirements for English language (normally demonstrated by GCSE grade C or equivalent). A minimum GCSE grade D in Mathematics (or equivalent) may also be required.

Students will progress to the BSc Psychology after completing their foundation year, subject to meeting progression requirements.

University Campus Oldham is committed to extending opportunities to all adults with the desire and ability to be a success. Therefore, our foundation programme does have a flexible approach to entry requirement.

Applicants under the age of 21
Younger applicants who have experienced issues of a personal, social or domestic nature, resulting in a disruption to their academic studies at a previous institute are particularly welcome, if you feel that you would benefit from the supportive environment on offer at a smaller University Campus.

Applicants over the age of 21
Studying for a degree later in life can be highly rewarding and lead to a successful career change. Mature applicants who do not hold any formal qualifications may be invited to an assessments interview and given an opportunity to demonstrate that they meet our minimum academic entry requirements and have the desire to complete the programme. In previous years, mature applicants at UCO have been some of our most successful students. We particularly welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications.


BSc (Hons) Psychology (after successful completion of the 4 year programme) validated by Sheffield Hallam University.

The BSc (Hons) Psychology with Foundation Year at the University Campus Oldham is designed for applicants who are from a variety of vocational, academic and non-academic backgrounds.

The overarching aim of the programme is to offer a range of stimulating learning opportunities to develop essential study skills and explore human psychology.

The programme is carefully designed to provide a supportive environment that builds confidence in the students’ academic abilities.

The foundation year provides students with non-standard entry qualifications with a thorough and supportive academic preparation for successful degree level study.

The foundation year will introduce students to a variety of proven learning and assessment methods that they will likely encounter in their degree.

On successful completion of the foundation year, students will progress to the psychology degree delivered at the University Campus Oldham, where they will continue to receive tailored personal and academic support.

Course Content - Year 1

Students will be introduced to traditional areas of human psychology such as cognitive psychology, biopsychology, and social and developmental psychology. The programme will be delivered in an active environment with an emphasis on practical experience to support the learning of subject knowledge and academic skills.

The foundation year will focus on core modules in Academic Study Skills (20 credits), Essential Psychology (20 credits), Exploring Psychology in Groups (20 credits), Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology (40 credits), Social and Developmental Psychology (20 credits). Students will have opportunity to develop specific areas of interest through group work and discussion.

Course Content - Year 2
  • Psychology practicals and statistics
  • Psychological research and design
  • Developmental and social psychology
  • Cognitive processes and psychobiology
  • Psychological wellbeing and individual differences
  • Academic development and personal tuition (ADaPT)
Course Content - Year 3

Mandatory Modules

  • Applications of Psychology
  • Processes in Psychology
  • Research Methods in Training
  • Applying Psychology

Elective Modules*

  • Human Sexual Behaviour
  • Witnesses & Victims: Forensic Psychology in Practice
  • Introduction to Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • Psychology in Everyday Life
  • Holistic Well-Being
  • Applied Child Psychology

*UCO reserves the right to offer modules based on viable numbers. Students will liaise with their tutors to nominate their choice of electives

Course Content - Year 4

Mandatory Module

  • Psychology Research Project and Personal Tuition

Elective Modules*

  • Atypical Child Development
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Positive Psychology
  • The Psychology of Peace and Conflict
  • Neuropsychology
  • Death, Dying and Bereavement
  • Clinical Psychology

*UCO reserves the right to offer modules based on viable numbers. Students will liaise with their tutors to nominate their choice of electives.

Practical Work

A core aspect of the foundation year in psychology is the provision of the core module Research Methods and Statistics. Teaching and practical activities within workshops aim to introduce students to fundamental topics in psychology. Students will have the opportunity to engage in practical workshops and make use of dedicated laboratory space.

What careers can the course lead to?

Our BSc (Hons) Psychology with Foundation Year degree will develop the knowledge, professional skills and abilities that are in demand from employers.

Employers in the general employment sector value the academic characteristics of a psychology degree, such as understanding of human behaviour, sense of citizenship, effective communication, good skills in critical evaluation and research, analysing and presenting information. According to the Times newspaper “Psychology opens the door to many careers in an increasing number of areas”. Psychological literacy provides graduates with a range of professional and transferable skills that are valuable in many sectors such as public relations, personnel, marketing, retail, teaching, social work, finance, politics and sports.

Companies employing our graduates in recent years include:

  • NHS
  • BUPA
  • Manchester City Council
  • Salford City Council
  • Oldham College – University Campus Oldham
  • Hopwood Hall College
  • Waterhead Academy
  • Local charities and voluntary agencies such as Anxiety UK, Langley House Trust, HC-one of a kind and Making Space
Teaching and Assessment methods

The foundation level will be taught within University Campus Oldham (UCO). Class sizes at UCO are kept small to enhance learning and tutorial support. It will take you one year to complete the foundation year and, if you successfully pass that, it will take you a further three years to complete your BSc (Hons) Psychology degree.

During the course a number of teaching methods may be used, including:

  • Lectures and seminars
  • Problem solving classes
  • Independent study
  • Skills and subject-based tutorials
  • Group work
  • On-line activities
  • Revision workshops
  • Laboratory sessions
Facilities particular to the course

Psychology is located in the University Campus Oldham building designed to house specialist teaching and research facilities. Resources include teaching, tutorial and laboratory space, specialist equipment supporting psychological research and psychological testing, software supporting data collection and analysis in psychology research, and other IT. As a student of UCO you will be able to access academic resources made available by Sheffield Hallam University.