BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology (with integrated foundation year)

Course details

UCAS Course code C811

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Find out more about why we behave the way we do by taking a course in Applied Psychology! We look at all the core areas of this fascinating subject, including social, biological, developmental and cognitive. Your foundation year will help you develop the academic skills and confidence you need to take on the rest of the course, providing the perfect entry point for those who aren't sure they're ready for university education.

We offer insight into a wide range of topics including how children learn, the motivations and treatment of offending behaviour, managing stress in the workplace and many more. As our programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society, you can be confident that the skills you learn will be relevant and of the highest level. Take the first step on your journey to becoming a Chartered Psychologist by taking our fully informative course. If you are fascinated by human behaviour and want to learn more about it, then psychology may be the subject for you.

You'll be equipped with an understanding of the processes and mechanisms that underpin human behaviour and experience. We'll help you learn to investigate questions that are relevant to social policy, exploring contemporary issues centred around people's lives. You will acquire the skills necessary to apply theory and research to the real world, giving you the context needed to put your skills to use in the workplace.

By taking the course, you will be prepared for a range of postgraduate opportunities in some of the specialist areas of applied psychology such as health, forensic, community, counselling and organisational psychology. As well as traditional teaching methods, we use problem-solving exercises, research and case study analysis, group assignments and poster presentations to help you take a more active role in your studies.


Foundation year

Compulsory modules

  • Essential Academic Skills
  • Essential Professional Development
  • Understanding Society
  • Working with People
  • Individual Case Study
  • Development Across the Lifespan

Year one

Compulsory modules

  • Psychology in Action
  • Introduction to Psychological Research Methods
  • Introduction to Data Analysis
  • Perspectives in Psychology
  • Professional and Academic Skills
  • Introduction to Psychopathology

Year two

Compulsory modules

  • Research Methods and Statistics
  • Development, Brain and Cognition
  • Psychology and Criminal Justice
  • Research Methods in Applied Psychology Settings

Optional modules (subject to availability and demand)

  • The Psychology of Teaching and Learning
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Environmental Psychology
  • Political and Cross Cultural Psychology
  • Independent Study
  • Psychology of Eating Behaviour and Disorders
  • Social and Community Psychology

Year three

Compulsory modules

  • Critical Psychology 
  • Individual Differences: Abilities, Personalities and Measuring Differences
  • Dissertation

Optional modules

  • Psychology and Health
  • Defence, Security and Cyber Psychology
  • Independent Study
  • Occupational Psychology
  • Offender Management and Applying Psychology to Forensic Practice
  • Trauma and Resilience
  • Psychology of Violent Behaviour
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology

Programme specification

For a detailed summary of all course content please read our programme specification for this course.

Download the programme specification (PDF)

2017 entry

56-72 UCAS tariff points.  Potential to succeed can be measured in a number of ways including academic qualifications and skills obtained outside academic study such as work experience.  We have a points range so we can take into account all of the information on your application form and adjust the offer from the evidence provided.

You can find out more about the tariff and qualification options from the UCAS tariff table

Please check selection criteria for any additional entry requirements.

2018 entry

56-72 UCAS tariff points.  Potential to succeed can be measured in a number of ways including academic qualifications and skills obtained outside academic study such as work experience.  We have a points range so we can take into account all of the information on your application form and adjust the offer from the evidence provided.

Please check selection criteria for any additional entry requirements.

Full-time courses

Apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), between September and January; they will send your application on to us. Applications submitted after this date will be considered late and the course you have applied for might be full by this time; however, we will consider you for alternative suitable courses.

Their website provides all the information you need about universities, courses, locations, entry requirements and financial support. You are allowed to select up to five course choices. You need to use the correct UCAS campus and course codes as not all courses are offered at every campus. You will be asked for the following information when you apply online:

Institution code name: UoC

Institution code: C99

Campus location:

  • A Ambleside
  • B Brampton Road, Carlisle
  • E University of Cumbria at Energus, Workington
  • F Fusehill Street, Carlisle
  • L Lancaster
  • T University of Cumbria in London
  • Y University of Cumbria at Furness College, Barrow-in-Furness

Part-time courses

Applications should be made online directly to the university; visit our website or contact for details and guidance. There is no official closing date but we would encourage you to apply as early as possible, as many courses are competitive.

What makes a good application?

We consider all aspects of your application, not simply your qualifications and grades. We look at your academic background and performance, relevant experience (particularly for professional courses where some voluntary or paid experience is required) and your reference. Above all, we look for motivation, commitment and potential-evidence that you can benefit from study at higher education level.

Make sure you include:

  • Relevant qualifications/evidence of ability: check our website for the specific entry requirements required for each course. Tell us your previous academic results and your projected grades.
  • A supportive reference, from an employer or your school or college.
  • A good personal statement.
  • Explain clearly what attracts you to the course and tell us about your wider interests and experience. If you are applying for a course that incorporates professional training and placements, you should include any relevant experience or visits you have made in the workplace. Highlight your individual strengths and qualities, personal skills, capacity for teamwork, contribution to the community and your enterprise, originality and determination. Select some activities which bring out these qualities.

What next?

When we receive your application, we will send you an acknowledgement and if you are successful at this stage you will get either an offer (with an invitation to visit the campus to which you have applied), or an invitation to interview on a particular date. If we are not able to offer you a place on your chosen course we will usually try to offer you a place on a similar course and will contact you to discuss this. Alternatively, if we think you are suitable, but cannot offer you a place on your preferred campus because of the level of competition, we will offer you a place at another campus if one is available.

And if I accept?

The admissions team will contact you and send further information from February onwards about accommodation, and from May/June onwards about preparing to join the university. If you have any other queries, please telephone the admissions offices for information and advice on 0845 6061144.

Deferred entry

We welcome applications for deferred entry on some courses. If you have specific plans during your year out, indicate these on your personal statement as they may be relevant to your course and could enhance your application.

International students

Applications for full-time undergraduate study are made through UCAS. Please see the international pages of our website for full details of our entry requirements (including English-language skills) as well as contacts for advice and support.

From 2009 the UK Border Agency introduced a Points-Based Immigration System (PBS) for students coming to the UK from outside the European Economic Area (EEA). Students entering higher education will need to obtain a Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS) plus finance confirmation to obtain a Tier 4 student visa. UK education providers are licensed by the UK Border Agency. When students apply for their visa (or entry clearance) they will need a valid Certificate of Acceptance of Studies from the university. Please note that a CAS is not a guarantee that a visa will be issued.

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The skills, knowledge and understanding you gain from the course will help with entry to a range of rewarding professions centred on psychology. You will be in the ideal position for a career in clinical, forensic or educational psychology, health education and promotion, counselling, social work, teaching, organisational behaviour, human resources, and prison or probation work.

Our psychology team come from a great variety of backgrounds, bringing a full wealth of expertise from clinical, organisational, community, health and forensic settings. You'll have access to two dedicated labs equipped with computers, printers and the software you need for analysing psychological data. These labs are perfect for testing participants, interviewing or simply getting on with group work.

We also have an excellent observation suite for use. This is a classroom with a one-way mirror set into the wall, behind which are video-recorders and TV monitors. Within the classroom are cameras and microphones. This room is an excellent facility and allows students to arrange the room as they see fit and observe people and small groups in a variety of settings.