Foundation Degree in Psychology

Course Overview

Psychology is an exciting, real-world science and this course provides a unique insight into how we behave. Many jobs put psychology into practice, from management and human resources to managing a factory shop floor, or running a business.

The only one of its kind in the region, this course combines academic study with work placements designed to highlight the range of different careers available.

You will also have an opportunity to try out specialist equipment and scientific software through guest sessions at the University of South Wales’s Pontypridd Campus.

Updated October 2018

Entry Requirements

Entry Criteria:

UCAS Tariff - 48 points

A level - DD/EEE

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma - PPP 

Access to HE Diploma - Pass

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma - MP

CCC at AS Level would be considered subject to interview and relevant academic experience

Record of prior learning and transfers

For students wishing to be considered for entry, the University of South Wales Group or partner college is able, in many instances and taking into consideration the requirements of relevant professional bodies, to accredit prior learning in accordance with its published regulations

Course Delivery

Assessment is by assignment, presentations, case studies, examinations and research in a work based setting. The course includes placement modules.

Proposed modules: (subject to validation)

Level 4 (Year 1):

  • Theoretical Approaches to Psychology
  • Introduction to Research Using Statistics in Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Psychology in Everyday Life
  • Biological Psychology
  • Individual Differences and Learning Perspectives

 Level 5 (Year 2):

  • Professional Practice and Employability
  • Social Psychology
  • Development in Childhood and Adolescence
  • Advanced Research Using Statistics in Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology

Progression Opportunities

The second year of the of the BSc (Hons) Psychology at the University of South Wales (a British Physological Society accredited degree).

Additional Information

Tuition fees are £7,500 per year. For academic year 2019/20, students will need to get a tuition fee loan for the full amount. The College is offering a £1,000 bursary per year towards full time HE courses starting in September 2019 (this is dependant on satisfactory course progression). For information on financial support - including tuition fee loans - please visit

UCAS code: C801



Course deliverable in Welsh