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Psychology

Entry requirements

Personal Statement

Your personal statement is a chance to give us any other information that you feel might be useful to us when we are considering your application. There is no one 'correct' way to write a personal statement; they tend to be most helpful when they are frank and individual. Do tell us why you want to study psychology and give examples of any experience in psychology or a related field, any reading or research and any extra-curricular achievements on which you can draw.

We give preference to applicants who can demonstrate the following:

  • evidence of a strong interest in psychology demonstrated by extra-curricular activity, research or work experience 
  • evidence of study in addition to core subjects such as additional AS level(s)
  • additional A2 level(s) (including Critical Thinking) 
  • a relevant Extended Project. 

GCSE Requirements

  • GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics and English Language grade A or above essential if not offered at AS or A2 level
  • preference will be shown to applicants with GCSEs at grade A or above in all relevant subjects.

A Levels

Typical Offer:  A*AA

  • in exceptional circumstances we may make a slightly lower offer (typically AAA)

Essential:

  • GCSE or equivalent: An A grade in Mathematics and English if not offered at AS or A2 level
  • languages which are intended for non-native speakers are not normally acceptable when taken by native speakers of that language
  • General Studies is excluded.
Preferred subjects

  • We consider all subjects except General Studies
  • preferred subjects include: Psychology, Sociology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, Mathematics, Statistics, Anthropology, Economics, Politics and Philosophy
  • whilst we prefer natural and/or social sciences, applicants offering only natural sciences are less likely to receive an offer.

AS level examinations

AS level grades are taken as an indication of A2 performance in conjunction with predicted grades. Candidates are required to indicate their AS grades in the application even if they are not being certificated. We may contact you or your school for details about your academic progress if we need further information before we are in a position to make a decision.


Access to HE Diploma

We welcome applications from students studying for an Access to HE Diploma, who can demonstrate a high academic standard.  Preference will be shown to applicants who provide evidence of a strong interest in psychology: demonstrated by their subject choices for the Access course, extra-curricular activity, research or work experience.

Applicants must achieve an A grade at GCSE Maths OR have completed at least 6 units of Level 3 Maths awarded at Pass or higher.

Applicants may be asked to submit a relevant piece of marked coursework for consideration. They may also be invited to attend an interview, which will include a review of an academic research paper (provided before the interview date).

Typical offer:

Pass the Access to HE Diploma, with at least 39 credits achieved from units awarded at Distinction. You must achieve at least 6 credits from Level 3 Maths units at Pass or higher, or an A grade at GCSE Maths. Applicants must also achieve GCSE equivalence in English and maths, if equivalent qualifications have not already been achieved.

BTEC

 D*DD with a full Distinction profile in a relevant subject area.

Applicants are expected to demonstrate a high academic standard and may be asked to submit one piece of marked coursework for consideration. Applicants may also be invited to attend an interview.

GCSE or equivalent: An A grade in Mathematics and English are required.

Cambridge Pre-U

Typical Offer: D2, D3, D3

Please see A Level section for essential and preferred subjects.

Diplomas

We will consider Advanced Diplomas where combined with the Additional/Specialist Learning below.

Extended Project and Principal Learning grade A.

The Extended Project should be a piece of written work such as a piece of applied research.

Required Additional and Specialist Learning

One A level at grade A in a natural or social science ie:

  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Economics
  • Politics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

Maths also considered.

Essential

GCSE or equivalent: An A grade in Mathematics and English if not offered at AS or A2 level

European Baccalaureate

Typical Offer: 85% overall with 7.5 in English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate

Typical Offer: 38 points overall with grades of 7,6,6 at Higher Level

International Students

We accept a wide range of non-UK qualifications as entry either to our Foundation Year or directly on to the first year of our undergraduate programmes. For further information please visit our International Office web page.

English Language Qualifications:

We require all applicants whose first language is not English to provide evidence of English language proficiency and may ask you to take an English language test. The minimum requirement for Psychology is IELTS 7.0 with no subject less than 7.0. Applicants should submit their results by 31st July. For a list of other English language qualifications we accept please go to the English Language Entry Requirements web page.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Typical Offer: AAAAAB at Higher level (AAAABB may be accepted)

  • for information on other criteria please refer to the section on A-levels above

Open University Credits

Typical offer: Pass Level 1 units worth 60 credits and achieve a minimum of a Pass 2 (70%) in a relevant Level 2 unit worth 60 credits.

Applicants are expected to demonstrate a high academic standard and may be asked to submit one piece of marked coursework for consideration. Applicants may also be invited to attend an interview.

Essential:

  • GCSE or equivalent: An A grade in Mathematics and English

 

Scottish Highers

Typical Offer: AAAAA at Higher level and AA at Advanced Higher level

  • for information on other criteria please refer to the section on A-levels above

Welsh Baccalaureate

Typical Offer: A*AA. We welcome applications from candidates offering the Welsh Baccalaureate as the Core is considered evidence of study in addition to three A-levels. For other criteria please refer to the section on A-levels above.