BA (Hons) Psychology

BA (Hons) Psychology offers a rigorous, research-informed programme that equips students with the knowledge and skills to explore and understand why people think, feel and behave as they do, and can be utilised across a wide range of career paths that positively impact in the lives of others.

This programme will enable students to develop a critical awareness of human behaviour and reasoning behind mental processes. There is a focus on the major components and methods of enquiry within contemporary and classical psychology such as research methods, social and developmental psychology, health, crime and business. By covering these broad areas, it will allow students to apply theory and evidence-based approaches to examine real-world events on a national and global level and engage in current and future debates within the discipline. Crucially, this course provides students with sufficient breadth and depth of knowledge and practical skills that they can pursue a wide range of psychology related careers and further postgraduate study. 

Throughout the duration of this programme many different aspects of psychology will be covered, some key topics are:

  • Demonstrate a sound knowledge of, and appropriately use a variety of quantitative and qualitative research methods to collect, analyse and interpret data conforming to ethical standards to progress towards becoming independent researchers
  • Drawing upon relevant evidence-based and theoretical perspectives, critically examine a range of psychological, biological, social, cognitive and developmental approaches in order to understand human behaviour and mental processes
  • Undertake in-depth exploration of a range of significant life events and the factors that impact on development through the life course such as, socio-cultural factors, the environment, socialisation, ageing, childhood, attachment, language development and biopsychosocial approaches
  • Investigate and critically examine perspectives such as role theory, illness narratives, typical and atypical development in order to explore the psychology of diagnosis and health experiences that challenge traditional health related approaches within the discipline
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive and informed understanding of contemporary issues in psychology to engage convincingly in debates about issues identified on a national and global scale
  • Critically evaluate psychological interventions and initiatives that can be used to support well-being, employee/employer relationships and implementation of relevant policies within business and organisational psychology.


Foundation Level

Research Skills
Professional Skills
Data Skills
Communication Skills

Year 1

Academic and Professional Skills
Introduction to Psychology and Research Methods
Psychology of Health
Self, Society and Body Politics

Year 2

Cognitive Psychology
Contemporary Social Psychology
Lifespan Development
Advanced Research Methods

Year 3

Dissertation (Psychology)
Business Psychology
Criminal Behaviour and Society
Individual Differences

Entry Criteria

Standard Entry Requirements

A typical offer would be BCC at A-Level or DMM at BTEC / 112 UCAS Points AND GCSE Mathematics at grade C/4.

Foundation Year Entry Requirements

The standard entry requirements for an Integrated Foundation Year are DEE at A level or MPP at BTEC / 64 UCAS Points.

UCAS Codes

3 years: NLPS
4 years: PSFY
Institute Code: N45

English Language Requirements

All students applying with International or EU qualifications must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

  • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands for study at undergraduate level.

For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our English Language Requirements.

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on our assessment of your overall suitability for the programme. We treat everyone as an individual, which means we will look at your whole application, including any relevant work experience and personal circumstances, as well as your educational qualifications.


This award is available as a three-year degree programme or a four-year extended degree programme.


University of Northampton London
6th Floor, Import Building
2 Clove Crescent
London, E14 2EB

Fees and Funding

UK Full-time fee: £9,250 per annum.

Please visit our Funding and Student Finance page for more information.


This programme is assessed via a number of methods including individual management reports, presentations, examinations, group work, boardroom simulations and portfolio writing.


Our scheduling of lectures and tutorials optimise the chance of meaningful part-time work. A part-time job in the right sector can help hone your understanding of business and help develop the graduate skills employers want to see upon graduation.

Throughout the programme, students will build upon their employability skills. As part of self-development enhancement as learners and professionals, students will have to analyse and critically reflect on given scenarios throughout a variety of contexts. This will allow students to analyse different approaches necessary for working and communicating effectively, creating successful professional relationships and actively engage through the provision of meaningful contributions.

Graduate employment opportunities that might be available to graduates of the programme could include:

  • NHS
  • The Crown Prosecution service
  • Charities
  • Academia further applied research Msc/PhD/PGCE
  • HR
  • Government
  • Forensics
  • Teaching F.E/H.E
  • Counselling (Adult/Child)
  • Youth Services

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