BSc (Hons) Psychology with Foundation Year

Why do we behave badly? How do our memories and experiences exist in our brains? What is an individual and why do we conform?

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As a psychologist, you’ll explore behaviour – the ways our minds work, how we think and interact with the world and why we react in the ways we do.

Our course covers all elements of psychological study, from childhood, neuropsychology, and forensic to counselling, psychotherapy, and abnormal psychology.

Psychologists explore behaviour using scientific methods such as observation, experiments and statistical analysis. On the course, you might be conducting experiments, placed in a mock courtroom giving evidence on a patient, debating against fellow students on how we motivate people to make healthy eating choices, or watching a role-play in our simulated living area.

We support our students to develop their natural curiosity, creating psychology graduates equipped to explore the human experience in an ethical, empathetic and scientific manner.

The BSc (Hons) Psychology with Foundation Year provides a route onto a degree if you don't meet the entry requirements but have the ability to study a degree.

Features and Benefits

  • Accredited course - Our course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

  • Teaching expertise - You’re taught by a large and diverse teaching team, with specialist lecturers who cover the whole field of psychology.

  • Outstanding facilities - You’ll have access to our specialist facilities for psychology demonstration and practice, which includes an fNIRS imaging research device, 12 experimental testing laboratories and six psychology laboratories.

  • Internship opportunities - You’ll have the opportunity to apply for a paid summer internship to work on a research project.

  • Work-based learning - In year two, you’ll spend time in a work environment, applying your psychology theory to the workplace.
“I think the psychology facilities are really good here. We get to learn in modern buildings that have many different work spaces specifically for us. The staff also offer drop in facilities on the psychology floor nearly every day, so if we need help they are always around to guide us or offer us some advice.” Kira Maw, BSc (Hons) Psychology

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

“I chose to study psychology because I have a deep interest in human behaviour and biology. A degree in psychology also offers the ability to learn many more skills that you cannot with other degrees, such as the ability to view the world in a more communal and empathic way.”

Jack Nightingale, BSc (Hons) Psychology

Career Prospects

Perhaps you see yourself in sports coaching or counselling children? Maybe you’re fascinated by business or finance?

As a psychology graduate, there’s a diverse range of career paths you could take. You might decide to pursue a career as a psychologist or use your transferrable skills to work across sectors from education to human resources (HR).

Depending upon the field of psychology you choose, some of the places you might work in are local authorities, social services, prisons, sports clubs, NHS or private hospitals, schools or rehabilitation centres.

When you graduate from our BSc (Hons) Psychology course with an upper second-class degree (2:1), you’re also eligible to apply for our NHS-funded pre-registration Speech and Language Therapy masters degree.

Where do some of our graduates work? In housing services at Manchester City Council, as a probation case manager for Cheshire & Greater Manchester Community Rehabilitation Company, as a psychology assistant for an Early Intervention in Psychosis Team at an NHS Trust, and as a trainee High Intensity CBT therapist.

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Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required


80 UCAS Tariff Points at A2 (Grades BB) or acceptable alternatives e.g. BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma, Extended Diploma at Level 3 (Grades DM or MMP).

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE grade C in English Language and Mathematics.

Non Tariffed Qualifications

A relevant Access to HE Diploma will be considered

International Baccalaureate points

25 IB Diploma Points

IELTS score required for international students


There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Additional Requirements

Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be required prior to enrolment.

Course details

You’ll have lots of variety each week, as you’ll experience different teaching methods across each psychology topic. You’ll usually have days with a mix of lectures, practical sessions (such as role plays and debates) and group work.

Assessment is normally through a combination of formal examinations and course work which may include essays, reports, group projects, practical exercises and presentations.

You’ll be able to choose optional units in areas that you’re particularly interested in, with themes such as cybercrime, substance misuse and addiction, and psychoanalysis.

You’ll be based in our award-winning Brooks building which houses outstanding specialist facilities across all areas of health, psychology, social care and education. We have six psychology laboratories and 12 experimental testing laboratories, such as a social development laboratory with cameras, microphones and observation windows to help with practical learning and experimental research.

All foundation year students study the academic skills for higher education unit, which will help you to develop the academic and study skills required for degree-level work.

You will also study topics in psychology, social care and data analysis. International students who are studying the foundation year at our campus in Manchester are placed on the Foundation Year International Route which offers additional English language study skills and tutor support through the English and Academic Practice unit.

Successful completion of the foundation year guarantees automatic progression onto year one of the BSc (Hons) Psychology degree.

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Core Units

Introduction to Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of why people act, think and feel they way they do. We look at key research topics and apply them to experience.

This unit introduces you to the main approaches psychologists draw on to study the mind, brain and behaviour. 

Introduction to Social Care

This unit introduces you to the study of social care using a contemporary framework to examine a range of social care areas.

The unit is underpinned by social policy, research and current issues facing communities in the area of social care.

Foundation Data Analysis

This unit helps you to develop the critical thinking and data analysis skills you'll need on your linked degree.

It usually covers areas such as:

  • descriptive statistics
  • probability
  • statistical inference
  • critical thinking
  • visual representation of data
  • algebra
English for Academic Study (for International Students only)

The course develops language skills in academic English, notably writing and speaking, to give you confidence in written assessment and oral presentation. A further focus is listening and note-taking, for ease in following lectures. The development of reading, to aid analysis and interpretation of course material will also feature, and the unit will additionally develop study skills, to assist you in the transition to Higher Education study.

Academic Skills for Higher Education

This unit is designed to help you develop the skills required to be successful in your academic career and covers topics such as:

  • Academic Skills: HE terminology, independent study, time management, note taking, reading techniques, academic writing, critical thinking and writing, referencing methods, exam techniques and oral presentations
  • Research Skills: conducting a research project, research design and methodology, analysing and presenting research data
  • Personal Development Planning: Reflection, skills profiling and action planning
  • Basic Number Work: Basic arithmetic and mental calculations.

In your second year, you’ll explore a wide range of key topics to develop a thorough understanding of Psychology and the contemporary issues in Psychology.

You’ll study core British Psychological Society (BPS) content to comply with the guidelines and ensure you meet the requirements for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC).

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Core Units

Personal and Professional Development in Psychology

This unit will enable you to prepare and engage with work-based learning opportunities. It will enable you to develop your knowledge and skills whilst reflecting on theoretical frameworks and concepts that relate to the psychology of group work, learning and study.

The unit will also enable you to personally develop your employability skills and the knowledge necessary for the competitive psychology graduate job market, including `"professional behaviour" and "emotional intelligence". You will engage in developing a professional etiquette, and through psychological theory, will be able to identify and apply theoretical concepts related to social and community psychology to enhance work-based learning. Reflective practice and critical thinking will be a key component of this unit.

Term one will provide you with pre-placement preparation information in a classroom setting.

Key Topics in Psychology

Key Topics is an introductory unit covering foundational theories and practices from five core psychological disciplines.

The unit is designed to provide an overview of key theories and practices from five British Psychological Society core psychological disciplines. Unit content, whilst integrated and complimentary, is subdivided into distinct sections: Biopsychology, Cognitive, Developmental, Individual Differences and Social. Central topics will be covered within each discipline.

Contemporary Issues in Psychology

This unit aims to introduce you to the different ways in which psychological issues can be understood, by covering a range of topics linked to staff research interests in different core areas of psychology.

A series of everyday issues related to staff research interests will be introduced, and organised into themes (examples may include addiction, social media, mental health) to demonstrate how researchers from different psychological perspectives may study the same topic. The specific content may change from year to year, generally the unit will cover a range of psychological perspectives from core areas of the discipline (for instance, social, biological, developmental, cognitive, individual differences). The content will be explored in order to promote debate about how psychological topics are researched and understood. In this way, the module will develop your ability to compare and contrast models of human behaviour which may complement or conflict with one another.

Investigating Psychology 1

In this unit, we introduce you to commonly used research designs and statistics within psychology, including methods of analysing quantitative and qualitative data and the conventions of reporting psychological research, including the displaying of data.

Transitions into Psychology

This unit introduces alternative pedagogies, in which you will work independently and collaboratively, to negotiate unit content and mode of assessment.

This unit will employ small-group student-led teaching, as part of the tutorial system. During this unit, you will be encouraged to develop a collaborative approach to your learning of psychology. During unit tutorials small groups will be encouraged to work collaboratively on a topic or problem in psychology that you have identified independently as being of interest. This approach will foster independent learning and team working as a forerunner to employability, as well as a sense of belongingness to your student group.

This unit will use enquiry-based learning, peer dialogue, negotiated and peer assessment. During tutorials, you will establish topics or problems from areas of human behaviour and experience to work on for the duration of the unit.

In your third year, you’ll continue to build on the knowledge and skills learnt in year two. Enhancing understanding of specific areas in more depth, which may include cognitive, critical and social psychology and lifespan development.

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Core Units

Investigating Psychology 2

Development of knowledge and skills in using advanced research designs, including quantitative and qualitative analysis. Content will cover the collection, analysis and reporting of both quantitative and qualitative data.

Difference and Diversity

You will study personality, intelligence and other aspects of mental life and see how differences create richness as diverse people and peoples come together.

The difference section may focus on the related areas of personality and individual differences; e.g. personality, psychometrics, intelligence, cognitive style, emotion, motivation, mood, positive psychology, physical and mental health (including social, biological and cognitive processes) The diversity section may cover historical and contemporary issues relating to diversity and inclusivity; e.g. culture, sex, gender and disability. These issues may be explored, in the context of debates and controversies.

Critical and Social Psychology

This unit explores social psychological topics, and differences in approaches to social psychological knowledge.

It will cover areas of social psychology outlined by the British Psychological Society, for example social cognition, attribution, attitudes, group processes and intergroup relations, culture, close relationships, social constructionism, self and identity, and leadership. Through the exploration of these topics you will consider alternative paradigms, perspectives and approaches in social psychology and the ways in which social psychological knowledge is impacted by the context in which it is gained.

Lifespan Development

This unit is designed to explore a range of developmental psychological topics over the course of the lifespan.

You will explore a range of theoretical, methodological and applied aspects of developmental psychology. The unit will cover a range of developmental psychological topics across lifespan.

Cognitive Psychology

This unit covers a range of key areas in cognitive psychology. It provides a foundation for understanding contemporary issues, debates and methods in this interesting and core psychological field.

You will critically explore key areas of cognitive psychological theory and research. This will include discussion and evaluation of the theory and methodological issues.


The unit will address core topics in biopsychology, providing a biological perspective to understanding human and animal behaviour.

Extended Project

The unit will support the development of your personal self-efficacy and your ability to work in groups by requiring you to form a
community of practice to produce a presentation informed by action research principles.

You will be encouraged to think and act critically in order to make a positive intervention or a critical interpretation of an aspect
of your social or cultural environment. The aim of the unit is to introduce you to action research. Action research is initiated to
address a contested issue through a reflective process of collective problem solving as part of a community of practice. Action research
involves actively participating in a situation to conduct research in order to stimulate positive social change. The unit will typically cover
such topics as community psychology, psychogeography, and historical analysis.

In your final year, you’ll be able to choose optional units in areas that you’re particularly interested in, with themes such as cybercrime, substance misuse and addiction, and psychoanalysis. You’ll also focus on preparing for and completing your dissertation.

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Core Units

Preparing for Your Dissertation

This unit covers issues pertinent to the development of a research proposal and ethics application in preparation for empirical research.

The unit is designed to equip you to develop suitable research aims and questions for an empirical research project based in a literature review, and to plan for appropriate methodologies that will cohere with these. The unit will engage you with ethical issues and ethical approval for your proposed dissertation research in line with Faculty and British Psychological Society guidelines and Code of Ethics. Producing a research proposal poster consisting of reviewing the literature, developing research aims and questions, planning for quantitative research methods, planning for qualitative research methods and completed ethics application.


This unit will enable you to design, construct, analyse and report an empirical psychological research project. Dissertation supervisors will
hold regular supervision meetings with you and these meetings will provide ongoing guidance and formative feedback to enable
you to plan your research and construct your report. Students will only be able to collect data once ethical approval has been gained
within the Preparing for your dissertation unit.

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises of 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises of 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

Additional information about this course

This degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC).

To be eligible you must achieve a minimum lower 2nd class honours degree classification and pass your dissertation research project.

Placement options

Department of Psychology

Our Department of Psychology is a large, diverse team of accredited psychologists, which includes practicing researchers, counsellors, and forensic and community psychologists.

The department aims to bring a real, relevant and modern perspective to teaching, with a view to using its wealth of knowledge, skills and enthusiasm to inspire the next generation of psychologists.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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Foundation Year students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £9,250 per year for the foundation year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £16,500 per year. When progressing from the pre-degree foundation year to the linked degree. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study)

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the Library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. You may also need to print your assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop and up to £100 each year for books and printing.


Find out more about financing your studies and whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships.

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

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