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Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Psychology
Student score
86% HIGH
% employed or in further study
98% MED
Average graduate salary
£18k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

Where an applicant is taking the EPQ alongside A-levels, the EPQ will be taken into consideration and result in lower A-level grades being required. Socio-economics factors which may have impacted an applicant's education will be taken into consideration and alternative offers may be made to these applicants. Required subject: grade B or 6 in GCSE Mathematics. Preferred subject: Psychology, Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics or Statistics. General Studies and Critical thinking A-levels are not accepted At least five GCSEs at grade A*-C or 9-4 including English and Mathematics are also required.

Scottish Highers

AAAAB plus grade B or 6 in GCSE Mathematics or Nat. 5/ Int. 2 Maths grade B

Scottish Advanced Highers

AAA-AAB plus grade B or 6 in GCSE Mathematics or Nat. 5/ Int. 2 Maths grade B

BTEC Diploma

Distinction*, Distinction in Health & Social Care, Applied Science, Applied Law or Business plus 1 A-level grade A from the preferred subject list, plus GCSE Mathematics at grade B or 6. Other BTEC subject areas considered on an individual basis. At least five GCSE passes at grade A*-C or 9 - 4 including English and grade B or 6 in Mathematics. Core Maths is acceptable at grade B in place of GCSE Mathematics.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction in Health & Social Care, Applied Science, Applied Law or Business, plus GCSE Mathematics at grade B or 6. Other BTEC subject areas considered on an individual basis. At least five GCSE passes at grade A*-C or 9 - 4 including English and grade B or 6 in Mathematics. Core Maths is acceptable at grade B in place of GCSE Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate

6,6,5 at Higher Level with a minimum of 32 points overall. In addition, 5 in Standard Level Maths or Maths Studies is also required.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 136-144 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Psychology is the study of how people think, react and interact. It is concerned with all aspects of behaviour and the thoughts, feelings and motivations that underlie such behaviour. It is an important subject because it relates to the whole range of human experience, from visual perception to complex social interactions. Study psychology at Royal Holloway University of London and you’ll develop a thorough understanding of theories and approaches to the understanding of human behaviour across different core areas of Psychology, without limiting study to any specific area. Join our three-year programme and you will be able to customise your learning in your final year, selecting from a number of optional modules including Consciousness & Cognition, Human Neuropsychology and Criminal and Forensic Psychology. You’ll study in a department ranked 6th in the UK for research (The Research Excellence Framework 2014), learning with academics who are experts in their fields, and contributing your own findings to this leading research culture with a final year research project. Royal Holloway's Department of Psychology is among the best-equipped psychology departments in the country where post- and undergraduates may benefit from the department's advanced technology. This includes an on-site magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner for studying brain structure and activity, instruments for recording electrical changes in the brain (EEG) and other cutting-edge facilities to augment your learning. Follow your passion for psychology, clinical psychology and mental health and you’ll graduate with excellent employability prospects in a variety of different fields. Notable alumni include the leading bioscience innovator Professor Jackie Hunter CBE, founder of the Terrence Higgins Trust Dr Rupert Whitaker, and Dr Christian Jarrett – author of The Rough Guide to Psychology. You will study and contribute to topics at the cutting edge of psychological investigation You will enjoy access to one of the best-equipped psychology departments in the country You will gain a range of transferable skills to take into your future career, including highly developed literacy and numeracy skills. For those interested in continuing onto postgraduate study, as this programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society, graduates have the opportunity to gain Graduate and/or Chartered Membership of the Society, and eligibility to apply to our MSc programmes in Applied Social Psychology and Clinical Psychology


Our courses cover the broad discipline of psychology as a science, including the study of its biological and neural bases, sensory and cognitive processes, and social behaviour, as well as how the mind is affected by development and mental illness. In the final year, you will have the opportunity to tailor your degree according to your particular aptitudes and interests, selecting five courses from around twenty course-options, which currently include The Social Brain, Criminal and Forensic Psychology, Adult Psychological Problems, Educational Psychology, Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience, Language, Communication and Thought, and Health Psychology. Throughout your degree, you will also acquire the tools and develop the skills needed to become an independent psychological researcher, culminating in carrying out an original and cutting-edge research project under the expert supervision of an academic member of staff.

Royal Holloway, University of London

Founders building

Royal Holloway has one of the most beautiful campus settings in the UK - including the historic Founder's building at the centre of student life and modern academic and social facilities all within easy reach of London. Beyond the buildings there are acres of woodland and open spaces. Over 2,600 Royal Holloway students participate in 100 clubs and societies offered by the students' union.

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 90%
Student score 86% HIGH
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
20% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
87% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
4% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
434 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
89% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
5% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 98% MED
Average graduate salary £18k MED
Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals


Graduates who are caring personal services


Graduates who are other elementary services occupations


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
20 years ago, this was a specialist degree for would-be psychologists but now it is the model of a modern, flexible degree subject. One of the UK's fastest-growing subject at degree level, and the second most popular subject overall (it recently overtook business studies), one in 23 of all graduates last year had psychology degrees. As you'd expect with figures like that, jobs in psychology itself are incredibly competitive, so to stand a chance of securing one, you need to get a postgraduate qualification (probably a doctorate in most fields, especially clinical psychology) and some relevant work experience. But even though there are so many psychology graduates — far more than there are jobs in psychology, and over 13,800 in total last year — this degree has a lower unemployment rate than average because its grads are so flexible and well-regarded by business and other industries across the economy. Everywhere there are good jobs in the UK economy, you'll find psychology graduates - and it's hardly surprising as the course helps you gain a mix of good people skills and excellent number and data handling skills. A psychology degree ticks most employers' boxes — but we'd suggest you don't drop your maths modules.
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