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University of Manchester

Psychology

UCAS Code: C800

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B

We require Grades AAB including a science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths or Psychology). You are required to obtain a pass in the practical element of any science A-level taken. Typical Contextual Offer: ABB (including specific subjects).

AS level results are not considered as part of the standard admissions process at The University of Manchester.

For Access to Higher Education courses, an overall of 60 credits are required with 45 at Level 3. A minimum of 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit. 15 credits at Distinction must be in a science subject. You may be asked to provide a sample of previous coursework and/or to attend an interview if it is thought that further information is required on your application. You should also have a good set of GCSEs (minimum of five subjects) with English Language and Mathematics at Grade B/6, or equivalent. Students educated up to GCSE level who have only taken a one-year Access course will not normally be accepted.

We consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects, or a mix of Pre-U and A Level subjects, provided a minimum of three distinct subjects overall is taken to include either Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology. Grades required will be D3-M2 and/or A-B.

The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. A number of our academic Schools may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

35

We require 35 points overall with Grades 6,6,5 in Higher Level subjects (one of which must include Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology).

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

DD

We require successful completion of a Cambridge Technical Diploma at Grades DD in a science-based subject with one A-level at Grade A. If the Technical Diploma is in a non-science subject, the A-level must be in Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

D

We accept the Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate at Grade D in lieu of the third A-level only. It must be offered alongside 2 A-level subjects, one of which to include: Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology with minimum Grades AB.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

D*D*D

We require successful completion of a Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma at Grades D*D*D in a science-based subject.

We accept the Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma at Grade D in lieu of the third A-level only. It must be offered alongside 2 A-level subjects, one of which to include: Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology with minimum Grades AB.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DD

We require successful completion of a BTEC National Diploma at Grades DD in a science-based subject with one A-level at Grade A. If the BTEC National Diploma is in a non-science subject, the A-level must be in Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)

D

We accept the BTEC National Extended Certificate at Grade D in lieu of the third A-level only. It must be offered alongside 2 A-level subjects, one of which to include: Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology with minimum Grades AB.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D*D*D

We require successful completion of a BTEC National Extended Diploma at Grades D*D*D in a science-based subject.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D

We accept the BTEC National Foundation Diploma at Grade D in lieu of the third A-level only. It must be offered alongside 2 A-level subjects, one of which to include: Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology with minimum Grades AB.

We normally require Grades AABBB in five suitable Scottish Higher level subjects (one of which must include Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics or Psychology) plus one Advanced Higher subject at Grade A. English Language and Maths not taken at Higher/Advanced must have been achieved at SCQF Level 5.

We normally require Grades AABBB in five suitable Scottish Higher level subjects (one of which must include Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics or Psychology) plus one Advanced Higher subject at Grade A. English Language and Maths not taken at Higher/Advanced must have been achieved at SCQF Level 5.

The minimum grade required will normally be the same as the lowest grade listed in the A level entry requirements.

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Psychology

Our BPS-accredited BSc Psychology degree is a flexible course consisting of compulsory and optional units both within and outside of psychology, preparing you to work in a wide range of professions and sectors.

You will study four diverse themes that represent the modern discipline of psychology: mind and brain, evolution and development, adaptability and wellbeing, and psychology in society.

You will also be able to experience life as a professional psychologist through our work placement schemes, choosing from integrated 30-hour placements in Year 2 or a year-long placement in Year 3. Read a blog post from one of our placement year students to find out more.

We also offer the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner institutions, depending on academic performance.

Our graduates are highly employable and can take their understanding of human behaviour into any workplace.

**Special Features**

**Work placement options**

You will have the opportunity to gain practical experience as a professional psychologist through either 30-hour integrated placements in Year 2 or a full-time, year-long placement in Year 3, subject to meeting our progression criteria.

Placements take place at carefully chosen partners including the NHS, local schools, colleges, voluntary organisations and businesses. We have substantial experience in setting up these placements, and you will be able to add relevant work experience to your CV and try out life in your chosen career.

**Study abroad option**

You may also choose to experience life in another country through our study abroad option, where you can spend a year overseas at one of our partner institutions if you meet our progression criteria. These institutions have previously included Queens University (Canada), University of Sydney (Australia), University of California (USA) and Complutense University of Madrid (Spain).

**Dedicated careers units**

Designed with the aid of the careers service and in collaboration with our current students, employability-focused units in Years 1 and 2 will ensure that you have the skills and knowledge you need to realise your career goals.

Building on basic skills in the first year, Year 2 students can choose between two units (with or without work placement), both designed to enhance student employability by equipping you with skills such as teamwork, communication and leadership, and supporting you in developing a graduate-level CV, portfolio and interview skills.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£24,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

The University is committed to supporting students from low-income households through our financial support packages detailed below. Full-time UK students do not need to apply for Manchester’s bursaries separately but should ensure that they consent to share their financial details with the University when making an application to Student Finance England. http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/student-finance/2019/

The Uni


Course location:

University of Manchester

Department:

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

81%
med
Psychology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Psychology (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

82%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
85%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
68%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

88%
Library resources
89%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
84%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
17%
Male students
83%
Female students
89%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Psychology (non-specific)

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
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Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
69%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

12%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
11%
Public services and other associate professionals
11%
Caring personal services
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Psychology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£17k

£17k

£24k

£24k

£27k

£27k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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Post-six month graduation stats:

This is from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, based on responses from graduates who studied the same subject area here.

It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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Graduate field commentary:

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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