Information for Single Honours BSc Psychology



Hi and a very warm welcome to the Single Honours BSc Psychology course. The psychology teaching team and I intend that the next three years will be full of discovery and excitement as you read and learn about a wide-range of ideas, theories and research across the discipline of Psychology. Whether you are new to Keele or progressing from Foundation Year, it’s great that you are considering joining the Keele Psychology community!

Dr Richard Stephens, Course Director



Peirce Proctor, BSc Psychology

""By the end of the course I have been left in a position where I can quite happily handle my own experiments and research in the field of psychology as with my research being quite complex in this instance, it was made possible by the help of my supervisor""

Peirce Proctor, BSc Psychology

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The Single Honours Psychology BSc is designed to teach across the breadth of the psychology undergraduate curriculum, while offering opportunities to delve deeply into core areas as the course progresses. It provides an opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the discipline of psychology and to experience the teaching and research expertise of a large proportion of our academic staff over the three-year degree. The British Psychological Society accreditation requires that we follow a curriculum comprising eight key areas in psychology as follows: Social Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Biological Psychology, Individual Differences, Research Methods, Conceptual and Historical Issues, and a Final Year Project incorporating data collection and analysis. That makes this the ideal course from which to launch a career in any area of professional psychology.


Your course consists of a combination of compulsory and optional modules. Please see the course page for Year 1, 2 and 3 modules. You can view module descriptors, via the module selector, to give you further insight into the module content. Around half of modules are shared with students on other BSc Psychology routes. However, as a Single Honours BSc Psychology student, you have the chance to study a number of exclusive modules not available to Combined Honours students and you have access to a greater number of Optional modules. You will choose the optional modules you’d like to study when you begin your course.

Please note that staffing changes may lead to modules being removed or replaced. Your personal tutor can help you decide which modules to choose.

Teaching and assessment 

Teaching is by a combination of lectures, practical classes, and seminars, supplemented by individual meetings and supervision. You should, of course, attend all classes, meet all deadlines for coursework and attend scheduled examinations. Note that registers of attendance are used for many classes.

The programme is assessed through a range of formats including: 

  • formative and summative assessment
  • essays 
  • laboratory reports (individual or group)
  • personal blogs 
  • exams 
  • presentations 
  • journal article critique
  • multiple choice exams 
  • coursework 

Coursework is generally submitted electronically. Most coursework receives a mark out of 100. A mark of 70 or above is First Class, 60-69 is Upper Second Class, 50-59 is Lower Second Class, 40-49 is Third Class and a mark below is 40 is deemed to be a fail. Here’s some advice – when marked work is returned try not to focus solely on the mark, but instead read the written feedback from your marker. This is a key element of university teaching, shaping student work towards a professional ideal. It will congratulate on what you did well and offer concrete advice on how the work could be improved. Our external examiners regularly comment on the depth and helpfulness of the feedback our staff provide on student work. It is something that all staff take very seriously.

Please view our Psychology Undergraduate 2020 brochure‌.

Gemma Haywood, BSc Psychology