Induction information for Single Honours BSc Psychology with Placement Year

Hi and a very warm welcome to the Single Honours BSc Psychology with Placement Year course. The psychology teaching team and I intend that the next four years will be full of discovery and excitement as you learn about all of the amazing discoveries and ideas within Psychology. Whether you are new to Keele or progressing from Foundation Year, it’s great to have you with us!

Katie Wright-Bevans, Course Leader

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The Single Honours Psychology with Placement Year 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. This course shares all of the benefits of our Single Honours Psychology BSc course with the additional feature that students take a year out between Years 2 and 3 to gain experience working in an industrial placement. Such work experience is invaluable in forging a professional psychology career. 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.

List of modules

Your course consists of a combination of compulsory and optional modules. Use this link to choose what option modules you’d like to study. You may also use the link to change elective modules up to three weeks after they have begun.

Here is a list of the compulsory and option modules that you will be studying. Around half of modules are shared with students on other BSc Psychology routes. However, as a Single Honours BSc Psychology with Placement Year 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.


Please note that staffing changes may lead to modules being removed or replaced. We will keep you updated via announcements in class and by email.

Your degree course comprises 360 credits overall and each module is worth 15 credits (apart from the year-long Final Year Project 30-credit module). While on Placement you must take the non-credit bearing compulsory module “PSY-30131 Psychology with Placement Year”. This is a Level 6 module. For more information please visit www.keele.ac.uk/modules.

Your personal tutor can help you decide which modules to choose. Drop them an email to arrange a meeting.

Course details

For detailed information of this course, including the course aims, principles of programme design, what you will learn, details on how the course is taught and assessed, the course structure including a list of modules at each level, contact time and expected workload, teaching staff, learning resources, available support for students, accreditation, regulations, additional costs to expect, quality management and credits needed to be earned for final and intermediate awards, please see the Programme Specification document here.