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Higher Education

BSC (Hons), with a foundation year

Course Overview

The course will help you learn how to investigate and analyse how humans think, feel and behave.

Psychology is concerned with understanding all aspects of human behaviour and a person’s underlying thoughts, feelings and motivations.

Throughout the Foundation Year, you will develop problem-solving, communication and interpersonal skills whilst exploring concepts integral to the study of Psychology. The course is taught using a variety of methods including lectures and seminars.

The foundation year course has a long track record of success in providing a smooth transition to the BSc (Hons) Psychology degree at Staffordshire University or any one of the other psychology undergraduate courses.

Course Content

The Psychology Foundation Year is made up of three modules:

  • The Science of Human Behaviour
  • Typical and Atypical Behaviour
  • Humans – Nature and Nurture


Academic Commitment

Foundation year of 4-year full-time course. 

Teaching will take place at the City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College and amounts to 13.5 hours per week. To support your development, you will also be expected to undertake 23 hours, per week, of independent study.


A variety of teaching and learning methods are employed to deliver the course, which include lectures, seminars, tutorials and group based work.

You will be assessed via a number of means including: formal essays, class tests, coursework, presentations and examinations. Through varied forms of assessment you will demonstrate your strengths and abilities.

Where Courses Become Careers

Once you have successfully completed the Psychology Foundation Year you will progress onto one of a number of undergraduate degree programmes at Staffordshire University. Course options include:

  • Psychology
  • Psychology and Child Development
  • Psychology and Counselling
  • Forensic and Criminological Psychology

* Subject to validation

Entry Requirements

A typical Psychology with a Foundation Year student will have 48 UCAS points, made up of Level 3 equivalent qualifications, including A Level and BTEC courses. However, we welcome applications from people with a variety of qualifications, skills and experience. Each application will be assessed on their individual merits.

tuition fees

Full-time students enrolling on the Foundation year of a Degree in 2022 will pay a tuition fee of £5,950.

Levels 4–6 (Years 2–4) of the BA/BSc (Hons) will be charged at Staffordshire University’s standard rate.


For more information, and to apply, visit this link and select the City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College option.


If you are unsure what course you think you should choose or what career you would like to aspire towards then contact Admissions:

Higher Education