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Clinical Psychology

BSc (Hons)

Clinical psychologists assess and treat individuals with a range of physical and mental health issues. 

UCAS Code: C842

Single Honours

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Take your first step towards becoming a chartered clinical psychologist with our BPS accredited course. Our career-focused curriculum will provide you with the knowledge needed to tackle real-world challenges, including dementia, addiction and mental illness.

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of graduates are in work or further study after 15 months

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of students said the course was intellectually stimulating

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Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)

The course is professionally accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and, providing you achieve at least a 2:2 in your degree, you will be eligible for Graduate Membership of the BPS and the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC), the first step to becoming a Chartered Psychologist.


Overview

Our course is professionally accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and has a strong practical focus that will build your professional skills alongside your studies, helping you stand out to future employers.

Working in our modern labs, you’ll learn to gather evidence and test theories. We’ll teach you how to design studies, analyse data, and interview people to gain a deeper psychological understanding of their experiences.

You will develop your ethical understanding and cultural competence, both as a scientist and as a citizen. You will learn how to apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills and develop the capacity to make a positive contribution to society.

The University is also home to the Association for Dementia Studies (ADS). Established in 2009, the ADS has an international reputation as a centre of excellence in research and education in person-centred dementia care.

Placements

We work closely with the University's Careers and Employability team, arranging paid and voluntary placements with many local and national organisations. Recent placement opportunities have included the NHS, the British Psychological Society (BPS), West Mercia Police, Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, Worcestershire County Council and HMP Aylesbury.

You can also choose to participate in psychological research or join our paid ‘students as researchers’ scheme, which will provide you with opportunities to work alongside staff on live projects.



Course content

You’ll study a mixture of mandatory and optional modules, designed to equip you with an in-depth understanding of the field and train you to apply your knowledge to real-world scenarios.

Optional modules will run if they receive enough interest. It is not guaranteed that all modules will run every year.

Mandatory modules
Optional modules


Careers

Our psychology curriculum is designed around your future career ambitions. We’ll provide you with opportunities to take part in workshops covering topics such as CV writing, interview skills and recruitment techniques. You'll also have the chance to talk to guest speakers and visit potential employers, and we’ll support you as you begin to apply for work and postgraduate study in your third year.

Our BPS-accredited degree will provide you with the foundations to pursue a career as a clinical psychologist. To practice as a clinical psychologist, you’ll need to complete an accredited Doctorate course after you graduate. You can find out more about becoming a clinical psychologist by visiting the British Psychological Society (BPS) website.

This course will teach you how to analyse, communicate and think critically, equipping you with transferrable skills that are sought after in a range of different careers.

Future jobs

Jobs where your psychology degree would be useful include:

  • Human resources officer
  • Counsellor
  • Careers advisor
  • Education consultant
  • Market researcher
  • Advertising executive
  • Social researcher
  • Play therapist

Further study

You may also choose to take your learning further and progress onto postgraduate study. Relevant postgraduate degrees at Worcester include:

Psychology MPhil/PhD

Counselling MSc

PGCE Secondary Psychology


Course highlights

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Teaching and assessment

You’ll be taught through a combination of interactive lectures, workshops, and seminars.

Evaluation isn’t just about exams. You’ll also be assessed through a range of applied methods, such as practical report files, reflective logs and applied learning scenarios, designed to prepare you for your future career.

Teaching and assessment contents

Students are taught through a combination of different learning and teaching methods. Lectures allow for the presentation and introduction of key topics, including both traditional and contemporary sources, which allow students to begin their learning. This is then supported by seminars that enable the discussion and development of understanding of topics covered in lectures. Subject specific skills are the focus of practical classes and workshops (for example, understanding statistical data analysis).

The course also has a keen focus on experiential learning, as there is good evidence that this can greatly enhance the student learning experience. Therefore, such methods will be used such as problem-based learning, whereby students will apply theory and content from psychology to address real world, global issues (e.g. the role of AI in the workplace, tackling climate change and global pandemics). Such global issues will be themes that run through the course, and as such will be covered elsewhere in other learning and teaching.

Furthermore, the role of research in the learning and teaching methods of this course will be central to all areas. Such research-informed teaching and learning will include practical research classes where students put into practice research methods they have learnt as well as focusing on research in directed study, group activities, assessments and problem-based learning.

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip them for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support from Student Services and Library Services, and also the Personal Academic Tutoring system enables students to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will help them to flourish and be successful.

In addition, meetings with Personal Academic Tutors (PAT) are scheduled on at least four occasions in the first year. This will include two group sessions as part of modules, and individual meetings. Students are scheduled to meet their PAT’s on three occasions in each of the other years of a course.

Meet the team

Just a few staff members from the wider team of psychology lecturers.

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Dr Daniel Farrelly

Daniel is interested in how evolution can help us explain human behaviour and psychological processes. For example how cooperation has evolved in humans, particularly in response to different social situations and pressures, and how this is applied to real-world issues such as environmentalism.

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Dr Ali Khoshfetrat

Following the scientist-practitioner model, Ali has been involved in both research and clinical work. His research is mainly focused on a) psychosocial factors predisposing people to mental health problems and b) psychological interventions that aim to help people with mental health problems. In relation to practice, he is a psychologist practitioner registered with the Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC) and has worked with people suffering from various forms of mental health problems in both private and public health sectors.

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Dr Berenice Mahoney

Dr Mahoney is an experienced academic and interdisciplinary researcher who engages in research on patients’ experiences of living with long-term conditions, along with the experiences and training needs of healthcare professionals supporting these patients. With special interests in breast cancer and allergy, Dr Mahoney works with colleagues in the NHS, industry, and is a member of the British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology Psychology Working Group.

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Dr Daniel Farrelly

Daniel is interested in how evolution can help us explain human behaviour and psychological processes. For example how cooperation has evolved in humans, particularly in response to different social situations and pressures, and how this is applied to real-world issues such as environmentalism.

University of Worcester logo on a light blue background

Dr Ali Khoshfetrat

Following the scientist-practitioner model, Ali has been involved in both research and clinical work. His research is mainly focused on a) psychosocial factors predisposing people to mental health problems and b) psychological interventions that aim to help people with mental health problems. In relation to practice, he is a psychologist practitioner registered with the Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC) and has worked with people suffering from various forms of mental health problems in both private and public health sectors.


Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points required: 112

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QualificationGrade
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We do accept Access to HE Diplomas and other qualifications which may not exactly match the combinations above. Work out your estimated points with the UCAS tariff calculator.

Any questions?

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please call our Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk.


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UK and EU Students

The standard fee for full-time home and EU undergraduate students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2024/25 academic year is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International Students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2024/25 academic year is £16,200 per year.


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Contact

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

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Dr Blaire Morgan

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Admissions office

01905 855111