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BSc (Honours) Psychology

The Open University Q07, Psychology is all around us and touches upon every aspect of our lives. This fascinating degree investigates why we do the things we do; how we interact with others; how psychologists use research evidence to explore and debate issues such as ageing, crime, education, employment, forensic science, mental health, and relationships; and much more.

Key features of the course

  • Build your knowledge and understanding of different aspects of psychology
  • Gain valuable analytical and communication skills
  • Develop your ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Enhance your employability and take the first steps towards professional accreditation as a psychologist

We also offer a Diploma of Higher Education in Psychology (W45) that is the same in structure as the first two-thirds of this degree; similarly our Certificate of Higher Education in Psychology (T22) corresponds to the first third.

Course details

This degree has three stages, each comprising 120 credits.

  • At Stage 1 you can choose between an introduction to the social sciences or childhood studies. You’ll follow this with your first core psychology module.
  • At Stage 2, you’ll study one or two modules covering a range of complimentary topics and will complete this stage with a second core psychology module.
  • Stage 3 begins with a choice of modules and concludes with your final core psychology module, which also includes an independent research project.

Optional Access module – visit Am I ready? to find out about starting this course with a preparatory Access module.

Stage 1 (120 credits)

In Stage 1 you’ll be introduced to some of the big topics in psychology and the academic skills for successful study. You’ll start with one of two options – a core social science module covering criminology, sociology and other related areas; or a broad introduction to interdisciplinary childhood studies. Both will set the scene for your first core psychology module which explores the different ways that psychologists investigate how we think and behave, and considers how academic research can be applied in real-life settings.
Modules Credits
You’ll choose one from:
Introducing the social sciences (DD102) 60
Introduction to childhood studies and child psychology (E102) 60
You’ll complete Stage 1 with:
Investigating psychology 1 (DE100) 60

Stage 2 (120 credits)

At Stage 2 you’ll begin to explore the areas of psychology that most interest you – choosing from options such as child psychology, counselling, and sports psychology. You’ll complete this stage with a compulsory module that draws on the four core areas of biological, cognitive, developmental and social research in psychology to investigate how we understand others and the world around us. The module also provides training and practice in a variety of psychological research methods.
Modules Credits
You’ll choose 60 credits from:
Counselling: exploring fear and sadness (D240) 30
Living psychology: from the everyday to the extraordinary (DD210) 60
Psychology of childhood and youth (E219) 60
Sport and exercise psychology: a case study approach (E233) 30
The science of the mind: investigating mental health (SDK228) 30
You’ll complete Stage 2 with:
Investigating psychology 2 (DE200) 60

Stage 3 (120 credits)

At Stage 3 you’ll choose from exploring the fascinating relationship between counselling and forensic psychology; the psychology in sport and exercise; current social psychological issues such as gender, multiculturalism, immigration, global conflicts and work; and research methods with children and young people. Finally, you’ll complete your degree by investigating the relationship between the questions we ask in psychology and the methods chosen to seek the answers. You’ll further develop your skills of critical thinking, communication and understanding practice with an independent research project.
Modules Credits
You’ll choose one from:
Exploring psychological aspects of athletic development (E313) 60
Issues in research with children and young people (EK313) 60
Advancing social psychology (DD317) 60
Counselling and forensic psychology: investigating crime and therapy (DD310) 60
You’ll complete your degree with:
Investigating psychology 3 (DE300) 60

The modules quoted in this description are currently available for study. However, as we review the curriculum on a regular basis, the exact selection may change over time.


We make all our qualifications as accessible as possible and have a comprehensive range of services to support all our students. The BSc (Honours) Psychology uses a variety of study materials and has the following elements:

  • studying a mixture of printed and online material – online learning resources may include websites, audio/video media clips, and interactive activities such as online quizzes
  • using mathematical and scientific expressions, notations and associated techniques
  • working in a group with other students
  • using and producing diagrams or screenshots
  • undertaking practical work
  • finding external/third party material online
  • using specialist software (for example SPSS software for statistical analysis).

All qualifications require you to complete learning and assessment activities within a required timescale and according to pre-determined deadlines. You will therefore need to manage your time effectively during your studies and the University will help you to develop this skill throughout your degree. Information on assessment will be available to you at the start of each module.

If you feel you may need additional support with any of the elements above, visit our disability page to find more about what we offer. Please contact us as soon as possible to discuss your individual requirements, so we can put arrangements in place before you start.



  • Fees are paid on a module-by-module basis – you won’t have to pay for the whole of your qualification up front.
  • A qualification comprises a series of modules, each with an individual fee. Added together, they give you the total cost.
  • If, like most OU students, you study part time at a rate of 60 credits a year, you’ll take six years to complete an honours degree.
  • Our current fee for 60 credits is £2,864*.
  • Our current fee for 120 credits – which is equivalent to a year’s full-time study – is £5,728*.
  • At current prices, the total cost of your qualification would be £17,184*.


Learning outcomes, teaching and assessment

This qualification develops your learning in four main areas:

  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Cognitive skills
  • Practical and professional skills
  • Key skills

The level and depth of your learning gradually increases as you work through the qualification. You’ll be supported throughout by the OU’s unique style of teaching and assessment – which includes a personal tutor to guide and comment on your work; top quality course texts; e-learning resources like podcasts, interactive media and online materials; tutorial groups and community forums

Credit transfer

If you have already studied at university level, you may be able to count it towards your Open University qualification – which could save you time and money by reducing the number of modules you need to study. At the OU we call this credit transfer.

It’s not just university study that can be considered, you can also transfer study from a wide range of professional or vocational qualifications such as HNCs and HNDs.

You should apply for credit transfer before you register, at least 4 weeks before the registration closing date. We will need to know what you studied, where and when and you will need to provide evidence of your previous study.

For more details of when you will need to apply by and to download an application form, visit our Credit Transfer website.

Classification of your degree

On successfully completing this undergraduate course, you’ll be awarded the BSc (Honours) Psychology degree. You’ll have the opportunity to attend a degree ceremony.

The class of degree (first, upper second, lower second or third class honours) depends on your grades at Stages 2 and 3.


As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the qualification-specific regulations below and the academic regulations that are available on our Essential Documents website.

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