BA (Hons) Psychosocial Studies

Course overview

Psychosocial Studies is a Social Science degree that explores the relationship between the self and society. This multidisciplinary course combines the focus on the individual found in psychology and psychoanalysis with the wider cultural and systemic concerns of sociology. It develops a rounded understanding of human behaviour with practical application to a range of substantive policy areas.

The modules are designed to provide you with a firm grounding in the fundamentals of; sociology, politics and philosophy, and in addition to social, health and developmental psychology. With this foundation in place, the course allows you to broaden and deepen your knowledge and understanding of the individual, the social world, and the relationship between them. 

Key Facts

Arts, Law & Social Sciences
University Centre Peterborough
3 Years
Tariff Points
Accredited By
Anglia Ruskin University

Part-time study available

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BA (Hons) Psychosocial Studies

This course addresses important questions about the human condition. It will provide you with the intellectual tools to appreciate the complexities of how we can shape our social surroundings, as well as providing valuable vocational knowledge and skills. This course is taught in our modern and well-equipped classrooms, which presents the opportunity to acquire social science research skills in a ‘hands on’ way. 


The Psychosocial Studies degree offers a broad range of modules that can lead to a wide variety of career and higher education options.

Module guide

Year one core modules

  • Social and Developmental Psychology
  • Issues in Child Development
  • The Sociological Imagination
  • Political Ideologies
  • Sociology of Globalisation

Year two core modules

  • Individual and Society
  • Social Research Methods
  • Theories of Deviance and Crime
  • Contemporary Social Psychology
  • Knowledge and Belief
  • Personality, Intelligence and Psychometrics

Year three core modules

  • Nature and Society
  • Criminal Psychology
  • Undergraduate Major Project
  • Atypical Developmental 
  • Clinical Psychology


Assessment is via a mix of examinations, essays, class tests, individual and group presentations, portfolios, academic posters and an undergraduate dissertation.

Special features

  • Very broad degree that leads on to a wide variety of careers
  • Opportunity to conduct real-life social experiments
  • Mentoring scheme and tailored tutorials support your studies

Associated careers

The intellectual disciplines delivered in this course are valued by employers in a wide range of sectors, including social research, policy, the criminal justice sector, health and related professions, social work, teaching, third sector roles and human-resource management. Social Science graduates have excellent career prospects and are more likely to be in managerial or senior roles. There is a good breadth of subjects in the first and second year and the ability to specialise in Year 3 gives you the opportunity to fine-tune your degree to suit a favoured career.

Entry Requirements

80 UCAS tariff points. 

A levels required;
2 A levels in related subjects.

BTEC/Access required;
A BTEC National or 30 credits Merit at Access Certificate in a related subject. 

GCSEs required;
3 GCSEs at grade C or above in English, Mathematics and Science. Please note AS levels are acceptable only when combined with other qualifications.

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