BA (Hons) Psychosocial Studies

Do you ever wonder why people act in the way that they do? Do you ever wonder what makes you who you are? Would you like to understand the psychological factors and how this links up with broader society? Do you find yourself wondering what part of human behavior is explained by nature and what part is down to the society we live in?

If so then the BA (Hons) Psychosocial Studies course at University Centre Peterborough may be of interest to you. Psychosocial Studies is a unique subject that addresses both individual experiences and larger social processes.  In the course you be introduced to the core concepts that shape the discipline and the key tools with which to undertake social analysis and research.

You will ponder the big questions relating to identity, wellbeing, ageing as well as broader questions relating to social justice like inequality and discrimination. You will also learn the skills of a social scientist, you will be capable of formulating research questions and investigating them on your own. You will undertake research independently and as a member of a group and you will gain an insight into the city and the wider region - the problems and challenges it faces and the ingenuity and energy with which it meets these.

Finally you will hone in on your future career path testing your interests and skills working with local organisations and building your professional network for when you graduate. You will have the opportunity to undertake live research project with a range of local partners and undertake research that makes a real difference to the life of the city and the broader region. This will enable you to graduate not just with a good degree but a range of real world experience which will help you progress into your desired career.

The courses at University Centre Peterborough are studied in smaller class sizes compared with other universities, a typical class size is under 30 students.

  • This course received a 90.91% student satisfaction in the 2018 National Student Survey (NSS).
  • Undertake a live research project with a local organisation.
  • Build a professional network and gain an insight into Peterborough and the wider region.
  • Learn to adopt a multidisciplinary and problem-solving approach to complex social problems.

Please contact us 01733 214466 or email for the latest UCAS tariff during Clearing. For details about Clearing please visit

We accept UCAS points with the following qualifications:

  • A-levels
  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma
  • Cambridge Technicals Level 3
  • IB Diploma
  • Access to HE

Students who do not qualify by any of these qualifications should call 01733 214466 or email to discuss equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience.

You must have GCSEs English and Mathematics at grade C or above or grade 4 or above.

We accept A-level General Studies and AS-levels when combined with other full qualifications.

If English is not your first language you will require IELTS score of 6.0 (with 5.5 minimum in each skill) or an equivalent English Language  qualification.


APCL relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study. If you have previously completed a course which is relevant to your proposed course you should make this clear when you apply. For this to be eligible for consideration you must be able to provide certification, which shows your success in a final assessment for that course. Learning must be completed in the last five years or further evidence of updating will be required. Simple participation in a course or an attendance certificate is not sufficient.


UCP offers students flexibility in their studies, by recognising learning they may have completed elsewhere before they apply. The Accreditation of Prior Learning processes ensure that we can take this into account when determining the modules you must study. It is important that you should identify any relevant prior learning when you apply.  If your previous study specifically relates to modules on the course you wish to undertake we may approve a reduced programme of study, thus shortening the time it takes to obtain your award. Where this relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study, this is called Prior Certificated Learning, and where learning has been achieved through relevant work or experience, this is referred to as Prior Experiential Learning. Claims must be approved before you commence a course.


It is important to understand that the APEL process does not award academic credit for experience alone, but for learning which can be shown to have been achieved through that experience. Students are required to prepare an individual case for the credit arising from their learning experiences. This normally means that a student receives support in the preparation of a portfolio, in which their claim is justified in detail and is supported by relevant evidence. This portfolio of evidence is then submitted for assessment and the possible award of academic credit. Alternative methods of assessment of evidence may be available but needs to be discussed with the Admissions team or Course Leader.

If you have any questions about entry requirements contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email

You must take modules worth 120 credits at each level of the course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits.

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)
  • Academic and Professional Skills for Social Scientists (30 credits)
  • Foundations in Sociological Theory (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Psychology (15 credits)
  • Social Psychology (15 credits)
  • Politics, Ideology and Society (15 credits)
  • Psychosocial Formations of the Self and Identity (15 credits)
  • Globalisation and its Effects (15 credits)
Year two for full-time students (Level 5)
  • Research Skills for Social Scientists (30 credits)
  • Contemporary Social Theory (15 credits)
  • Social Policy in Action (15 credits)
  • Development Through the Lifespan (15 credits)
  • Intersectional Studies (15 credits)
  • Plus 30 credits of optional modules dependant on pathway
Final year for full-time students (Level 6)
  • Research Project / Dissertation (30 credits)
  • Theories and Concepts in Psychological Therapies (15 credits)
  • Society Beyond Nature (15 credits)
  • The Digital Human (15 credits)
  • Plus 45 credits of optional modules dependant on pathway

If it is unviable to run an optional module due to student demand, an alternative module will be offered.

A typical 15 credit module is 150 hours includes 36 hours of tutor led delivery and 114 hours of recommended independent study.  A typical 30 credit module is 300 hours includes 72 hours of tutor led delivery and 228 hours of recommended independent study.  A full-time student should expect to undertake 30 additional hours per week during term-time.

When studying this course at University Centre Peterborough, we will timetable your lectures as two full days a week over two semesters per year (part-time will be one to two full days a week over two semesters per year).

Over the duration of your course, teaching will be delivered by the following methods:

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)
  • 40%     Lectures
  • 20%     Seminars
  • 40%     Workshops
Year two for full-time students (Level 5)
  • 40%     Lectures
  • 20%     Seminars
  • 40%     Workshops
Final year for full-time students (Level 6)
  • 40%     Lectures
  • 20%     Seminars
  • 40%     Workshops

Each semester is up to 15 weeks which includes up to 12 teaching weeks and 3 assessment weeks. If studying full-time you will be in classes, seminars and tutorials for approximately 15 hours per week and will spend the rest of your time in independent study and extra-curricular activities.

We recommend that full-time students allow up to an additional 30 hours per week for additional study. The campus is open Monday to Friday throughout the whole year and open late until 9.00pm from Monday to Thursday during term time. You also have 24/7 access to online resources from Anglia Ruskin University.

Timetables are available at least one month before enrolment and you can refer to the academic calendar for examination weeks and resit periods. Note that the days of the week you study may change each year and in some circumstances one of the full days might have to be split into two half days, but we aim to keep these as full days where possible.

Throughout the duration of your course you will be assessed by the following methods:

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)
  • 80%     Coursework
  • 20%     Practical Exams
Year two for full-time students (Level 5)
  • 80%     Coursework
  • 20%     Practical Exams
Final year for full-time students (Level 6)
  • 80%     Coursework
  • 20%     Practical Exams

We will provide, by the beginning of the first week of each semester, a current module guide with all the information you need for each module, including details of assessment tasks, the deadlines for these tasks, the required format and any relevant guidance.

Formative assessment opportunities are written into all module plans to provide students with on-going feedback.  End of semester assessments will have formative opportunities in weeks 9 or 10 of the semester.  In addition revision sessions will be held in week 12.

Your final degree classification is calculated as an average of your highest 60 credits at Level 5 and all credits at Level 6.

70%+         First
60-69%     2:1
50-59%     2:2
40-49%     Third

Future careers after completing this course may include:

  • Social Worker
  • Counsellor
  • Researcher
  • Market Researcher
  • Human Resource Officer
  • Psychotherapist
  • Play Therapist
  • Advice Worker
  • Housing Officer
  • Local Government Officer
  • Teacher / Lecturer

I am the Course Leader for the BA (Hons) Psychosocial Studies degree at University Centre Peterborough. I joined University Centre Peterborough in January 2011 as a lecturer after completing my undergraduate degree in BA (Hons) Psychosocial Studies at University Centre Peterborough. I then became course leader in August 2013 and in that time have introduced a range of innovations to create a successful student experience.

My research interests include research methods, primary research, religion, gender, inequality, class, social psychology, education and feminism. I have a vast amount of experience lecturing on the majority of modules on the Psychosocial Studies and Sociology courses. This experience has given me a detailed insight into the composition and essence of the degrees. 
I have a keen interest in pedagogy and evidenced based teaching practice, conducting action research in order to improve practice. I have introduced a mentoring scheme (Bowes, 2015*) utilising evidence based behaviour change intervention to support students. I sit on the Higher Education Board and the Research, Scholarship and Ethics Committee.

I am very interested in current affairs and politics. I enjoy cultural experiences including reading and visiting historical sites of interest. I also use different forms of social media and engage with digital academic communities.


  • MRes Educational and Social Research, University of London (currently studying)
  • BA (Hons) Psychosocial Studies, University Centre Peterborough
  • Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector, Anglia Ruskin University

* Bowes, C., 2015. To measure the impact of a behavioural change intervention on student engagement and participation– Issue#19: ENGAGE 16th Annual Learning and Teaching Conference: 2015 Learning and Teaching Project Reports

**Bowes, C and Wild, K (2017) Engaging mature students on campus with a vertical mentoring scheme. RAISE Conference – September 2017

When you have chosen a course to study at University Centre Peterborough, your next step is to make an application.

All full-time applications for UK and EU students must be made to UCAS via a web-based tracker system – (the institution code for University Centre Peterborough is P56).

All part-time applications can be submitted directly to University Centre Peterborough. You can download and complete the following form then email to, or send it through the post, or visit us in person.

Before you apply, please check that you meet the entry requirement which is listed on the course information pages.


For full-time undergraduate and HNC/D applications, we advise you to make an application for your chosen course as soon as possible to secure your place. We will process your application within 1 to 5 working days so you know if you have a successfully received an unconditional or conditional offer. We are available to help you through every step of the way.

From Friday 5th July 2019 you can apply via UCAS through Clearing. This is open to those who have not yet applied or students who have waited until they have received their grades. However, you do not need to wait until you receive your grades before applying through Clearing.

For more information how to apply through Clearing please visit

Key Facts

Institution code
Accredited by:
Anglia Ruskin University

University Centre Peterborough

Duration and Delivery

3 years full-time 
(2 full days a week over two semesters per year)

4 years part-time 
(1-2 full days a week over two semesters per year)

Start Date
September 2019 or September 2020

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for full-time undergraduate UK and EU students starting in 2019/20 or 2020/21 will be £8,000 per year, which is lower compared with many other universities.

Fees for part-time study are pro-rata depending on the number of credits you are studying (i.e. 60 credits per year will be 50% of the tuition fee).

There may be additional costs for this course which are not covered by the tuition fee.

Additional Notes

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