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BA (Hons) Psychosocial Studies

  • Course Type: Undergraduate Degree
  • Institution Code: P56
Course overview

What can this course lead to?

Each year, there are many students who complete the BA (Hons) Psychosocial Studies course who go on to study a variety of postgraduate courses.

Just some of the future careers for graduates after completing the course include:

Social Worker
Human Resource Officer
Play Therapist
Advice Worker
Entry to Psychological or Social Policy Careers


Who is it for?

Do you ever wonder why people act in the way that they do or what makes you who you are? Would you like to understand the psychological factors and how this links up with broader society? Do you wonder about the balance between behaviour shaped by nature and the influence of 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 distinctive field that examines both individual experiences and broader social dynamics.

 Throughout the course, you will encounter fundamental concepts that define this discipline and gain essential tools for conducting social analysis and research.

You will explore significant themes and wider societial issues including:

  • Identity
  • Wellbeing
  • Aging
  • Social Justice
  • Inequality
  • Discrimination

Additionally, you will develop the skills of a social scientist, enabling you to create research questions and conduct independent investigations.

You will conduct research both individually and collaboratively, delving into the city and its surrounding region. You will uncover the array of challenges it encounters and witness the resourcefulness and ingenuity with which these challenges are approached.

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 a 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 20 students. This is one reason why social science courses at UCP consistently achieve high student satisfaction scores in the National Student Survey and enjoy above benchmark classification results.

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What is covered?

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)
  • Intersectional Studies (15 credits)
  • Development Through the Lifespan (15 credits)


  • Sociological Perspectives: Education (15 Credits)
  • Health Psychology (15 credits)
  • Psychology of Education (15 credits)
  • The Body in Society (15 credits)

Final year for full-time students (Level 6)

  • Undergraduate Major Project (30 credits)
  • Society Beyond Nature (15 credits)
  • Theories and Concepts in Psychological Therapies (15 credits)
  • The Digital Human (15 credits)
  • Critical Studies in Race and Ethnicity (15 credits)
  • Exploring Feminist Thought (15 credits)
  • Foundations in Clinical Psychology (15 credits)
  • Atypical Child Development (15 credits)
  • Sociology of Sexuality (15 credits)
  • Investigative Psychology (15 credits)
  • Live Research Project (15 credits)
  • Social Movements and Activism (15 credits)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

88 UCAS Points from a related subject and 5 GCSE grades C/4 or above including English and Maths.

Mature students or students who do not have the above qualifications can contact our admissions team on 01733 214466 or to discuss equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience. For more information on EU and overseas qualifications, UCAS, accreditation of prior learning and failure to meet the entry requirements please visit

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The tuition fees for full-time undergraduate students will be £8,250 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. 90 credits per year will be 75% of the tuition fee).There may be additional costs for this course which are not covered by the tuition fee.

Full-time: 3 years (2 full days a week over two semesters per year)
Part-time: 4 years (1-2 full days a week over two semesters per year)

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