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BSc (Hons) Psychology with Clinical Psychology

BSc (Hons) 3 Years School Of Psychology Lincoln Campus [L] Validated 320 Points C840

University of Lincoln Excels in Psychology

The University of Lincoln’s Psychology courses are ranked 18th in the UK, 1st for Student Satisfaction, and 7th for Career Prospects within The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014.

An accredited degree in Psychology providing a strong foundation of knowledge and expertise within the subject, and a realistic appreciation of the work of clinical psychologists which might enhance students' chances of gaining a place on a postgraduate clinical psychology training course.

Students will also gain a high level of competence in a wide range of general and transferable skills, including time-management skills, team working skills, and problem solving analytic skills.


The key concepts and practices of Psychology are addressed in this degree, while providing a level of specialisation in clinical psychology. The course is especially suited to those students considering a career in health or social services.

A key aim of the course is to provide students with a realistic appreciation of the work of a clinical psychologist and frequent guest lectures by experienced psychologist practitioners will introduce students to issues in professional practice. The course will also prepare students for further training at postgraduate level - the next step towards becoming a Clinical Psychologist.

Is This Course Right For Me?

It is for those who are looking for a course that provides the basis for professional accreditation, while at the same time providing an opportunity to gain an understanding of the scope of clinical psychology theory and practice.

How You Study

The course aims to produce graduate Psychologists who are critical thinkers and independent researchers. This means that graduating students would be able to tackle psychological problems and issues as independent researchers taking a critical and analytical approach.

The course also aims to engender in students an ability to reflect on the nature of human behaviour in an informed and systematic manner, and to provide them with an opportunity to gain an understanding of the scope of clinical psychology theory and practice.

How You Are Assessed

The aims of the module assessments are to provide a measure of the development and attainment of course outcomes, including the attainment of high-level intellectual skills such as critical analysis and evaluation.

Accordingly, the nature of the assessment varies across the three levels of the course. The assessments at Levels One and Two focus on the acquisition and understanding of knowledge and skills. In contrast, the Level Three assessments place far greater emphasis on the ability to apply, analyse and evaluate knowledge.

What We Look For In Your Application

A keen interest in psychology as applied within clinical settings, and a lively and enquiring mind.

Basic Maths and English, and some experience of project work involving the collection and analysis of data.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a minimum of 320 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of three A Levels (or the equivalent), including a science related subject (Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Geography or Economics are acceptable).

In addition to the minimum three A Levels, other qualifications such as AS Levels, the Extended Project and the ASDAN CoPE for example, will be counted towards the 320 point requirement. For example, if an applicant were to achieve 280 points from three A Levels (grades B, B and C) and in addition, had 50 points from an additional AS Level (grade B), to make up the 320 points, they would qualify for the course.

Points gained from A/AS levels in General Studies and Critical Thinking will not be counted.

We also accept a wide range of other qualifications including the BTEC Extended Diploma, Diploma and Subsidiary Diploma, the European and International Baccalaureate Diplomas, and Advanced Diplomas.

Applicants will also be required to have at least five GCSEs at grade C or above, to include English Language and Maths or Statistics (or equivalent).

Applications are welcomed from mature students who are studying towards an Access to Higher Education in a science related programme. A minimum of 45 level 3 credits at merit or above will be required. We will also consider applicants with extensive relevant work experience.

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email

Level 1

Development in Context

This module examines the influence of culture on human development, taking a lifespan approach. The aim of the module is to introduce the study of developmental psychology in a cultural context, including an introduction to developmental theories that incorporate social and cultural variables. The module will focus on specific topics at key points in the lifespan such as childhood, adolescence, middle and older adulthood.

Foundations of Clinical Psychology

This is an introductory module to practice, research and theory in Clinical Psychology. The module will be separated into two blocks. Block 1 will focus on core issues in the practice of clinical psychology including historical developments, ethical considerations and debates, cultural and social influences on conceptualisation. Block 2 will focus on the generation of knowledge through clinical research methods, and provide an understanding of the epistemological strengths and limitations of each method of investigation. The aim of this module is to introduce undergraduates to the nature and scope of clinical practice, by debating some of the key issues in clinical practice and becoming familiar with research methods that are integral to clinical research.

Introduction to Cognitive Psychology

This module introduces students to the terminology, methodology and central issues in the study of core aspects of human cognition such as perception, memory, problem-solving and language. The module also provides a foundation for the more widespread and detailed discussion of each area in other modules at levels two and three.

Mind and Brain

This module offers an introduction to the biological substrates of mind. It introduces the philosophical issues that arise in relating mental to biological activity. It orientates the student to the basic structure of the brain and nervous system before moving on to study the building blocks of the brain – the neuron, its structure and functioning. The module then elaborates on how networks of neurons could plausibly produce behaviour that we can recognise as cognition (for example recognition and memory).

Research Skills 1

An appreciation of research methods is critical for an understanding of psychology. This module introduces students to some of the basic concepts underlying research and provides a practical introduction to conducting research in psychology.

Social and Individual Psychology

This module provides an introduction to social psychology and individual differences, and to different approaches to the study of social phenomena and personality. Some consideration to the history of these various approaches and the different analytical methods is given. Problems of disentangling the effects of genetic, environmental and social worlds are explored along with consideration of the influence of cognitive functioning on social behaviour.

Level 2


This module continues the investigation into cognitive processes begun at level one in Introduction to Cognitive Psychology. It expands the range of cognitive functions considered by exploring current issues in areas such as Attention (in particular visual spatial attention) and Memory, Thinking and Language. Students are introduced to competing theories/approaches and evaluations with the aim to provide students with an appreciation of the role of empirical evidence in guiding the formation and assessment of the adequacy of different psychological theories.

Developmental Psychology

This module examines concepts, theories, research methods and influencing factors in child development relevant to the period from birth to pre-adolescence. The syllabus is organised into four main blocks: foundations of development, development of cognition, development of representation, social and emotional development. General theories of nature and nurture will be discussed in the context of specific topics. Also, applications of developmental research and theories will be discussed relevant to specific topics.

Investigating the Individual

This module builds upon some of the individual difference material covered in the level one module Social and Individual Psychology. It explores concepts, techniques of measurement and theories that aim to produce a psychological understanding of what differentiates people (and groups) from one another. Drawing on theories of personality, differential psychology and psychopathology, the module considers these sources of variation by looking at how and why people (and groups) are psychologically different.

Mental health and Disorder I

This module provides an introduction to a range of mental health disorders with regard to their historical context, classification and aetiology. Based on established theoretical and research context, this course will critically examine a range of theories regarding the nature of mental health problems through the use of primary research sources, in order to broaden the students understanding regarding the complexity of this topic and current debate issues in the field.

Mental Health and Disorder II

The module aims to build on the content presented in semester A’s Mental Health and Disorders I module by broadening the understanding of mental disorder. Based on the established theoretical and research context, this course will consider an additional range of psychological disorders in terms of their assessment, aetiology, research background, and impact on individual’s functioning and the environment they interact in.

Research Skills 2

The content of this module builds on the skills taught at Level One in the module Research Skills 1. Students will be introduced to ethical issues in research, followed by an introduction to uni-variate statistical procedures for analysis of complex experimental designs. In semester B, students will be introduced to methods and procedures for collecting and analysing survey and qualitative data. In parallel with the lecture program, practical research skills are taught in workshops, and students will be required to carry out a small group practical project under supervision of a member of staff in both semesters.

Social Psychology

This module builds upon the social psychology material covered in the level one module Social and Individual Psychology. It explores some of the central issues of social psychology, including how people deal with social information, such as the causes of behaviour and social categories, and how groups function and interact.

Level 3

Approaches to Treatment and Therapy

The module is in two blocks. In Block one, students will have an opportunity to develop their knowledge of problem formulation. Block two will examine in detail some approaches to treatment and therapy with an emphasis on adult mental health. It will consider traditional paradigms of treatment and therapy as well as examining some more recent innovations. Students will have an opportunity to hear practice issues from professionals working in mental health, as practitioners will deliver the majority of lectures.

Cognitive Neuroscience

This module offers an in-depth review of current literature on cognitive neuroscience, a scientific study of neural mechanisms underlying cognition, with a specific focus on the interactions of brain structures and mental processes and their behavioural manifestations. A range of topics are covered (vision, attention, face and object recognition, memory and emotion) to illustrate how the concepts and modern methodologies are applied to the problems and issues which constitute the subject of cognitive neuroscience.

Conceptual Psychology

This module places the discipline and the subject Psychology under scrutiny. By this we mean to locate Psychology in a historical context, consider philosophical concepts that have shaped psychology and to reflect on some of the consequences (moral, political, exploitative, oppressive and/or liberating) that emanate from the practices of psychology. The module therefore includes three areas of focus – contextual (history of psychology), conceptual (philosophy of science, alternative paradigms, and key psychological concepts) and consequential (critical psychology).

Counselling Skills and Theory

This module has two aims:

  • To describe and evaluate a range of theoretical approaches to counselling
  • To help students understand the importance of basic interviewing and counselling skills and to assist them to develop communication skills in these areas. A person-centred approach to counselling will be used. An important aspect of this module is the development of learning through self-reflection.

Independent Study (Psychology)

This module requires students to carry out empirical research in an area of their choice, culminating in the production of a dissertation. The Independent Study tests a student’s ability to identify an appropriate research question and to design and implement an appropriate study. The role of the supervisor is to guide them through these processes.

Special Features & Research Highlights

A tutorial system operates at Level One which aims to provide a sound basis for transition to Level Two of the course.

The tutorial course also includes a series of scheduled one-to-one meetings. These personal tutorials aim to support the students personal development and continue over the three years of the degree.

The course offers specialist options in clinical psychology in the final year.


The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC), the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a development of the University of Lincoln's policy of research-informed teaching to research-engaged teaching. Research-engaged teaching involves more research and research-like activities at the core of the undergraduate curriculum. A significant amount of teaching at the University of Lincoln is already research-engaged.

Student as Producer will make research-engaged teaching an institutional priority, across all colleges and subject areas. In this way students become part of the academic project of the University and collaborators with academics in the production of knowledge and meaning. Research-engaged teaching is grounded in the intellectual history and tradition of the modern university.

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The Psychology teaching accommodation is located in the main University building, and provides well-equipped laboratories including two large PC-based teaching laboratories, an observation suite, a psychophysiology laboratory, a 'baby lab' and numerous specialist research and practical laboratories.

There are three technical staff on hand to aid students in the production of experimental materials and software development.

Career Opportunities

You will be prepared for postgraduate study and professional training in any area of psychology. This degree is especially suited to those considering a career in the health or social service areas. A programme of ‘Careers in Psychology’ seminars runs throughout the final year.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offers qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University and once you graduate.

This service includes one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities. Having achieved new knowledge and skills, you will be fully supported to fulfil your career ambitions.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

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What's Included?

CRB: £44 (13% of students).
Free student membership of the British Psychological Society.

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus to provide the best learning environment for our students. You can study in style and comfort in our well-resourced library or complete group work and exchange ideas in innovative learning spaces across the campus. There is access to the latest equipment and cutting-edge laboratories for studies in the sciences and social sciences. There are modern studios and well-equipped workshops for practice in the arts, and industry-standard production facilities for a range of media. On some courses, students will need additional, specialist resources or equipment to enable them to pursue their courses. Where appropriate these will be provided by the relevant School.


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Full-time £9,000 per level £14,522 per level
Part-time £75 per credit point  
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

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