BSc (Hons) Health Psychology

Apply now for 2019 entry. If you are not quite ready to apply, come along to one of our open days or send your enquiry to our admissions team on the form below.

Course overview

Positively impact public health with an understanding of factors both influencing and determining human behaviour, and the elements that form healthy and unhealthy thoughts and actions.

Our BSc (Hons) Health Psychology degree offers a strong foundation to become a qualified health practitioner, and the potential to progress towards a qualification as a Health Psychologist. From the outset you will focus on psychological, social and biological factors that combine to influence health and illness. Discover the impact that psychology can have on the motivations, thoughts and feelings that underpin human health related behaviours and prepare yourself for a rewarding career in making a difference. Our experienced tutors will develop your expertise in promoting healthier lifestyles, including weight loss, increasing physical activity, and stopping smoking, by exploring ways in which you can facilitate positive health behaviour change supported by psychological interventions.

A key aspect of your learning will be the opportunity to develop hands-on experience, and to observe real-world practice. Using our state-of-the-art facilities and proposed on-site psychological clinical services, and Physical Activity Referral Centre, you will gain an authentic insight into the world of applied psychology. Our carefully designed course balances practical opportunity and skill development which will give you an advantage in the employment market.

Careers and Opportunities

On graduating from this course, you can expect an incredibly diverse range of employment opportunities. Health Psychology graduates can expect to gain employment in the broader health fitness industry in a range of people-focused occupations. Professions include but are not limited to:

  • Practitioner psychologist
  • Health psychologist
  • Behaviour change specialist
  • Public health advisor
  • Advice worker
  • Counsellor
  • Human resource officer
  • Market researcher
  • Teaching (further education or higher education)
  • Researcher

The BSc (Hons) Health Psychology course follows the curriculum recommended by the British Psychological Society (BPS) developing core knowledge, skills and expertise that are required to underpin a career in psychology.

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Key Information

Course title:
Health Psychology
UCAS Code:
BSc (Hons)
3 years
Study mode:
Typical offer:
UCAS Tariff points 120
AECC University College

Course leader

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Zöe Wimshurst

BSc MSc PhD CPsychol – Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Zöe recently joined AECC as a Senior Lecturer in the newly formed School of Psychology, Sport and Physical Activity. She is a Chartered Psychologist specialising in visual performance in elite athletes – and area in which she has been working for over a decade.

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Course details

The BSc (Hons) Health Psychology course is delivered through a range of lectures, seminars, tutorials and demonstrations, alongside supervised workshops, project supervision, practical classes, guided independent study, work-based learning, small group learning, guest lectures, role-play activities and case study analysis.

You will learn through a variety of teaching styles with a balanced approach to the developmental and judgemental aspects of assessment to promote a deeper learning. You will make the most of our on-site laboratory testing facilities, with more traditional coursework, essays, presentations, group work, and practical skills assessments.

With access to our Virtual Learning Environment, your education will be interactive and varied. Through quizzes, video tutorials, seminar notes and more you will be able to study whenever, and wherever suits you alongside your core teaching.

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How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Examinations
  • Coursework
  • Practical Assessment and Presentation
  • Portfolio

Unit breakdown

"Positively impact public health with an understanding of human behaviour"

Entry Requirements

How do I apply for 2019 entry?

If you want to start this course in 2019, you will need to apply via UCAS. Please visit UCAS and use institution code A65 and the course code C841.

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If you’re applying from the UK or Ireland

It depends on your qualification. Take a look below to see what we’ll accept.  

Essential for entry

Please note that applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A*-C including Maths and English, or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above)
to be considered for the programme.


You’ll need GCSE Mathematics grade C and GCSE English Language grade C (or acceptable equivalents).

If you’re studying a qualification that’s not on the list, don’t worry - give us a call or drop us an email to talk about it.

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You'll need to achieve grades of BBB or above in A-level to include:Psychology (or acceptable equivalent).General Studies will not be considered.

BTEC Extended Diploma

You’ll need to achieve grades of Distinction Merit Merit or above in a relevant BTEC Extended Diploma for example; Applied Psychology.


You'll need to achieve a total of 120 UCAS points in a relevant Access to HE Diploma for example; Psychology.

International Baccalaureat

You’ll need a final overall grade of 32 points or higher including Psychology (or acceptable equivalent) at Higher Level.

Scottish Highers/Advanced Highers

You'll need grades BBBBB or above in 5 Higher/Advanced Higher subjects to include Psychology (or acceptable equivalent).

Irish Leaving Certificate

You'll need grades H3,H3,H3,H3,H3 from 5 subjects at Higher Level to include Psychology (or acceptable equivalent).

Should you require further information about our entry requirements for the BSc (Hons) Health Psychology, in May 2018 visit the course details on UCAS, come along to one of our Open Days or contact the admissions team.

If you’re applying from outside of the UK

For those of you coming from outside the UK, take a look at our handy qualification tool to see what we accept. If you’re studying a qualification that’s not on the list, don’t worry - give us a call or send us an email to talk about your options.

English language requirements

To be accepted onto the BSc Health Psychology course you will need to demonstrate that you meet the minimum standards of English. 


We may be able to consider other English language qualifications, so call or email our Admissions team and they will be happy to help. Try to book your language tests as early in the year as you can, just in case re-sits are needed. 

If you currently live outside the EEA (European Economic Area) you’ll need a tier-4 student visa to study here in the UK. The UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs) provides country specific information on their website - check it out here.

We’ll also need scanned copies of all transcripts and certificates listed on your UCAS application. If these are not in English, we’ll need a verified translation as well as the originals. You can send all of these to our Admissions team after you’ve submitted your UCAS application.

Take a look at our entry requirements for all of our Psychology degrees: 

Psychology degree international entry requirements

For more information about our admissions policies and procedures, including our Admissions Complaints and Appeals Policy, please click here

Course Fees

There are a lot of things to consider when applying to university, including course fees. Take a look at the current course fees for the BSc (Hons) Health Psychology (2019/2020) entry.

  • Home/EU: £9,250 per annum
  • Home/EU - ELQ students : £14,100 per annum. You are classed as an ELQ student if you have previously completed a Masters level (NQF level 7) or higher qualification before enrolment.
  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man: £9,250 per annum
  • Overseas/EEA: £14,100 per annum

Bear in mind that the fees currently advertised by AECC University College are for the first year of the programme only. We advise to budget for an increase of up to 5% for each following year. All increased fees will be posted to AECC University College's student website, so don’t worry if you forget.

For UK/EU Students with a previous Master's degree (ELQ students) and overseas students, fees after your 1st year should not increase by more than RPI + 1% (UK Retail price index - RPI)


If you’re planning on applying for the tuition fee loan for the BSc (Hons) Health Psychology then make a note in your diary - to get the maximum loan of £9,250 for the 2019/20 academic year, make sure your Student Finance application is completed by the end of May 2019. You can complete your applications from March 2019, so there’s time.

Find out more about fees and financial support for UK/European students over at the UK government website:
Advice and assistance with Student Finance

Our tuition fees policy and information around bursaries and scholarships can be found on our latest policies page, along with information on any expected additional costs for each of our courses.  Should you have any questions on course fees please contact our admissions team on the form below

Note: For students to be eligible for funding from Student Finance England, they must be studying on an eligible course at a provider registered with the Office for Students (OfS). AECC University College is registered with the OfS. You can view the register here and search for our name.


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