Examine the concepts and approaches of modern psychology, and develop core academic skills, on our BSc Psychology with Foundation course.
This four-year programme includes a foundation year that leads directly into the three-year course. It provides an excellent route to a degree in psychology if you do not have the typical entry requirements.
Throughout your studies, you will:
build your knowledge of current and historical approaches in psychology
explore and evaluate current research methods and applications – and learn how to conduct research of your own
develop a critical understanding of ethical issues in research and professional practice.
You'll also benefit from our superb facilities, which include:
MRI scanner, TMS, and EEG/ERP
virtual reality, vision, pain, sensory and psychophysiology labs
infant observation rooms.
Our BSc Psychology with Foundation course is accredited by the British Psychological Society, providing you with the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership.
Your learning structure
The Foundation Year will provide you with the skills and knowledge to succeed at university. You'll complete two psychology focused modules, offering a broad foundation in the subject. These will be complemented by a module in academic skills and a selection of optional modules taught across the University.
The first year of the programme will introduce you to the British Psychological Society (BPS) core areas, including psychological research methods, and build your understanding of how these core topics are connected.
In the second year, you'll gain in-depth knowledge and understanding of the BPS core areas, along with focused training in practical skills such as conducting experiments, collecting and analysing data, observation techniques, interview skills, and psychometric testing.
The third year offers the opportunity to apply your knowledge to more specialist areas, with a variety of optional modules to choose from. You'll also design and implement your own research project.
Gain professional experience at one of our in-house NHS clinics, or via an outside organisation such as a charity. Our clinics treat a variety of conditions, including anxiety, dementia, and speech and language disorders. We also offer research assistant placements, which allow you to get involved in grant-funded projects.
Depending on your course, you could spend two weeks, a term, or an academic year abroad. We'll help you decide where to go and for how long, guide you through the application process, and support you when you're abroad.
To find out more about the benefits of studying abroad, and discover where you could go, visit the Study Abroad website.
Typical offerA Level CCC | IB 24 points overall
Select Reading as your firm choice on UCAS and we will guarantee you a place if you achieve one grade lower than the published offer.
24 points overall
BTEC Extended Diploma
Extended Project Qualification
In recognition of the excellent preparation that the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) provides to students for University study, we can now include achievement in the EPQ as part of a formal offer.
If you are an international or EU student and do not meet the requirements for direct entry to your chosen degree you can join the University of Reading’s International Foundation Programme. Successful completion of this 1 year programme guarantees you a place on your chosen undergraduate degree. English language requirements start as low as IELTS 4.5 depending on progression degree and start date.
UK undergraduate fees are regulated by the government. These fees are subject to parliamentary approval and any decision on raising the tuition fees cap for new UK and EU** students would require the formal approval of both Houses of Parliament before it becomes law.
From 2020, the UK government may link tuition fees to the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
These course fees cover the cost of your tuition. Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.
Financial support for your studies
You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. Students from the UK and other EU countries may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover these costs. See our fees and funding information for more information on what's available.
What career can you have?
As a graduate of our BSc Psychology with Foundation course, you will be qualified for further training to become a professional psychologist. The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society and provides you with the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership.
You’ll graduate with a range of transferable skills, including analytical abilities, writing experience, presentation skills, and the ability to think scientifically.
You could pursue a career in the NHS, civil service, education, or the charity sector. Skills learned on the course are also suited to roles in the private sector such as HR and recruitment, management consultancy, marketing, finance, and journalism. Alternatively, you could further develop your psychology skills by moving into research or postgraduate studies.