Psychology with Accelerator Programme

The course

UCAS code
1 years
Delivery type


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The Psychology Bachelors Accelerator is an alternative route to begin your degree offering direct entry to second-year study across our undergraduate degrees. It provides you with foundational knowledge in psychology, where you can choose your courses depending on your specific interests and career aspirations.

Towards the end of your first year, you will have the opportunity to work closely with your academics to identify which undergraduate degree programme you will progress onto in second year. It can be overwhelming choosing a degree before starting university, so this approach means that you can make your decision based on your learning.

Your learning environment

Get prepared for degree level studies with lectures, tutorials, and seminars, encouraging independent thinking and developing your academic knowledge and skills.

The intensive and focused programme will enable you to:

  • transition seamlessly into degree-level studies;
  • make an informed choice about your degree;
  • develop independent learning skills through our problem-based and student-centric learning approaches;
  • learn to work in groups, conduct research and deliver presentations.

During your studies, you will gain important practical, hands-on experience in our heavily invested facilities. You’ll be supported throughout by friendly and helpful staff, to ensure you reap the benefits of practical work – regardless of your background or interests.

The hands-on approach means you’ll apply your theoretical knowledge which you can use to benefit your studies, inform, and develop your academic assignments, and use for extra-curriculum and personal projects.

Outside of the classroom, you could join a variety of societies including the Psychology Society to meet likeminded people, get involved in regular social and networking events, and gain insights into career prospects.

Degree pathways

Successful completion of the Accelerator programme offers a direct pathway to a wide range of professionally relevant degrees:

Entry dates

September, January

Course content

In first year, you will take four year-long courses of 30 credits each.

Required courses


This course will cover the scientific knowledge of the human mind and behaviour. We will help you learn about human development, individual differences, cognition, social psychology, psychobiology, and behavioural psychology. You will also learn about memory, cognition and language, mental health, psychological disorders, and treatment. The course will provide you with scientific study of the human mind and behaviour by introducing some of the core topics and concepts, methods, and theories of psychology. The research methods section of the course will help you acquire scientific methods to analyse human thinking, feeling and behaviour through descriptive and inferential statistical analyses. You will also be provided with basic skills for critically evaluating research.

International students

International students with IELTS below 5.5 (Flat) are required to take the 'Academic English and Study Skills' course, and if you have above 5.5 (Flat) you are required to take 'Academic Skills’ as well as three other option courses in their first year. All students will be tested diagnostically for English when they start their studies.

English and Study Skills

This course will build on your English language skills acquired through your school years and get you to the level needed for your time at university. We focus on academic reading, writing, speaking, listening and research - all crucial for academic success. You will be able to construct academic texts using the style and vocabulary appropriate to your discipline and incorporate source material into your writing, in line with standard academic conventions. We will help you to work effectively in groups and present and participate in talks and seminars.

Academic Skills Project

This course introduces students to the study skills, academic practices and expectations of university study while preparing them to better participate in a tertiary learning environment. Throughout the course, there will be an emphasis on the utility and transferability of these academic skills and competencies not only for the foundation stage, but also for the rest of the students' academic degree.

UK students

Academic Skills Project

This course introduces students to the study skills, academic practices and expectations of university study while preparing them to better participate in a tertiary learning environment. Throughout the course, there will be an emphasis on the utility and transferability of these academic skills and competencies not only for the foundation stage, but also for the rest of the students' academic degree.

Optional courses

There are four courses, and you will need to select two in addition to the required courses above.
Students should consider which courses are required to progress onto their intended undergraduate degree programme from second year.


This course offers you a comprehensive introduction to the principles and practices of financial accounting and management accounting. Accounting is often called the 'language of business', and this course will teach you how to speak and understand that language. You'll explore the fundamentals of recording financial transactions, preparing financial statements, analysing a company's financial health, and using management accounting techniques to make informed decisions. Whether you're pursuing a career in accounting, finance, or any business-related field, this course is your gateway to financial literacy and business acumen. At all times the class content will be linked with events in the real world.

Business Management

This course will provide you with advanced knowledge of business management. You will understand the importance of business in contemporary society. We will support you to develop your critical thinking through case study assessment of a real organisation. You will study the role of management, human resource management, training and development, leadership, strategy, and business issues such as globalisation, business ethics and technological influences. We will support you to hone your problem-solving skills and have a full understanding of business and enterprise in today's society.


This course will enhance your knowledge and understanding of the economics in both a national and international context. You will have the opportunity to use economic theories to explain and analyse issues such as resource allocation, market intervention, national income, inflation, economic growth, international trade, and economic policies. Upon completion of this course, you will have developed the skills of analysing and applying economic knowledge in discussing current economic events from different perspectives.


This course will build your mathematical knowledge and understanding, in a way that recognises problem solving as an essential skill. There will be a focus on developing and building your skills in the areas of algebra, geometry, and statistics. Upon completion of the course, you will have the extended thinking and decision-making skills to solve problems and integrate mathematical knowledge and apply these to solving problems that are drawn from practical and relevant real-life situations.

Entry requirements

English language requirements

Academic background equivalent to A Levels DEE/CD + GCSE English and Maths at C/4.  English level IELTS 5.0 (with no bands lower than 4.5). Subject relevance to be dependent upon articulation degree. Please see our detailed English language requirements.

Academic entry requirements

  • Highers CCD + National 5 Maths and English at Grade C
  • A-Levels DEE/CD + GCSE English and Maths at C/4 is required
  • International Baccalaureate 25 points including H5 + H4 OR H4+H4+H3. S4 Maths and English
  • BTEC Extended Diploma MMP + GCSE English and Maths at C/4

International academic entry requirements

  • Bangladesh - Higher Secondary Certificate - grade average of 65%
  • China - Senior High 2 - average grade of 70% or Senior High 3 at an average of 65%
  • England, Wales, Northern Ireland - A Levels - DEE/CD including a science or maths. GCSE English and Maths at C/4 (for Pathways in: Built Environment, Engineering and Science, Mathematical and Computer Science), or A Levels DEE/CD + GCSE English and Maths at C/4 (for Pathways in: Accounting, Economics and Business Management, and Psychology).
  • Ghana - West African School Certificate (WAEC) - or Senior School Certificate  in four subjects with grades 1-6 (A-C)
  • Hong Kong - Form 5 in four academic subjects (grades will be assessed on a case by case basis) or HKDSE with grades 223 in relevant subjects
  • India - Standard 10 + 1 - 70% or Standard 10 + 2 at 55%
  • Indonesia - SMU 2 - Grade 7.0 or SMU 3 Grade 6.5 (five relevant subjects required)
  • Iran - High School Diploma (3 years) - average grade of at least 14 (in relevant subjects)
  • Jordan - Tawjihi - 80% in 4 relevant subjects
  • Kazakhstan - ATTESTAT/Certificate of Secondary Education - grade average of 4
  • Kuwait - Shahadat-al-thanawia-al-a'ama - passmark of 80% in relevant subjects
  • Libya - Secondary Education Certificate - average of 80%
  • Malaysia - Form 5. Ter, 2 or Mid-Year Transcript - A-C in five relevant subjects
  • Nigeria - WAEC or SSC - grades 1-6 in four relevant subjects.
  • Pakistan - High Secondary Certificate - four passes in relevant subjects with an average of 55%
  • Qatar - Thanawaya Aam Qatari - average grade 80% in relevant subjects
  • Saudi Arabia - Tawjihi - average of 80% in relevant subjects
  • Thailand - MAW5 - GPA of 2.5 or of MAW 6 with a GPA of 2.0 in six relevant subjects
  • United Arab Emirates - Tawjihi - 80% or above in relevant subjects
  • Ukraine - ATTESTAT/11th Grade Certificate of Secondary Education - grade average of 7.0
  • Vietnam - Completion of Year 12 at Secondary School with average grade of 7.0


Additional fees information

Tuition fees for September 2024 entry
Fee status* Full-time
England, Wales and Northern Ireland £9,250
International** £18,704

*Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your course. Find out more about tuition fees.

**International includes applications from European Union countries who do not hold Pre-Settled or Settled status in the UK. Read more about the application process for EU nationals.

Additional scholarship information

Travel Home Bursary

Available for students from England, Wales or Northern Ireland.

We appreciate that moving away from home for the first time can be daunting. Our Travel Home Bursary should allow you to return home at several points throughout the academic year. The Travel Bursary applies to your first year of study only.