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Psychology for Graduates (by Distance Learning) - Uni Cert

Why study this course?

The Psychology for Graduates (by Distance Learning) is an excellent introductory course for those who would like to work in applied areas of professional psychology such as counselling, clinical, educational, forensic, health, occupational and sports psychology.

This 60 credit course is aimed at those who have insufficient or no prior study of psychology at degree level. Once you've successfully completed the course you'll be able to gain entry on to our Psychology MSc course which, if completed successfully, confers graduate membership and the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS). In the most recent (2015-16) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

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The Psychology for Graduates course aims to develop your knowledge of a broad range of areas and approaches in psychology. Delivered via our virtual learning platform (WebLearn), you’ll be able to view lecture material and utilise self-test material to mark your progress on the course.

You’ll gain skills in research methods and statistical analyses, and use this expertise to produce reports in the format used in psychological journals.

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to describe theories and models of biological psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, individual differences, and social psychology, and have an understanding of the historical development of these theories.


All assessment takes place online. The assessment for Introduction to Psychological Research Methods consists of two practical reports relating to research studies in which the students participate. For all other modules, the assessment consists of a mid-term short-answer exam and end-of-term multiple-choice test.

You will be required to have:

  • a degree with at least lower second class honours (or equivalent)
  • English language and Mathematics GCSEs at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Accelerated study

Students who wish to do this course at a faster pace can start in February. Students who wish to do this course at a slower pace are advised to start in September

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2018/19 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester
    • spring semester

    Cognitive psychology is the study of how people: perceive and pay attention to their environment; remember, learn from and think about information; and communicate with others, especially using spoken language. This module provides introductory level coverage of a range of cognitive psychology topics within the context of historical and theoretical development.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester

    This module focuses on the history of ideas in developmental theory, research methods used by developmentalists, early perceptual development, cognition, language, development of the self (including gender development & play), and social and cultural influences on development.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester
    • autumn semester

    The module provides introductory level coverage of an indicative range of topics in individual differences. This module focuses on theories and models of personality and individual differences as explanations of behaviour. The learning outcomes are assessed through an end of module multiple-choice exam (100% weighting).

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester

    This module introduces students to basic methods of psychological investigation and develops their competence in the use of the SPSS statistical package.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester
    • autumn semester

    The module provides introductory level coverage of an indicative range of topics in social psychology. It focuses on the relationship between individuals and society, introducing classic work on topics such as self and identity, social influence, conformity and obedience, and group processes. The learning outcomes are assessed through an end-of-term multiple-choice answer test (100%).

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester

    This module introduces students to the study of the brain mechanisms underlying behaviour. The focus is on comparative and physiological approaches to behaviour and the mechanisms underlying the behavioural adaptations of organisms to their environment. Students are also introduced to animal experimentation and the collection, analysis and interpretation of neuroscientific data.

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Core modules:

  • Introduction to Biological Bases of Behaviour
  • Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
  • Introduction to Developmental Psychology
  • Introduction to Individual Differences
  • Introduction to Social Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychological Research Methods

The course has six modules, as listed above. The content is delivered online through the presentation of PowerPoint slides and accompanying audio commentary from the lecturer, which has been designed especially for this pathway. All assessments takes place online (please see the assessment section).

"The course is fantastic and inspiring. I have been able to reflect on the theoretical aspects of the course in my day-to-day practice as a teacher. For example, I work with children who have been excluded from school and the theory of social facilitation and inhibition has helped me restructure the classroom and meet the individual needs of each child. Great!

Sacha Hernandez-Downer

Graduates of the course can progress to the Psychology PG Dip or Psychology MSc. This will allow you to progress to a postgraduate professional training programme in an area of psychology including forensic, clinical, health, educational, occupational and counselling psychology.

We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We’re moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

How to apply

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Please note that this course has a part-time distance learning only mode in September, and a full-time distance learning only mode in January.

When to apply

You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.

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