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If you have any questions not answered below our would like more information, please contact our undergraduate admissions secretary Miss Liz Fotherby:

  • Telephone: 0114 222 6531
  • Email: l.fotherby@sheffield.ac.uk
  • Post: Department of Psychology, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TP, United Kingdom

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Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between the BA and BSc degree course? Is one course more science-orientated than the other?
The two courses are completely identical in content and structure, and therefore have the same scientific content. The only difference is the named award: one is a Bachelor of Science (BSc) and the other a Bachelor of Arts (BA).

Can I change from the BSc course to the BA (or from the BA to the BSc) once I come to Sheffield?
Yes. Although the two courses are completely identical in content, it is possible to transfer between courses if you would prefer one degree title to the other.

If I apply for both the BA and BSc courses will I increase my chance of being accepted for a place at Sheffield?
No, so please apply for only one course! We can consider only one Psychology application per student; if you do apply for both courses, one application will be automatically rejected.

Do you interview candidates and do you take personal statements on the UCAS forms into consideration? Will a good personal statement increase my chances of being accepted for a place?
We do not interview applicants but we may take personal statements into account when considering applications.

Which subjects do you accept? Do you accept Art/Drama/Photography, etc.?
Art, Drama and Photography are examples of subjects considered 'Acceptable in Combination'. We can only consider A levels in these subjects if you are also studying at least two A levels from our 'acceptable' subject list.

What happens if I receive an offer from you, make Sheffield first choice but then only get ABB for the final results of my A levels?
Psychology at Sheffield is a very popular degree course with very high quality applicants; the vast majority of our students do achieve AAB or better at A level. However, we may be able to accept students with ABB grades if they have made Sheffield their first choice; we prefer to accept students who particularly wish to study in Sheffield.

Do I really need GCSE Maths for this course?
Yes. We require a minimum of a GCSE grade C in Maths for entry to our course and do not accept equivalents (though we do accept higher level qualifications, such as A level Maths or Maths as part of the International Baccalaureate; see our entry requirements). We have found that the GCSE is the only level 2 qualification that fully prepares students for the statistical content of our course, which is essential for a successful final year research project.

I've already done an undergraduate degree in another subject but now want to do a Psychology undergraduate degree course, do you count the degree qualification as part of the entry requirements?
We will take your degree into account along with your other previous qualifications. If you are a mature applicant (i.e. over 21 years of age at the start of our course), the admissions tutor will look for recent experience of further or higher education.

Are your BSc and BA Psychology courses accredited by the British Psychological Society?
Yes, our courses are accredited by the BPS, and confer Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the BPS on graduation (subject to students' fulfillment of BPS criteria. See here).

Do you teach Clinical Psychology as part of your degree?
Yes. There is an optional module in Clinical Psychology in the third year, taught by current Clinical Psychologists from the Clinical Psychology Unit located just next door to the department. Several other modules in our course touch on this area of psychology.

Do you offer work placements?
We don't offer work placements directly within the department, but if a student is able to secure their own placement that is approved by the department, their degree can be converted to a Degree with Employment Experience. See here for more information.

Do you offer study abroad?
Due to the accreditation of our course with the British Psychological Society, study abroad cannot count toward out degrees; the University of Sheffield requires all study abroad to count toward the final degree classification and so we are unable to offer study abroad at present. However, we are currently exploring the possibility of offering a Psychology summer school at CITY College, Thessaloniki, Greece, for certain undergraduate Psychology students.

What percentage of Psychology students graduate with a first class/upper second class degree?
In 2014, just under 82% of our students graduated with a first or 2.1.

Can you give me employment statistics for Sheffield Psychology graduates?
From our 2013 cohort, 93% of students were in full-time employment or further study 6 months following graduation. See our Careers pages for further information on graduate careers.

What is included in the tuition fees?
In addition to your tuition, the annual fee for your course includes:

  • handouts (these may be electronic versions, not paper copies)
  • eligibility for professional accreditation of your degree, subject to you meeting the terms and conditions of the British Psychological Society – find out more
  • laboratory equipment and materials required for compulsory research projects