This section of the handbook focuses on the rules that determine your progression through the course and how your final mark is calculated. These rules are standardised across different degrees in the university, and we describe them in outline below.

Additional information about the content covered at each stage of your course is described in an accompanying guide (Student Wiki) which we think you'll find useful throughout your studies. 

The overall structure of the BSc Psychology programme. Please visit the accompanying BSc Psychology guide for a full overview of the course structure and content.


An undergraduate programme of study is divided into a specified number of stages. Each stage is equivalent to a year of full-time study. You must satisfy the requirements for one stage of your programme before being able to progress to the next stage. In Psychology, our stages correspond to Years 1, 2, and 3 as illustrated above.

When we calculate your degree classification, different stages are weighted differently.  More information on this can be found in under 'Your final degree classification'.

Year 1: 0%

Year 2: 40%

Year 3: 60%

The first 'stage' of your programme (which is your first year) doesn't count towards your degree classification, but you do have to pass it to continue with your programme, and it will appear on your transcript.  The idea is that you will not be penalised for problems you encounter when you are first getting to grips with the subject, with University life and independent study. As you become more familiar with the discipline, and work more efficiently and independently your marks will have a greater impact on your final result.


Each stage is made up of modules which you will take. Each of the modules you undertake will have a credit value (e.g. 10 credits – 20 credits – etc. ) and a ‘level’ which indicates the module’s level of difficulty (e.g. 'C' for Certificate in first year, 'I' for Intermediate and 'H' for Honours in second and third years).  One credit point equals 10 hours of learning.  You will achieve the credit for a module by passing the module assessments. Modules are assessed by a range of methods which will result in a numerical module mark out of 100.

If you fail a module there are two possible ways in which you might be able to still pass your year and progress to the next level.  These are compensation and reassessment and are explained in more detail in the Assessment section.

Modules and stages are also subject to credit-weighting, see below.

In Psychology our Year 1 and 2 modules form five strands. Within a year each strand is referred to as a module, so for example we have a module called "Brain and Behaviour 1" which is the first year module in the Brain and Behaviour strand. In each of the first two years we have three twenty credit modules (which run over Autumn and Spring terms) and two thirty credit modules (which also extend into the Summer term).

Year 1

Research Methods in Psychology 1 – 20 credits (0%)

Brain and Behaviour 1 – 20 credits (0%) 

Perception & Cognition 1 – 20 credits (0%) 

Development & Language 1 – 30 credits (0%)

Social, Personality & Abnormal Psychology 1 – 30 credits (0%)

Year 2

Research Methods in Psychology 2 – 20 credits (6.67%)

Development & Language 2 – 20 credits (6.67%) 

Social, Personality & Abnormal Psychology 2 – 20 credits (6.67%) 

Brain and Behaviour 2 – 30 credits (10%)

Perception and Cognition 2 – 30 credits (10%)

Modules are organised into 4-week teaching blocks, each consisting of four 2-hour teaching slots (lectures) and one tutorial.  You will also carry out practicals which bring together research skills learned in the Research Methods strand (e.g., experimental design, statistics) with ideas and issues raised in the other strands.

20-credit module structure:

Autumn Term


Spring Term


Summer Term


Block 1


Block 2



Block 3


Block 4












30-credit module structure:

Autumn Term


Spring Term


Summer Term


Block 1


Block 2



Block 3


Block 4


Block 5





Year 3: The final year includes advanced modules, a literature survey and an empirical project. You have opportunity for refining your learning, consistent with your own particular interests, by appropriate choice of topics for these modules. Each of the four advanced modules – selected from the available range – consists of two 4-week teaching blocks, each involving four 2-hour seminars. The literature survey is completed in the Autumn term (Term 7), and the project in the Spring and Summer terms (Terms 8 & 9).


Autumn (Term 7)

Spring/Summer (Terms 8 & 9)

Year 3

Literature Survey – 10 credits (5%)



Project – 30 credits (15%)

Advanced Module 1 – 20 credits (10%)

Advanced Module 3 – 20 credits (10%)

Advanced Module 2 – 20 credits (10%)

Advanced Module 4 – 20 credits (10%)




Credit-weighting means that, in calculating your average stage mark, each module mark will be given more or less weight according to the volume of credit (i.e. workload) that is associated with it.

For further information on credit-weighting, including how you can use it to calculate your marks, consult the Student Guide to the University’s Rules for Progression and Award in Undergraduate programmes:

Further information on calculating your final degree mark is available under ‘Your final degree classification’ in the ‘Assessment, Progression and Award’ section. Your academic supervisor should also be able to help you with this.

For your convenience, in the tables above we have included the credit weightings of each module on the BSc Psychology programme, and we have provided the credit-weighted contribution the module will normally make to your final degree mark in brackets (after combining stage marks).

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