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BSc (Hons)
Behavioural Sciences

This course provides an excellent opportunity to explore the diverse world of Behavioural Sciences. With psychology at its core, this highly flexible programme allows students to cover a broad range of additional areas including criminology, sociology and sports science.

Qualification: BSc (Hons)

UCAS code: C801

Study mode: Full-time

Location: High Wycombe Campus

Duration: Three years

Start date: September

Is this course for me?

Interested in people, how they think, feel and behave? This course is for those fascinated by human behaviour and emotion, but who don’t want to become a Chartered Psychologist. On this programme you’ll explore what makes people tick from a range of perspectives and specialise in areas of particular interest.

Understanding human behaviour and emotion
This degree in Behavioural Sciences will give you a detailed and balanced knowledge of this fascinating subject and build a strong foundation for your career in this field. As part of this degree you will learn how to analyse data effectively, write concise reports and give engaging presentations.

During the first year you’ll develop a strong background in Behavioural Sciences through core modules that cover cognitive, biological, developmental, social and personality psychology. You’ll also look at research methods, making sense of society and take an introduction to cross-disciplinary psychology.

Creating your own degree
As you enter the second year, you’ll be increasingly led by your own interests and have the opportunity to explore specialist fields in more detail. These may include areas of Psychology, Criminology and Sociology.

You’ll build an understanding of the four main areas of Behavioural Sciences – Biopsychology, Developmental Psychology, Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology and Personality and Individual Differences.

In the final year, you will tailor your degree further by taking more specialised options and take the last core module, Social Psychology, before writing your dissertation.

At Bucks New University our team offer a wealth of experience and expertise in psychology. You’ll be taught by academics with specialist knowledge in their area of teaching, who will nurture your learning in this diverse and complex subject.

Unlike British Psychological Society accredited degrees, this course benefits from fewer research methods modules. This means you’ll have more space to study the modules that appeal specifically to you.

A flexible programme
This honours degree in Behavioural Sciences is tremendously flexible. As you progress through the course you’ll have the opportunity to select modules of personal interest.

Learn from expert psychologists using specialist software
In workshops and lectures you'll have the opportunity to use the observation laboratory and to use specialist equipment such as Biopac©, allowing measurement of the activity of the cardiovascular system, brain, autonomic nervous system and more, Tobii eye tracking equipment, HTC Vive, virtual reality software and the statistics software package SPSS.

Experience in the field
During this course you’ll be able to gain experience volunteering in areas such as mental health, forensic, educational addictions and sports psychology. This is a great chance to further your understanding of specific disciplines and get a taste for the areas of behavioural sciences that interest you the most.

Visiting the professional environment and module specific trips
You may also visit professional working environments or go on trips revelvant to your modules such as prison visits, court visits or venues of interest in specific modules.

Year One

  • Making Sense of Society
  • Introduction to Developmental and Social Psychology
  • Introduction to Biological Psychology and Cognitive Psychology
  • Introduction to Personality and Applying Psychology
  • Psychological Research Methods
  • Introduction to Cross-Disciplinary Psychology

Year Two

  • Issues in Criminology: Discrimination
  • Contemporary Criminology
  • Gender and Sexuality in Society
  • Citizenship, Community and Welfare
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology
  • Cognitive Processes in Psychology
  • Personality and Individual Differences
  • Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology
  • Cognition and Emotion in Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Applied Sport and Performance Psychology

Year Three

  • Police Psychology and the Legal Framework
  • Investigative and Forensic Psychology
  • Positive Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Business and Organisational Psychology
  • Advanced Developmental Psychology
  • Counselling Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Exceptional Human Experience
  • Brain, Mind and Behaviour
  • Educational Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Literature Based Dissertation

What are the entry requirements?

We consider each application on an individual basis. Typically we look for a minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) as well as GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above. Collectively, these grades should add up to a minimum UCAS Tariff score of 96-112.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

How much does it cost?

Fees for September 2017 to August 2018 entry

Full-time Home and EU: £9,250 per year
Full-time International: £10,500 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details, visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Further information
Find out more about our fees and funding.
Find out more about our fees for international students.

Questions about fees?
Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years are subject to rise with inflation or course delivery costs.

How do I apply?

For application details please visit

What are my career prospects?

You’ll finish with a strong grasp of psychology as a discipline in addition to an understanding of psychological influences and functioning with related areas as chosen by you. Graduates of the course will be well qualified for a career in areas such as the Civil Service, NHS, police force, sports organisations, and occupational and forensic psychology.

You will also have the opportunity to take your studies further into postgraduate study.

How will you help me prepare for my future?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise.

We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.