Queen’s psychology entry requirements

Last Updated on January 17, 2023

Psychology is the science of behaviour. You will cover topics from seven key areas, building understanding and critical insight throughout your degree programme.These key areas are:
1. Biological Psychology – Biological basis of behaviour: neuroscience, genetics, animal behaviour
2. Cognitive Psychology – Mental processes underlying thinking, memory, language and learning
3. Conceptual & Historical Issues – Considers where the discipline has come from, where it’s going, and the big unanswered questions of Psychology
4. Developmental Psychology – How we grow and develop, from conception to old age
5. Individual Differences – How we differ from one another in terms of traits, abilities and motivations
6. Research Methods – How we collect and analyse data to further understanding of the mind and behaviour
7. Social Psychology – How we perceive ourselves and others, interact as groups and the influences of culture and society

Psychology Degree Highlights

This programme is one of the few that provides free membership of our professional body the British Psychological Society for all our students.

Professional Accreditations

  • Successful completion of an accredited undergraduate programme confers eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS). As we invest in our students from day one by providing free Student Membership of the BPS throughout their accredited undergraduate degree programme, a graduate of Queen’s will automatically become a Graduate Member of the BPS with GBC on successful completion of their third year of study. This allows the use of the title MBPsS after their name for as long as they remain a member of the BPS.

Industry Links

World Class Facilities

  • We have recently invested to enhance facilities for students within the School including a fully refurbished state of the art teaching and learning space along with a dedicated student common room.

    We also have a range of specialist equipment and laboratories where our cutting-edge research takes place. As a student, you’ll have the opportunity to use many of these facilities during the research projects you’ll undertake as part of your degree. For example, we have a brand new animal behaviour research lab, brain stimulation labs, virtual reality and motion-capture technology, eye-tracking devices, a child development observation lab, a postural control and ageing lab and a large psychometric test library amongst other facilities.

Internationally Renowned Experts

  • The most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) placed the School among the UK’s top 20 Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience departments in terms of both research intensity and research impact. Our impact reflects how the School’s research is informing policy makers, developing industry partnerships and ultimately touching on the lives of thousands of individuals. We’re at the forefront of ground breaking research which you’ll find embedded throughout our teaching.

Student Experience

  • You’ll feel part of our School community. We are committed to supporting our students with our Transition into Higher Education program which begins in week one with team building activities and continues through our newly revamped personal tutoring and peer mentoring schemes.

Zoe Robinson, Student on one year Professional Placement with Aperture

My year of professional placement has had an enormous impact on me and my development.
Since starting Aperture, I have improved upon my skills and knowledge that I have learnt not only in my degree but in my previous work also.

My placement with Aperture has given me the opportunity to gain skills specific to psychology such as analytical and research skills. The placement year has also given me the employability skills and experience required for real-life work along with an increased understanding and awareness of the world of work.

My knowledge of the financial sector and debt solution industry has increased drastically which has allowed me to make better informed decisions about future career choices, including a career within occupational psychology.

Not only has my confidence significantly increased from doing the placement year but it has also accelerated my personal maturity, self-awareness and ability to articulate skills and achievements.

I am extremely glad I had the opportunity to undertake a placement year as I believe the skills and experience I have gained from my year of work will be priceless to me as I progress into final year and beyond.

Entrance requirements

A level requirements
ABB to include an acceptable Science subject (See Acceptable Science Subjects below)
+ GCSE Mathematics grade C/4.
AAB + GCSE Mathematics grade C/4.
Irish leaving certificate requirements
H3H3H3H3H3H3/H2H3H3H3H3 + to include one acceptable Science subject (See Acceptable Science Subjects below), if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade O4 in Mathematics is required.
H2H3H3H3H3H3 if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade O4 in Mathematics is required.
Access/Foundation Course
Successful completion of Access Course with an average of 70% to include two acceptable Level 3 Science modules (See Acceptable Science Subjects below) + GCSE Mathematics grade C/4 or NICATS Mathematics within the Access Course.
Successful completion of Access Course with an average of 75% + GCSE Mathematics grade C/4 or NICATS Mathematics within the Access Course.
International Baccalaureate Diploma
33 points overall, including 6,5,5 at Higher Level to include an acceptable Science subject (See Acceptable Science Subjects below). If not offered at Higher Level/GCSE then Standard Level grade 4 in English and Mathematics would be accepted.
34 points overall, including 6,6,5 at Higher Level. If not offered at Higher Level/GCSE then Standard Level grade 4 in English and Mathematics would be accepted.
BTEC Level 3 Extended/National Extended Diploma
QCF Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma (180 credits), with 140 credits at Distinction grade and 40 credits at Merit grade.
RQF Level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma (1080 Guided Learning Hours (GLH)), with at least 780 GLH at Distinction grade (minimum 240 GLH to be externally assessed) and 300 GLH at Merit grade.

+ GCSE Mathematics grade C/4.
A minimum of a 2:2 Honours Degree, provided any subject requirement is also met + GCSE Mathematics grade C/4.
All applicants
Acceptable Science Subjects:
Psychology, Biology / Human Biology, Chemistry, Computing Science, Digital Technology, Economics, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, Life and Health Science, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics

Selection Criteria

In addition, to the entrance requirements above, it is essential that you read our guidance below on ‘How we choose our students’ prior to submitting your UCAS application.

In addition, to the entrance requirements above, it is essential that you read our guidance below on ‘How we choose our students’ prior to submitting your UCAS application.

Applications are dealt with centrally by the Admissions and Access Service rather than by individual University Schools. Once your on-line form has been processed by UCAS and forwarded to Queen’s, an acknowledgement is normally sent within two weeks of its receipt at the University.

Selection is on the basis of the information provided on your UCAS form, which is considered by an Admissions Officer/Manager from the Admissions and Access Service and if appropriate, the Selector from the School. Decisions are made on an ongoing basis and will be notified to you via UCAS.

Demand for places differs from course to course and for Psychology, past performance at GCSE or AS level is taken into account when deciding whether or not to make conditional offers. Initially offers will be made to those with a minimum of 5 C/4 grades at GCSE or BBB at AS-level. Applicants must have GCSE English Language grade C/4 and GCSE Mathematics grade C/4. Please note that thresholds may change from year to year depending on the demand for places.

Offers are normally made on the basis of 3 A-levels. Two subjects at A-level plus two at AS would also be considered. Grades may be held from the previous year.
Applicants offering two A-levels and one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate (or equivalent qualification), or one A-level and a BTEC Diploma/National Diploma (or equivalent qualification) will also be considered. Offers will be made in terms of performance in individual BTEC units rather than the overall BTEC grade(s) awarded. Please note that a maximum of one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate (or equivalent) will be counted as part of an applicant’s portfolio of qualifications. The normal GCSE profile will be expected.

For applicants offering a HNC, the current requirements are successful completion of the HNC with 2 Distinctions and remainder Merits.

For those offering a HND, to be eligible for an offer, at least half of the units completed in year 1 must be at merit grade and remainder of units at pass. Applicants must successfully complete the HND with 2 Distinctions and remainder merits in all units assessed in the final year. Any consideration would be for stage 1 entry only. For those offering an HNC or HND, some flexibility may be allowed in terms of GCSE profile, GCSE Mathematics grade C/4 is required.

For applicants offering the Irish Leaving Certificate, please note that performance at Junior Certificate is taken into account and a minimum of 5C grades is required.

The information provided in the personal statement section and the academic reference together with predicted grades are noted however, these are not the final deciding factors as to whether or not a conditional offer can be made. However, they may be reconsidered in a tie break situation in August.

A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking would not normally be considered as part of a three A-level offer and, although they may be excluded where an applicant is taking 4 A-level subjects, the grade achieved could be taken into account if necessary in August/September.

Applicants are not normally asked to attend for interview, though there are some exceptions and specific information is provided with the relevant subject areas.

If you are made an offer then you may be invited to a Faculty/School Open Day, which is usually held in the second semester. This will allow you the opportunity to visit the University and to find out more about the degree programme of your choice and the facilities on offer. It also gives you a flavour of the academic and social life at Queen’s.

If you cannot find the information you need here, please contact the University Admissions Service ([email protected]), giving full details of your qualifications and educational background.

International Students

For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements

An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent acceptable qualification, details of which are available at: http://go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen’s University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

  • Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen’s University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

International Students – Foundation and International Year One Programmes

INTO Queen’s offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare international students for undergraduate study at Queen’s University. You will learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre on campus, and will have full access to the University’s world-class facilities.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry.

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