This course is 'Subject to Approval' and has not yet completed the University’s approvals process. Whilst we are confident that the course will be approved, there is the possibility that the course may not run or may be subject to alterations. This course is due to be validated by August 2022 after which we will write to all applicants who have applied for the course to let them know the outcome and of any changes. In the event that a course is not approved the University will make reasonable efforts to offer an alternative course at the University.

BSc (Hons) Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience with foundation year

Are you fascinated by the relationship between the mind and the brain? Our BPS-accredited BSc (Hons) Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience with foundation year degree offers you a comprehensive blend of skills and knowledge in core psychology principles and methods, alongside training in key aspects of cognitive neuroscience. Our experienced and highly qualified staff will guide and support you, focusing on employability throughout your studies.

Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience with foundation year

Key information


BSc (Hons)

Mode of Study:



4 years


University of Bolton

UCAS points:


UCAS code:


Start date:

To be confirmed

Course Details

The University of Bolton’s BSc (Hons) Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience with foundation year degree explores links between the human mind, behaviour and the biological structures and processes of the brain, offering you the opportunity to deepen and enrich your understanding of these interrelated fields. Focusing on human psychology, our expert and dedicated team will guide you as you gain a sound understanding of mental and psychological processes and develop advanced knowledge of the neural, hormonal, and molecular structures and networks that underpin the mind.

The foundation year is the first year of this degree, offering an excellent grounding in the fundamentals of psychology, social sciences and research methods alongside study skills development. It‘s designed to prepare you for degree-level study.

This interdisciplinary course reflects the growing need for psychologists with a solid background in neuroscience. Knowledge of how the brain works can be vital to understanding mental processes. Throughout this degree, you’ll have the opportunity to develop a deep understanding of the science and theories of psychology and neuroscience and gain a firm grounding in study and research methods. Together, we’ll explore how the brain’s complex biological structures and networks shape and are shaped by our experiences.

You’ll investigate the interplay between mental and neural processes – supported by our department’s dedicated, enthusiastic teaching staff and a technology-enriched learning environment. We’ll guide you to develop your understanding of how the brain responds to and makes sense of the world, as well as introduce you to the application of psychological and neuroscientific research techniques (for instance, electrophysiology and eye-tracker experiments). Inter-personal and transferable skills are also vital, so we’ll challenge you to develop sought-after communication, problem-solving, numerical, analytical, self-management, IT skills, and more. Overall, our dedicated team are focused on helping you gain the skills employers’ value along with a detailed understanding of psychology and neuroscience.

  • Our Psychology courses are ranked top 10 in the UK and first in Greater Manchester for student satisfaction for the fourth year running, according to the Complete University Guide 2022.
  • There is a strong focus on employability skills as well as academic success. Modules focusing on applied psychology and applied experience introduce these skills and a range of career options.
  • Throughout your degree, you’ll also have support from your personal tutor, part of our team of helpful and approachable academic staff who possess a diverse range of research interests.
  • We work hard to create a learning environment that offers innovative teaching and assessment methods and access to high-specification facilities such as our observation and psychophysiology laboratories, Neuroscan software and hardware, and Stim2 software.
  • We’ve invested in creating a learning environment that offers innovative methods of teaching and assessment using top-class facilities, such as our observation laboratory with video cameras, microphones and video editing equipment.
  • The course provides opportunities to achieve the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society, as well as additional qualifications (e.g. Test user certificate in occupational (ability) assessment).
Key Features
  • Throughout the programme, we stress the applied nature of psychology, emphasising learning through experience to help prepare you for further professional qualifications in psychology, neuropsychology, or neuroscience.
  • We’ll explain the principles and methods of psychological and neuroscientific research, including collecting, analysing, reporting, and interpreting data. During your final year, you’ll have the opportunity to carry out an individual research study on a topic that is relevant to your psychology pathway.
  • Teaching is dynamic and varied using methods that include lectures, small group work, discussion groups, case studies, demonstrations and laboratory workshops. You’ll be encouraged to take responsibility for your own learning with opportunities for you to participate and gain practical experience.
  • Course content is delivered by our highly-qualified staff who have substantial experience in the field. By offering personal supervision throughout the course, we aim to give you the best possible opportunity to achieve your true potential.
  • By choosing to study with us, you'll have the chance to enjoy Bolton's many shops, bars, restaurants and leisure facilities. Manchester, one of the UK's most multicultural and lively cities, is less than 20 minutes away by train. Not forgetting, the North West of England is renowned for its beautiful countryside, coastline and heritage. This makes Bolton an ideal base from which to explore some of the best cultural and outdoor activities the UK offers.
Professional recognition

Successful completion of the degree course is approved as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society, provided the minimum standard of qualification of second class honours is achieved.

The British Psychological Society is the professional body for psychologists.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.

As a graduate of our BSc (Hons) Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience with foundation year degree, you’ll have a sound knowledge of human behaviour, as well as research, statistics, and writing skills. This combination of skills can provide a foundation for many careers, particularly roles that involve working with a range of complex issues or data.

On completing the course, you’ll be able to demonstrate in-demand graduate skills such as high order analysis, research skills, problem-solving, interpersonal awareness, communication skills, and the ability to develop arguments supported by relevant evidence, teamwork, and IT and data handling skills.

What can I do with this qualification?

There are numerous career paths available to BSc (Hons) Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience with foundation year graduates with British Psychological Society (BPS) accreditation. The more traditional routes include clinical, forensic, occupational, educational, health, sport and exercise psychology and counselling, as well as teaching and research in academic departments and other institutions which require technical laboratory expertise. In addition, there are broader career options including personnel management, research, sport and exercise, teaching, advice work, social work, law enforcement and healthcare. Many of our graduates have been successful in these fields of work.

Psychology graduates can also progress to graduate schemes which are long term employment contracts usually with a large corporate company offering advanced training packages.

Postgraduate training and study is a requirement to become a Chartered Psychologist. Due to course entry requirements, many psychology graduates spend a year or more getting work experience before embarking on postgraduate study. Postgraduate study is available in areas such as clinical, counselling, educational, occupational, sport and exercise, or forensic psychology.

Alternative career options

Graduates can use the qualification as a stepping-stone into a range of other careers. Relevant experience and/or postgraduate study may be required for some of these roles. They include:

  • Clinical psychology
  • Pharmaceutical and bioscience companies
  • Laboratory technician
  • Probation work
  • Prison work
  • Careers advice
  • Social work
  • Counselling
  • Family mediation and support
  • Teaching and education
  • Nursing
  • Human resources
  • Police service
  • Market research
  • Play therapy
  • Advice work
  • Media and advertising
  • Communications
  • Sport and recreation
  • Brand consultancy

Course fees
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Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2021-2022 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance eligibility 2021-2022 policy on for information.

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

For 2021-2022 entry, the maximum government approved undergraduate tuition fee for UK students is £9,250 per year. The University is able to charge this fee subject to an approved Access and Participation Plan for 2021-2022 and its current rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.

Additional costs

There may be some additional or optional costs associated with this course. These will be published after approval of the programme.

For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

If you wish to apply to multiple institutions or courses for September, then appy through UCAS

You can apply for up to 5 courses through UCAS (at the same or different institutions) for a fee of £26.50. Alternatively, if you only wish to apply for a single course at a single institution then a reduced applicant's fee of £22 is applicable.

The online application form and guidance notes are available on the UCAS website.

You will need the following information to complete your UCAS application form:

  • Institution Code Name: BOLTN

  • Institution Code Number: B44

UCAS - Universities and Colleges Admissions Service

Tel: 0870 1122211

The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

This course is not currently accepting online applications

Please contact Admissions by telephone on 01204 903903 or email

University of Bolton
Deane Road
Bolton, BL3 5AB
United Kingdom

Tel: 01204 903903

Please contact Admissions by telephone on 01204 903903 or email

University of Bolton
Deane Road
Bolton, BL3 5AB
United Kingdom

Tel: 01204 903903

The overall teaching and learning strategy for BSc (Hons) Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience with foundation year is student-centred. We use a blended approach meaning you’ll have face-to-face sessions, sometimes one-to-one, and take part in online learning. You can expect a mix of seminars, lectures and tutorials, practical classes, laboratory workshops, videos, self-directed study, IT and library sessions, and guided study. The University’s e-learning portal Moodle will support your online learning and provide a convenient way for you to communicate with fellow students who are studying the same modules. We’ll also encourage you to use the internet for research.

Guest lectures and presentations by a variety of visiting speakers from relevant employment areas will offer you the chance to further develop your knowledge and understanding.

The assessment strategy is set up to help you organise and develop your learning and to evaluate your achievement. You can expect time-constrained exams and coursework, such as essays, reports, presentations, portfolios, and others. These contribute to your final marks and allow you to demonstrate that you’ve met the learning outcomes for the course. Much of your assessed work is submitted online via Moodle with feedback also given through this route. You can also use Moodle to communicate with fellow students studying the same modules as you.


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Pedro Vital
Programme Leader

+44 (0)1204 903685

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

+44 (0)1204 903903


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