Applying for Psychology
There are two ways in which you can apply for a Psychology degree: either through UCAS or direct by using the ‘Apply Now’ button on the Web page for your chosen degree. See our course finder for a list of all undergraduate Psychology courses.
The advantages of the online or downloadable application form are that it avoids delay; generally we can give you an answer much faster than if you apply through UCAS. Also, it gives you a greater opportunity to provide more information about yourself.
The advantage of UCAS is that you can apply to several institutions at once provided that all institutions are UCAS registered.
Although an interview is not required for admission, we encourage candidates to visit us on the campus at Buckingham whenever possible. Please contact the Admissions Office and they will be delighted to arrange a meeting with an Admissions Tutor.
Once our Admissions Tutor has received your application form and considered all of your details, he / she will contact our Admissions Office with a decision on your application. You will then receive notification of the decision. We attempt to do this within 10 – 15 days of receiving your application and set ourselves the goal of replying to all applications within a calendar month. Delays can be caused by incomplete information or unsatisfactory references being sent so please ensure that all the information you submit along with your application form is complete and valid to avoid any unnecessary holdups.
What academic qualifications do I need?
You must satisfy the examination requirements set by the University of Buckingham. The qualifications listed below refer to the UK A-level system. International qualifications are evaluated according to the British Council NARIC guide. Mature candidates will be considered, in part, on the basis of their work experience.
- 280 UCAS points or equivalent.
- Minimum of grade C in mathematics at GCSE, or equivalent.
Other qualifications that we consider include:
- Access awards
- Open University foundation
- Advanced GNVQ
- BTEC awards
- European Baccalaureate
- International Baccalaureate
- Irish Leaving Certificate
- Scottish Highers
What if English isn’t my first language?
Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of proficiency in English. An equivalent to an overall score of 6.5 in IELTS (with at least 6.0 in each component) is the minimum requirement.
If your English level is currently below our minimum requirement (but your academic qualifications are of the standard required), you could consider joining us on an EAP (English for Academic Purposes) programme before starting your degree.
Entry requirements for mature students can be very flexible. Strong motivation, linked to life experience, can be a key factor in your ability to complete a course successfully. You may not, therefore, always be expected to meet standard course requirements. We like to interview mature applicants wherever possible.
Is there anything else which might help my application?
There are also other details we take into account when considering your application:
- Your work experience / voluntary work or part-time work is important especially if it shows that you are gaining valuable experience in a business or financial environment.
- If you are a mature student, your current and previous work will be considered.
- If you have had the opportunity to attend evening classes in your chosen subject area or to study it via distance learning, these may be useful in strengthening your application.
- Although interviews are not essential, we strongly recommend you to visit the campus at Buckingham and meet our Admissions Tutors whenever possible.