Integrated Degree in Psychology (including Foundation Year)

  • UCAS
  • Length
    1 year (Foundation) + 3 years (undergraduate degree)
  • Department

Course overview

This is a four-year degree at Goldsmiths. If you successfully achieve the progression requirements of the foundation year, you can continue with the full-time three-year BSc (Hons) Psychology degree.

Why study the Integrated Degree in Psychology at Goldsmiths?

  • The programme is ideal if you're interested in psychology and its many applications, and want to boost your academic profile and progress to the full-time 
  • There are no formal entrance requirements, you just need to demonstrate a lively interest in the world of psychology
  • You'll attend a study skills course as part of the programme, to develop your academic writing and research skills
  • We have excellent specialist and general-purpose research laboratories, including an EEG suite for brain research, an infant lab, and a visual perception and attention laboratory
  • You'll have the opportunity to progress to our BSc Psychology degree

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact the Programme Convenor, Elaine Beattie

Modules & structure

The programme provides the opportunity for personal and professional development, and encourages you to think about your preferred direction in psychology.

It focuses on introductory psychology and the different approaches psychology has adopted theoretically and in research. Some of the approaches that will be covered are:

  • developmental
  • social
  • cognitive
  • mental health
  • research methods

You'll be expected to carry out additional study and reading.

Download the programme specification for the 2018-19 intake. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Entry requirements

The programme is primarily aimed at learners who may not have formal entry qualifications for undergraduate study. You'll need to demonstrate that you have an interest in and aptitude for the subject.

Admission is by application to UCAS, interview and a short piece of written work.

Equivalent qualifications
We accept a wide range of qualifications equivalent to the ones listed above.

If your qualifications are from another country, find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world

English language requirements
If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements to study with us. 

For this programme we require:

IELTS 6.0 with a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5

If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.

Read more about our general entrance requirements


Psychology at Goldsmiths is ranked joint 3rd in the UK
for the quality of our research*, and in the world's elite**


How does music affect mood?
Why do some people believe in the paranormal?
How do people with autism think?

In the Department of Psychology we try and investigate questions like this, conducting research that’s relevant to a range of sectors and industries – from advertising to education, and from banking to the public sector.

You’ll be taught by experts in the field, who are carrying out research that’s world class. And you’ll learn in a department with excellent specialist and general-purpose research laboratories, including:

  • EEG and brain stimulation labs for neuroscience research
  • a visual perception and attention laboratory equipped with state-of-the-art eye tracking systems
  • an infant lab
  • in-house technical support staff

Find out more about the Department of Psychology

*Research Excellence Framework 2014, Times Higher Education research intensity subject rankings
**QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017

Learning & teaching

On this programme you'll attend lectures and seminars where you'll hear about ideas and concepts related to specific topics, and where you'll be encouraged to discuss and debate the issues raised. This will enhance your academic knowledge of the subject, and will improve your communication skills. You'll also have laboratory sessions, and will undergo training in psychology-relevant skills. 

But this is just a small proportion of what we expect you to do on the programme. For each hour of taught learning, we expect you to complete another 5-6 hours of independent study. This typically involves carrying out required and additional reading, preparing topics for discussion, or producing project work.

This emphasis on independent learning is very important at Goldsmiths. We don't just want you to accept what we tell you without question. We want you to be inspired to read more, to develop your own ideas, and to find the evidence that will back them up. Independent study requires excellent motivation and time management skills. These skills will stay with you for life, and are the kind of that are highly sought after by employers. 

Learning and teaching on this programme will take place through:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Laboratory sessions
  • Independent learning
  • Presentations
  • Assessments

Find out more about these learning and teaching approaches

Skills & careers

If you successfully achieve the progression requirements of the foundation year, you can continue with the full-time three-year BSc Psychology degree, where you'll benefit from the Department of Psychology's Career Development and Employability Programme for students.

The Department also has strong links with employers of psychology graduates, and the programme has been set up to support you to actively seek relevant work knowledge and experience. This experience could help you develop the professional-level skills that are highly sought after in the job market.


Throughout the degree you will receive a thorough training in the design and evaluation of research, statistical analysis, and the use of specialist psychology-relevant software. In addition, you'll develop the following transferrable skills:

  • critical thinking and analytical skills
  • the ability to look at issues from different perspectives
  • reflection skills
  • self motivation
  • planning and organisation skills
  • oral and written communication skills


Students from the BSc go on to a broad range of careers and future study such as: clinical psychology, broadcasting, media psychology, advertising, market research, consultancy, research psychology, occupational psychology, and criminal/forensic psychology. You can find out more about career options after graduating on our Psychology careers page.

Our graduates work in a wide range of settings from schools to hospitals, from broadcasting to banks, and in both private and public sector jobs.

Our full degrees are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), which means that graduates are eligible for graduate basis for Chartership with the BPS – vital if you want a career as a psychologist in the future.

Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths

Student profiles


"I have been having a wonderful time and feel much more confident stepping to the first year of the psychology degree."

"I went into my degree with an open mind as I had not known what to expect in the first year for the foundation degree. I have found all of the lectures really helpful and they are keen on giving you a hand when needed. Having our head lecturer have office hours once a week brings the whole class the opportunity to approach and discuss about any topics we feel we need more help with. Alongside this we have a study skills lecture every few weeks to encourage our writing styles to thrive when producing our topic essays.

I have been having a wonderful time and feel much more confident stepping to the first year of the psychology degree as the experience I have gained from the foundation year will be one I can look back on throughout the rest of my degree."

Fees & funding

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