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BSc (Hons) Applied and Clinical Psychology

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Develop your scientific, analytical and research skills and prepare for an exciting career in psychology by studying for our part-time, distance learning BSc (Hons) Applied and Clinical Psychology degree.

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You’ll find out how psychology affects everything we do, and fulfil your curiosity about people’s thoughts, feelings and behaviours. You’ll develop the scientific, analytical and research skills required of you as a future psychologist. Our course covers the breadth of the discipline, taking in applied, social, clinical and biological psychology, cognitive neuroscience and much more.

You’ll learn how to conduct research, getting hands-on by setting up experiments and questionnaires online, collecting data, analysing it, and writing reports to a professional standard. You’ll also have the opportunity to participate and act as a researcher in a diverse range of studies through our research participation system.

Our BSc (Hons) Applied Clinical Psychology degree’s part-time, 100% online distance learning format enables you to fit your study around other commitments. We use the latest technology to make your experience of studying with us varied, rich and interactive, and encourage you to ask as many questions as you like and really engage with the course content.

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Outstanding student support

Students on our Applied and Clinical Psychology BSc (Hons) degree course can benefit from

  • varied, interactive and engaging course content and activities through Canvas, our Learning Management System (LMS)
  • a personal tutor to help you build your skills and confidence
  • careers advice, help and resources from our Employability Service
  • the flexibility to study around your other commitments, whenever and wherever you like.


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British Psychological Society

Our Applied and Clinical Psychology BSc (Hons) is accredited by the British Psychological Society, meaning you'll graduate with the most up-to-date knowledge and skills in the field of psychology.


Whether you want to specialise in forensic, neuro or clinical psychology, or work in health, academia, research, teaching or counselling, this course will help you develop the academic and professional skills you will need. Visit the careers section of the British Psychological Society (BPS) website to explore the many options our Applied and Clinical Psychology BSc (Hons) degree course could open up for you.

Our Employability Service is here to work with you throughout your time at ARU and after your graduate. You can consult them for careers, CV, job searching, application and interview advice online and over the phone. You can also take advantage of our Employability Programme, which helps you hone the skills employers say they want in graduates, as well as an online portal packed with useful careers resources.

Graduation doesn't have to be the end of your time with us. You could develop a specialism or start a career in research with our Masters courses, such as our MSc Foundations in Clinical Psychology, available for full- or part-time study.

Employability and personal career development

Informed by employers, our courses support an integrated approach to employability. You’ll have opportunities to develop the skills and abilities they are looking for and gain a deeper understanding of how your academic learning relates to the world of work through Live Briefs.

To amplify your career ambition, you will need to actively dedicate time outside of your studies, such as volunteering. Or you could make a social impact by collaborating with our partner organisations through our volunteer scheme Students at the Heart of Knowledge Exchange (SHoKE). These all give you an edge, providing you with experience that you will be able to evidence on your CV and talk about in interviews.

Our Employability and Careers Service offers a range of expert advice and support to build your unique professional profile, including tailored career appointments, advice on writing your CV, and help to complete job applications. You’ll have 24/7 access to the Careers Centre, our comprehensive online digital resource, which empowers you to start building a Personal Career Development Plan from the very start. Design your future at ARU.

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"I found ARU a welcoming and diverse community. Module tutors were always approachable and the assistance I was given during my studies was fabulous. I'm very career orientated and was given the opportunity to get involved in research right from day one."


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Boost your career

Distance learning courses are a great way to study for a full degree around your existing commitments, while learning more about a subject or developing your professional knowledge.