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Health Psychology

BSc Honours

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Health Psychology

BSc Honours



    Year of entry: Sept 2020 
  • Course Type:  Full time (3 years)
  • Tariff Points: 112
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Course Overview

What psychological and social factors influence people's health behaviours? Why do some people engage in unhealthy behaviours? How do people adapt to a long-term illness?

Health psychologists are at the forefront of understanding the psychological mechanisms underlying health, illness and healthcare. They focus on mental and emotional reactions to illness and recovery, while promoting healthier lifestyles and general wellbeing.

Designed in accordance with the British Psychological Society (BPS) curriculum and subject to approval, our Health Psychology degree will enable you to develop the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a rewarding career in health psychology.

Why study with us?

• Gain professional experience through work placements and vocationally focused assessments.

• Prepare for a research career by completing a year-long research project supervised by a health psychologist.

• Feel inspired and supported. We keep our class sizes small to give you innovative teaching with excellent support.

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professional work placements with all standard undergraduate degrees.


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Course Information

About this course >

​You'll cover the core areas of psychology, which include biological, cognitive, developmental, and social psychology and you'll explore the concept of individual differences, as well as learning about the various research methods that underpin psychology.

As you develop knowledge of the key principles of psychology, you'll specialise in health psychology. We'll introduce you to the social and cognitive influences on health and illness, before applying health psychology to real-world health problems. You'll learn how to identify health issues at an individual and population level.

The applied nature of this degree gives you plenty of opportunities to put theory into practice. Your two professional work placements will give you first-hand experience of settings in which health psychologists may work, while your assignments will enable you to apply your learning to real-world tasks such as behaviour intervention design and health policy development.

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Further Study

Modules >

The programme will be delivered on campus (except for placements). At all levels you will complete modules covering biological, cognitive, developmental, social psychology, individual difference and research methods. In addition, each year you will study bespoke Health Psychology modules as follows:

Year 1: Introduction to Health Psychology

 This will give you an introduction to, and awareness of, the discipline. Areas covered will include career paths, public engagement, psychology and health, psychology and illness, psychology and the healthcare sector, health psychology at Leeds Trinity University. The assessment for this module will require you to design a public engagement initiative to firstly explain what health psychology is, including the career route, and secondly outline the possible contribution to society, with at least one example of research evidence to support. This should be presented in a report with your target audience clearly defined.

Year 2: Social and Cognitive Influences on Health and Illness

This module extends upon level 4 content and learning. Areas covered include determining what health behaviours, health outcomes and illness is, understanding the nuances of social and cognitive influences on health and why these are important, critical reflective skills within the context of health psychology, and significant cognitive influences  on health and illness. The assessment will require you to critically evaluate one psychological model used to explain health and/or illness. You will use at least one example of a health behaviour, health outcome or illness.

Year 3: Applied Health Psychology

This module  builds on the prior two years of study, both in core modules and health specific content, but now looks at applying this knowledge to real world health problems. Areas covered include the identification of health issues at both an individual and population level, measurement of health behaviour and more specifically health outcomes, theoretical models of behaviour modelling and modification and Behaviour Change Taxonomies. The assessment will enable you to identify a real health issue and design a suitable behaviour change intervention.

Learning and Teaching >

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum and professional work placements included in all our undergraduate programmes.

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility. To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities.  This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development. Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here.  #expand#

Most of the modules on this course are delivered through a combination of lectures and small group supervised activities. Level 6 modules involve more independent learning and research. These modules include a variety of learning and assessment methods including analysing 'real world' case studies, problem based learning, leading seminars, poster presentations and mini-conferences.

On this course students undertake two professional work placements in the summer term in Level 4 and Level 5, sandwiched between periods of preparation and reflection on their learning.

At Level 6 students are required to undertake a 40-credit Major Research Project module, in a topic area of their interest, to provide an extended opportunity for critical thinking skill development.

All students are offered opportunities to develop professional skills and links with employers and mentors and our alumni in their final year. You will have the opportunity throughout the programme to engage in extra-curricular activities and volunteering related to your graduate prospects.

We make extensive use of Moodle, Leeds Trinity's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), to support class sessions with all module information and lecture slides posted. We also use e-resources to enable 24/7 access to learning materials from off-campus and these include access to over 1,600 psychology journal titles. The department uses social media and has its own 'twitter' account.


A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for the programme, to enable students to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that they have developed.  There is some scope for students to be involved in negotiating and evaluating some assessment.

Assessments tailored to this course include diagnostic essays, focus group reports, individual and group presentations and poster presentations, work placement assessment, work placement report and work placement reflective portfolio, leading a seminar, seminar report, ethical submissions for research, 'real world' case studies and report writing.

In addition to each of your module assessments you will take a programme level assessment in each of the first and second year of your programme. This is designed to assess your understanding of everything you have been taught and to help you to understand how different elements of your degree fit together to make a coherent programme.

You will be given weekly directed activities to complete in each module. These will contribute marks towards the final module assessment and reward engagement with the content of the module. They will also help you to check your understanding of what has been taught. Some of these activities may include further reading or preparation tasks for seminars. Some of the tasks will be completed online and may include quizzes which provide you with instant feedback on your understanding of the module content. In some modules lecturers may place some of the taught content on videos which you may be required to watch prior to attending a class. This will free up time for you to work on meaningful projects in class.

On this programme there are some assessments which are marked on a pass/fail basis rather than graded. Please note that these assessments are excluded from the calculations made to produce the figures published in the Key Information Set (KIS) for this programme/subject.

Entry Requirements >

Typically, our entry offer for this degree course is 112 UCAS tariff points.

Other requirements: For the old GCSE system we require grade C or above and for the new GCSE grading system we will accept grade 4 or higher in English Language and Maths (or accepted equivalent qualifications).​

We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications such as A Levels, BTECs and accredited Access courses. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

​If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at Level 5 or 6. For more information, read our student guide to the Recognition of Prior Certified Learning.

We accept a variety of international equivalent qualifications and Leeds Trinity interviews international candidates. Typically, this is a call at a mutually convenient time. 

If you are unsure about the acceptance of a particular qualification you can check with our Admissions Team on 0113 283 7123 or email

Student Finance >

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2019/20. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future yearsFind out more here.

Living costs will also need to be taken in to consideration. Find out more about accommodation and costs here.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study. Get more information about bursaries and scholarships here.

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £12,000 per year for this course starting in 2019-20. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student VisaFind out more

Additional Costs

​​We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:

  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015.

  • Field trips may occur during this course and either fully or partly subsidised by the University.  

  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure. 

  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.

Placement Opportunities

​We are one of only a few UK universities to build professional work placements into every degree. You'll complete two professional work placements, which will give you the chance to graduate with up to three months' professional work experience without having to take a sandwich year out. You'll complete a five-week professional work placement in your first year and a six-week professional work placement in your second year.

Opportunities include placements at mental health organisations, school sport partnerships, care homes, schools, local charities and youth projects.

Graduate Opportunities

You'll be well-prepared for postgraduate study in health psychology, which could include a Master of Science degree, a PhD or a Masters by Research degree. This degree will also prepare you for employment within the NHS and private healthcare settings as a researcher, data analyst, health adviser or professional health psychologist.

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