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Psychology Qualifying Certificate

Qualifying Certificate

Key facts

Start dates

January 2021 / January 2022



Course length

Full time: 1 semester (4 months), starting in September 2019 or January 2020.

Part time: 2 semesters (8 months), starting in September (part-time study option only for September entry)


If you want to acquire knowledge and skills in psychology our Psychology Qualifying Certificate is ideal. The course is suitable if you have no previous experience of higher education level psychology.

You can take the course as an entry qualification for the Oxford Brookes MSc Psychology. This is needed for Graduate Basis for Chartered membership to the British Psychological Society. The course also meets the entry requirements for other universities' psychology conversion courses.

Our state-of-the-art facilities include:

  • a video observation lab
  • Babylab
  • action research lab
  • perception lab.

We have one of the largest groups of developmental psychologists in the UK. So you will gain expertise in cognitive neuroscience and qualitative methods. We also have strong links through joint research projects with partners in health, education and industry.

Baby taking part in a visual study

How to apply

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

Applicants are welcome from any academic discipline. The admission requirement is a university degree typically at a 2:2 classification

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, an Academic IELTS score of 6.5 (with 6.5 in Reading and Writing, and 6.0 in Listening and Speaking) is required.

Please also see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences


English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

Pathways courses for international and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate course and also familiarise you with university life in the UK.

Take a Pre-Master's course to develop your subject knowledge, study skills and academic language level in preparation for your master's course.

If you need to improve your English language, we offer pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s course.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Application process

Applications for the Qualifying Certificate in Psychology only should be made direct to the University.

Your completed application should consist of:

  • application form, fully completed and signed Personal statement (section 10 of application form)
  • one recent academic reference
  • second reference (academic, employer or character reference)
  • copy of degree certificate(s) and/or course transcripts English Language Certificate.

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Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home/EU full time

Home/EU part time
£740 per single module

International full time

Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£770 per single module

International / EU full time

International / EU part-time
£1,660 per single module

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2020 / 21
Home/EU full time

Home/EU part time
£740 per single module

International full time

2021 / 22
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£770 per single module

International / EU full time

International / EU part-time
£1,660 per single module

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year your fees will increase each year.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

The published course and module descriptions were accurate when first published and remain the basis of the course, but the University has had to modify some course and module content in response to government restrictions and social distancing requirements. In the event of changes made to the government advice and social distancing rules by national or local government, the University may need to make further alterations to the published course content. Detailed information on the changes will be sent to every student on confirmation in August to ensure you have all the information before you come to Oxford Brookes.

Learning and assessment

To receive a Qualifying Certificate in Psychology you must pass four modules in psychology. This must include at least one module from Level 5.

Student and lecturer using specialist handwriting tracking equipment

Learning and teaching

You will learn through the following methods:

  • lectures
  • directed reading
  • seminars 
  • practical work.

You will need to set aside 150 hours of study for each module you study. There are 36 hours of staff contact time per module. 


Assessment methods used on this course

You will be assessed on each course module individually, on the quality of written work. 

Assessment methods include:

  • essays
  • formal written examinations
  • in-class tests.


Our research has led to improved practice guidelines in both health and education, the development of valuable assessment tools and the adoption of new policies and practices.  We develop knowledge and understanding that informs policy and improves people’s lives. 

We continue to attract significant funding awards from bodies including:

  • ESRC 
  • MRC
  • Burdett Trust for Nursing
  • Technology Strategy Board
  • National Institute for Health Research
  • Leverhulme Trust. 

Psychology research is organised into three main research areas: 

  • developmental psychology
  • adult cognition
  • applied social psychology. 

Our Institute for Research in Child Development draws across the departmental disciplines of psychology, social work and public health and investigates pregnancy and birth, and early childhood through to adolescence and young adulthood.

Psychology researcher watching footage

After you graduate

Career prospects

The department offers advice on future career opportunities, including practical help with applications to future training and employment. For many of our students, their postgraduate psychology qualification is a stepping stone to professional training for careers in educational and clinical psychology. Some choose to continue their academic studies, progressing to PhD.

Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.