Study Patterns: Psychology University Certificate (online)

On this page, you will find the study patterns for our University Certificate in Psychology online programme.

These study patterns highlight the modules that you will need study over the next 12 months. Please note that all students are required to re-enrol at the start of every academic year in September and so within your enrolment you can only choose modules for the current academic year.  

The scheduled modules for the remainder of your programme (outlined below) are based on the current plan, however, the order of these may be subject to change. Should any changes be made, we will communicate this to you as soon as possible.

To achieve the award University Certificate in Psychology, you will need to successfully complete 3 modules (60 credits) from any options available. To achieve the award of the University Certificate in Sport and Exercise Psychology you will also need to complete 3 modules (60 credits), but these must be the options outlined below:

Please Note: If you plan to move to the BSc (Hons) Psychology you would only be able to carry forward credits from 6 of the UCP modules. The modules that you can carry forward are: Introduction to Biological Psychology, Introduction to Cognitive Psychology, Introduction to Developmental Psychology, Introduction to Social Psychology, Psychology: Traditions and Skills and Research Methods and Analysis in Psychology.

If you have any queries, please contact the Enrolment team on +44 (0)1332 594000 (option 4) or email UDOLenrolment@derby.ac.uk.

Pace of your study
For students completing the programme at the standard rate of study, the required minimum number of study time is 20 hours per week. 

If you opt to undertake the accelerated study plan whereby you will study two modules in one trimester, we recommend 40 hours of study per week.

Should you decide to study on the accelerated rate you must ensure that you have the capacity to fully engage with your studies and achieve the best grades and final award. You will need to balance approximately 40 hours of study per week alongside your professional and personal life and commitments.

It may be useful to consider studying one module at the standard rate of study before deciding whether to then increase to the accelerated rate of study.

Module Schedule

AutumnSpringSummer
Psychology: Traditions and Skills
(4PS531)
20 credits
Introduction to Developmental
Psychology
(4PS529)
20 credits
Introduction to Social Psychology
(4PS530)
20 credits
Research Methods and Analysis in Psychology
(4PS532)
20 credits
Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
(4PS528)
20 credits
Introduction to Biological Psychology
(4PS527)
20 credits
Introduction to Sport Psychology
(4PS524)
20 credits
Introduction to Exercise Psychology
(4PS525)
20 credits
Research Methods and Analysis in Psychology
(4PS532)
20 credits

Study Pattern - standard rate with May start

SummerAutumnSpring
Module 1
20 credits
Module 2
20 credits
Module 3
20 credits

Study Pattern - accelerated rate with May start (two alternate study patterns)

 SummerAutumnSpring
Option 1 Module 1
20 credits

Module 2
20 credits
Module 3
20 credits
n/a 
 SummerAutumnSpring
Option 2 Module 1
20 credits
Module 2
20 credits

Module 3
20 credits
n/a