A Level: A*AA IB: 40-42 points, with 776 at Higher Level

Psychological and Behavioural Sciences at Cambridge give you the opportunity to study cognitive, social, developmental, and biological psychology within the broader context of the behavioural sciences.

The course covers, for example, cognitive psychology, psychopathology, language, brain mechanisms, gender, family relationships and influences, personality, and group social behaviour. Research projects and a dissertation also enable you to study in greater depth the topics that interest you most.

In the Department of Psychology, you're taught by lecturers and researchers of international excellence. Subject societies and seminar programmes offer regular talks from guest speakers too. In addition to this academic expertise, you have access to libraries in both departments, which together hold around 50,000 books and over 150 periodicals along with other resources and computing facilities.

The accreditation of the University's teaching by the British Psychological Society (BPS) is expected to continue with this new course. This means that students who successfully graduate (with at least a second class honours) will achieve the 'graduate recognition' needed to pursue a career in psychology. Many students pursue further study and research, and graduates are eligible for admission to professional courses in clinical, educational, forensic or applied psychology.

Subject Requirements

Essential: No special subject requirements.

Highly Desirable: No specific subject requirements.

Useful: Mathematics, science subjects, humanities subjects at A Level / IB Higher Level.

Please also see Psychological and Behavioural Sciences entry requirements on the university website.

Written Work

Applicants are asked to submit one school essay (with teachers’ original comments on). We do not mind what subject your work comes from but it should be from an essay-based subject, written in English.  If you have not written essays in English, please contact the Admissions Office for guidance about what to submit.

Admissions Assessments

All applicants are required to take the pre-interview written assessment for Psychological and Behavioural Sciences (PBS) at an authorised centre local to them (for a lot of applicants, this will be their school/college). The assessment will consist of TSA section (40 minutes), Maths/Science MCQs (40 minutes) and an Essay/text response element (40 minutes). For further information on the assessment format, please view the entry requirements tab on: http://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/psychological-and-behavioural-sciences

Further information

Psychological and Behavioural Sciences (information from the Cambridge Admissions website)

PBS Website

Updated May 2016