Psychology, BSc Hons

Psychology, BSc Hons

Psychology seeks to understand mind and behaviour through experimentation, observation and measurement. This includes the study of perception, attention, memory and emotion in adults and children; the socio-psychological processes that shape our relationships with each other and society; the development of language, behaviour, personality and thought in children; the biological processes that underpin behaviour; and the causes and treatment of abnormal behaviour.

Students are introduced to the core areas of psychology, as well as receiving a strong grounding in psychological research methods. This component focuses on learning about how psychological research is conducted, analysed and reported through a series of guided-learning exercises, culminating in an independent research project in the final year.

The degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society and confers eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). GBC is necessary if a student is interested in becoming a chartered psychologist. To be eligible for GBC students must achieve at least a lower second class honours degree and must also pass the independent research project.

The Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling is a trusted provider of excellent academic degrees and vocational training. Our teaching staff are research active and are experts in their respective field.  The department is consistently rated highly in the National Student Survey. We pride ourselves on combining high-quality teaching with world-class research and a vibrant student experience. We have well-equipped facilities and laboratories to support our activities and we employ creative teaching methods and assessment techniques. All our programmes offer a wide choice of courses and we welcome and offer support to students from a range of backgrounds.

The aims of the programme are:

  • To gain an understanding of brain, behaviour and experience, and of their complex interactions
  • To develop the ability to critically evaluate theory and research findings, and apply them to life and employment situations
  • To understand historical and conceptual issues surrounding approaches, methods and paradigms in psychology and their relevance to lifelong learning.

UCAS code

C800 A BSc/Psy

Department

Psychology, Social Work & Counselling

Location

Avery Hill Campus

Attendance

3 years full-time
6 years part-time

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

  • 320 UCAS tariff points FROM a minimum of two subjects at A-level (up to 40 UCAS points can be from AS-level, if AS-level in different subject to A-Levels) OR a BTEC National Diploma PLUS a minimum of three GCSEs at grade C or above (including English language plus mathematics or a science subject), or equivalent
  • OR an approved Access to Higher Education Diploma with a minimum of 60 credits, 45 of which must be at level 3. At least 30 of the level 3 credits must be at Distinction level and the remaining 15 level 3 credits at Merit level PLUS GCSE English Language and mathematics at grade C or above, or equivalent qualifications

Assessment

Students are assessed through seen and unseen examinations, quizzes, essays reflective accounts, critiques and practical reports.

Professional recognition

This programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the society, provided the minimum standard of qualification of second class honours is achieved and the final year project is passed.

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Career options

Graduates have opportunities in business, commerce, counselling (with additional training), education (with additional training), research, human resource management and the social sciences.

Full time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 30 credits from this list of options.

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 3

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 45 credits from this list of options.

Students are required to choose 30 credits from this list of options.

Part time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 30 credits from this list of options.

Year 3

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 4

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 5

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

Year 6

Students are required to choose 30 credits from this list of options.

Students are required to choose 30 credits from this list of options.

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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Psychology & Counselling

Our programmes provide you with a unique chance to deepen your understanding through theory and practice and will open up multiple career options and opportunities.

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"Since being accepted on the BSc Hons Psychology programme, active encouragement from my tutors has already led to real and valuable experience within the discipline, which, I am confident, will help make a career within psychology a very real possibility.

Studying at such an open and relaxed campus has also allowed me to meet a diverse range of people, many of whom have now become friends; some are fellow students, others are lecturers who show a genuine interest in helping students reach their potential. As areas of focus range from psychological research methods to neuroscience, the programme is as varied as it is challenging and should appeal to anyone interested in human behaviour, the brain, and thought processes."

Ross Friday
Psychology, BSc Hons

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