BSc (Hons) Psychology with Sociology

Our students would recommend us! In the latest National Student Survey, 95% of our recent BSc (Hons) Psychology with Sociology students would recommend studying at NTU. (National Student Survey 2017).

The BSc (Hons) Psychology with Sociology degree is a British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited course that combines comprehensive training in psychology with the study of the structure and dynamics of social systems and society as a whole. Our students benefit from weekly research seminars, over 80 academic experts, and they have access to first-class laboratory suites.

The course covers all the core areas of Psychology stipulated by the BPS curriculum. This accounts for two-thirds of the course and includes the workings of the brain; the processes and mechanisms of human thinking, feeling and behavior; and how psychologists, psychological research, and therapy can make a tangible and positive difference to people’s lives and society. The remaining third of the curriculum considers the social structures of society and sociological perspectives on issues such as crime, gender, and poverty.

Degree options:

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology with Sociology C8LH
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology with Sociology (Sandwich) C8LJ – this is a 4-year course including a work placement year.

Why choose this course?

Teaching and research excellence

By joining a psychology course at NTU you’ll be part of a research active community.

  • You’ll design and carry out your own research in your final year and you may have the opportunity to compete for paid work as a research assistant between Year Two and Three.
  • 60% of our research outputs were considered to be internationally excellent or world leading in REF 2014 and 100% of our research impact is internationally excellent with 73% described as world-leading.
  • 100% of BSc (Hons) Psychology with Sociology full-time students agree that staff is good at explaining things (National Student Survey 2017).

Professional skills and recognition

  • Our Psychology courses* are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) so as long as you graduate with at least a 2.2 honours degree you will be eligible to receive the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the BPS – a necessary qualification if you wish to pursue further training and a career as a professional psychologist.
  • You can gain practical experience between Years Two and Three as well as undertake a work placement or study abroad at one of our partner institutions.
  • You also have the option of choosing to complete a four-year course which includes a year-long work placement.
  • In your final year, you'll get the opportunity to take part in our Professional Practice in Psychology module. Offering you the chance to experience life as a consultant psychologist, providing psychological solutions to real-world problems.

* does not include Psychology courses at Nottingham Law School or Nottingham Institute of Education

A personalized experience

  • Tailor your learning experience – with a range of optional modules and pathways, you can pursue your own interests and begin to shape your learning towards further study and/or a particular career.
  • You will have the chance to tailor your studies by choosing options from a unique blend of modules across two subjects.

Expert staff and specialist facilities

  • The study in one of the largest psychology departments in the UK. You will be taught and supervised by over 80 expert psychologists, who have a diverse range of interests and research areas.
  • You'll be able to take full advantage of our excellent teaching laboratory suite. The facilities and equipment are exclusively for our psychology students and will help you carry out your own research and analyze data.

What you'll study

In the first two years of your degree, you'll complete an introduction to psychology and core modules in biological, social, developmental, and cognitive psychology, and you'll undertake training in research methods and statistics.

In sociology, you'll complete additional modules covering social structure and social life, thinking sociologically, classical sociological theory, and another sociology module of your choice.

In your final year, you'll sit a further core module in psychology and can tailor your studies (often with a view to future employment opportunities) by choosing from a range of optional psychology and sociology modules. In your final year, you'll also complete a research project in psychology, focused on a topic of your choosing under the supervision of a research-active member of staff.

You can also take part in the innovative Professional Practice in Psychology module. Taking on the role of a consultant psychologist, you will work on real-life problem scenarios supplied by external organizations, and provide evidence-based solutions to these organizations.

Four-year placement course

You also have the option of choosing to complete a four-year course that includes a year-long work placement in between Year Two and Year Three. You must apply with the UCAS code C8LJ to be considered for the four-year placement course.

Study abroad

If you are on the three-year full-time course you may also have the chance to study abroad at one of our partner universities. Our current partner institutions are located in places such as Australia, the USA, Hungary, the Netherlands, and Poland. You'll decide early on in your first year if you would like to apply to take part in the exchange programme. You would study abroad between Year Two and Year Three, and it would, therefore, involve extending the course length to four years. The study abroad option is only available for students on the three-year full-time route and therefore you must apply with the UCAS code C8LH.

Careers and employability

Our Psychology with Sociology course is designed so that you can develop all the knowledge and skills that you'll need for your future career.

The course will develop your transferable skills, including:

  • numerical skills (including statistical analysis)
  • analytical skills and critical thinking
  • communication skills
  • presentation skills
  • problem-solving skills.

Highly sought after by employers, these skills will put you in a strong position within the graduate market.

Work experience opportunities

You'll get the opportunity to participate in our Professional Practice in Psychology module. This provides you with the opportunity to experience life as a consultant psychologist, to provide psychological solutions to real-world problem scenarios supplied by external organizations, and to present their solutions to these organizations.

You’ll also be able to select the optional Work-Based Psychology Practice module. Students who choose this module will get to engage in work-related roles through volunteering, paid work, or workplace shadowing.

If you have applied for the four-year sandwich course (C8LJ), you will complete a year-long work placement.

We encourage all our students to take part in voluntary work. Nottingham Trent Volunteering will allow you to get involved in one-day challenges, student-led projects, and the volunteer shop. You can also gain formal recognition for your achievements outside of your studies with our Acceler8 employability award. This award will improve your employability prospects and act as a record of the experience you gain at NTU.

The job titles below give an indication of the careers our recent Psychology with Sociology graduates are pursuing:*

  • Account manager
  • Assistant psychologist
  • Data analyst
  • Healthcare assistant
  • Learning support assistant
  • Mental health support worker
  • Recruitment consultant
  • Support worker
  • Teaching assistant

*Latest DLHE survey undergraduate results, 2011-12 and 2014-15.

Entry requirements

UK

For September 2018 entry you will need the following.

Three years full-time

  • A-levels – BCC; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM; or
  • 104 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C.

Four-year placement

  • A-levels – BBB; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM; or
  • 120 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C.

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations.

All applications are considered on a case-by-case basis. We are happy to accept applications from mature students, and students with access qualifications or many other types of standard and non-standard qualifications for which we can calculate UCAS points. Non-standard applicants may be interviewed.

Please note that a Disclosure and Barring Service check (formerly known as a Criminal Records Bureau disclosure) will be necessary before working with young people or vulnerable populations, but it is not required for admission onto the BSc (Hons) Psychology with Sociology.

International

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges, and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

For September 2018 entry you will need the following.

Three years full-time

  • A-levels – BCC; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM; or
  • 104 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C.

Four-year placement

  • A-levels – BBB; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM; or
  • 120 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C.

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated June 4, 2019
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