BSc (Hons) in Psychology
Our Psychology degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and will give you a unique insight into what it is to be human. It's ideal if you're interested in human behaviour - such as why we play, gossip, cry and smile.
Human behaviour influences every facet of our everyday life, from the decisions we make, to how we respond to our environment and those around us.
You'll develop a range of attractive and transferable skills in problem-solving, communication, critical thinking and evaluation. And you'll be suited to a wide range of careers - from the caring professions (private and NHS) to advertising, management and marketing.
The course is based at our multi-million pound Science Centre, with lab spaces for both teaching and research. The labs include:
The Psychological Human Sciences Suite (with state of the art physiological equipment including EEG, galvanic skin response, hormone assessment and pain stimulation)
Cognitive and Observation Suites (with eye tracking and specialist software, video and audio recording facilities)
Your emphasis in the first two years will be on skill development to become an independent and inquisitive learner. In Year 3, you'll take greater control of your studies. You'll choose from a wide range of specialist options and conduct your own piece of empirical research.
Your research project lets you put into practice the skills you've developed throughout the course and contribute new findings and theory to existing knowledge in your specialist area.
With our Psychology degree, you can follow a wide range of careers. Accreditation from the BPS means that after graduation, you can apply for postgraduate training in professional psychology, including clinical, educational, forensic, sport and exercise, occupational, health, and counselling.
Many graduates from this course use their specialist knowledge and transferable skills as the basis for careers in teaching, welfare, health, education, caring and guidance professions.
Typical UCAS Offer: 300. BTEC: DMM National Diploma. All applicants are individually assessed.
The BSc (Hons) Psychology programme is accredited with the British Psychological Society (BPS) meaning that successful completion of this programme (with a minimum of a 2:2 degree) will enable you to claim Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) after graduation, which is the first stage towards becoming a professional psychologist. (Students who choose not to or who are unable to follow an accredited route can transfer at the start of Level 5 to an alternative degree, BSc (Hons) Psychological Studies).
Teaching and learning
We aim for you to be responsible, reflective and progressive learners. Our teaching and learning methods reflect this, encouraging you, as you move through your studies, to become more evaluative and more independent in your learning. Opportunities for personal development planning exist at all levels, encouraging you to reflect on your personal development, your current and future learning needs and your achievements as a student on the programme. Modules are designed to be progressive, with each level building on the previous level in terms of skill and knowledge, and you are encouraged to reflect and build on your previous learning.
We recognise that not all people learn in the same way, so we use a range of different methods including group work, individual work, lectures, tutorials, laboratory classes and workshops. At each level, we combine the more innovative methods (eg. problem-based learning) with the more traditional methods (eg. lectures). All Psychology modules have explicit learning outcomes which we aim to enable you to achieve, and each Psychology module is supported through the University's Virtual Learning Environment, Blackboard. This allows you to access a range of materials via the internet to support your scheduled classes. There is also a wealth of additional online resources available such as electronic journals, databases and ebooks. We have recently moved into new purpose-built accommodation with specialist facilities, such as cognitive research cubicles, counselling suites, IT labs and psychophysiology equipment.
Reflecting the different needs of learners, we use a wide range of assessment methods. These are carefully designed and monitored to enable you to demonstrate the learning outcomes for each module. Methods range from traditional essays and exams, through to more vocationally-oriented assessments such as case study analysis, report writing, critical reviews, presentations and reflective writing. There is a balance of coursework assessments and examinations. We ensure that you will meet a variety of assessment methods at each level of every programme and that they are interesting and challenging.
All of our awards are accredited by the British Psychological Society, but you have the option to follow a non-accredited award instead (for example if you are unsuccessful in completing some modules, you may be able to replace them and transfer to a non-accredited award).
Psychology graduates are multi-skilled and are attractive in the workplace. To prospective employers, psychology graduates offer a combination of analytic and personal skills. Graduates are able to analyse problems, use computer skills and design investigations and are especially aware of human relationships. In the second level of your study, there is a good opportunity for you to develop your employability through option modules- for example, you can earn credit towards your degree by participating in voluntary work.
A number of psychology graduates go on to postgraduate study to pursue careers as professional psychologists in the areas of organisation, health, counselling, education, forensic and clinical practice, while others find employment in industrial, commercial and public sector organisations.
As part of our commitment to ensuring that Psychology graduates demonstrate professionalism, we aim to produce graduates who are well equipped to enter the world of work. This is achieved through a variety of teaching and assessment methods including, lectures, seminars, personal and academic tutorials, group discussions, exercises, individual and group presentations. All of these are intended to encourage and extend communication, presentation and team working skills, furthering their development of the transferable skills that employers seek. All Psychology courses are fully accredited by the British Psychological Society, an additional indicator of professionalism in the field.
It is our aim to produce graduates who are enterprising or entrepreneurial. To achieve this, students are continually encouraged to develop independence of thought, reflect on the application of ideas to real-world examples, and critically evaluate theoretical concepts. They are required to create innovative solutions to problems, and think creatively (particularly evidenced by the final year Project).
Accredited by the British Psychological Society and confers Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership – your first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.
Highly ranked for the quality of our courses and the excellent support provided for our students.
Dedicated facilities including a state-of-the-art Human Sciences Laboratory, Video and Observation Suite and Cognitive Investigation Laboratory.