The BSc (Hons) Psychology degree aims to provide students with a strong foundation of knowledge and expertise within the subject.
The degree is taught by staff including research-active academics with specialist areas of expertise including cognitive neuropsychology, vision and attentional processing, infant cognition and language, mental health, forensic psychology and life span development.
Students are encouraged to participate in original research projects with staff throughout the course and may have the opportunity to publish and present findings.
Students have the opportunity to learn through a combination of theoretical, lecture-based teaching, small group seminar discussion and practical experimentation. The course aims to enable students to develop their knowledge of psychology and their ability to design, conduct and assess independent research projects.
The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC) the first step towards becoming a chartered psychologist.
How You Study
The course aims to offer students a high degree of choice in the range of optional modules that complement the core topics. The options focus on areas of cutting-edge research, vocational areas and specialist topics. The specialist research areas within the department include cognitive neuropsychology, vision and attentional processing, infant cognition and language, mental health, forensic psychology, and life span development.
The first year is designed to introduce students to key concepts in psychology, including cognition, development, social psychology, biological psychology and research skills. Students have the opportunity to explore current research issues, conceptual and historical issues, as well as psychology and its application to real-world issues.
A tutorial system operates at Level One which aims to provide a sound basis for the transition to Level Two of the course. The tutorial course also includes a series of scheduled one-to-one meetings. These personal tutorials aim to support students' personal development and continue over the three years of the degree.
In the second year, students have the opportunity to develop and refine their research skills and can begin to tailor their course to their interests by choosing two elective modules to examine topics in greater depth.
During the final year, students may choose from a wide selection of optional modules and are expected to complete an extended independent study. At this stage, it is expected that the majority of students' studies will be determined by their interests and career aspirations.
Teaching takes place in large lectures, smaller seminars and workshops and in small groups, computer-based workshops and one to one meetings, depending on the level and the topic. In addition, staff use the intranet to provide materials to support teaching and have regular drop-in sessions for students.
Most modules involve two hours a week timetabled teaching time. Students are expected to contribute to small group sessions and to undertake independent study.
There are dedicated Psychology Labs for student projects as well as the research labs that students may use as part of their final year research project.
Course materials are posted to an online virtual learning environment to supplement face to face teaching and to support the onsite and remote study.
Contact Hours and Reading for a Degree
Students on this programme learn from academic staff who are often engaged in world-leading or internationally excellent research or professional practice. Contact time can be in workshops, practical sessions, seminars or lectures and may vary from module to module and from academic year to year. Tutorial sessions and project supervision can take the form of one-to-one engagement or small group sessions. Some courses offer the opportunity to take part in external visits and fieldwork.
It is still the case that students read for a degree and this means that in addition to scheduled contact hours, students are required to engage in an independent study. This allows you to read around a subject and to prepare for lectures and seminars through wider reading, or to complete follow up tasks such as assignments or revision. As a general guide, the amount of independent study required by students at the University of Lincoln is that for every hour in class you are expected to spend at least two to three hours in an independent study.
How You Are Assessed
The aims of the module assessments are to provide a measure of the development and attainment of course outcomes, including the attainment of high-level intellectual skills such as critical analysis and evaluation.
Accordingly, the nature of the assessment varies across the three levels of the course. The assessments at levels one and two focus on the acquisition and understanding of knowledge and skills. In contrast, the level three assessments place far greater emphasis on the ability to apply, analyse and evaluate knowledge.
BSc (Hons) Psychology students currently receive feedback within a 20 working day period.
In the first year, assessment is 38% coursework, 12% practical exams, and 50% written exams. In the second year, it is 60% coursework, 7% practical exams, and 33% written exams. In the third year, it is 85% coursework and 15% written exams.
The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that may be used include essays, in-class tests, research reports, research diaries, research or clinical proposals, and dissertations; practical exams, such as poster and oral presentations, performances or observations; and written exams (including essay-based exams), such as formal examinations or in-class tests.
The University of Lincoln’s policy is to ensure that staff return assessments to students promptly.
- GCE Advanced Levels: ABB, to include a science related subject (Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Applied Science, Maths, Geography, Economics are accepted as science subjects).
- International Baccalaureate: 32 points overall, with 5 at Higher Level in Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Applied Science, Maths, Geography or Economics.
- BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science accepted*: Distinction, Distinction, Merit
*not all modules are accepted. Please contact our Admissions team for further information (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 128 UCAS Tariff points, including 15 credits in Science related subject
Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English and Maths or Statistics. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may also be considered.
The University accepts a wide range of qualifications as the basis for entry and will consider applicants who have a mix of qualifications.
We also consider applicants with extensive and relevant work experience and will give special individual consideration to those who do not meet the standard entry qualifications.
About the School
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