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Psychology

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English Language, Maths and Science at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards). Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.

UCAS Tariff

120

80 from 2 A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies. At least 40 of these points must be from a scientific or numerate subject. Subjects can include Psychology, Biology, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry or Geography. If you are studying Biology, Chemistry or Physics to meet this requirement you must also achieve a 'Pass' in the practical assessment, where that practical assessment is separated.

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2022

Subject

Psychology

Develop a thorough and critical understanding of psychological theory and research methods.

As part of this course you’ll:

- Apply this expertise to your study of human behaviour

- Question why humans act the way they do, delving into specialist areas including drug abuse, clinical and forensic psychology and cognitive neuroscience

- Conduct contemporary psychological research, including laboratory experiments, interviews and focus groups

- Learn from a diverse and experienced teaching team with expertise in areas such as drug addiction, stress, dreams, body image, language, emotion and child development

- Be assessed on tasks that mirror real-world activities

- Learn how to apply your knowledge in the workplace

Modules

Year 1 Core Modules:
- Mind, Brain & Behaviour
- Psychology & Mental Health
- Introducing Psychology
- Research Methods in Psychology I
- Introduction to Social & Developmental Psychology

Year 2 Core Modules:
- Social Psychology
- Research Methods in Psychology 2
- Individual Differences & Work Behaviour
- Psychological Development Through the Lifespan
- Cognitive Psychology
- Behavioural Neuroscience
- Research Methods in Psychology 3

  • In addition choose from a list of Year 2 Option Modules. Please check our website for a full and up-to-date list.
  • Year 3 Core Modules:
    - Critical & Philosophical Issues in Psychology
    - Final Year Project

  • In addition choose from a list of Year 3 Option Modules. Please check our website for a full and up-to-date list.
  • Tuition fees

    Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

    England
    £9,250
    per year
    EU
    £9,250
    per year
    International
    £10,500
    per year
    Northern Ireland
    £9,250
    per year
    Scotland
    £9,250
    per year
    Wales
    £9,250
    per year

    The Uni


    Course location:

    City CampusC

    Department:

    Clinical and Applied Sciences

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    What students say


    We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

    86%
    med
    Psychology

    How do students rate their degree experience?

    The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

    Psychology (non-specific)

    Teaching and learning

    83%
    Staff make the subject interesting
    91%
    Staff are good at explaining things
    82%
    Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
    74%
    Opportunities to apply what I've learned

    Assessment and feedback

    Feedback on work has been timely
    Feedback on work has been helpful
    Staff are contactable when needed
    Good advice available when making study choices

    Resources and organisation

    94%
    Library resources
    91%
    IT resources
    87%
    Course specific equipment and facilities
    80%
    Course is well organised and has run smoothly

    Student voice

    Staff value students' opinions
    Feel part of a community on my course

    Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

    98%
    UK students
    2%
    International students
    18%
    Male students
    82%
    Female students
    74%
    2:1 or above
    14%
    First year drop out rate

    Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

    C
    B
    D

    After graduation


    The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

    Psychology

    What are graduates doing after six months?

    This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

    £17,000
    med
    Average annual salary
    97%
    med
    Employed or in further education
    49%
    med
    Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

    Top job areas of graduates

    14%
    Other elementary services occupations
    11%
    Sales assistants and retail cashiers
    9%
    Childcare and related personal services

    20 years ago, this was a specialist degree for would-be psychologists but now it is the model of a modern, flexible degree subject. One of the UK's fastest-growing subject at degree level, and the second most popular subject overall (it recently overtook business studies), one in 23 of all graduates last year had psychology degrees. As you'd expect with figures like that, jobs in psychology itself are incredibly competitive, so to stand a chance of securing one, you need to get a postgraduate qualification (probably a doctorate in most fields, especially clinical psychology) and some relevant work experience. But even though there are so many psychology graduates — far more than there are jobs in psychology, and over 13,800 in total last year — this degree has a lower unemployment rate than average because its grads are so flexible and well-regarded by business and other industries across the economy. Everywhere there are good jobs in the UK economy, you'll find psychology graduates - and it's hardly surprising as the course helps you gain a mix of good people skills and excellent number and data handling skills. A psychology degree ticks most employers' boxes — but we'd suggest you don't drop your maths modules.

    What about your long term prospects?

    Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

    Psychology

    The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

    £17k

    £17k

    £21k

    £21k

    £22k

    £22k

    Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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