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Psychology (including foundation year)

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

You will be required to have English Language and Mathematics GCSE's at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent).

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About this course


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Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

8.0 years | Part-time | 2022

Subject

Psychology

**Why study this course?**

Our Psychology (including foundation year) BSc (Hons) is an alternative route into higher education if you don’t meet the necessary requirements to enter the three-year undergraduate degree.

The foundation year will equip you with the vital study skills to progress on to more rigorous study at undergraduate level, including skills in research, data analysis, essay writing and critical thinking.

This course received a 91% overall student satisfaction score in the National Student Survey 2020.

**More about this course**

On our bachelor’s psychology (including foundation year) degree you’ll develop an in-depth understanding of core areas of psychology, while gaining a range of academic and transferable skills that are vital for postgraduate training, study or future career.

The foundation year will prepare you for more rigorous study at Level 4 by equipping you with fundamental knowledge of scientific methods relevant to the study of psychology. You’ll also gain skills to research, critically analyse and present your findings.

Part of your foundation year will include study of interdisciplinary disciplines, you’ll also be joined by students from other foundation year degree courses. This will allow you to expand your network beyond your course and discuss the topics you study with students that have different academic perspectives.

Further to your lecturers and seminars, you’ll be able to access further support to improve your academic ability through various workshops that will help you practise your study skills. Your academic tutor will also lead one-to-one sessions, where you’ll discuss your progress and talk about your work.

In the subsequent three years of your studies, you’ll join students on our Psychology BSc (Hons) course, learning the same content and having the same choice of modules. You’ll also graduate with the same award and title as those students.

If, at the end of your foundation year, you decide that you’d like to change your specialism, there will be flexibility to allow you to do this.

Modules

Example Year 0 modules include:

Being a Psychologist: Scientist and Practitioner
Key Studies that Shaped Psychology
Reflecting on Self and Society
Researching Discrimination
Researching Inequality
Social Issues in Context: Text to Essay

Example Year 1 modules include:

Cognitive and Developmental Psychology
Introduction to Research in Psychology
Personality and Social Psychology
Study Skills and Introduction Biopsychology

Example Year 2 modules include:

Developmental Psychology and Cognition
Individual Differences and Social Psychology
Psychobiology
Research Design and Data Analysis in Psychology
Creating a Winning Business 1
Psychology and Employment

Example Year 3 modules include:

Psychology Project
Clinical Neuroscience
Clinical and Health Psychology
Cognition and Emotion
Counselling Psychology
Evolutionary Psychology
Forensic Psychology
Psychology of Learning and Education
Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology
Special Topics in Personality and Social Psychology
Work Psychology

Assessment methods

Your assessments will consist of seen and unseen exams, essays, research reports, projects, presentations and reflective exercises.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£15,576
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£15,576
per year
International
£15,576
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£15,576
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Holloway

Department:

School of Social 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.

87%
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

85%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
85%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
76%
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

86%
Library resources
87%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
83%
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?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
25%
Male students
75%
Female students
72%
2:1 or above
28%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
C

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.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
41%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

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.

£18k

£18k

£21k

£21k

£23k

£23k

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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