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Newcastle University

UCAS Code: C8G1 | Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements

A level

A,A,A

including Mathematics and preferably another science. We include Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Statistics, and Mathematics as science A Levels. General Studies not accepted. For Biology, Chemistry and Physics A Levels, we require a pass in the practical element. GCSE English (Language or Literature) plus a science (at a minimum grade B or 6) are required. We may ask for further information in the form of a brief online exercise. Details about these will be released when required.

Access to HE Diploma

D:45

including 15 credits each in mathematics, human biology and a third subject, preferably a science. A Newcastle University Mathematics and Statistics pre-entry course may also be required. We may ask for further information in the form of a brief online exercise. Details about these will be released when required.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,D3,D3

including Mathematics and preferably Biology. Two science subjects are preferred. We include Mathematics, Biology, Physics, Psychology and Chemistry as science subjects. GCSE English (Language or Literature) plus a science (at a minimum grade B or 6) are required. We may ask for further information in the form of a brief online exercise. Details about these will be released when required.

We welcome applications from students offering an Extended Project and value the skills of research and independent learning that it is designed to develop. If you offer an Extended Project, it will be taken into account as part of your application profile, but we will not usually include it in offer conditions for this degree programme.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

36

with three subjects at Higher Level grade 6 or above including Mathematics. At least two sciences at Higher Level are preferred. We include Mathematics, Biology, Physics, Psychology and Chemistry as science subjects. Standard Level English (Language or Literature) required at grade 5 if not offered at Higher Level. At least one third of all subjects taken must be science/mathematics. We may ask for further information in the form of a brief online exercise. Details about these will be released when required.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H1,H1,H1,H2,H2

to include Mathematics at grade H1 and preferably Biology. At least two sciences are preferred. We include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Applied Mathematics as science subjects. We may ask for further information in the form of a brief online exercise. Details about these will be released when required.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,A,A

Advanced Higher Maths grade A required. We may ask for further information in the form of a brief online exercise. Details about these will be released when required.

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,A,A

Advanced Higher Mathematics (grade A) required. AAAAA at Higher Grade including Advanced Higher Mathematics and preferably including Biology. Two sciences at Higher Grade are preferred. We include Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Statistics and Mathematics as science subjects. English and a science is required at National 5, minimum grade B (or grade 2 Standard Grade or Intermediate 2 equivalent). Where a candidate bypasses the assessment for National 5 qualifications, a minimum of grade C in English and a science Higher are required. Scottish qualifications can be taken in more than one sitting. We may ask for further information in the form of a brief online exercise. Details about these will be released when required.

UCAS Tariff

144-168

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About this course

Course option

3years

Full-time | 2024

Subjects

Mathematics

Psychology

This BPS-accredited degree provides a thorough understanding of mathematical methods that psychologists use to explain and predict human behaviour. In Psychology you will explore why humans and animals think and behave as they do, with topics including cognitive psychology, neuroscience and the psychology of financial decision-making. In Mathematics you will develop a thorough grounding in topics and techniques such as differential equations and probability.

The Uni

Course location:

Main Site (Newcastle)

Department:

School of Psychology

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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.

55%
Mathematics
77%
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.

Mathematics

Teaching and learning

62%
Staff make the subject interesting
78%
Staff are good at explaining things
56%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
62%
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

73%
Library resources
81%
IT resources
80%
Course specific equipment and facilities
44%
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?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
61%
Male students
39%
Female students
77%
2:1 or above
8%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
B

Psychology (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

80%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
66%
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
88%
IT resources
91%
Course specific equipment and facilities
69%
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?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
16%
Male students
84%
Female students
93%
2:1 or above
5%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
A

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.

Mathematics

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.

£21,500
med
Average annual salary
93%
med
Employed or in further education
52%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

25%
Business, research and administrative professionals
19%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
10%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals

Want to feel needed? This is one of the most flexible degrees of all and with so much of modern work being based on data, there are options everywhere for maths graduates. With all that training in handling figures, it's hardly surprising that a lot of maths graduates go into well-paid jobs in the IT or finance industries, and last year, a maths graduate in London could expect a very respectable average starting salary of £27k. And we're always short of teachers in maths, so that is an excellent option for anyone wanting to help the next generation. And if you want a research job, you'll want a doctorate — and a really good maths doctorate will get you all sorts of interest from academia and finance — and might secure some of the highest salaries going for new leavers from university.

Psychology (non-specific)

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
98%
med
Employed or in further education
48%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

22%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
14%
Health professionals
9%
Other elementary services occupations

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.

Mathematics

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

£22k

£22k

£27k

£27k

£35k

£35k

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.

Psychology (non-specific)

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

£19k

£19k

£26k

£26k

£28k

£28k

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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