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Queen's University Belfast

Psychology

UCAS Code: C800

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

A-level General Studies and Critical Thinking are normally excluded from offers. However, the grade achieved may be taken into account when results are published in August and may be used in a tie-break situation. GCSE Maths grade C is required.

Access to HE Diploma

D:24,M:21

Successful completion of the Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 60 credits is required, including 45 credits at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2. GCSE Maths grade C is required.

Successful completion of the International Baccalaureate Diploma with 33-34 points overall including 6,5,5 at Higher Level. GCSE Maths grade C or Standard Level Maths grade 4 in the International Baccaluareate Diploma is required.

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

H3,H3,H3,H3,H3,H3

If not offered at Higher Level, then Ordinary Level grade O4 in Mathematics is required.

Successful completion of BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (180 credits) with 120 credits at Distinction grade and 60 credits at Merit grade. GCSE Maths grade C is required.

Successful completion of BTEC National Extended Diploma (1080 Guided Learning Hours (GLH) at Level 3) with 660 GLH (including externally assessed units) at Distinction and 420 GLH at Merit.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,B,B

Separate targets are shown for Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers but offers are normally made on the basis of a combination of the two. Intermediate 2 grade C in Maths, Standard Grade 3 in Maths or National 5 Maths grade C is also required.

Scottish Higher

A,B,B,B,B

Separate targets are shown for Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers but offers are normally made on the basis of a combination of the two. Intermediate 2 grade C in Maths, Standard Grade 3 in Maths or National 5 Maths grade C is also required.

UCAS Tariff

128-152

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour, so virtually anything related to the behaviour of humans and animals - normal or abnormal, social or personal, adult or child, subjective feelings or overt behaviour - is of interest to psychologists. Psychology is a science, with all our students taking modules in statistics and experimental design, as required by our accrediting body, the British Psychological Society (BPS). Our Psychology degree programme is very diverse and stimulating and is consistently rated as 'excellent' by both our students and external examiners. Intercalating with Psychology At the end of second or third year, Medical and Dental students may apply to take a year out of their studies to intercalate. This extra research-focused year will lead to either a BSc Psychology (Intercalated) or a MSc Psychology of Performance Enhancement in Sport and Health* qualification. For more information please contact Dr Matthew Rodger ([email protected]) for BSc queries and Dr Mihalis Doumas ([email protected]) for MSc queries. *Available after the third year only.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
EU
£4,275
per year
International
£16,400
per year
Northern Ireland
£4,275
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Queen's University Belfast

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.

76%
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

Teaching and learning

92%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
79%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
67%
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

97%
Library resources
96%
IT resources
94%
Course specific equipment and facilities
67%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
17%
Male students
83%
Female students
89%
2:1 or above
12%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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A
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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.

£16,500
low
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
36%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
13%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
10%
Customer service 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.

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