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Sheffield Hallam University

Psychology with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: A103

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

Entry requirements

Access to HE Diploma


Normally we require 15 credits at level 2 and 45 at level 3 from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

•English Language at grade C or 4 or equivalent •Maths at grade C or 4 or equivalent

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This must include at least 32 points from one A level or equivalent BTEC National qualifications excluding general studies For example: •CC at A Level •MPP in BTEC Extended Diploma. •A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels and EPQ.

About this course

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Course option


Full-time including foundation year | 2021

Other options

5.0 years | Sandwich including foundation year | 2021



Course summary
•Prepare for the degree with an extra foundation year at the start.
•Progress to a degree that is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)
•Develop your knowledge and scientific understanding of the core areas of psychology.
•Gain experience in real-life settings through work placements.

Fascinated by human behaviour, curious about thoughts and intrigued by feelings? This is the course for you. It examines what drives us, from brain physiology to learning, genes, environment, social groups, and individual differences in personality and motivation.

How you learn

The course is suitable if you don’t meet the entry requirements for our BSc (Hons) Psychology course, or you are returning to study and would like to spend time getting up to speed with the demands of learning before starting degree-level study. You share the foundation year with other Business, Law, Criminology and Psychology foundation students, before moving on to your degree. The foundation year will take place at City Campus in the Sheffield Business School.

You are taught by academics with specialist knowledge and expertise in a range of areas including social psychology, forensic psychology, developmental psychology, health and work psychology.

You learn through
•lectures and seminars
•laboratory classes
•individual tutorials
•work placements

In the foundation year, you will study modules in business and social science (including psychology) alongside developing your academic skills.

Your subject interest in psychology as a social science will be established through exploring theory and practice as you learn about professional contexts including the impact of ethical and cultural factors on the client-stakeholder relationship. In addition you will examine a number of contemporary themes and issues relevant to the study of psychology (e.g., conflict, prejudice, relationships and communication).

Throughout the year you will develop your academic skills (e.g. critical analysis, working with a variety of data sources and academic writing) culminating with the planning of a project which provides the capstone of the year and allows you to demonstrate your readiness to progress onto the BSc Psychology.

You will receive face-to-face feedback regularly during your modules in order to prepare you for the completion of the wide range of assessments undertaken. This will be via tasks set for you to undertake in the module seminars or in your independent study time.

Applied learning

Work placements

You will have the opportunity to arrange a work-placement in your third year of the course. Examples of settings include schools, mental health organisations, police and other legal services.

Organisations currently offering placements include St Anne's Mental Health Service, The Hesley Group autism care provider, Sheffield Children's Hospital (NHS), Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Drug and alcohol service (RDASH), Sheffield MENCAP, City Hearts human trafficking support service and Cavendish Cancer Care.

You also have the opportunity to take a placement abroad, currently in Germany and South Africa.

Study abroad

You can study abroad for one semester in your third year at one of our partner universities. Examples of our current partner institutions include Georgia Southern University in the US, Trent University and Carleton University in Canada, Queensland University of Technology, LaTrobe University and Deakin University in Australia, University of Jyvaskyla in Finland, Tallinn University in Estonia, the University of Warsaw in Poland, and Aahus University in Denmark.


The modules for 2020/21 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2019/20.

**Year 1 compulsory modules**
Contemporary Issues - 20 credits
Introduction To Psychology, Law And Criminology - 20 credits
Organisation Management And Delivery 1 - 20 credits
Organisation Management And Delivery 2 - 20 credits
Self And Stakeholder Management - 20 credits
The Practice Of Psychology - 20 credits

**Year 2 compulsory modules**
Abnormal Psychology And Individual Differences - 20 credits
Academic Development And Personal Tuition - 20 credits
Cognitive Processes And Psychobiology - 20 credits
Developmental And Social Psychology - 20 credits
Psychological Research And Design - 20 credits
Psychology Practicals And Statistics - 20 credits
Research Participation

**Year 3 compulsory modules**
Applications Of Psychology - 20 credits
Processes In Psychology - 20 credits
Research Methods Training - 20 credits

**Year 3 elective modules**
Animal Psychology - 20 credits
Applying Psychology - 20 credits
Cognition In Action: From Theory To Practice - 20 credits
Disorders Of Language And Reading - 20 credits
Holistic Perception - 20 credits
Introduction To Counselling And Psychotherapy - 20 credits
Witnesses And Victims: Forensic Psychology In Practice - 20 credits
Work Placement (Psychology) - 60 credits

**Final year compulsory modules**
Psychology Research Project And Personal Tuition - 40 credits

**Final year elective modules**
Addictive Behaviours - 20 credits
Advanced Qualitative Methods - 20 credits
Atypical Child Development - 20 credits
Clinical Psychology - 20 credits
Counselling And Psychotherapy (Theoretical Perspectives) - 20 credits
Death, Dying And Bereavement - 20 credits
Eating Behaviours - 20 credits
Evolutionary Psychology - 20 credits
Forensic Psychology - 20 credits
Health Psychology - 20 credits
Healthy And Clinical Ageing - 20 credits
Language And Speech - 20 credits
Neuropsychology - 20 credits
Organisations Work And Psychology - 20 credits
Personality Profiling And Psychometrics - 20 credits
Positive Psychology - 20 credits
Psychology In Critical Historical Context - 20 credits
Social And Affective Neuroscience (San) - 20 credits
The Psychology Of Education - 20 credits
The Psychology Of Peace And Conflict - 20 credits
The Psychology Of Sexuality And Gender - 20 credits
Weapons Of Influence - 20 credits

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Coursework, practical assessments and exams

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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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