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Psychology with Foundation Year

Entry requirements


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

UCAS Tariff

64

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


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

Course option

4.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2022

Other options

5.0 years | Sandwich including foundation year | 2022

Subject

Psychology

**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**
This foundation year is an entry route if you do not meet the entry requirements for our BSc (Hons) Psychology course, if you are not yet ready for degree-level study, or if you are returning to study and would like to spend time getting up to speed with the demands of learning before embarking on a degree.

You will share the foundation year with other Psychology, Sociology, Politics, Applied Social Science, Law, Criminology and Policing foundation students, before moving on to your degree. 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

- workshops

- laboratory classes

- individual tutorials

- work placements

**Applied learning**
Following completion of the foundation year, and in progressing onto the BSc (Hons) Psychology degree, you will have a range of opportunities available to you to apply your 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 (subject to the UK’s continued participation in the Erasmus+ programme following the Brexit transition period).

**Study abroad**

You can study abroad for one semester in your third year at one of our partner universities (subject to the UK’s continued participation in the Erasmus+ programme following the Brexit transition period). 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.

**Networking opportunities**

You attend lectures from visiting guests such as clinical psychologists, police officers, prison officers, forensic psychologists, health psychologists and speech and language therapists.

We also hold recruitment presentations from psychology-specific employers. Recent guests have included the Cambian Group, Civil Service, Good Days Project and Hesley Group.

Modules

Year 1
Compulsory modules
Introduction To The Psychological, Political, Legal, Criminal Justice And Sociological Sciences 60
The Practice Of Psychology 60

Year 2
Compulsory modules
Academic Development And Personal Tuition 20
Cognitive Processes And Psychobiology 20
Developmental And Social Psychology 20
Psychological Research And Design 20
Psychological Well-Being And Individual Differences 20
Psychology Practicals And Statistics 20
Research Participation

Year 3
Compulsory modules
Applications Of Psychology 20
Processes In Psychology 20
Research Methods Training 20
Elective modules
Animal Psychology 20
Applying Psychology 20
Disorders Of Language And Reading 20
Holistic Perception 20
Holistic Wellbeing 20
Introduction To Counselling And Psychotherapy 20
Psychology In Everyday Life 20
Psychology Of Sport And Performance 20
Witnesses And Victims: Forensic Psychology In Practice 20
Work Placement (Psychology) 60

Year 4
Optional modules
Placement Year

Final year
Compulsory modules
Psychology Research Project And Personal Tuition 40
Elective modules
Addictive Behaviours 20
Atypical Child Development 20
Clinical Psychology 20
Counselling And Psychotherapy (Theoretical Perspectives) 20
Death, Dying And Bereavement 20
Eating Behaviours 20
Evolutionary Psychology 20
Forensic Psychology 20
Health Psychology 20
Healthy And Clinical Ageing 20
Language And Speech 20
Language Learning 20
Neuropsychology 20
Organisations Work And Psychology 20
Psychology In Critical Historical Context 20
Sleep And Circadian Rhythms 20
Social And Affective Neuroscience (San) 20
The Psychology Of Education 20
The Psychology Of Peace And Conflict 20
The Psychology Of Sexuality And Gender 20
Weapons Of Influence 20

Assessment methods

Coursework, practical assessments and exams

Extra funding

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

The Uni


Course location:

Sheffield Hallam University

Department:

Sheffield Hallam University

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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.

84%
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

89%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
88%
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

93%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
91%
Course specific equipment and facilities
65%
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?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
18%
Male students
82%
Female students
88%
2:1 or above
9%
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.

£16,084
low
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
21%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

15%
Caring personal services
14%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
11%
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.

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.

£16k

£16k

£20k

£20k

£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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