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Psychology (with integrated Foundation)

Entry requirements


A level

D,D

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

25

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48

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2022

Subject

Psychology

The University of Buckingham is:
- Home of the two-year degree, the University of Buckingham, based in the South East of England, is ranked 6th for Student Satisfaction in the UK (National Student Survey, 2020).

- We are proudly independent and not-for-profit, and offer courses in Allied Health, Business, Computing, Education, Humanities, Law, Medicine, Psychology and Security and Intelligence. We are one of the few universities in the UK that offer September and January start dates for almost all of our courses.

- Based in Buckingham on a riverside campus, we are only 20 minutes’ from Milton Keynes central station and a short drive from Bicester, Aylesbury, Banbury and Northampton. There is free parking on-site and we are within easy reach of London and Oxford.

- Our award-winning small class tutorials ensure every student is known by name and supported throughout their studies, including by dedicated personal tutors.

- As pioneers of the two-year degree, we offer a condensed version of the traditional three-year degree, meaning you can gain a full honours degree and complete your studies a whole year earlier. Alternatively, you can complete both your undergraduate and master’s degree with us in just three years: saving you time and money.

The three year BSc Psychology with foundation is designed for students who need additional preparation prior to the undergraduate level study. The first year of the programme is intended to provide a foundation in both knowledge and academic skills for the more specialist subjects in years two and three.

As a student, you will learn core theory and have the opportunity to study the eight areas of practitioner psychology, enabling you to make an informed choice on your future career as a psychologist. In addition, we have modules in distinct areas of study such as creativity and cyberpsychology.

The BSc Psychology with foundation programme at Buckingham has been designed to integrate the unique Buckingham tutorial teaching model into the teaching of psychological science. The programme is based on three core elements. First, covering the core theoretical content required for British Psychological Society accreditation meaning that the degree has both national and international recognition. Second, strong research methods and analysis skills embedded within the programme so that Buckingham graduates have begun to develop a range of highly employable skills.

Third, optional modules in all areas of practitioner psychology recognized by the BPS and HCPC as well as other areas of applied psychology so that graduates can make fully informed choices about their postgraduate pathway.

Modules

Key Academic Skills, Life and Institutions, Classic Studies in Psychology, Critical Thinking, Academic Writing Skills, International Studies, Essential Mathematics, Psychology Specific Research Skills, Research Skills, Advanced Academic Skills, Psychology: From Theory to Practice, Foundations in Biological Psychology, Introduction to Psychology 1, Introduction to Psychology 2, Research Methods and Statistics, Positive Psychology, Skills For Psychologists, Biological Psychology, Individual Differences, Psychology of Emotion, Quantitative Methods & Analysis in Psychology, Social Psychology, Health Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Qualitative Methods & Analysis in Psychology, one of: (Evolutionary Psychology, Forensic Psychology), Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology, Developmental Psychology, one of: (Animal Behaviour, Creative Performance and Expertise, Occupational Psychology), Research Project, two of: (Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy, Applied Cognitive Science, Cyberpsychology), two of: (Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience & Neuropsychology, Educational Psychology, Sports & Exercise Psychology)

Assessment methods

The assessment of individual modules within each course varies according to the subject. Assessment is usually by examination, assessed coursework, or a combination of the two. Please check module information for more details.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£34,848
for the whole course
England
£34,848
for the whole course
EU
£55,638
for the whole course
International
£55,638
for the whole course
Northern Ireland
£34,848
for the whole course
Republic of Ireland
£55,638
for the whole course
Scotland
£34,848
for the whole course
Wales
£34,848
for the whole course

Extra funding

The University would like to encourage students – both undergraduates and postgraduates – to come to Buckingham regardless of their financial circumstances. The bursaries and scholarships we offer are awarded on merit and/or on financial need. You may only accept one University award. All awards are subject to your meeting the University’s academic entry requirements and abiding by the University’s rules and regulations. To be eligible to apply for a scholarship you will need to have been offered a place to study at Buckingham. For details of our current range of scholarships and bursaries please see our website: https://www.buckingham.ac.uk/admissions/scholarships

The Uni


Course location:

University of Buckingham

Department:

Psychology and Wellbeing

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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.

94%
high
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

94%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
97%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
79%
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

78%
Library resources
80%
IT resources
80%
Course specific equipment and facilities
92%
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?

75%
UK students
25%
International students
22%
Male students
78%
Female students
83%
2:1 or above
8%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
E
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.

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.

94%
low
Employed or in further education

Top job areas of graduates

14%
Teaching and educational professionals
14%
Childcare and related personal services
12%
Business, finance and related associate professionals

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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