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Psychology

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at Level 4/Grade C or above (or equivalents) including English Language and Maths

UCAS Tariff

120

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Psychology

Our Psychology degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). This course is your chance to explore a diverse field of scientific study as part of our vibrant academic community. You will conduct research in different areas of psychology within our dedicated laboratories.

92%
of Psychology, students were satisfied with their course. (National Student Survey 2020)
In years 1 and 2 you will study the core areas of psychological science while practising your research skills in the laboratories every week. The research our academic staff carry out informs your learning. Some of these topics include:

Cognitive neuroscience of language and memory
Social interaction and political psychology
Children's cognitive development, including literacy, tool innovation, and imagination
Body image and bullying
Mental health and neurodiversity.
In year 3 you can tailor your degree to your interests and ambitions. You can choose from a range of modules that introduce professional specialisms such as clinical and forensic psychology. You can choose from optional modules that introduce professional specialisms, such as clinical and forensic psychology, or offer the chance to study advanced topics in psychological science. You will also conduct a piece of original research under the supervision of a member of academic staff in your dissertation module.

As a Psychology student, you will have access to our dedicated lab spaces. You will use our computer labs for research methods classes and our suite of research labs for collecting data. The research labs include:

EEG lab - for recording electrical activity in the brain
Eye-tracking lab - for monitoring gaze patterns with static or mobile eye trackers
Virtual reality (VR) equipment
Observation lab - including wall and ceiling-mounted cameras
A large collection of psychometric tests and questionnaires.
Our dedicated team of technicians will support you when working with equipment in the laboratories.

We focus on developing your employability throughout your degree. In our second year module, Psychology in Practice, you will complete work experience in a field related to your ambitions.

Modules

Modules may include: Level 1: Psychobiology; Developmental Psychology; Individual Differences; Research Methods; Level 2: Social Psychology; Psychology of Work; Cognitive Psychology; Statistics & Psychology. Level 3: You will undertake a dissertation and a large scale research project. At this level your modules are optional, but may include: Clinical Psychology; Forensic Psychology; Occupational Psychology; Sport Psychology.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£12,750
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

York St John University

Department:

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.

86%
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

90%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
76%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
74%
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

90%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
79%
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
14%
Male students
86%
Female students
78%
2:1 or above
9%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
D
B

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
99%
high
Employed or in further education
54%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

14%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
11%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
9%
Teaching and educational 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.

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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