Why study this course
Psychology is a diverse discipline and appropriately trained psychologists are increasingly in demand in both the public and private sectors. This exciting programme of study, which is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), is designed
to provide students with a thorough grounding in the principles and research methods of psychology. In addition to developing the requisite subject-specific knowledge, there is an emphasis on developing a wide range of analytical and communication skills through
the use of innovative learning experiences and assessments. Our course has a particularly practical and professional orientation with excellent opportunities to undertake work-based placements during the degree in order to gain graduate level experience and
skills whilst still a student. Please note you do not need to apply for both the 3 year and the 4 year course. Both courses have the same entry requirements.
Who’s this course for?
This course is designed for students who want to gain an understanding of human behaviour. It is especially useful for those with a desire to work as a professional psychologist. However, it is also suitable for anyone with a scientific or social scientific
background who wants to develop a wide range of analytical and communication skills. Note: studying psychology at A-level is not a prerequisite to studying this subject at degree level.
This course is divided into core and elective modules over 3 years (or 4 years if students take a placement). Year 1 modules include: abnormal psychology, psychology & the brain, social psychology and cognitive psychology. Year 2 modules include: cognitive
neuropsychology, individual differences, language & communication, and developmental psychology. In addition, across the first two years of the course students take modules in psychological research methods and data analysis. Final year options typically include:
health psychology, psychosis, neuropsychiatric disorders, efficacy of psychotherapy, music & the brain, psychology & work, motivation & emotion, and autism.
Other than textbooks, students are not required to provide any of the equipment required for this course.
Skills and experience gained
Students taking this course will gain a wide variety of skills relating directly to psychological research (both quantitative and qualitative approaches) and counselling skills, as well as transferable skills like data analysis, report writing, effective
presentation, problem-solving and team work. During their 3rd year, students will be strongly encouraged to take a work-based placement for around 30 - 40 weeks. We have strong links to the business community and to professional psychology and hence are able
to provide outstanding opportunities for our students to gain graduate level experience and skills whilst still a student. During their final year, students will work closely with a member of academic staff in order to conduct a substantial piece of psychological
research on a topic largely of their own choosing.
After the course
Our Psychology graduates tend to enter business and commercial careers, caring and social careers, teaching and local government careers and many others. Many of our graduates go on to study for higher degrees (e.g. masters and PhD). This further study,
combined with supervised practice, is a prerequisite to working as a professional psychologist. The growth of the service sector puts Psychology graduates at a premium and our graduates have gone on to work in organisations including the Civil Service, the
Police Service, local government, clinical services within the NHS, Nestlé, Deloitte and IBM.