Psychology BSc (Hons)

3 years full-time 4 years part-time (for further information on part-time courses available click here)

Overview

"… staff work well together to deliver a relevant undergraduate psychology degree to a high standard enabling students to demonstrate their skills and abilities to produce work of merit."
External Examiner
What does the course cover?

The single honours course covers the five major strands of psychology, which are individual differences, cognition, development, biopsychology and social psychology, plus research methods. In the final year you study a range of courses covering the applications of psychology, such as education, clinical and forensic psychology.

What is noteworthy about this course?

Opportunities are built into the degree programme across all three years to gain valuable work experience. There are also opportunities for some students to become involved in staff research, and the department has links with a number of local organisations through which students can acquire additional voluntary experience.

 
How will I be assessed?

The psychology degree programme uses a wide variety of assessment strategies, designed to help you develop a range of skills which will be useful in the modern work place. These include traditional assessments such as essays, exams, short notes and multiple ­choice tests. There are also less traditional assessments such as designing a web page, Power Point presentations, writing dialogues and presenting portfolios. Finally there are a variety of assessments linked to research which include writing reports, giving conference style presentations, and writing a dissertation.

What careers could I consider?

Many single honours students aim to enter the various psychological professions, including clinical, forensic, occupational, educational, counselling, health and sport psychology. Students can also pursue an academic career, and may progress into a PhD. Psychology graduates can also progress into a variety of careers, typically in people orientated and caring roles e.g. nursing, teaching, social work, personnel, marketing, software design, health research, or rehabilitation.

What is GBC?
 

Newman's single honours Psychology degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), and students gaining at least a lower 2nd class honours degree gain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the BPS.

In the United Kingdom, psychology degrees are regulated by the British Psychological Society. Only those degrees which meet a minimum standard, and are judged as providing a sound basis for progression into further post­graduate training in psychology, are accredited. Accredited courses are said to provide the graduate basis for chartered membership (GBC).

"The course as a whole and its components in particular are well designed and involve a number of innovative elements …teaching quality is high."
External Examiner

 

Entry requirements

A minimum of 280 UCAS points including grades BC or above at A2 level, BTEC National Diploma with an overall grade of Distinction Merit Merit, or an Access Diploma with a minimum of 39 credits with Merit or Distinction. You will also need five GCSEs at grade C or above, including GCSE English Language and Mathematics, or a recognised equivalent. For alternative qualifications please see our entry requirements page.

Employability

Fees

£9,000 2015/16 UK

£10,000 2015/16 International

Finance and Scholarship information

Course structure

Psychology

As well as covering essential, foundational subject knowledge, the first year of the course has been very carefully designed to build in the development of a range of skills necessary for success in HE. Greater choice of modules are available in Years 2 and 3, to enable you to particularly develop your interests in some areas of the subject if you wish.

The compulsory Work Placement is intended to give you relevant experience in a career of your choice.

 

Year 1

 

 
Semester 1

 

Introduction to Applied Psychology (20 credits)

Foundations of Psychology (20 credits)

Classic Studies & Contemporary Issues (20 credits)

 

Semester 2

 

Being an Independent Learner (10 credits)

Preparation for placement (10 credits)

Introduction to Research Design & Analysis (20 credits)

Exploring Psychology (20 credits)

 

Year 2 - Semester 1 & 2

 

Expanding on Research Design & Analysis (20 credits)

Placement (20 credits)

 

Semester 1 only

 

Human Development: an ethological approach (20 credits)

Elective (20 credits)

 

Semester 2 only

 

Cognition & The Brain (20 credits)

The Individual in Society (20 credits)

 

Year 3 - Semester 1 & 2

 

Dissertation (40 credits)

 

Semester 1 only

 

Psychology in Question (20 credits)

Option from Psychology year 3 options list* (20 credits)

 

Semester 2 only

 

Option from Psychology year 3 options list* (20 credits)

Option from Psychology year 3 options list* (20 credits)

Course code


Single Honours: 100% Psychology

UCAS code:

C800

Applications for full-time courses are made through UCAS.

Applications for flexible learning courses are made via Newman.

For all enquiries relating to admissions or entry requirements, email us at admissions@newman.ac.uk

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Contact for admissions enquiries

Admissions
Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2386)
Email: admissions@newman.ac.uk

Dr. Lorna Dodd (Programme Leader in Psychology)
Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2453)
Email: L.Dodd@newman.ac.uk

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