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

£8,700 2014/15

Finance and Scholarship information

Course structure

Psychology

Courses at Newman are constantly evolving to reflect changes in the field of study. Therefore, modules listed here are indicative and may be subject to change for each academic year. Some modules are mandatory and some are optional. Not all modules will be available on all routes through the programme you choose, and modules studied will depend on whether you choose minor, joint, major or single honours routes.

 

Single Honours Psychology

Year 1

Introduction to Developmental Psychology
This module will introduce students to key aspects of human development from infancy, childhood and adolescence, including cognition, language and social development. It will consider the major influences upon these processes and the theories and research approaches in explanation of these developments. Throughout this module, the discussion will encourage students to consider development as the results of an interaction between individual and environmental factors.

Psychological Research Methods A
This module will introduce students to research design and both qualitative and quantitative methodology. Descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing and the concept of probability will be explored. Students will be introduced to the basic principles behind statistical tests of association (correlation tests and chi square tests). Aspects of qualitative methods (observation and focus groups) will be introduced. Students will be introduced to the analysis of data sets using SPSS. Research experience and report-writing skills will be developed by carrying out practical experiments.

Psychology in Practice
This module will provide a foundation for the psychology programme. The nature of psychology as a discipline will be considered, as will its history. Key discussion topics will be raised including reductionism, the nature/nurture debate, cultural and gender bias etc. Students will be familiarised with key debates through group discussion. They will also develop research skills through the utilisation of databases, library sources and use these skills to research key roles held by professional psychologists including those of educational, occupational and sports psychologists.

Psychological Research Methods B
Following on from earlier modules, this module will further develop the student’s knowledge of quantitative research methodology. Students will be introduced to the basic principles behind statistical tests of difference. Students will analyse data sets using appropriate tests in standard software. Particular emphasis will be placed upon choice of test, understanding of data and interpretation of results. Research experience and report writing skills will be further developed by carrying out practicals. Practical topics will, where possible, make theoretical links with other first year modules running concurrently.

Cognition and the Brain 1
This module provides a foundation in cognitive and biological aspects of psychology, which will provide a sound basis for further study of these topics in the second and final year. The module seeks to provide a firm understanding of the key biological principles underpinning current conceptions of brain functioning, including neuronal transmission and psychopharmacology. The course will then move on to show how cognitive concepts can be related to neuroanatomy, and how biological and cognitive discourses can be integrated through such topics and memory, language and learning.

The Individual in Society 1
This module will provide students with an introduction to the fields of Individual Differences and Social Psychology. In doing so, the module will explore topics such as motivation, emotion and pro-social behaviour, social influence, intelligence, personality, and the social self. The module will raise awareness of ethics and research methods employed by psychologists in these areas, and research experience will be developed through practical work.

Professional Skills for Psychologists 1
This module will introduce students to a variety of skills essential to successful studentship in psychology. Students will be invited to take part in a range of experiential activities during seminars and online, and an overview of relevant concepts and theory will be covered in lectures. Students will build a portfolio during the course, which will culminate in the final assessment activity.

Introduction to Applied Psychology
This module will introduce students to ways in which Psychology may be applied in real world settings. This will include areas of applied psychology covered by the Healthcare Professions Council (HPC), e.g., Forensic, Counselling and Health Psychology, and other areas such as Coaching Psychology, Occupational Psychology and Academia. In doing so, students will be introduced to the methodologies and theories employed by these applied areas. Students will also develop critiquing skills in relation to literature relevant to applied areas of psychology, including the psychology of learning and teaching.

Year 2

Cognition and the Brain 2
This module builds upon the first year module Cognition and the Brain 1. Key biological and cognitive concepts are developed in greater depth, in particular memory and executive functioning. The application of these concepts is illustrated with reference to three conditions: schizophrenia, Korsakoff’s Psychosis and drug addiction. A number of set journal articles will be covered in seminars which each demonstrate the integration of the cognitive and biological perspectives.

The Individual in Society 2
This module will build on The Individual in Society 1. Students will be able to expand their knowledge of intelligence, personality, groups, attitudes, attributions, interpersonal relationships, aggression and prejudice and discrimination. Supporting seminars will offer students the opportunity to analyse a range of psychological research and evaluate competing perspectives. Practical implications of the various theories to real life situations will be considered. Psychological tests will be critically examined in terms of issues regarding their reliability, validity and correct usage.

Developmental Psychology
The focus of this module is to explore the complexities of human development. The in-depth examination will include cognitive, language and social development from infancy to adolescence. Students will examine the major influences upon these processes and enhance their knowledge through carrying out a practical assignment. The module will consider the development of representational abilities in childhood and their impact on children’s learning and acquisition of knowledge. The discussion will focus on the nature-nurture debate as well as research evidence for and against different theoretical positions in developmental psychology. This module provides an overview and evaluation of major approaches within the developmental psychology domains.

Research Methods in Psychology C
This module will build on foundation level modules to enhance knowledge of research methodology. Students will develop aspects of qualitative methodology, such as interviewing and analysis of text. They will be introduced to survey methods and questionnaire analysis, and explore the fundamental principles of more advanced quantitative analysis. Students will be required to write a research proposal, of suitable standard for their final year dissertation topic as part of their examination.

Work Placement (not minors)
This double module offers students the opportunity to experience a work placement in an area where they may apply their psychological subject knowledge to a real world setting. The student will be expected to keep a logbook detailing workplace activities and a reflective weekly analysis of skill development. It is anticipated that such engagement in the workplace will develop and enhance a range of personal and work related skills that will benefit the student in their future careers. The project will culminate in a formal presentation to their peers and supervising tutors.

plus an elective module

Year 3

Educational Psychology
The module examines ways in which psychological theory and research can inform educational practice. Theories concerning cognitive and psychosocial development, human learning, and motivation are explored with an emphasis on application for instruction including assessment. Emphasis will also be placed on learner-centred instruction and diversity. Application involves primary, secondary school and students with special needs.

Psychopathology & Therapeutic Interventions
This module will engage students in the study of mental illnesses in terms of aetiology, classification and treatment of abnormal behaviour. Introduction into the fields of counselling and psychotherapy will be explored as students become exposed to the professional foundations that underpin the therapeutic process. Students will examine the impact of biological, social and psychological factors on abnormality.

Forensic Psychology
This module explores applications of psychology to the Criminal Justice System. The work of forensic psychologists and the contexts within which they perform their duties will be evaluated. The major issues covered will be the use of forensic psychology in the investigative process, the court system, and the punishment and rehabilitation of offending populations. The work of forensic psychologists with victims and witnesses will also be covered. The links between theory and practice in these areas will be discussed. The future directions and contributions of forensic psychology will also be considered.

Dissertation
This tutored double module provides students with the opportunity to select an area of particular interest to them within the field of Psychology and to design, plan and execute an in-depth research project in their chosen area.

Health Psychology
Health psychology is an exciting field within psychology that has important contributions to make to our understanding of the causes, progression, and treatment of illnesses. The module explores the theories which attempt to explain and predict health behaviour and examines the practical application of these models in health promotion campaigns. It focuses upon the relationship between stress, health and illness, and the factors that mediate this relationship. It considers the impact of living with a disability and/or a chronic illness from the biopsychosocial perspective, and considers the impact of illness cognitions on behaviour. The module will further consider the impact of being hospitalised on a patients’ health and well-being from a psychosocial perspective. Thus, the focus of this module is concerned with promotion and maintenance of health, prevention and management of illness, and the identification of biopsychosocial factors contributing to health and illness.

Counselling Psychology
This module extends students' knowledge through a consideration of the applied area of counselling psychology. Key theories used to work with clients in counselling psychology settings will be explored and evaluated. The professional context will be discussed, along with current developments and implications for the future of the discipline.

Psychology in Question
This module offers students the challenge of exploring a critical line of enquiry through an examination of the development of psychology as a discipline, evaluating key debates over its history to the present time, including models in psychology and the acquisition of psychological knowledge. The module will be partly seminar based, encouraging students to debate the role of psychology in interpreting and helping to resolve important contemporary issues, examined from differing psychological viewpoints.

Combined Honours Psychology

Module descriptions for these modules are available above. Not all modules are available on all routes – please get in touch for further information.

Year 1
Introduction to Developmental Psychology
Psychological Research Methods A (not minors)
Psychology in Practice (majors only)
Psychological Research Methods B (majors only)
The Individual and Society 1
Cognition and the Brain 1

Year 2
Social Psychology
Individual Differences
Developmental Psychology
Work Placement (not minors)
Research Methods in Psychology 2 (not minors)

Year 3
Educational Psychology
Psychopathology & Therapeutic Interventions
Forensic Psychology
Dissertation (not minors)
Health Psychology
Counselling Psychology
Psychology in Question

Course code


Single Honours: 100% Psychology

UCAS code:

C800

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Applications for flexible learning courses are made via Newman.

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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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