Psychological Studies (Top-Up) BA (Hons)





About the course

This course builds on your foundation degree to offer you a BA (Hons) top-up year, combining a theoretical and skills-oriented approach to the study of psychology.

You will study a number of specialist psychology units covering a range of interesting topics that will develop your skills and knowledge of psychology to help equip you for further study or to pursue a career in a related field.

Your degree, however, will not be accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).



Psychological Studies (Top-Up) - BA (Hons) - University Square Campus, Luton

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  • Course level - Undergraduate
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  • Campus Location - University Square Campus, Luton
  • Start dates - Oct
  • Duration - 1 Years
  • Attendance - Full time
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Why choose this course?

  • Gain an understanding and critical awareness of a range of issues, theories and methods across specialist areas of psychology
  • Explore how the application of psychological knowledge can help inform and explain human behaviour
  • Enhance your knowledge, skills and self-awareness through the development of critical enquiry, analysis, evaluation, reflection and synthesis
  • Develop a range of transferable skills including problem-solving, team-working and reasoning putting you in an excellent position to begin a career in a range of fields including Civil Service, Police, social work, youth work, counselling, education, training and market research
  • Learn how to apply psychological knowledge and skills to real life contexts, with an understanding of how human emotions, interactions, motivations, and cultural background impact upon behaviour



Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

Full time              
  • Atypical Child and Adolescent Development: Theories and Applications (Option)
  • Coaching Psychology (Option)
  • Critical Social Psychology (Option)
  • Applied Health Psychology (Option)
  • Psychology of Mental Health (Option)
  • Occupational and Organisational Psychology
  • Cultural and Individual Differences (Option)
  • Psychological Studies Honours Project
Part Time Year 1
  • Occupational and Organisational Psychology
  • Critical Social Psychology (Option)
  • Applied Health Psychology (Option)
  • Psychology of Mental Health (Option)
Part Time Year 2
  • Atypical Child and Adolescent Development: Theories and Applications (Option)
  • Coaching Psychology (Option)
  • Cultural and Individual Differences (Option)
  • BA Psychology and Criminal Behaviour Honours Project



Discover the School of Psychology

Our ethos is to ensure that psychology is not taught purely as a theoretical subject, but rather the emphasis is on how it applies to real life situations, for example

  • eating disorders
  • how to teach mathematics to children
  • problems with eye-witness testimony
  • the origins of prejudice and stereotypes
  • how to enhance wellbeing at work
  • how to study

Discover the facilities, see examples of students’ work, read about graduate successes, browse courses, view staff profiles and much more.



How will I be assessed?

The assessments are designed to test your academic knowledge, oral and written skills, use of literature using primary and secondary sources, critical analysis of ideas, connections made between theory, practice, real life situations and the understanding and application of professional values, to include ethical issues.

You will be required to take a variety of types of assessment to assess your progression and success. These include self-reflection regarding your employability skills, cases studies, practical assignments such as developing a pack to help explain conditions such as autism to parents and children or developing a health intervention or peer coaching, group presentations, patchwork texts, essays and exams.

Feedback is given to students for each assessment point and it is expected that you will use this feedback for your own development and to inform your completion of future assessments.

Entry requirements

This course is for applicants with a related Foundation Degree or Higher Education qualification wishing to top up to the full BA/BSc degree.

  • Relevant Foundation Degree

The BA (Hons) Psychological Studies is intended principally for students who have studied two years of a degree (usually a Foundation Degree) and wish to continue with a Level 6 top-up to the BA. The entry requirements are evidence of two years study at degree level and ability to progress to Level 6.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

On completing this course students could progress into the following areas:

  • Public services (such as, the health service, education and the Civil Service)
  • Market research
  • Business and personnel
  • Teaching and training
  • Social work
  • Youth work

There is a range of postgraduate study opportunities open to you for career paths in, for example, counselling, police and charity work, business and personnel and teaching.

The School of Psychology offers a taught masters programmes in Psychological Approaches to Health and Management and Forensic Psychology.

The BA (Hons) Psychological Studies is intended principally for students who have studied two years of a degree (usually a Foundation Degree) and wish to continue with their studies to the BA.
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Professional placements

We value real-world experience to prepare you for life beyond university, which is why we’ve forged connections with thousands of companies locally, nationally and internationally. Through our placements, you can gain that all-important practical experience whilst you complete your course.

From volunteering, internships and placements, through to a fee free year in industry, we offer a whole host of opportunities to enhance your employability. Discover more



Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.



Fees and Funding

  • The full-time undergraduate tuition fee is £9,250 per year. The part-time undergraduate tuition fee is charged pro-rata to £6,160. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

    See www.gov.uk/student-finance

    The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • The full-time undergraduate tuition fee is £9,250 per year. The part-time undergraduate tuition fee is charged pro-rata to £6,160. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees.

    See www.gov.uk/student-finance

    The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • The full-time tuition fee is £11,500 per year A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Facilities

Our flagship £34m Campus Centre is funky and functional. It brings together all our student services, social and learning spaces, and a 240-seat lecture theatre under one roof.

The Campus Centre building is connected to the rest of the University and the first floor acts as a one-stop shop for all students services.

Designed for work as well as play, the Campus Centre incorporates relaxed learning zones with Wi-Fi access.

It also features the Students' Union support services and executive offices alongside places to eat

Accommodation at Luton

Our contemporary en-suite accommodation features 852 fully-furnished flats, just part of our accommodation offering of more than 1,500 study rooms.

This exciting new facility includes:

  • state-of-the-art IT and AV equipment
  • informal and quiet learning spaces
  • two Harvard-style lecture theatres
  • a student lounge and cafe

Luton campus is home to the following departments:

  • Business
  • Media, Art and Design
  • Science
  • Computing
  • Law
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences

Whatever degree you choose the facilities will be first class:

  • New facilities in the Computing and Media departments
  • Business facilities including pioneering Business Pods and a Law Moot Court
  • Dedicated laboratories for psychology, sport and exercise science, biomedical science and forensics
  • Multi-camera HDTV and radio studios
  • Art and design studios

Town centre location

The Luton campus is right in the centre of town next to a large shopping mall and within easy walking distance of the student halls, train and bus stations.

Directions to Luton campus

Luton is the largest town in Bedfordshire and is approximately 50km north of London.

It has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK and Europe, and central London is only a 30-minute train journey away.

Luton is has excellent transport links to other cities such as Manchester, Leeds and Milton Keynes. London Luton Airport is located just 2.5km from the Luton campus.

How to Apply

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