Psychology BSc (Hons)





About the course

Psychology explains why we fall in love, how drugs affect behaviour, why we sleep, how rational we are and how others influence us.

This British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited course covers major areas of psychology, including social, developmental, cognitive and biological psychology and individual differences and offers the opportunity to specialise in your areas of interest.

This course is taught by nationally or internationally renowned academics, giving you an opportunity to learn about the new and exciting developments in psychological research. The development of employability skills that are embedded within the course provide you with the foundations to reach your potential for future postgraduate study and employment.



BPS accredited

Accreditations

  • British Psychological Society

Psychology - BSc (Hons) - University Square Campus, Luton

  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code - C800
  • Campus Location - University Square Campus, Luton
  • Start dates - Feb,Oct
  • Duration - 3 Years
  • Attendance - Full time | Part-time day | Part-time evening
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Psychology with Professional Practice Year - BSc (Hons)

  • This course has the option to be taken over four years which includes a year placement in industry. Undertaking a year in industry has many benefits. You gain practical experience and build your CV, as well as being a great opportunity to sample a profession and network with potential future employers.

    There is no tuition fee for the placement year enabling you to gain an extra year of experience for free.

    *Only available to UK/EU students.

Psychology with Foundation Year - BSc (Hons)

  • Our degrees with a Foundation year provides a supportive way for you to work towards a degree level qualification.

    In the Foundation year you will study three days per week. The focus will be on academic writing skills and numeracy, plus subject-specific content to fully prepare you for entry to an Undergraduate degree.

    There is a £500 Foundation Year Bursary available to UK students starting September 2017.

    More information about Psychology with foundation year





Why choose this course?

  • Study major areas of psychology and choose from specialist units such as Applied Health Psychology, Coaching Psychology, Occupational and Organisational Psychology, Atypical Child and Adolescent Development: Theories and Applications, Psychology of Mental Health and Cognitive Neuropsychology
  • Develop your appreciation of how psychology can make a real difference to people’s lives when psychological knowledge is applied to everyday situations
  • Gain an understanding of a range of issues, theories, empirical methods and ethical considerations in psychology and the ability to evaluate different perspectives on issues and problems
  • Explore your potential for future postgraduate study and employment
  • Challenge yourself with a final year research project on a topic of your choice
  • Benefit from studying a BPS accredited degree with embedded employability skills to enhance your CV



Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

Year 1
  • Foundations to Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychological Research Methods and Data Analysis
  • Psychology in Everyday Life
  • Introduction to Counselling (Option)
  • Psychology and Criminal Behaviour (Option)
  • Health and Wellbeing Psychology (Option)
Year 2
  • Social Processes and Lifespan Development
  • Biological and Cognitive Psychology
  • Methods of Research in Psychology
  • Psychology in Practice
Year 3
  • Psychology Honours Project
  • Culture and Individual Differences
  • Atypical Child and Adolescent Development: Theories and Applications (Option)
  • Coaching Psychology (Option)
  • Problem Solving (Option)
  • Cognitive Neuropsychology (Option)
  • Critical Social Psychology (Option)
  • Applied Health Psychology (Option)
  • Psychology of Mental Health (Option)
  • Occupational and Organisational Psychology (Option)
  • Psychology of Language and Vision (Option)



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?

You will be assessed in a variety of ways which are designed to suit a range of individual learning styles. Each assessment will provide the opportunity to offer you feedback to help with your development and inform the completion of your future assessments.

There will be an opportunity in each year of your study to develop and refine a number of key academic skills, many of which will be transferable to the workplace. These include team-working, report writing, oral presentations, constructing coherent written arguments, the ability to analyse, synthesise and evaluate complex information from a range of sources, reflective writing and personal and professional development planning.

Support is provided through staff office hours where you can discuss the progress of your project and any challenges that you may be encountering with staff as well as statistics drop-in sessions.

Entry requirements

  • We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

    UCAS has introduced a new tariff for courses starting from September 2017. This means the points you will be asked for are different to previous years but the grades you receive have not changed.

  • At least 112 points with 96 points from at least 2 A level passes
  • At least 112 points with Distinction Merit Merit in BTEC Extended Diploma or Distinction* Distinction* in BTEC Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma (with 12 merits and 12 distinctions at level 3)
  • Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.
  • For more clarification about your qualifications in the new tariff view the UCAS tariff calculator

    Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

    T: +44 (0)1582 743500
    E: admission@beds.ac.uk

  • As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

    We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details

  • Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team.

  • Maths GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent)

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Our graduates go on to a range of postgraduate taught and research degrees both within the School of Psychology and at other universities.

Typical employment within six months of graduation include as Education Advisor, Financial Analyst, Housing and Welfare Officer, Primary and Nursery Education Teaching Professional, Psychologist, Special Needs Education Teaching Professional, Sports Coach, Therapist, Vocational and Industrial Trainer and Youth and Community Worker.

Students go on to complete training in specific fields of psychology such as health, forensic or counselling, through postgraduate education and supervised practice.

The School of Psychology places strong emphasis on student support so that you are in a good position to achieve your maximum academic potential and to enjoy your university experience. We are very aware of the differing needs of our students and this is reflected in the range of support mechanisms that are available. We place particular emphasis on the accessibility and availability of the teaching team.
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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

  • Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

    We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

    Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

    All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

    If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

  • EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

  • International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

    You can also apply online

    Find out more about how to apply

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