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Course Level:Undergraduate
Next Start Date: October 2023
Duration: 3 Years
Campus Location: University Square Campus, Luton
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time day | Part-time evening
UCAS Code:C800

About the course

Undertaking this BPS-accredited course provides you with the knowledge, skills and experiences to follow a wide range of careers where you can make a real difference to people’s lives. This degree is also the first step on the path to becoming a registered psychologist working in a variety of settings including hospitals, prisons and schools.

An understanding of psychology can help to explain how individuals and groups, think, feel and behave. This course covers classic and contemporary theories and research across the core areas of psychology, including cognitive, biological, social and developmental psychology, as well as individual differences, culture and how psychology applies to everyday life. It offers you the opportunity to shape your studies with optional units in areas that interest you such as atypical child development; health psychology; counselling; criminal behaviour; and mental health.

Your studies also develop your own abilities and understanding as you learn to consider and evaluate different perspectives; increase your self-awareness through enquiry, analysis, evaluation and reflection; and build your independence and confidence through team activities and your own final-year research project.

Why choose this course?

  • You benefit from a strong and vibrant learning community committed to transformation through teaching, research and practice addressing a range of real-world situations and problems
  • You experience a wide variety of teaching methods including workshops; problem solving; virtual reality simulations; computer-based activities; and guided learning
  • You will learn with an academic team actively involved in leading-edge research, activity which feeds back directly into your learning
  • Your assessments are designed to be authentic, reflecting workplace tasks
  • You are supervised to undertake a research project in an area of your choice and are supported to present your findings with your peers as part of the Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference
  • You can take the course over four years (see below) and include a fee-free year’s placement in industry where you gain practical experience, build your CV and make contacts for the future
  • If you would like a step-up into higher education, you can take a Foundation Year which guarantees you entry to the Undergraduate course (see below)

Accreditations

  • British Psychological Society

Course Leader - Dr William Brown

As a Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and Killam Scholar, I completed my PhD at Dalhousie University in Canada.

In 2003 I received a NSERC postdoctoral fellowship to study genomic imprinting in the USA. In 2006 I founded the Centre for Culture and Evolutionary Psychology at Brunel University teaching evolutionary biology and research methods.

I have been at the University of Bedfordshire since 2011 and was appointed Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology in 2015.

 
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Course Leader - Dr Alfredo Gaitán

For the last 25 years I have taught mainstream Social Psychology as well as Critical Social Psychology and (Qualitative) Research Methods. I have a strong interest in Teaching and Learning and have been involved in promoting Personal Development Planning and supporting the use of ePortfolios. More recently, I have done some work on the notions of Teaching Excellence and Learning Gain. I am a strong believer in the potential of educational experiences to transform learners.

 
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The campus where this course is taught

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.


A Degree with a Foundation Year gives you guaranteed entry to an Undergraduate course.

Whether you’re returning to learning and require additional help and support to up-skill, or if you didn’t quite meet the grades to pursue an Undergraduate course, our Degrees with Foundation Year provide a fantastic entry route for you to work towards a degree level qualification.

With our guidance and support you’ll get up to speed within one year, and will be ready to seamlessly progress on to undergraduate study at Bedfordshire.

The Foundation Year provides an opportunity to build up your academic writing skills and numeracy, and will also cover a range of subject specific content to fully prepare you for entry to an Undergraduate degree.

This is an integrated four-year degree, with the foundation year as a key part of the course. You will need to successfully complete the Foundation Year to progress on to the first year of your bachelor’s degree.

Why study a degree with a Foundation Year?

  • Broad-based yet enough depth to give you credible vocational skills
  • Coverage of a variety of areas typically delivered by an expert in this area
  • Gain an understanding of a subject before choosing which route you wish to specialise in
  • Great introduction to further study, and guaranteed progression on to one of our Undergraduate degrees

The degrees offering a Foundation Year provide excellent preparation for your future studies.

During your Foundation Year you will get the opportunity to talk to tutors about your degree study and future career aspirations, and receive guidance on the most appropriate Undergraduate course to help you achieve this; providing you meet the entry requirements and pass the Foundation Year.

 


Units

  • Foundations To Psychology (PSY001-1) Compulsory
  • Introduction To Psychological Research Methods And Data Analysis (PSY002-1) Compulsory
  • Psychology In Every Day Life (PSY004-1) Compulsory
  • Health And Wellbeing Psychology (PSY019-1) Optional
  • Introduction To Counselling And Psychotherapy (PSY020-1) Optional
  • Psychology And Criminal Behaviour (PSY005-1) Optional
  • Biological And Cognitive Psychology (PSY002-2) Compulsory
  • Methods Of Research In Psychology (PSY016-2) Compulsory
  • Psychology In Practice (PSY019-2) Compulsory
  • Social Processes And Lifespan Development (PSY001-2) Compulsory
  • Culture And Individual Differences (PSY019-3) Compulsory
  • Psychology Research Project (PSY033-3) Compulsory
  • Applied Health Psychology (PSY012-3) Optional
  • Atypical Child And Adolescent Development: Theories And Applications (PSY001-3) Optional
  • Coaching Psychology (PSY002-3) Optional
  • Cognitive Neuropsychology (PSY003-3) Optional
  • Critical Social Psychology (PSY004-3) Optional
  • Occupational And Organisational Psychology (PSY015-3) Optional
  • Problem Solving (PSY007-3) Optional
  • Psychology Of Language And Vision (PSY032-3) Optional
  • Psychology Of Mental Health (PSY006-3) Optional

Throughout your degree you will encounter a wide variety of types of assessment collectively designed to suit the variety of individual learning styles. The assessments include formative and summative assessments to provide feedback to help with your own development and to inform your completion of future assessments.

Reasons to study in the School of Psychology

  • Our courses are BPS accredited
  • We teach in Psychology Labs, so you'll get theoretical and practical experience

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 Tariff Points

  • 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.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with 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

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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 Tariff Points

  • 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.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with 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

How will this course improve my career prospects?

This degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society, allowing you to follow a broad range of professional career paths in areas including clinical; educational; forensic; occupational; health; business and HR; research; training; and teaching.

In addition, psychology graduates frequently go on to work in higher education as lecturers or to conduct research for a PhD.

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £9,250 per year. 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

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2022/23 is £13,500 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

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2023/24 is £9,250 per year. 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

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2023/24 is £14,900 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

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Fees and Funding


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £9,250 per year. 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

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2022/23 is £13,500 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

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2023/24 is £9,250 per year. 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

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2023/24 is £14,900 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

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Extra Costs

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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 as an International student

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 as an International student