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What makes Business Psychology at Worcester special?

A good business needs good people. Business psychology helps organisations release the power in their people by uncovering what drives them to perform, develop and excel.

At Worcester you will learn to mix management and psychological principles, exploring how to build brands whilst developing a winning team. Organisations are complex structures, with multiple and sometimes competing needs. You will hone your skills throughout the course, learning how best to navigate organisational terrain en route to success in fields such as occupational psychology, human resource management and personnel.

Key features

  • Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), giving you the opportunity to gain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) - the first step to a career as a psychologist
  • The course is structured to allow you to study the core psychological principles, alongside specialist business psychology modules, giving you the flexibility to keep your options open and choose the path that best matches your interests as they develop
  • Opportunities to base your major assignments in real-world organisational settings, bringing invaluable practical experience to your studies
  • Excellent facilities including a new psychology computer suite and state-of-the-art eye tracking technology
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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

112

UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points

The points above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from http://www.ucas.com   

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Psychological Research Methods 1
  • Business Viability: Financial and Economic Perspectives
  • Marketing & Management Perspectives

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Biological & Cognitive Psychology
  • Social & Developmental Psychology
  • Psychological Research Methods 2
  • Individual Differences
  • Customer Behaviour and Decision Making

Year 3

Mandatory

  • Psychology Research Project
  • Spin Doctors, Lobbyists & Other Hidden Persuaders
  • Business Psychology
  • Coaching Psychology
  • Enhancing Organisations & Employability

Optional

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Counselling Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Applied Sports Psychology

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

You will learn how to:

  • Understand the historical and scientific origins and limitations of psychology as a discipline;
  • Use scientific and evidence-based reasoning to critically evaluate psychological arguments and develop their own perspective on psychological debates by the systematic analysis of multiple perspectives, their interrelationships, and their ethical and contextual underpinnings;
  • Show knowledge and critical understanding of how core areas within the discipline have conceptualised factors that influence psychological behaviours, experience and functioning;
  • Identify and evaluate, meaningfully, significant patterns, variability and diversity in the full range of psychological behaviour, experience and functioning;
  • Problem solve by developing and evaluating research questions;
  • Demonstrate substantial and competent research skills through the appropriate and critical use of research paradigms, and a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods and measurement techniques; including: statistical reasoning; comprehension and use of numerical and other data, including presenting and analysing complex data sets by a variety of methods;
  • Show knowledge of some of the cutting edge research in specialised and/or applied areas of psychology;
  • Initiate, design, conduct with appropriate supervision, and report an ethical empirical research project on a topic within Business Psychology, and recognise it methodological and ethical limits;
  • Use effective and fluent written, oral and visual communication to convey ideas and research findings;
  • Learn independently through self-reflection, the evaluation of strengths and weaknesses, self-directed study, and self and task management to meet set objectives;
  • Demonstrate team working skills through awareness and sensitivity to the contextual and interpersonal features of group work;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical and practical applications of psychology to a business context.

Teaching approach:

  • Lectures; seminars; practical workshops, project work, academic tutorials, directed study, computer workshops, independent learning and e-learning.
  • Each module has a dedicated virtual learning page as part of the virtual learning environment (Blackboard), giving access to a range of resources including self-directed learning, assessment tasks, discussion boards and other learning materials.
  • Teaching involves large and small group sessions with the latter designed to help support your learning.

Careers

Where could it take you?

Employability

A degree in Psychology is highly favoured by employers, giving you an excellent advantage in the job market. During your studies with us you will learn new skills, develop existing expertise, study a wide range of approaches and methodologies and leave with a broader range of knowledge, skills and abilities.

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard annual fee for full-time UK and EU students enrolling in 2016 is £9,000 per year.

The standard annual fee for full-time UK and EU students enrolling in 2017 will be no more than £9,250, subject to approval by Parliament.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard annual fee for full-time international (non-EU) students enrolling in 2016 is £11,400 per year.

Tuition fees for international (non-EU) students enrolling in 2017 will be confirmed soon.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard fees for part-time UK and EU students enrolling on this course in 2016 are £1,125 per 15-credit module, £1,500 per 20 credit module and £2,250 per 30-credit module.

The standard fees for part-time UK and EU students enrolling on this course in 2017 will be no more than £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module, subject to approval by Parliament.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

Visit our Money Advice pages for information on how much you should budget for your course.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £91 per week to the £149 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.

Apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Business Psychology BSc (Single Honours) C815 BSc/BPsy

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

UCAS CODE:

C815

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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111
admissions@worc.ac.uk  

Course leader

Dr Helen Scott
h.scott@worc.ac.uk