Psychology BSc (Hons)

Key features of this course:

  • Accredited by the British Psychological Society, this course develops the skills needed to become competent in investigating theories and carrying out research.
  • Excellent facilities including a new Psychology computer suite, specialist e-learning resources and a state of the art eye-tracker.
  • Innovative assessment methods including; wiki’s, blogs, YouTube presentations and posters.
  • A key focus on employability and skill development helping you to realise your potential.
  • Research active staff who have been involved in a wide variety of research projects and consultancies, e.g. quality of life assessment; psychology of pain; treatment of depression and GP attitudes; perceptions of speech style; attitudes to crime; the impact of volunteering on mental health; psycholinguistics; the well-being and experience of children; decision-making and critical judgement by Authorised Firearms Officers.

What our students say...

“The course is a basis for accreditation with the BPS society, which is essential for psychologists. I also like the fact that all of my lecturers are working in this field and tell us about their own research – it helps you realize what you can achieve.”

Debbie Smith
Student, Psychology BSc (Hons)

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From brain and behaviour, to personality and psychological disorders, or the influence of other people on an individual's thoughts, psychology is both fascinating and important to the study of our thoughts, feelings and behaviour. This course will develop the skills you need to become competent in investigating theories and carrying out research.

 

We offer flexibility with a range of different pathways, which reflect differing levels of eligibility for British Psychological Society (BPS) membership, including Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) status – a crucial factor for a career in Psychology.

 


Aiming for Psychology

The BPS is the key professional body for psychology and psychologists and as such is responsible for developing and supporting the discipline of psychology and disseminating psychological knowledge to the public and policy makers. Membership of the society is therefore essential if you want to go on to work in an area of psychology. In order to gain Chartered Membership of the Society, you need to follow a training route that is approved by the Society – that includes undertaking an initial degree that has been accredited by the BPS such as the one we run at Worcester.  This will then give you graduate basis for chartered membership (GBC). At Worcester GBC can be gained through studying single honours psychology (this can be either BSc Psychology or through one of our named pathways such as BSc Counselling Psychology) or by taking the BSc Psychology Major Honours route.

 

Members of the Psychology team have completed a wide variety of research projects and consultancies, e.g. quality of life assessment; psychology of pain; treatment of depression and GP attitudes; perceptions of speech style; attitudes to crime; the impact of volunteering on mental health; psycholinguistics; the well-being and experience of children; decision-making and critical judgement by Authorised Firearms Officers.

Entry requirements

280 UCAS Tariff points

Course fees

The standard annual fee for full-time UK/EU students enrolling in 2014 is £8,900 per year. Part-time fees are generally charged on a pro rata basis.

For more details, please visit our course fees page

Meet the team

Get to know our expert staff and meet some of the team who you'll be learning with at the University of Worcester.

Dr Tim Jones | Dr Dean Wilkinson | Tess Parkinson | Elaine Walklet

Study options

It is also possible to study Psychology as a joint degree with another subject.

The combination subjects available are: Art & Design, Biology, Business Management, Drama & Performance, Education Studies, English Literary Studies, Fine Art Practice, Human Biology, Human Nutrition, Mathematics and Sociology.

The University of Worcester’s degree combinations add breadth to your studies and enhance your employability.

Eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society if studied as single honours or as the major component of a major/minor degree.

Get in touch

Dr Helen Scott
Course Leader
h.scott@worc.ac.uk
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Admissions Office
01905 855111 
admissions@worc.ac.uk 

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 specifically psychology;

• Initiate, design, conduct with appropriate supervision, and report an ethical empirical research project, 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.

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.

Modules

Core modules:

• Introduction to Psychology
• Psychological Research Methods 1

Module options:

• Introduction to Developmental Psychology
• Introduction to Counselling Psychology
• Introduction to Forensic Psychology
• Applying Psychology to the Real World

Core modules:

• Biological & Cognitive Psychology
• Social & Developmental Psychology
• Psychological Research Methods 2
• Individual Differences

Module options:

• Applied Psychology
• Preparing for Work in Psychology

Core modules:

• Psychology Research Project

Module options:

• Psychology in Practice
• Business Psychology
• Clinical Psychology
• Coaching Psychology
• Counselling Psychology
• Educational Psychology
• Forensic Psychology
• Health Psychology
• Critical Sociocultural Psychology
• Applied Sports Psychology
• Positive Psychology

Employability

This course provides the foundation for a career as a professional psychologist, e.g. clinical, counselling, educational, forensic, health or occupational; practical experience and further training will be required after you graduate to pursue these careers and you must have a psychology degree conferring GBC.

This course also provides a foundation for careers in social work, research, industry and commerce, human resource management and administration. Other employment opportunities include working with people with disabilities, counselling, marketing, speech and langage therapy and prison psychology.

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. An important part of this learning process is the ability to reflect upon your own experiences; an aspect of practice engaged in by all professional psychologists. We will help you to develop these skills through the Academic Tutoring system; you will be provided with an Understanding Skills & Professionalism booklet, which you will use both as a record of your learning and a tool for self-reflection.

According to a recent survey (HESA 2010) University of Worcester Psychology graduates enjoy good levels of employability, with 97.6% of 2009 graduates employed (73.2%) or engaged in postgraduate study (24.4%). Of those graduates who move straight into employment, just over half (53.3%) work in health or educational settings.

Examples of employment directly entered by Psychology graduates include: Assistant psychologist, Research executive, Admin manager and therapeutic support worker.

A work based learning module provides an opportunity for you to gain academic credits from employment in a work environment, and to receive feedback from recruitment specialists, employers, human-resource managers and staff about all aspects of your professional practice to help further enhance your skills and areas for further development.

Employability is embedded right across our programme and we have dedicated taught sessions on curriculum vitae writing, increasing your employment opportunities and how to use feedback gained throughout your programme to help improve your skill set. Many of our assessment modes focus on the skills highly favoured by employers including; independent and critical thinking, literacy and numeracy, group work and clear communication.

As a research-active department you will have the opportunity to participate in real psychological research and work alongside experienced researchers in the field. The department has excellent links with both local and national organisations including the NHS, Alive! Charity, the BPS, West Mercia Police Constabulary, Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service and Worcestershire County Council.

Many of our students choose to complete voluntary work alongside their degree programme to help enhance opportunities for postgraduate study and employability, and as such the department has excellent links with several prisons including HMP Aylesbury, and the NHS.

Where appropriate practicing psychologists e.g. Educational, Forensic, Clinical and Occupational psychologists contribute towards the programme through guest lectures, and provide valuable insights into the varying roles psychologists play in society.

Apply through UCAS

Single Honours:
Psychology BSc (Hons) - C800 BSc/Psy

Joint Honours
Art & Design and Psychology - WC98
Biology and Psychology - CC18
Business Management and Psychology - NC28
Drama & Performance and Psychology - WC48
Education Studies and Psychology - XC38
English Literary Studies and Psychology
Fine Art Practice and Psychology
Human Biology and Psychology - CCC8
Human Nutrition and Psychology - BCK8
Mathematics and Psychology - GC18
Psychology/Sociology - CL83

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