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What makes Psychology and Sociology at Worcester special?

This Joint Honours course will allow you to explore the external and internal forces that shape individuals and their behaviour within society.

Studying Sociology offers critical perspectives on contemporary society including its structures, rules and the current social crisis.

Psychology at Worcester offers opportunities to study many facets of the human psyche including: forensic or clinical psychology, counselling or business psychology.

Overview

Overview

Key Features

  • A curriculum which emphasises a range of distinctive fields, including gender, sexualities, evolution, race and ethnicity, education, and crime.
  • Wide choice of specialist modules and types of assessment (including practicals, exams, interviews and mock research).
  • Personal and academic tutoring, one-to-one tutorials and personalised feedback based as much on your career prospects as your studies.
  • Through the lens of sociological and psychological theories, you will learn about the social and psychological causes and consequences of common human experiences and issues.
  • Tailor your course to your individual needs with a joint honours degree
Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

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UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

112 UCAS Tariff points

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 the UCAS website.

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Course content

What will you study?

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Introduction to Psychology 
  • Psychological Research Methods 1
  • Applying Sociology 

Optional

  • Approaching the Crisis: 21st Century Sociology
  • On TV and Online: The Small Screen and the Active Audience
  • Family Lives 
  • Origins of Sociological Thought 
  • Democracy? The Story of an Ideal Welfare For All? The Story of a Dream

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Pathways in Sociology

Optional

  • Biological & Cognitive Psychology 
  • Social & Developmental Psychology
  • Psychological Research Methods 2 
  • Individual Differences 
  • Evolution and Human Behaviour
  • Diversity and Inclusivity in Psychology
  • Sociology Research Design & Methods
  • Approaching Sociological Research
  • Constructions of Crime: Media
  • Representations and Policy Debates 
  • People at Work: Sociological
  • Perspectives 
  • Campaign Power - People, Pressure Groups and Social Debates 
  • Housing, Housing Problems and Homelessness 
  • Consuming Lives
  • 'Race' and Ethnicity in Contemporary Britain

Year 3

Optional

  • Psychology Research Project 
  • 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
  • Independent Study
  • Response to Crime: The Justice Process
  • Pornography and Modern Culture 
  • History of Sexuality
  • Body & Society 
  • Sociology of the Individual
  • 'Race', Ethnicity and Education
  • Education and The Sociological
  • Imagination
  • Risk Society 
  • Constructing Emotions: Social / Political Perspectives

When selecting your modules in Psychology for Years 2 and 3, it is important to consult with your academic tutor from Psychology. We offer an MSc in Psychology following the BSc that would provide you with the Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

If as a Joint Honours student you go on to complete the MSc Psychology, the option of entering professional training within a particular pathway in psychology is then opened up to you. This would have an impact on your module choices within your Joint Honours program. See the MSc Psychology webpage for more information.

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Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

For more information about teaching, learning and assessment on this course, please see the single honours course pages for Psychology and Sociology.

When you choose to combine Psychology with another subject in a Joint Honours degree you will not receive the BPS accreditation as this pathway does not provide full coverage of mandatory BPS curriculum content. However, there is flexibility to switch to Single Honours at the end of the first year if you wish to receive a BPS accredited Psychology degree.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification documents for Psychology BSc (Hons) and Sociology BA (Hons).

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Dr Daniel Farrelly

Daniel is a senior lecturer in psychology. He obtained his BSc (hons) in psychology from Liverpool University in 1999, followed by an MSc in evolutionary psychology from Liverpool University in 2000.

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Dr Simon Hardy

Simon has lectured at Worcester in Sociology and Media & Cultural Studies since 1995, with specialisms in the history of sexuality, the sociology of pornography and contemporary media coverage of warfare.

Careers

Where could it take you?

A degree with Psychology is highly favoured by employers, giving you an excellent advantage in the job market. Previous graduates have gone into roles as diverse as management, human resources, teaching, healthcare or art therapy. During your studies with us you will learn and develop a broad range of transferable skills. 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 offer an MSc in Psychology following your BSc that would provide you with the Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society (BPS). If as a Joint Honours student you go on to complete the MSc Psychology, the option of entering professional training within a particular pathway in psychology is then opened up to you. See the MSc Psychology webpage for more information.

A degree in Sociology is a gateway to many careers, especially jobs that involve managing and communicating with people, thinking out solutions to problems, and understanding the diverse society in which we live. Our graduates have an excellent employment record and have taken up a variety of careers, including careers in housing, the probation service, youth work, caring professions, social services, the police, business and personnel management, public relations, media, marketing, and teaching. In order to help you reflect, plan and work on your career and progression aspirations, Sociology provides a number of opportunities for you to discuss and develop them.

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2020/21 is £12,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2020/21 are £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module, £2,313 per 30-credit module, £3,083 per 40-credit module, £3,469 per 45-credit module and £4,625 per 60 credit module.

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.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

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 of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £105 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £169 per week (2020/21 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

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