BSc (Hons) Psychology


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This single honours Psychology degree will allow you to study an exciting programme of psychological study delivered in a supportive environment.

The degree has a strong focus on the application of psychological knowledge to understanding and improving individual, organisational, and societal health.

Key Facts

UCAS Code: 3UC3
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
3 years (full-time)

Location:
Swansea
School/Faculty:
School of Psychology
Contact Name:
Dr Paul B. Hutchings
Contact Email:
paul.hutchings@uwtsd.ac.uk
Language Choice
English  

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The single honours programme will provide you with comprehensive knowledge and skills in understanding how and why people behave in the ways they do and the ability to apply that knowledge in a variety of individual and group settings.

You will explore the link between psychological theory, research and practice, with a focus on producing a scientific understanding of the links between the mind, brain, behaviour and experience, and how we can try to influence these processes to improve individual, organisational, and societal health and wellbeing.

The programme has a strong emphasis on developing psychological research skills and an understanding of research ethics, culminating in an independent final year research project.
The programme will explore issues such as:

  • How do humans communicate in society and how is this changing in the face of technology and social media?
  • How does the human brain influence the ways that we think, feel and behave?
  • How can we apply our knowledge of the ways in which people think, feel and behave in order to tackle problems in society?
  • How can we promote physical and psychological well being and encourage individuals to behave in a healthier way?
  • What can be done to help in the treatment of mental illness?

In addition, this single honours Psychology degree will equip students with a strong set of critical thinking, analytical and problem-solving skills, plus many other transferable skills considered desirable by employers and post-graduate courses.

Students will develop strong IT and numeracy skills as well as strong critical writing skills. The nature of assessments within the single honours degree will provide students with experience of presenting work through a variety of media such as oral and written presentations. The development of team-working skills and independent learning are carefully supported throughout the degree.

Typical Year One Modules include:

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Communication and Social Interaction
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychology in Society
  • Academic Skills and Research Methods

Typical Year Two Modules include:

  • Brain, Behaviour and Cognition
  • Developmental Psychology and Individual Differences
  • Psychology, Health and Medicine
  • Occupational Psychology
  • Current Debates in Psychology
  • Research Design and Analysis

Typical Year Three Modules include:

  • Abnormal and Clinical Psychology
  • Prejudice and Discrimination
  • Human Performance
  • Social Knowledge and Identity
  • Psychology Dissertation

The single honours Psychology degree will allow students to study a challenging and rewarding programme of psychological study delivered in a supportive environment by an established team of psychology lecturers.
The friendly and communicative approach of the academic team, based in a welcoming campus environment, allows our students the opportunity to thrive in their studies.

In line with the strong research culture of the School, the single honours programme will be structured around research-informed modules delivered by internationally recognised lecturers, with a focus on the application of psychological theory aimed at understanding and improving individual, organisational, and societal health.

You will be actively engaged in research from your first day on the course, and in your final year will be encouraged to present your research at national conferences.

This course captures the essence of psychology both as a science and also as a tool to improve people’s lives in society. It is structured to provide graduates with the skills required for further study in the field of psychology if they wish to follow this route, but also to provide a solid undergraduate degree that will enable graduates to apply for jobs in many other fields with a strong set of skills that are valued by many employers.

The programme will offer a range of different assessment methods to provide students with the opportunity to extend their practical and academic skills and encourage independent learning.

These will include traditional assessments such as academic essays and exams in addition to more innovative assessment methods such as academic posters, online assessment, group presentations, and research proposals.

Your overall degree classification marks will be calculated from Years Two and Three of your studies.

This classification will be calculated as 33% at Level 5 and 67% at Level 6.

For 2017 entry (new UCAS tariff for courses starting in September 2017):

  • Typical offers are made for 112 tariff points for the BSc Psychology programme. The single honours Psychology programme is aimed at A-level school leavers and those who have left education and now wish to return.
  • There is no expectation that A-level candidates will have studied psychology at A-level, and although they typically would have studied a social science at A-level students with a mix of subjects across the A-level spectrum are welcome.

We place great importance on encouraging non-standard entry students with relevant life skills and academic potential to join our course. Additional study skills support is available for any student needing more intensive tuition, and the nature of assessments and feedback in the first year provide ample opportunity for students who may be lacking in academic experience or confidence to develop their academic style.

The post-graduation route is multifaceted. The structure, nature and content of the single honours programme allows our students to develop strong analytical and transferable skills on top of their development of psychological knowledge, and students are therefore welcomed by many sectors including education, social care, health and allied professions, business and human resources.

 

BSc Psychology (Swansea)

Students are required to purchase the core text for the module 'Psychology Health & Medicine' as the assessment for this module is an open book exam.  The current cost of this text is around £40 .

British Psychological Society (BPSThis course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). Students who graduate with a minimum lower second class honours classification are eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society.

The School of Psychology offers an exciting mix of expertise in experimental psychology, applied health psychology, therapeutic counselling practice and psychotherapeutic approaches.

This diverse mix of skills and experience inform both the teaching and research areas across all programmes within the School and creates an exciting and dynamic learning environment where students can flourish and develop strong academic, research and transferable skills.

The School has strong links with the local Community through its community engagement work, as well as with national charities and the NHS, alongside a growing national and international research profile.

For more information, please contact the programme director Dr. Paul Hutchings on (01792) 482080 or via email on paul.hutchings@uwtsd.ac.uk.