Psychology and Sociology - BSc (Hons)
Why study this course?
This vocational course combines the insights of psychology with those of sociology, enabling you to better understand human behaviour and the different genetic, biological, individual, social and developmental factors that can influence it. You’ll have the opportunity to specialise in areas of interest, such as ethnicity, youth and workplace psychology. In the most recent (2015-16) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.
This joint degree allows you to look at human behaviour from two different perspectives. Psychology integrates theory and evidence-based knowledge from different areas, including genetics, biology, individuality and development. Sociology looks at contemporary social issues, practical sociological research and social relations.
Over the course of this degree you’ll develop your understanding of both disciplines and gain the essential research and analytical skills required in both. You’ll look at humans as individuals and as communities, and will explore issues that are becoming increasingly relevant in society today, such as global inequality, gender and sexuality, and religion and the state.
You’ll have the opportunity to undertake a work placement in your third year, giving you the chance to gain valuable, hands-on experience. You’ll also complete a psychology and sociology dissertation on a topic of your choosing.
You'll be assessed through essays, critical reviews, multiple choice tests, examinations, experimental reports and presentations.
In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:
- a minimum of grades BCC in three A levels or minimum grades BC in at least two A levels in academic or business subjects (or a minimum of 104 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/Diploma; or Advanced Diploma; or Progression Diploma; or Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits)
- GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)
If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing the Psychology Extended degree.
Applicants with relevant professional qualifications or extensive professional experience will also be considered on a case by case basis.
Entry from appropriate foundation and access courses will also be considered.
All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
If you have relevant qualifications or credit from a similar course it may be possible to enter this course at an advanced stage rather than beginning in the first year. Please note, advanced entry is only available for September start. See our information for students applying for advanced entry.
Specific qualifications that may make you eligible for advanced entry to this course include a relevant foundation Degree, HND or equivalent.
If you're studying full-time, each year (level) is worth 120 credits. As this is a joint degree, you'll study 60 credits for each subject at each level.
Year 1 modules include:
- Cognitive and Developmental Psychology (1)
- Individual Differences and Social Psychology (1)
- Sociological Imagination
- Social Problems and Social Issues
Year 2 modules include:
- Individual Differences and Social Psychology (2)
- Interactive Research Methods
- Self and Society
- Developmental Psychology and Cognition (2) (option)
- Global Inequalities in the 21st Century (option)
- Racism and Ethnicity (option)
- Youth, Resistance and Social Control (option)
Year 3 modules include:
- Living Theory
- Psychology Joint Project
- Psychology and Sociology Dissertation
- Sociology Project
- Clinical and Health Psychology (option)
- Counselling Psychology (option)
- Cultural and Social Psychology (option)
- Forensic Psychology (option)
- Gender and Sexuality (option)
- Inclusion and Special Educational Needs (option)
- Judgement and Decision Making (option)
- Psychology of Learning and Education (option)
- Religion and the State (option)
- Sociology and Social Policy Work Placement (option)
- Work Psychology (option)
This course opens up job opportunities in both the private and public sectors. Examples of our Sociology orientated graduates include those now working as Human Resources Officer at Clarins and Prison Custody Officer at Sodexo, while our Psychology inclined graduates have gone on to become Support Workers at Creative Support, Special Needs Teaching Assistant at Edustaff and more.
The skills you’ll develop are transferable across an even wider range of sectors, such as advertising, human resources and marketing. It’s also great preparation for postgraduate study.
We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We’re moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations of some courses will change over time.
Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.
All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.
Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.
Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.
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How to apply
If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.
UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.
Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.
When to apply
The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.
If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.
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