The Psychology for Graduates (by Distance Learning) is an excellent introductory course for those who would like to work in applied areas of professional psychology such as counselling, clinical, educational, forensic, health, occupational and sports psychology.
This 60 credit course is aimed at those who have insufficient or no prior study of psychology at degree level. Once you've successfully completed the course you'll be able to gain entry on to our Psychology MSc course which, if completed successfully, confers graduate membership and the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS).
In the most recent Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of all 2017 graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.
The Psychology for Graduates course aims to develop your knowledge of a broad range of areas and approaches in psychology. Delivered via our virtual learning platform (WebLearn), you’ll be able to view lecture material and utilise self-test material to mark your progress on the course.
You’ll gain skills in research methods and statistical analyses, and use this expertise to produce reports in the format used in psychological journals.
By the end of the course, you’ll be able to describe theories and models of biological psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, individual differences, and social psychology, and have an understanding of the historical development of these theories.
All assessment takes place online. The assessment for Introduction to Psychological Research Methods consists of two practical reports relating to research studies in which the students participate. For all other modules, the assessment consists of a mid-term short-answer exam and end-of-term multiple-choice test.
You will be required to have:
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.
The modules listed below are for the academic year 2018/19 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.
Year 1 modules include:
The module aims to introduce students to an indicative range of topics in cognitive psychology within the context of historical and theoretical development.
The module aims to provide introductory level coverage of an indicative range of topics in developmental psychology, including: theories and ideas in developmental psychology; research methods in developmental psychology; cognitive development; gender role development; peer relationships; object understanding in infancy; attachment and language development.
The module aims to provide introductory level coverage of a range of perspectives and theories that have been proposed to explain the ways in which people differ and how such differences can shape behaviour.
The module aims to provide an introduction to the methods of psychological investigation, specifically:
• To develop students’ understanding of the link between psychological research questions and psychological investigation methods;
• To introduce students to some simple research designs and appropriate methods for assessing the data collected
• To develop students’ ability to write research reports in the format adopted by psychological journals.
The module aims to provide introductory level coverage of an indicative range of topics in social psychology. It focuses on the relationship between individuals and society, introducing classic work on topics such as self and identity, social influence, conformity and obedience, and group processes.
This module introduces students to the study of the brain mechanisms underlying behaviour. The focus is on comparative and physiological approaches to behaviour and the mechanisms underlying the behavioural adaptations of organisms to their environment. Students are also introduced to animal experimentation and the collection, analysis and interpretation of neuroscientific data.
The course has six modules, as listed above. The content is delivered online through the presentation of PowerPoint slides and accompanying audio commentary from the lecturer, which has been designed especially for this pathway. All assessments takes place online (please see the assessment section).
"The course is fantastic and inspiring. I have been able to reflect on the theoretical aspects of the course in my day-to-day practice as a teacher. For example, I work with children who have been excluded from school and the theory of social facilitation and inhibition has helped me restructure the classroom and meet the individual needs of each child. Great!"
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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Please note that this course has a part-time distance learning only mode in September, and a full-time distance learning only mode in January.
You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.
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