The BSc Psychology Extended Degree includes a foundation year (Year 0), providing an alternative route into higher education if you don't have the traditional qualifications or can't meet the entry requirements for a psychology degree at undergraduate level. The foundation year is designed to provide the fundamental knowledge base in aspects of general scientific method and biology, underpinning psychology with an introduction to the broad areas of psychology and the skills required to study successfully through to honours level.
The BSc Psychology Extended Degree includes a foundation year (Year 0), designed to prepare you for the challenge of studying psychology at undergraduate level. It provides a solid introduction to scientific method and biology relevant to the study of psychology and other human sciences.
The foundation year is designed to provide the fundamental knowledge base in aspects of general scientific method and biology underpinning psychology with an introduction to the broad areas of psychology and the skills required to study successfully through to honours level.
You'll build an appreciation of how psychologists think both as scientists and as practitioners. The programme is delivered by academics from the School of Psychology with backgrounds both in research and in the professional practice of psychology.
Years two to four of the extended psychology degree follow the same programme as the BSc Honours Psychology degree, which is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as conferring the Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC), which is a requirement for progressing to BPS accredited postgraduate courses in clinical, educational, counselling, forensic and occupational psychology.
You'll be assessed through a range of methods including coursework, presentations, in-class tests and examinations.
This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as conferring the Graduate Basis of Chartership (GBC), subject to graduates obtaining a minimum of a lower second class honours degree.
In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should 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.
Other applicants may have level 3 qualifications such as A level, BTEC Extended Diploma or Access to Higher education qualifications with high UCAS points and grades, but not in the relevant subject areas eg. Biology and Chemistry, which are required to study for BSc programmes in the School of Human Sciences.
Applicants who meet the UCAS points criteria but who obtained a D (grade 3 from 2017) in English and/or Maths at GCSE may be offered a University test in these areas.
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 aims of the module are to (1) introduce students to some of the key concepts and skills that psychologist in different areas of the discipline require, (2) provide knowledge and understanding of psychology as an academic discipline and of psychology’s role in society, (3) foster independent learning by initiating student-led tasks, and (4) develop key skills relevant to pursuing further academic study of psychology. These outcomes will facilitate progression to Level 4 of the BSc Psychology.
The aims of the module are to (1) introduce some of the key studies that helped generate the fundamental paradigms and concepts in psychology, (2) provide knowledge and understanding of different theoretical and methodological approaches within psychology, (3) foster independent learning by initiating student-led tasks, and (4) develop key skills relevant to pursuing further academic study of psychology. These outcomes will facilitate progression to Level 4 of the BSc Psychology.
This module explores introductory ideas around the themes of self and society, in order to:
- introduce students to academic study in the Social Sciences and Humanities at H.E level
- encourage students to reflect on their own identities, as well as their skills and qualities and how they might further develop them through their H.E studies
- introduce and develop academic literacy, critical thinking and analytical skills through engagement with and production of a range of short Social Science and Humanities themed texts
- introduce reflective practice and support students to become effective, self-aware learners
- introduce and develop digital literacy skills
- develop organisational, planning and time management skills
- guide students to constructively use feedback to improve academic work
This core module aims to enable students to:
• Investigate the basic principles of research
• Critically analyse published research
• Develop and practise research skills
• Develop writing skills required for effective report writing
• Develop strategies to use feedback to improve writing
This core module aims to enable students to:
• Increase their knowledge and awareness of current research in their subject area
• Source and critically analyse published research in their area of interest•
• Further develop and practise research skills
• Further develop writing skills required for effective report writing
• Further develop strategies to use feedback to improve writing
This module aims to:
- Improve academic literacy through essay writing and feedback in the context of Social Science and Humanities debates
- Develop critical analysis and evaluation of academic source material
- Select and integrate source material appropriately in academic writing
- Develop students’ voice in academic writing
- Integrate reflective practice throughout the essay writing process
- Further develop organisational, planning and time management skills
- Guide students to constructively use feedback to improve academic work
The preparatory year comprises four year-long 30 credit modules.
Two of the modules provide a general introduction to scientific studies and biology, with the other two providing an introduction to psychology, with a focus on developing the skills necessary for successful study in psychology at honours level.
Modules at levels four, five and six can be found on the Psychology BSc (Hons) course page.
Graduates of our Psychology BSc (Hons) degree, with further training, can enter into fields directly related to psychology including clinical, counselling, educational, health, forensic and occupational psychology.
The degree also gives a strong foundation for careers in human resources, marketing, advertising and market research. There is also the option of further study at postgraduate level.
Extended degrees provide applicants with an alternative route into higher education. If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing an extended degree. Extended degrees include a Year 0, which is also known as a foundation year. Once you successfully complete your first year of study you will progress into Year 1 of an undergraduate degree.
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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