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Psychology BSc (Hons)

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code:

    3 year: C800 4 year: C801

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Duration:

    3 years full time
    4 years full time (with foundation)
    4 years part time

  • Starting:

    September

  • Fees UK:

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
    Integrated Foundation Year £6,780

  • Fees International:

    Full Time: £13,000
    Integrated Foundation Year £13,000

  • Location:

    Waterside

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Overview


Our Psychology Subject Group has considerable experience of offering the BSc (Hons) in Psychology. Throughout the duration of this psychology undergraduate course, students will have the flexibility to choose from a range of modules, in order to inform their studies further.

This psychology degree evaluates and furthers the understanding and reasoning behind human behaviour and mental experiences.There is a direct focus upon the major issues and methods of enquiry in current psychology and the applications of psychology to issues within modern life in work, education, physical and mental health and crime.

Professional Accreditation: British Psychological Society (BPS)

Updated 25/11/2020

Highlights


  • This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
  • Enhanced employabilty through optional volunteering.
  • Dedicated laboratories and computer suites for Psychology students.
  • Progression courses available.
  • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise
  • HP Laptop and software included with this course for eligible students.*  (*See eligibility criteria, terms and conditions apply)

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Course Content


  • You will learn new ways of understanding how and why people think and act as they do. This course will also equip you with transferable critical and analytical skills that will enhance your employability. Studying Psychology offers you considerable flexibility and choice within a supportive environment, through teaching staff and your personal academic tutor.

    At the University of Northampton, you will benefit from studying Psychology modules which are applied, providing valuable work-based learning skills and links to Changemaker. You will have access to excellent facilities and resources for research in areas such as social, cognitive, biological, developmental and personality psychology.

    Our Single Honours psychology degree course allows you to understand and analyse human behaviour, thought and emotions, from many different psychological perspectives. The course provides you with useful experience, especially if you are intending to work in a range of career areas both in and outside of psychology, such as educational psychology, clinical psychology, teaching and research

    If you are studying this course full-time you will take 120 credits worth of modules for each stage for three years. Some modules are mandatory whilst others are selected from a range of options. In stage one important core ideas, evidence and methods are introduced. This basic knowledge is built upon in stages two and three to foster an advanced understanding of topics.

    Stage one

    In stage one, six compulsory modules permit an excellent grounding in psychology. In one of these modules, you will explore the many ways that psychology is applied to real-world problems, developing your research, thinking and communication skills. You will also be introduced to the major approaches to understanding the mind and human behaviour through studying social, cognitive, biological and developmental psychology. Another module enables you to acquire skills in the design and execution of a range of psychological research methods, the analysis and interpretation of data and report writing. Other modules allow you to develop intra and inter-personal skills, as well as build on your psychological literacy using psychological skills and knowledge to solve real-world problems, whilst interacting ethically and responsibly with others.

    Stage two

    During the second stage, you will take modules in Social and Developmental Psychology; Cognitive and Biological Psychology; as well as Personality Psychology, and Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology, covering the key areas and debates within the discipline. There are also modules to expand your knowledge of quantitative and qualitative psychological research and data analysis through carrying out independent and group projects. You can also choose to study The Human Animal, The Psychology of Well Being and The Psychology of Learning and Teaching in Educational Settings.

    Stage three

    In stage three, you have the opportunity to specialise in areas of interest and for your potential career preparation. You will have the chance to select from a range of advanced Psychology modules including Forensic Psychology, Educational Psychology, The Psychology of Mental Health and The Psychology of Health amongst other applied psychological specialisms such as Applying Positive Psychology and Lifespan Development. There are also modules reflecting the research expertise of our staff, for example Psychology of Spirituality, Religion and Wellbeing, Neuroscience of Mind, Parapsychology and Anomalous Experiences and Applying Positive Psychology. You will take an empirical dissertation on a subject of your choice with one-to-one guidance from a psychology lecturer. The dissertation allows you to immerse yourself in a topic of your choice, subject to staff approval, and to put into practice your research skills that you have acquired throughout the course.

      • Module code: PSY1001
        Status: Compulsory
        This module introduces students to applications of psychological knowledge in the real world. It aims to help students acquire knowledge and understanding of theory and research relating to key topics in Applied Psychology and to develop the critical skills necessary to the evaluation of different approaches within Applied Psychology.
      • Module code: PSY1003
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to provide students with a broad understanding of psychology by introducing four core areas (social developmental cognitive and biological psychology). Students will develop critical thinking and evaluative skills of psychological material by focusing on theory empirical research and real-life examples.
      • Module code: PSY1004
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to promote reflective critical thinking and evaluation skills using a wide variety of psychological materials and develop student confidence in evaluating and conducting Psychological research.
      • Module code: PSY1006
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to provide a fundamental introduction to research design analysis and interpretation in psychology. Students need to understand common methods of investigation in order to appreciate the source and context of theories and research findings encountered in specific subject areas studied in other psychology modules.
      • Module code: PSY1011
        Status: Compulsory
        This module aims to develop student?s intra-and-inter-personal skills through exploring Positive Psychology theory and application and increasing self-awareness. Throughout the module you will gain understanding for how these are experienced how we relate to them and what psychology has begun to understand about them.
      • Module code: PSY1012
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to be personally relevant to students? psychological studies and enable them to start to build psychological literacy - using psychological skills and knowledge to solve real-world problems and interact ethically and responsibly with others.
      • Module code: PSY2003
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to develop students? skills in collaboratively and independently developing research questions conducting psychological research performing data analyses drawing appropriate conclusions and reporting empirical research.
      • Module code: PSY2005
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to continue development in research skills established in ?Becoming a Psychologist? (PSY1006). Students will increase psychological competency in preparation for the dissertation via engaging in ethical thinking and enhancing core skills at all levels of the research process
      • Module code: PSY2006
        Status: Designate
        The aim of this module is to introduce students to the notion that our understanding of human beings their thinking and behaviour can be enhanced if we understand them in terms of their biology evolution and ecology. Principles of evolution will be applied to a variety of psychological mechanisms.
      • Module code: PSY2007
        Status: Designate
        The objective of this module is to further develop the knowledge acquired in Positive Psychology (PSY1011) by specifically considering the application of theories to a range of contexts. The module refers to a range of psychological processes recognizing the importance of biological cognitive emotional and social factors in understanding well-being.
      • Module code: PSY2010
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to build on the introduction to cognitive approaches in psychology provided in Introduction to Psychology (PSY1003). It introduces new and more complex material with a view to developing students' knowledge understanding and critical appreciation of the theories and research applied in this approach.
      • Module code: PSY2011
        Status: Compulsory
        This module builds on the biological approaches to Psychology introduced in the first year module PSY1003. It introduces newer and more complex material with a view to developing students? knowledge understanding and critical appreciation of the theories and methods applied in these approaches.
      • Module code: PSY2013
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to provide students with a thorough grounding in theories and research in Developmental Psychology. This module builds on the material introduced in the Level 4 module Introduction to Psychology and will be of interest to those students who wish to deepen their knowledge of development across the lifespan.
      • Module code: PSY2014
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to build on material presented at Level 4 providing a thorough grounding in key theory and research relating to a variety of personality theories and individual differences such as intelligence and creativity.
      • Module code: PSY2015
        Status: Compulsory
        The aim of this module is to build on material presented at Level 4 (e.g. in PSY1003 and PSY1006) by tracing the historical development of Psychology as an academic discipline and considering some of the conceptual issues that continue to generate debate within the discipline. .
      • Module code: PSY2016
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to build on the Social Psychology material introduced in the first year module PSY1003 ? Introduction to Psychology. The module introduces more contemporary and critical perspectives with a view to providing students with a thorough and more complex understanding of theories research and methods in Social Psychology.
      • Module code: PSY2025
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to enable students to view education from a psychological perspective and to become aware of the ways in which Psychology can be used to understand and to improve learning and teaching. Students will spend time observing and/or participating in an educational environment which could be a school college training environment or other relevant setting.
      • Module code: PSY3004
        Status: Designate
        This module aims to explore contemporary understandings of mental health and experience of individuals with mental health disorders. The module explores social ethical and scientific issues around the field of mental health and offers an environment for students to engage in critical analysis and debate.
      • Module code: PSY3007
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to explore in depth two areas of psychology concerned with the important yet often poorly understood areas of experimental parapsychology and the psychology of anomalous experience
      • Module code: PSY3013
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module to build on curriculum provided in Psychology in Practice (PSY1001) surrounding the Health Psychology profession and application of theoretical models from Health Psychology and allied professions (e.g. medicine). Health Psychology advances the health care system and aids formulation of policy alongside focusing service provisions for individuals and communities.
      • Module code: PSY3016
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to expand knowledge and understanding on the perspective of forensic psychology drawing upon theoretical and practical understandings.
      • Module code: PSY3023
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to develop an understanding and critical appreciation of relevant theory research and practice within Educational Psychology and provide the opportunity for advanced study of the psychology of education with practical experience of applying such knowledge in an educational context.
      • Module code: PSY3024
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to consider some of the key topics within Psychology from the perspective of Critical Psychology and Discursive Psychology (eg research methods clinical and abnormal Psychology Social Psychology). This module examines the role of Psychology in the development and maintenance of the established order in society and the ways in which psychology has been shaped by the historical economic personal and social context in which it operates.
      • Module code: PSY3027
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to explore the unique contribution to Psychology provided by the related fields of Transpersonal Psychology and the Psychology of religion. This is achieved by a combination of rigorous academic inquiry with a structured experiential programme of personal interpersonal cultural and social development. Transpersonal Psychology and the Psychology of religion are concerned with important aspects of human experience related to spirituality religious experience and behaviour personal happiness and wellbeing with Transpersonal Psychology emphasising experiential and transformative approaches and the Psychology of religion emphasising an application of mainstream psychological approaches and normative descriptions. The module offers students the opportunity to engage fully in a process of personal transpersonal and social development (Integral Transpersonal Development / ITD) designed for this module.
      • Module code: PSY3053
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to develop a critical appreciation of the strengths and limitations of key psychological theory and research in the area of lifespan development and develop knowledge and understanding of a range of psychological issues relevant to children?s adolescent?s and adult?s lives.
      • Module code: PSY3054
        Status: Designate
        This module builds on the biological approaches to Psychology introduced in the second year Biological Psychology module PSY2011. It introduces newer and more complex material with a view to developing students? knowledge understanding and critical appreciation of the theories and methods applied in these approaches.
      • Module code: PSY3055
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to build on and extend the knowledge acquired by students at levels four and five. It will examine critically the impact of positive psychological processes in families organizations and communities and evaluate how these may help or hinder the development of individual and collective strengths.
      • Module code: PSY4001
        Status: Designate
        The dissertation builds on and expands students' prior knowledge of research methodology acquired at levels 4 and 5. It aims to foster the development of expertise in methodology and skills in the planning conduct and write-up of research reports. This form of independent experiential learning will require students to ask logical questions to diagnose and define problems generate and implement solutions and evaluate the effectiveness of their action-outcomes. It therefore develops in the students the ability to work independently and to reflect on the research process.
      • Module code: PSY4004
        Status: Designate
        This module builds on and expands students' prior knowledge of psychological theory and research methodology acquired at levels 4 and 5. It aims to foster the development of expertise in a specific area of psychology and the skills necessary to plan conduct and write a review of a substantial body of scientific literature. Students will produce a report which should enable a reader to understand the main direction of research under review the nature of the body of work undertaken in the area the critical issues addressed and the extent to which they have been resolved. It should also inform the reader of the issues or problems outstanding point to gaps in the coverage of the subject and advise on areas for further study and research. The module will therefore develop students' ability to synthesise and critically evaluate current knowledge on a psychological issue and to work independently to high standards of scholarship.
  • BBC at A Level or DDM at BTEC Extended Diploma.

    In addition, you will be expected to have achieved GCSE Maths at Grade C/4 or above. Domestic equivalencies are not accepted, apart from Access applicants who must take 12 credits of Maths Level 2 or 6 credits of Maths Level 3 as part of their Access course. International equivalences will be reviewed on application.

    Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) Entry Requirements

    The standard entry requirements for the Integrated Foundation Year are DEE at A level or MPP at BTEC.

    For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to Apply page.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands for study at undergraduate level

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

    For information on how to apply to study with us as an International student, please see our How to Apply for International Study page.

  • 2021/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK – Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
    • UK – Integrated Foundation Year (IFY): £6,780 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA/BSc rate)
    • International – Full Time: £13,000
    • International – Integrated Foundation Year (IFY): £13,000
    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK and EU – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK and EU – Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
    • UK and EU – Integrated Foundation Year (IFY): £6,750 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA/BSc rate)
    • International – Full Time: £12,900
    • International – Integrated Foundation Year (IFY): £12,900
    Additional Costs

    Travel costs to and from placements, and extra costs associated with placements, may be incurred throughout your studies depending on where you are based.

    Scholarships and Bursaries

    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

  • This well-established programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

    This means that upon completion of your degree (with an overall classification of a 2:2 or above), you are eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) to the BPS, granting a host of benefits. The accredited Psychology degrees here also mean that you could move into Postgraduate Study in a number of areas in Psychology and beyond, without needing to do a further Psychology Conversion course to obtain GBC status.

    Graduate Basis for Chartered (GBC) Membership is considered as the starting point to your career in psychology. Obtaining GBC encompasses many benefits, including access to journals, conferences, and events. You will have the opportunity to enhance your employability through volunteering opportunities and research placements, as well as through the courses focus on analysing human behaviour from many psychological perspectives.

    British Psychological Society accredited logo

  • Successful completion of this course can lead onto further studies if required.

  • At the University of Northampton, everything we do, from funded trips to paid internships, is to give you everything you need to make a difference when you leave.

    If you join this full time degree at Northampton you will receive a laptop when your course begins. The laptops are built to a bespoke custom specification ideal for use in the seminar room, collaborative group work or studying at home.

    Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

    To check out the full list of perks visit our Student Perks page.

  • The Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

    If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year programme which includes an Integrated Foundation Year. The Integrated Foundation Year will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.

    Featuring a reduced tuition fee in the first year, our four-year courses will enable you to successfully follow the degree pathway of your choice while gaining essential study skills. The foundation year of your chosen degree will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting the transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme.

  • What can you do with a psychology degree?

    With a psychology degree, you can specialise within different pathways and develop within an area of your choice in the field of psychology.

    Students who study this course may also choose to follow various career paths outside of the psychological profession, as they will have gained such an invaluable set of skills and a knowledge base that enables them to succeed in areas outside of psychology. For example, our graduates are employed in education, the health service, the police force, human resources management, marketing, the civil service, broadcasting, social work and many other professions.

    The work-based elements of this programme provide valuable careers based skills. As well as our annual Psychology Careers Event, at the University of Northampton, we also offer other volunteering opportunities through our Changemaker Hub, Employability Plus recognition, STEAM Opportunities and support from our careers team.

    Upon completion of this course, and depending on degree classification, you can progress to postgraduate training to obtain British Psychological Society (BPS) ‘chartered’ status (GBC) as counselling, clinical, educational, occupational, health or forensic psychologist. You could pursue a career as an academic psychologist, conducting research and teaching in higher education. More information about psychology careers can be found on the BPS website.

    Is psychology a good degree?

    One of the main draws for a degree in psychology, is that it does not limit you to just working within psychology. Of course those options are available (and more information about Psychology careers can be found through the BPS website), but the skills that are acquired throughout a Psychology degree are applicable to careers much more broadly. Such examples that you can expect to develop across the course include critical thinking and writing, computer literacy, effective communication via a variety of different channels, and thorough and ethical research practices. Many of the skills from a Psychology degree are transferable across many different careers, and therefore gives you the opportunity to develop yourself towards any route you would like to pursue.

    How long is a psychology degree?

    The BSc Psychology route here at the University is between 3-6 years, depending on your availability to study. This gives time to not only develop a foundational knowledge of psychology and appropriate research skills, but also for you to develop towards the areas that are of interest to you, and time to explore career opportunities and areas of expertise, alongside our staff team.

    Are there work placements?

    There are a couple of different places within the course where there are opportunities for work placements. During Stage One, there is a short work placement to complete as part of a module assessment. Following from here, there are work placement opportunities within our Education-focused modules at Stages Two and Three. We also run an optional placement year, between Stage Two and Stage Three, giving you the opportunity to strengthen career skills alongside your degree, should you so wish.

    How will I learn?

    Teaching methods on the BSc (Hons) Psychology include an innovative, active blended approach to learning which makes the acquisition of knowledge more dynamic and flexible for students than ever before. This involves face-to-face seminars, tutorials, practical or laboratory workshops and computer assisted learning. Independent and group work will be supplemented with online seminars, self-directed learning and virtual tasks.

    You are encouraged to actively engage and participate with your course material both online and in class discussions to further enhance your learning and will be expected to complete independent study alongside attending your classes. Practical work represents an important component of the Psychology course in each of your three years of study. Throughout the course, you are exposed to different research approaches, and will develop an ability to apply both quantitative and qualitative techniques to research questions. We have extensive online resources that support face-to-face contact in class.

    You are taught by experienced, well-qualified staff that are experts within their disciplines. Staff in the Subject Group are active researchers, producing research that is nationally and internationally recognised.

    How am I assessed?

    A variety of assessment strategies are used at each level to ascertain your level of competence in a range of academic and transferable skills. These strategies include essays, practical reports, multiple-choice tests, oral presentations, time-constrained essays, seen and unseen examinations, critical reviews, group project work, patchwork blogs, audio-visual presentations, and reflective reports, for example.

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Careers and Employability


There is a broad set of career options available to students who study this degree, as you are able to specialise within a specific type of psychology.

Some examples of job roles that come from studying this field include:

  • Counselling psychologist
  • Educational psychologist
  • Forensic psychologist
  • Further education teacher