BSc Psychology

About the Course

Listen to the Admissions Tutor for the Psychology Programme, Dr Charlotte Greenway talk about the type of student she's looking for and the type of course offered here at the School of Social Justice and Inclusion.

Psychology is described as the ‘scientific study of people, the mind and behaviour (BPS, 2007) and it is uniquely placed to support many and varied career pathways involving people. The structure of this degree programme has been devised to provide you with insights into a broad range of fields within Psychology and you will become familiar with a range of scientific methods used in exploring human behaviour.

The course provides a broad base for students to gain insights into the mind and human experience - what makes us ‘tick’. The journey begins with an overview of psychology’s passage to becoming a scientific discipline. We shall examine how the brain works, particularly the exciting new developments that technology has enabled scientists to discover. We investigate the human experience from conception to old age as well as the impact of nature and nurture on our well-being and how we construct our social world.

Award
BSc (Single Honours)

UCAS Code
C800

Language Choice
English

Course Length
3 years full-time

Entry Requirements

The usual entry requirement is 240 UCAS points. However, all applicants are judged on an individual basis, and we welcome mature applicants who wish to return to study.

Career Opportunities

  • Public and Private Sector
  • Human Resource
  • Marketing
  • Police
  • Research
  • Teaching (with PGCE)

Campus

Carmarthen Campus

Typical modules

  • Brain and Behaviour
  • Abnormal Behaviour
  • Neuroscience
  • Lifespan Development
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Research Methods

Key Features

  • A broad-based degree that can be applied to many careers involving people
  • Opportunities for work placement
  • Opportunities for study abroad in Europe and the USA
  • The School of Social Justice and Inclusion has developed an excellent reputation for vocationally relevant programmes
  • Excellent links with community groups, education sector and the caring professions
  • Enthusiastic, knowledgeable and research-active staff
  • Excellent academic and pastoral support for students

Why study at this University?

  • The School of Education Studies and Social Inclusion has developed an excellent reputation for vocationally relevant programmes
  • Excellent links with community groups, education sector and the caring professions
  • Enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff
  • Excellent academic and pastoral support for students

Programme Specification

The main educational aims of the programme are:

  • On graduating with an honours degree in Psychology, students should be able to:
  • apply multiple perspectives to psychological issues, recognising that psychology involves a range of research methods, theories, evidence and applications;
  • integrate ideas and findings across the multiple perspectives in psychology and recognise distinctive psychological approaches to relevant issues;
  • identify and evaluate general patterns in behaviour, psychological functioning and experience;
  • understand and investigate the role of brain function in all human behaviour and experience;
  • generate and explore hypotheses and research questions;
  • carry out empirical studies involving a variety of methods of data collection, including experiments, observation, psychometric tests, questionnaires, interviews and field studies;
  • analyse data using both quantitative and qualitative methods;
  • present and evaluate research findings;
  • employ evidence-based reasoning and examine practical, theoretical and ethical issues associated with the use of different methodologies, paradigms and methods of analysis in psychology;
  • use a variety of psychological tools, including specialist software and psychometric instruments;
  • carry out an extensive piece of independent empirical research, including defining a research problem; formulating testable hypotheses/research questions; choosing appropriate methodologies; planning and carrying out a study efficiently; demonstrating awareness of ethical issues and current codes of ethics and conduct; obtaining the appropriate ethical approval for their research; demonstrating the ability to reason about the data and present the findings effectively; discussing findings in terms of previous research; evaluating methodologies and analyses employed and implications for ethics; and, where appropriate, collaborating effectively with colleagues, participants and outside agencies.

Programme Outcomes

The Learning Outcomes of the modules in the single honours programme will enable students to:

Knowledge and understanding of the field

  • understand the scientific underpinnings of psychology as a discipline, its historical origins, development and limitations;
  • recognise the inherent variability and diversity of psychological functioning and its significance;
  • demonstrate systematic knowledge and critical understanding of a range of influences on psychological functioning, how they are conceptualised across modules;
  • demonstrate detailed knowledge of several specialised areas and/or applications, some of which are at the cutting edge of research in the discipline;
  • demonstrate a systematic knowledge of a range of research paradigms, research methods and measurement techniques, including statistical analysis, and be aware of their limitations.

Application

  • reason scientifically, understand the role of evidence and make critical judgements about arguments in psychology;
  • adopt multiple perspectives and systematically analyse the relationships between them;
  • detect meaningful patterns in behaviour and experience and evaluate their significance;
  • pose, operationalise and critique research questions;
  • demonstrate substantial competence in research skills through practical activities.

Reflection

  • reason statistically and use a range of statistical methods with confidence;
  • competently initiate, design, conduct and report an empirically-based research project under appropriate supervision, and recognise its theoretical, practical and methodological implications and limitations;
  • be aware of ethical principles and approval procedures and demonstrate these in relation to personal study, particularly with regard to the research project, and be aware of the ethical context of psychology as a discipline.

Transferable Skills

  • communicate ideas and research findings, both effectively and fluently, by written, oral and visual means;
  • comprehend and use numerical, statistical and other forms of data, particularly in the context of presenting and analysing complex data sets;
  • be computer literate and confident in using word processing, database and statistical software;
  • be sensitive to, and react appropriately to, contextual and interpersonal factors in groups and teams;
  • undertake self-directed study and project management, in order to meet desired objectives  and take charge of their own learning; reflect and evaluate personal strengths and weaknesses for the purposes of future learning.

Further Information

Assessment methods

Assessment of academic work is by a variety of methods such as essay writing, presentations, report writing discussions and mini conferences/poster presentations and assessment by short answer or multiple choice questions.

Learning and Teaching methods

As a psychology student you will experience a variety of teaching and learning methods. These include the traditional lecture, peer-reviewed seminars, blogs, research work-shops, group-work and directed study.