This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartership, provided the minimum standard of a Second Class Honours is achieved. This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.
At BU you will be part of a friendly and vibrant community where you will have the opportunity to learn about a wide range of psychological approaches (including social, biological, developmental and cognitive psychology), as well as study more specialist topics (e.g. forensic, clinical, cyberpsychology, childhood disorders such as autism, dyslexia and face blindness, eco- and environmental psychology, and more!).
For 2014 entry: 280 to 320 tariff points including 3 A-levels, or equivalent qualifications, excluding General Studies. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM.
For 2015 entry: 300 to 320 tariff points including 3 A-levels, or equivalent qualifications, excluding General Studies. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM.
Year 1- Level C
Skills and Applications of Psychology
Explores the range of applications of psychology as well as relevant study and scientific skills.
Biological and Cognitive Psychology
Examines the relationship between the biology of the brain and how we process information, think and make decisions.
Social Psychology & Individual Differences
The ways in which human behaviour is affected by the social context in which it occurs and how behaviour differs between individuals.
Development & Conceptual Issues
Introduces how we develop from helpless infants to competent adults – cognitive, social and moral development.
Experimental Methods & Statistical Analysis 1a
Planning, designing and conducting of experiments as well as the analysis and effective communication of experimental findings.
Experimental Methods & Statistical Analysis 1b
Second semester continuation from Experimental Methods & Statistical Analysis 1a, continuing to develop and carry out experiments and analysis.
Year 2- Level I
Biological Psychology and Neuroscience
Examines the organisation of the central nervous system, the use of and EEG and fMRI (brain scanning).
Personality, Intelligence, and Social psychology
Explores the measurement of differences in personality and intelligence, identity and self perception, attitudes, social cognition, and group processes.
Developmental Psychology and Its Disorders
Provides further in-depth analysis of human development as well as introducing topics such as autism, prosopagnosia (face blindness), dyslexia and dementia.
Cognition & Cognitive Neuropsychology
Examines the psychology of attention, memory, and problem-solving. Also explores the effects of brain damage (e.g. aphasia, spatial neglect).
Experimental Methods &Statistical Analysis 2a
Further developing experimental skills, statistical analysis, interpretation and reporting of experimental findings.
Experimental Methods &Statistical Analysis 2b
Continuing from Experimental Methods &Statistical Analysis 2a this is the final Experimental Methods &Statistical Analysis unit before the final year project.
Year 3- Optional placement
Optional 40 weeks placement in commerce or industry
Year - 4 Level H
You carry out your own piece of research working 1-to-1with a member of academic staff. You will be expected to design your experiment, gather data, analyse it, and write it up as if it was a scientific paper.
Employability & Advanced Research Statistics
Working towards your employability to enhance your CV and develop your interview skills. You will also continue to improve your knowledge and skills of statistical and experimental designs and findings.
You will also make a choice of 3 options for in-depth study led by staff who are carrying out research in the following areas:-
Ecopsychology & Environmental Psychology
The effects of human behaviour on environmental quality, factors influencing pro-environmental behaviour and strategies for behaviour change to manage environmental problems.
This examines current research at the forefront of knowledge exploring the application of Psychology in forensic contexts.
This explores the psychological and psychiatric disorders and develop an understanding of their aetiology and treatment.
The psychology of the workplace – employee wellbeing, recruitment and assessment, training, and dealing with stress at work.
Reading Acquisition and Autism
Examines the skills needed to learn to read, reading difficulties and dyslexia and autism.
Examines the psychology of the internet on individuals, groups, organisations and society. Also tackles topics such as cyber-bullying, website trust, e-Health.
Face Recognition & its Disorders
Examines the psychological processing involved in face recognition and explains why some individual fail to recognise even those close to them.
Visual & Spatial Cognition
We rely on visual and spatial cognition to recognise objects, move around our world and find our way from A to B. This explores psychological theory and experimentation in this area.
This unit will provide you with an understanding of the role of psychology in promoting health and well-being, and the impact of this as we grow older. Of particular interest to those wishing to pursue a career in health psychology, health services, or wishing to work with older people.
Psychology of Language: Acquisition, Bilingualism, Comprehension
You will develop an understanding of the ABC of language, i.e. how language is acquired, how we acquire and understand two languages, and how we arrive at meaning. Examines what happens when language is different either as a result of developmental or acquired changes in comprehension and production.
The following link provides the latest data collected from students on behalf of the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). The survey known as Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) provides details of destinations of UK and EU students 6 months after graduating. In some instances it also provides examples of jobs undertaken, organisations graduates are working in and levels of salary. The latest period covers students graduating in 2011/12. Details of students graduating in 2012/13 are currently being collected and compiled.
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