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BSc(Hons)

Psychology with Sociology

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2017/18
Course code:
C8L3
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
136
Department:
Health and Social Sciences
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Three years (or four with sandwich year option)
Delivery:
Full-time; part-time; sandwich option
Programme leader:
Dr Nancy Zook
Key fact:
BSc(Hons) Psychology with Sociology at UWE Bristol is accredited by the British Psychological Society and has a strong applied, practical focus designed to build relevant professional skills and enhance graduate employability.

Page last updated 3 March 2017

Introduction

Why study BSc(Hons) Psychology with Sociology?

Psychology with Sociology combines the study of people and society with a deep insight into human thought, action and behaviour. Blending the benefits of a scientific approach with the ability to think creatively, you will develop a set of skills essential for many interesting careers. Psychology graduates work in almost every area of society, adding value with their numeracy, IT literacy, communication and problem-solving capabilities.

Why study our course?

In the first year, you will study both subjects on an equal basis before specialising in one of the two areas. The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society and confers the Society's Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) for psychology majors - the recognised initial standard for those wishing to become practitioner psychologists. Built around the core BPS curriculum, the course is geared to applying academic knowledge to real-world situations, training you in a range of advanced methods and transferable skills for a variety of careers. Taught by internationally recognised practitioners and mentored by a dedicated personal tutor, you will also have the opportunity to undertake work-based learning.

Real-world experience

The applied nature of the course provides opportunities to gain hands-on experience in practical-based sessions, developing your academic knowledge, strengthening your CV and enhancing your employability. You will also participate in a range of undergraduate, postgraduate and staff research projects. Our focus on developing professional skills in work settings is reflected in placement opportunities in Year two and the option to choose a third year project with an applied framework. Our sandwich option provides a year of work-based learning in a public, private or voluntary sector organisation.  

Where it can take you

The course equips you with the skills that today's leading employers value. From healthcare, law enforcement, finance, IT and research, to government, education, the creative industries and the legal sector, our students have the confidence, communication skills and team-working abilities that make a positive impact in any organisation.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:

Structure

Content

The first couple of years of the course cover the core BPS content areas in Psychology. These include social, developmental and cognitive psychology, individual differences, biological psychology, conceptual and historical issues, statistical analysis and research design (qualitative and quantitative).

Year one

You will be introduced to Sociology covering the 'classical canon' of the discipline manifest in the work of Marx, Durkheim and Weber in addition to looking at the relevance of sociology in everyday situations.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Research Design and Analysis 1
  • Foundations in Social Theory
  • Sociological Practice
  • Critical Thinking

Year two

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Research Design and Analysis 2
  • Identities in Psychology
  • Mind, Brain and Development

Plus one optional module from the list below:

  • Beliefs and Society
  • Gender and Society
  • The Sociology of 'Race' and Ethnicity

Final year

You have the opportunity to select from a wide range of specialist topic modules in Psychology and Sociology to suit their interests, while undertaking an independent research project of their choice supervised by a member of the academic staff.

You will study the following compulsory module:

  • Social Sciences Project and Placement

Plus four optional modules from the list below:

  • Advanced Developmental Psychology: Theory and Practice
  • Applied Developmental Psychology
  • Clinical Aspects of Mental Health
  • Cognitive Neuropsychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Constructing Gender in Society
  • Health Psychology in Practice
  • Human Sexuality
  • Methods in Neuroscience
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Neurophysiology and Brain Imaging
  • Principles of Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Psychological Perspectives on Political Violence
  • Psychology and Social Justice
  • Psychology in the Community*
  • Psychology of Addiction
  • Psychology of Appearance and Embodiment
  • Psychology of Consciousness
  • Psychology of Sport and Exercise
  • Psychology of Work, Business and Organisations
  • Psychopharmacology
  • The Arts and Mental Health

Plus one of the following optional Sociology modules:

  • Stop, Look, Listen: A Society of Culture
  • Protest, Policing and Public Order
  • Childhood Disorder and Disordered Childhood
  • Psychoanalysis, Society and the Irrational
  • Digital Media and Society
  • Bodies, Technology and Society
  • The Sociology of Madness and Mental Disorders
  • Religion and Society
  • Politics and Society in the Global Age
  • Family Problems - Problem Families: Psycho-Social Perspectives on Family and Community Life
  • Seeing and Society: Applied Visual Sociology
  • Contemporary Critiques of Modern Society

*To be taken if you choose to go on placement.

This structure is for the full-time course delivery only. For part-time delivery, the same modules will be studied. However, the structure will differ.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

The course uses a mixed model of instruction that includes traditional lectures and seminars, along with interaction through a virtual online learning environment, Blackboard. You will be able to engage with learning materials, other students and members of staff through this system in addition to using the various functionalities built into the system (eg online assignment submission, interactive quizzes, blogs, videos, podcasts and discussion boards). Instructors on the course form a collegiate academic community comprising around 40 permanent academic staff who will be readily accessible to you for questions and support.   

Throughout the course of study, you will have extensive opportunities to gain hands-on experience with psychological topics and approaches in practical based sessions. Many of these sessions are taught in our large undergraduate teaching laboratory, which features advanced computing systems, software and analytic instrumentation. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to participate in a range of undergraduate, postgraduate and staff research projects.

For more details, see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Assessment

The course makes use of a variety of formative and summative assessment methods across the three levels of study. Examples of coursework assessment include essays, journal articles and book reviews, research reports, literature reviews, computer based tests, personal reflective journals and group presentations. Controlled assessments can include unseen and seen examinations, timed assignments, group and individual presentations.

For more details, see our full glossary of assessment terms.

Features

Professional accreditation

BSc(Hons) Psychology with Sociology is accredited by the British Psychological Society and the degree confers the Graduate Basis for Chartership with the Society when Psychology is studied as the major subject.

Placements

In your second year, there will be an opportunity to gain work experience and apply your expertise in real-word settings. During this year, you will undertake a work-based learning project, supervised by a member of academic staff.

In your final year, you will tackle an independent research project that can also be work-based. Alternatively, you can choose our sandwich course option and spend 12 months, between your second and third year, on work placement in a public, private or voluntary sector organisation.

Study facilities

The course is taught by a dynamic, approachable and supportive team of internationally acclaimed professionals with interests in teaching, research, scholarship and professional practice. Along with lectures and seminars, we offer an innovative, interactive virtual learning environment where you can engage with materials, students and staff, as well as access quizzes, blogs, videos, podcasts and discussion boards. Excellent facilities including well-equipped labs, teaching spaces and library are underpinned by an effective IT infrastructure. Practical sessions are often held in our undergraduate teaching laboratory where students are supported by dedicated psychology technicians in using advanced computing systems, software and analytic instrumentation.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.

Extra information

The faculty contributes to a wide range of scholarship and professional activities. Many operate within the faculty research centres, including the Centre for Appearance Research.

Psychology at UWE Bristol can also be studied as either a major or minor accredited course in conjunction with Criminology or Law. Where Psychology is studied as a major, the degree confers Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC). 

Careers

Careers / Further study

Our students graduate as well organised, confident communicators with excellent analytical and critical thinking abilities. Psychology with Sociology at UWE has an applied focus, providing you with a strong blend of knowledge, skills and experience essential for a career as a Chartered Psychologist or employment in a range of competitive industries from healthcare, law enforcement, finance, IT and research, to government, education, the creative industries and the legal sector. There are also many opportunities for postgraduate study and research degrees.

Award-winning careers service

Our award-winning careers service will help you develop your employment potential through career coaching and a vacancy service for internships, along with placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity, plus support for entrepreneurial activity and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Useful links

Guardian - what to do with a degree in psychology

Guardian - what to do with a degree in sociology

Fees

Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12250
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1531

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Over 3 years1350
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Over 3 Years with Placement1800
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year450

Full Time Course with Placement Year

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee12250
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year12250
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1531
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1531
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year10719

Part Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Part Time - Module Fee (15 Credit)1156

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those you could reasonably expect to incur during your studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Further information about fees and funding.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 136
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language, Mathematics and Science, or equivalent.

    Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Grade B or above in at least one A2 subject. 120 points must come from A2 subjects or equivalent. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma, to include 15 level 3 credits at distinction and 15 level 3 credits at merit.
  • Baccalaureate IB: A minimum grade of 6 in a higher level subject.

Entry requirements

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for Foundation Year entry into this or other related degree courses.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

UWE Bristol's International College
International students who do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

How to apply

UCAS Extra: We welcome applications through UCAS Extra for this programme from 25 February until 4 July 2017. Responses to UCAS Extra applications will be given within 14 working days.

Please see the general information about applications.

For further information

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