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BSc(Hons)

Psychology with Sociology (with Foundation Year)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2017/18
Course code:
C8LF
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
48
Department:
Health and Social Sciences
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Four years full-time; five years sandwich;
Delivery:
Full-time; sandwich; part-time
Programme leader:
Dr Nancy Zook
Key fact:
BSc(Hons) Psychology with Sociology 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 (BPS) 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 will equip 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, you will 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 two 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).

Foundation year (Year zero)

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Academic Skills for Social Sciences
  • Exploring the Social World and the Problems of Crime
  • From Plato to Nato
  • People and Social Science

You will study the Foundation year alongside students from our other Social Science courses and therefore may be able to transfer to a course in one of these areas at the end of the Foundation year.

The normal expectation is that you must pass all Year zero modules before progressing to Year one.

Year one

In Year one, students are introduced to Sociology covering the 'classical canon' of the discipline manifest 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 one

You will study the following compulsory modules:

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

Plus one of the following optional modules:

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

Final year

In year three, you will have the opportunity to select from a wide range of specialist topic modules in Psychology and Sociology that suit your interests, while undertaking an independent research project of your choice, supervised by a member of the academic staff.

You will study the following compulsory module:

  • Social Sciences Project and Placement.

Plus optional modules from the list below, according to credit requirements:

  • Advanced Developmental Psychology
  • Anomalous Experiences and Mental Health
  • Psychology of Appearance and Embodiment
  • Applied Developmental Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuropsychology
  • Counselling and Psychotherapy Theory and Research
  • Developing Self and Society
  • Health Psychology in Practice
  • Psychology and Social Justice
  • Psychology and the Arts
  • The Arts and Mental Health
  • Working with Difference in Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Atypical Development
  • Genders, Sexualities and Society
  • Human Sexuality
  • Methods in Neuroscience
  • Psychological Approaches in Mental Health
  • Consciousness
  • Psychology of Work, Business and Organisations
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Psychology of Addiction

Plus one of the following optional 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

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 it (e.g. 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 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 and timed assignments, as well as 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 (BPS) 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-world 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 years, on work placement in a public, private or voluntary sector organisation. These placements are normally paid and the majority of students are recruited by their employers after graduating.

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 you will be 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.

Learn from experts

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.

Designed around you

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 Bristol 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

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

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Over 4 years1800
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Over 4 years with placement2250
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year450

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: 48
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language, Mathematics and Double 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: Science AS or A2. 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 one A-Level.
  • Specific subjects: Science at GCSE, A or AS level.
  • Relevant subjects: Maths
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: To include six units in a science subject.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include level 3 credits in Science.
  • Baccalaureate IB: A pass in a higher level science subject.

Entry requirements

Students who expect to achieve a higher tariff score may also be interested in our BSc(Hons) Psychology with Sociology course.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

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.

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