Psychology and Sociology BSc
Placement Offered This course has a Professional Development option.
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- Teaching & Assessment
- Entry Criteria
About the Course
Psychology is often defined as the study of behaviour and of the mind. Through their theories and research, psychologists investigate a diverse range of topics including:
- The relationship between the brain, behaviour and subjective experience;
- Human development;
- The influence of other people on the individual’s thoughts, feelings and behaviour;
- Psychological disorders and their treatment;
- The impact of culture on the individual’s behaviour and subjective experience;
- Differences between people in terms of their personality and intelligence;
- People’s ability to acquire, organise, remember and use knowledge to guide their behaviour.
A central theme of Sociology at Brunel is the study of the development of techno-cultural phenomena such as new communications technology and environmental issues which straddle traditional conceptual distinctions between the social, the natural, the technical and the material.
Among the more specific interests of Brunel sociologists are, for example, the social construction of technology, social theory, contemporary social structure, celebrity culture, the influence of the media, environmental risk, media regulation, urban spaces, comedy cultures and crime and addiction. These various interests are strongly reflected in the options available at Level 3 of our degree course.
This course combines the wide structural insights of sociology with the rigorous techniques of psychology to give you a broad intellectual grounding in all aspects of human behaviour.
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- Foundations of Psychology I: Learning and Social Psychology
- Foundations of Psychology III: Brain and Cognition
- Statistics and Research Methods I
- Statistics and Research Methods II
- Introduction to Sociology
- Advanced Research Methods
- Advanced Data Analysis
- Developmental Psychology
- Cognitive Psychology
- Biological Psychology
- Social Divisions
- Work and Society
- Dissertation (individual supervision on a topic of your choosing)
Students take four optional modules, at least three of which should be from the following list:
- Inter-Group Relations
- Therapeutic Approaches in Clinical Psychology and Mental Health
- Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience
- Autistic Spectrum Disorder
- Evolutionary Psychology
- The Psychology of Consciousness
- Drugs, Hormones and the Brain
- Health Psychology
The fourth option may be an approved non-Psychology module within the School of Social Sciences.
- The degree provides graduate basis for registration and membership with the British Psychological Society (assuming a 2.2 or above is achieved). This can be important as an entry qualification for postgraduate professional training in psychology.
- A full range of laboratory and technical facilities is used in the teaching of experimental psychology, including a lab for infant research in visual and cognitive development, brain imaging facilities (fMRI, EEG), psychophysics, eye tracking and the use of information technology.
- We take particular pride in both the quality of our teaching and the extensive pastoral care of our students.
- We enjoy greater funding than many other comparable academic schools and departments in Britain.
We pursue excellence in both teaching and research. Our aim is to produce degree programmes which combine innovative and classical teaching methods with leading-edge research, and which recognise the value of practical work experience in the learning process. We take great pride in both the quality of teaching and the extensive pastoral care of our students.
This course will help you to develop specific skills in the practical methods associated with psychology. A full range of laboratory and technical facilities is used in the teaching of experimental psychology, psychophysics and the use of information technology.
All members of the academic staff are actively engaged in research and many have international reputations in their field. Their innovative findings feed into your courses to ensure that teaching is up-to-date.
Each module will involve two to three hours of contact time per week. Students will also spend a great deal of their time in private study and preparing assignments.
How will I be taught?
Teaching methods include tutorials, seminars, laboratory classes and integrated or formal lectures.
Students are assessed using a range of methods, including coursework assignments, poster presentations, oral presentations and seen and unseen examinations.
See Undergraduate Anthropology Handbook for further information (student handbooks are not exhaustive and subject to change).
Brunel graduates will develop a range of transferable skills that are useful in the wider workplace. Psychology degrees are highly regarded by employers in many fields and sociologists are in increasing demand in many sectors such as social welfare and policy, in local government and administration, medicine, education, research and in industry.
Students will acquire knowledge in new information and communications technologies and rigorous training is provided in methodologies and research skills. Our British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited courses provide eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC). On completion students will acquire a range of skills, which include the following:
- Communicate effectively, both face-to-face or in writing
- Understand, analyse and use complex data
- Retrieve and organise information from different sources
- Handle primary source material critically
- Engage in effective team work
- Solve problems and reason scientifically to consider alternative approaches and solutions
- Make critical judgements and evaluations to gain different perspectives on a question
- Use personal planning and project management skills to become more independent and pragmatic
Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey
Psychology graduates tend to fall broadly into two groups – those who ultimately wish to progress into the chartered Psychologist careers or health and social care professions and those who use their degree as a route into another non-related psychology career. Psychology degrees develop many of the transferable skills which all graduate employers require and, with around 60% of positions open to all disciplines, Psychology graduates enter many other careers in both the commercial, community and not-for-profit sectors.
In 2011/12, six months after graduating:
- 71.8% of graduates with a first degree were in employment
- 6.9% were in full-time further study
- 6.1% were combining work and study
With a good degree in psychology, you may go on to train as a clinical, educational, occupational or research psychologist. Other careers include work with adults or children with disabilities, counselling, personnel management, market research and advertising, prison and probation work.
Sociologists are in increasing demand in many sectors in social welfare and policy, in local government and administration, in medicine, in education and research, and in industry. If you are thinking of a career in any of these fields, it may also be possible to select work experience in these areas.
Psychology degrees are valued by business and other employers.
This course is also available as a four year sandwich course (with Professional Development) which includes two high quality placements in a variety of settings.
Around 40% of Psychology students include sandwich placements as part of their degree which are predominantly carried out in a range of public sector and research environments.
Placement leavers from Psychology experienced the following outcomes:
- 88.7% progressed into employment or further study
- 63.8% were engaged in a graduate-level activity (employment or further study)
- 60.0% of employed leavers were working in the top three categories of graduate level employment
- The average starting salary was £17,481.
At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.
UK/EU students: £9,000 full-time; £1,000 placement year
International students: £13,000 full-time
See our fees and funding page for full details of scholarships available to Brunel applicants
Fees quoted are per annum and are subject to an annual increase.
Entry Requirements for 2014 Entry
- GCE A-level AAB – ABB. Typical offer AAB (General Studies not accepted for this subject at all).
- BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma D*D*D in a related subject.
- BTEC Level 3 Diploma D*D in a related subject with an A-level at grade A.
- BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in a related subject with A-levels grade AA.
- International Baccalaureate Diploma 35 points.
- Access to Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass a related subject Access course with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher.
GCSE Mathematics grade C and GCSE English grade C are also required.
Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants within our grade range as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSE’s.
International and EU Entry Requirements
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English Language Requirements
- IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
- TOEFL Paper test: 580 (TWE 4) PBT
- TOEFL Internet test: 92 IBT (R18, L17, S20, W17)
- Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
- BrunELT: 65% (min 55% in all areas)
Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accept a range of other language courses. We also have a range of Pre-sessional English language courses, for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English.
Our International Pathways and Language Centre offers a range of foundation and pre-masters courses to provide you with the academic skills required for your chosen course.