Psychology BSc

Placement Offered This course has a Professional Development option.

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Special Features
  • Teaching & Assessment
  • Employability
  • Fees
  • Entry Criteria

About the Course

The Psychology courses at Brunel emphasise the every day and real-life significance of psychology by encouraging you to explore the relationship between the practical and theoretical aspects of the subject, both through academic study and work placements.

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.
The courses in Psychology, Psychology and Sociology, and Psychology and Anthropology are approved degree courses for the purpose of giving the graduate basis for registration by the British Psychological Society, provided the minimum standard of qualification of second class honours is achieved.

Aims

This degree ensures that you gain an understanding of the breadth and diversity of the discipline. At the same time, as you progress through the course and discover the areas which interest you the most, it becomes increasingly possible to specialise, through both our work placement system and your selection of modules.

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Course Content

Level 1

At Level 1, you will tackle psychological issues in a multi-disciplinary context.

Typical modules (all core):

  • Foundations of Psychology 1: Learning and Social Psychology
  • Foundations of Psychology 2: Clinical Psychology
  • Foundations of Psychology 3: Brain and Cognition
  • Research Methods
  • Statistics
  • Psychological Perspectives on Current Issues

Level 2

At Level 2, modules cover the core areas of the discipline including cognitive, biological, social, clinical and developmental psychology. You will learn about both quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Typical modules:

  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Advanced Data Analysis
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Biological Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Individual Differences
  • Cognitive Psychology

Level 3

At Level 3, you will carry out your own independent research project and will also choose four optional modules.

Core

  • Dissertation (individual supervision on a topic of your choosing)

Options

Students take four optional modules from the following list:

  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Health Psychology
  • Psychology of Aesthetics
  • Clinical aspects of Eating Disorders
  • Practical Investigations of Mind and Brian
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Drugs, Hormones and the Brain
  • The Cognitive Neuroscience of Consciousness
  • Cross Cultural Psychology
  • Approaches in Psychotherapy

For further details, see the module guide.

Special Features

  • The degree provides graduate basis of chartered membership 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 brain imaging facilities (fMRI, EEG), psychophysics, eye tracking and the use of information technology.

  • All of our academic staff are actively engaged in research and many have international reputations in their field.

  • Our courses will help you to develop specific skills in the practical methods associated with your discipline. 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 colleges and departments in Britain.

Teaching and Learning

Our approach

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.

Practical skills

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.

Staff expertise

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.

Hours

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.

Assessment

Students are assessed using a range of methods, including coursework assignments, poster presentations, oral presentations and seen and unseen examinations.

See Undergraduate Psychology  Handbook for further information (student handbooks are not exhaustive and subject to change).

Employability

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. Students will acquire knowledge in new information and communications technologies and rigorous training is provided in methodologies and research skills appropriate to Psychology. 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

Careers

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:

  • 71.6% of graduates with a first degree were in employment
  • 11.2% were in full-time further study
  • 4.3% were combining work and study

Read more about graduate destinations for this subject area

With a good degree in psychology, you may go on to train as a clinical, educational, occupational or forensic psychologist. Other careers include work with adults or children with disabilities, counselling, personnel management, market research and advertising, prison and probation work, speech and language therapy and psychological research. Psychology degrees are valued by business and other employers.

Placements

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.

The positive impact of a sandwich placement on graduate employment outcomes across Brunel is considerable. Those who have done placements are also much more likely to be in employment for which their degree was a formal requirement or where they believe their degree gave them a competitive advantage in recruitment.

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.

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Fees for 2014/15 entry

UK/EU students: £9,000 full-time; £1,000 placement year

International students: £14,250 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.
  • 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

If your country is not listed here please contact Admissions

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • 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.

Page last updated: Monday 11 August 2014