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Psychology BSc

Placement Offered This course has a Professional Development option

Overview

Our BSc Psychology course is accredited by The British Psychological Society
We also offer two work placements, giving you the chance to experience both psychological and clinical work environments.

Brunel University London’s impact on the future wages of its graduates is among the best in the country compared to other universities, according to a new analysis of government data by The Economist (2017).

 

About the course

Psychology courses at Brunel emphasise the everyday 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.

 

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.

Enquiries

Contact our Enquiries team.
Course Enquiries: +44 (0)1895 265599 (before you submit an application)
Admissions Office: +44 (0)1895 265265 (after you submit an application)


Course Content

Level 1
Compulsory

  • Foundations of Psychology II: Brain and Cognition
  • Foundations of Psychology I: Learning and Social Psychology
  • Research Methods
  • Statistics
  • Foundations of Psychology III: Clinical Psychology
  • Psychological Perspectives on Contemporary Issues

Level 2 Compulsory

  • Biological Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Quantitative Research Methods 
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Advanced Data Analysis
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Individual Differences
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Conceptual and Historical Issues
Sandwich placement

  • Psychology Work Placement 1
  • Psychology Work Placement 2

Level 3
Compulsory

  • Dissertation

Optional modular (choose four from)

  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Drugs, Hormones and the Brain
  • Practical Investigations of Mind and Brain
  • The Cognitive Neuroscience of Consciousness
  • Approaches in Psychotherapy
  • Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • Clinical Aspects of Eating Disorders
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Music Psychology 

Read more about the structure of undergraduate degrees at Brunel and what you will learn on the course.

Employability

As a degree programme that is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), graduates from Brunel's Psychology BSc programme can obtain the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) - an entry requirement for many BPS accredited postgraduate training courses.

It is required for entry to all accredited Stage 2 and Doctoral programmes as part of the route to becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

Brunel Psychology graduates develop a range of transferable skills that are useful in the wider workplace, including the ability to:

  • Communicate effectively - verbally and 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

Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey

These statistics relate to graduates from the Psychology course:

93% of our graduates go on to work and/or study six months after finishing the course*

*Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2015/16

Psychology degrees are valued by business and other employers - and 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.

Work 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, giving you the opportunity to gain varied experience across psychological and clinical environments. Recent placements include the Institute of Psychiatry, Royal Free Hospital and Holloway Prison.

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.

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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Entry Criteria 2017/18

  • GCE A-level BBB
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD in a related subject.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in a related subject with an A-level at grade B.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in a related subject with A-levels grade BB.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 30 points.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass a related subject Access course with 45 credits at Level 3 with Merit in all units.

Five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 or above are also required, including English Language and Maths.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants, as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.


International and EU Entry Requirements

If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions

This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.

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 University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.

However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.

Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English. Find out more information about English course and test options.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching

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.

How many hours of study are involved?

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.

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.
  • This course is endorsed by our students who voted Brunel third for student satisfaction in London for this subject area (National Student Survey 2017)
  • Our Psychology degree course is ranked as seventh highest in London (The Complete University Guide 2018)

Accreditation

The BSc Psychology programme at Brunel is accredited by The British Psychological Society.

Fees for 2018/19 entry

UK/EU students: £9,250 full-time; £1,000 placement year

International students: £16,200 full-time

Additional course related costs

See our fees and funding page for full details of scholarships available to Brunel applicants