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BSc (Hons) Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of experience and behaviour - why we behave the way we do, how we connect with other people and the emotional significance we attach to this. Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), this course will enable you to gain a scientific understanding of the mind, brain, behaviour and experience, as well as the complex interplay between them. Psychological studies have gained increasing importance across a wide range of activities, including human resources, education, sport, social care and the creative industries.

Course content

The BSc (Hons) Psychology programme has been designed to meet the accreditation criteria of the British Psychological Society (BPS), and has received BPS accreditation of the programme.  

This three year, full-time programme gives students the opportunity to examine the biological, cognitive, developmental, individual difference and social psychological principles underlying everyday experience and behaviour, and then investigating those psychological principles in contexts related to those in which professional psychologists work. The programme is designed to take students from an analysis of everyday functions and attendant important behaviours, through core discipline knowledge of theory and empirical findings relevant to those behaviours and others, to an appreciation and understanding of contexts in which psychology can be applied.

The key theoretical areas:

  • cognitive psychology and neuropsychology
  • abnormal and forensic psychology
  • developmental psychology
  • individual differences
  • social psychology
  • biological psychology 

The BSc (Hons) Psychology programme sets psychological investigation and knowledge into everyday functions, and encourages students to ask what behaviours are involved in those functions, and how  may those behaviours be explained using psychological constructs and methods of investigation.  A questioning approach to behaviour is thus encouraged from year one. 

At Chichester, psychological investigation and knowledge considers everyday events such as understanding relationships, exploring well being and using technology. Using a questioning approach from the start, we’ll encourage you to ask what behaviours are involved in such events and how those behaviours may be explained using psychological constructs and methods of investigation.

Practical experiments are used as a foundation for understanding and explanation. You’ll learn to link the development of research and analytic skills to explanations relevant to everyday experiences. This approach will continue to the final year where you’ll explore contexts such as work and lifestyle from a psychological perspective. Practical and laboratory experience and skills development is embedded within this process, as is practical experience of research participation, thus linking the development of research and analytic skills to explaining behaviours relevant to everyday functioning and experiences. This approach is carried through to the final year where psychological knowledge is applied to contexts relevant to peoples’ lives and work.

Our facilities

Our facilities content

Our specialist facilities and equipment include:

  • Brain Imaging Unit
  • Virtual Reality Unit
  • Psychological Test Centre for psychometric assessments
  • Individual testing cubicles
  • Interview and Observation Suite
  • Eye tracking software
  • Biopac software to measure brain, heart and motor neuron activity
  • Inquisit –  an extensive library of psychological testing paradigms for measuring and manipulating a broad range of psychological constructs
  • aLIAS - an affective immersive emotional Virtual Reality stimuli package which allows researchers to create ‘different worlds’
  • NIRScout - a cutting edge 3D scalable neuroimaging platform with a dedicated ultra-high-density near-infrared spectroscopy system which measures changes in the cerebral cortex

Where this can take you

A first degree in psychology, with status of the Graduate Basis for Registration (GBR) with the BPS provides a foundation for you to progress to specialist areas of psychology, and subsequent status as a Chartered Psychologist. There are currently 10 professional Divisions within the BPS, including Clinical Psychology, Educational Psychology, Sport and Exercise Psychology.

All of these have professional training programmes, for which the attainment of GBR is essential.  As well as providing a sound basis for work as a professional psychologist, a psychology degree provides a good insight into human behaviour that equips graduates with the skills that enable them to work in a wide range of fields, including:

  • Industry
  • Media
  • Teaching
  • Work with children, adults and families
  • IT
  • Computing
  • Marketing
  • Civil Service

Course accreditations

Indicative modules

There are opportunities to select optional modules such as evolutionary psychology and to specialise in the practical application of theory to a range of disciplines, including sport and exercise, health, business, marketing, early years, education, and the creative arts. The first year of the programme also introduces research methods, both quantitative and qualitative, which are developed over the next two years to give students the confidence to undertake their own projects. In the final year, students have the opportunity to carry out their own research project.

 

Year one module information:

  • Everyday Experience and Psychological Methods: Understanding Relationships
  • Everyday Experience and Psychological Methods: Analysing Attitudes to Work
  • Everyday Experience & Psychological Methods: Exploring Positive Psychology
  • Everyday Experience & Psychological Methods: Usability and Cognition
  • Perspectives on Psychology
  • Principles of Psychology
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Study & Research Skills for Psychologists

Year two module information:

  • Biological Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Individual Differences Psychology
  • Abnormal and Forensic Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Research Methods for Psychology: Experimental Designs & Analysis
  • Research Methods for Psychology: Survey and Qualitative Designs And Analysis

Year three module information:

  • Independent Project
  • Psychology Project Management and Presentation Skills
  • Psychology in Context: Work and Organisations
  • Psychology in Context: Cultural Psychology
  • Psychology in Context: Psychology & Social Issues
  • Psychology in Context: Professional Skills in Psychology
  • Exercise and Physical Activity Interventions
  • Applied Sports Psychology 2: Professional Practice

Teaching and assessment

You’ll build your subject knowledge and practical experience through core and optional teaching modules appropriate to the breadth of the curriculum.

Your learning encompasses development of core knowledge and skills intrinsic to professional practice and psychological research.

Learning is supported by lectures, workshops and tutorials to encourage theoretical and critical inquiry, debate and practical research skills.

Assessment takes formative forms such as in class debates, presentations, quizzes and problem solving applying analytical techniques.

Summative assessment involves a wide range of activity such as scientific reports, essays, group and individual presentations, poster design, multiple choice papers, short answer papers and essay exams.

Throughout your degree, modules are delivered in a variety of ways including:

  1. Standard module: A single module scheduled over one semester (15 credits normally) examples: Everyday Experience and Psychology, Perspectives in Psychology, Biological Psychology
  2. Triple module: A triple module is spread over two semesters (45 credits normally) to enable you to develop and conduct original psychological research towards your dissertation under supervision examples: Independent Project
  3. All modules: Allow you to begin to develop and to expand core subject knowledge and research skills necessary for degree study. Teaching is delivered through lectures and practical sessions, linking psychological theory to research and professional practice. 

Student Opportunities

As a student in the Department there are a variety of opportunities which may be available to you.  These include:

  • Study Abroad
  • Erasmus
  • Internships
  • Placements
  • Voluntary Research Assistant

Psychology supports students in both the BSc and MSci programme pathways who wish to broaden their academic and cultural experience by choosing to study abroad for one semester as part of their degree studies. This is an exciting chance for students who wish to widen their horizons and immerse themselves in a different culture and encounter how the discipline of Psychology is viewed and taught at universities in Europe or North America.

We are currently expanding the range of international exchange opportunities that we offer our students. For example, under Erasmus agreements students might like to study for a semester at either Maastricht or Radboud universities in the Netherlands, where Psychology classes are delivered through the English language.

The Erasmus programme provides mobility grants, which cover additional expenses of studying abroad and students are exempt from tuition fees at the host university. It is increasingly popular for our students to look to studying abroad in North America where we have a wide range of partnership colleges and universities in both Canada (University of New Brusnswick) and the United States (e.g., Queens College – New Work;  Columbus State University; St. Norbert’s College; Mercer University – Georgia; University of Northern Iowa). The tuition fees for the semester abroad will be those of the University of Chichester (i.e., the same as any other semester of study at Chichester) and not of the host North American institution. Students who wish to take up the opportunity to study abroad liaise with the Department’s International Exchange Officer, Dr. Ian Tyndall, to ensure that the modules selected for study at their chosen university meet the requirements for a British Psychology Society accredited degree. Students are further supported in the application process by the University of Chichester’s International Office staff. 

Codes

UCAS code: 
C800
College Code: 
C58

Course length

3 Years
Full Time

Entry requirements 2017 - 2018

Our successful applicants typically have a mix of B and Cs at A Level and sometimes an A. We look at each application on an individual basis, taking your personal statement, academic reference, predicted grades, aptitude and experience into account when making an offer.

We consider applicants with A levels, a mix of A level and BTEC qualifications or the Access to HE Diploma.

We require either Psychology, a science or social science A level (or broadly equivalent qualification such as an IB Higher).’

We also require GCSEs in English language, Maths and Science, at grade C (new grade 4) or above.