University for Psychology
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Psychology is the scientific study of experience and behaviour. It explores why we act the way we do, how we interact with other people, and the emotional significance we attach to these interactions.
On this BSc (Hons) Psychology degree you will explore all areas of psychology and gain a scientific understanding of the mind, brain, behaviour, and experience, as well as the complex relationship between them. You will ask how certain behaviours can be explained using psychological constructs and methods of investigation. You will to use research and analytic skills to explain everyday experiences and complete practical experiments to support your learning.
Psychological studies are important across a wide range of sectors including human resources, education, sport, social care and the creative industries. This degree will give you a solid psychological understanding and prepare you for a successful career.
On this course you will:
- Explore all areas of psychology.
- Engage with complex, challenging and authentic real world problems.
- Use University laboratories.
- Develop an in-depth understanding of the psychological principles and theories underlying people’s everyday experience.
- Learn from research-active lecturers.
- Have opportunities to complete industry work placements and internships.
- Be able to study abroad and undertake Erasmus placements.
- Have the opportunity to volunteer as a Research Assistant in the psychology department.
- Investigate psychological principles and theories using advanced research methods.
- Complete specialist training in advanced research methods and transferable skills.
This course has an integrated foundation year. This means you will complete an extra year of study before starting your BSc degree to build your subject knowledge and develop your academic writing, reading and research skills. This option is for you if you are interested in psychology but do not meet the course entry requirements for BSc (Hons) Psychology yet, or if you want more time to prepare for higher education.
BSc (Hons) Psychology is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). This means you’ll graduate with an industry recognised qualification.
Teaching and Assessment
How you will learn
You will build your subject knowledge and practical experience through lectures, workshops and tutorials in small classes. These sessions will encourage theoretical and critical inquiry, debate, and practical research skills.
You will study core and optional teaching modules, and develop skills central to professional practice and psychological research.
Each module has three hours of contact time per week. You will study four modules per semester, so you will have 12 contact hours per week including lectures, seminars and workshops.
You will be assessed through a range of assignments including scientific reports, essays, group and individual presentations, poster design, multiple choice papers, short answer papers, research participation and essay exams. You may also be assessed on in-class debates, quizzes and how you apply analytical techniques to problem solving.
What you will study
You will study a selection of core and optional modules during your degree. Each module is worth a particular number of credits and is delivered differently depending on the needs of the module.
Your first year focuses on the science of our everyday experiences and you will be introduced to statistics. In Year Two you will expand your knowledge of all areas of psychology and develop your analysis and criticism skills. In your final year you will apply your skills and understanding as you develop your professional skills and complete a final year project.
In addition to the modules below you will be able to select additional optional modules 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.
This list is indicative and subject to change.
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Foundations in Psychology 1: Being and Feeling
In this module you will explore ‘being’ and ‘feeling’ — two components that enable us to experience the inside and outside worlds. Understanding these primary aspects of human psychology will create the foundation of your learning.
Foundations in Psychology 2: Thinking and Developing
This module is designed to develop your personal study skills. You will undertake an independent study into an aspect of education under the guidance of the module co-ordinator. You will accommodate new principles and new knowledge through your own study. This will involve knowing the complex interactions between education and broader contexts. Through carrying out your personal study, students should learn how to analyse the complex situations concerning human learning and development.
This module is an applied piece of work related to your chosen degree. It will require you to apply the knowledge and skills developed throughout the foundation year and will enhance your ability to work individually and as part of a team.
During the project, you will develop in-depth knowledge of your chosen future specialisation. You will be encouraged to demonstrate creativity in the design, planning and execution of a project.
Analysing Attitudes to Work & Performance
On this module, you will define a range of everyday experiences using psychological models of attitudes, as you learn to analyse attitudes and to explore psychological constructs, methodology and theories associated with experiences.
You will develop your fundamental data analysis skills through lectures and the use of statistical software with a focus on understanding patterns of data via visualisation.
You will be assessed through a coursework assignment and a practical report.
Everyday Experience & Psychological Methods: Exploring Positive Psychology
The module explores the experience of positive psychology relating the need to understand one’s own motivation, aspirations, and goals to self-development, personality, need for achievement, self-efficacy, and self-esteem. You will explore psychological theories and empirical findings from investigations into needs, motivation, and self-concept.
Experimental Design in Context: Usability and Cognition
In this module, you will explore functions and experiences relevant to using technology, focusing on the criteria used to assess technology’s usability and how human limitations relate to this usability and usage.
You will be introduced to certain psychological theories and empirical findings from investigations into information processing by the mind, and discuss a range of methodologies and analyses such as laboratory experimentation and inferential statistics.
You will be assessed through a practical report and research participation.
Foundation in Knowledge and Skills
In this module, you will develop your basic knowledge and skills to support your academic development and improve your confidence in your academic writing and reading.
The module will begin by considering the nature of interpersonal skills and the elements that constitute effective communication. This will provide an opportunity to explore models of communication and effective verbal and non-verbal communication. You will also consider how interpersonal skills may be evaluated and improved.
Perspectives On Psychology
This module seeks to enable you to understand the contribution of key thinkers to the development of modern psychology and to appreciate their biographical backgrounds. The lives and work of key thinkers will be introduced and contextualised with reference to contemporary ideas and mores.
Principles of Psychology
This module examines the origins and development of modern psychology. You will focus on the main approaches to studying and describing human behaviour, for example, behaviourism, the psychodynamic approach, the humanistic approach, the cognitive approach, and the biological basis of behaviour.
Study & Research Skills for Social Scientists
This module is an opportunity to advance your personal, research and study skills and will support other content-led teaching. You will be assessed through a report and research participation.
The Study of Human Interaction
This module explores the functions of understanding relationships, as you study the selected experiences of relationships.
You will examine the processes related to forming an impression of someone, feeling attracted or not to them, wanting to be their friend or partner, getting to know them, and forming a relationship with them through a variety of behaviours.
Certain psychological theories and empirical findings from investigations into impression formation, attraction, prejudice, and stereotyping and relationship formation will be introduced and a range of methodologies and analyses, such as interviewing, content analysis and observational approaches will be explored.
This module explores the ways biological processes have been studied, for example through brain lesions and cell stimulation methodologies.
The areas of behavioural genetics, neuro-imaging, neuropsychology, socio-biology and evolutionary psychology will be investigated in terms of underlying theory and empirical research.
This module will introduce you to the ways cognitive processes have been studied in the past. This includes studying experimental and cognitive neuropsychological methodologies. You will investigate the areas of attention, perception, learning, thinking and language and relate your findings to underlying theory and empirical research.
This module explores the study of development and maturation in cognitive, personality, and social processes, as well as introduce you to basic theory, research findings, and methods of investigation in childhood, adolescence, and lifespan development.
You will consider the ways in which behaviour is influenced by developmental factors, the nature of developmental processes, and the ways in which empirical research can help us to understand how developmental processes influence what we do.
Individual Differences Psychology
On this module, you will be introduced to how individual differences processes have been studied in the past, for example through psychometrics and case study methodologies.
You will investigate areas of personality, intelligence, cognitive style, motivation, gender, and ethnicity in terms of underlying theory and empirical research.
You will be assessed through an essay and a lab report.
Mental Health and Forensic Psychology
This module is an opportunity to explore a comprehensive range of key constructs, theories, and research in mental health and forensic psychology. You will examine the numerous ways that psychological research, methods, and expertise are applied to the study of criminal behaviour and the issues that psychopathology create within the context of the criminal justice system.
Research Methods: Experimental Designs & Analysis
This module will develop your understanding of experimental designs and associated methods of analysis, and introduce you to research ethics.
Research Methods: Survey and Qualitative Designs and Analysis
The module aims to develop your understanding of survey and qualitative designs and associated methods of analysis.
This module acts as an introduction to social psychology and social cognition. the module will cover topics such as person perception, social influence, stereotyping and prejudice, attitudes, attributions, group processes, and attraction and close relationships.
Applied Sports Psychology: Professional Practice
The ‘soft’ skills required by a sport and exercise psychologist are imperative to effectiveness as a practitioner. the aim of the module is to examine the nature of applied sport psychology practice and discuss and critique how sport psychologists work with clients in relation to initial assessment, case formulation, intervention planning, and delivery, monitoring, and evaluation.
Exercise and Physical Activity Interventions
This module applies health behaviour change theory and research to the promotion of physical activity in specialised populations, such as those with chronic health conditions or physical disabilities. It looks at different types of interventions, such as those targeting individuals, groups, and national campaigns.
In this module, you are encouraged to adopt a problem-oriented approach. the first stage is to identify a problem in psychology of interest and relevance to your studies.
You will determine an appropriate approach to addressing the problem through discussion with tutors who have relevant theoretical and practical expertise.
Your investigation may be based within a single discipline, or it may involve more than one discipline, but it must be based within your chosen degree programme.
Project Management and Presentation Skills
This project will support you to develop a wide range of skills from project management to the ability to present your research results in an accessible form. You will develop their scientific reasoning and reporting skills and produce a poster to present your research work.
Psychology and Social Issues
This module will introduce psychological and interdisciplinary focus on ten issues of current social concern. You could explore: discrimination (gender, age, race, disability and sexual orientation ), perceptions of rape and rape victims, child abuse and family violence, the psychology of material possessions, shopping and shopping addiction, childhood (non-verbal communication and interventions), health and health inequalities , sexual health, contraception and abortion, chronic illness, dying, death and bereavement, health promotion, disease prevention or the health care system.
Psychology in Context: Cultural Psychology
This module takes an interdisciplinary approach to the major topics of psychology, including Biological, Cognition, Development, Health, Individual Differences, Social, and the Self, and will relate them to life in a multicultural world. You will be introduced to cultural psychology, culture and human nature, cultural evolution, methods for studying culture and psychology, development and socialisation, and cultural differences in: the self and personality, motivation, cognition and perception, interpersonal attraction, close relationships, group processes, living in multicultural worlds, physical health, mental health, morality, justice, and emotions. You will be assessed through a research proposal and a two hour unseen exam.
Psychology in Context: Work and Organisations
You will consider a range of relationships between working conditions, jobs and organisational processes, psychological outcomes, and their impact on job and organisational performance. Psychological reactions including job satisfaction, job stress, motivation, work engagement, and organisational commitment are investigated, and organisational functions such as job design, health and safety at work, and organisational team-working, are considered.
Psychology in Context: Professional Skills in Psychology
You will consider some of the key methods and assessment techniques commonly used by psychologists in their daily working lives. This module will introduce some of the key principles of effective counselling psychology and the importance of empathy and positive regard to the success of the therapeutic relationship. You will identify effective interviewing skills for psychologists and participate in a recorded interviewing session. You will be assessed through a clinical interview report and test administration report.
Use industry standard equipment
Use facilities including the Brain Imaging Unit, VR Immersive Suite, Psychological Test Centre, Interview and Observation Suite and individual fully equipped testing cubicles and use industry standard equipment and software throughout your studies.
Brain Imaging Unit and Neuroimaging: NIRScout
Virtual Reality Unit and Immersive Suite
Advanced Physiological Data Acquisition system
Eye tracking software
Specialist Advanced Research Software
Learning Resource Centre
Dedicated Lab Technician
Gain practical experience
Throughout your degree you can complete a range of work-related placements to build your experience as you study.
We support students 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. For example, under Erasmus agreements, students might study for a semester at either Maastricht or Radboud universities in the Netherlands, where Psychology classes are delivered through the English language.
Where you could go after your studies
This BSc (Hons) Psychology degree qualifies for Graduate Basis for Registration (GBR) with the BPS. This gives you a recognised foundation to progress to specialist areas of psychology and eventually become a Chartered Psychologist.
There are currently 10 professional divisions within the BPS including Clinical Psychology, Educational Psychology, Sport and Exercise Psychology. Each of these pathways has a professional training programme which starts with attaining a GBR.
As well as providing a basis for work as a professional psychologist, a psychology degree provides a good insight into human behaviour that will equip you with the skills to work in a wide range of fields.
Your psychology degree could lead to a career in:
- Work with children, adults and families
- Civil Service
You may choose to continue your studies at postgraduate level.
At the University of Chichester you could study:
- MSc Health Psychology
Course Fees 2023/24
Typical offers (individual offers may vary):
Non-standard Application Entry Routes
The University has an alternative entry route for applicants who have relevant skills and experience but who do not hold the formal minimum entry qualifications required. Applicants who demonstrate the necessary skills and experience to enter a course of higher education will be asked to complete an entry task involving the completion of specially set assignments.
Do you have any questions about the entry requirements? Contact our Admissions Team.
Are you interested in this course and would like to learn more? Please email Professor Esther Burkitt on firstname.lastname@example.org for admissions queries.
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