University of Derby has opted into the TEF and received a Gold award.
Our Psychology course has research at its heart, a vibrant community of staff and students who are passionate about the subject, and course content designed with your future career in mind. KEY FEATURES OF THE COURSE:
- STUDENT SATISFACTION: 97% of our BSc (Hons) Psychology students said that they are satisfied with the overall quality of this course. 91% are also satisfied with teaching and feedback, and 92% are satisfied with academic support (National Student Survey 2020).
- RANKINGS: Psychology at Derby is ranked joint fifth in the UK for student satisfaction with the course, and fourth in the UK for student satisfaction with feedback (Guardian University Guide 2020). This course is also ranked sixth out of 109 institutions for teaching quality (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018).
- ACCREDITATION: This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society and so provided you meet their criteria, you will be eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership.
- EXCELLENT TEACHING: Our teaching quality is ranked sixth out of 109 institutions according to the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.
- RAISE YOUR PROFILE IN INDUSTRY: Take advantage of the opportunity to build the skills and applied experience that employers look for through an optional work placement.
- IN-DEPTH KNOWLEDGE: We will introduce you to contemporary research into the social, developmental, cognitive and biological dimensions of behaviour. As part of your studies, you’ll look at the applications of psychology in a wide range of areas – from understanding the nature and causes of mental illness to investigating decision-making in real life situations.
- TAILORED TO YOU: There are plenty of opportunities to tailor your studies to match your personal interests and career aspirations through our wide selection of optional modules.
- RESEARCH-INFORMED TEACHING: Our course is research-led, which means you'll be taught by expert staff who are conducting influential studies into the specific areas of psychology you'll study. You'll also benefit from guest lectures by world-class researchers.
- FACILITIES: Work in our computer labs with specialist software for experimental design. You'll also have access to EEG equipment for recording brain activity, eye tracker equipment for analysing eye movement and a Babylab for ethical research with babies and young children.
- At Derby you’ll study a wide range of theories and research methods to give you a well-rounded understanding of this fascinating subject. Our extensive range of optional modules enables you to explore the areas of Psychology you’re most passionate about whether it’s addiction, emotion, education, human behaviour or neuropsychology, allowing you to make an informed decision on your future career path.
- We use a variety of assessment methods, including essays, exams, posters, presentations, and reports. Our assessments enable you to develop a wide range of transferable skills.
- Psychological knowledge is invaluable in many walks of life, so your career options will be broad - our graduates are now enjoying success in roles including health service supervisors, assistant therapeutic care workers, and mental health support workers. This course also prepares you for further training in psychology and provides an essential platform if you would like to become a professional psychologist.
- This course is available with a Foundation Year option.
- This course is available with an Industrial Placement Year.
- You can also combine another subject with this course to study a Joint Honours degree.
How to apply
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||128 points||Your offer will be based on your predicted grades from your core A2s (full A levels), BTEC Diploma etc. We will accept up to 16 points towards the total from level 3 qualifications such as AS (where those AS levels are not taken on to A2 level), the Extended Project, or Music qualifications. We usually consider an A Level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria / offer.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DDM|
|Access to HE Diploma||D: 15 credits M: 24 credits P: 6 credits||Pass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits with 45 at Level 3|
|GCSE/National 4/National 5||GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification|
English language requirements
IELTS overall score at a minimum of 6.0; with at least IELTS 5.5 in each band (Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing) or another Secure English Language Test(SELT)at CEFR level B2 or above
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
Additional fee information
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