Buckinghamshire New University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Psychology with Foundation Year

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Course summary

Do the inner workings of the human mind intrigue you? Do you want to see what the most complicated machine in the universe is capable of? Through psychology, you’ll understand the depths of the human psyche and dive into the social, developmental, cognitive, individual differences and biological dimensions of behaviour. Why study this subject? Whether you’re simply fascinated by the human mind and why we behave in the way that we do, or you have your sights set on becoming a Clinical Psychologist, studying Psychology is a great choice. Not only will you build a deep understanding of yourself and others that will help you in everyday life, you’ll also learn valuable skills that will attract any future employer. You’ll develop your analytical mind, nurture your own curiosity and understand human motivation making you a great leader and team player. Why study at Buckinghamshire New University? We pride ourselves on teaching practical skills wherever and whenever we can, meaning you'll always leave us feeling confident and prepared for your future. This hands-on approach will give you a sense of what it’s really like to work in the world of psychology, in whatever career you choose. Our BSc (Hons) Psychology programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and is a recognised qualification by employers throughout the country. Upon graduation, you’ll be eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) and from there you can even take steps towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist. This course is offered as a four-year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree. What facilities can I use? You’ll take part in laboratory and computing workshops where you’ll have the practical use of software used by social scientists in the presentation of research data. You’ll also have the opportunity to use our state-of-the-art observation laboratory to engage in the measurement of psycho-physiological responses using Biopac©. You’ll be able to measure the activity of the cardiovascular system, brain, autonomic nervous system and more. You’ll also have access to Tobii eye tracking equipment and HTC Vive, a virtual reality software, meaning you can push the boundaries and get creative with your research ideas. What will I study? You’ll study the applications of psychology in a wide range of areas, including specific social problems in relation to crime, the workplace and mental health. Exploring theories posed by Freud and Jung through to developing your own original research, you’ll learn for yourself what really makes the mind tick. You’ll also get to grips with how to run your own experiments through our research skills and methods modules. What are my career prospects? At NU, we recognise that many of our Psychology students will choose from a wide range of graduate career options, not all of which will have the title ‘Psychologist’. Our programme is therefore designed to inspire and facilitate the development of transferable skills that will make you an attractive candidate for any employer. There are many other options to explore with your BSc (Hons) Psychology degree; it’s the first step to starting postgraduate study in a more focused area like clinical, educational, forensic, counselling, health, cognitive neuropsychology and sports psychology (to name a few). Or perhaps you’d prefer to dive right into the world of work and explore a career in health, education, local government or the infinite possibilities available to you in the private sector. With such a strong academic grounding as well as the transferrable skills you’ll develop along the way, you’ll be sure to succeed wherever you go.

Course details

Modules

Year one Preparing for Success Knowledge and Creativity Preparing for Success Self-development and Responsibility Inquiry Based Learning Foundations of Psychology Year two Intro to Developmental and Social Psychology Intro to Biological Psychology and Cognitive Psychology Intro to Personality and Applying Psychology Psychological Research Methods Intro to Cross-Disciplinary Psychology Making Sense of Society: The Sociological Imagination Making Sense of Society: Understanding the Social World Year three Developmental Psychology BioPsychology Quantitative Research Methods in Psychology Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology Cognitive Processes in Psychology Personality and Individual Differences Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology Year four Empirical Dissertation Critical Social Psychology Positive Psychology (optional) Health Psychology (optional) Business and Organisational Psychology (optional) Advanced Developmental Psychology (optional) Counselling Psychology (optional) Principles of Psychopathology (optional) Evolutionary Psychology (optional) Exceptional Human Experience (optional) Brain, Mind and Behaviour (optional) Educational Psychology (optional) Police Psychology and Legal Framework (optional) Investigative and Forensic Psychology (optional)

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed through a number of methods including poster presentations, essays and assignments, examinations, oral presentations, laboratory/research reports and an empirical dissertation in your final year.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • British Psychological Society

How to apply

This course has limited vacancies, and is no longer accepting applications from some students. See the list below for where you normally live, to check if you’re eligible to apply.

EU

Wales

England

International

Scotland

Northern Ireland

Republic of Ireland

Application codes

Course code:
C804
Institution code:
B94
Campus name:
Buckinghamshire New University
Campus code:
-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

International applicants

For information about applying to Buckinghamshire New University as an International applicant, please visit https://www.bucks.ac.uk/study/international

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

https://bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks/general-entry-requirements


Unistats information

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97%
Student satisfaction
65%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
85%
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £14250 Year 1
International £14250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

Buckinghamshire New University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships. For more information, please visit https://www.bucks.ac.uk/study/fees-and-funding/financial-support-bursaries-and-scholarships

Psychology with Foundation Year at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS