Birkbeck, University of London

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of London

Psychology with Accelerated Foundation Year

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Course summary

Psychology is an exciting and dynamic field that is concerned with the scientific study of how people think, feel and behave. Our BSc Psychology degree is British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited and introduces you to the various scientific theories, methods and models that help psychologists observe, interpret and explain human behaviour across the lifespan. We explore the theory and practice behind everything from behavioural experiments to brain imaging to clinical assessments, in both healthy and patient populations. This psychology degree provides you with a deep understanding of the foundational subject areas and specialisms within psychology, including biological, cognitive, developmental and social psychology, through which you will learn to think, speak and write critically and learn to develop and conduct hands-on research. A key feature of this course is its pathways, which enable you to specialise in your final year, choosing from psychology, psychology with neuroscience, psychology with child development, or psychology in practice. You will be taught by world-leading academics who are undertaking novel and impactful research in a globally recognised department. We are renowned for our research in neuroscience, cognition, development and lived experience - and the links between them. Your Birkbeck BSc Psychology degree will provide you with the first steps towards professional chartership in psychology (e.g. clinical, counselling, educational, health, occupational, forensic, sports). Our degree also provides you with valuable transferable employability skills that are sought across a wide range of industries including: marketing, advertising, research, postgraduate study, teaching, human resources and IT, among others. If you opt for the full-time Accelerated Foundation Year route, this will fully prepare you for undergraduate study. It is ideal if you are returning to study after a gap, or if you have not previously studied the relevant subjects, or if you didn't achieve the grades you need for a place on your chosen undergraduate degree. Highlights

  • The BSc degrees are accredited by the British Psychological Society and are the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.
  • This course has multiple entry routes, pathways and exit awards, to match the diverse educational and career needs of all of our students. Students returning to study or who would like extra support can opt for routes that provide extra support and guidance.
  • Birkbeck's Department of Psychological Sciences is strongly oriented towards research and contains the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, the Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Social Issues, the Birkbeck-UCL Centre for Neuroimaging and the Centre for Cognition, Computation and Modelling. The department is also a member of the Bloomsbury Centre for Genetic Epidemiology and Statistics.
  • Our Department of Psychological Sciences is consistently regarded as one of the top psychological sciences departments in the UK. In the 2021 Research Excellence Framework, and for the third time, it was ranked in the top ten universities in the UK.
Careers and employability Graduates can pursue career paths in psychology, human relations, education or marketing. Possible professions include:
  • clinical psychologist
  • further education lecturer
  • human resources officer
  • market researcher.

Course details

Modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck’s online prospectus.

Assessment method

Assessment methods include coursework and formative exercises, including examinations, in-class work, essays and assignments.


How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
C801
Institution code:
B24
Campus name:
Main Site
Campus code:
-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

International applicants

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests. We also accept other English language tests.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Department before applying to ensure that they meet our criteria.


Unistats information

Operated by the Office for Students
88%
Student satisfaction
60%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
85%
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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
International £16020 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students are charged a tuition fee in each year of their programme. Tuition fees for students continuing on their programme in following years may be subject to annual inflationary increases.
Psychology with Accelerated Foundation Year at Birkbeck, University of London - UCAS