Blackburn College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Lancaster University

Psychology with Foundation Entry

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Course summary

Our BSc (Hons) Psychology with Foundation Entry qualification is designed for students who want to study Psychology, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to start the Honours degree programme just yet. This four-year programme introduces the students to psychological theory and research and their application to human thoughts and behaviours. Covering a range of topics, the course will help students investigate an extensive array of phenomena including social interactions, cognitive processes, developmental stages and biological influences on human activities. In the first year students will develop the study skills necessary for studying at a higher education level, while also learning that about the foundations of psychology as an academic subject. In the second year, students will be introduced to the main disciplines in psychology: Biological, Cognitive, Developmental, Social and Individual Differences. Students will also be given an insight into the scientific methods and techniques used to conducted research in psychology, including the use of psychometric tests. Tailored around the professional standards within psychology the third year will help students build on the insight gained during their first year and develop their skills in the practical workings of psychology and research. Modules studied include Introduction to Neuropsychology and Health Psychology. There will also be an opportunity for students to further their own individual interests through the Minor Research Project module, in which the student will determine their own research topic. This personalised learning approach will be continued into the final year of study, with students being able to choose between a number of optional modules. The main focus of the final year of study is the student’s own independent research in the form of the Major Project. This offers students the chance to undertake an independent piece of primary research into an area of psychology of their own choosing.


In the first year of this programme you will study 5 modules in total. These have all been designed to help you develop the skills you’ll need for higher level study of Psychology. You will also develop an understanding of the requirements of degree level study and it will give you an opportunity to practise studying and taking part in University level assessments. In short, you will acquire a firm grounding for the subject you want study at degree level before starting your Honours degree. Second year students will be introduced to the development of psychology from its philosophical roots to its modern day scientific basis. In year 3, you will develop the knowledge gained in year 2 and how it is applied to within practice. You will also further develop your research skills and undertake a piece of primary research. In the final year the emphasis is on your own learning in an area of psychology which is of interest to you, together with some taught modules. During the programme you will have the opportunity to take part in an academic conference focusing on the promotion of the students research in areas including Psychology, Counselling and Health. If you study full-time you will attend sessions two full days per week. Part time study is one day of study in college per week. First year (Level 3) modules (all modules are mandatory) include: Introduction to the Person, Introduction to the Mind, Introduction to Brain and Behaviour, Introduction to Research and Psychology and Study Skills for Psychology Level 4 Modules (all modules are mandatory) include:History and Context, Introduction to Social Psychology, Introduction to Biological Psychology, Introduction to Cognitive Psychology, Introduction to Developmental Psychology, Individual Differences Research Methods 1 and Psychometrics Level 5 Modules (all modules are mandatory) include: Research Methods 2, Minor Research Project, Applied Psychology, Psychology in Society, Introduction to Neuropsychology and Health Psychology Level 6 Modules (there are 3 mandatory modules and 2 optional modules out of a choice of 10 as indicated by * and only one of these optional modules may be a negotiated learning module) include: Major Research Project, Literature Review, Clinical Psychology and Mental Health, Psychology of Education*, Positive Psychology*, Psychology of work*, Cyberpsychology and New Media*, Counselling Psychology*, Psychology of Education (negotiated learning)*, Positive Psychology (negotiated learning)* Psychology of Work (negotiated learning)*, Cyberpsychology and New Media (negotiated learning)*, Counselling Psychology (negotiated learning)* Optional Modules If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered. If an optional module will not be run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment method

A variety of assessment methods are used on the course. In your first year your assessment is designed to give you a flavour of how you will be assessed in the later stages of the programme. In the second year, all assessment will be by Multiple Choice Test or coursework, including written work, seminars and presentations. Year three has similar coursework requirements and some modules are assessed by coursework and an examination. In the final year, 50% of the assessment is by coursework and examination - the remaining 50% comprising an individual literature review and an original research project.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

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The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

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