University Centre Peterborough

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Anglia Ruskin University

BA (Hons) Psychosocial Studies

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Course summary

Do you ever wonder why people act in the way that they do? Do you ever wonder what makes you who you are? Would you like to understand the psychological factors and how this links up with broader society? Do you find yourself wondering what part of human behavior is explained by nature and what part is down to the society we live in? If so then the BA (Hons) Psychosocial Studies course at University Centre Peterborough may be of interest to you. Psychosocial Studies is a unique subject that addresses both individual experiences and larger social processes. In the course you be introduced to the core concepts that shape the discipline and the key tools with which to undertake social analysis and research. You will ponder the big questions relating to identity, wellbeing, ageing as well as broader questions relating to social justice like inequality and discrimination. You will also learn the skills of a social scientist, you will be capable of formulating research questions and investigating them on your own. You will undertake research independently and as a member of a group and you will gain an insight into the city and the wider region - the problems and challenges it faces and the ingenuity and energy with which it meets these. Finally you will hone in on your future career path testing your interests and skills working with local organisations and building your professional network for when you graduate. You will have the opportunity to undertake live research project with a range of local partners and undertake research that makes a real difference to the life of the city and the broader region. This will enable you to graduate not just with a good degree but a range of real world experience which will help you progress into your desired career. The courses at University Centre Peterborough are studied in smaller class sizes compared with other universities, a typical class size is under 30 students.

Course details


You must take modules worth 120 credits at each level of the course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Year one for full-time students (Level 4) Academic and Professional Skills for Social Scientists (30 credits) Foundations in Sociological Theory (15 credits) Introduction to Psychology (15 credits) Social Psychology (15 credits) Politics, Ideology and Society (15 credits) Psychosocial Formations of the Self and Identity (15 credits) Globalisation and its Effects (15 credits) Year two for full-time students (Level 5) Research Skills for Social Scientists (30 credits) Contemporary Social Theory (15 credits) Social Policy in Action (15 credits) Development Through the Lifespan (15 credits) Intersectional Studies (15 credits) Plus 30 credits of optional modules dependant on pathway Final year for full-time students (Level 6) Research Project / Dissertation (30 credits) Theories and Concepts in Psychological Therapies (15 credits) Society Beyond Nature (15 credits) The Digital Human (15 credits) Plus 45 credits of optional modules dependant on pathway If it is unviable to run an optional module due to student demand, an alternative module will be offered. A typical 15 credit module is 150 hours includes 36 hours of tutor led delivery and 114 hours of recommended independent study. A typical 30 credit module is 300 hours includes 72 hours of tutor led delivery and 228 hours of recommended independent study. A full-time student should expect to undertake 30 additional hours per week during term-time.

Assessment method

Throughout the duration of your course you will be assessed by the following methods: Year one for full-time students (Level 4) •90% Coursework •10% Practical Exams Year two for full-time students (Level 5) •90% Coursework •10% Practical Exams Final year for full-time students (Level 6) •80% Coursework •20% Practical Exams We will provide, by the beginning of the first week of each semester, a current module guide with all the information you need for each module, including details of assessment tasks, the deadlines for these tasks, the required format and any relevant guidance. A formative assessment workshop is written into all module plans and usually take place in weeks 9 or 10 of the semester. Each course includes a summative feedback session where marked work is returned. Your final degree classification is calculated as an average of your highest 60 credits at Level 5 and all credits at Level 6. 70%+ First 60-69% 2:1 50-59% 2:2 40-49% Third

How to apply

Application deadlines

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!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeC880
Institution code P56
Campus nameUniversity Centre Peterborough
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

International applicants

Unfortunately, UCP are unable to recruit International Students.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 80 points A levels required; 2 A levels in related subjects. BTEC/Access required; A BTEC National or 30 credits Merit at Access Certificate in a related subject. GCSEs required; 3 GCSEs at grade C or above in English, Mathematics and Science. Please note AS levels are acceptable only when combined with other qualifications.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)65.5 in each element

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £8000 Year 1
England £8000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8000 Year 1
Scotland £8000 Year 1
Wales £8000 Year 1
Channel Islands £8000 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
BA (Hons) Psychosocial Studies at University Centre Peterborough - UCAS