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Course summary

Do you ever wonder why people act in the way that they do? Have you ever wondered 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 behaviour 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 will 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, psychological development, health and education. In addition, you will consider broader questions relating to social justice like inequality and discrimination and contemporary issues of new technologies, climate change and social activism. 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 attempts to address 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. The courses at University Centre Peterborough are studied in smaller class sizes compared with other universities, a typical class size is under 30 students.


YEAR 1 (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 2 (LEVEL 5) Research Skills for Social Scientists (30 credits) Contemporary Social Theory (15 credits) Social Policy in Action (15 credits) Intersectional Studies (15 credits) Development Through the Lifespan (15 credits) Plus 30 credits of optional modules dependant on pathway Sociological Perspectives: Education (15 credits) Psychology of Education (15 credits) The Body in Society (15 credits) Health Psychology (15 credits) YEAR 3 (LEVEL 6) Undergraduate Major Project (30 credits) Society Beyond Nature (15 credits) Plus 75 credits of optional modules dependant on pathway Theories and Concepts in Psychological Therapies (15 credits) The Digital Human (15 credits) Critical Studies in Race and Ethnicity (15 credits) Exploring Feminist Thought (15 credits) Foundations in Clinical Psychology (15 credits) Atypical Child Development (15 credits) Sociology of Sexuality (15 credits) Investigative Psychology (15 credits) Live Research Project (15 credits) Social Movements and Activism (15 credits) 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

YEAR 1 (LEVEL 4) 90% Coursework 10% Practical Exams YEAR 2 (LEVEL 5) 90% Coursework 10% Practical Exams YEAR 3 (LEVEL 6) 80% Coursework 20% Practical Exams 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

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

International applicants

Unfortunately, UCP are currently not able to recruit International Students. We apologise for any inconvenience.

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IELTS (Academic)6

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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

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