Psychology at Birmingham Newman University - UCAS

Course summary

Psychology is the study of human behaviour. It explores a wide range of fascinating areas from how we think and how we see other people, to how people develop, how relationships are formed, and how we can help people in distress. Psychology is useful because no matter what you intend to do in life it will involve trying to understand and help other people. Studying psychology at Birmingham Newman University provides you with a solid grounding in all core areas of psychology, but your degree with us will confer a specialist knowledge of how psychology is applied to the ‘real world’. Many of our lecturers have specialisms in applied psychology, and this gives this degree programme its distinctive approach and appeal. This programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), such that students gaining at least a Lower Second Class Honours Degree are eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the BPS, which means you will have taken your first step towards becoming a professional psychologist. Why study this course? • A fully BPS accredited course that focuses on applications of the subject • Delivered by a small and tight-knit group of well qualified lecturing staff • A new purpose-built building • Innovative assessments that challenge students to be creative • A placement scheme that is designed to complement the applied nature of the programme and thus enhance graduate employability During the first year of study (level 4) students will learn about psychology as an academic and applied discipline. Students will explore what is meant by ‘science’ and in particular, what is meant by evidence, and learn about the principles of research design. In this year students will also be introduced to the core domains of psychology e.g., Research Methods, Social, Individual Difference, Cognitive, Biological and Developmental psychology, students will explore how the core domains help us to understand mind and behaviour in everyday settings. In the second year of study (level 5), students will gain a deeper understanding of the core domains of psychology, applying the theoretical knowledge to understand real world scenarios. Practicals, workshops and seminars will enable students to have a first-hand experience of engaging with psychological equipment/resources to investigate and understand the applications of psychology to issues within modern life. In this year also, methods of scientific research are explored in further depth in two modules that examine quantitative (statistical) methods and qualitative methods of scientific enquiry. During this year of study SH psychology students will also have the opportunity to study a module that focuses specifically on Applying Psychology to the Real World. In this module, key areas covered will include the various roles a psychologist may have, for example: the psychologist as a researcher, the psychologist as a colleague. In addition, topics such as community psychology, the psychology of ageing, positive psychology, and cognitive psychology will be explored along with specialist applications of these topics for example: exploring ways in which a community psychologist may try to resolve inequalities; the use of interventions to improve daily living for older adults; using positive psychology to improve well-being; attention in relation to driving. Students also undertake their work placement during this academic year, and reflect on aspects of the work using the methods of psychological enquiry they have learned. In the final year students undertake an empirical dissertation in psychology that spans across the academic year. In many ways this module is the culmination of both the applied and theoretical strands of the discipline that run through the degree programme. Students are guided through all stages of the research process but are expected to generate their own research ideas that relate to the human experience.


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Assessment method

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Professional bodies

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

  • British Psychological Society

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

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

This course is currently unable to accept applications from international learners.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, on enrolment and in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

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Psychology at Birmingham Newman University - UCAS