University of Buckingham

Psychology with English Literature (2-year degree) University of Buckingham Degree level: Undergraduate

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The University of Buckingham is:
o Home of the 2-year degree – less cost and more focus
o Top for Teaching Quality (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide)
o Joint 4th in England for Student Satisfaction (National Student Survey)
o Small group teaching focused – student:staff ratio of 11:1
o Flexible – start your course in September or January

For at least a hundred years, the discoveries and hypotheses of psychologists have been enriching the study of English literature, either as a way of understanding the mind of the artist, or of the characters they create. Studying psychology at Buckingham with English literature as your minor subject, gives you the chance to ‘apply’ the insights which the scientific study of individual and group psychology provides to a range of powerful and enigmatic works of literature, from the plays of Shakespeare, through the Gothic and Romantic projections of the late 18th-century, to the short stories and novels of British and American women writers writing in a post-Freudian universe.

Both subjects require the close analysis of texts (spoken, written, uttered) and the discipline of clear report and essay-writing. Their combination in this programme gives you the imaginative scope of an arts programme with the vocation and professionalism of a Bachelor of Science degree.

Course details

Modules

Biological Psychology,
Business Psychology,
Clinical Psychology,
Cognition,
Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology,
Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology,
Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy,
Cyberpsychology,
Developmental Psychology,
Educational Psychology,
Individual Differences,
Introduction to Psychology 1,
Introduction to Psychology 2,
Multivariate Statistics,
Perception,
Project,
Research Methods and Statistics 1,
Research Methods and Statistics 2,
Psychology of Emotion,
Social Psychology,
Sport and Exercise Psychology,
Contemporary Writing,
Creative Writing 1,
Fiction and Theory,
Film Studies,
Modern American Literature,
Modernist Writing,
Poetry and Poetics,
Renaissance Literature,
Shakespearean Drama,
Women’s Writing.

Assessment method

The Psychology Department believes in using a number of different teaching methods, with a great emphasis on interaction between students and lecturers / tutors and also on active learning. Our courses consist of some or all of the following:
•lectures – the main forum for communicating factual information. Given the small number of students these can easily become interactive, and students are encouraged to ask questions
•tutorials – small groups of typically 4 – 6 students discuss specific readings relevant to the lecture course and have the opportunity to ask questions about anything unclear from the lectures
•classes / seminars – taught in larger groups, these may include demonstrations, videos, presentations to other students or other class activities
•practical classes – psychology involves designing experiments and collecting and interpreting experimental data, and these classes will help students learn the relevant skills
•computer classes – the courses on research design and statistics in particular involve the use of computers and programs such as SPSS. Students will have several classes during these courses to help familiarise them with such software
•individual research project -this very important part of your degree is carried out in your second year. For more details please see Individual Research Project.
•observational methods – use of eg. video footage for developing of critical incident criteria and interaction process analysis (for developmental psychology, personality / social psychology, crime psychology topics).The assessment of individual modules within each course varies according to the subject. Assessment is usually by examination, assessed coursework, or a combination of the two.

Professional bodies

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

  • British Psychological Society

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 code C8Q2
Institution code B90
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

With staff and students from over 90 countries around the world, the University enjoys a wonderful and culturally diverse atmosphere. Ranked joint 4th in England and joint 7th in the UK in the National Student Survey (NSS) for student satisfaction this year, the University and has always scored highly since it started taking part 14 years ago. We provide support for students from outside the UK including: assistance with visa application and renewal; guaranteed accommodation in halls of residence; and a personal tutor to support your academic studies. Academic staff are available to help and advise, and operate an open-door policy. We have the best staff to student ratio of any university in the UK. Our students have formed a number of overseas clubs, and there is a sports and social programme each term to ensure you enjoy your time with us. Our idyllic setting between Oxford and Milton Keynes offers access to a range of cultural and social activities and Bicester Village, the renowned shopping outlet is a short bus ride away. English Language requirements: it is very important that your English level is of a good standard for you to be successful in your studies. All applicants must achieve specific requirements in all four components (listening, reading, speaking and writing). Please check our website for more details of the undergraduate or postgraduate language requirements for your course. https://www.buckingham.ac.uk/international/english-language-requirements/


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
A level BBB - BBC Typical Offer
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM From relevant National Diploma
Scottish Higher ABBB
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 32 points
Scottish Advanced Higher BBB

Applications to Buckingham are individually considered by the Admissions Team and other factors may be taken in to account. Applicants with BTEC qualifications are welcome to apply, including if you have a mix of BTEC and A levels.

An EPQ will be considered alongside A levels.

Foundation options are also available. Please contact the Admissions Office (admissions@buckingham.ac.uk or +44 (0)1280 820313) for more information.

Applicants must also have GCSE English and Maths at Grade C / Grade 4, or above (or equivalent). IELTS requirements are as follows: (Academic) 6.5 Average of 6.5 (with 6.0 or above in each component).


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 Average of 6.5 (with 6.0 or above in each component)

https://www.buckingham.ac.uk/international/english-language-requirements/

https://www.buckingham.ac.uk/international/english-language-requirements/


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £25,200 Whole course
EU £25,200 Whole course
International £35,600 Whole course
England £25,200 Whole course
Northern Ireland £25,200 Whole course
Scotland £25,200 Whole course
Wales £25,200 Whole course

Additional fee information

Home Students: The University of Buckingham is an alternative provider because we do not receive annual funding through the UK funding councils. Buckingham students are eligible for support from Student Finance England towards their studies: (1) An annual repayable Tuition Fee Loan of £7,400 (for accelerated programmes - from September 2019) £6,165 (for non-accelerated programmes - from September 2019) paid direct to the University. Students are responsible for paying the remaining balance to the University for each term’s fees. (2) An annual repayable Maintenance Loan to help with living costs (the amount awarded is dependent on household income). This is paid directly to you after registration. The undergraduate fees can be found on our website at: https://www.buckingham.ac.uk/admissions/fees/

Sponsorship information

The University would like to encourage students – both undergraduates and postgraduates – to come to Buckingham regardless of their financial circumstances. The bursaries and scholarships we offer are awarded on merit and/or on financial need. You may only accept one University award. All awards are subject to your meeting the University’s academic entry requirements and abiding by the University’s rules and regulations. To be eligible to apply for a scholarship you will need to have been offered a place to study at Buckingham. For details of our current range of scholarships and bursaries please see our website: https://www.buckingham.ac.uk/admissions/scholarships

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