Linguistics and Psychology BA Hons - 2019 Entry

UCAS Code
CQ81

Entry Year
2019

A Level Requirements
AAB see all requirements see all requirements

Duration
Full time 3 Year(s)

Course Overview

This three-year combined degree is provided by our renowned Psychology Department and the highly-ranked Department of Linguistics and English Language. Our degrees are also accredited by the British Psychological Society and provide the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the Society.

How does a child learn language? How does language relate to thought? You’ll discover there are many overlapping questions between linguistics and psychology.

You’ll start your degree studying the core modules of Linguistics, Investigating Psychology and Understanding Psychology. In your second year you’ll discover more about the sounds and structures of the world’s languages. In Psychology, you’ll discover more about the experimental and research methods on offer.

In your third year, you’ll specialise even further. Choices include Psycholinguistics and Language and Identities: Gender, ethnicity and class. You could also choose to write a dissertation in a topic you would like to cover in-depth.

We’ll assess your progress through coursework and exams in a caring, friendly atmosphere. You’ll have regular meetings with your academic advisor. Your degree will stand you in good stead for careers involving analysis, assessment and the weighing-up of arguments. The linguistic, analytical and investigative skills you will develop are highly prized by employers such as law firms, management consultancies and the media. Linguistic awareness is a real boost when working for international and multicultural companies and organisations.

  • Course Overview

    Course Overview

    This three-year combined degree is provided by our renowned Psychology Department and the highly-ranked Department of Linguistics and English Language. Our degrees are also accredited by the British Psychological Society and provide the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the Society.

    How does a child learn language? How does language relate to thought? You’ll discover there are many overlapping questions between linguistics and psychology.

    You’ll start your degree studying the core modules of Linguistics, Investigating Psychology and Understanding Psychology. In your second year you’ll discover more about the sounds and structures of the world’s languages. In Psychology, you’ll discover more about the experimental and research methods on offer.

    In your third year, you’ll specialise even further. Choices include Psycholinguistics and Language and Identities: Gender, ethnicity and class. You could also choose to write a dissertation in a topic you would like to cover in-depth.

    We’ll assess your progress through coursework and exams in a caring, friendly atmosphere. You’ll have regular meetings with your academic advisor. Your degree will stand you in good stead for careers involving analysis, assessment and the weighing-up of arguments. The linguistic, analytical and investigative skills you will develop are highly prized by employers such as law firms, management consultancies and the media. Linguistic awareness is a real boost when working for international and multicultural companies and organisations.

  • Entry Requirements

    Entry Requirements

    Grade Requirements

    A Level AAB

    GCSE Mathematics grade B or 6 (Applicants with a GCSE Maths C or 5 considered on a case-by-case basis)

    IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.

    Other Qualifications

    International Baccalaureate 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects

    BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction

    We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.

    Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

  • Course Structure

    Course Structure

    Many of Lancaster's degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their main specialism. You will be able to study a range of modules, some examples of which are listed below.

    Year 1

      Core

    Year 2

      Core

    Year 3

      Core

      Optional

    Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster visit our Teaching and Learning section.

    Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.

  • Careers

    Careers

    This degree will equip you with both specialist and transferable skills that are valued by all employers, such as communication, critical thinking, numeracy and self-management. This programme will also have allowed you to develop an advanced level of analytical skills. From research analysts to retail managers, a good grasp of human behavioural patterns, the science of the mind, and an understanding of language make linguistics and psychology graduates attractive to a wide range of employers.

    Some graduates go on to become chartered psychologists, specialising in clinical, educational, occupational, forensic, health or sports psychology. There are also new and emerging areas such as neuropsychology, environmental psychology, consumer psychology and animal psychology. It is a fiercely competitive field, which needs a strong academic background, lots of relevant work experience, determination and resilience.

    Helping you to prepare for your future career is important to us. We will help you decide upon your career path and give you the chance to develop the right skills.

    There are three Academic Employability Champions within the Psychology Department whose role is to ensure that our students become highly sought after, employable graduates. This includes providing students with information about pathways to various careers inside and outside of psychology, and advice about further study. We offer one-to-one careers sessions, regular drop-in Psychology Careers Cafés, as well as careers fairs.

    Within the degree itself, you will be taught vocational skills that you will need to obtain and sustain a career in psychology and other fields, such as CV writing, interview skills, team work and presentation skills.

    Some of our recent graduates have chosen careers outside of professional psychology. These are just a few of the pathways a psychology degree can lead to:

    • Media Marketing Coordinator
    • Sales Consultant
    • HR Assistant
    • Business Support
    • Child Protection Officer
    • Social Worker
    • Recruitment Advisor
    • International English Teacher

    There are various options for postgraduate study too, should you wish to gain chartered status to practice specialist areas such as clinical, educational, forensic or occupational psychology. Likewise, many psychology graduates who do not wish to become psychologists often study further in a different area such as advertising, marketing or teaching. 

  • Fees and Funding

    Fees and Funding

    Fees

    We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2019/20 entry fees have not yet been set.

    As a guide, our fees in 2018 were:

    UK/EU Overseas
    £9,250 £17,285

    Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

    Some science and medicine courses have higher fees for students from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. You can find more details here: Island Students.

    Funding

    For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees 

    Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews. 

The structure of our degree programme covers the areas required by the BPS in order for you to achieve Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership. This is essential if you wish to pursue a career in professional psychology.
The structure of our degree programme covers the areas required by the BPS in order for you to achieve Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership. This is essential if you wish to pursue a career in professional psychology.

Learn More

Download the latest Psychology brochure, featuring all of the information you could need. The includes detailed course information about each of our courses.

Make our course yours

You are at the centre of our degree programmes. Our lectures, assessments and study support are designed to help you achieve the best result.

Lectures, seminars and practicals

We use a mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions to enhance your learning and to develop essential skills throughout your degree. Lectures provide a solid foundation in key issues and are delivered by experts. You will be encouraged to discuss your learnings with a small group of students and a tutor in our regular seminars. Practical classes help you discover the key psychological research methods. You will get experience conducting psychology experiments in small groups.

Assessment

You will face regular assessments, allowing you to manage and pace your studies, and giving you feedback and assistance on a regular basis. We help you by identifying your strengths and supporting your weaknesses. You will develop and enhance the skills that help you on the subject, and give you a solid start to your career.

Study support

You will be allocated your own Academic Tutor who you will meet with on a one-to-one basis each term.  Your tutor will work with you to produce a plan to help you make the most of your studies.  Identifying your strengths and weaknesses as you progress through the degree programme, you will be shown how to tackle any study areas that you may need help with and will be supported in following the path most suited to your individual preferences and skills. 

Devloping your skills

Your degree will build your confidence in a range of essential skills that employers value, and we have a support system in place to help you achieve your personal best. Psychology students graduate with a range of transferable skills that are recognised by employers, including literacy, numeracy, interpersonal skills, problem-solving skills, critical evaluation, information gathering and independent working.

Psychology Employability Programme

We offer you the chance to gain relevant work experience in professional psychology. You can choose between working part-time in the community with charities and organisations that support vulnerable people or working alongside research staff in the Psychology Department on their projects. Every placement will provide you with experience and skills that are valuable to careers in psychology, boosting your CV and enhancing your employability.

Careers and Employability

Our degrees provide excellent employment prospects. We want you to make the best start to your career.

Internships

Taking part in relevant work experience is highly valued when applying for jobs. We provide internship opportunities over the summer months if you wish to enhance your skills.

Careers Support

Our careers service offers lifetime support, help and friendly advice. Search for opportunities or explore options for further study.

Postgraduate

After you have graduated, you will have the opportunity to continue your studies to the level of Masters or PhD. We also have dedicated careers resources for postgraduates.

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