Psychology BSc Hons - 2017 Entry

UCAS Code
C800

Entry Year
2017

A Level Requirements
AAB see all requirements see all requirements

Duration
Full time 3 Year(s)

Course Overview

As well as studying the work of some of the greatest psychological thinkers in history, we encourage you to play your part in the debate and explore your own thoughts and theories.

You begin your studies with two Psychology modules as well as one other subject of your choice. The Understanding Psychology module covers a range of topics designed to introduce several broad themes, including how people think, how children develop, how the brain works and how people interact. This course is complemented by the second core module: Investigating Psychology. In your first year, you develop foundations for appreciating good research techniques and strategies, which will eventually help you to carry out your own studies.

In your second year, you build on the topics already studied so that you gain a sound background in all the essential areas of Psychology required for the British Psychological Society’s Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership. This year covers cognitive, developmental and social psychology, neuropsychology and individual differences, giving you a much deeper experience of investigating problems in Psychology.

In your final year, you will get a chance to specialise, choosing from a range of options, taught by experts in the field, including Forensic or Clinical or Educational Psychology, the Social Psychology of Conservation and the Environment, or the Effects of Drugs on the Brain. You also get the chance to carry out a research project of your choice, supervised by a member of staff who is an experienced and active researcher.

You also have the option to graduate with either a BA or BSc – a decision that you make in your final year. Both degrees are equivalent and both are accredited by the British Psychological Society.

  • Course Overview

    Course Overview

    As well as studying the work of some of the greatest psychological thinkers in history, we encourage you to play your part in the debate and explore your own thoughts and theories.

    You begin your studies with two Psychology modules as well as one other subject of your choice. The Understanding Psychology module covers a range of topics designed to introduce several broad themes, including how people think, how children develop, how the brain works and how people interact. This course is complemented by the second core module: Investigating Psychology. In your first year, you develop foundations for appreciating good research techniques and strategies, which will eventually help you to carry out your own studies.

    In your second year, you build on the topics already studied so that you gain a sound background in all the essential areas of Psychology required for the British Psychological Society’s Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership. This year covers cognitive, developmental and social psychology, neuropsychology and individual differences, giving you a much deeper experience of investigating problems in Psychology.

    In your final year, you will get a chance to specialise, choosing from a range of options, taught by experts in the field, including Forensic or Clinical or Educational Psychology, the Social Psychology of Conservation and the Environment, or the Effects of Drugs on the Brain. You also get the chance to carry out a research project of your choice, supervised by a member of staff who is an experienced and active researcher.

    You also have the option to graduate with either a BA or BSc – a decision that you make in your final year. Both degrees are equivalent and both are accredited by the British Psychological Society.

  • Entry Requirements

    Entry Requirements

    Grade Requirements

    A Level AAB

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

    BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction

    Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject including Distinctions in the majority of units

    Other Qualifications We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international qualifications webpage or contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly

    Essential subjects

    GCSE Mathematics (B); English Language (C)

    IELTS 6.5 (with at least 5.5 in each component)

    Further information

    General Studies Offers normally include General Studies if it is taken as a fourth A level

    Combination of Qualifications Applications from students with a combination of qualifications are welcomed, for further advice please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly

    Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed

    Interviews Applicants may be invited to interview

    Contact Undergraduate Admissions Office + 44 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

    As Psychology tends to attract people with an analytical yet open mind, there are various career options to be explored following graduation. Careers pursued by our graduates within the private sector include human resources, marketing, management and banking. In the public sector the career paths followed by our graduates include teaching, social work and the psychology professions, such as clinical, education and forensic psychology.

    Students wishing to enter the psychology professions often gather relevant experience by working as support workers, mental health workers, assistant psychologist or teaching assistants prior to further training at Masters and Doctoral levels.

    Amongst our alumni, the most popular route of employment is into jobs in the commercial and public sectors, where your knowledge and skills can be applied to roles relating to communication, understanding and analysis.

    Around a quarter of our graduates go on to further their Psychology studies with a Masters degree in a related subject, or a vocational diploma. Others continue in research, in the UK or overseas, with the help of funding.


    Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, you also graduate with the relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.
  • Fees and Funding

    Fees and Funding

    Fees

    We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2017/18 entry fees have not yet been set.

    As a guide, our fees in 2016 were:

    UK/EU Overseas
    £9,000 £17,470

    Funding

    Lancaster University's priority is to support every student to make the most of their life and education and we have committed £3.7m in scholarships and bursaries. 400 students each year will be entitled to bursaries or scholarships to help them with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. Our financial support depends on your circumstances and how well you do in your A levels (or equivalent academic qualifications) before starting study with us.

    Scholarships recognising academic talent:

    • An Academic Scholarship of £2,000 for the first year of study to any student from the UK entering with A*, A*, A or equivalent academic qualifications 
    • An Access Scholarship of £1,000 per year for all UK students from households with an income of less than £42,600 who achieve grades of A*, A, A, or the equivalent academic qualifications.  In addition, students from household incomes of less than £42,600 who achieve higher entry grades of A*, A*, A (or equivalent academic qualifications), will also be awarded our £2,000 Academic Scholarship in their first year of study.
    • An Excellence Scholarship which forms part of the Unconditional Offer Scheme for full time UK applicants with outstanding academic profiles within a number of academic departments.

    Bursaries for life, living and learning

    • Lancaster Bursary of £1,000 per annum for all students from England with a household income of more than £25,000 but less than £42,600 

    Any financial support that you receive from Lancaster University will be in addition to government support that might be available to you (eg fee loans) and will not affect your entitlement to these.

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

    Students will need to account for occasional travel to and from work placements. It will also be necessary for students to pay for a Criminal Record Bureau check. There is also the option for students to join the appropriate professional body, however membership is voluntary.

    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.

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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.

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