Biology with Psychology (Placement Year) BSc Hons - 2020 Entry

UCAS Code
C1C9

Entry Year
2020 also available in 2019

A Level Requirements
AAB see all requirements see all requirements

Duration
Full time 4 Year(s)

Course Overview

Lancaster University’s BSc Biology with Psychology (Placement Year) is for those who want to explore the biological processes which underpin human behaviour, and who wish to gain work experience as part of their degree. It has been designed for those wishing to develop an understanding of the influences that govern human behaviour, underpinned by knowledge of the biology of the system.


It provides you with support to secure a paid placement for twelve months working in the type of organisation that you might aspire to join when you graduate. The placement offers you the opportunity to work as a full time employee of the organisation with the same training and opportunities as other employees, whilst still receiving both academic and pastoral support from Lancaster University.


The degree is taught jointly by our biology academics and the Department of Psychology. Lancaster University is ranked fifth in the UK for biological sciences and 10th for psychology by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.


You will gain a core knowledge of biology and psychology and can choose optional modules according to your interests and career aspirations. The core modules on the degree principally focus on understanding the biology that underpins human behaviour and aim to provide the opportunity to understand psychology in greater depth. You will be encouraged to link your study of biology to a progressive understanding of developmental, physiological and cognitive psychology.


You will spend your third year on an industrial placement, which may be science or non-science based. Although you will be supported by professional careers staff in preparing your industrial placement application, due to the competitive nature of these placements it is possible that not all students will be successful in securing these nationally-advertised opportunities.  Students who have not secured an industrial placement will automatically be transferred over to the degree without the placement year - the BSc Biology with Psychology.


During your degree, you will conduct an independent research project and benefit from the research experience of our internationally renowned academics. You will also receive training in the key techniques associated with modern biosciences. The facilities for studying Biology at Lancaster University are excellent - we have invested over £4 million in new life science teaching laboratories.

  • Course Overview

    Course Overview

    Lancaster University’s BSc Biology with Psychology (Placement Year) is for those who want to explore the biological processes which underpin human behaviour, and who wish to gain work experience as part of their degree. It has been designed for those wishing to develop an understanding of the influences that govern human behaviour, underpinned by knowledge of the biology of the system.


    It provides you with support to secure a paid placement for twelve months working in the type of organisation that you might aspire to join when you graduate. The placement offers you the opportunity to work as a full time employee of the organisation with the same training and opportunities as other employees, whilst still receiving both academic and pastoral support from Lancaster University.


    The degree is taught jointly by our biology academics and the Department of Psychology. Lancaster University is ranked fifth in the UK for biological sciences and 10th for psychology by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.


    You will gain a core knowledge of biology and psychology and can choose optional modules according to your interests and career aspirations. The core modules on the degree principally focus on understanding the biology that underpins human behaviour and aim to provide the opportunity to understand psychology in greater depth. You will be encouraged to link your study of biology to a progressive understanding of developmental, physiological and cognitive psychology.


    You will spend your third year on an industrial placement, which may be science or non-science based. Although you will be supported by professional careers staff in preparing your industrial placement application, due to the competitive nature of these placements it is possible that not all students will be successful in securing these nationally-advertised opportunities.  Students who have not secured an industrial placement will automatically be transferred over to the degree without the placement year - the BSc Biology with Psychology.


    During your degree, you will conduct an independent research project and benefit from the research experience of our internationally renowned academics. You will also receive training in the key techniques associated with modern biosciences. The facilities for studying Biology at Lancaster University are excellent - we have invested over £4 million in new life science teaching laboratories.

  • Entry Requirements

    Entry Requirements

    Grade Requirements

    A Level AAB

    Required Subjects 2 science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, Human Biology, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.

    GCSE Mathematics grade B or 5, English Language grade C or 4

    IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 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 including 6 in 2 HL science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, Human Biology, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.

    BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction in Applied Science including sufficient Biology and Chemistry content

    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

      Optional

    Year 2

      Core

      Optional

    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

    Lancaster University is ranked first in the North West - and third in the UK - for graduate prospects by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

    The two departments delivering this degree have excellent reputations for graduate employability. 96% of Lancaster's BSc Psychology graduates and 90% of our bioscience graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation (Unistats 2018). 

     

    Your biology with psychology degree will open up opportunities in areas such as academic, industrial and medical research. Around half of our graduates use their skills in a commercial setting while half pursue work in scientific, teaching or caring professions. Alternatively, the course is an ideal base from which to continue on to postgraduate study.

     

     

    Your placement year is an excellent opportunity to gain work experience, boost your employability and build connections with a desired company. Graduate employers are increasingly using placement schemes as a way to identify suitable candidates for subsequent graduate employment.  Alternatively, the course is an ideal base from which to continue on to postgraduate study.

     


    During your degree and placement you will gain practical skills such as laboratory competence and experimental design; numerical skills such as statistical analysis and data recording and presentation; and interpersonal skills such as team working, communication and negotiation. The transferable skills and analytical training you will gain during your degree will allow you to enter science or diverse fields such as teaching, management, marketing and finance. You will also study an employability skills module to help you manage your professional development and prepare for the job market.


    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 awareness, 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 2020/21 entry fees have not yet been set.

    As a guide, our fees in 2019 were:

    UK/EU Overseas
    £9,250 £20,500

    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 and funding page

    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. 

Ellie Smith, BSc (Hons) Biology with Psychology

Ellie's story

"I picked Lancaster University because all you need is on one campus and it has a lovely small city. As I come from a village it is good because it is not such a big step as going to a large city. The academic advisors in the department are very supportive for issues relating to the course and for giving specific advice on career options, and the Careers website is also really helpful. My advice would be to make sure you become part of your College – make the most of the JCR and its advisors. Obviously, do well academically, but try to have a nice balance!"

Cutting-edge teaching facilities

Our new £4.4 million teaching laboratories have total bench space for 216 students. The flexible design means that up to four classes are taught at one time in the two laboratories, with up to 12 students clustered around double benches. Additional facilities include cold store rooms, a plant growth room, preparation rooms and fume cupboards. Lockers are provided in a circulation area so students can follow best practice and leave their coats and bags outside the labs.

Take your studies into the field

At Lancaster, we take advantage of our natural surroundings to create amazing fieldwork experiences for students. As well as exciting trips to the neighbouring Lake District and Morecambe Bay we offer unique, optional field trips to the Doñana National Park, in the south-west of Spain, the Rift Valley of Kenya and the mountains of Scotland.

Careers and Employability

Employers

In addition to going onto postgraduate study, our recent graduates are also employed by a diverse range of organisations spanning business, industry and the public sector including the NHS, Boots, GlaxoSmithKline, Environment Agency, RSPB, Syngenta, Blackwell Scientific Publishing, United Biscuits, and Scientific Pictures Ltd.

Networking Opportunities

From question and answer panel events to careers fairs, we provide you with many opportunities to network with alumni and employers. This includes our annual STEM careers fair, attended by over 60 employers ranging from small and medium enterprises to national organisations.

Work Experience

Relevant work experience while you are at university is crucial to achieving a good graduate job. An internship will give you the opportunity to apply your academic knowledge in real-world situations whilst helping you to develop your transferable skills such as team working, time management, leadership, networking and commercial awareness – and get paid for it! This will provide you with valuable work experience and employers frequently offer graduate roles to interns.

Personal Development

We place a great deal of emphasis on developing your career aspirations and preparing you for life after Lancaster. We offer tutorials and workshops on career planning and preparation of integral parts of each degree, a range of degree-specific careers events, opportunities to plan and develop your career and practical advice from Lancaster graduates and industry experts.

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

Psychology graduate Charlotte Rothwell

Charlotte Rothwell says

"I chose to volunteer in the BabyLab as I thought it was a fantastic opportunity to get some hands-on research experience, in a setting with a great reputation and facilities. It was a good way to have experience doing research in the developmental field to see if it is something I would like to do in the future. The study was about categorisation, so 14-month olds are read a book containing pictures of toys that are unfamiliar to them. Some of these toys are given a made-up name. Using an eye tracker we aim to see whether the baby had learnt the label for the object or not."

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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