Psychology and Spanish Studies BA Hons - 2020 Entry

UCAS Code
CR84

Entry Year
2020

A Level Requirements
AAB see all requirements

Duration
Full time 4 Year(s)

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Course Overview

Exploring a new culture overseas, studying psychology, and developing a working knowledge of Spanish language and culture will teach you to understand and help people, and prepare you for a rewarding career in the UK and abroad.

Through this programme, you will develop a detailed understanding of psychology, while gaining the skills and knowledge to engage with the discipline in preparation for a placement year overseas in a Spanish speaking country. During the four years, you will be able to draw on expertise from two specialist departments: Languages and Cultures; and Psychology.

You will learn and develop a solid grasp of Spanish language and culture, while studying the main themes of modern psychology:

  • Brain and Behaviour: how neural disorders such as Alzheimer’s Disease affect behaviour
  • Cognitive Psychology: our reactions to colours, smells, speech and music
  • Developmental Psychology: the ways in which infants perceive space, patterns, objects and events
  • Social Psychology: how our thoughts, emotions and behaviours are shaped by the presence of others

You will learn from passionate academics, all of whom are active researchers and world leaders in their field, which allows you to benefit from their insight, expertise and cutting-edge research.

In the first year, you will gain an in depth overview of the main study themes through our Understanding Psychology module. You will explore the theories underpinning these areas, learn to evaluate scientific journals, and develop your ability to construct formal arguments. Running parallel to this, you will also undertake the Investigating Psychology module, which will equip you with important practical skills for conducting research in psychology, such as data analysis and report writing. In addition, you will take language classes, determined by your current level of ability. These are taught by native speakers and will ensure you have a solid grasp of the written and spoken language.

During the second year of your degree, you will develop upon the key themes introduced in Year 1. You will study specialist modules on topics such as cognitive, developmental and social psychology; deepening your understanding and testing your knowledge. You will also benefit from specialist Spanish modules, which will develop your foreign language oral and written communication skills further.

In addition to these themes, Research Methods and Statistics modules will be covered this year. These will expand your knowledge of research methods, develop key skills and enable you to gain a detailed understanding of analysis and reporting.

You will spend your third year at one of our partner institutions in a Spanish speaking country, where you will practise and develop your language abilities, while continuing to enhance your psychology skills and knowledge.

Returning to Lancaster for your fourth year, you will further develop your knowledge and understanding of the core aspects of modern psychology, taking modules in Brain and Behaviour; and Personality and Individual Differences. You will also carry out your own research project under the supervision of an experienced researcher.

The optional modules available this year will allow you to expand your knowledge of Spanish culture and continue to practise the language.

Structured Work Experience

Alongside your academic study, you will have the opportunity to gain voluntary work experience through our Psychology Employability Programme, allowing you to develop invaluable skills for either a career in psychology or a graduate programme. You can choose between working part-time in the community with charities and organisations that support vulnerable people, or working alongside staff in the Psychology Department on their ground-breaking research projects. Crucially, every placement will provide you with experience and skills that are valuable to both psychology careers and more general graduate level occupations, strengthening your CV and enhancing your employability for life after graduation.

Voluntary work can be an enlightening and rewarding experience, enabling you to make a difference to the lives of others, while having the opportunity to try something new, which may lead you to change or confirm your career plans and is recommended by the BPS. 

Entry Requirements

Grade Requirements

A Level AAB

Required Subjects A level Spanish, or if this is to be studied from beginners’ level, AS grade B or A level grade B in another foreign language, or GCSE grade A or 7 in a foreign language. Native Spanish speakers will not be accepted onto this scheme.

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 and appropriate evidence of language ability

BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction and appropriate evidence of language ability

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

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 to complement your main specialism. 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 please visit our Teaching and Learning section.

The following courses do not offer modules outside of the subject area due to the structured nature of the programmes: Architecture, Law, Physics, Engineering, Medicine, Sports and Exercise Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedicine and Biomedical Science.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, and the University will make every reasonable effort to offer modules as advertised. In some cases changes may be necessary and may result in some combinations being unavailable, for example as a result of student feedback, timetabling, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes and new research.

Year 1

    Core

Year 2

    Core

Year 3

    Core

Year 4

    Core

    Optional

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. From research analysts to retail managers, a good grasp of human behavioural patterns and the science of the mind make psychology graduates attractive to a wide range of employers.

Some psychology 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.

Additionally, should you wish to pursue a career abroad, our degree will have prepared you with an exceptional ability in the Spanish language and you will also have gained a rigorous understanding of life overseas.

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

Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12-month session, starting in the October of your year of study.

Our Undergraduate Tuition Fees for 2020/21 are:

UK/EU Overseas
£9,250 £20,625

Undergraduate tuition fees

For students starting at the University for the 2020 session, subsequent year’s fees may be subject to increases. UK fees are set by the UK Government annually. For international applicants, any annual increase will be capped at 4% of the previous year’s fee. For more information about tuition fees, including fees for Study Abroad and Work Placements, please visit our undergraduate tuition fees page.

Applicants from the 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 information about this on our Island Fees page.

Funding

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. 

Download the course booklet to find out more about Lancaster University, how we teach Languages and Cultures and what you'll study as a Languages and Cultures student.

If you are applying for 2019 entry, please contact the Department for the 2019 subject guide.

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

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in the UK for Psychology
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Brandon O'Hanlon

An experience for Brandon

Can you tell us about your own Psychology Employment Programme (PEP) placement?
Throughout the summer vacation and Year 2 of my course, I assisted in a research project in the Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Lab. I helped with the recruitment of participants, engaging with participants in the experiment and even using the TMS equipment myself!

What skills and knowledge did you gain from the placement?
I was trained by experienced staff to use TMS devices on motor cortex regions of the brain, which is incredibly exciting technology! I developed administrative skills and research experience. These helped me to obtain a paid research assistant role with a collaborative study on dyslexia and speech perception. The training has also provided me with another unique opportunity - a scholarship award and research grant to conduct my very own piece of neuropsychological research. I can't wait to get started!

What would you say to students thinking about applying to PEP?
Just do it! I can say without a doubt that I thoroughly enjoyed my PEP placement throughout the year, and the opportunities it has provided me went above and beyond what I had expected and hoped for. PEP is all about gaining valuable and insightful experience, no matter where you wish to apply it.

Brandon O'Hanlon

Psychology Employability Programme

We will encourage you to apply for placements on this scheme. You will have the opportunity to gain relevant work experience by applying for work placements alongside your studies.

Some placements will involve working in the community with charities and organisations that support vulnerable individuals. Others will give you the chance to work as a research assistant alongside expert researchers in the psychology labs.

These roles are part-time and fit around your studies. This means that you can apply for more than one placement in each year of your degree. By taking on different roles you will get a sense of how your future might look. Each placement will provide you with experience and skills that are valuable to both psychology careers and wider graduate level occupations.

Students at Lancaster University
A student on a study abroad scheme

Your global experience

With our Study Abroad schemes, you can spend one year of your course at a foreign University studying for your degree.

We will help you throughout the whole application process - discussing potential destinations and modules that you could study whilst abroad. The beauty of the different travel opportunities available is that you can either go on a Study Abroad programme or go on a short vacation programme, or you can travel within the student societies that you join.

We also lead trips each year to many different destinations, including Germany, Belgium, France, India, China or Malaysia.

Different ways of learning

Lectures

Lectures provide an introduction to the key issues and findings in each topic. An expert in that particular field will deliver each lecture. They usually last for an hour and we expect you to supplement your lecture notes with further independent reading.

Seminars

Seminars are weekly one hour sessions where we encourage you to discuss your learnings with a small group of fellow students, under the guidance of a tutor. We encourage you to make the most of these groups by speaking out and listening to others. You will learn to present yourself with knowledge and confidence.

Practicals

We design practical classes to help you discover the key psychological research methods. You will also get hands-on experience conducting your own psychology experiments in small groups.

Assessment

In the 1st year, the assessment process varies across modules. We will assess your progress through essays, lab reports, class tests, regular web-based assessments and end of year exams. The assessment methods used in 2nd and 3rd year help you to develop transferable skills. These include oral presentation, posters, media analysis and group work presentation.

Hello Future

Our graduates go on to varied careers within and beyond the field of psychology. You will learn a range of transferable skills that employers value. As you settle into your degree, you'll get a feel for the scope of the subject. From day one we will coach you on valuable employability skills - such as CV writing, communicating with confidence and working in a team. You will need to go on to postgraduate study if you wish to pursue a career in professional psychology. This covers areas such as clinical, educational and forensic psychology.

Skills developed through a psychology degree

  • Communication
  • Literacy
  • Problem-solving
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Critical evaluation
  • Information gathering
  • Independent working

Major employers of psychology graduates

  • Commercial and industrial companies
  • Financial organisations
  • Human resources departments
  • Local and national government
  • Marketing companies and the media
  • National Health Service and Social Services
  • The police force, National Probation Service and prisons
  • Schools, sixth form colleges and further education institutions

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Important Information

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In the event of a course being withdrawn or if there are any fundamental changes to your course, we will give you reasonable notice and you will be entitled to withdraw your application. You are advised to revisit our website for up-to-date information before you submit your application. Further legal information.

The amount of time you spend in lectures, seminars and similar will differ from year to year. Taken as an average over all years of the course, you will spend an average of 6.2 hours per week in lectures, seminars and similar during term time.

A broad range of assessments methods will be used throughout the degree. As a guide, 70% of assessment is by coursework over the duration of the course.

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