Psychology BSc (Hons)

Location: University Centre at Blackburn College
UCAS Code: C800
Code: ST3070A19
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Study Mode: Full Time, Part Time
Duration: Full time: 3 academic years
Part time: 6 academic years
Start Dates: september 2021
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Overview

The BSc (Hons) Psychology introduces students to psychological theory and research and their application to human thoughts and behaviours. Covering a range of topics, the course will help students investigate an extensive array of phenomena including social interactions, cognitive processes, developmental stages and biological influences on human activities.

At Level 4 study students will be introduced to the main disciplines in psychology: Biological, Cognitive, Developmental, Social and Individual Differences. Students will also be given an insight into the scientific methods and techniques used to conduct research in psychology, including the use of psychometric tests.

Tailored around the professional standards within psychology Level 5 study year will help students build on the insight gained during their first year and develop their skills in the practical workings of psychology and research. Modules studied include Introduction to Neuropsychology and Health Psychology. There will also be an opportunity for students to further their own individual interests through the Minor Research Project module, in which the student will determine their own research topic.

This personalised learning approach will be continued at Level 6 study, with students being able to choose between a number of optional modules, covering topics including Cyberpsychology and Counselling. The main focus of the final year of study is the student’s own independent research in the form of the Major Project. This offers students the chance to undertake an independent piece of primary research into an area of psychology of their own choosing.

What will I study?

At Level 4 you will study 8 modules in total. These have all been designed to help you develop the skills you’ll need for higher level study of Psychology. You will also develop an understanding of the requirements of degree level study and it will give you an opportunity to practise studying and taking part in University level assessments.

At Level 5, you will develop the knowledge gained at Level 4 and how it is applied to within practice. You will also further develop your research skills and undertake a piece of primary research. Year three will focus on the critical evaluation of psychological theory and practice.

At Level 6 the emphasis is on your own learning in an area of psychology which is of interest to you, together with some taught modules.

During the programme you will have the opportunity to take part in an academic conference focusing on the promotion of the students research in areas including Psychology, Counselling and Health.

If you study full-time you will attend sessions on two full days per week. Part-time study is two half day periods of study in College per week.

All students take a total of 120 credits per level.

Level 4 Modules (all modules are mandatory) include:

  • History and Context
  • Introduction to Social Psychology
  • Introduction to Biological Psychology
  • Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
  • Introduction to Developmental Psychology
  • Individual Differences
  • Research Methods 1
  • Psychometrics

Level 5 Modules (all modules are mandatory) include:

  • Research Methods 2
  • Minor Research Project
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychology in Society
  • Introduction to Neuropsychology
  • Health Psychology

Level 6 Modules (there are 3 mandatory modules and 2 optional modules out of a choice of 10 as indicated by * and only one of these optional modules may be a negotiated learning module) include:

  • Major Research Project
  • Literature Review
  • Clinical Psychology and Mental Health
  • Psychology of Education*
  • Positive Psychology*
  • Psychology of work*
  • Cyberpsychology and New Media*
  • Counselling Psychology*
  • Psychology of Education (negotiated learning)*
  • Positive Psychology (negotiated learning)*
  • Psychology of Work (negotiated learning)*
  • Cyberpsychology and New Media (negotiated learning)*
  • Counselling Psychology (negotiated learning)*

Optional Modules

If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered. If an optional module will not be run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Entry Requirements

You will need a minimum 80 UCAS Tariff points. Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have relevant work / life experience will be considered on an individual basis.

In addition, for this programme, you will be required to have a GCSE (or equivalent level 2 qualification) at grade 4 (formerly grade C) or above in English and Mathematics.

All applicants must show that they have a good level of spoken or written English, and if English is not your first language you'll need to demonstrate the ability to study in English.

All applicants will have to interview successfully.

How will I be assessed?

A variety of assessment methods are used on the course. At Level 4 all assessment will be by either Multiple Choice Test or coursework, including written work, seminars and presentations. Level 5 has similar coursework requirements and some modules are assessed by coursework and an examination. At level 6, 50% of the assessment is by coursework and examination - the remaining 50% comprising an individual literature review and an original research project.

Each module is formally assessed through, for example, examination, individual and group presentation, essay, assessment of course work e.g. written report and reflective practice. This formal assessment will count towards your module mark and feedback is usually given within 15 working days following the submission of your formal submission of work.

It should be noted that feedback is part of the ongoing learning cycle which is not limited to written feedback. Other forms of feedback include one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor, dissertation and project supervision meetings, a lecturer responding to learner questions or responses during topic or situation discussions. 

Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

Teaching and Learning

The learning environment and facilities could include lecture theatres, classrooms, technology suites, laboratories and workshops, library and skills labs, small group and quiet zones. Learning methods will vary according to the programme of study but will include lectures and group tutorials. In addition, seminars, field trips, work placements, laboratory and workshop practical, guest lectures, discussions and debates all contribute to the learning experience to support the acquisition of subject specific skills and knowledge and the development of transferable and employment related skills.

You should typically expect to have around 15 contact hours per week if you are studying full time.

In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor.  

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course.  The team could include senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technical officers.  You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.

Timetables

We endeavour to make timetables available one month before you start your course.  Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.  Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week. 

On this course, students generally spend up to 2 days a week in College, if you choose to study the course full-time. As all course timetables are subject to change you should not make definite plans based on this information; this information is intended as a guide only. Please remember that you will be expected to carry out work in your own time in addition to the time you spend in College.

Overall Workload

You overall workload consists of class contact hours, around 15 hours of independent learning and assessment activity and any field trips which may take place.

Academic Support

We have a dedicated Student Engagement Team who will be able to provide support in the following areas;

  • Study Skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • Written English
  • Academic Writing (including referencing)
  • Research Skills

 

What can I do next?

Graduates have gone on to further study at post-graduate level, including gaining PhD qualification. Other areas that graduates have gone on to work with/in:

  • Working within the NHS and care sector, including;
  • Youth Offending
  • Teaching
      • Rehabilitation services
      • Intimate Partner Abuse services
      • Substance abuse and cessation services
    • Charity and non-profit organisations.
    • Working within individuals on the Autism Spectrum
    • Research positions

Some specific roles that previous graduates have gone on to gain include work as a lecturer on an undergraduate programme at Liverpool University, a Smoking Cessation Advisor, a Research Assistant at the University of Central Lancashire and a Mental Health Nurse.

Career Options

Psychologist

Psychologists study people's behaviour, motivations, thoughts and feelings, and help them overcome or control their problems. As a psychologist, you would specialise in a particular area such as clinical psychology, or educational psychology.

If you would enjoy helping people with psychological difficulties and have excellent communication and listening skills, this could be an ideal job for you.

To work as a psychologist you will need to complete a three-year degree in psychology, and a three-year postgraduate qualification which relates to your chosen specialism.

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Psychotherapist

If you're interested in people's emotions, and want to help them deal with problems in their lives, this could be an ideal career for you.

Psychotherapists help people who are distressed. They use a variety of techniques and therapies, rather than using drugs or physical treatments.

To become a psychotherapist, you will normally need postgraduate training. You also need to be a good ‘listener’ with an energetic and positive outlook, and a non-judgemental attitude.

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Drug And Alcohol Worker

Drug and alcohol workers help people tackle their drug, alcohol or solvent misuse problems.

If you want to help people and you have an understanding of substance misuse issues, this job could be ideal for you. In this job you would need to be calm and caring, and able to build trust with vulnerable people.

Volunteering is a great way to build skills and experience. No formal entry requirements apply but you would be expected to gain qualifications in substance misuse. You would also need a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

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Education Welfare Officer

Education welfare officers work with schools, pupils and families to support regular school attendance. They help to sort out problems in school or at home. If you want to help children make the most of their school years, this could be perfect for you.

Employers will expect you to have some experience of education or the protection of children. Some may expect you to have or be prepared to work towards a qualification in social work. Others may allow you to train on the job.

To become an education welfare officer you will need to be a good listener without judging people. You will need to be able to build good working relationships with pupils, parents and teachers. A calm and firm approach in difficult situations is needed.

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Further Education Lecturer

Further education (FE) lecturers teach students over the age of 16. Also known as further education tutors or teachers, they work with some 14 to 16 year-olds studying work-related subjects. If you enjoy spending time with young adults and want a teaching career, this could be perfect for you.

To become a further education lecturer, you will need to be able to relate well to students of all ages and abilities. You’ll need good organisation and planning skills. You’ll also need patience and a sense of humour.

To qualify as an FE lecturer, you'll need at least a level 3 qualification in the subject you want to teach as well as a teaching qualification.

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Higher Education Lecturer

Higher education lecturers teach and carry out research in universities and some further education colleges. They teach academic and vocational subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate level to students over the age of 18.

If you have a high level of knowledge in a subject area, and want to pass it on through lectures, seminars and written materials, this job could be for you.

In this job you’ll need enthusiasm for your subject, so you can motivate and inspire your students. You’ll also need confidence so you can stand up in front of large groups and deliver lectures.

You’ll need a good degree (first or 2:1), and for most jobs a PhD or be working towards one. You’ll also need to have had academic work published.??

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Primary Care Graduate Mental Health Worker

If you would like to use a range of therapeutic techniques to help individuals and groups with mental health problems, this type of work might suit you.

As a primary care graduate mental health worker (PCGMHW) you would provide treatment and support to people with common mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression.

In this job you would need to have an in-depth knowledge of mental health issues. You would need to be able to communicate well with patients, to explain the options open to them. You would also need to be a good listener and able to gain patients' trust.

You will need a qualification in a relevant subject, such as psychology – many employers will expect you to have a degree, and the ability to work towards a related postgraduate certificate. Voluntary experience and a driving licence will also be very useful.

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