Psychology (with Foundation Entry) BSc (Hons)

Location: University Centre at Blackburn College
UCAS Code: F800
Code: ST3070A19Z
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Study Mode: Full Time, Part Time
Duration: Full time: 4 academic years
Part time: N academic years
Start Dates: september 2021
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Overview

Our BSc (Hons) Psychology with Foundation Entry qualification is designed for students who want to study Psychology, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to start the Honours degree programme just yet.

This four-year programme introduces the 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.

In the first year students will develop the study skills necessary for studying at a higher education level, while also learning that about the foundations of psychology as an academic subject.

In the second year, 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 conducted research in psychology, including the use of psychometric tests.

Tailored around the professional standards within psychology the third 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 into the final year of study, with students being able to choose between a number of optional modules. 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?

In the first year of this programme you will study 5 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. In short, you will acquire a firm grounding for the subject you want study at degree level before starting your Honours degree.

Second year students will be introduced to the development of psychology from its philosophical roots to its modern day scientific basis. In year 3, you will develop the knowledge gained in year 2 and how it is applied to within practice. You will also further develop your research skills and undertake a piece of primary research. In the final year 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 two full days per week. Part time study is one day of study in college per week.

First year (Level 3) modules (all modules are mandatory) include:

  • Introduction to the Person
  • Introduction to the Mind
  • Introduction to Brain and Behaviour
  • Introduction to Research and Psychology
  • Study Skills for Psychology

You will then move on to study the following modules in the remaining 3 years of the programme:

Second year (Level 4) modules (all modules are mandatory) include:

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

Third Year (Level 5) modules (all modules are mandatory) include:

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

Fourth Year (Level 6) modules include (* indicates optional modules from which students can choose four modules. These modules will be offered only when delivery is economically viable based on student numbers)

You can only choose one of the negotiated modules in the year.

  • Literature Review
  • Clinical Psychology and Mental Health
  • Psychology of Education*
  • Cyberpsychology and New Media*
  • Positive Psychology*
  • Psychology of Work*
  • Counselling Psychology*
  • Negotiated Learning*
  • Major Research Project
Entry Requirements

If you studied A-levels or other Level 3 qualifications (eg. BTEC course) 5 or less years ago you can enter this course based on the UCAS points you have achieved. You’ll need to have a minimum of 32 UCAS points to join this programme that are relevant to the study of Psychology or 32 UCAS points from a range of subjects that may not necessarily relate to Psychology.

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

We welcome applications from mature students without formal qualifications for these courses or from mature students whose Level 3 qualifications were gained more than 5 years ago. If this applies to you will be invited to interview to determine your eligibility to study based on your previously gained skills and experience.

Students will not be required to have GCSE (or equivalent qualifications) at level 2 in English and Mathematics, but must be willing to work towards gaining one while studying on the programme. 

Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have relevant work/life experience will be considered on an individual basis and may be invited to interview. The interview will consider prior formal qualifications, and evidence of experience gained through employment or other verifiable sources. Students will be admitted when the interviews are confident that the student has demonstrated sufficient prior knowledge, skill, aptitude and interest to be equally able to succeed as a candidate offering the standard entry criteria.

 

How will I be assessed?

A variety of assessment methods are used on the course. In your first year your assessment is designed to give you a flavour of how you will be assessed in the later stages of the programme. In the second year, all assessment will be by Multiple Choice Test or coursework, including written work, seminars and presentations. Year three has similar coursework requirements and some modules are assessed by coursework and an examination. In the final year, 50% of the assessment is by coursework and examination - the remaining 50% comprising an individual literature review and an original research project.

Formative and summative assessments enable lecturers or tutors to monitor the learning that has/is taking place. Formative assessment is not always noticeable by the student as it is a continuous process; lecturers or assessors may observe participation and responses to class discussions and group work, a student’s response to question and answer sessions, participation in workshop practical and engagement with demonstrations. Each module is formally assessed through, for example, examination, individual and group presentation, essay, assessment of course work e.g. written report, reflective practice and portfolios of evidence.

Students receive both formal and informal feedback. Formal feedback is through assessments, is usually in writing and given within 3 weeks following the submission date. 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.

Teaching and Learning

The learning environment and facilities 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, role play or scenario activities, laboratory and workshop practical, demonstrations, 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.

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;
    • 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
  • Youth Offending
  • Teaching

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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