BA (Hons) Psychosocial Theory and Practice
Are you interested in what makes people tick? Are you fascinated by how we develop throughout our lives from birth to old age and the relationships between individuals and their society?
Do you enjoy discovering the mysteries of human behaviour and understanding the complicated emotions we have such as love, joy, guilt and shame?
If so, this course will really excite you. You’ll enjoy an interactive learning experience that will help you make sense of yourself and the world around you. We value your own life experiences on this course, and we’re passionate about providing the best student experience.
You’ll gain a different outlook on life as well as a range of skills that will equip you for a wide variety of jobs when you leave us. That could be anything from helping those afflicted by drug abuse or mental health issues to taking on a communications role.
It will also give you the foundation to embark on further training or study, including a postgraduate degree at UEL.
If you don’t meet the entry requirements for a BA, you can study this course as an ‘extended’ four-year programme. You'll begin with a foundation year which will prepare your for a successful transition to the BA degree.
Degree + Foundation year
96% of our students agreed that they were 'satisfied' or 'very satisfied' with the Psychosocial course, an incredible endorsement from our own students. (NSS, 2017)
To teach Psychosocial undergraduate courses in the UK.
We were pioneers of the course back in 1985 and is built on the expertise we’ve built up. You’ll learn from tutors who have an unparalleled wealth of knowledge and experience in teaching the subject.
See the world from a different perspective
You’ll have the chance to look at life from a unique mix of psychological, social and cultural perspectives. The course is about the real world, tackling problems such as mental health, ageing and crime.
Psychosocial Studies, BA (Hons) *
"I enjoyed every single module during my three years studying Psychosocial Studies. Each module helped me to understand human behaviour and the different experiences of life."
*Course title changed to BA (Hons) Psychosocial Theory and Practice in 2017
New UCAS Points
What you'll learn
The uniqueness of this three-year, full-time course (or four years part-time) lies partly in the sheer breadth of the subjects covered.
You’ll explore problematic areas of human behaviour and experience - for example, looking at the ways they connect to mental illness and crime.
And you’ll also gain a fascinating insight into ‘ordinary’ aspects of everyday life such as shopping, television, the body and food.
This course is concerned with understanding the problematic areas of human behaviour and experience (connected to mental illness and crime, for example). It also covers ordinary aspects of everyday life such as shopping, television, the body and food.
Many of our students have interesting lives and interesting backgrounds. We very much value that. Your life experiences can only enhance our expertise in this most thought-provoking area of knowledge.
Your course and personal tutors will guide you towards the subject areas you are most interested in, particularly in your final year.
You’ll be able to shape your own course around modules as diverse as Gender Studies, Family Studies and HIV in the World. The choice is yours.
What you'll study and when
By the end of the degree you’ll gain the same qualification as those obtaining direct entry to the course but you’ll take one year longer to complete your studies.
Key Themes and Debates in Social Sciences (core)
Academic Literacy and Research for Social Scientists (core)
Globalisation and Social Movements (optional)
Who are you? Reading the body Psychosocially (optional)
Game Changers in Sociology (optional)
Crime, Surveillance and Society (optional)
CoreMaking a Social Scientist
Psychosocial Perspectives of Psychology
The Psychosocial Imagination
Constructions of Identity
Research Methods in Social Sciences
The Ways We Live: Culture and the Inner World
Mental Disorder and Psychological Treatment
Professional Psychosocial Practice
Psychosocial Approaches to Constructions of Difference
An exciting innovation of this programme is that in Year 3 we have clustered our option choices around career paths, to give you the best guidance possible around what you want to do for a career. You will be guided in your choices throughout to ensure that you are studying modules that link to where you see yourself working in the future.
Relational and Reflective Practice in Community Settings
Psychoanalysis, Culture & Religion
Living with HIV: Experiences, Representations and Making Change
The Psychotherapies: Theory & Practice
Emotion Studies: Mind & Body
Black, White or Asian: What's Your Problem?
Enhancing Employability through project based learning
Working With Children and Young People
Cybercultures: Life Online
Dis/Ability: Experiences and Representations
Sexualities, Social Practices, and Cross Cultural Perspectives
Endings: Death, Dying and Beyond
How you'll be assessed
We’ll assess you throughout your course and give you regular feedback. Coursework makes up most of the assessment process. However, you’ll also undertake seen exams, research reports, group and seminar presentations and project work.Course specification
How you'll learn
You'll be taught by an academic team who are dedicated to the development of psychosocial ideas and are internationally known for the quality of their work.
All of them are experts in their fields. For example, Dr Christopher Scanlon is renowned for his study of inter-forensic settings with personality disorder, working with serious offenders in vocational-orientated research.
Professor Corinne Squire, who teaches the optional ‘HIV in the World’ module, has recently written ‘Living with HIV and ARVs: Three Letter Lives’ which takes an international perspective on the diseases.
You’ll take a range of modules that span psychology, sociology, cultural studies and psychoanalysis. In our teaching, we place emphasis on discussion, relating your life experiences to academic material.
You’ll also carry out your own workshop and project work and you’ll be taught how to collate and interpret research as it applies to real-life situations.
You’ll be based at our Docklands campus, where we’ll teach you through a combination of lectures and small group seminars. Certain modules include workshops, field trips or lab work and in your final year you can undertake a work placement.
Course and personal tutors will be assigned to you to support your academic and career development and help you to make sense of your world.
We know how much you value such support. It’s one of the reasons why our students gave us a 100 per cent ‘overall satisfaction’ score in the 2014 National Student Survey.
Your future career
We've designed this degree to give you the broadest possible scope when it comes to moving into work or postgraduate study and research.
We’ll equip you with a range of skills such as counselling, learning to listen emphatically and understanding the dynamics of group processes. This will give you an excellent foundation to pursue further professional qualifications and training in areas such as mental health, child development and psychotherapy.
If you want to work with agencies tackling issues such as homelessness, drug abuse, learning difficulties and mental illness – as many of our graduates have – the insight and skills you gain on this course will give you a head start.
Our students also move into teaching, local government, research and marketing. Others have become welfare officers, youth workers, family therapists and psychotherapists.