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BA (Hons) Psychosocial Theory and Practice

Course overview

Start date

September 2017

Subject area

Social Sciences





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Course summary

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.

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Degree + Foundation year

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If you have any questions, talk to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0) 20 8223 3333 or email

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Student satisfaction

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.

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Aisha Labefo-Audu

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

Entry requirements


New UCAS Points

A Level
Must include passes at A2 in at least two subjects.
Extended Diploma (QCF) or Diploma (QCF)
International Baccalaureate
Diploma with 25 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.
We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and maths (See below for accepted equivalences)


(Including European Union)

We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.


Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

We will also consider the UEL New Beginnings pre-entry course

Overall IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or recognised equivalent).

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

As an inclusive university we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application (particularly your personal statement) and may ask you to attend an interview or submit a piece of work to help us decide on your eligibility for the course. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.

You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre. Please click here for details.

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

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for a bachelor’s degree, you can study this course as an ‘extended’ four-year programme. You’ll begin with a foundation year, which will prepare you for a successful transition to the degree course a year later.

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)
Reading the World as a Social Scientist (core) 
Globalisation and Social Movements (optional)
Who are you? Reading the body Psychosocially (optional)
Game Changers in Sociology (optional)
Crime, Surveillance and Society (optional)


Making 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.


Psychosocial Dissertation


Relational and Reflective Practice in Community Settings
Psychoanalysis, Culture & Religion
Living with HIV: Experiences, Representations and Making Change
The Psychotherapies: Theory & Practice
Family Studies
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.

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