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BA (Hons) Psychosocial Theory and Practice

Course overview

Start date

September 2020

Subject area

Social Work and Community

Attendance

Full-time

Part-time

Learning

On campus

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.


UCAS points

112

Course options

Degree

UCAS code

C890

UCAS points

Less points?

Course options

Degree + Foundation year

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0) 20 8223 3333 or email study@uel.ac.uk

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82%

Student satisfaction

82% of our students agreed that they were 'satisfied' or 'very satisfied' with the Psychosocial course, an incredible endorsement from our own students. (NSS, 2018)

1st

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

Fees and funding

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will be automatically cancelled.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Maintenance Loan

You can apply for a loan to help with living costs such as food, travel and accommodation. How much you can borrow depends on where you live and study, and whether you are currently on welfare benefits. The maximum loan you can apply for is £12,729.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Supplementary Grants

The government also offer the following additional support:

-          Parent’s Learning Allowance

-          Adult Dependants' Grant

-          Childcare Grant

-          Disabled Students’ Allowance

For further information visit gov.uk/student-finance

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

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Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

 


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
UK
£9,250
You don't need to pay this up front
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will automatically be cancelled.

For information visit gov.uk/student-finance

Please note EU students can only apply for their funding using a paper application form.
To download a form visit www.gov.uk/student-finance-forms

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

 


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
EU
£9,250
You don't need to pay this upfront
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

At UEL, we understand that studying in another country is a big financial commitment. If you apply early for an undergraduate, you may be entitled to a scholarship of up to £3,000.You can find out more about the international scholarships here.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) also run an Emergency International Fund to assist international students in hardship.

You can contact our SMART team on 02082233333 or study@uel.ac.uk

As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1,265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11,385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money. Please make sure you also factor in the fees for the visa application and immigration health surcharge when budgeting.

* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA pages for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.

Deposits and paying by instalments

International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here

After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.

Our International team at UEL are available for advice and guidance on studying in London, fees, scholarships and visa requirements.

Email: international@uel.ac.uk

Tuition fees
International
£12,700
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Entry requirements

112

New UCAS Points

From
A Level
Must include passes at A2 in at least two subjects.
From
Btec
Extended Diploma or Diploma
From
International Baccalaureate
Diploma with 25 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.
We would normally expect you to have Grade 4 / C in GCSE English and Maths.

INTERNATIONAL

(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.

If you don’t quite meet the academic requirements for this course, you can apply with an additional foundation year. Read more about the International Foundation Programme.

SEE 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

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 the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Please note that some courses require applicants to meet the entry requirements outlined on the course page. 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.
Overall IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing and Speaking; minimum 5.5 in Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course. Find out more here.

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

We consistently review our courses to ensure we are up-to-date with industry changes and requirements from our graduates. As a result, our modules are subject to change.

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. 

Knowledge, Skills, Practice and the Self: Professional Life: Mental Wealth
Exploring Communities as Social Scientists.
Researching Changing Communities
Reimagining the Work of a Social Scientist
Crime, Justice and Surveillance
Reading the Body
Psychosocially
Introduction to Digital Sociology
Globalisation & Society

Knowledge, Skills, Practice and the Self (Mental Wealth)
Constructions of Identity
Psychology: Perspectives For Psychosocial and Community Work
Communication For Psychosocial and Community Work Relationships
Preparation For Working In Communities
Introduction To Psychosocial and Community Work 
 

Knowledge, Skills, Practice and the Self 2 (Mental Wealth)
Difference, Race, Diversity, Inequality
Families, Children and Education
Mad, Bad or Sad, Understanding Mental Disorder
Professional Practice in Communities 1
Counselling: Therapeutic Skills & Practice
Research Methods

Knowledge, Skills, Practice and the Self: Mental Wealth 3
Professional Practice in Communities 2 
Applied Project
Managing and Leading In The Not For Profit Sector
Leaders, Followers, Fanatics
Health, Community & Activism
Gender, Difference and Empowerment

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.

Foundation Specification Programme 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 82% of our students agreed that they were 'satisfied' or 'very satisfied' with the Psychosocial course according to 2018 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.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal

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Meet us in your country

Our international team travel overseas regularly to meet prospective students and attend recruitment fairs. Our academics also give regular lectures overseas and are happy to speak to prospective students. In addition, we have a large worldwide network of advisors who can provide guidance and support with applying to study at the University of East London.

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