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BSc (Hons) Clinical and Community Psychology

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Course overview

Start date

September 2019

Subject area

Psychology

Attendance

Full-time

Part-time

Learning

On campus

Course summary

Clinical and Community Psychology is all about learning from, and initiating positive change with, vulnerable and marginalised people and groups. The focus is not just on the individuals themselves, but on how factors in society have an impact on lives.

If you want to be out there in the real world, learning and researching and making a difference, this is the course for you.

You’ll practise what you are learning through partnerships or voluntary schemes within local community groups or the NHS.

You’ll widen your experience and learn new skills, such as evidence-based evaluations, report writing and making recommendations for practice.

In at least one of your modules you have the opportunity to undertake a professional piece of evidence-based research for a community partner – a service that the organisation would perhaps not otherwise have been able to afford.

UCAS points

128

Course options

Degree

UCAS code

C892

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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Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)

This is the only undergraduate Clinical and Community Psychology course in the UK to be accredited by the BPS. Studying a BPS accredited course will give you the opportunity to gain graduate or chartered membership of the Society.

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Student satisfaction

An incredible endorsement in the quality of our course from our own Clinical and Community Psychology students. (NSS, 2018)

Incredible access to real services and community partners

You will be able to work with real services and community partners, as well as have specialist teaching with practitioners and service users, to give you a real sense of how clinical and community psychology works in the real world. We also offer a Praxis module, where you do joint evaluation or research with a partner organisation, which significant aids your employability and development.

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Eileen Ward

Clinical and Community Psychology, BSc (Hons)

The University's contacts within the local NHS trusts offer a wide variety of work experience and opportunities for research. The programme leaders were innovative in their presentation of lectures and seminars. They gave a first-hand account of the profession and provided a good understanding of what to expect when working in the mental health field.

I would highly recommend UEL, the Clinical and Community programme is academically stimulating and highly informative.

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:

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
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
£12,100
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Entry requirements

128

New UCAS Points

From
A Level
including passes at A2 in at least three subjects
From
Btec
Extended Diploma or Diploma
From
International Baccalaureate
Diploma with 27 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. All suitable applicants are required to attend an interview.

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.

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

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.

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.

What you'll learn

This three-year, full-time degree course will give you a foundation in the theory of clinical and community psychology as well as hands-on experience. If you’re interested in working in the field of mental health, or in initiating sustainable change in vulnerable and marginalised communities, this is for you.

Unusually for an undergraduate psychology degree, you’ll be introduced to psychopathology and approaches to people in mental distress in your first year. You’ll study mental health problems such as anxiety, schizophrenia, eating disorders and bipolar disorder. There are also options to study the psychology of drug addiction and crime.

We’ll introduce you to community psychology with a critical edge that is political in the broadest sense. You’ll look at how issues such as poverty, opportunity, education, employment and housing impact on a person’s ability to negotiate the world.

From the moment you join us you’ll have opportunities to put theory into practice through placements within the local community, working within voluntary projects or the NHS.

You’ll also learn how to gather, analyse and write up evidence-based practice research, a vital skill in many fields of work.

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.

Research Psychological Worlds (core)
Perspectives on Behaviour: Biological, Social & Differential (core)
Introduction to Cognitive & Developmental Psychology (core)
Clinical & Community I (Foundations) (core)
Clinical & Community II (Mental Health) (core)

Clinical & Community III (Mental Distress in Context) (core)
Research Psychological Worlds 2 (core)
Applications of Psychobiology, Individual Differences and Social Psychology (core)
Topics in Cognitive & Developmental Psychology (core)
Forensic Psychology: The Justice System (optional)
Cognitive Neuropsychology (optional)
The Psychology of Personal Development (optional)
Research Conference (core)
Clinical & Community Psychological Research Project (core)
Employability & developing your graduate career pathway (core)
Community-based evaluation (optional)
Forensic Psychology: The Justice System (optional)
Cognitive Neuropsychology (optional)
The Psychology of Personal Development (optional)
Counselling Psychology (optional)
Psychological Perspectives on Work Experience (optional)
Forensic Psychology: Criminal Conduct (optional)
Occupational Psychology (optional)
Health Psychology (optional)
Psychology of Choice: Decision Making and Risk Perception (optional)
Applied Child Psychology (optional)
Drugs and Addictive Behaviours (optional)
Psychoneuroimmunology (optional)
Psychology of Emotions (optional)
Evolutionary Psychology (optional)
Frontiers in Cognitive Science: Issues in the Study of Mind, Embodiment and Consciousness (optional)
Psychology, Identity and Society (optional)
Psychology of Belief (optional)
Anomalistic Psychology (optional)
Professional Practice (Community-based Learning) (optional)
Professional Practice (Problem-based learning) (optional)
Wellbeing and Resilience in the Face of Conflict Disaster (optional)

How you'll be assessed

We’ll assess you with a mixture of coursework and exams. Coursework includes essays, applied and lab-based research reports, group and seminar presentations and a final-year project. Most of the assessment in your first year is by coursework and we’ll give you as much feedback as possible.

The balance of placements, coursework and exams in year two will depend on your optional choices. In your third year, up to half of your assessment can be based on practice-based research.

Course specification

How you'll learn

This is not your ‘bog-standard’ degree, explains co-course leader Dr Mike Chase. “The key thing is, you’re out there. You’re involved with the community and informing and changing practice. It’s applied psychology. You’re developing an understanding from being and doing as opposed to sitting in a lecture theatre.”

The key term here is ‘community-based’. This means we’ll support you in finding an organisation to work for and with whom you can develop a partnership. Together with the organisation you’ll identify a service to be evaluated, or a problem to be researched. You’ll help them do this, with a view to producing a report recommending changes in practice.
 
The course is highly interactive, with regular guest speakers from the local community, including mental health service users.  

You’ll have a course tutor to support your academic and career development, module leaders for the various subjects you study and tutors for each year group. We’ll also allocate a personal tutor to you so that you can discuss any issues you may have.

And, rest assured, you’ll have access to superb facilities at our Stratford campus, including specialist psychological laboratories and equipment, a large computing centre and a new library.

Dr Sharon Cahill, co-course leader, says, “We say to you – bring your own experience. What have you got to offer? This is not just an academic course, although we do ask for higher UCAS points.

"We are saying to students that this is an opportunity to make a difference, not only in your own life but to your colleagues and the community that you live in or represent, whether it’s by your ethnicity or sexuality. Whatever your community is – you have a big opportunity here.” 

Your future career

We’ve designed this degree to give you a competitive edge when it comes to gaining a place on a postgraduate course. If you decide to go straight into work, the experience you’ll have gained from placements in clinical and community settings will maximise your job prospects too.

Your degree could be your first step towards becoming a clinical psychologist. It may also lead directly to other graduate employment opportunities within the NHS, public sector or charitable and voluntary sector organisations.

The placements and extracurricular opportunities open to you on this course mean you are more likely to have a chance of taking that next step towards your goal, whatever that may be.

And having a degree recognised by the British Psychology Society means an opening to careers in a wide range of other areas, such as sport and leisure, education, human resources, consumer research and advertising, and the media.

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