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BSc (Hons) Psychology (with Foundation year)

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Course overview

Start date

September 2019

Subject area

Psychology

Attendance

Full-time

Learning

On campus

Course summary

This extended course is perfect if you want a degree in Psychology, but you don’t meet the standard entry requirements. First we prepare you for your degree during the Foundation year, bringing you up to speed with academic skills and a firm grounding in the subject - then you can go on to do the full undergraduate degree.

For January 2019, upon successful completion of the Foundation Year (passing all four modules including Topics for Counselling), students are eligible for an interview to join the BSc Counselling degree (accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)). 

Study one of the most rewarding and fascinating areas of science, where you go on a journey through the human mind and explore what makes us tick, and unlock many important reasons behind what makes us who we are, including mental health, human behaviour, and brain development.

Psychology shapes us as individuals, and our society - and is the reason behind many issues, such as why we think or have opinions on certain things, but also helps to improve our lives, where the effects of disability or injury are increasingly being understood and their effects are being mitigated, as the incredible pace of knowledge, research and technological advancement continues. Our internationally renowned academics and fantastic facilities at UEL, including VR and dedicated research labs, will allow you to experience and learn all about modern Psychology in today's climate.

At UEL, our Psychology degree provides you with a versatile platform to go on and make a real difference in your life. You can pursue a career in the ever-growing area of professional Psychology through our Masters and Professional Doctorates, including occupational, clinical and counselling Psychology. However the skills and experience, such as data management, analysis, report writing and critical and creative thinking are all on the top-list of what top companies want in graduates - so you could virtually work anywhere with our degree.

 

UCAS points

64

Course options

Degree with Foundation Year

UCAS code

C801

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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One of the largest schools of psychology in the UK

Our School of Psychology is one of the largest in the UK in terms of academics, researchers and students. We have a significant amount of expertise within our ranks with excellent employment connections in our local area, only possible due to our size and influence.

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Impact of research

We are joint first in the UK for impact of research, beating Cambridge and Oxford, showing our incredible academic expertise and real-world relevance. (latest REF, 2014)

Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)

This accreditation is a mark of quality that students and employers understand and value. Studying a BPS accredited course will give you the opportunity to gain graduate or chartered membership of the Society.

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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.

New for January 2019

Students on the Psychology Foundation Year take three core (compulsory) modules and one option module. The two option modules that students can choose from are Topics in Counselling and Topics in Psychology.

Topics in Counselling will equip students with basic skills in counselling and upon successful completion of the Foundation Year (passing all four modules including Topics for Counselling), students are eligible for an interview to join the BSc Counselling degree (accredited by the British Associate for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)).

Topics in Psychology introduces a range of key and current issues in psychology, providing an excellent starting point for level 4 on our undergraduate psychology programmes.

All students who successfully complete the Psychology Foundation Year (gaining 120 credits), regardless of which option module, are eligible to progress onto the BSc (Hons) Psychology or one of our specialist pathways:

  • BSc (Hons) Child Psychology
  • BSc (Hons) Clinical and Community Psychology
  • BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology
All of the above are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

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.

Foundation Year modules: 

Skills for Success in Psychology (core)
Debates in Psychology (core)
Topics in Psychology (core)

Topics in Counselling (option)
Psychology in Practice (core)

January 2019 entry only: Students who successfully complete the Foundation Year including the Topics in Counselling option, will be eligible to join the BSc (Hons) Counselling degree. Students must pass all the above modules be invited to an interview to enter onto the BSc (Hons) Counselling degree

Researching Psychological Worlds (core)
Perspectives on Behaviour: Biological, Social and Differential (core)
Introduction to Cognitive and Developmental Psychology (core)
Thinking like a psychologist (core)

Researching Psychological Worlds 2 (core)
Applications of psychobiology, individual differences and social psychology (core)
Topics in Cognitive and Developmental Psychology (core)
Forensic Psychology: The Justice System (optional)
Cognitive Neuropsychology (optional)
Psychology of Mental Health (optional)
The Psychology of Ageing (optional)
Counselling Psychology (optional)
Psychological Perspectives on Work Experience (optional)

Psychological Research Project (core)
Employability and developing your graduate career pathway (core)
Forensic Psychology: Criminal Conduct (optional)
Occupational Psychology (optional)
Psychology of Choice: Decision Making and Risk Perception (optional)
Applied Child Psychology (optional)
Applied Child Psychology with Placement (optional)
Drugs and Addictive Behaviours (optional)
Wellbeing and Resilience in the face of conflict and disaster (optional)
Anomalistic Psychology (optional)

How you'll be assessed

We’ll assess you with a mixture of coursework and exams (no exams in Foundation or First Year). Coursework includes essays, research reports, group and seminar presentations and a final-year project. 

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

Course specification Foundation year specification

Paula Booth

BSc Psychology (with Foundation Year)

I hadn’t written an essay in 20 years, but the Foundation course taught me how to write at an academic level. As well as learning new skills, I was introduced to many classic psychology studies. I fell in love with psychology and academia during the extended degree, and am now doing a PhD.

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

64

New UCAS Points

From
A Level
Must include passes at A2 in at least 1 subject
From
Btec
Extended Diploma or Diploma
From
International Baccalaureate
Diploma with 24 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.

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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).

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

Our Psychology degree will give you a broad knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of modern Psychology. You will develop a good knowledge of the influences on and factors involved in human functioning in all the core areas of Psychology:

  • Biological foundations
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Individual Differences
  • Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology
  • Research methods

You will also develop detailed knowledge of several specialised areas through option choice, develop knowledge of research paradigms, methods and measurement techniques, of real life applications of theory to behaviour and experience, and knowledge of how behaviour and experience can be affected by physical and mental illness. This knowledge will be backed up by subject-based practical skills such as the ability to design and conduct research, to analyse and interpret quantitative and qualitative data, and awareness of ethical issues and principles in research on human behaviour.

Key to many careers and employers - you will also develop thinking skills, including analysis and interpretation of evidence, scientific reasoning, critical thinking, and appreciation of multiple perspectives and approaches. Furthermore, other skills for life and work including communication, computer literacy (word processing, statistical software), interpersonal and group skills, numeracy and statistical competence, self-knowledge and reflexivity, and planning and time-management.

How you'll learn

Our internationally renowned expert academics will guide employ the most up to date and advanced learning techniques to ensure that you get a broad understanding of Psychology through your degree.

Your knowledge of the area is developed through guided reading, knowledge-based activities with feedback, lectures and follow up questions and discussions, and online discussions and activities. We develop your thinking and practical skills through reflective and IT activities with feedback, group discussions (such as seminar activities), and online discussions and activities. Skills for life and work are developed through project work, as well as reflection, review and planning activities, for example, with your Academic Advisor.

Students on the BSc Psychology are encouraged to gain relevant work experience as they progress through their degree and they are supported in finding work experience or voluntary placements via the Centre for Student Success.

In addition, the programme includes two optional modules in which students can make use of work-based learning. The work may be paid or unpaid and students set up the work experience/ placement for themselves. Students are not assessed on their performance in the work place but on assessments that require them to reflect on the experience and make links to relevant research.

Students may also apply to take part in the University Study Abroad scheme, in which students complete a proportion of their level 5 credits at a non-UK University.

Your future career

The fantastic thing about a psychology degree is that as well as going into professional psychology - the skills and knowledge it gives you means you can work practically anywhere.

Our degree and teaching will give you the skills and experience in data management, data analysis, report writing, and critical and creative thinking. These are all skills that are now in the top 10 of modern employer's requirements for graduates - so the fact you will have these skills and experience means you're a step ahead and well placed for graduate employment. Furthermore, employers value psychology students because they believe they have a better understanding of human behaviour - your understanding of how people work will be a real selling point, especially later on down the line when you apply for managerial jobs.

Many of our graduates now work in social welfare, sport and leisure, education, human resource management, consumer research and advertising, marketing, media, market research and community work.

However if you choose to pursue a career in psychology, our degree provides a fantastic platform for you to continue onto postgraduate studies, so that you can specialise in an area of psychology, such as clinical, counselling, occupational and community psychology. You can study all of these degrees in-house, as we offer Masters level and Doctorate level courses, which are BPS-accredited, so you can effectively train to be a professional psychologist without ever leaving us. From there, the career paths can lead to incredibly rewarding, satisfying and high-paying jobs in the public and private sector.

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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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