BSc (Hons) Psychology (with Foundation Year)

Course details

  • UCAS Code1C47
  • Year of entry 2022
  • Duration 4 YRS (FT)
  • UCAS Tariff 48-72
  • Institution Code G53
  • Location Wrexham
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Course Highlights

Accredited

by the British Psychological Socitey (BPS)

Access

to a diverse range of facilities including our psychometric lab, flight simulator, high-tech sports performance lab, experimental cubicles and simulation lab

Explore

social, developmental and cognitive psychology through theoretical and practical sessions

Why choose this course?

If you are fascinated with behaviour and wonder why people do what they do, then our psychology course – which is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) – will be ideal for your questioning mind.

Students will:

  • have access to a diverse range of facilities including our psychometric lab, flight simulator, high-tech sports performance lab, experimental cubicles and simulation lab
  • gain a greater understanding of social interaction, individual development and the way in which the brain interprets information that we deal with on a daily basis
  • study specific modules relating to social psychology, developmental psychology, individual differences, cognitive psychology, and psychobiology
  • develop your statistical and research skills through regular laboratory-based practicals and in the final part of the course, you will complete a substantial final project on a topic of your choice
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Psychologyat WGU

Discover more about studying Psychology at Wrexham Glyndwr University from our staff and students.

Key course features

  • Small and friendly department with a research-active academic team.
  • Fully supportive of student research interests.
  • Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) – students will also have the opportunity to attend and present at the BPS conference at level 6.
  • Facilities used on the course include a psychometric lab, teaching laboratories with modern computing facilities, a high tech sports performance lab, experimental cubicles and a simulation lab.
  • Practical sessions in each module to give hands-on experience of the applicability of theory and/or develop students research skills. We believe that as psychology is about real life, formal lectures should be enhanced by experiential learning. All set lectures in the morning are supplemented by a practical exercise in the afternoon. These practicals relate directly to the theory studied in the morning session and use the excellent and varied resources available at the university. 

What you will study

YEAR 1 (FOUNDATION YEAR)

The foundation year aims to provide you with an introduction to Psychology, whilst also developing your key skills and introducing you to research methods. 

MODULES

  • Writing and Presenting for Psychology: Encourages students to develop the necessary skills for studying psychology at HE level and the study of selected key research. This will include generic and subject-specific skills.
  • A Mini Project in Psychology: Introduces students to the principles, research areas and ethics in psychology and enables students to develop their research skills through conducting a small scale research project within the class environment. This is an essential module for the personal and professional development of Foundation year students and for future employer requirements as it enables students to gain knowledge and understanding of the well-established principles and research in areas of psychology.
  • Introduction to Psychology 1: Provides students with a Foundation level introduction to the major theoretical approaches and applications in psychology. These approaches include biological, behaviourist, cognitive, psychodynamic, and humanistic. Students will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the different approaches and apply these to a range of research methods through an examination of a range of classic and contemporary studies.
  • Introduction to Psychology 2: Introduces students to a range of applied areas of psychology such as Forensic Psychology, Health Psychology, Educational Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Sport Psychology. Students are directed to explore issues in the practical application of psychology within these areas.
  • The Skills You Need: This module aims to ensure that you develop key academic, personal and professional skills required for successful study at High Education. The module focuses on developing the necessary practical, intellectual and communication skills to allow you to progress through the Honours Degree and prepare students for employment and further study.
  • Contextual Studies: This module aims to introduce students to a broad variety of contemporary issues to stimulate discussion and debate. It will enable students to relate their area of interest to the issues presented.

YEAR 2 (LEVEL 4) 

Over the course of this year you will develop study and research methods skills that are key to the degree programme, whilst also learning and developing your understanding of key psychological theories and concepts. 

MODULES

  • Fundamental Psychology: This module aims to provide students with an outline of traditional and contemporary psychological theories through the examination of their historical development and key theoretical perspectives.
  • Introduction to Research Design: This module introduces students to the nature, philosophy and scope of research methods in psychology. It aims to enable students to acquire a basic level of knowledge and understanding of the research process and research methods. As well as providing students with an introduction to statistics and qualitative data analysis.
  • Essential Psychology: This module builds on the knowledge acquired within Fundamental Psychology; it enables the students to provide an outline of traditional and contemporary psychological theories through the examination of its historical development and key theoretical perspectives.
  • Introduction to Data Analysis: Within this module, students will further their understanding of the nature and scope of research methods in psychology. This module will build on the students’ knowledge of data collection and analysis within psychology that was introduced within An Introduction to Research Design.
  • Study Skills for Psychology: This module encourages students to develop the necessary skills for studying psychology at HE level and the study of selected key research. This will include generic and subject-specific skills.
  • Scientific Writing and Communication: This module builds on the Study Skills for Psychology module. It supports the students to develop their academic writing and presentation skills, whilst consolidating skills such as referencing and learning from feedback.

YEAR 3 (LEVEL 5) 

In your third year, you will continue to develop your research method skills and apply them in different areas of Psychology. During this year you will complete some core modules that will build on the knowledge gained in the first year. 

MODULES

  • Developmental Psychology: This module introduces students to the discipline of developmental psychology across the lifespan. Students will be introduced to traditional and contemporary psychological theories within developmental psychology.
  • Advanced Research Design: To provide the students with advanced knowledge and understanding of research methodology and research methods in order that they can go forward to conduct an independent piece of research. This module builds on the knowledge acquired within the Intermediate Research Methods.
  • Biological Psychology: To acquaint students with current theories, models and explanations of biological psychology and to explore the relationship between biology, psychology and mental activity.
  • Cognitive Psychology: During this module students will explore the physiology of the central nervous system. This module aims to develop students’ ability to identify and evaluate current psychological theories of learning, attention and memory, and thinking and problem solving; as well as increasing students’ ability to evaluate current knowledge of the process of information input to humans and animals.
  • Intermediate Research Methods: This module build on the students’ knowledge of research methodologies acquired in the first year, whilst developing the students’ understanding of these and new methods introduced in this module at a much deeper level. The module aims to equip students with the ability to appraise research findings and develop an understanding of research design and analysis, as well as developing the student’s ability to analyse data from both quantitative and qualitative research. 
  • Individual Differences: This module encourages students to examine the concepts of personality, intelligence, and motivation. It will enable students to develop an appreciation of the ways in which these concepts influence the behaviour of the individual; as well as gaining an understanding of psychometric tests employed in this field.

YEAR 4 (LEVEL 6) 

In your final year, you will design your own research project with supervision from the Academic team. This year will see you complete the final core module, Social Psychology, and also allow you to choose optional modules to study based on your own preferences and interests.

MODULES

  • Research Project (core): Within this module, students will conduct an independent piece of research with support from the programme team. This module aims to stimulate the critical evaluation and judgment formation skills of the students through the consolidation of the research knowledge and skills acquired at levels 4 and 5.
  • Social Psychology (core): This module aims to develop a critical understanding of the psychological concepts, theories and methods that are relevant to the study of social interactions, attitudes and behaviours within society. Students will be able to identify and explore the interface between individual, interpersonal, and group behaviour in a variety of social contexts. 
  • Clinical Psychology (optional): Within this module students will become acquainted with the main aspects of the discipline of Clinical Psychology, including the historical concepts; Clinical psychology as a profession; concepts of normality/abnormality; anxiety; schizophrenia; mood disorders; and dementia.
  • Negotiated Learning (optional): This module enables students to negotiate learning, which is essential for their personal and professional development and for future employer requirements. Within this module, students will gain knowledge and understanding of the well-established principles and research in areas of psychology and of the way in which those principles and research have developed and are applied in a practical way.
  • Forensic Psychology (optional): This module will acquaint students with the main areas of the discipline of Forensic Psychology, including forensic psychology as a profession; theories of crime; violent offenders; terrorism; mental health and crime; fear of crime; offender profiling; eyewitness testimony; lie detection; and children as witnesses.
  • Counselling Psychology (optional): This module will acquaint students with the main aspects of the discipline of Counselling Psychology, including what is Counselling psychology?; theories of the self; theoretical models and approaches (Psychoanalytic, Humanistic, Cognitive behavioural, family system therapies); cultural differences; critiques of Counselling psychology; and future trends in Counselling psychology.
  • Work Based Learning (optional): Within this module, students are offered the opportunity to critically investigate and apply psychological knowledge to a work environment. The module aims to give students an insight and direct experience of professional psychology, as well as preparing students for work within professional contexts in psychological settings.
  • Cyberpsychology (optional)

  

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Entry requirements & applying

The academic requirements for the course are 48-72 UCAS tariff points at GCE A-level or equivalent and a GCSE at grade C/4 or equivalent in Maths and English/Welsh (First Language). Appropriate AS-Level and Level 3 Key Skills qualifications will also be taken into account. A science would be an advantage but is not essential.

Applications are welcome from anyone who exhibits the ability and experience to cope with the demands of the programme. There are arrangements in place for accrediting prior experience: entry to the degree is possible under the accreditation of prior and/or experiential learning.

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance (previously known as CRB) may be required for placement activity on optional Work-Based Learning modules. 

Teaching & Assessment

You will be assessed via a variety of different assessment methods, including a combination of coursework, essays, portfolios, practical reports, presentations and in-class tests. You will be required to do a dissertation as part of your final year assessment. 

Teaching and learning

Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential.

We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our Student Support section has more information on the help available.

In terms of particular needs, the University’s Inclusion team can provide appropriate guidance and support should any students require reasonable adjustments to be made because of a recognised prevailing disability, medical condition, or specific learning difference.

The degree will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical classes, project work and computer-based exercises (e.g. in research methods and statistics). Teaching currently takes place over the course of 3 days a week and contact hours vary year to year, as you become an independent learner (Foundation year 40 hours; Year 1 36 hours; Year 2 30 hours; Year 3 24 hours).

Career prospects

Our Careers and Employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

Psychology graduates have gone on to pursue careers in various fields all over the UK including teaching and education, law, mental healthcare, research, as well as furthering their study or entering into graduate programmes. 

 

Fees & funding

You do not have to pay your tuition fees upfront.

Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s tuition fees for 2022/23 for a full-time undergraduate degree course are TBC.

The fees you pay and the support available will depend on a number of different factors. Full information can be found on our Fees and Funding pages. 

 

Accommodation

If you’re looking for a place to stay while you study then take a look at our Accommodation section to get more information on your options, including our on-campus halls of residence Wrexham Village.

International

If you are applying as an European / International Student, and live outside of the UK, you should make your application through our online application system, Centurus.

For information about the university’s entry requirements for EU/international students, please visit our international section

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