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Psychology and Sociology

BA Joint Honours

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Psychology and Sociology

BA Joint Honours

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  • Course Type: Full time (3 years)
  • Tariff Points: 112
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Course Overview

If you are fascinated by how and why people think and behave as they do, and are interested in such issues as whether society exists and how society and the individual interact, then this is the course for you.

Why study with us

  • Learn about key principles and topics in a wide range of areas of psychology and sociology
  • Gain valuable experience through two professional placements
  • Flexibility to focus on your areas of interest with a range of specialist options in both psychology and sociology
  • Take charge of your learning in an active and student-focused learning environment.
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Leeds Trinity University is 2nd in Yorkshire for overall student satisfaction, behind only the University of Leeds.

(Mainstream universities in National Student Survey 2018)​

7th

Leeds Trinity University is 7th in the UK for satisfaction with learning opportunities.

(National Student Survey 2018)

95%

of our graduates are in work or further study, six months after graduation.

(Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2017)

No. 1

Our Psychology courses are top in the UK for satisfaction with teaching.

(Guardian University Guide 2019)

Course Information

About this course >

In addition to learning about the core areas of psychology, such as developmental psychology, social psychology, and individual differences, you will study a range of areas in sociology, allowing you to develop your understanding of sociological theory and its application to wide range of areas including sport, religion and culture and communication.

We offer a supportive and dynamic learning environment in which teamwork and shared learning are emphasised. This is augmented by two professional work placements, allowing you to further develop your employability skills.  There is also the opportunity to undertake a third professional placement during the final year of study.

Further Study
Following the course, you will be qualified to study at postgraduate level in areas such as MA SociologyMSc Criminology and PGCE courses.

Modules >

Year 1

The first year of your course introduces you to core areas of psychology and sociology, including aspects of sociological theory, and the role of technology in global culture, as well as the personal and social factors that influence how people behave. You will also begin to consider your place in the world, with your personal and professional development very much at the heart of your studies.

Your first year ends with a programme level assessment, providing you with the opportunity to draw together your learning from all of the modules studied in the first year in a team-based activity. You then undertake a five-week professional placement to help you to develop your professional skills and career goals.

Year 2

Your second year furthers your understanding and knowledge of the core areas of psychology and criminology, including areas such as the global context of sociology, sport, religion and children’s rights, as well as further understanding of influences on people’s behaviour, including emotion.

The second year also includes programme level assessment, and your personal and professional development continues to be supported through a dedicated module and a professional placement. If you choose, you may undertake a longer-term period of volunteering, or you may undertake a five-week placement at the end of the year, as in the first year.

Year 3

In your final year, you will work with the supervision of a tutor to complete a Dissertation in an area of your choosing, drawing together your studies in Psychology and Sociology.

In addition, you will choose modules from a range of options, in psychology and sociology, covering areas such as Forensic Psychology, Counselling Psychology, Mental Health, Health Psychology, Sociological Perspectives on Childhood, Sport and Society, and Prisons and Punishment.

There is also an opportunity to undertake a further professional placement to round-off the professional and career development aspects of the course.

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • PSY4372 - Uses and Abuses of Psychology
  • PSY4442 - Psychology of Social Issues 1
  • PSY4992 - Ethics, Society and Employability
  • SOC4000 - Programme Level Assessment
  • SOC4012 - Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC4042 - Contemporary Research 1
  • SOC4092 - Urban Sociology

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • PSY5262 - Psychology Around the World
  • PSY5302 - Psychological Issues in Gender and Emotion
  • PSY5342 - Psychology of Social Issues 2
  • SOC5012 - Reimagining the Global
  • SOC5042 - Contemporary Research 2
  • SOC5222 - Professional Placement 2
  • SOC5252 - Professional Placement 2 (Volunteering)

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • PSY6122 - Psychology Special Subject
  • PSY6322 - Childhood and Society
  • PSY6462 - Counselling Psychology
  • PSY6482 - Changing the World
  • PSY6502 - Professional Learning Through Work
  • SOC6004 - Independent Social Project
  • SOC6022 - Prisons and Punishment
  • SOC6044 - Professional Research Project
  • SOC6102 - Gender and Society

Learning and Teaching >

Year 1 - 15% of scheduled learning and teaching; 195 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 865 hours of independent teaching; 200 hours on placement

Year 2 - 13% of scheduled learning and teaching; 163 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 932 hours of independent teaching; 150 hours on placement

Year 3 - 15% of scheduled learning and teaching; 153 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 982 hours of independent teaching; 65hours on placement

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum and professional work placements included in all our undergraduate programmes.

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility.  To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities.  This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development.  Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here.

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Assessment


Breakdown of course assessment:

Year 1 - 85.8% coursework; 7.5% written exams; 6.7% practical exams

Year 2 - 83.3% coursework; 16.7% written exams

Year 3 - 88.3% coursework; 3.3% written exams; 8.3% practical exams

A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for the programme, to enable students to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that they have developed.  There is some scope for students to be involved in negotiating and evaluating some assessment.

In addition to each of your module assessments you will take a programme level assessment in each of the first and second year of your programme. This is designed to assess your understanding of everything you have been taught and to help you to understand how different elements of your degree fit together to make a coherent programme. 

You will be given weekly directed activities to complete in each module. These will contribute marks towards the final module assessment and reward engagement with the content of the module. They will also help you to check your understanding of what has been taught. Some of these activities may include further reading or preparation tasks for seminars. Some of the tasks will be completed online and may include quizzes which provide you with instant feedback on your understanding of the module content. In some modules lecturers may place some of the taught content on videos which you may be required to watch prior to attending a class. This will free up time for you to work on meaningful projects in class. 

On this programme there are some assessments which are marked on a pass/fail basis rather than graded. Please note that these assessments are excluded from the calculations made to produce the figures published in the Key Information Set (KIS) for this programme/subject.

Entry Requirements >

Typically, our entry offer for this degree course is 112 UCAS tariff points.

Other requirements: For the old GCSE system we require grade C or above and for the new GCSE grading system we will accept grade 4 or higher in English Language.​​​

We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications such as A Levels, BTECs and accredited Access courses.  We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

​If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at Level 5 or 6. For more information, read our student guide to the Recognition of Prior Certified Learning.

We accept a variety of international equivalent qualifications and Leeds Trinity interviews international candidates. Typically, this is a call at a mutually convenient time. 

If you are unsure about the acceptance of a particular qualification you can check with our Admissions Team on 0113 283 7123 or email admissions@leedstrinity.ac.uk​​​

Student Finance >

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2018-19. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future yearsFind out more here.

Living costs will also need to be taken in to consideration. Find out more about accommodation and costs here.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study. Get more information about bursaries and scholarships here.

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £11,250 per year for this course starting in 2017-18. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa. Tuition fees for 2018-19 will be set in summer 2017Find out more

Additional Costs
We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:
  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015
  • Field trips may occur during this course and either fully or partly subsidised by the University.  
  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure. 
  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.

Placement Opportunities

Graduate Opportunities

​Your degree will prepare you for a career in a wide range of roles and organisations, such as the NHS, the police, HM Prison Service, rehabilitation services, emergency and security services, local government, PR, human resources, community work, charities and education.

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