The first year of the course introduces you to the core areas of psychology, including biological, cognitive, developmental, and social psychology, as well as individual differences. You also learn about the research methods used in psychology and undertake practical work in a variety of areas. In addition, you will consider broader aspects of psychology, including its place in society and its application to 'real-world' issues such as environmental psychology. 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. The 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.
The second year furthers your understanding and knowledge of the core areas of psychology and research methods. In addition, you will also be introduced to the importance of the role that culture plays in defining, studying and understanding psychology, thus furthering your understanding of the wider world. In the second year 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.
In the final year, you work with the supervision of a tutor to complete a Major Research Project in an area of your choosing. This represents the culmination of your research training in the course. You also work in a team to identify a 'real-world' problem and bring psychological knowledge and understanding to bear in producing potential solution to that issue. In addition, you select three modules from a range of options, in areas such as Business Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Counselling Psychology, Mental Health, or Health Psychology. 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: