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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)
    Foundation (4 years)
  • Tariff Points: 112
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Open Days Wednesday 21 November 2018

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Course Overview

Are you fascinated by how people think and behave – both as individuals and groups in modern society?

Studying Psychology and Sociology gives you the chance to develop your knowledge and understanding of two of the key disciplines in the field of social sciences.

Why study with us

Learn from the experts. Our courses are developed and taught by active and passionate researchers.

Graduate with professional work experience, thanks to the placements included with your degree.

Take charge of your learning through group discussions and collaboration.

Open doors to a wide range of careers with a broad social science degree.

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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 >

You’ll explore the traditional areas of each discipline, such as inequality, social stratification, deviance and punishment. You’ll also learn about the more contemporary fields such as terrorism, environmentalism, global politics, gender and sexuality, and childhood studies.

By combining Psychology and Sociology, you’ll get the flexibility to focus closely on the roles and experiences of individuals and groups within modern society, with a particular emphasis on cultural and international factors. You’ll look at the interface between human behaviour and society, developing what we call ‘psychological literacy’ and ‘sociological imagination’.

You’ll also benefit from the framework of professional practice that underpins our approach to teaching, which will prepare you for graduate employment in a modern global society.

You’ll graduate with a grounding in contemporary psychological and sociological theory and practice, as well as a thorough understanding of the various approaches for explaining and responding to our experiences of society.

Further Study

Following the course, you will be qualified to study at postgraduate level in areas such as MRes Social Research, MA Criminology, MA Social Work, and PGCE courses. You can also undertake further postgraduate training in Psychology at Leeds Trinity by completion of our accredited MSc conversion course. This will allow you to undertake further training to become a Registered Psychologist.

Modules >

Year 1

The first year of this degree will introduce you to the disciplines of psychology and sociology, with a particular emphasis on social, cultural and ethical issues. The relative strengths and weaknesses of the two disciplines will be explored and you will start learning how they can be integrated. You will also be introduced to the key contemporary research techniques that are used to enhance our understanding of society and people within it. The year ends with a professional placement, which follows a period of placement preparation activities.

Year 2

Year two of the programme builds upon the core knowledge taught in year one with the focus being on specialist modules that relate to international psychology and global sociology, in addition you will look at the role of gender and emotion in our experience of society.You will further develop your understanding of research practices within psychology and sociology before finishing the year completing your second professional placement.

Year 3

The final year of this degree programme allows you to really tailor your degree by choosing from a range of modules which cover topics such as psychological perspectives on childhood, contemporary cultural issues, sociology of sport, and prison and punishment. Throughout the entire final year you will be supervised on a one-to-one basis by an academic member of staff to undertake a specialised and independent piece of research.​

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 >

​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
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 2019/20. 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.

UCAS Personal Statement

Writing your personal statement for UCAS applications is your opportunity to demonstrate what makes you the perfect fit for a university. With over 60,000 students applying for university places each year, you need to stand out from the crowd - and your personal statement is key. Our Admissions team has put together its top tips on how to craft the perfect personal statement.

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Placement Opportunities

​We are one of only a few UK universities to build professional work placements into every degree. You'll complete two professional work placements, which will give you the chance to graduate with up to three months' professional work experience without having to take a sandwich year out.

You'll complete a five-week professional work placement in your first year and a six-week professional work placement in your second year. Our students have completed placements at Leeds City Council, mental health organisations, youth projects, school sport partnerships, schools, hospitality organisations and retailers.

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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