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Brunel University London

Psychology

UCAS Code: C801

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

Obtain a minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points in the Access to HE Diploma with 45 credits at Level 3.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

M2,M2,M2

GCSE/National 4/National 5

A minimum of 5 GCSEs grades C or 4 or above are required to include English Language and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H3,H3

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

DD

in any subject and an A level at grade B

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

D

in any subject and A levels grade BB

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDD

in any subject

Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF)

DD

in any subject and an A-level at grade B

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

DDD

in any subject

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DD

in any subject and an A level at grade B

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)

D

in any subject and A levels grade BB

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD

in any subject

Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)

D

in any subject and A levels grade BB

Scottish Advanced Higher

B,B,B

UCAS Tariff

120-144

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

87%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Psychology

Psychology is an exciting subject to study as we are still looking for answers to questions about the human mind and consciousness. At Brunel, you will have the chance to immerse yourself in the accepted theories of psychology as well as the latest research that is expanding our knowledge.

Our BSc Psychology degree is accredited by The British Psychological Society and can be studied full-time over three years. We also offer a four-year thin sandwich course which is unique in offering two six-month work placements or you can carry out a one year placement within a single environment.

Work experience while studying is a great asset, whether you choose to continue your studies in psychology or seek employment. You will know what it’s like to apply your skills in the workplace, which builds confidence and is attractive to employers. Recent placements have included the Institute of Psychiatry, Royal Free Hospital and Holloway Prison.

The course will help you to develop specific skills and practical methods before allowing you to tailor your studies to your own interests in the final year by selecting modules and writing a dissertation. This prepares you for the more self-directed study of a masters and specialisation in a particular field should you choose to pursue it.

Brunel offers access to extensive laboratory and technical facilities including brain imaging facilities (fMRI, EEG), psychophysics, and eye tracking. A good understanding of the equipment you may use in your work placement or in research is a useful skill to have for the future.

As an accredited psychology course, should you graduate with a 2:2 grade or higher, you will be eligible to apply for graduate membership of the British Psychological Society. Membership will be key if you choose to pursue postgraduate training and become a psychologist.

Modules

Typical modules

Year 1

Foundations of Psychology I: Learning and Social Psychology
Foundations of Psychology II: Brain and Cognition
Foundations of Psychology III: Clinical Pyschology
Psychological Perspectives on Contemporary Issues
Research Methods
Satistics

Year 2

Advanced Data Analysis
Biological Psychology
Cognitive Psychology
Conceptual and Historical Issues
Developmental Psychology
Individual Differences
Qualitative Research Methods
Quantitative Research Methods
Social Psychology

Year 3

Dissertation

Optional modules

Animal Behaviour
Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Cross-Cultural Psychology
Disorders of Perception and Movement Control
Drugs, Hormones and the Brain
Evolutionary Psychology
Human Sexual Diversity
Music Psychology
Personality and Close Relationships
Practical Investigations of Mind and Brain
Psychoanalytic Psychology
Psychology of Reading and its Impairments
The Cognitive Neuroscience of Consciousness

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Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£17,355
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Brunel University London

Department:

Life Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

69%
low
Psychology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Psychology (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

73%
Staff make the subject interesting
81%
Staff are good at explaining things
73%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
61%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

76%
Library resources
82%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
49%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
15%
Male students
85%
Female students
81%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Psychology (non-specific)

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,000
high
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
93%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Childcare and related personal services
13%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
12%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

20 years ago, this was a specialist degree for would-be psychologists but now it is the model of a modern, flexible degree subject. One of the UK's fastest-growing subject at degree level, and the second most popular subject overall (it recently overtook business studies), one in 23 of all graduates last year had psychology degrees. As you'd expect with figures like that, jobs in psychology itself are incredibly competitive, so to stand a chance of securing one, you need to get a postgraduate qualification (probably a doctorate in most fields, especially clinical psychology) and some relevant work experience. But even though there are so many psychology graduates — far more than there are jobs in psychology, and over 13,800 in total last year — this degree has a lower unemployment rate than average because its grads are so flexible and well-regarded by business and other industries across the economy. Everywhere there are good jobs in the UK economy, you'll find psychology graduates - and it's hardly surprising as the course helps you gain a mix of good people skills and excellent number and data handling skills. A psychology degree ticks most employers' boxes — but we'd suggest you don't drop your maths modules.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Psychology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£19k

£19k

£25k

£25k

£25k

£25k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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