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University of Northampton

Psychology

UCAS Code: C800

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

Access to HE Diploma

M:45

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

M2,M3,M3

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

25

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

H3,H3,H3,H3

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

DD

Accepted at DM with an BTEC Subsidiary Diploma or Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma at Merit, or with an A-level at C.

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

DDM

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,B

UCAS Tariff

120
94%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Psychology

Our Single Honours Psychology degree course allows you to understand and analyse human behaviour, thought and emotions, from many different psychological perspectives. The course focuses upon the major issues and methods of enquiry in current psychology and considers the applications of psychology to problems of modern life in work, education, physical and mental health, and crime.

The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist. You also have the opportunity to gain Graduate Basis for Chartered (GBC) Membership, which is considered as the starting point to your career in psychology Obtaining GBC.

You will have the opportunity to enhance your employability through volunteering opportunities and research placements, as well as through the courses focus on analysing human behaviour from many psychological perspectives.

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical or laboratory workshops, computer assisted learning, independent and group work.

The course provides you with useful experience, especially if you are intending to work in a range of career areas both inside and outside of psychology, such as educational psychology, clinical psychology, teaching and research. Our graduates are employed in education, the health service, the police force, human resources management, marketing, the civil service, broadcasting, social work and many other professions. Upon completion of this course, you can continue your studies in Psychology at postgraduate level and then obtain ‘chartered’ status as a counselling, clinical, educational, occupational, health or forensic psychologist.

**By studying at the University of Northampton, you can be sure that:**

- You will experience student life at the University’s £330 million Waterside Campus. Come along to an Open Day and find out more.

- Students enrolling on this course at Northampton will be provided with their own brand new laptop* to keep at no additional cost. All sports clubs and societies are free to join at Northampton and every essential course text book is available via the library, meaning you won’t have to purchase copies. For more information on this visit our website (northampton.ac.uk/benefits).

- Based on the evidence available, the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Panel judged that the University of Northampton delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.

- Our expert academics teach in small groups supported with one to one assistance. Our academics and students form a tight bond, providing individualised support and guidance whilst challenging students academically.

- We invest more money into your education than 90% of Universities in the UK**

- Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd.

**The Northampton Employment Promise**

- In fact, we’re so confident in our careers and employability support that if you achieve at least a 2:2 degree and complete either our Employability Plus Gold programme or achieve a Changemaker Gold Certificate during your time studying with us, but still haven’t secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating, we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you or support you into postgraduate study.

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Modules

STAGE 1:

• Introduction to Psychology (compulsory)

• Becoming a Psychologist (compulsory)

• Psychology in Practice (compulsory)

• Investigating Psychology (compulsory)

• The Science of Crime and Criminals (designated)

• True Crime and Other Fictions (designated)

• Introduction to Education Studies (designated)

• Criminal Law (designated)

• Concepts of Health (designated)

• Volunteering (designated)

• Positive Psychology (designated)

• Psychology for Life (designated)

STAGE 2:

• Social Psychology (compulsory)

• Developmental Psychology (compulsory)

• Personality Psychology (compulsory)

• Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology (compulsory)

• Biological Psychology (compulsory)

• Cognitive Psychology (compulsory)

• Research Methods and Data Analysis in Psychology (compulsory)

• The Psychology of Wellbeing (designated)

• The Human Animal (designated)

• Independent Practical Work (compulsory)

STAGE 3:

• The Psychology of Health (designated)

• Forensic Psychology (designated)

• Understanding the Social World (designated)

• Psychology of Mental Health (designated)

• The Developing Adult (designated)

• The Developing Child (designated)

• Motivation and Emotion (designated)

• Occupational Psychology (designated)

• Parapsychology and Anomalous Experiences (designated)

• Consciousness (designated)

• Psychology Dissertation (designated)

• Psychology Library Based Dissertation (designated)

• Educational Psychology (designated)

• Psychology of Spirituality, Religion and Wellbeing (designated)

• The Psychology of Advertising (designated)

• Investigating and Applying Memory (designated)

Module information is quoted for 17/18 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.

Assessment methods

The course is assessed in a number of ways:

• Essays

• Practical reports

• Multiple-choice tests

• Oral presentations

• Seen and unseen examinations

• Critical reviews

• Group project work

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

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

The Uni


Course location:

University of Northampton

Department:

Faculty of Health, Education and Society

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.

73%
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

76%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
73%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
66%
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

67%
Library resources
79%
IT resources
82%
Course specific equipment and facilities
58%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
16%
Male students
84%
Female students
68%
2:1 or above
12%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
D

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.

£17,000
med
Average annual salary
94%
low
Employed or in further education
76%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

23%
Childcare and related personal services
14%
Caring personal services
7%
Public services and other associate professionals
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.

£16k

£16k

£19k

£19k

£23k

£23k

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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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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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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