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University of Northampton

Sociology/Psychology

UCAS Code: L3C8

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C

Access to HE Diploma

M:30

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate – Principal subjects

M2,M3,M3

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

25

Irish Leaving Certificate - Higher Level

H3,H3,H3,H3

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

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

DMM

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,B

UCAS Tariff

112
80%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Subjects

Psychology

Sociology

With a Joint Honours degree, you study two subjects and depending on how much time you want to spend on each subject, your degree may emphasise one subject more than the other, which is a major and minor programme. Alternatively, you can study your subjects equally, resulting in a joint degree.Joint honours degrees are taught in the same way as single honours degrees, with 120 credits taught per year, over three years.The combination of the two subjects provide depth and width of understanding of the relationship between the two areas. You will develop a critical understanding and insight into contemporary sociological themes and issues. You can choose from a range of specialist areas within Sociology and gain thorough training in research methods. Psychology is more concerned with the understanding of peoples actions and mental experiences, it explores the nature of human behaviour and experience in various way in which they can be studied. You will focus upon the major issues and methods of enquiry in present-day psychology and considers the applications of psychology to problems of modern life in such fields as work, education, physical and mental health and crime.This joint honours programme is accredited by the **British Psychological Society (BPS)*** and can be the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist. Accreditation applicable to Undergraduate Single Honours Psychology degrees and Joint Honours degrees where Psychology is the major subject.**By studying at the University of Northampton, you can be sure that:**- Students enrolling on this course at Northampton will be provided with their own brand new Hewlett Packard 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 wont have to purchase copies. For more information on this visit our website (northampton.ac.uk/benefits).- If you join us in September 2018 you will be the first to experience student life at the Universitys brand-new Waterside Campus. Come along to an Open Day to find out more.- 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. terms and conditions apply. See northampton.ac.uk/benefits for more information.

Modules

**STAGE 1:**

•The Sociological Imagination (compulsory) (40 Credits)

• Identity Formation and Social Change (compulsory) (20 Credits)

• Introduction to Psychology (compulsory) (20 Credits)

• Becoming a Psychologist (compulsory) (20 Credits)

• Psychology in Practice (compulsory) (20 Credits)

**STAGE 2:**

Your final choice of modules will be partly determined by the specific award you choose. To become eligible for the British Psychological Society membership, you would complete the following ten credit modules and the 20 credit Research Methods and Data Analysis.

• Methodology and Application in Social Research (designated) (40 Credits)

• Social Transitions of the Lifecourse (designated) (20 Credits)

• International Field Module (designated)(20 Credits)

• Love and Intimacy in the 21st Century (designated)(20 Credits)

• Sociology of the Future (designated) (20 Credits)

• Research Methods & Data Analysis in Psychology (designated)(20 Credits)

• Independent Practical Work (designated) (20 Credits)

• The Human Animal (designated) (20 Credits)

• The Psychology of Well Being (designated) (20 Credits)

• Cognitive Psychology (designated) (10 Credits)

• Biological Psychology (designated) (10 Credits)

• Developmental Psychology (designated) (10 Credits)

• Personality Psychology (designated) (10 Credits)

• Conceptual and Historical issues in Psychology Methodology and Application in Social Research (designated) (40 Credits)

• Social Transitions of the Lifecourse (designated) (20 Credits)

• International Field Module (designated) (20 Credits)

• Love and Intimacy in the 21st Century (designated) (20 Credits)

• Sociology of the Future (designated) (20 Credits)

• Research Methods & Data Analysis in Psychology (designated) (20 Credits)

• Independent Practical Work (designated) (20 Credits)

• The Human Animal (designated) (20 Credits)

• The Psychology of Well Being (designated) (20 Credits)

• Cognitive Psychology (designated) (10 Credits)

• Biological Psychology (designated) (10 Credits)

• Developmental Psychology (designated) (10 Credits)

• Personality Psychology (designated) (10 Credits)

• Conceptual and Historical issues in Psychology (designated) (10 Credits)

• Social Psychology (designated) (10 Credits)

**STAGE 3:** (all designated)

If you have an even split on your Joint Honours programme, you can choose to write a dissertation on any topic within your Joint Honours course.

• Sociology Dissertation (20/40 Credits)

• Body, Sex and Society (20 Credits)

• Sociology of the Self (20 Credits)

• Sociology of Death (20 Credits)

• Your Sociological Agenda (20 Credits)

• ‘Race’, Ethnicity and Migration in Britain (20 Credits)

• Psychology Dissertation (20/40 Credits)

• The Psychology of Mental Health (20 Credits)

• Occupational Psychology (20 Credits)

• Parapsychology and Anomalous Experiences (20 Credits)

• The Developing Adult (20 Credits)

• The Developing Child (20 Credits)

• The Psychology of Health (20 Credits)

• Forensic Psychology (20 Credits)

• Consciousness (20 Credits)

• Motivation and Emotion (20 Credits)

• Educational Psychology (20 Credits)

• Understanding the Social World (20 Credits)

• Psychology of Spirituality, Religion and Wellbeing (20 Credit)

• The Psychology of Advertising (20 Credits)

• Investigating and Applying Memory (20 Credits)

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

A variety of assessment strategies are used at each level to ascertain your level of competence in a range of academic and transferable skills.

These strategies include:

• essays

• practical reports

• multiple-choice tests

• oral presentations

• time-constrained essays

• 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:

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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.

70%
low
Psychology
85%
high
Sociology

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
82%
Staff are good at explaining things
71%
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

81%
Library resources
93%
IT resources
91%
Course specific equipment and facilities
53%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
17%
Male students
83%
Female students
73%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
D

Sociology

Teaching and learning

89%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
92%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
100%
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

74%
Library resources
74%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
84%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
21%
Male students
79%
Female students
77%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
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.

£16,800
med
Average annual salary
93%
low
Employed or in further education
81%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Caring personal services
10%
Childcare and related personal services
10%
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.

Sociology

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.

£19,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
97%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
9%
Public services and other associate professionals
9%
Childcare and related personal services
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

We have quite a lot of sociology graduates, although numbers fell last year. But graduates still do pretty well. Most sociology graduates go straight into work when they complete their degrees, and a lot of graduates go into jobs in social professions such as recruitment, education, community and youth work, and housing. An important option for a sociology graduate is social work - and we're short of people willing to take this challenging but rewarding career. Sociology is a flexible degree and you can find graduates from the subject in pretty much every reasonable job — obviously, you don't find many doctors or engineers, but you do find them in finance, the media, healthcare, marketing and even IT. Sociology graduates taking further study often branch out into other qualifications, like teaching, law, psychology, HR and even maths, so don’t think a sociology degree restricts you to just one set of options.

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.

£18k

£18k

£19k

£19k

£21k

£21k

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.

Sociology

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

£18k

£18k

£21k

£21k

£20k

£20k

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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