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University of Reading

Psychology with Professional Placement

UCAS Code: C810

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

some preference is given to science A levels (including Psychology)

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15

some preference is given to science units (including Psychology)

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,M2,M2

some preference is given to science subjects (including Psychology)

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE Maths C (or 4), English Language or English Literature C (or 4) and Science C (or 4).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

some preference is given to science subjects (including Psychology)

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

H2,H3,H3,H3,H3

some preference is given to science subjects (including Psychology)

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

DD

The Cambridge Technical Diploma is only accepted when taken alongside one other acceptable level 3 qualification such as an A level or Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

D,D,M

The Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate can also be accepted when taken alongside two other acceptable level 3 qualifications e.g. two A levels or a Cambridge Technical Diploma. Some preference is given to science modules (including Psychology).

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDM

some preference is given to science modules (including Psychology)

OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma

D,D,M

The Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma can also be accepted when taken alongside two other acceptable level 3 qualifications e.g. two A levels or a Cambridge Technical Diploma. Some preference is given to science modules (including Psychology).

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

DD

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma is only accepted when taken alongside one other acceptable level 3 qualification such as an A level or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate.

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

D,D,M

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate can also be accepted when taken alongside other acceptable level 3 qualifications e.g. two A levels or a BTEC National Diploma.

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

DDM

some preference is given to science modules (including Psychology)

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,B,B

some preference is given to science subjects (including Psychology)

Scottish Higher

A,A,B,B,B

some preference is given to science subjects (including Psychology)

Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

A-B

The Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A Level at the grade achieved.

UCAS Tariff

128-152

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

95%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Sandwich | 2020

Subject

Psychology

Develop a broad knowledge of psychology on a course that can be tailored to meet your individual interests, and put skills and knowledge into practice with year-long professional placement. You'll explore the inner workings of the world's most complex machine: the human brain; and be taught by experts who are passionate about the study of the human mind. Our clinical psychology modules are taught by professional psychologists from our on-site NHS clinics, giving you a direct insight into professional practice and the latest developments in the field.

Overall, 100% of our research impact has been recognised as internationally excellent or world class (Research Excellence Framework, 2014 - Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience), which feeds directly into your learning.

As a psychology student you can take advantage of research laboratories, neuroimaging facilities and resources for observation. Additionally, we have three in-house NHS clinics and the world-renowned Charlie Waller Institute for evidence-based psychological treatments on site.

You will be able to pick modules that suit your specific interests, including a range of modules from other subjects. The first year of the course will introduce you to the concepts required for British Psychological Society (BPS) qualification, including cognition, neuroscience, development, personality and social psychology. You will then cover these subjects in greater depth during the second year. In your final year you can develop your knowledge by exploring the areas that interest you most. The vast majority of modules in this year are optional and are regularly revised in order to incorporate the latest developments in psychology. Recent modules have covered autistic spectrum conditions, behavioural economics, nutritional psychology, and cognitive behavioural theory and therapy.

Throughout the course you will gain practical experience and learn how to devise and run your own experiments. During the final year you will carry out an original piece of research on a topic of your choice. In the past these have included the effects of emotion on cognition and using puppets to test children's IQ. You may even have the opportunity to present your work at conferences; past projects have won awards from the BPS and British Neuroscience Association.

In your third year, you will gain experience of working with professional psychologists by spending a year working within an NHS clinic, research lab or organisation. During this year you will work under an honorary Assistant Psychologist contract with the Berkshire Health Foundation Trust and be supported by an academic member of staff.

You may have the opportunity to carry out this placement at one of our in-house organisations. These include the Anxiety and Depression in Young People clinic, Speech and Language Therapy clinic, the Charlie Waller Institute, Centre for Autism, and the Berkshire Memory and Cognition Research Centre.

During the final year, you can opt to spend a term studying at a university abroad, including many European institutions as well as in Australia, USA and Canada.

**Careers**

This course will provide you with a range of transferable skills, including analytical qualitative abilities, writing experience, presentation skills and the ability to think and analyse scientifically.

As a graduate of this course you will be qualified for further training to become a professional psychologist. Our BSc Psychology degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society and provides you with the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership.

You could go on to work for organisations such as the NHS, civil services, schools or charities. or within the private sector, in areas such as HR, recruitment, management consultancy, publicity, finance and journalism. Alternatively you can choose to further develop your skills by moving into research, teacher training or postgraduate studies.

Assessment methods

Sample modules may include:

* Cognition and learning
* Developmental psychology
* Introduction to neuroscience
* Perception
* Psychological research

Check our website for more details of the course structure.

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
International
£20,315
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Reading

Department:

School of Psychology and Clinical Language 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.

72%
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

77%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
78%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
70%
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
68%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
52%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
14%
Male students
86%
Female students
80%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B

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.

£18,200
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
85%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

12%
Therapy professionals
12%
Childcare and related personal services
9%
Health 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.

£20k

£20k

£24k

£24k

£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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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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