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University of Salford

Psychology of Human and Animal Behaviour

UCAS Code: D3C9

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

Entry requirements


112 points

112 points

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

DMM

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,C,C

112 points

UCAS Tariff

112

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Psychology

The aim of the programme is to give students a thorough grounding in the psychology of human behaviour, which they will then be able to use to understand animal behaviour. This is an applied programme and students will be investigating how a better understanding of animal behaviour can contribute to the health and wellbeing of human and animal behaviour. For example, the L6 module dealing with Animal Therapy looks at how psychologist might be involved in the treatment of animals with psychological or behavioural problems. This module will also look at how animals are used in animal assisted therapy for the treatment of human psychological and physical health problems.

Modules

You will study for three years and in each year you will take six, 20 credit modules. In the first year you will study introductory modules in both psychology and animal behaviour. For example in the first semester you will study Introduction to Developmental Psychology and Social Psychology; Introduction to Human and Animal Interaction and Introduction to Research Methods (continues in semester 2). In the second semester of your first year you will take modules in
Introduction to Biological and Cognitive Psychology;
Introduction to Individual Differences; and Introduction to Animal Behaviour.
In the second year your study becomes more specialized and you will study modules in Further Research Methods; Further Biopsychology & Cognition; Animal Welfare; Developmental & Social Psychology; Individual Differences; and Primate Behaviour and Conservation.
In your final year you will take the Dissertation module (40 credits) which is a major piece of research chosen by yourself and supervised by specialist staff. In addition you will choose four modules from a range including Animal Cognition and Social Complexity; Animal Therapy(Assisted and Individual); Occupational Psychology; Brain and Behaviour; Work Placement; Media Psychology; Psychology of Children in Need; Psychology of Global Issues; Psychology and Health; Educational Psychology; Psychology of Mental Health; Evolution, Development and Adaptation.

Assessment methods

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Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework
The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by
coursework is as follows:

Year 1*
50% coursework, 40% written exams, 10% practical exams

Year 2
50% coursework, 40% written exams, 10% practical exams

Year 3
70% coursework, 30% written exams

Feedback
You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.
We aim to provide you with feedback within 10 working days of hand-in (practice assessment) and 20 working days of hand-in (formal coursework assessment).

*You must achieve a pass mark of 50 and above in all Year 1 compulsory modules as a prerequisite, before progression to Year 2 optional modules.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Salford

Department:

School of Health 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.

67%
low
Psychology

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Psychology (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

70%
Staff make the subject interesting
81%
Staff are good at explaining things
69%
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

82%
Library resources
84%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
56%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
19%
Male students
81%
Female students
72%
2:1 or above
13%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
D

After graduation


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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.

£16,484
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Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
84%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

16%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
13%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
10%
Caring personal services
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.

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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.

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£17k

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