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BSc (Honours) Psychology with Foundation Year

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Year of Entry 2022/23
BSc (Honours)

Psychology with Foundation Year

Course in clearing
Full-time Psychology

Explore the science of thoughts, feelings and behaviour on a course that’s accredited by the British Psychology Society (BPS).



Places available in clearing

Apply for a place on this course starting in 2022. Call us now on 0330 024 6390 or apply online.

Clearing is not open to international students this year.

 

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International/EU: £14,415 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 4/5 Years
Where will I study? Collegiate Campus
What are the entry requirements? 48 UCAS points through Clearing
What is the UCAS code? A103
When do I start? September 2022
Placement year available? Yes

Course summary

  • Prepare for the degree with an extra foundation year at the start.
  • Progress to a degree that is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Develop your knowledge and scientific understanding of the core areas of psychology.
  • Gain experience in real-life settings through work placements, or applied modules.

Fascinated by human behaviour, curious about thoughts and intrigued by feelings? This is the course for you. It examines what drives us, from brain physiology to learning, genes, environment, social groups, and individual differences in personality and motivation.

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for our BSc (Hons) Psychology course, or if you’re not yet ready for degree-level study, we recommend taking the foundation course to get you up to speed before starting a degree. You’ll share the foundation year with other Psychology, Sociology, Politics, Applied Social Science, Law, Criminology and Policing foundation students, before moving on to your degree.

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How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

This foundation year is an entry route if you do not meet the entry requirements for our BSc (Hons) Psychology course, if you are not yet ready for degree-level study, or if you are returning to study and would like to spend time getting up to speed with the demands of learning before embarking on a degree.

You will share the foundation year with other Psychology, Sociology, Politics, Applied Social Science, Law, Criminology and Policing foundation students, before moving on to your degree.You are taught by academics with specialist knowledge and expertise in a range of areas including social psychology, forensic psychology, developmental psychology, health and work psychology.

You learn through

  • lectures and seminars
  • workshops
  • laboratory classes
  • individual tutorials
  • work placements

There are also opportunities to study abroad at one of our partner universities with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus+ programme (until 2023) or the Turing Scheme.

You can study abroad for one semester in your third year at one of our partner universities. Examples of our current partner institutions include Georgia Southern University in the US, Trent University and Carleton University in Canada, Queensland University of Technology, LaTrobe University and Deakin University in Australia, University of Jyvaskyla in Finland, Tallinn University in Estonia, the University of Warsaw in Poland, and Aahus University in Denmark.

You will be supported in your learning journey towards highly skilled, graduate level employment through a number of key areas. These include

  • access to our unique student support triangle to help with your personal, academic and career development
  • access to our Skills Centre with one to ones, webinars and online resources, where you can get help with planning and structuring your assignments
  • industry-specific employability activities such as live projects, learning in simulated environments and networking opportunities
 

Course leaders and tutors

David Reynolds
David Reynolds
Senior Lecturer In Cognitive Psychology

I am a Senior Lecturer in Psychology where I teach the following areas: Cognitive Psychology, Biological Psychology and Research Methods and Statistics

Dr Katie Hanson
Dr Katie Hanson
Senior Lecturer

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Applied learning

Following completion of the foundation year, and in progressing onto the BSc (Hons) Psychology degree, you will have a range of opportunities available to you to apply your learning.   

Work placements

You will have the opportunity to arrange a work-placement in your third year of the course. Examples of settings include schools, mental health organisations, police and other legal services.

Organisations currently offering placements include St Anne's Mental Health Service, The Hesley Group autism care provider, Sheffield Children's Hospital (NHS), Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Drug and alcohol service (RDASH), Sheffield MENCAP, City Hearts human trafficking support service and Cavendish Cancer Care.

You’ll also have the opportunity to take a work placement abroad – currently in Germany and South Africa.

Networking opportunities

You attend lectures from visiting guests such as clinical psychologists, police officers, prison officers, forensic psychologists, health psychologists and speech and language therapists.

We also hold recruitment presentations from psychology-specific employers. Recent guests have included the Cambian Group, Civil Service, Good Days Project and Hesley Group.


Future careers

This course prepares you to complete professional training in

  • clinical psychology
  • educational psychology
  • occupational psychology
  • health psychology
  • forensic psychology
  • counselling psychology

It also prepares you for a career in

  • Teaching
  • local government
  • civil service
  • industry and commerce
  • education
  • careers and counselling
  • legal and advice work
  • social work
  • social research
  • personnel and human resources
  • marketing
  • management

Where will I study?

You study at Collegiate Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

Collegiate campus

Collegiate Campus can be found just off Ecclesall Road, a bustling student district.

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Location

Collegiate Crescent
Sheffield
S10 2BP

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • an observation suite
  • an eye-tracking laboratory
  • a BioPac laboratory
  • a low-level vision laboratory
  • a food laboratory
  • electroencephalography (EEG) equipment

We’ve invested over £100m in new facilities, to help you study how and when you want. This means 24-hour libraries and study spaces designed by our students.

 

Entry requirements

All students

48 UCAS points, including 24 points from one A level or equivalent, or an alternative qualification such as an Access course.

If English is not your first language you need an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each skill.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 or over at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Introduction To The Psychological, Political, Legal, Criminal Justice And Sociological Sciences Credits: 60
Module: The Practice Of Psychology Credits: 60

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Academic Development And Personal Tuition Credits: 20
Module: Cognitive Processes And Psychobiology Credits: 20
Module: Developmental And Social Psychology Credits: 20
Module: Psychological Research And Design Credits: 20
Module: Psychological Well-Being And Individual Differences Credits: 20
Module: Psychology Practicals And Statistics Credits: 20
Module: Research Participation Credits: -

Year 3

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Applications Of Psychology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Processes In Psychology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Research Methods Training Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Animal Psychology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Applied Child Psychology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Applying Psychology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Disorders Of Language And Reading Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Holistic Perception Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Holistic Wellbeing Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Introduction To Counselling And Psychotherapy Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Psychology In Everyday Life Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Psychology Of Art, Communication And Well-Being Credits: 20 Assessment: Exam
Practical
Module: Psychology Of Sport And Performance Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Practical
Module: Witnesses And Victims: Forensic Psychology In Practice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Work Placement (Psychology) Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Practical

Year 4

Optional modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Psychology Research Project And Personal Tuition Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Practical
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Addictive Behaviours Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Atypical Child Development Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Clinical Psychology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Counselling And Psychotherapy (Theoretical Perspectives) Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Death, Dying And Bereavement Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Eating Behaviours Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Evolutionary Psychology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Forensic Psychology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Health Psychology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Healthy And Clinical Ageing Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Language And Speech Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Language Learning Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Neuropsychology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Organisations Work And Psychology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Parapsychology: Sceptics And Believers Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Perspectives On Gender Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Psychology In Critical Historical Context Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Sleep And Circadian Rhythms Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Social And Affective Neuroscience (San) Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Practical
Module: The Psychology Of Education Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: The Psychology Of Peace And Conflict Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: The Psychology Of Racism Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: The Psychology Of Sexuality And Gender Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Weapons Of Influence Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2022/23 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2022/23 is £14,415 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Psychology courses (PDF, 220.3KB)

Legal information

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.

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