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Psychology BSc (Hons) 2018/19 entry

Course code:

HLSU169

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

January 2018
September 2018

Fees:

2018/19 Fees - TBC* (2017/18 Fees - £13,015)

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Overview

Interested in why people think, feel and behave the way they do? This course takes a scientific approach to understanding the human mind.

This course teaches you how to investigate people’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviours using psychological research methods.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

The British Psychological Society

Current accreditation by the British Psychological Society (BPS) meaning that as a graduate, provided you achieve at least a 2:2, you will be eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). Additional costs may apply. Please check with the membership body for details.

What our students say...

Coming to Coventry University a variety of resources are at your disposal. Being close to the city centre, the location is ideal for many leisure activities including a thriving nightlife. Aside from this, the best thing about being a student here is the number of additional opportunities and support that are available.

To any new student wanting to come to this University, I would say use your time here wisely and throw yourself into every opportunity that comes your way.”

Winifred Achiaa Boateng, BSc (Hons) Psychology, final year student

Course information

This course aims to provide a comprehensive grounding in the major psychological approaches to the study of human behaviour.

Covering psychological theory, research and practical skills, it aims help you understand how psychology is applied to real life and how to select, use and report appropriate psychological methods and research techniques.

90%

of students agreed that our staff are good at explaining things

NSS, 2016

Modules

Overview

During the first two years of your course we aim to provide a thorough grounding in the major psychological approaches to the study of human behaviour: biological psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, social psychology and individual differences. During this time, your developing theoretical knowledge will be complemented by teaching in applied fields, such as educational psychology, forensic psychology, health psychology and sport psychology.

Modules

  • Developing as a Psychologist 1

  • Human Behaviour

  • The Darker Side of Psychology

  • Research into Human Behaviour

  • Psychology of Popular Culture

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

During your second year, you will be required to complete a work experience placement with an external organisation. Past students have undertaken a huge variety of roles, including working in women’s refuges, the police, sports centres, prisons and schools.

Modules

  • Psychological Perspectives 1

  • Applied Research Methods in Psychology 1

  • Developing as a Psychologist 2

  • Psychological Perspectives 2

  • Applied Research Methods 2

  • Professional Experience

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

The final year of your degree provides the opportunity to specialise in the areas of psychology that you find most exciting. You will be expected to collaborate with a member of academic staff and apply the knowledge of psychological research methods obtained during the first two years of your degree to design and conduct your own piece of research in an area of your choice.

Modules

  • Developing as a Psychologist 3

  • Project Ethics

  • Independent Research Project

  • Optional modules

    3 from the following*:

    • Mindfulness and Meditation
    • Psychology of Gender and Sexualities
    • Special Educational Needs
    • Bullying and Victimisation
    • The Psychology of Teaching and Learning
    • Investigative Psychology
    • Cognitive Affective Neuroscience in Psychological Behaviour
    • Psychology and the world today
    • Ageing
    • Strengths Based Change
    • Exploring Evolutionary Psychology
    • Drug Use and Addiction
    • Criminal Behaviour and its contexts

    *Note: a maximum of seven options will be offered on a rotational basis each academic year.

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

12th

Coventry University has climbed the rankings again to 12th in the UK Guardian University Guide 2018

In more detail...

  • Specialist teaching facilities include light and dark multisensory laboratories, ‘mock’ prison cells, an observation suite, counselling rooms and specialist software, such as opensesame experiment builder, E-Prime, SPSS statistical analysis, Pinnacle Studio and NVIVO.
  • Taught by staff with a variety of professional experience as forensic, sports, organisational and health psychologists, many actively conducting research in reading and child development, forensic psychology, law and cognition, neuroscience and psychobiology.
  • A personal tutoring system, which is integrated into taught modules at all levels, to enhance employability through the development of transferable skills such as presentation skills, group work, conducting literature reviews and critical analysis.
  • Opportunity to attend guest lectures, which have previously included contributions from Coventry Refugee Centre advisors, as well as people recovering from substance abuse problems and neuropsychological conditions, such as strokes.
  • Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), providing eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC), access to postgraduate training and careers in psychology
  • Essential textbooks and individual licences for computer software are provided at no extra cost and bespoke textbooks, tailored specifically to our course content, are also available.
  • A work experience module in the second year that can give you valuable experience, develop new skills and increase your appeal to potential employers.
  • Opportunities to apply to work with staff on research projects, as a student research assistant.

Opportunities to participate in exciting field trips to a range of European and overseas destinations, such as the United States, which may be partially funded by the University.

Your main study themes are:

  • Biological Psychology: How our thoughts, feelings and behaviours are underpinned by biological processes occurring in the brain, such as neurotransmission, the passing of messages between neurons and the functions of neurons, such the functions of neurotransmitters, such as serotonin or dopamine.
  • Cognitive Psychology: The mental processes and representations that underpin perception, memory and complex thought.
  • Developmental Psychology: How abilities and behaviours emerge, develop and change over the lifespan.
  • Individual Differences: How key psychological traits, like extraversion and introversion, neuroticism or conscientiousness, skills and abilities vary from person to person, and how different traits combine to shape our personalities.
  • Social Psychology: How humans interact and seek to influence and understand one another’s behaviour.
  • Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology: How psychology emerged and developed as a field of scientific inquiry.
  • Research Methods: Training in the methodologies psychologists use to investigate people’s thoughts, feelings and behaviours in a rigorous, scientific manner, including controlled scientific experiments in cognitive psychology, controlled interviews and observations of people’s behaviour.
  • Professional Practice: Training in the skills required to identify and successfully apply for graduate employment opportunities and/ or postgraduate study.

 

 

 

This course is taught using a mixture of lectures, small group seminars and practical, ‘hands-on’ skills workshops. Core course content will be delivered during the lectures, while the associated seminars and workshops offer opportunities for you to explore topics more independently, receive guidance on coursework assignments, begin to apply your knowledge and develop your academic and transferable skills.

You will take part in, design, conduct and analyse the results of psychological experiments, using specialist equipment and computer software, and spend time working collaboratively on group projects with other students. In addition, your Academic Personal Tutor will be available for one-to-one bookable meetings throughout every semester and will regularly review and discuss your progress and continual personal development. Outside of contact time, your personal study hours will be guided by materials posted on your module web pages.

Work experience and field trip opportunities are also an integral part of the course. We arrange international field trips each year for students at all levels of our undergraduate Psychology courses, which may be partially funded by the University. In 2015/16, our first year students visited Amsterdam, a group of second-years went to San Francisco and some of our final-year students went to Tokyo. While in San Francisco, the students visited The Exploratorium, a public learning laboratory exploring the world through science, art, and human perception. They were able to participate in immersive exhibits, such as sensory deprivation, as well view exhibits, including a history of psychiatry and the changing attitudes of society towards mental illness. These trips also provide an opportunity to reflect on cross-cultural differences and counter cultures, such as the gay rights movement in San Francisco. 

Course assessment has been designed to meet the recommendations and requirements of the professional body.

We take a varied approach to assessment, utilising innovative reflective writing, poster presentation and portfolio-based assignments, in addition to the more traditional forms of University assessment. These include: formal examinations; coursework, such as essays, posters and oral presentations; and practical work, for example, scientific reports. Our aim is to facilitate the development of a wide range of transferable skills in our students and to ensure that all students are given equal opportunity to demonstrate their ability.

An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows:

  • Coursework: 84% coursework
  • Formal examinations: 16% examination  

In order to achieve the award of Bachelor of Science (Honours), a student must satisfy the University requirements of 360 credits. A student who does not wish to progress to a subsequent year of study may apply for an intermediate award of Diploma of Higher Education if they pass a minimum of 240 credits. A Certificate of Higher Education may be awarded to a student with minimum of 120 credits.

40% assessed by exams

On completion, you will be able to:

  • Identify and evaluate general patterns in behaviour, psychological functioning and experience.
  • Understand and investigate the role of brain function in aspects of human behaviour and experience.
  • Carry out empirical studies involving a variety of methods of data collection, including experiments, observation, psychometric tests, questionnaires, interviews and field studies.
  • Employ evidence-based reasoning and use a variety of psychological tools, including specialist software, laboratory equipment and psychometric instruments.
  • Apply your knowledge of psychological research and theory to analyse real-world problems and develop evidence-based solutions.
  • Critically evaluate research evidence, including statistical information, and use this to draw conclusions about the validity of different claims and arguments.
  • Communicate in a confident, professional manner, both verbally and in writing.

In a typical teaching week, you will have approximately 10-15 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: You will meet with your Academic Personal Tutor (APT) on a regular basis and at least twice per semester to discuss your progress and raise any issues with which you require support. Your APT is also available for one-to-one appointments upon request during their weekly office hours.
  • Medium group teaching: 4 hours of skills workshops or seminars each week.
  • Large group teaching: 6 hours of lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 25 hours of self-directed study each week eg. completing the recommended reading that accompanies your lectures, working on coursework assignments, taking part in group work and exam revision.

As well as offering a range of short international field trips, you also have the opportunity to complete the course over four years with a sandwich year spent studying abroad. The University has links with over 20 institutions in Cyprus, France, Malta, Spain, Sweden and Turkey, as well as several other countries around the world. Courses are largely taught in English, but there are opportunities to learn and attend courses in a foreign language. In your year away, you would not be charged and may to receive a contribution to living expenses. 

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,101

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16



16,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say...

Coming to Coventry University a variety of resources are at your disposal. Being close to the city centre, the location is ideal for many leisure activities including a thriving nightlife. Aside from this, the best thing about being a student here is the number of additional opportunities and support that are available.

To any new student wanting to come to this University, I would say use your time here wisely and throw yourself into every opportunity that comes your way.”

Winifred Achiaa Boateng, BSc (Hons) Psychology, final year student

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: HLSU169
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BBB. Excludes General Studies. DDM 30 points to include 15 points at Higher level. Minimum 5 GCSEs at A*-C including English Language and Mathematics, or specified equivalents.

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

The Access Diploma in a Science or Health subject to include 30 Level 3 credits at Distinction.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires an IELTS 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

English as a Foreign Language This course requires an IELTS 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to Coventry and having assessed applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course we feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer from a top university. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join the Coventry community.

Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. The criteria for unconditional offers will vary across the University as entry requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the Scheme. The unconditional offer will be confirmed once a selected applicant has made Coventry their firm choice.

Coventry University has assessed that you are capable of achieving excellent grades and we have demonstrated this belief by making you an unconditional offer. This is our commitment to you so then we ask that you reciprocate this commitment by selecting us as your ‘firm’ choice and activating your unconditional offer.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer providing that you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: The International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So, if you don’t meet your predictions then your place at Coventry is still guaranteed. However, we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

We can’t but our experience over the years has shown us that students like you with a track record of high grades and excellent predictions are very likely to achieve those grades. Our assessment takes into account all elements of your application to allow us to take a holistic view of your potential. There is still the opportunity to gain one of the Coventry University Scholarships if you achieve the required grades so there is a financial incentive to aim high. Unconditional offers are only made to individuals who have demonstrated their commitment so we believe their focus and determination is unlikely to waver in the final stages of their qualifications.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in 2017.

What our students say...

Coming to Coventry University a variety of resources are at your disposal. Being close to the city centre, the location is ideal for many leisure activities including a thriving nightlife. Aside from this, the best thing about being a student here is the number of additional opportunities and support that are available.

To any new student wanting to come to this University, I would say use your time here wisely and throw yourself into every opportunity that comes your way.”

Winifred Achiaa Boateng, BSc (Hons) Psychology, final year student

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


January 2018

£9250 (per year)


September 2018

£9250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


January 2018

£9250 (per year)


September 2018

£9250 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


January 2018

2018/19 Fees - TBC* (2017/18 Fees - £13,015) (per year)


September 2018

2018/19 Fees - TBC* (2017/18 Fees - £13,015) (per year)


Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

As well as covering UK field trips, key materials and laser print, the fees for this course also include:

  • Free copy of SPSS statistics software
  • Costs of any mandatory UK day visits
  • Student membership of the British Psychological Society for the final year of the course
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (formally CRB Disclosure) for those undertaking placements with children


The following are additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip

What our students say...

Coming to Coventry University a variety of resources are at your disposal. Being close to the city centre, the location is ideal for many leisure activities including a thriving nightlife. Aside from this, the best thing about being a student here is the number of additional opportunities and support that are available.

To any new student wanting to come to this University, I would say use your time here wisely and throw yourself into every opportunity that comes your way.”

Winifred Achiaa Boateng, BSc (Hons) Psychology, final year student

Career prospects

Our courses have been designed to provide practical work experience and equip you with a range of skills and competencies that will set you apart from other graduates and make you attractive to potential employers, such as group work, literature reviewing, critical analysis and the delivery of oral presentations.

As well as the work placement module delivered in Year Two and option to spend a sandwich year on placement, we offer a module in Professional Skills to our final year students. This aims to help you learn how to identify suitable employment and training opportunities after graduation, submit competitive, professional applications and perform well in interview situations.

Our degree provides a route into many careers, both within and outside the field of psychology. You may choose to become a qualified psychologist, pursuing a careers in the community as an occupational, forensic or social psychologist; in mental wellbeing as a clinical or counselling psychologist; in physical wellbeing as a health, sport or neuropsychologist; working with children as a development or educational psychologist. The interpersonal and analytical skills of psychologists are in demand by employers in the private sector, police, military and charitable organisations 

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

87%

of our graduates are in work or further study six months after the course

DHLE 2014/15

Where our graduates work

Many of our graduates have gone on to pursue postgraduate qualifications and work as practising psychologists, others have become researchers, lecturers, teachers, administrators, managers, or health and care professionals.

£18k

Our graduates earn an average salary of £18,000 six months after the course (DHLE 2014/15)

What are alumni say

The University uses new and innovative ways of teaching, including group work and realistic tasks to enhance skills and abilities. As a result, the modules are interesting and informative.”

Andy Eastwood, BSc (Hons) Psychology, graduated with a first in 2014, now Psychology Lecturer and MRes student
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.

The tuition fees stated on the course webpage, prospectus and your offer letter will apply for the duration of your course, subject only to changes to the law or government requirement.

*Due to a delay in the UK Government's announcement of the Retail Price Index, the University is unable to set its fees for entrants in 2018 at this stage. Please note that we set fees for individual courses, and fees from previous years are no indication of fees for future years.