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Psychology BSc

Course code

C801

C800 with placement

Start date

September

Placement available

Mode of study

3 years full-time

4 years full-time with placement

Fees

2020/21

UK / EU £9,250

International £17,355

Entry requirements

BBB (A-level)

DDD (BTEC)

30 (IB)

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Overview

Psychology is an exciting subject to study as we are still looking for answers to questions about the human mind and consciousness. At Brunel, you will have the chance to immerse yourself in the accepted theories of psychology as well as the latest research that is expanding our knowledge.

Our BSc Psychology degree is accredited by The British Psychological Society and can be studied full-time over three years. We also offer a four-year thin sandwich course which is unique in offering two six-month work placements or you can carry out a one year placement within a single environment.

Work experience while studying is a great asset, whether you choose to continue your studies in psychology or seek employment. You will know what it’s like to apply your skills in the workplace, which builds confidence and is attractive to employers. Recent placements have included the Institute of Psychiatry, Royal Free Hospital and Holloway Prison.

The course will help you to develop specific skills and practical methods before allowing you to tailor your studies to your own interests in the final year by selecting modules and writing a dissertation. This prepares you for the more self-directed study of a masters and specialisation in a particular field should you choose to pursue it.

Brunel offers access to extensive laboratory and technical facilities including brain imaging facilities (fMRI, EEG), psychophysics, and eye tracking. A good understanding of the equipment you may use in your work placement or in research is a useful skill to have for the future.

As an accredited psychology course, should you graduate with a 2:2 grade or higher, you will be eligible to apply for graduate membership of the British Psychological Society. Membership will be key if you choose to pursue postgraduate training and become a psychologist.

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Course content

You will gain an in-depth understanding of the breadth and diversity of psychology. The first two years provide a good grounding in areas such as cognitive psychology, clinical psychology, and developmental psychology. In your final year, you can specialise in some fascinating areas such as Music Psychology, Animal Behaviour and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Optional modules are indicative and available subject to numbers.

This course can be studied 3 years full-time or 4 years full-time with placement, starting in September.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

This course has a placement option. Find out more about work placements available.

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Careers and your future

Your BPS accredited psychology degree at Brunel is the first step to becoming a chartered psychologist. In addition to clinical psychology, your degree will give you the skills that are attractive to employers in a wide variety of sectors such as media, marketing, HR, law enforcement, finance, government, health and education. You will also leave with a wide range of transferable skills including data handling, scientific analysis, problem-solving and communication. Plus, with a Brunel Psychology degree, you can gain experience in the workplace with a year-long placement or two six-month placements in different settings.

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UK entry requirements

  • GCE A-level BBB.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD in a related subject.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in a related subject with an A-level at grade B.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in a related subject with two A-levels at grade B.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 30 points.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass an Access course, in a related subject, with 45 credits at Level 3 with Merit in all units. Other subjects are considered on a case by case basis.

Five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 or above are also required, including English Language and Maths.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants, as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.

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EU and International entry requirements

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 55% in all areas)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

2020/21

UK / EU

£9,250 full-time

£1,000 placement year

International

£17,355 full-time

£1,000 placement year

Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home/EU undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. International fees will increase annually, by no more than 5% or RPI (Retail Price Index), whichever is the greater.

More information on any additional course-related costs.

See our fees and funding page for full details of undergraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

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Teaching and Learning

Many of our academics are involved in research activities that benefit society at large including projects within the NHS and charities. Their findings often inform the various modules available, ensuring up-to-date and relevant course content.

Brunel has a strong research status. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) rated the majority (59%) of our research activity as either world-leading or internationally excellent. Our research environment was rated as 100% internationally excellent. This robust culture provides a dynamic space for students to learn and contribute to current knowledge.

Study will combine lectures, lab sessions, guided reading, independent research, group tutorials and one-on-one support sessions with tutors. Each module will involve two to three hours of contact time per week. You will also spend some of your time in private study and preparing assignments.

Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.

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Assessment and feedback

Your progress will be assessed via coursework such as presentations, lab reports, case studies and essays, exams, and the final year dissertation.

 

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.