Psychology with a Foundation Year - BSc (Hons) *

UCAS Code:
N/A
Attendance:
Full Time (4 Years), Sandwich (5 Years)
Starting:
September 2018
Campus:

This BSc (Hons) Psychology with a Foundation Year is a four year programme with the option of you undertaking an additional year on an industrial placement.

This programme has been specifically designed to allow home and EU students, who do not initially meet the Birmingham City University entry requirements for our standard Psychology degree, to undertake additional level 3 study designed to ensure they are successful on their chosen degree programme.

The foundation year itself will equip you with the required knowledge and skills to proceed on to any of our undergraduate Psychology degree programmes offered within the School of Social Sciences.

Why study a degree with a foundation year

  • If you want the flexibility of a year’s study on a more general course to find out the best degree choice for you.
  • If you have changed your mind about your career since you chose your A-levels or BTECs and need to improve your skills in a different subject area.
  • If you would like extra time and support to help you build your knowledge, skills and confidence before starting a full degree. 
  • If you don’t quite meet our entry requirements but know you have the potential to succeed at university.

What's covered in the course?

You will gain a deep understanding of how the core and specialised areas in psychology contribute to our understanding of contemporary issues, as well as looking at the role of brain function across multiple psychological perspectives. You’ll apply scientific reasoning and evaluate patterns of behaviour, gaining key transferable skills in communication, teamwork and problem-solving. You’ll also adopt a variety of perspectives ensuring you get the big picture.

You will explore scientific approaches to understanding the mind, brain and behaviour. Our Psychology department works in partnership with the nationally recognised Higher Education Academy (HEA) to continually develop the quality of both our staff and the programme, focusing on self-development, contemporary learning practices and integrating practice within the community.

Instead of only engaging with other academics and psychologists, we focus on connecting with, and making an impact on, the local community through links with businesses, NHS and the surrounding prison services.

Why Choose Us?

  • This course is designed to progress students who fall below normal entry requirement levels on to full Undergraduate degrees.
  • This degree course is accredited by the British Psychological Society. This means that on successfully completing your degree with a pass of over 50%, you will gain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society. This allows you to pursue a career path in Psychology through accredited Master’s and Doctoral programmes throughout the UK. The course is therefore as professionally relevant and up-to-date as possible, taking into account the very latest developments in the profession.
  • On all of our programmes you will gain a professional focus and real world experience of psychology, ensuring you are equipped to make an immediate impact in your career. You have the opportunity to embark on a year-long sandwich placement as part of your degree course.
  • All of our programmes have an international focus. This is embedded throughout the curriculum, giving you the opportunity to transform your experience with us into a global one. There are a variety of exciting possibilities open to you, ranging from our successful international travel scholarships scheme, through which you can spend a summer working for a charitable organisation overseas, to one of our many overseas study exchange programmes.
  • As a student on one of our undergraduate degrees, you will be able to benefit from our Graduate+ initiative. This three-year award programme enables you to gain award levels for all the extra-curricular activities you undertake so that you can stand out from the crowd on graduation.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to work in collaboration with our academic researchers to gain specialist insight into the fields of clinical, forensic, health and occupational psychology.
  • You can get involved with additional Psychology projects via our Voluntary Research Assistantship and Student Research Scheme.
  • All of our assessments emphasise the practical elements of the course, giving you a taste of what it is actually like to be a psychologist.
  • You will study in our state-of-the-art City Centre Campus, ideally located for you to take advantage of our links to industry in the UK’s second city.
  • We have the latest in psychological testing equipment, including eye tracking and EEG scanners.
  • Student support is at the forefront of our approach, with everything designed to give you the skills you need to succeed in the profession. 
This course is not open to International students
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This course is accredited by:

The British Psychological Society

Subject to approval

The content of this course has been refreshed and updated to make sure you graduate with the skills employers need in an ever-changing job market.

Our quality control experts are currently reviewing the content and we anticipate receiving formal approval shortly.

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

Typical Offers

A Level CC or 80 UCAS points. A maximum of 2 subjects are considered.

Or

BTEC MM or combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 80 UCAS points

Plus

GCSE GCSE English Language and Maths grade 4 or above. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment. Equivalent qualifications can be considered in lieu of GCSE subject as long as the required subject is covered.
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England, Wales and Northern Ireland
City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates in Adult Numeracy/ Adult Literacy Pass Adult Numeracy or Adult Literacy. Considered in lieu of GCSE Mathematics or English Language at grade 4. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.
Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2 Pass Maths and English. Considered in lieu of GCSE Mathematics or English Language at grade 4. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.
Key Skills level 2 Pass Application of Number or Communication. Considered in lieu of GCSE Mathematics or English Language at grade 4. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.
Ireland
Irish Leaving Certificate (Ordinary Level) Minimum of 80 UCAS points. Must include Mathematics and English language. Required at the point of enrolment.
Scotland
Scottish Intermediate 2 Minimum of 80 UCAS points. Must include Mathematics and English Language. Required at the point of enrolment.

Other acceptable UK Qualifications

Please select a qualification from the drop-down list to view our entry requirements:

If you have a qualification that is not listed, please contact the Course Enquiries Team

EU / International students
English language requirements 2017/18
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands
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International Students

Entry requirements here

From A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Sep 2018 FT 4 Years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 5 Years £9,250 per year

International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

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Year One

Developing Academic Skills for Success
20 credits
Developing Interpersonal Skills for Success
20 credits
Origins to Psychology
20 credits
Foundation Practice Project
40 credits
Real World Psychology
20 credits

Year Two

Introduction to Psychology
20 credits

This module explores the origins, developments and refinements in the study of modern-day psychology, dating back to early philosophy. The module will ensure students will see how modern-day psychology has evolved, by viewing the scientific, cultural and social movements, and influences, that were happening alongside the development of this new discipline. 

Psychology and Research Skills
20 credits

This module explores many of the key skills and competencies required for a successful transition to university and beyond. The module looks at real world research and provides an opportunity for you to enhance skills in academic writing, referencing, team working and presentation.

Contemporary Issues and Applied Psychology
20 credits

The module aims to identify contemporary issues in our society, where psychological insights and perspectives can potentially deepen and broaden our understanding of the human condition and social affairs. It will aim to enable you to view the relationship between psychology and other social sciences, such as sociology, economics, politics, criminology, law and ethnography, in order to achieve a more holistic and eclectic understanding of psychology and its relation to the contemporary age.

Introduction to Psychopathology
20 credits

Introduction to Psychopathology will introduce you to the key perspectives in psychology, which contribute to the explanation of abnormal states and their impact on disordered thinking, functioning and behaviour. The diagnosis and assessment process of a psychological disorder using the DSM-5 (2013) will play a central role in this module. The DSM-5 (2013) is used by clinicians worldwide to diagnose individuals with a psychological disorder.    

Introduction to Research Methods
20 credits

This module introduces you to the processes of conducting research, analysing data and evaluating the findings. The module will provide a conceptual understanding reporting research, the core statistical principals and tests.  The module provides hands-on experience of conducting an experiment, using statistical software for carrying out analyses and writing up the experiment in practical workshops.

Optional Modules
20 credits

The following are examples of optional modules, all of which are worth 20 credits each:

  • Parapsychology
  • Cyberpsychology 

Year Three

Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis
20 credits

You will design, construct, and carry out a small-scale qualitative research project, looking at qualitative methodologies and underlying rationales. 

Quantitative Research Methods and Statistics
20 credits

You will appraise the relevance and utility of different quantitative methodologies in contemporary research practice.

Neuropsychology
20 credits

Here, you will continue to develop the key transferable skills from your first year, while understanding the cognitive and neural theories across a range of areas. You will apply advanced psychological theory and methodology to real research questions. 

Optional Modules
20 credits

The following are examples of optional modules, all of which are worth 20 credits each:

  • Forensic Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Occupational Health Psychology
  • Real World Work Experiences  
  • Aging and the Brain
  • Infancy
  • Work Experience (placement)

Final Year

Lifespan Psychology
20 credits

In this module, you will demonstrate a critical understanding of the different research methods within lifespan development, with an ability to create argued conclusions.

Applied Social Psychology
20 credits

You will demonstrate knowledge and appraise major concepts, theoretical perspectives and empirical findings in social psychology.

Integrative Psychology Project
40 credits

Here you will examine a specific area of psychology, conducting an extensive amount of individual research, while also receiving support and guidance from a supervisor. 

Optional Modules
20 credits

The following are examples of optional modules, all of which are worth 20 credits each:

  • Counselling Psychology
  • Individual Differences and Mental Health
  • Legal Psychology
  • Communication and Language
  • Advanced Statistics
  • Intellectual Disabilities

You have the flexibility to transfer to any standard undergraduate Psychology programme offered within the School of Social Sciences after successful completion of your foundation year and you may also transfer to any specialist Psychology pathway when you successfully complete your second year if you choose to stay on this programme.  

The specialist pathways offered as part of the Psychology suite of programmes are:

BSc (Hons) Psychology with Business will see you using a variety of psychological tools and specialist software, as well as learning the key theories and principles of business, equipping you with the skills today’s employers demand. 

BSc (Hons) Psychology with Criminology will give you a deep understanding of how psychology can be applied to explain certain aspects of crime and criminal behaviour. This versatile programme provides the opportunity for you to embark on a psychology career, or bring those skills to the domain of criminology.  

BSc (Hons) Psychology with Marketing provides you with an accredited psychology degree qualification, while incorporating the core aspects of marketing theory, practice and strategy. Taught by staff with nationally-recognised qualifications, you will gain a unique blend of knowledge from two complementary fields, sharpening your skills in problem solving and communication. 

BSc (Hons) Psychology with Sociology brings together two closely interrelated areas, allowing you to gain significant knowledge and insight into how the core areas of psychology can be applied to the key areas of sociology.

The British Psychological Society
The British Psychological Society

This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society, which not only demonstrates the high quality of our teaching provision, but also ensures our course remains cutting-edge, fresh and relevant.

The Society and its members develop, promote and apply psychology for the public good. They enhance the efficiency and usefulness of psychologists by setting high standards of professional education and knowledge, and cover all areas of psychological research and practice.

Find out more about British Psychological Society accreditation.

Further Study

When you successfully complete your Foundation Year, you will be able to proceed on to any of our undergraduate Psychology degree programmes offered within the School of Social Sciences. 

Enhancing your employability skills

Our graduates will not only gain a degree with some of the most diverse career options, but also the transferrable skills to support this.

Importantly, all content is underpinned by active learning - degree content and assessment not only meet the criteria for our accrediting body, but allow flexibility of the learning process, which can be tailored to career goals. Specific modules dedicated to employability skills and creation of impact within the local community will further support this.

OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

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Curzon facilities student hub

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

The Curzon Building

This course is based at our City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building, alongside other social sciences, law, business and English students.

The £63m building offers students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.

Realistic, simulated environments include two mock court rooms, a Magistrates' and Crown Court, and an interviewing suite. We’re also exploring the use of virtual environments as a way to develop case study analysis.

For those studying on the BA (Hons) Criminology, Policing and Investigation pathway, you’ll experience simulations of police interviewing environments for both suspects and witnesses, with access to tape recording and video playback analysis.

Crime investigation files are prepared using computer-based technology, and the crime data analysis requirements of the degree are supported by appropriate statistical and analytical software.

Psychology students can look forward to using state-of-the-art equipment as well, including the latest in eye-tracking software, and our new EEG machine, all geared towards giving you true hands-on experience with tools you’ll be using in your later career.

The Curzon Building also features:

  • An impressive new library with access to over 65 million full text items and stunning views of Eastside City Park
  • Your Students’ Union which is located in a beautifully restored 19th century pub, The Eagle and Ball
  • A modern 300-seat food court with space to study and socialise
  • Brand new, accessible IT facilities with full Office365 for all students for free
  • Shared facilities with the wider campus including the recently opened Parkside Building and Millennium Point

Jagjeet Jutley

Dr Jagjeet Jutley-Neilson

Senior Lecturer in Developmental Psychology

Dr Jagjeet Jutley-Neilson coordinates core modules on the undergraduate psychology degree programmes. Jajeet's researches across the lifespan, but specifically in developmental disorders and intellectual disabilities in children.

Dr Devinder Rana-Rai

Associate Professor, Director of Teaching, Learning and Quality (School of Social Sciences), Programme Director MSc Health Psychology

Devinder Rana-Rai has over 18 years of experience within the psychology sector. She has taught health professionals, worked with service users and worked as a consultant with private and public health-based companies. Her work within health extends to the publication of a health psychology textbook for nurses and allied health professionals.

Dr Keeley Abbott

Lecturer in Social Psychology

Dr Keeley Abbott is a Lecturer in Social Psychology at Birmingham City University, where she teaches critical psychology, gender and sexualities, and qualitative research.

Dr Elle Boag

Senior Lecturer in Social Psychology

After completing her BSc in psychology in 2006 at the University of Southampton, Elle Boag was awarded both the school of psychology prize and the BPS prize for best dissertation in the Wessex region. Subsequently, she continued onto an MSc in research methods in psychology which she completed in 2007.

UK prospective students:

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EU / International prospective students:

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