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Examine the science behind what makes people tick with this Psychology course.

  • Effective teaching. 90% student satisfaction with teaching. Comments including ‘Engaging lecturers’ and ‘Enthusiastic teachers who care about the subject’.

  • Employability focus. 93% of our graduates go on to work or further study.

  • British Psychological Society accredited. Single Hons and Major Hons Psychology are British Psychology Society (BPS) accredited courses.

“The best thing about Bath Spa is that everyone really cares about you as an individual. The lecturers and tutors always go the extra mile to make sure that you get the most out of your degree, and the amount of contact time we had with them was brilliant.” – Madeleine Carter, Psychology graduate, 2014

Why study Psychology?

The scientific study of the human mind and behaviour is inherently fascinating. Our team of lecturers are passionate about the subject of psychology, using a range of teaching methods to engage and inspire you.

We are as much concerned about your student experience with us, as we are about your destination after graduation. You’ll graduate with a range of transferable skills – from data handling, computer skills and effective communication to teamwork, critical thinking and the application of theory to practice.

We aim to prepare you for many kinds of career, within and allied to Psychology, providing you with relevant skills and knowledge within an enabling and empowering learning environment.

Course structure

The programme begins at a modest pace and ends by opening up conceptual and career possibilities that you may not have previously considered.

We begin by introducing you to the five main psychological perspectives: biological, cognitive, developmental, individual differences and social, alongside research methods. Additionally, the historical and conceptual underpinnings of Psychology will be explored throughout.

Modules

Year 1

You’ll take a module that introduces you to the main psychological approaches – social, cognitive, developmental, individual differences and biological psychology (PS4001-40 Introduction to Psychology). You’ll also take modules in research methods including survey work and experimentation (PS4002-20 Research methods and Statistics), and Individual Differences (PS4003).

Year 2

As you progress the main areas, covered in your first year, are studied in greater depth – individual modules are devoted to them. Students on the single honours course have the option to choose a placement module. For those taking Major or Single Hons Psychology there will also be further, more advanced courses in research methods.

In Years 2 and 3, you’ll be able to study the scholarly specialities of individual members of staff, such as health psychology, criminological psychology, and neuropsychology. This means that for each of the modules your tutor will have specific expertise and will be engaged in scholarly activity in that area.

Year 3

You’ll continue your learning, with the same opportunities to study specialist topics as year 2. For those taking Psychology as a Major or Single Hons course, there will also be a dissertation involving working one-to-one with a member of staff on an original research project in psychology.

Note that module choice may differ depending on route-way. Single honours students may opt to take a placement module in year two.

Course assessment

Assessment varies and includes essays, debates, research reports, group presentations and examinations.

Most modules involve a mixture of lectures and follow-up seminars. In the case of research methods, however, much of the teaching is conducted via practical classes.

You’ll participate actively in seminars, and these are characterised by small-group work. Bookable tutorials enable you to have one-to-one discussions with staff.

Opportunities 

 Study abroad

The university offers an extra-curricular three- year Global Citizenship Programme which runs alongside the degree for all three years of the undergraduate degree. The programme includes a scholarship to fund international study (for UK and EU students only).

http://www.bathspa.ac.uk/schools/cross-schools/courses/global-citizenship

Further study abroad opportunities are available from our International Office and the ERASMUS programme.

http://www.bathspa.ac.uk/university-life/study-abroad/other-international-opportunities

Work placements, industry links and internship

We encourage you to undertake placement opportunities, especially in your second year. The opportunity to take a Placements module in second year is available. Students who take advantage of the Global Citizenship programme can use their scholarship to support the option of doing an international placement.

Our students make use of part-funded Santander internship and placement opportunities. Last year over 60 placements / internships across a variety of businesses were generated for students across all courses including psychology. These provided students with experience in areas such as marketing, multimedia and product design, filming and editing, business management, HR, customer services, research and analysis, project management and events.

List of current alumni careers

Some of our graduates have completed, or are currently taking postgraduate education at the Masters and PhD levels. Graduates with single or major honours in Psychology (accredited by the British Psychological Society) can apply directly for postgraduate training, in order to work towards becoming a professional psychologist.

The majority of psychology graduates, across the country, do not become professional psychologists. Some of our graduates have gone on to train in counselling. Many students choose to undertake PGCEs and a number of these are gaining experience for Educational Psychology courses. Other students go into management, sales and advertising, probation work and human resources. Psychology is an attractive option since students learn both numerative/scientific skills and people-skills.

Competitions/awards

At the end of the academic year, we award prizes to recognise achievements in academic success and reward effort and excellence. Prizes specific to Psychology are:

  • The British Psychological Society Graduate Award
  • Oxford University Press Prize for best dissertation

Facilities and resources

Newton Park Campus

Commons

Newton Park Library#


Resources 

Teaching resources include EBSCO (online access to over 400 psychology-related journals), SPSS (statistical computer software for analysing quantitative data) and NVivo for qualitative data analysis. We also have a biopsychology lab where we make use of ‘biopac’ equipment (computerised biological measures such as EEG) for practicals and project work as well as other shared and dedicated laboratory spaces for research.

Teaching methods

Teaching resources include EBSCO (online access to over 400 psychology-related journals) and SPSS (statistical computer software for analysing quantitative data). We also have a biopsychology lab where we make use of ‘biopac’ equipment (computerised biological measures such as EEG) for practicals and project work.

Staff Profile: Dr. Alison Lee Neuropsychologist

Dr Alison Lee who conducts research into the neuropsychological bases of Parkinson’s disease has collaborative research links with the University of Boston and is regularly asked to present her work at conferences. Dr. Lee is also course director for the Applied MSc in Neuropsychology that we run at Bath Spa.

Application method

 

All full time applications are through UCAS

Typical offers are assessed individually, but in the range A-level grades BBB - BCC; BTEC DDM – DMM.

In addition to grades it is important to have a positive reference from a senior person in education on your UCAS form. Should your referee suggest that you are likely to gain the above grades and that you have a clear interest in psychology and are highly motivated, then an offer is likely to be made.

International students should visit our international pages for more information about our entry requirements, fees and scholarships, and student support.

Course enquiries

admissions@bathspa.ac.uk

Typical offer range for UK / EU applicants

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level - BCC preferred. If studying Psychology, course requires grade B or higher. If Psychology is not an option, then we require a B in another A level subject.
  • BTEC - Extended Diploma grades Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM) preferred in a related subject.
  • International Baccalaureate - A minimum score of 27 points required.
  • Access to HE courses - Typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher).

GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or higher or equivalent is recommended in addition to the above qualifications.

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants

IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

Course enquiries

For further information about the programme or other enquiries, please email us at admissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

Career opportunities

We have been collecting information about where our graduates work for a number of years. Many of our ex-students are currently collecting the relevant experience needed for placement on the BPS professional psychology masters and doctorates. Many of our graduates wish to work in mental health and to achieve this successfully it is recommended by the British Psychological Society (BPS) that graduates obtain as much relevant experience as possible. As a consequence of this we have had students volunteering (during their degree as well as after it) for organisations as varied as ‘Childline’, ‘The Samaritans’ and ‘Talk to Frank’ – the drugs helpline before applying for Clinical Psychology Doctorate programmes.  We have several working in hospitals in jobs from orderly to assistant psychologist in preparation for their application. For other professional degrees, this is the same situation.  We have prison ‘befrienders’, and prison tutors who have graduated in psychology, who ultimately wish to study towards coming Chartered Forensic Psychologists.

The majority of graduates in psychology across the country will not become professional psychologists. Some of our graduates have gone on to train in counselling (including some that have trained at Goldsmith’s College, University of London, as well as more local providers).  Many students choose to undertake PGCEs and a number of these are gaining experience for Educational Psychology courses. Other students go into management, sales and advertising, probation work and human resources.  Psychology is an attractive option since students learn both numerative/scientific skills and ‘people-skills’.

Students graduating with Single Hons or major Hons in Psychology (accredited by the British Psychological Society) can apply directly for postgraduate training in order to work towards becoming a professional psychologist.

Those taking a combined/minor award will need to take a further year’s ‘top-up’ conversion course should they wish to apply for postgraduate training in psychology.

Employers such as Wiltshire Youth Offending Team, Care Worldwide, MBA Associates Ltd., HM Prisons and the NHS have recruited graduates from this course. Students have also gone into roles including Mentor for Youth Offenders, Social Worker, Healthcare Worker and Midwifery Research Assistant.

What students say...

Christelle Van Antwerpen, graduated 2014 from the BSc Psychology

"The course structure is very good at Bath Spa University, especially the option for neuropsychology in year three which is not offered everywhere.  I particularly enjoyed the smaller groups at Bath Spa."

"The lecturers are exceptional and go above and beyond."

Christelle is now completing an MSc in Neuropsychology while working in conjunction with Dr Jade Thai at CRIC on projects involving MS/CFS patients and examining working memory pathways.

 

External Examiners:

"I was impressed by the variety of assessments that the psychology team have in place. There are some very innovative assignments that provide an opportunity for students with different skills to do well."

"Employability issues are firmly embedded into the curriculum"