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What makes Psychology at Worcester special?

Psychology is a subject with many facets – and at Worcester, you can explore whatever interests you most. From forensic or clinical psychology to counselling or business psychology, our course is flexible enough to let you specialise, while still getting a good grasp of the topic in general. And it’s all accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), which puts you in a great position when you’re starting your career.

Whatever you choose, you’ll be taught by practitioners who work in their specialist fields. So you learn from real-world experience, and get a genuine taste of the work you could be doing after you graduate. You’ll also notice your lecturers have plenty of time for you – whenever you need help, you can arrange to see them. It’s something our students say they really appreciate.

Key features

  • Welcoming, friendly community of students and lecturers, including the Worcester Psychology Society, with guest speakers, group trips, social nights and a mentoring scheme
  • Personal and academic tutoring based as much on your career prospects as your studies
  • Wide choice of specialist modules and types of assessment (including practicals, exams, interviews and mock research)
  • Excellent facilities, including a new computer suite and state-of-the-art eye-tracking technology
  • Links with local and national organisations, including the NHS, Alive! Charity, the BPS, West Mercia Police Constabulary, Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, Worcestershire County Council and HMP Aylesbury

BPS accreditation logoAccredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Giving you the opportunity to gain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) – your first step to a career as a psychologist.

Taster days

A Psychology taster day gives you the opportunity to explore our facilities, take part in Psychology taster activities, and find out about student life. This day is for those considering applying for the course, not those who have already applied or those who have been offered an interview. For further information or to request a place please email insiders@worc.ac.uk or complete this enquiry form.

 

Upcoming taster days:

Monday 15 January 2018, 10am - 2pm 

Monday 11 June 2018, 10am - 2pm

 

 

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

112

UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

112 UCAS Tariff points

 

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from http://www.ucas.com   

The course is a basis for accreditation with the BPS society, which is essential for psychologists. I also like the fact that all of my lecturers are working in this field and tell us about their own research – it helps you realize what you can achieve.

Debbie Smith, Psychology student

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Course content

What will you study?

Here’s an overview of the modules you can choose from. We update them regularly, so some of the module titles might change.

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Psychological Research Methods 1

Optional

  • Introduction to Developmental Psychology
  • Introduction to Counselling Psychology
  • Introduction to Forensic Psychology
  • Introduction to Clinical Psychology

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Biological and Cognitive Psychology
  • Social and Developmental Psychology
  • Psychological Research Methods 2
  • Individual Differences

Optional

  • Evolution and Human Behaviour
  • Diversity and Inclusivity in Psychology

Year 3

Mandatory

  • Psychology Research Project

Optional           

  • Business Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Coaching Psychology
  • Counselling Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Applied Sports Psychology

Student view - Sophie

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

Teaching and Learning

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement.  A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.

Teaching

You are taught through a combination of interactive teaching methods, including face to face teaching and online mechanisms for teaching delivery. These include interactive lectures, seminars, tutorials and a virtual learning environment. These different teaching methods are designed to enable the application of learning through activities and discussion, working independently and in groups.

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least 4 occasions per year of a course.

You have an opportunity to undertake a semester long study abroad in one of many partner Universities. 

Contact time

In a typical week you will have around 10-12 hours of timetabled face to face teaching, plus online directed study activities and optional tutorials.  The precise contact hours will depend on the optional modules selected and in the final year you will normally have slightly less contact time in order to do more independent study. 

Typically class contact time will be structured around:

  • 8 hours of lectures
  • 2-4 hours of seminars

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 30 hours of personal self-study per week.  Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources. 

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes principal lecturers, senior academics, HCPC registered professional practitioners with clinical experience, and psychology technicians.

Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader.  Teaching is based on research and consultancy, and 93 per cent of teaching staff in the Psychology Department have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles

Assessment

The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments.  Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments, which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.  

The specific assessment strategies used in Psychology are designed to develop skills and knowledge in Psychology and provide evidence of your progress and achievement throughout the course.  They also play an important role in helping to develop your employability skills and so prepare you for a range of careers.  For example, your literacy skills are developed and assessed through assignments such as essays, literature reviews and critical reviews of journal papers; numeracy and problem solving skills are developed and assessed through the analysis of data sets; assessments using poster and PowerPoint presentations will enhance your communication skills and the use of group assessments helps you develop team working and leadership skills.  You will also have an opportunity to demonstrate independence in a sustained piece of work through the completion of the Psychology Research Project.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

Year 1
Essay X 1
1 hour MCQ Exam X 2
1 hour Short Answer Exam
Research Methods Portfolios X 2
Research Report X 1
Case Study X 1
Group Video Presentation X 1
Individual Reflection X 1
Group Poster Presentation X 1         

Year 2
Research report x3
Exam x3
Essay x1
Group Presentation x1
Research proposal x1
Literature review x1

Year 3
Research Report X 1
Reflective Log X 1
Case Study X 2
Exam X 1
Presentation X 1
Literature Review X 2
Podcast X 1
Essay x 1
Psychology Research Project X 1  

Feedback

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback supports your learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

You’re not just a number here. The lecturers have all the time in the world for you.

Zoi Sevastopulo, Psychology student

Careers

Where could it take you?

Before you start your Psychology degree, you’ll probably want to know how it can help you into a fulfilling career. Here at Worcester, we’ve designed the whole Psychology curriculum around your future ambitions – and we support you in developing the skills that will open doors in a range of sectors, including health, business, counselling, forensics, education and sport. Communication, problem solving, critical thinking, team working, and data collection and analysis are just some of the skills that will increase your appeal to employers.

To help you prepare for your career, and maybe get a taste of different options, you’ll have plenty of work experience opportunities. We work closely with the university’s Careers and Employability team, arranging placements, both paid and voluntary, with many local and national organisations – including the NHS, Alive! Charity, the BPS, West Mercia Police Constabulary, Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, Worcestershire County Council and HMP Aylesbury.

You can also take part in workshops devoted to CV writing, interview skills, recruitment and assessment techniques. And you’ll have the chance to talk to guest speakers, and visit potential employers – as well as getting help to apply for work and postgraduate study.

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in 2017 will be £9,250.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in 2017 will be £11,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in 2017 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying.  The amounts vary between courses.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to the £153 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.

Sophie's Story

Apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Single Honours:
Psychology BSc (Hons) - C800 BSc/Psy

Joint Honours
Art & Design and Psychology - WC98
Biology and Psychology - CC18
Business Management and Psychology - NC28
Drama & Performance and Psychology - WC48
Education Studies and Psychology - XC38
Fine Art and Psychology - 7CW2
Human Biology and Psychology - CCC8
Human Nutrition and Psychology - BCK8
Mathematics and Psychology - GC18
Psychology and Criminology - L3C8
Psychology/Sociology - CL83
Psychology and Religion, Philosophy & Values in Education - C802

 

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

UCAS CODE:

C800

Apply now via UCAS

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111
admissions@worc.ac.uk   

Course leader

Daniel Farrelly
01905 54 2345
d.farrelly@worc.ac.uk