Why study this course
Learn about the range of core psychological domains and methods, accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)
Learn about and engage with on-site research projects, exploring contemporary issues such as mindfulness, psychopathy and the science of dreaming
Engage with a range of learning methods in small groups, receiving personalised feedback and getting to know your tutors
Enhance employability skills through specialist modules, placement and volunteering opportunities
Through studying a Psychology degree at BGU you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the scientific nature of the subject and of its wider cultural and social impact. This course will develop your understanding of psychology and its theories of the mind, emotions and behaviour and become familiar with how these theories are applied in our lives, communities and societies.
Mode of study
Bishop Grosseteste University
About this course
Do you ever wonder why is it we behave as we do? How do gangs, teams and friendship groups form? Do you wonder if smiling really does make you feel more positive? Do you often venture into the bigger questions about life and who we are?
Psychology has a science base, yet includes a balance of liberal arts, technological knowledge, statistics and computer-based skills. As well as classic psychological theories and research, on this undergraduate degree you’ll be debating social issues, studying specific mental processes, such as memory, language and attention, as well as broader issues and theories – both historical and contemporary. As well as applying psychological knowledge to a range of subjects, you will develop your skills in problem-solving, data analysis, predict and reasoning, with a focus on real-world application.
Here at BGU in Lincoln, we ensure you have close support and contact with your tutors and, with small group sizes, you’ll always get the support and feedback you need on your course. We also know how important it is to experience a real working environment so, through work placements and other projects, you’ll be equipped for whichever career path you may choose after your degree. With research-informed teaching and research-active staff, you’ll receive scientific training and gain an in-depth understanding of the nature of the subject, at the same time as applying your knowledge and theory to real-life.
What you will study
Students on this course currently study some or all of the following modules:
This module will provide you with an overview of the core domains of Psychology and introduce you to the discipline of psychology as a science and current debates, before moving on to provide a more detailed introduction to the discipline of biopsychology and research methods. In the first half of the module, preliminary sessions will focus on the history of psychology and each subsequent week will be devoted to one of five core areas of psychology (social; lifespan; individual differences; cognition and biopsychology). In the second half of the module you will explore the discipline of biopsychology; through the study of psychological and neuropsychological dysfunction you will learn about key biological debates including human and animal studies, nature nurture debates and biopsychological research methods.
The module will emphasise major theories of the causes of psychological and psychiatric disorders, and review research on the psychological treatment of these disorders. It will also cover core topics in Health Psychology introducing the biopsychosocial model in the onset and maintenance of physical and psychological disease, together with psychological responses to illness, treatment and hospitalisation.
This module introduces Cognitive Psychology in terms of key topics which includes memory, language, attention as well as key approaches such as cognitive neuropsychology, neuroscience, fundamentals of the experimental method, and the use of computerised experiment generation software. As part of this module you will be able to engage in a variety of cognitive experiments to facilitate your understanding of key topics and experimental approaches.
This module will enable you to gain an introductory understanding of theory and contexts and how they are applied in practice whilst developing your own transferrable skills and understanding of the importance and impact of research and your role as researchers.
This module forms part of the BPS core curriculum and will develop your critical understanding of two of the core areas of Psychology i.e. Social and Developmental Psychology. Social Psychology will engage you with the breadth and diversity of social psychology as a discipline, from group processes through to social cognition and social interactions. Lifespan psychology will engage you in a critical approach to the traditional focuses of developmental psychology as a paradigm, and consider psychological research and interventions from pre- and peri- natal development through to older adulthood and the end of life.
In this module students will examine how various forms of quantitative enquiry can be brought to the investigation of a range of psychological phenomena. You will explore several core statistical techniques used to address psychology-specific research and analyse data using statistical software and interpret related output appropriately.
This module will enable you to develop your communication skills, through developing and evaluating resources for promoting health behaviour change using Psychological research and theory. The module will also introduce the psychology of persuasion and consider the ways in which mass communication strategies are used to promote health behaviour change.
Individual Differences and the Biology of Personality is a multifaceted module that covers the history, cornerstone theoretical frameworks, and methodological approaches of personality research, with particular focus on biopsychological etiologies. You will consolidate your learning by utilising psychometric methodology to design and run a quantitative study, present your design and then write up your project giving you experience of the research process and the fundamentals within it such as gaining ethical approval, data collection and analysis to reporting and discussing findings.
This module actively introduces you to the role of psychology in understanding the arts and the therapeutic benefits of engagement in both formal and everyday practice, focusing on theories, evidence, and methodologies and explores psychology at the interface of aesthetics, performance, music and literature. Throughout this module you will investigate and critically question the role of artistic expression in mental wellbeing and the place of community practice in social capital and psychological functioning.
This module will provide you with the experience of work in the form of a placement in a community-based setting, enabling you to apply your developing knowledge and skills in a real-life context. Undertaking a placement will also offer you the opportunity to apply psychological knowledge and understanding, and to reflect upon your own interactions, communications, behaviours and responses within a complex organisational dynamic.
The module provides an opportunity for you to build upon and apply the key intellectual, transferable and practical skills gained at previous levels to an appropriate research project. Throughout the module, a series of lectures, seminars and talks by guest speakers will further develop your research design and analytic skills in experimental, quasi-experimental and qualitative research methods.
This module provides a critical overview of the broad nature, states, theories and approaches to studying consciousness such as dreaming and mindfulness. The module will draw together topics and methodological approaches from previously studied core content in Psychology, such as cognitive and biological psychology which will allow you to engage critically with the methodologies associated with them.
The module aims to develop research, assessment, formulation, intervention and evaluation skills for work with specific clients. It will emphasise major theories of working with specific groups, and review literature on psychological disorders specific to different age groups.
This module will engage you with key philosophical and conceptual debates which have influenced the origins and development of psychology as a discipline. You will consider the influence of major advances in the broader knowledge development for example the Scientific Revolution. Key turning points in the history and development of the discipline such as the cognitive revolution will enable you to understand debates within psychology that concern its standing as a science and the differences in psychological research methodologies that accompany those debates. The module will also engage students with contemporary issues and debates in the discipline.This module forms part of the BPS core curriculum and aligns with A6 Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology.
Occupational psychology focuses on aspects of human functioning in work environments. The Psychology in Organisations module aims to build upon knowledge regarding principles of psychology as applied to the world of work and organisations. Throughout this module you will be presented with various concepts in the study of organisational psychology such as work motivation, stress at work, individual differences; stereotyping and prejudice at work environments and the relationship between organisation and community.
You will normally need 96-112 UCAS tariff points (from a maximum of four Advanced Level qualifications). We welcome a range of qualifications such as: A/AS Levels, BTEC, Access Courses, International Baccalaureate (IB), Cambridge Pre-U, Extended Project etc.
However this list is not exhaustive – please click here for details of all qualifications in the UCAS tariff.
You will also need GCSEs in English Language and Mathematics at grade 4 (previously C) or above (or equivalent).
In accordance with University conditions, students are entitled to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning, RP(C)L, based on relevant credit at another HE institution or credit Awarded for Experiential Learning, (RP(E)L).
How you will be taught
There is no one-size-fits-all method of teaching at BGU – we shape our methods to suit each subject and each group, combining the best aspects of traditional university teaching with innovative techniques to promote student participation and interactivity.
You will be taught in a variety of ways, from lectures, tutorials and seminars, to practical workshops, coursework and work-based placements. Small group seminars and workshops will provide you with an opportunity to review issues raised in lectures, and you will be expected to carry out independent study.
Placements are a key part of degree study within many courses at BGU. They provide an enriching learning experience for you to apply the skills and knowledge you will gain from your course and, in doing so, give valuable real-world experience to boost your career.
Assessments in Psychology take place at the end of each module in order for you to demonstrate your understanding of the objectives covered. A wide range of assessment methods is used to support your learning, including portfolios, presentations, displays and examinations and laboratory projects. The Psychology course includes assessments that are designed to develop and refine specific skills that you may well need to draw on as a psychologist, whether that is as specific as demonstrating your practical counselling skills in the Introduction to Psychological Therapies module, or openly argumentative as in the group debate in the Personality and Individual Differences module! Assessments are also designed to enhance your critical thinking and analysis skills – something that psychologists are well known for.
Careers & Further study
In Psychology we allow you to develop the knowledge and skills which will make you attractive to an employer. Psychology graduates go on to work in a range of sectors including teaching, education or training, local government, health and social work and in areas of industry including human resources management. By the end of this course, you will be ready to apply your knowledge of psychology to the world in which you live, with the necessary workplace skills for a variety of future careers. Future careers for Psychology graduates may include work within Clinical settings, Counselling, Mental Health services, Education and Research.
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