Psychology

BSc single honours or in combination with another subject Psychology 2017/18

Year of entry

Psychology seeks to understand thoughts, emotions and behaviour through scientific study (e.g. observations, interviews, experiments and questionnaires). A degree in psychology gives you the chance to study an inherently fascinating and useful subject, while offering you many opportunities for future development and employment.

This degree course has four great strengths. First, we are applied; we focus on psychology in the real world and provide insight into the practical application of psychological knowledge from early on. Second, our course provides you with a comprehensive journey through the subject, with all core modules designed to complement and balance one another. Third, employability is embedded within our course from start to finish, helping you to build a broad range of academic, personal and career skills. The dedicated Key Skills in Psychology series of modules will help support your development throughout the course. Finally, we are accredited by the British Psychological Society. This ensures quality and gives you the Graduate Basis of Chartered Membership required for many postgraduate training courses, as long as you complete our single honours or major pathway with at least a second class degree classification and at least a pass in your final year project.

Top reason to choose this course

We are a dedicated team of research-active staff who are passionate about teaching. Our course has been designed to deliver an excellent study experience, with a high level of linkage between modules enhancing the coherence of your learning about psychology. For example, in your first year, as you study child observation in our Social and Developing Self module you will also cover observational techniques in our Research in Psychology 1 module. Alongside this, if you are studying for single honours you will take part in practical observation sessions in our Psychology Practicals module

91% of Psychology graduates were in employment or further study six months after completing their studies (2013-14 DLHE)

2013-14 DLHE

Awards

The British Psychological Society sponsors a prize for one outstanding student at each participating institution. We are proud that our student, Summer Hubble won the BPS Undergraduate Award for achieving the highest degree average.

“Having lived in the South East all my life, Christ Church was the ideal location for me. The academics are all passionate about what they do, which is reflected in their lectures and seminars. The course is everything I was looking for and more. I couldn't recommend it more highly to someone with a keen interest in the subject who wishes to learn amongst a group of like-minded peers.”

Samuel Hales, final year student in 2015

Psychology is a diverse and fascinating subject that deals with how we perceive the everyday world. If you have studied the subject or related social sciences before, or have a keen interest in the behaviour, thoughts and emotions of others and want to study them in a scientific way, this is the course for you. Psychology at Christ Church is applied which means we focus on psychology in the real world and provide insight into the practical application of psychological knowledge from day one. As part of the course you will also have the opportunity to enjoy guest lectures and research seminars.

“As a mature student the prospect of taking up studying so ‘late in the day’ was daunting, but staff have been so supportive and encouraging, it has been easy (ish!) to learn again. I’ve covered lots of topics and had the chance to explore subjects that interest me in more depth. We get lots of input about careers and further studying which really helps towards deciding on your future.”

Sharon Good (Final year student in 2015).

Psychology is a diverse subject. Our single honours and major pathways (with at least 60 psychology credits in year one and at least 80 psychology credits in years two and three) are accredited by the British Psychological Society. They cover all the core areas of psychology: biological, cognitive, developmental, individual differences, social, conceptual and historical issues, research methods, and an empirical project. There are also optional modules in areas of staff expertise. Our course is designed to offer a coherent delivery of subject knowledge, research skills, practical application and personal development at all levels of study.

You can study French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish as part of, or alongside, your course.

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In year one, you will become familiar with the core areas of psychology (including biological, cognitive, social, developmental and individual differences), the basic methods of psychological research, and key skills in psychology (including report and essay writing). You will engage in a wide range of practical coursework, where you will gather data, analyse your findings and write your own report. Single honours students will also explore past and present philosophical and theoretical issues in psychology, complete additional practical exercises, and receive an insight into the work of applied psychologists through talks from practitioners in the field.

Year two systematically builds on these foundations and includes some more specialised modules. You will continue to study key skills in psychology with an increased focus on critical reasoning and employability skills. If you choose the single-honours route or take Psychology as the major component of your combined honours degree (Psychology with another subject, including at least 80 credits in Psychology), you will learn more about research methods and their practical application, build more specialist subject knowledge such as neuropsychology, and have access to optional modules on sub-disciplines and applied topics (e.g. clinical psychology).

In year three you will take Psychology of Sustainable Living, which addresses how psychological theory and research can help us develop a sustainable future. If you are a single honours or major student, You will continue with Key Skills in Psychology (focusing on employability, career choices, and graduate attributes). If you are a single honours or major student, you will also carry out your own empirical research project, designing, conducting, analysing and presenting your study under the supervision of an allocated member of staff.

Work experience

In addition to curricular activity, we strongly encourage volunteering and graduate placements, and will help you connect with charities and organisations.

For single-honours Psychology students, we now offer an optional placement year between the second and third years of study, providing an additional opportunity to get to know the work of professional psychologists and develop practical skills.

 

Dr Amanda Carr has been conducting research with CBeebies Interactive looking at how children under 3 years old use touch screen tablets. In a study of 18 children and their parents she observed infants and toddlers playing simple interactive games on the tablet and is looking at the developmental impact this type of activity might have on children of this age.

The psychology team has four active research groups: Creativity and Cognition; Health and Wellbeing; Learning and Development; and Society and Environment.

Year one

Core modules

Core for single honours only


Brain and Mind

Psychobiology and cognitive psychology are core areas of the British Psychological Society’s curriculum for accredited undergraduate programmes. Hence, this module will introduce you to key topics and concepts within these areas to illustrate the contribution that psychobiology and cognition have made to our understanding of the brain, cognition, behaviour, and the links between them.

The Social and Developing Self

Social psychology, developmental psychology and individual differences are core areas of the British Psychological Society’s curriculum for accredited undergraduate programmes. Hence, this module will introduce you to key topics and concepts within these areas to illustrate the contribution that social and developmental psychology, and the psychology of individual differences, have made to our understanding of the person.

Key Skills in Psychology 1

This module aims to help you identify and develop a range of transferable skills necessary for studying psychology at degree level in year one, which will support your future employability and recruitment. The module aims to develop a reflective approach by helping you to identify your strengths and weaknesses, plan for personal, educational and career development, and introduce you to practices which promote academic citizenship.

Research in Psychology 1

The module aims to complement the work undertaken in other year one modules by introducing you to some of the basic concepts and techniques used in psychological research, ensuring some familiarity with the most commonly employed methods of data collection and data analysis. In addition, the module will foreground the importance of acquiring practical experience in designing empirical studies and analysing data manually and via computer such as SPSS. The module will emphasise that an understanding of research methods is required not only to conduct research, but also to comprehend and critically evaluate psychological literature.

Classic Studies in Psychology*

This module extends the coverage of topic content and conceptual/historical issues in the core year one modules by offering you an opportunity to look in greater detail at a selection of seminal works in psychology and their representation in both academic and popular media. An important aim is to develop your awareness of the social and historical contexts in which such studies or works were produced, the different ways in which they are and have been portrayed, and a critical appreciation of their corresponding influence on the development of psychology as a discipline.

Psychology Practicals*

The aim of the module is to provide you with an introduction to applied psychological practice in some of the major domains determined by the British Psychological Society such as the divisions of clinical, educational and child, forensic, health, and occupational psychology). The module will provide information on the scope and practice of major applied disciplines in psychology.

Psychology in Practice*

The aim of the module is to provide you with an introduction to applied psychological practice in some of the major domains determined by the British Psychological Society such as the divisions of clinical, educational and child, forensic, health, and occupational psychology). The module will provide information on the scope and practice of major applied disciplines in psychology.

Year two

Core modules

Compulsory for single honours or majors

Neuropsychology

This module aims to extend your knowledge and understanding of a range of topics and issues within the discipline of neuroscience. The module will examine the techniques used in neuropsychology and explore the relationship between brain and behaviour to enhance your understanding of issues such as cerebral asymmetry and movement.

Influences on Social Functioning

This module builds on material covered in The Social and Developing Self in year one, giving you the opportunity to acquire a comprehensive understanding of topics spanning the breadth of interpersonal relationships to intergroup relations (e.g. social influence), with special attention given to the potential for practical application, and to the epistemological and methodological variety on which relevant findings are based.

Social and Cognitive Development

This module builds on material covered in The Social and Developing Self in year one, in covering key perspectives and topics in the study of social-cognitive development. It considers aspects of development that are relevant to children’s developing understanding of the self and the social world such as infant cognition, play, gender development, moral understanding. The module aims to provide you with a knowledge and understanding of key theories, research findings, and debates in this area of developmental psychology.

Exploring Cognition

Expanding on content covered in the Brain and Mind module in year one, this module will further your knowledge and understanding of contemporary topics, theories and research in cognitive psychology.

Personality and Individual Differences

This module builds on material covered in The Social and Developing Self in year one, by covering key perspectives and topics in the study of personality and individual differences. The module aims to provide you with a knowledge and understanding of key theories, research findings, and debates in this area.

Key Skills in Psychology 2

Continuing your skills development from Key Skills in Psychology 1, this module aims to help you further identify and develop a range of transferable skills necessary for studying psychology at degree level in year two, which support your future employability and recruitment. The module aims to develop a reflective approach by helping you identify your own strengths and weaknesses, plan for personal, educational and career development and introduce you to practices which promote academic citizenship.

Research in Psychology 2

This module builds upon material covered in Research in Psychology 1 by extending your knowledge and understanding of research methods in psychology, introducing you to more sophisticated techniques widely used in the analysis of quantitative data (such as ANOVA and multiple regression) and qualitative data (such as discourse analysis and interpretative phenomenological analysis) and providing further, more independent, experience in designing, conducting and reporting your own research. Methods of data collection are also revisited and expanded.

Year three

Core modules

*Core for single honours and majors only

Psychology of Sustainable Living

The aim of this module is to introduce you to the various ways in which psychology can contribute to an understanding of sustainability and help facilitate sustainable lifestyles at an individual and sociocultural level. The module will approach the subject from a variety of perspectives, highlighting both the evidential and potential relevance of particular models and theories in this area.

Psychology Research Project*

The final year empirical project is a core requirement of the British Psychological Society’s curriculum. This module offers you the opportunity to undertake a significant piece of independent research, under supervisory guidance, of a particular topic or issue related to and/or arising out of general topics covered by taught courses in the psychology degree programme. The module offers you the opportunity to build upon the knowledge, understanding and skills developed in previous years, and a vehicle by which you may further explore the use of quantitative and/or qualitative research methodologies used within the discipline.

Key Skills in Psychology 3

Continuing your key skills development from year two, this module aims to help further identify and develop a range of transferable skills necessary for studying psychology at degree level in year three, which support your future employability and recruitment. In the final year, there is additional emphasis on  facilitating your career choice and future employability.

Psychology in Critical Perspective*

The module aims to enable you to adopt a critical reflexive stance towards psychology as a discipline. This is achieved by introducing you to epistemological issues in, and critiques of, mainstream psychology; alternative epistemologies which have been developed by critical psychologists; and a range of philosophical issues having a bearing on psychology’s methodological and foundational assumptions

Likely optional modules

Depending on your chosen degree pathway, you may have a choice of optional modules in your second and third years. Optional modules cover specialist content connected to our four major research themes:

  • Creativity and Cognition
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Learning and Development
  • Society and Environment

Many psychology graduates find employment in the caring professions, education, business and management, and other people focused occupations. Others pursue careers as applied psychologists, or as academics and researchers. Accreditation from the British Psychological Society gives graduates of the single honours or major routes the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC), which is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist. It allows graduates to pursue postgraduate vocational training in areas such as clinical psychology, educational psychology and health psychology.

“I felt supported and welcomed by every member of the department throughout my degree. No matter how busy the lecturers were, their doors were always open. The course content was engaging, covering varied and current topics, and the coursework allowed exploration of intriguing areas. The Psychology Society holds regular events and meetings, which contribute to the overall friendly feel of the department. I feel lucky to have studied here!”

Summer Hubble (Graduated in 2015). 

Fees

The 2017/18 annual tuition fees for this course are:

 UK/EUOverseas
Full-time £9,250* £11,000**
Part-time £4,625 N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

*Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2017/18 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,165 in Year 0.

**Tuition Fee Scholarship discounts of £1,500 are available to eligible overseas students. Visit the International webpages for further information.

Please read the 2017/18 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2017/18 tuition fees and year on year fee increases

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

CategoryDescription
DBS / Health Checks Applicable only if the student decides to conduct a final-year project that requires such checks.
Learning Materials Specialist software is provided on the University computers, but students can purchase installation media for their personal computer from the University Bookshop at a discounted price.

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) Yes, if the trip contributes to the course (whether it is part of an optional or compulsory module), but not including food and drink. Yes, if the trip is not an essential part of the course but is offered as an enhancement or enrichment activity, or for a student’s personal development.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Composition of the course

Learning and teaching methods may include lectures, seminars, individual and group tutorials, directed independent study, practicals and research projects, workshops, reflective practice, and structured discussions. For a typical 10-credit module, you will receive around 25 hours of academic direction and invest around 75 hours of independent study. Contact takes place in face-to-face and online environments, and learning and teaching methods are continually informed by student feedback.

In addition to curricular activity, we strongly encourage volunteering and graduate placements, and will help you connect with worthwhile charities and organisations.

Academic input

You will be supported at all stages of your degree by our research-active team of experienced academic staff including lecturers, senior lecturers, principal lecturers, and postgraduate researchers with additional input from external practitioners on selected modules. Most of our teaching staff have completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, others are currently completing it. Many are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. Psychology also has a team of dedicated administrative and technical staff, as well as a student advisor to provide support and guidance.

Surprising terms

Our single honours in psychology and major combined honours in psychology with another subject are both accredited by the British Psychological Society and confer the Graduate Basis of Chartered Membership (GBC). To complete the major route, combined honours students must take 60 credits in Psychology in year one and 80 credits in Psychology in both years two and three.

To gain GBC, you must complete your degree with a second-class degree classification or better, and pass the Psychology Research Project with a mark of at least 40. Please note that compensation cannot be applied to the Psychology Research Project in order to meet this criterion.

Assessment methods may include various forms of written work such as essays, reflective logs, critical reviews, practical reports, presentations, portfolios, case studies, tests and examinations.

Grade C or above, or equivalent, in GCSE Mathematics

Professional accreditation

Our single honours in psychology and major combined honours in psychology with another subject are both accredited by the British Psychological Society and confer the Graduate Basis of Chartered Membership (GBC). To complete the major route, combined honours students must take 60 credits in Psychology in year one and 80 credits in Psychology in both years two and three. To gain GBC, you must complete your degree with a second-class degree classification or better, and pass the Psychology Research Project with a mark of at least 40.

The psychology course adheres to the BPS Code of Ethics and Conduct, which can be obtained from the British Psychological Society at: 
http://www.bps.org.uk/system/files/documents/code_of_ethics_and_conduct.pdf

Specialist facilities

You will have access to psychology-specific resources including online study skills materials and our dedicated psychology teaching space and laboratories, which include a psychology seminar room, an eye-tracker, brain imaging equipment (EEG), and our observation suite with a one-way mirror and video surveillance. We also incorporate the use of specialist software to conduct data analysis, including SPSS and NVivo. Finally, our academic tutors, psychology technician, psychology administrators and student advisor together make a difference to the student experience.

Industry links

Our Psychology in Practice module links with external partners. Single honours students on this module receive guest talks from practitioners in the field to highlight the applications of psychology in a variety of professional settings.

Our Psychology team has four research groups that aim to collaborate with external organisations. For example, the Learning and Development group has conducted research in local schools, in local charities e.g. SNAAP and for CBeebies. Members of the team are also associates of the UK Institute of Migrant Research (UK-IMR).

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International

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UCAS code

  • C800 Psychology
  • C803 Psychology with Foundation Year

Institutional code

  • C10

Length

  • 3 years full-time

    4 years full-time including a Foundation Year

    6 years part-time

Starts

  • September 2017

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