BSc

Psychology (with integrated year in industry)

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Key Facts

Code WF7F
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBC with B in any subject

  • Course Length

    4 Years

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Psychology - the study of the mind and behaviour - is a diverse and dynamic topic. Our Single honours, BPS-accredited Psychology degree with integrated year in industry is designed to develop and shape your understanding and provide you with skills that will enable you to continue to Psychology - the study of the mind and behaviour - is a diverse and dynamic topic. This enhanced degree programme, which is accredited by the BPS is designed to develop and shape your understanding and provide you with skills that will enable you to continue to study after graduation, or find employment straight away. You will work and engage with lecturers who use their significant experience, and their own research to create an inspiring learning environment in which you can develop your own thinking in safe and supportive department.

The department has outstanding teaching and research facilities dedicated to your course. The laboratories and dedicated research spaces provide you with a diverse array of facilities and equipment with which to explore. These resources allow you to develop your interests, and engage creative problem-solving techniques as you progress towards your graduation.  study after graduation, or find employment straight away. You will work and engage with lecturers who use their significant experience, and their own research to create an inspiring learning environment in which you can develop your own thinking in safe and supportive department.

Department of Psychology: 3rd in the UK with 96% student satisfaction (NSS 2017)

98% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 3% more than Psychology graduates nationally. (DLHE 2017)

  • Overview
  • Modules
  • Employability
  • Teaching & Learning

Overview

ACCA Accredited Programme

Why study Psychology with integrated year in industry at Aberystwyth University? 

  • Student Satisfaction
    At Aberystwyth, we work with students to help them become informed and curious thinkers. We use our teaching and research experience to inspire students giving them the skills and confidence to do whatever they wish to do in future. This is why, in 2017, the department was rated as “1st in Wales and 3rd in the UK for student satisfaction” (NSS, 2017). 
  • Equipping you for life
    All our degree schemes are designed with employability in mind and are accredited by the British Psychological Society – perfect for graduate-level careers or access to postgraduate training.  “98% of our graduates are in work or further study within 6 months of graduation” (DLHE, 2017). 
  • Friendly and Inclusive
    It is important for you to study in a supportive, student-focused environment. Our staff work hard to provide the guidance and encouragement you will need, which is why we ranked 1st for “Academic Support” across the UK (NSS, 2017). 
  • Exceptional Resources
    The department’s modern research facilities and outstanding student learning spaces are in addition to excellent central university facilities. These resources allow us provide you with an innovative approach to learning and teaching and helped us rank “2nd in the UK for Learning Resources” (NSS, 2017) 
  • Welsh Language
    If you are a Welsh-speaker you have the opportunity to continue part of your studies in Welsh. You’ll find bilingual staff in Psychology who will support you in your work, and who can guide your university experience in Welsh. 
  • This course is identical to its sister course C800, however you will have an additional year of funding to undertake your year industry. If you are unable to obtain a work placement, you can simply transfer to our three year sister programme. Students who take part in the year in industry will pay a discounted tuition fee, of which the information can be found here
Our Staff

Department of Psychology’s teaching staff are all research active and all permanent staff are qualified to PhD level with most having either a PGCTHE or are fellows/senior fellow of the higher education academy. Over half of the staff also have the qualification CPsychol; an indicator of the BPS’ highest standard of psychological knowledge and expertise.

Modules

Employability

Your year in industry:

In the 2016 Highflyers report, 32% of graduate vacancies are taken by those who have previously worked for a company on a placement or/ a internship.  Make no mistake, you will develop confidence and gaining experience in the industry will stimulate your enthusiasm for the subject. Our teaching and experience that we provide at Aberystwyth transforms tomorrow's workforce and this enhanced degree demonstrates our commitment to your future. This is illustrated by our recent employability figures where 98% of our graduates were in work or further study 6 months after graduation. This figure is 3% more than Psychology graduates nationally. These are just some of the reasons why we think the Year in Industry is valuable:

  • Apply the learning from your course to the work environment;
  • Make industry contacts;
  • Develop practical skills related to your area of study;
  • Apply your practical skills and technical knowledge after returning to study;
  • Enhance your CV and better prepare yourself for a job after graduating.

Students on this scheme should note that the department institute does not have automatic placements for every applicant. You will be responsible for finding securing the work experience, however, you will have the assistance of our institute Work Experience Coordinator and our dedicated careers advisor (Anna McAdam, anm43@aber.ac.uk). If you fail to find work experience you will be able to convert your course to the three-year version of your subject.

What career options are available to me? 

A degree in Psychology from Aberystwyth University will prepare you for a range of careers, and access to wide range of further training opportunities, including:

  • Clinical, Educational, Occupational, Sports and Exercise psychology
  • Psychotherapy and Counselling
  • Social Work
  • Health Care
  • Human Resources
  • Careers Advisory Service
  • Marketing, Publishing, Advertising

The skills you learn whilst studying here are highly sought after by employers and include:

  • Research and Data analysis skills
  • Effective problem-solving skills
  • The ability to work independently and present material clearly and effectively 
  • Time management and organisational skills
  • The ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner
  • Self-motivation and independence 
  • Teamwork and project management skills
  • Information technology skills

Teaching & Learning

What will I learn?

Psychology allows us insights into human behaviour. You will study the origins of the subject and how research has shaped and changed it and how it has developed into the modern science it is now. 

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the four year degree scheme.

During your first year, you may: 

  • discover modules which cover topics such as social and individual behaviour, psychobiology and cognition, and research methods and historical issues in psychology
In your second year, you may:
  • Tailor your degree to your interests and future career goals by choosing from our exciting range of specialist optional modules, such as: 
  • Health psychology
  • Psychology and Psychology of Counselling
  • Coaching and Mentoring 

In your third year you will undertake your work experience in an industry that is relative to this degree BSc Psychology.

In your final year you may: 

  • Forensic Counselling 
  • Drugs and Behaviour 
  • Psychology of Humor
  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • You may also will apply your research and analytical skills by completing a research dissertation on a topic of your own choosing, with support from your supervisor. 

How will I be taught? 

We deliver our courses through lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshops. We offer our students specialist laboratory facilities for research including eye trackers, a sound attenuated chamber, an EEG and biological measurements lab and a dedicated developmental laboratory. You will gain hands-on experience using the very latest equipment. 

Our modules are assessed in a number of ways which include examinations, presentations, essays and workshops. 

You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your degree to help you through any issues you may have and direct you to any opportunities. 

Our dynamic and enthusiastic staff are committed to a student focused approach to teaching, making your learning needs a priority in both what we teach and how we teach you. You can be confident that you will receive the best learning experience at the very forefront of the discipline. 

Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels BBC with B in any subject

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh, Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM

International Students

International Baccalaureate:
30 points overall

European Baccalaureate:
65% overall

Applicants are considered on their individual merits and offers can vary. For further information, please contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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