BSc

Psychology and Sociology

BSc Psychology and Sociology Code LC38

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Key Facts

LC38
  • UCAS Tariff

    96 - 120

  • Course Length

    3 Year

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The BSc Psychology and Sociology degree at Aberystwyth University will give you the opportunity to engage with psychological theory and research and explore how psychology is applied to real-world personal and social issues. The BSc Psychology and Sociology will also enable you to explore both personal and social nature of human experience from different perspectives. 

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

92% overall student satisfaction for the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences (NSS 2020).

Top 10 in the UK for the subject of Geography & Environmental Science (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

97% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 4% more than Physical Science graduates nationally, (HESA 2018*)

92% overall student satisfaction for the Department of Psychology (NSS 2020).

2nd in the UK for Teaching Quality for the subject of Psychology (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

96% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 1% more than Psychology graduates nationally (HESA 2018*)

Overview

Why study Psychology and Sociology? 

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.

The Department of Psychology 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.

The Psychology and Sociology elements of this degree will enable you to: 

  • be able to critically evaluate ideas, concepts and approaches across the whole of the subject and within particular branches of Psychology and Sociology 
  • be able to carry out independent research, applying a range of skills in relation to data collection, analysis and presentation; have developed a range of skills and be able to apply them to a variety of Psychological and Sociological issues
  • be able to recognise that your learning experience has been positively reinforced by exposure to research;
  • be able to evaluate your own performance in a range of learning contexts and under different modes of assessment
  • be able to work independently, in a team and with a social awareness of the contribution made by scholarship and applied research in their discipline to psychological and / or social policy
  • have the necessary skills and awareness to seek employment in a variety of professional careers or to begin postgraduate research and study.


Our Staff

Department of Geography and Earth Science: lecturers are all qualified to PhD level or working towards a PhD.

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

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Understanding (in)equality and (in)justice GS24220 20
Introduction to Social Theory GS25020 20
Social Psychology PS20220 20
Quantitative Research Methods PS21310 10
Qualitative Research Methods PS21410 10
Cognitive Psychology PS21820 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Geographical Perspectives on the Sustainable Society GS28910 10
Lleoli Gwleidyddiaeth DA23020 20
Placing Culture GS22920 20
Placing Politics GS23020 20

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Behavioural Neuroscience PS32120 20
Developmental Psychology PS34320 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Psychology Research Project for Joint Honours * PS34100
Psychology Research Project for Joint Honours * PS34120 20
Cenedlaetholdeb a chymdeithas DA32220 20
Landscapes of British Modernity GS36220 20
Urban Risk and Environmental Resilience GS37520 20
Geographies of Memory GS37920 20
Contemporary Global Migration GS39120 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Employability

The study of Psychology and Sociology provides a solid foundation for you to consider a wide range of careers including the media, social work, international development, community engagement, and the civil service to name a few.

Nowadays, employers are seeking graduates who possess various skills which include the ability to think analytically and laterally. Our Psychology and Sociology degree provides you with a breadth and flexibility of skills which is why Sociology graduates nationally are attractive to employers.

Psychology and Sociology graduates have progressed on to:

  • Criminology, the Police Force
  • Health and Social Care
  • Social Work
  • Social Policy (including public housing, social work, local government administration and the voluntary sector)
  • Management
  • Journalism
  • Public Relations
  • Teaching
  • Research.


Learning & Teaching

During your first year of your course, you will be introduced to the main concepts, themes and perspectives of Psychology and Sociology which include:

  • Key concepts and theoretical approaches that have been and are developing within sociology
  • Social and individual behaviour
  • Brain and cognition 
  • The relationships between individuals, groups and social structures
  • Historical issues in psychology 
  • Social Diversity and inequalities
  • The role of culturally organised processes in life
  • Processes underpinning social change
  • The distinctive character of Sociology in relation to other forms of understanding, such as its relation to other disciplines and to everyday explanations
  • The relationship between analysis of evidence and sociological arguments;

During your second and third year, the teaching will consider:

  • Core knowledge and understanding modules to develop your capacities relating to your first year modules
  • Your independent research project 
  • A range of qualitative, quantitative and digital data sources, research strategies and methods of data collection and analysis
  • The importance of ethical issues in all forms of sociological data collection, analysis and argumentation
  • Practical classes and fieldwork exercises.


Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 96 - 120

A Levels BBB-CCC

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh and Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-MMM

International Baccalaureate:
30-26

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall

The University welcomes applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma. Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits, and offers can vary. If you are studying a qualification not listed on this page, please get in touch with the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice. Details about the country-specific qualifications the University accepts can be found on our country-specific pages. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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