A deeper understanding
How do our brains work? Is our behavior influenced by our genes, our environment or both? Psychology gives you a fascinating insight into the factors that influence how people think, feel and behave. Forensic and investigative psychology is a fascinating specialist area, focused on criminal or deviant behavior.
Why Psychology at LSBU?
- Industry relevance – the course structure stems from best practice recommendations made by The British Psychological Society.
- Professional accreditation – the course is accredited by The British Psychological Society.
- Flexible learning – choose from a variety of modules in the final year to suit your particular interests.
- Dedicated facilities – our lab complex includes an eye-tracking facility and observation room.
We also offer a variety of specialist psychology degrees:
- BSc (Hons) Psychological Counseling
- BSc (Hons) Psychology (Addiction Psychology)
- BSc (Hons) Psychology (Child Development)
- BSc (Hons) Psychology (Clinical Psychology)
- BSc (Hons) Psychology (Health and Nutrition)
- BSc (Hons) Psychology (Sport Psychology)
Key course information - ordered by mode
||4.5, 6 years
This course integrates core areas of psychological knowledge, giving you a deep understanding of the subject. Taught with an applied focus, it will also help you apply your learning in the real world to make a difference in people's lives. Topics include:
- offender profiling
- interview techniques
- detecting deception
- psychology in the courtroom
- vulnerable witnesses and suspects
This course reflects your particular interest in forensic psychology. You'll follow the same programme as BSc (Hons) Psychology in the first and second years, but in the final year, you will specialize with a research project and a module in forensic or investigative psychology. There is also the opportunity to undertake an assessed placement during your third year in an area related to forensic or investigative psychology. Modules are 70% assessed by coursework.
To help you develop your employability, we’ll set you up at the start of the course with a Personal Development Plan (PDP) to monitor your progress and set study objectives and career goals. The plan includes a skills checklist, personal plan, CV and useful career information.
- Psychological research methods 1
- Introducing psychological approaches
- Introduction to forensic science
- Psychological research methods 2
- Exploring real-world psychology
- Exploring psychological approaches
- Psychological research methods 3
- The psychology of learning and memory
- The psychology of feelings
- Psychological research methods 4
- The psychology of behaviour with others
- The psychology of thinking and communication
- Empirical project
- Incident Investigation
Plus three options from:
- Professional placement in psychology
- Psychology of mental health
- Health psychology
- Development of brain and behaviour in infancy
- Psychology of inter -and intragroup processes
- Psychology of addictive behaviours
- Art, awareness and the brain
- Applied psychometrics
- Counselling psychology and psychotherapy
*Optional course modules are subject to change and your choice of modules may depend on the semester and their specialism.
Part-time students have the option of competing in four and a half years or six years. For the four-and-a-half-year version you'll complete four modules a year for four years, then the Project in Semester 1 of Year 5. For the six-year version you'll complete three modules a year for five and a half years, then the Project in Year 6.
As well as enhancing your understanding of human behaviour and thought processes, this course will help you become a more persuasive communicator - a desirable skill for employers.
With an accredited degree and an appropriate postgraduate qualification, you could go on to be a chartered psychologist in health, clinical, forensic, child and educational or occupational psychology. You’re also equipped for a career in counselling, teaching, the probation and courts services, market research, HR or business – there’s no such thing as a traditional career path for psychology graduates.
If you do go on to become a chartered psychologist, your everyday duties would vary depending on the speciality. An occupational psychologist works to maximise employee performance and increase job satisfaction; a clinical psychologist makes positive changes in clients’ lives.
Chartered Psychologists in the NHS can earn £25,500-£34,000 a year, rising to £40k+ with experience.
We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.
At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:
- An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
- Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
Teaching and learning
We use a range of assessment methods, and train you in these methods as you advance through your studies. The methods used are:
- Practical reports
- Unseen exams
- Multiple choice questions
- Scenario-based reports
- Case studies
- Executive reports
- Group work folders
Our impressive research record (over 90% of our publications were rated at the 'international' level in RAE 2008) means that teaching is informed by current, cutting-edge research, and because we have a focus on applied research, you can apply your learning to real-world settings.
We aim to support you throughout your studies in many ways. We provide one-to-one support via our professional tutoring system. Your tutor will help you understand coursework feedback, offer guidance as you plan your career, and advise you on work experience to ensure you get the most out of the course. Teaching is also supported through seminars, online learning environments and specialist advice sessions for topics such as statistics and research methods. In addition to the facilities provided by the university, the psychology laboratory has dedicated computing and experimental equipment.
As an undergraduate Applied Sciences student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU. The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.
Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University.
Your tutor should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.
You will have appointments with your professional tutor 3-4 times a year for 30 minutes throughout your course. Learning support hours will be advertised and available for you to book additional time with your tutor. If these are fully booked you can contact your tutor for additional support by email.
- A Level BBB or
- BTEC National Diploma DMM or
- Access to HE qualifications with 24 Distinctions and 21 Merits or
- Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 120 UCAS points.
- Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).
- We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.
All modules are subject to change by the university and may differ from the modules you are offered during your studies.
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