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Psychology

BSc (Hons)

Key facts


UCAS code

C800

Start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Location

Headington

Course length

Full time: 3 years

Part time: up to 6 years

Department

Department of Psychology, Health and Professional Development

Accreditation(s)

Accredited by the British Psychological Society

UCAS Tariff Points

120

  • The British Psychological Society

Overview


Psychology is the scientific study of human behaviour and experience. On our Psychology course you will explore topics from the highly practical to the deeply philosophical. You'll use methods from high-tech and hands-on to theoretical and introspective. 

You will:

  • study everyday and clinically diagnosable behaviours
  • gain an in-depth understanding of the complex interactions between brain, behaviour and experience.

You will become equipped with interpersonal, practical, and analytical skills. These are indispensable for any career, within or outside of psychology.
  
Our teaching is inspired by our staff’s excellent research. 95% of our research is of internationally recognised standard (Research Excellence Framework 2014). You can contribute to cutting-edge professional research by helping staff with their research projects.
 
Our students go on to have great careers. They earn more on average than psychology graduates from other universities (Department for Education report 2018).

How to apply


Typical offers

UCAS Tariff Points: 120

A Level: BBB

IB Points: 31

BTEC: DDM

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. This combination of A-level grades would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

Other typical offers include:

  • AB at A-level and BB at AS-level
  • vocational A-levels at equivalent grades.

For combined honours, normally the offer will lie between the offers quoted for each subject.

Other academic qualifications that fulfil the entry requirements include:

  • a recognised foundation or access course
  • European Baccalaureate.

Further EU qualifications are also accepted; for more details please contact the admissions office.

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: 3 GCSEs at Grade 4 (C) to include English Language and Mathematics at Grade 5 (B)

  • Applicants with a GCSE Mathematics grade C will also be considered if they have, or are predicted to achieve, a grade A or B in A-level Psychology.
  • If you are over 21 years old and you do not have these qualifications, you should contact the admissions office to discuss your application.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

If English is your second language, you must be able to demonstrate that your level of English is of a sufficient standard (IELTS 6.0 or equivalent).

Please also see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences

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English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

Pathways courses for international and EU students

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.

If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Many of our courses consider applications for entry with credit for prior learning. Each application is individually assessed by our credit entry tutors. 

If you would like more information about whether or not you may be eligible for the award of credit, for example from an HND, partly-completed degree or foundation degree, please contact our Admissions team.

We operate the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Application process

Full time Home / EU applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home / EU applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees


Please see the fees note
Home/EU full time
£9,250

Home/EU part time
£750 per single module

International full time
£13,410

Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time
£13,900

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


2019/20
Home/EU full time
£9,250

Home/EU part time
£750 per single module

International full time
£13,410

2020/21
Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time
£13,900

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

Many modules included a recommended textbook. All recommended textbooks can be found in the library, however many students find it easier to buy their own copy. Textbook costs will vary dependent on which modules you take, as well as whether you buy the books new or second-hand.

Learning and assessment


In Year 1 you will study seven basic modules. These introduce you to key areas of psychology and psychology research in context.

In Year 2 your modules give you further skills in data collection and analysis. And provide the core knowledge needed for British Psychological Society accreditation.

In Year 3 you will apply the knowledge gained in the first two years, and design and undertake your own research project. A range of optional modules, that reflect the cutting-edge research knowledge of our varied staff members, are also available. These allow you to choose modules that reflect your own interests.

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Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

An introduction to Psychological Research

Foundations of Biological Psychology

Foundations of Cognitive Psychology

Foundations of Developmental Psychology

Foundations of Social Psychology

Optional modules

Contemporary Issues in Psychology

Influential Papers in Psychology

You can also choose from a selection of modules from other subject areas, subject to availability.

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Advanced Statistics and Experimental Methods for Psychology

Social Psychology

Developmental Psychology

Cognitive Psychology

Biological Psychology

Personality and Individual Differences

Qualitative Methods for Psychology (Honours)

Optional modules

Questionnaire Design for Psychology

You can also choose from a selection of modules from other subject areas, subject to availability.

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Psychology Project

Explanatory Concepts

Optional modules

Psychology of Mental Health Conditions

Psychological Interventions

Understanding Developmental Disorders

Topics in Cognition

Topics in Developmental Psychology

Topics in Social Psychology

Cross-cultural Perspective in Psychology

You can also choose from a selection of modules from other subject areas, subject to availability.

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

The very latest academic thinking will inspire your learning. The integration of research and teaching is an essential part of the programme, with tutors teaching topics which they research.

Our undergraduate modules include a range of teaching and learning formats. These include: 

  • lectures
  • seminars 
  • discussion sessions
  • small group tutorial sessions
  • independent work 
  • one-to-one tutorial supervision.

You will also have the opportunity to:

  • take part in staff research from Year 1
  • carry out your own research-based “Psychology Project” in the final year.

Our small group tutorial system supports your transition to university level study. Seminar and tutorial groups also support your optional modules and project during your final year.

  • Lectures and seminars
  • Placement
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.)

Year 1

  • Lectures and seminars - 23%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 77%

Year 2

  • Lectures and seminars - 18%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 82%

Year 3

  • Lectures and seminars - 12%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 88%

Learning and teaching percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.

Assessment

Assessment methods used on this course

Assessment is by coursework and examination. Coursework includes: 

  • essays
  • portfolios
  • individual and group presentations
  • IT exercises
  • in-class tests.

Some modules are assessed only by exams, while others are assessed only by coursework. We do this to: 

  • use a range of assessment methods spread evenly across modules to assess the entire course learning outcomes
  • use formative (developmental) and summative (focussed on overall outcome) assessment methods to introduce variety and lighten student workloads
  • achieve balance of workloads between modules.

Transparent and detailed marking criteria are provided as assessment is an important part of your learning experience.

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams

Year 1

  • Written exams - 44%
  • Coursework - 56%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Year 2

  • Written exams - 25%
  • Coursework - 75%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Year 3

  • Written exams - 12%
  • Coursework - 88%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Assessment method percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.

Study Abroad


You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.

After you graduate


Career prospects

Many of our students take up careers in educational, occupational or clinical psychology, or in academic research after further training. However, as approximately 75% of psychology graduates choose to work in other related sectors, it’s important that a psychology degree prepares students for the wider world of work. The nature of our psychology degree is such that our graduates develop crucial skills, both academic and practical, that equips them for a variety of careers involving human/social areas. These include areas such as advertising, teaching, sales, consumer market research, public relations, media planning, human resources and recruitment, business development, health care and counselling to name just a few.

Careers talks take place in the department and throughout the University and our students are successful at finding gainful employment - five years after graduation Oxford Brookes graduates earn on average £1,416 more than other British psychology graduates (Department for Education report 2018).

The British Psychological Society has details of the many and varied careers that a degree in psychology can open up for you. There you will also find details on the route to becoming a chartered psychologist.

As a psychology student at Oxford Brookes you will gain expertise in your field, and also develop a set of skills to help you stand out from the crowd, including the ability to:

  • be an independent worker and researcher
  • use critical analysis and creative thinking
  • keep in step with the latest developments
  • use problem solving and numeracy skills
  • become confident in presentation and public speaking - students who conduct the best projects regularly present their work at national and regional British Psychological Society conferences
  • contribute to teamwork
  • develop networking opportunities
  • refine your writing abilities.

Further study

Many of our graduates choose to continue their studies at either master's or PhD level. 

Our Staff


Dr Nayeli Gonzalez-Gomez

My research focuses on understanding the roots of language acquisition, by exploring speech perception in infancy. I’m interested on infants’ capacity to learn phonological properties that occur in their native language, the mechanisms by which these native properties are acquired, and how prior knowledge about these properties supports later lexical acquisition, such as word segmentation and early word learning.

Read more about Nayeli

Free language courses


Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

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