“The purpose of psychology is to give us a completely different idea of the things we know best.” – Paul Valéry

If you are interested in the elements of the brain and behaviour, then this could be the course for you. The main aims of the course are to develop knowledge and understanding of psychological approaches and practices, and to be able to apply these skills in different psychological contexts.

You will gain a broad knowledge base of psychology, develop valuable research skills and learn about topical issues and applications. This knowledge and skills will be essential for success in employment in your industry sector. The course will also enhance your professional and personal skills.

BPS accreditation subject to approval.

Openshaw Campus
Full Time
3 years
September 2020
Awarding Partner:
Sheffield Hallam University

• Students that have passed a recognised Access programme will also be considered

• GCSE English Language and Mathematics A* to C or 9 to 4 where numeric grades are being awarded

• 80 UCAS tariff points from A2 or BTEC diploma in a relevant subject
Mature applicants (aged 21 or over) who are able to demonstrate relevant skills or knowledge gained in employment or vocational activity will be considered and may be invited to interview.

Contemporary Issues (20 credits)

Developmental Psychology (20 credits)

Individual Differences (20 credits)

Practice Based Research (20 credits)

Psychology of Crime (20 credits)

Year 1: History of Psychology (20 credits)
The aim of this module is to provide students with an introduction to the history of psychology, its roots in philosophy and how it has developed in to the scientific discipline it is today.

Year 1: Introduction to Biopsychology (20 credits)
The primary aim of this module is to introduce students to the fundamental mechanisms underlying the brain and behaviour relationship. Students will develop a basic foundation of knowledge concerning neuroscience and biological perspectives on psychology. A range of theories and research methods that has advanced our knowledge in neuroscience and physiology of behaviour will be covered.

Year 1: Introduction to Cognitive Psychology (20 credits)
The primary aim of this module is to introduce students to the major topics within cognitive psychology; such as perception, attention, language and memory. The module will cover key theoretical explanations that have been put forward for human cognitive processes. Students will explore and evaluate the methods and research carried out into cognitive processes.

Year 1: Introduction to Development and Social Psychology (20 credits)
Developmental Psychology focuses on the development of individuals across their lifespan. Social Psychology looks at individual behaviour when influenced by other people and social contexts. This module aims to introduce students to the concepts, theories and research of both Developmental and Social Psychology and will examine the human lifespan from infancy to older age.

Year 1: Introduction to Research Methods and Practical Investigations in Psychology (20 credits)
The main aim of this module is to provide an introduction to research methodology in psychology. This module will enable learners to develop their research skills in order to conduct both qualitative and quantitative psychological research. Learners will develop an understanding of the core principles involved in psychological research including study designs, ethical considerations, data analysis and academic report writing.

Year 1: Professional and Academic Development (20 credits)
This unit will support student transition to graduate level study and professional careers. It will focus on developing and re-enforcing critical, analytical, academic and linguistic skills and preparing Students vocationally by enhancing their knowledge and skills to inform existing or potential professional careers. The unit will support students in developing employability skills and aid them in developing their professionalism in relation to their subject area.

Year 1: Psychopathology (20 credits)
Carlson, Neil R. (2000) Psychology: the science of behaviour
Eysenck, Michael W. (2013) Simply psychology
Giles, B. (2002) History of psychology
Carlson, Neil R. (2008) Foundations of physiological psychology
Garrett, B. (2009) Brain & behaviour: an introduction to biological psychology
Kalat, James W. (2001) Biological psychology
Anderson, John R. (2000) Cognitive psychology and its implications
Baddeley, A. (2004) Your memory
Baddeley, A. (1997) Human memory: theory and practice
You will complete two or three assessments for each module which will be submitted over four assessment periods throughout the year. Methods will include:

• Individual report
• Group presentation
• Group project
• Individual presentation
• Essays
• Exams
With our strong focus on employability our Psychology graduates will have many employment opportunities due to the transferable skills gained on the degree programme. For example, human resources, market research, media, business and management careers.

Another option would be to complete a professional qualification awarded by the professional bodies. If you wish to advance into a specialist Psychology career pathway, including Clinical Psychology, counselling, Educational Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Health Psychology and Occupational Psychology, this degree will allow you to progress for further study for postgraduate qualifications.

There are two main costs you will have whilst studying and if you are a home student studying on a full-time course, you can apply for student finance to cover both of these:

 Your tuition fees for each year of your course.
 Help with your living costs e.g. rent, food, clothing, course materials, entertainment.

You can find more details, including the actual tuition fee charged on our Fees, Funding and Finance Page.

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All of the books required for the course are available from the library. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents.

Campus printing costs start from 5p per page.

Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.

All students are subject to UCEN Manchester’s Terms and Conditions from the date they accept an offer to study here, full details of which can be found here. The UCEN Manchester Admissions Policy and Procedure can be found here.

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