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BSc (Hons) Psychology with Clinical Approaches

UCAS CODE: PCA1
TARIFF: 104 - 128
  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Three Years
  • Start Date: September 2022

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The human experience is complex, and psychology is the study of that experience we all share. Studying Psychology with Clinical Approaches at Buckinghamshire New University gives you a scientific understanding of the brain, the body and your environment.
Your abilities will be in more demand than ever before. You will learn from passionate lecturers who will encourage you to grow personally and professionally.
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We understand that when it comes to deciding where you’d like to study, there are a lot of things to consider. Come along to our Open Day and discover why BNU could be the place for you. You can find out more about your course, meet the course team, and get all your questions answered.

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For everything you need to know about applying, check out our Application Guide. You can find useful information for each stage of your application journey – from before you even apply to what to do if you receive an offer, and everything in between.   

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At BNU, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why we’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities through our SU – all to enrich your university experience.

Why study this subject?

Understanding of the brain will empower you to aid yourself, others and the community. Your abilities will be in more demand than ever before. In a changing world, study something we all share; the human experience.

A degree in psychology can enable you to work in any psychology related role. Psychology can also be used for marketing, behavioural analysis, market research, advertising, sales and more. You’ll be able to understand a range of issues affecting the world, using your knowledge of behaviour, experience, emotion and scientific analysis. Understanding the cause of your action can help you to develop personally.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

At Buckinghamshire New University (BNU), you’ll become part of a community of likeminded people. You’ll learn from passionate lecturers with professional experience.

Our student-first approach means our staff and students want to help you, and at BNU you can make lifelong friends. Our dedicated lecturers support you in gaining the skills you need. You can expect a friendly and helpful community of staff and students at BNU which will encourage you to learn and grow.

We focus on providing courses with professional accreditation, to ensure the competitiveness of our graduates within the profession. Our students are important to us, which is why our lecturers are invested in your learning from day one. BNU also focuses on providing support if you enter a different field of psychology at the end of your course.

You’ll join a community that encourages you to develop, that wants the best for you, and wants you to challenge perceptions. We pride ourselves on teaching practical skills, meaning you'll leave us feeling confident and prepared for your future. Our hands-on approach will give you a sense of what it’s really like to work in the world of psychology, in whatever career you choose.

What facilities can I use?

We encourage you to make use of our facilities to test your theories and build as much experience as you can. As part of your studies, you will take part in laboratory and computing workshops and gain experience of industry standard software used by scientists in the presentation of research data. These rooms can also be booked in your spare time when they are not being used.

You can use our state-of-the-art observation laboratory to engage in the measurement of psycho-physiological responses using Biopac©. You’ll be able to measure the activity of the cardiovascular system, brain, autonomic nervous system and more. You’ll also have access to Tobii eye tracking equipment and HTC Vive, a virtual reality software, meaning you can push the boundaries and get creative with your research ideas.

Our library is packed with all the information you need for your assessments – you’ll have access to hundreds of specialist books, articles and online journals. Not to mention there’s plenty of room to knuckle down for some quiet study time.

We’ll also sign you up to our Virtual Learning Environment which means you’ll have access to lots of online resources wherever you are!

What will I study?

On our BSc (Hons) Psychology with Clinical Approaches, we will teach both subject specific and general psychology, enabling you to enter a career in clinical settings, clinical psychology or related fields (e.g. counselling, psychotherapy).

On this course, you will be taught research methodology which means you could pursue postgraduate research based study or join professions such as: Strategic Researcher, Behavioural Analyst and more.

You’ll be allocated a Personal Tutor who will support your academic development, guide you with your studies and, where necessary, give advice on study options.

We will equip you with a solid foundation on the use of psychology and a range of influences on psychological functioning. You’ll be able to understand the scientific reasoning of several specialised areas, and applications of psychology and clinical psychology. We will also help you gain the skills and knowledge to recognise meaningful patterns in behaviour and evaluate their significance, develop the knowledge and skills required to work with client groups, for example vulnerable groups, and to understand the impact of diversity on the therapeutic relationship.

We will encourage you to examine psychological theory and apply it to human behaviour. Throughout the course you can share your thoughts on the theory, and you will be able to choose optional modules such as educational, business, victimology, investigative, health and other types of psychology to further your knowledge.

On this course, you’ll gain a scientific understanding of the brain, the body and the environment in order to understand emotion, affect and behaviour, and the complex interactions between them, and use this knowledge in clinical psychology settings. We will also help you to develop the ability to use appropriate research methods in the acquisition and interpretation of empirical data.

How will I be taught and assessed?

Our psychology students are supported by our staff and lecturers, and you are empowered to lead and inspire each other, using our facilities to test your ideas doing group work.

You’ll take part in workshops which are based upon the work social scientists do in a day to day basis, with all the equipment and encouragement you need to succeed and demonstrate real experience in data analysis. We will encourage you to: initiate, design, conduct and report on an empirically-based research project and recognise its theoretical, practical and methodological implications.

Lecturers will work with you to help prepare you for your examinations and you’ll be given support throughout the assessment process. Some of the ways you will be assessed include:

  • time constrained assignments
  • poster presentations, oral presentations, seminar presentations
  • examinations, essays, laboratory and research reports
  • reflective accounts and empirical dissertations.

Placement plus

BNU is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.

We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.

Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student, to increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.

Useful documents

BSc Psychology with Clinical Approaches Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 104 - 128

For this course, you'll need at least two A-levels and a GCSE Maths and English at grade C/4.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year; find out more.

Modules

This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules

Foundations of Psychology

Preparing for Success Knowledge and Creativity

Preparing for Success Self-development and Responsibility

Inquiry Based Learning

Year 2 Modules

Intro to Clinical Psychology

Understanding Mental Health

Intro to Developmental and Social Psychology

Intro to Biological and Cognitive Psychology

Psychological Research Methods

Intro to Cross Disciplinary Psychology

Approaches in Therapeutic Traditions

Year 3 Modules

Clinical Psychology Challenges: Ethics & Risk

Developmental Psychology

Biopsychology

Quantitative Research Methods in Psychology

Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology

Cognitive Processes in Psychology

Counselling Skills and the Therapeutic Process

What are the tuition fees

Home

Home and EU, Academic Year 2021 - 2022

£9,250 per year

International

International, Academic Year 2021 - 2022

£14,250 per year

The University is unable to accept any new applications from students who require sponsorship for a student visa to start in September 2022. This is due to the overwhelming popularity of our courses and visa processing timeframes.  Applications are still being taken from students who are already in the UK and hold the right to study.

From September 2022, those students living in the UK or Republic of Ireland, and EU nationals with settled status in the UK, will be considered Home students.

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023

advice@bucks.ac.uk

What are my career prospects?

We see your journey with us as much more than a degree, we are committed to supporting you to carve out the route to your chosen career and life beyond university. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good business leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.

The course will help prepare you for a career in any of the applied psychology professions in addition to any career in clinical settings, clinical psychology or related fields (e.g. counselling, psychotherapy).

The course is designed to inspire and facilitate the development of a variety of desirably transferable skills that will enhance employability in any future career, particularly those dealing with people. The thorough grounding in research methods and empirical psychology will also confer suitability for the pursuit of research-based postgraduate study and many analytically focused professions (e.g. Strategic Researcher, Behavioural Analyst).