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BSc (Hons) Psychology

  • Study Mode: Part Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Six Years
  • Start Date: September 2023

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Do you want to be taught by experienced Psychologists who love what they teach, have extensive experience and help you move forward with your dream career? You’ll have that and more as you uncover the depths of the human mind at Buckinghamshire New University.
Our BSc (Hons) Psychology programme is accredited by The British Psychological Society (BPS) and is a recognised qualification by employers throughout the country. Upon graduation, you’ll be eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) and from there you can take steps towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.
The teaching staff are amazing, each module has someone that specialises in the topic area. I have always loved psychology and the further along the course, the more freedom there is. The option to choose modules in the last year also lets me study exactly what I love. Also the smaller number of students means there is always one-to-one support and guidance from teachers.
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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.

Pathways

Our Psychology programme gives you the opportunity to choose your specialism for your future career after your experience of the core curriculum in year one. Rather than having to make your big career decision before you join us, we introduce you to various specialisms and offer you the flexibility to choose the pathway which leads to your chosen career.

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BSc (Hons) Psychology

What will I study on this pathway?

This is the core psychology programme which will enable you to gain knowledge of all the various disciplines of psychology without choosing to specialize in any one area. This pathway focuses on research methods, behaviour, cause and effect. You’ll get the chance to understand your personality and how learning can be applied for beneficial effects. You’ll also get to grips with the necessary framework needed to practice psychology at a higher and more professional level.  

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BSc (Hons) Counselling Psychology

What will I study on this pathway?

Our Counselling Psychology course will be of interest to you if you’re considering a career in counselling. There is a range of modules to choose from, together with ongoing support from our specialist teaching staff. You’ll learn about Biopsychology, Personality, Social, Cognitive and Developmental Psychology. You will gain the opportunity to study important practical elements too, learning from experts in the field and people already working in counselling.

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BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology

What will I study on this pathway?

Forensic science has addressed the need for scientific specialties within the investigation and prosecution of crime. At the heart of every major case is evidence, and Forensics are an essential part of uncovering the full story. As someone who works in Forensics, you are interested in the facts, and you extract them from the background noise with precision, care and skill. You will build up your analytical mind, able to recognize patterns and inconsistencies and communicate this in reports.

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BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Psychology

What will I study on this pathway?

Over the course of this pathway, you’ll study modules like Biological and Cognitive Psychology, Developmental and Social Psychology, Emotion as well as Historical and Conceptual issues in Sports Psychology. At BNU, we offer a wide range of psychology and sports modules. Through our partnerships with both the sports and psychology teaching departments, you’ll have a great community of like-minded students and lecturers to work with.

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BSc (Hons) Psychology & Criminology

What will I study on this pathway?

Our Psychology and Criminology course sheds light on the contexts in which crime and social life are discussed. Having criminology as a secondary discipline brings a sociological perspective on crime to core areas of psychology. You’ll get to know the psychological reasons behind crime and learn about the criminal justice system. You’ll develop your analytical mind, understand human motivation and nurture your own curiosity. 

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BSc (Hons) Psychological Studies

What will I study on this pathway?

This pathway is designed to give you an understanding of the process of psychological research and contemporary methodology in research and studies within psychology. You can expect to build a deep understanding of yourself and our societies, develop your analytical mind, help lift the veil on mental health, the mind and the brain through active research. Through the study of this pathway, you can go on to practice Psychology as a scientist, analyst, researcher, commentator, advisor or as a clinician.

Why study this subject?

Whether you’re simply fascinated by Psychology, or you have your sights set on becoming a Psychologist, gaining a Psychology degree is a great choice. A Psychology degree gives you a strong foundation for a variety of careers, utilising your knowledge of human behavior and societal trends.   

A Psychology degree helps you gain an understanding of the root cause of behaviours, thoughts and emotions and explain them within the scope of scientific theory. You can expect to build a deep understanding of yourself and our societies, develop your analytical mind, nurture your curiosity and understand communication and relationships.

If you choose to become chartered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) you can go on to practice Psychology as a scientist, analyst, researcher, commentator, advisor or as a clinician. Psychology is a wide field, and there is a lot of paths to choose from. Psychology crosses over with medical science, clinical practice, business and more.

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Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

At Buckinghamshire New University (BNU) you’ll know what it means to improve the mental health, wellbeing and performance of those around you. We want you to ask questions of us, develop your core skills, build your analytical mind, and more. When you graduate from BNU you will be inspired, empowered, confident. You will have gained a good grounding in those fields of Psychology which excite you, inspire you, and motivate you to push boundaries.

You’ll grow organically and authentically as a professional and discover how choosing to study at BNU means gaining a welcoming community, lifelong friends and expert tutors who are actively engaged in your needs. We are home to an incredibly passionate community of Psychology lecturers and Social Science students, and it shows.

Studying at BNU means you can take advantage of the specialist facilities our professional psychologists use day to day, including virtual reality facilities, laboratory facilities containing equipment that tracks eye movement, emotions and communication, brain activity and more.

Our hands-on pragmatic approach to learning is designed to impart onto you the practical skills to excel and experiment, developing your own theories and knowledge of what it’s like to push the boundaries of Psychological research, whether this is based within the fields of medical science, business or society.

Our students can go on to take roles such as: clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, counsellor, therapist, nurse and other mental health professions, as well as careers in marketing and advertisement.

What facilities can I use?

On our BSc (Hons) Psychology degree, you will benefit from hands-on learning, using our state-of-the-art facilities.

In our laboratory and computing workshops, you’ll use software and equipment that social scientists use in the field to present research data. You will use industry standard equipment as part of this programme to build your own experience on a range of professionally recognizable equipment.

You can use our observation laboratory for the measurement of psycho-physiological responses using Biopac© as well as the activity of the cardiovascular system, brain, autonomic nervous system and more. Our Tobii eye tracking equipment and HTC Vive, a virtual reality software tests what happens when conditions change, and the brain reacts.

The facilities at BNU are always here for the student first, and we have heavily invested in them with the goal of providing the best space for your own theories, ideas and experiments. We want you to use them to push your skills and gain all the experience you feel you need to go on and get a job.  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! The VLE is an additional online learning platform that supplements your core degree content.

 

What will I study?

As part of BPS accreditation, you will study a core of psychology which is designed to set you up with the foundational knowledge needed in the profession. Some of the optional modules we provide in the course are tailored to give you a pathway into several popular psychology careers.

You can approach this course with the intention of specialising in a specific career or to get a general feel and choose to specialise with postgraduate study or go straight into work with the knowledge you gained on this degree course.

The course covers many aspects of psychology and explores the complex interactions between individuals, society and biology. The factors that influence our psychological understanding are best explored through analytical research, scientific experimentation, data analysis and lab work, which you’ll undertake with the guidance of our experienced lecturers.

During your time at BNU, you get to study fascinating subjects like developmental psychology, cognitive processes, biological psychology, positive psychology, business psychology, social psychology, criminological and forensic psychology and the historical issues which have helped or hindered the progress of psychology.

Our course will also give you the skills and awareness to tackle the issue of mental health and wellbeing within society. We’ll give you the opportunity to discuss the place of psychologists in our world and explore our ethical and social responsibilities. You will get to grips with how to run your own experiments through our research skills and methodology modules, and the process of implanting and applying these theories within psychology.

You will get the chance to study modules which give you an introduction to personality, research methods, developmental psychology and cross disciplinary psychology. You’ll get the chance to understand your personality and how learning can be applied for beneficial effects. You’ll get to grips with the necessary framework needed to practice psychology at a higher and more professional level.  

You’ll continue to develop your understanding of personality, and dive into the complexities of human behaviour as you progress in the course. In addition, there will be modules exploring cognitive processes, conceptual problems, biopsychology and developmental psychology at a higher level.

In your final year, you’ll have the opportunity to deep dive into a specialist area you’re passionate about by completing an empirical dissertation. With the support and guidance of your personal tutor, along with the facilities available to you here at BNU, the possibilities for this project are endless – this is your time to shine and show off what you know to prospective employers.

I have always loved psychology and the further along the course, the more freedom there is. The option to choose modules in the last year also lets me study exactly what I love. The facilities are really great; the library and other course-related facilities are super accessible to students.
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How will I be taught and assessed?

This British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited programme is designed to enable you to combine studying the core of psychology with a choice of branching into other applied and theoretical areas. Psychology is a broad and fascinating discipline, and the programme will provide you with a scientific understanding of this diverse topic, from the ‘hidden’ aspects of human behaviour (i.e. how our brain and biological mechanisms support different functions), to those we see in everyday life (e.g. social phenomena such as crime or relationships).

This interaction between the brain, body, and the environment is at the very heart of what you study with us at Buckinghamshire New University.  

Our BSc (Hons) Psychology programme is accredited by The British Psychological Society (BPS) and is a recognized accreditation by employers throughout the country. Upon graduation, you’ll be eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) and from there you can take steps towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist, which is a highly desired accreditation.

BSc Psychology Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

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

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.

This course has Opportunity modules.

Opportunity modules are a key part of the BNU curriculum. You’ll choose modules in both your first and second year from a broad selection in areas such as sustainability, entrepreneurship, creativity, digital skills, personal growth, civic engagement, health & wellbeing and employment. Opportunity modules are designed to enable you to develop outside the traditional boundaries of your discipline and help you to further stand out from the crowd to future employers. Find out more.

BSc (Hons) Psychology
BSc (Hons) Counselling Psychology
BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Psychology
BSc (Hons) Psychology and Criminology
BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology
BSc (Hons) Psychological Studies

What are the tuition fees

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£5,100 per year

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@bnu.ac.uk

What are my career prospects?

Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.

With such a strong academic grounding, as well as the transferrable skills you’ll develop along the way, you are well-placed to succeed wherever you go.

There are many options to explore with your BSc (Hons) Psychology degree; it’s the first step to starting postgraduate study in a more focused area like clinical, educational, forensic, counselling, health, cognitive neuropsychology and sports psychology (to name a few). Or perhaps you’d prefer to dive right into the world of work and explore a career in health, education, local government or the infinite possibilities available to you in the private and public sector.

Graduates can choose to continue their studies at Buckinghamshire New University and study a postgraduate programme, such as our MSc Applied Positive PsychologyMSc Mental Health and Wellbeing in Education, or even the MSc Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

There are numerous opportunities which your degree could help to open. Our graduates have gone on to successful careers in psychology, clinical psychology, forensic psychology, therapy, nursing, and private and public businesses.

 

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