Psychology with Professional Placement (BSc)
4 years (full-time) / n/a (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)
Psychology is the systematic and scientific study of behaviour and experience. It has a wide range of applications from industry to commerce, education and health and social services. Cardiff School of Psychology is long established, well resourced, and has an excellent international reputation. As a Psychology student at Cardiff, you will be studying the subject very much from the scientific standpoint whilst meeting the challenges of understanding behaviour from social, cognitive and biological perspectives. Cardiff is one of only a few universities in the UK to offer a four year Psychology with Professional Placement degree programme, giving you the opportunity to gain relevant work experience in the field. Supported by enthusiastic lecturers from the UK’s leading research department, you will also be studying a degree programme that is accredited by the British Psychological Society.
|How to apply||www.cardiff.ac.uk/howtoapply|
|Accreditation||The degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society as conferring Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership.|
|Typical places available||The School admits 190 students each year to its undergraduate degree programmes.|
|Typical applications received||1,000|
|Scholarships & Bursaries||www.cardiff.ac.uk/scholarships|
|Typical A-level offer||AAA / A*AB - AAB|
|Admissions Tutors||Dr Marc Buehner, Dr Lewis Bott|
|Tel Number||029 2087 6707|
This is a four year long degree programme that is accredited by the British Psychological Society as conferring Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership. The third year of your degree will be spent in a professional placement approved by the School.
Level 4 of the degree occupies the autumn semester of the first year and is designed to help students make the transition from school to university level study. It consists of three modules. These modules will:
- introduce scientific thinking skills and use example research topics to help students learn the differences between good and bad science
- provide an overview of the main subject areas of psychology
- introduce the basics of research methodology through practicals and research design teaching.
Interactive seminars and tutorials form an important part of the course.
Level 5 occupies three semesters, starting in the spring of the first year. This level covers the main psychology areas in depth, combined with further teaching of research design and statistical analysis, practical work, and weekly tutorials.
You will spend your third year in a professional placement approved by the School, subject to availability. Students complete placements in diverse environments in the UK and overseas. These include prisons, hospitals, research units at other universities, rehabilitation clinics, counselling centres and industrial placements.
Level 6 is the final year. Here, students undertake a supervised research project that runs over two semesters. The research project is an opportunity to carry out an independent piece of research with individual supervision from a member of academic staff with expertise in the research area. In addition to the project, students at Level 6 complete a range of final year modules (commonly around six depending on whether the modules selected are single or double modules). The optionmodules offer the opportunity for deeper exploration of topics that are close to the research interests of staff. Typical Final Year Modules to choose from include:
- Stress and Disease
- Neuroscience of Learning and Memory
- Structural and Functional Neuroimaging
- Speech Communication
- The Development of Psychopathology and Criminality
- Attitudes and Attitude Change
- Work Psychology
- Animal Learning and Cognition
- Memory Processes and Memory Disorders
- Decision Making
- Vision and Action
- Environmental Psychology
- Emotion: Social and Neuroscience Perspectives
The School of Psychology is one of the largest and best departments in the UK. It is a stimulating and rewarding place to study. The School offers outstanding undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, informed by international, cutting-edge research, in a friendly and supportive environment.
All students have the chance to develop skills that will help advance their career prospects both inside and outside of Psychology. Students are active participants in our current research through projects, seminars, vacation schemes and online blogs. Students on professional placements benefit from strong collaborative research and teaching links with local hospitals, forensic psychiatric services and prisons.
The courses are taught through a wide range of media. Traditional lectures
are supplemented by video demonstrations, practicals and small group seminars
& discussion groups. These encourage and help students in presenting
arguments, setting out ideas and enhancing communication skills and analytical
competence. Practical work, conducted both in the laboratory and the field,
enables students to learn interviewing techniques, survey work, psychometric
testing and experimental skills. Personal contact with academic staff at
all levels is sustained by the extensive use of tutorials throughout the
degree programme. Each student is assigned a personal tutor, whose role
it is to provide academic advice and pastoral guidance throughout the degree
|Typical A-level Offer||
AAA/A*AB or AAB
If an applicant has studied one of the following subjects - Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics - the typical offer would be AAB. If a student has not taken any of these subjects, the typical offer would be AAA/A*AB. We do not accept General Studies as an A level.
In addition to this, at least a grade B GCSE is required for English Language or Welsh as a First Language and for Mathematics or Statistics. Psychology uses statistical methods which is why some basic knowledge and skill in mathematics is required.
|Typical WBQ Offer||In addition to a grade A in the core, AA or AB in 2 GCE A level subjects If a candidate has studied one of the following subjects — Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology, Mathematics, Physics — the typical offer would be A in the core and AB at A2 If a candidate has not taken any of these subjects, the typical offer would be A in the core and AA at A2. General Studies is not acceptable at AS or A level.|
|Typical Int Bacc Offer||36 points overall, with a minimum of 18 points at higher level.|
|Other||Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Please see detailed admissions and selection criteria for more information.|
A list of commonly accepted alternative entry qualifications and admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme can be read here.
The degree offered by the School prepares the way for a wide range of careers, and the record of employment for the School’s graduates is above the national average. In 2010, 64% of the Schools’ graduates were in employment within six months of graduation while a further 25% were engaged in further study.
Next intake: September each year
Name: Dr Marc Buehner
Telephone: 02920 870035