Purpose

This exciting Foundation Degree, delivered in partnership with Plymouth University, builds on the outstanding performance of our Psychology A Level which ranks among the best in the country for student progress due to the expertise of our highly qualified tutors.

With a focus on human interaction and thought processes, studying Psychology offers opportunities in diverse roles required by many businesses, including personnel, marketing and resources management, as well as more traditional careers in the health and personal care sectors. Psychology students are also sought by technology companies wanting to understand the way we engage with each other in society.

Many Psychology students are inspired to continue their studies to a higher level. This Foundation Degree will ensure that you are fully prepared to progress further to a full Honours Degree or later, to a Masters Degree to gain official recognition from the British Psychological Society.

Length of study

You can study this course full-time over two years, attending college two days each week, or part-time over four years. You can also study individual modules.

Course content

Likely areas of study are set out below.

Year 1, Level 4:

  • Successful Study for Degree Level Psychology
  • Introductory Psychology: Research Methods, History and Philosophies of Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology and Psychology of Learning
  • Introduction to Psychological Research Methods
  • Biological and Cognitive Psychology
  • Social Psychology and Individual Differences

Year 2, Level 5:

  • Research Methods
  • Contemporary Topics in Biological and Cognitive Psychology
  • Contemporary Topics in Developmental Psychology and the Psychology of Learning
  • Applied Topics in Health and Positive Psychology
  • Conducting Psychological Research
  • Contemporary Topics in Social Psychology and Clinical Psychology
Develop your skills in particular aspects of everyday practice, including opportunities to engage with professionals working in different fields of Psychology.

Develop your skills in particular aspects of everyday practice, including opportunities to engage with professionals working in different fields of Psychology.

Enrichment opportunities

There will be opportunities to take part in activities and visits that enhance your understanding of Psychology and develop your skills in particular aspects of everyday practice, including opportunities to engage with professionals working in different fields of Psychology. Costs for trips are additional to course fees.

Advice on work placements and career guidance will be available.

Employer support

The Psychology programme has been developed in consultation with a variety of local businesses reflecting the wide range of employment opportunities available. From small organisations offering counselling and personal support to human resources departments in major companies; from care homes to clinical provision in large hospitals. Ongoing partnerships with employers have been developed to provide opportunities to enhance your studies through visits, talks and project work.

There will be opportunities to take part in activities and visits that enhance your understanding of Psychology

There will be opportunities to take part in activities and visits that enhance your understanding of Psychology

Assessment

The course is assessed by a combination of coursework and examination. The awarding body is Plymouth University.

Staffing

Programme Manager:

  • Tessa Podpadec PhD, BSc (Hons)

Module Leader:

  • Lauren Richards BSoc Sci (Cape Town), Cert Ed

Tuition fee

The full-time fee is £6,750 per year. See the HE Tuition fees page for part-time fees. Trips and visits are not mandatory; additional costs will apply.

You may be eligible for a student loan, or your employer may wish to support you on this programme.

Higher Education Loans

For this course you can apply for an Higher Education student tuition fee loan. See below 'Financial support and loans'.

No concessions

For this course we are unable to offer any fee discounts – see below 'Fees and finances'.

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