West Suffolk College
Three years full-time.
Four and a half to nine years part-time.
112 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).
Please see Entry Requirements below.
This course is delivered at the University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College in Bury St Edmunds.
Who am I and how do I live with others? The answer is in the link between our minds, our bodies, our selves, and other people. This is the central task of discovery involved in studying psychology and sociology. Contemporary Psychology is a scientific discipline dealing with human behaviour, cognition and action. In psychology you will explore and examine the interaction between mind and behaviour, the nature of the unconscious, the functioning of memory, individual behaviour in social situations, prejudice and altruism. Psychology at the University of Suffolk equips students with a thorough grounding in each of the major fields: social psychology, developmental psychology, biological psychology, and cognitive psychology. The focus of the teaching and learning of psychology is on allowing students to explore fundamental questions about human behaviour, while learning about the importance of research, evidence collection and adherence to ethical codes. Sociology is a subject that developed with the modern world and its key task is to analyse the changing nature of the social world with particular reference to recent developments. Sociology at the University fo Suffolk aims to equip students with the tools they need to understand the world they live in by developing relevant analytical and research skills. The aim of the sociology joint programme is to produce knowledgeable sociologists who can develop sociologically informed arguments. Sociology here is concerned with important classical and contemporary sociological debates in areas such as globalization, social stratification, gender and sexuality, technology, and sociological theory. It also offers students an increasingly specialist knowledge as theyprogress with their studies.
Applied Psychology and Sociology at the University of Suffolk offers:
A thorough grounding in the major fields within psychology
An emphasis upon research methods
Specialist modules to allow students to explore contemporary developments in psychology
A focus on contemporary changes to social life
A specialist theme of technology and society
An emphasis upon transferable research skills
For this course all modules are assessed and a range of assessment methods are used, including essays, reports, case studies, critiques, reviews and formal examinations. We try to keep the timetable for a full time student to be spread over 4 days throughout the degree course.
Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.
The Dissertation/Project for this joint combination should be registered as being interdisciplinary, i.e. in Applied Psychology and Sociology
In this module students will learn about theories of gender and the tenets of feminist theory in the first half of the module. Gender differences and the translation of difference into inequality will be addressed. Theory will be applied to a range of substantive areas including the private/public spheres, the body, media, post-feminism, gender identity, masculinity and class.
Sociology and Psychology graduates are found in a wide range of occupations. Many graduates are attracted to careers that centre on the challenges and demands that members of a society face. This leads to jobs in social services, education, criminal justice, welfare services, government, counselling, charities and the voluntary sector. They include charity fundraiser, community development worker, counsellor, lecturer, housing officer, teacher, probation officer, social researcher, social worker and welfare rights adviser. Psychology leads to careers in clinical, educational, research and teaching, occupational, counselling, neuro, sport and exercise, and forensic. During a sociology and psychology degree you will gain a broad knowledge in all of these areas . There are a range of specific abilities and skills associated with a degree in sociology and psychology but there are also wider transferable skills that you can develop.
These are also excellent places to go to if you are unsure which career paths are opened up by particular degree courses.
Fees and finance
- Full-time tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
- Part-time tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credits (Please contact the Infozone for further information)
- International tuition fee: £11,790 p.a.
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- At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for. See Course Costs.
If you have previously studied at higher education level before you may be able to transfer credits to a related course at the University of Suffolk and reduce the period of study time necessary to achieve your degree.