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BA (Hons) Applied Psychology and Sociology

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UCAS code: 
LC39
Institution code: 
S82
Location: 
West Suffolk College

Duration: 

Three years full-time.

Four and a half to nine years part-time.

Typical Offer: 

112 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).

 

This course is delivered at the University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College in Bury St Edmunds.

Introduction

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.

Course modules

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.

Introduction to Applied Psychology
Psychology in Action
Psychology and Society
Introduction to Applied Sociology
Contemporary Social Inequalities
Making Sense of Modernity
Methodology for Social Science: Applied Psychology (Mandatory)
Criminality, Psychopathology and Deviance (Optional)
Cyber Psychology (Optional)
Methodology for Social Science: Applied Sociology (Mandatory)
Theorising Social Life (Optional)
Understanding Crime (Optional)
Undergraduate Dissertation (Mandatory)

The Dissertation/Project for this joint combination should be registered as being interdisciplinary, i.e. in Applied Psychology and Sociology

Clinical Psychology (Mandatory)

The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to adult psychopathology. By presenting relevant psychological and biological models and theories, a variety of psychological disorders will be explored. 

The Sociology of Work and the Professions (Mandatory)
The Sociology of Health and Illness (Mandatory)
Individual Differences in the Workplace
Gender and Sexuality

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.

Career opportunities

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.

http://www.prospects.ac.uk
http://courses-careers.com/
 

Fees and finance

2020-21

  • 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.

Further Information                                       

  • Detailed information about Tuition Fees.
  • Find out more about Financial Support eligibility.
  • Also see Loans and Grants.
  • 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.

 

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

112 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).

Access to HE Diploma - a minimum of 30 Level 3 credits at merit grade or above.

All applicants are required to hold GCSE English and Maths at Grade C/4 or above. Applicants who do not hold these qualifications may be considered on an individual basis based upon their overall application and the course applied for.

If you do not hold these qualifications please contact Admissions directly on 01473 338348 to discuss.

Also see How to Apply.

International Requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

Also see International and EU.

Transferring Credit

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.

Staff

Lecturer in Psychology and Sociology

Lecturer