Applied Psychology BSc

Overview
Learning
Assessment
Careers
Entry Requirements

Overview

Why study Applied Psychology at Shrewsbury?

This exciting new course will focus on ways in which psychological theory and research helps us understand, and indeed influences, the way in which we live our lives. At its core, it is focused around the many different approaches psychologists use fully to understand behaviour. Its emphasis on understanding the practical ways in which psychology can be put to work, its links with the local community and businesses, and the prominence it places on personal employability, are intended to give graduates from the programme a particularly attractive portfolio to present to potential employers.

Features:

You will be taught in an active environment, with an emphasis on group work and discussions. You will be ‘doing’ psychology, not just be a passive recipient of knowledge. Links with the local community mean that you will have opportunities to meet with practitioners and employers who are keen to exchange ideas with you. You will gain a grounding in traditional areas of human psychology such as experimental and cognitive psychology, biopsychology and developmental psychology and their applications. However, there will be opportunities in many modules to develop specific areas of interest, which could include such applied areas as:

  • business psychology and marketing
  • occupational psychology
  • the psychology of communications
  • forensic psychology
  • applied social psychology and psychosocial studies
  • health psychology.

This course is accredited by The British Psychological Society as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC), which is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist, provided the final year dissertation is passed and at least a 2:2 degree classification is obtained.

Learning

Programme Structure:

The modules given below are the latest example of the curriculum available on this degree programme. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to change from time to time for reasons which include curriculum enhancement, staff changes, student numbers, improvements in technology, changes to placements or regulatory or external body requirements.

Year 1 (Level 4)

In the first year, you will study:

  • Introduction to Psychological Investigation, in which you will learn how to conduct research and analyse complex data using qualitative and quantitative techniques. There will be an emphasis on practical and applied aspects of research. Small group teaching will also allow you to gain a good grounding in psychology-specific study skills at university level.
  • Introduction to Biological and Cognitive Psychology, in which you will be introduced to neuroscientific approaches and their applications in, for example, medicine and forensic settings. How does our understanding of the way in which we sense and perceive the world around us, and the ways in which we remember events and places, affect our behaviour?
  • Introduction to Self and Society, in which you will study what makes individuals unique as well as what binds them together and drives them apart. You will also consider the implications for the workplace and other organisations that depend on cooperation and competition.
  • Introduction to Child Psychology and the Psychology of Learning, which considers the importance of the formative years in the development of each individual child, and how the work of developmental and educational psychologists has helped our understanding of ways in which we intervene in the classroom to help every child develop their potential.
  • Introduction to Applications of Psychology, which considers ways in which psychology can be applied in areas such as physical and mental health, work and leisure, and sports. During this module you will gain experience of applying your psychological knowledge to a specific community-oriented task.

Year 2 (Level 5)

In the second year, you will study:

  • Research Methods in Applied Psychology, which will extend your understanding of psychological investigation, allowing you to work with more complex real-world data, and also to develop your skills of reading and understanding published research in your fields of interest.
  • Exploring Brain and Behaviour, which considers biological aspects of behaviour and considers applied topics such as, for example, how an understanding of neuroscience allows us to develop drug treatments for mental health conditions; how neuroscience informs our understanding of brain function in the elderly and of individuals with acquired brain injuries or neurodegenerative diseases; and how different substances affect brain function.
  • Exploring Individual Differences, which will allow you to study what makes each human unique. Why do individuals vary in their emotional responses to any given situation? Under stressful conditions, why do some people develop illnesses while others are resilient? What role does personality play? Why are some people especially good at sport? Or music? What are the implications for the workplace, and how should employers ensure that each member of their workforce is productive and feels valued?
  • Exploring Psychology in Society builds on Year 1 studies, focusing on humans as a social species. How do we work in teams to complete tasks, and what factors influence the way in which we form social identities as groups? The module also considers antisocial behaviour and how we apply our understanding of social psychology to a range of problems facing society, for example youth offending and criminal behaviour, social loafing at work, cultural integration, or ways in which to engage people with the political process.
  • The Community Project, which will allow you to apply your psychological problem-solving skills to a specific organisational, community or business project.
  • Enhancing your Employability through Work Based Learning, an experiential module in a work setting.

Year 3 (Level 6)

In the final year, you will study:

  • Dissertation, a module which will allow you individually, with the help of a supervisor, to explore an aspect of Applied Psychology in which you have a particular interest, applying all your research skills to develop an appropriate methodology to test your hypotheses, gather data, and interpret your results.
  • Exploring Development, which looks at human development across the lifespan, taking into account genetic and environmental influences and the complex interplay between the two. How did we become the person we are today, and what factors influence our continuing physical, cognitive and emotional development? What part does our social and cultural environment play in shaping us, and what are the implications for schools and for higher education?
  • Exploring the Mind, in which you will study cognitive psychology and its applications to learning, communication and human performance factors. Why do we attend to some things and not others? Why do we recall some things and not others, and why do we recall some things we never really saw? What are the implications for the police and courts, for example?
  • Applications of Psychology in the Community and the Health Service, which focuses on a range of applied issues in, for example, medicine, psychotherapeutic approaches, education and the voluntary sector, and which will allow you to further develop the skills you learned in The Community Project module.
  • Applications of Psychology in Business and the Workplace, which applies psychological principles to the workplace, and in business, advertising and human resources, and which also focuses students on their own employability skills in preparation for leaving university and entering the workforce.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught in an active environment, with an emphasis on group work and discussions. Some of the taught work is based in the computer laboratories, and there are opportunities to learn to use psychology-specific equipment and software.

You will be ‘doing’ psychology, not just be a passive recipient of knowledge. Links with the local community mean that you have opportunities to meet with practitioners and employers who are keen to exchange ideas with you.

We expect students to study for 200 hours for each 20-credit module, which usually includes two hours of contact with tutors each week – around 12 hours weekly contact in your first year, and a little less as you develop independent learning skills later.

 

Assessment

Assessment for core modules will typically consist of a piece of coursework weighted at 50% and an examination weighted at 50%. For the applied modules, assessment is usually by a single piece of coursework or a linked series of pieces which contribute to the final grade, reflecting a practical assignment on which students will have been working throughout the module.

Careers

This Applied Psychology degree will allow you to develop the knowledge, skills and abilities that are much in demand from employers. Employers value the understanding of people and their behaviour, which are core to this degree. They also look for graduates with good skills in analysing and presenting information, communicating effectively and working well in teams. These are skills which you will develop and demonstrate in this Applied Psychology degree. Furthermore, as this course is BPS accredited, it encourages students who satisfy the requirements to proceed to training in a range of professional psychology occupations.

Entry Requirements

UCAS points

120 UCAS points from GCE A Levels or equivalent. Typical offer - BBC/BBB

BTEC

BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM

BTEC Diploma: D*D*

Irish/Scottish

BBBB

International Baccalaureate

28 points

QAA

Access to HE Diploma, to include 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Merit

OCR

OCR National Extended Diploma: Merit 1

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma - DDM

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma - D*D*

Extra Information

Please note that GCSE Mathematics at grade C or above is essential.

We also accept a maximum of 8 points from GCE AS Levels and that Welsh Baccalaureate (core) and A level General Studies will be recognised in our offer. Furthermore, we consider a combination of A levels and BTECs/OCRs.

Course content enquiries

Dr Shelley Price

Programme Leader

  • Email: shelley.price@chester.ac.uk
  • Telephone: 01743 297172