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BSc Applied Psychology aims to produce a scientific understanding of the mind, brain, behaviour and experience, and of the complex interactions between these. It also aims to present multiple perspectives in a way that fosters critical evaluation and leads to an understanding of real life applications of theory to the full range of experience and behaviour.
Other key elements of this degree involve the development of an understanding of the role of evidence and its relationship to theory. In relation to this, students will acquire knowledge and experience of a range of research skills and methods for investigating experience and behaviour. Students will also develop knowledge, leading to an ability to appreciate and critically evaluate theory, research findings and applications.
For 2017 entry onwards: applicants required 80 UCAS points at A' Level, or equivalent or an Access to HE Diploma . However, in line with the widening participation brief, the Institute will also encourage applications from mature students who lack formal Institutional qualifications. All such applicants will be interviewed, set an appropriate piece of work and a judgement made taking into account their academic potential and relevant experience.
Upon successful completion of this degree, graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to pursue a new career, or advance an existing one in educational, social caring, mental health, occupational, human resource, market research, social research and personnel contexts. Graduates may also progress onto specialisms within psychology through further study at masters level, for example, child psychology, applied psychology, forensic psychology.
Methods of learning and teaching are designed to support students in becoming active members of a learning community. Students will be expected to work together in an informal environment as well as in formal classes where a culture of dignity, courtesy and mutual respect with staff and their peers is essential. A variety of methods will be used such as lectures, seminars, workshops, student led discussions, experiential learning scenarios, preparing for and delivering presentations and debates.