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The Psychology Foundation Year course has been specifically developed to provide you with the knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles of Psychology to prepare you for study on one of our BSc Psychology degrees.

Throughout the duration of this course you will gain an understanding of the sub-disciplines, classic studies, career paths, underlying debates and controversies related to psychology.  You will also acquire key transferrable skills that will prove invaluable when you enter the workplace.

This course is one of the only foundation year courses in the country that is taught entirely within a psychology department, ensuring that all of the content is relevant and tailored towards the curriculum of the BSC level degree.

On successful completion of this course you will possess the qualification required to progress onto Psychology BSc (Hons) or Psychology with Criminology BSc (Hons) 

Course Information

UCAS Code
C801

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
1 year full-time followed by a further 3 or 4 years full-time

Department
Psychology

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019 or September 2020

Fee Information

Module Information

Department / Psychology

The British Psychological Society has accredited a number of our psychology courses. We cover psychology and its various specialisms including health, occupational, organisational and sport

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Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Psychology. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

The learning and teaching methods utilised on this course are designed to provide a smooth transition to your chosen Psychology degree.

Delivered over to semesters, this course incorporates six modules: Classic Studies, Psychology in Practice, Academic Skills 1, Debates and Controversies in Psychology, Research Methods and Academic Skills 2.

Teaching is delivered by a series of interactive seminars that focus primarily on problem-based learning. This will typically involve an initial session where you will be introduced to concepts and given a task or problem to work on individually or in a group. You will then present your solution in a range of formats.

This interactive style of teaching is designed to ensure deep learning of material, as well as development and practice of the academic skills necessary to pursue a degree in psychology.

This course’s assessment methods include formal multiple-choice and short answer examinations, problem-solving exercises and assignments, essays, oral presentations, literature searches, poster presentations, the creation of informational leaflets and other relevant assessment methods.

Book An Open Day / Experience Psychology Foundation Year

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Psychology. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

This course is taught by a specialist team of academics with extensive knowledge of psychology and how this applies to both theory and practice.

This course is one of the only foundation qualifications in the country that is delivered entirely within a psychology department and throughout the duration of your course you will be taught by academics who are heavily involved in the creation and delivery of our undergraduate courses, providing the perfect opportunity to prepare you for progression to your chosen degree.

To fully support your learning journey you will have a dedicated personal tutor who will be on-hand to offer help or assistance at every stage of your course.

You will be supported at every step, ensuring you leave with confidence and the understanding required to successfully progress to your new course.


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Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Psychology. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Northumbria University’s laboratories, equipment and bespoke subject-specific facilities will provide you with ‘real world’ experiences and learning opportunities directly applicable to your future degree subject.

Throughout the duration of your course you will have access to state-of-the-art facilities such as our University library – which has been recognised as third best in the UK – and well-equipped working space, The Hub, which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Technology enhanced learning is embedded throughout this course and materials such as module handbooks, assessment information, lecture presentation slides and reading lists will be available via our innovative e-learning platform, Blackboard.

You can also access student support and other key University systems through your personal account.


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Book An Open Day / Experience Psychology Foundation Year

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Psychology. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

This course is delivered by a team of research-active academics who are regularly featured in science conferences and publications related to their area of specialism. Their knowledge is integrated into the content of this course, ensuring that your learning is at the forefront of this dynamic and fascinating discipline.

The psychology department prides itself on its commitment to research-rich learning and on successful completion of this course you will possess a strong understanding of the fundamental debates, key research studies and academic skills relevant to psychology.

You will also be encouraged to develop your own research skills to further enhance your learning and prepare you for your future course. 

Research / Psychology

The Department of Psychology has an overarching theme of ‘Psychology of Health and Wellbeing’ that defines its research strategy

Book An Open Day / Experience Psychology Foundation Year

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Psychology. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

This course will equip you with an understanding of the sub-disciplines, career routes, classic studies, underlying debates and controversies in psychology. This will prove invaluable when you begin your undergraduate course.

You will also acquire a range of transferable skills that are directly relevant to the workplace and your future career. They include critical thinking, effective group work, data processing and numeracy, record-keeping, problem solving, independent learning and the communication of ideas to various audiences.  These skills will be further developed as you undertake your undergraduate degree.

Throughout the duration of your course you will be working alongside students from a diverse range of backgrounds, thus developing your communication skills.


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Book An Open Day / Experience Psychology Foundation Year

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Psychology . Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

This course has been specifically designed to allow you to commence to one of the following BSc (Hons) degrees: Psychology or Psychology with Criminology, which offer specialisms in the following areas; Clinical Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Experimental Psychology, Business Psychology, Health Psychology.

When you begin your chosen undergraduate degree, the skills acquired on the Psychology Foundation Year course should assist in your understanding of your chosen subject. Your newly developed research skills will also prove invaluable for assignments and projects.

Completion of your subsequent undergraduate degree will help to prepare you for future employment or the progression to further education or Master’s level courses. 

Book An Open Day / Experience Psychology Foundation Year

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Psychology. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Course in brief

Who would this Course suit?

If you are fascinated by Psychology and feel that you need to deepen your knowledge before embarking on a degree, this course offers a practical introduction and will help you decide which degree option best meets your needs.

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

GCSE Requirements:

A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:

80 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following: 

GCE and VCE Advanced Level:

From at least 1 GCE/VCE A Levels 

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:

Merit Merit Pass

Scottish Highers:

CCCC at Higher level, CC at Advanced Higher 

Irish Highers:

BCCCC

IB Diploma:

80 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level

Access to HE Diploma:

Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 30 credits at Merit and 15 at Pass

Qualification combinations:

The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from GCE A level.

Plus one of the following:

  • International/English Language Requirements:

    Applicants from the EU:

    Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/

    International Qualifications:

    If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

    English Language Requirements:

    International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

    *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications</a

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1: TBC

International Fee in Year 1: TBC

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

Scholarships and Discounts

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Modules Overview 2019/20

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

PY0300 -

Classic Studies that Shaped Psychology (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will learn about several of the key concepts and studies that have influenced our formative understanding of Psychology as a subject and importantly how we research psychological processes today. You will cover classic studies in a range of different areas such as behavioural psychology, developmental psychology, social psychology, evolutionary psychology and cognitive psychology. In addition to this, you will learn about the development of neuroimaging, discuss ethics in psychological research, and look at classic studies in applied domains such as eyewitness memory.

More information

PY0301 -

Current Debates and Controversies (Core,20 Credits)

Psychology is a relatively new discipline, and is still developing its identity as a science. On this module you will learn about some of the questions that excite researchers right now: what are the boundaries of knowledge and the big questions in areas such as perception, neuroimaging, culture, and consciousness, and which directions are currently being explored?

More information

PY0302 -

Academic Skills for Psychologists (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will learn academic skills that will assist your learning and development on this programme and your future degree. The skills you acquire will also be transferable to enhance your employability.

You will be introduced to the learning resources that are available to support you. Using these resources you will learn how to conduct effective bibliographic searches and how to evaluate the credibility of the sources. You will learn about the sections of a journal article and how to read journal articles effectively. You will explore what it means to be a critical thinker and begin to learn how to evaluate information. You will focus on writing skills – essay writing and writing for different audiences – and learn the processes involved including referencing and how to avoid plagiarism. You will be introduced to the University’s Assessment for Learning policy and how assessment criteria and feedback can be used to help you develop your skills. Integrated within this you will develop your understanding of research by learning and reading about research, taking part in research studies and reflecting on research activities.

More information

PY0303 -

Psychology for Life (Core,20 Credits)

The Psychology for Life module will primarily focus on developing your knowledge of how psychology is applied in the real world, and supporting you in making longer term decisions about your career. You will be introduced to different chartered routes in psychology, as well as broader professions, in which psychology can be readily applied. This knowledge in the application of psychology will help you to develop your understanding and self-efficacy when it comes to making career-related decisions. In-class discussions will also enable you to develop transferable skills valued by employers, such as communication skills and the role of teamwork.

You will have access to specialist input from the Careers and Employment Service in how to begin your journey in psychology, looking at securing relevant work experience, reflecting on your own skills and interests, CV writing, and interview support. Making use of this service will ensure that you are building your employability from the early stages of your journey in psychology.

Within the department of psychology, we also run invited speakers’ programmes for you to network with a range of practitioners and academics from outside of the university.

More information

PY0304 -

Collecting & Managing Data (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will learn basic techniques for collecting and managing different types of data. You will learn to differentiate between qualitative and quantitative data and to understand how these types of data are used by psychologists. In taught sessions, you will gain practical experience of collecting both qualitative and quantitative data (e.g., through interviews, questionnaires and experiments). You will then learn how to collate and describe these data by identifying themes or calculating appropriate summary statistics, using appropriate software where appropriate. Towards the end of the module you will be introduced to the concept of inferential statistics, which allow us to make inferences about the wider population based on data from a sample of that population.

More information

PY0305 -

Research Skills for Psychologists (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will learn research skills that will assist your learning and development on this programme and your future degree. The skills you acquire will also be transferable to enhance your employability.
You will be introduced to the learning resources that are available to support you. You will learn how to conduct research and how to best report your findings. You will learn about how our behaviour is influenced by things we encounter everyday: stress, daytime rhythms, temperature. You will work individually and in groups to test your own abilities. You will explore the psychological theories behind the behaviours that you investigate. Integrated within this you will develop communication skills by learning how to present information using posters, powerpoint slides and leaflets, and learn how to give confident oral presentations. In teaching session discussions you will develop group working skills and enhance your understanding of the role of teamwork.

More information

Modules Overview 2020/21

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

PY0300 -

Classic Studies that Shaped Psychology (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will learn about several of the key concepts and studies that have influenced our formative understanding of Psychology as a subject and importantly how we research psychological processes today. You will cover classic studies in a range of different areas such as behavioural psychology, developmental psychology, social psychology, evolutionary psychology and cognitive psychology. In addition to this, you will learn about the development of neuroimaging, discuss ethics in psychological research, and look at classic studies in applied domains such as eyewitness memory.

More information

PY0301 -

Current Debates and Controversies (Core,20 Credits)

Psychology is a relatively new discipline, and is still developing its identity as a science. On this module you will learn about some of the questions that excite researchers right now: what are the boundaries of knowledge and the big questions in areas such as perception, neuroimaging, culture, and consciousness, and which directions are currently being explored?

More information

PY0302 -

Academic Skills for Psychologists (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will learn academic skills that will assist your learning and development on this programme and your future degree. The skills you acquire will also be transferable to enhance your employability.

You will be introduced to the learning resources that are available to support you. Using these resources you will learn how to conduct effective bibliographic searches and how to evaluate the credibility of the sources. You will learn about the sections of a journal article and how to read journal articles effectively. You will explore what it means to be a critical thinker and begin to learn how to evaluate information. You will focus on writing skills – essay writing and writing for different audiences – and learn the processes involved including referencing and how to avoid plagiarism. You will be introduced to the University’s Assessment for Learning policy and how assessment criteria and feedback can be used to help you develop your skills. Integrated within this you will develop your understanding of research by learning and reading about research, taking part in research studies and reflecting on research activities.

More information

PY0303 -

Psychology for Life (Core,20 Credits)

The Psychology for Life module will primarily focus on developing your knowledge of how psychology is applied in the real world, and supporting you in making longer term decisions about your career. You will be introduced to different chartered routes in psychology, as well as broader professions, in which psychology can be readily applied. This knowledge in the application of psychology will help you to develop your understanding and self-efficacy when it comes to making career-related decisions. In-class discussions will also enable you to develop transferable skills valued by employers, such as communication skills and the role of teamwork.

You will have access to specialist input from the Careers and Employment Service in how to begin your journey in psychology, looking at securing relevant work experience, reflecting on your own skills and interests, CV writing, and interview support. Making use of this service will ensure that you are building your employability from the early stages of your journey in psychology.

Within the department of psychology, we also run invited speakers’ programmes for you to network with a range of practitioners and academics from outside of the university.

More information

PY0304 -

Collecting & Managing Data (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will learn basic techniques for collecting and managing different types of data. You will learn to differentiate between qualitative and quantitative data and to understand how these types of data are used by psychologists. In taught sessions, you will gain practical experience of collecting both qualitative and quantitative data (e.g., through interviews, questionnaires and experiments). You will then learn how to collate and describe these data by identifying themes or calculating appropriate summary statistics, using appropriate software where appropriate. Towards the end of the module you will be introduced to the concept of inferential statistics, which allow us to make inferences about the wider population based on data from a sample of that population.

More information

PY0305 -

Research Skills for Psychologists (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will learn research skills that will assist your learning and development on this programme and your future degree. The skills you acquire will also be transferable to enhance your employability.
You will be introduced to the learning resources that are available to support you. You will learn how to conduct research and how to best report your findings. You will learn about how our behaviour is influenced by things we encounter everyday: stress, daytime rhythms, temperature. You will work individually and in groups to test your own abilities. You will explore the psychological theories behind the behaviours that you investigate. Integrated within this you will develop communication skills by learning how to present information using posters, powerpoint slides and leaflets, and learn how to give confident oral presentations. In teaching session discussions you will develop group working skills and enhance your understanding of the role of teamwork.

More information

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