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Applied Psychology (BSc)

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The BSc Applied Psychology programme (accredited by the British Psychological Society) explores multiple perspectives to psychological issues, recognising that psychology involves a range of research methods, theories, evidence and applications. You will examine patterns in behaviour, both normal and abnormal, across the lifespan.

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In your first and second year, there will be opportunities to carry out and participate in empirical studies involving a variety of research methods which will prepare you for your final year dissertation. The course also provides you with a placement opportunity at level five, which allows you to see psychology in practice, and provides valuable work-based, transferable skills.

This BPS accredited programme aims to offer students the opportunity to study issues and concerns relevant to Psychology in the 21st century and apply psychological evidence and theories to real-world situations.

PATHWAY OPTIONS AND HOW TO APPLY

Applied Psychology
UCAS Code: L3C8
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Full-time applicants should apply through UCAS. Part-time applicants should apply through the University. 


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Tuition Fees 2021/22:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year

Why choose this course?

It will help you...

  1. understand yourself and others
  2. make sense of the world
  3. develop sound analytical skills by applying scientific methods
  4. gain access to excellent job prospects in a variety of careers
  5. prepare for a career as a psychologist

What you will learn

Course Overview

Psychology is a fascinating discipline to study. Human beings, for the most part, are intrigued by other human beings; their thoughts and their behaviour. Our daily lives involve countless questions - Why? How? What? When? While anecdotal snippets, folklore and proverbs appear to throw some light upon why people do what they do, psychology seeks to use the rigours of science to explain human behaviour.

Psychologists and psychological research have an impact on all aspects of public life, particularly in areas such as education, health, the economy, industry and social justice.  During your three years, you will explore psychological issues from multiple perspectives, recognising that psychology involves a range of research methods, theories, evidence and applications.   There will be opportunities to carry out empirical studies involving a variety of methods including experiments, observation, questionnaires, and interviews.

Due to the wide range of generic skills, and the rigour with which they are taught, training in psychology is widely accepted as providing excellent preparation for many careers. In addition to subject skills and knowledge, graduates also develop skills in communication, numeracy, teamwork, critical thinking, computing, independent learning and many others, all of which are highly valued by employers.

Module Topics

Year One – Level 4 (Cert HE, Dip HE & BSc)

  • An Introduction to Research Methods (20 credits; core)
  • Children’s Mental Health and Development (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Introduction to Biological and Cognitive Psychology (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Learning in the Digital Era (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Media Psychology (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Psychological Approaches and Perspectives (20 credits; compulsory).

Year Two – Level 5 (Dip HE & BSc)

  • Adolescent Mental Health and Development (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Education in Action: Work placement (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Individual Differences: Theory and Practice (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Intermediate Research Methods (20 credits; core)
  • Social Psychology (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Sport and Health Psychology (20 credits; compulsory).

Year Three – Level 6 (BSc)

  • Biological and Cognitive Neuroscience (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Forensic Psychology and the Criminal Mind (20 credits; optional)
  • Mental Health and Development in Later Life (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Psychology Empirical Project (40 credits; core)
  • Psychopathology (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Skills for Life: Employability and Future Pathways (20 credits; optional).
Assessment

The programme will offer a range of different assessment methods to provide students with the opportunity to extend their practical and academic skills and encourage independent learning.

These will include traditional assessments such as academic essays and exams in addition to more innovative assessment methods such as academic posters, online assessments, group presentations, report writing, discussions, short answer or multiple choice questions and campaign/promotional leaflets.

Your overall degree classification marks will be calculated from Years Two and Three of your studies. This classification will be calculated as 33% at Level 5 and 67% at Level 6.

Graduate Attributes Framework

This Framework aims to develop your professional skills and competence alongside your academic subject knowledge. You’ll study up to 40 credits per level throughout your programme from the Graduate Attributes Framework.

The Graduate Attribute modules are designed to enable you to develop, and evidence, a range of career-focused skills related to your subject area. These skills include digital competency, research and project management, as well as such personal competencies as communication, creativity, self-reflection, resilience and problem-solving. 

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Key Information

Entry Criteria

Typical offers are made for 96 tariff points for the BSc Applied Psychology programme. This programme is aimed at A-Level school-leavers, Access to HE qualification-holders and those who have left education and now wish to return.

There is no expectation that A-Level candidates will have studied Psychology at A-Level. We are keen to assess each application on its own merit, and will also consider non-traditional routes, although admission may be subject to an interview.

Additional study skills support is available for any student needing more intensive tuition, and the nature of assessments and feedback in the first year provides ample opportunity for students who may be lacking in academic experience or confidence to develop their academic style.

Career Opportunities

Students who graduate with a minimum lower second-class honours classification (2:2) are eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society.

This indicates that students have met the curriculum requirements derived from the Quality Assurance Agency’s (2007) subject benchmark statement for Psychology and is often an important prerequisite for students wishing to go on to further postgraduate study or training in psychology.

Over the last four years, a number of our students have progressed onto BPS stage II postgraduate training programmes (popular routes being Masters programmes in Clinical/Abnormal Psychology, Occupational Psychology and Health Psychology), as well as our own MSc in Applied Psychology, offered at UWTSD.

(https://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/msc-applied-psychology/ )

For those not wishing to pursue a career in psychology, graduates of our BSc Applied psychology programme have long been recognised as being of value to a range of organisations beyond Psychology such as :

  • Teaching*
  • Social work
  • Human resources*
  • Health care/NHS
  • Politics and Civil Service
  • Media and advertising
  • Policy officer
  • Care industry professional
  • Playleader
  • Work with adults with learning difficulties
  • Police Service
  • Probation Service
  • Education Officers
  • Postgraduate study/research
  • Social Work*
  • Psychologist

*with additional qualification 

Additional Costs

Students are required to apply for and obtain a UWTSD Enhanced Disclosure Barring Check (DBS). The fee for this is dependent on the DBS; it is currently approximately £44.

Students are required to gain 10-days practical placement experience in an educational setting. This will incur travelling costs and refreshment costs.

The School also offers students optional study abroad opportunities in level 5.

The students incur the costs above.

Professional Accreditations

This programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society.

Student Quotes

Hannah Eaton | BSc Applied Psychology

"Current MSc: Brain Imaging & Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Birmingham. I studied a BSc in Applied Psychology at UWTSD, and it was the best decision I have ever made. Before starting my undergraduate I had rubbish GCSE’s and had been out of education for over five years, I thought I had no chance of getting in, but I did! Across the three years, I not only gained skills which allowed me to enter an MSc, but I received support and guidance from such an incredibly understanding and knowledgeable set of lecturers that I couldn’t have wished to study anywhere else."

Cassandra Dalton | BSc Applied Psychology

"I thoroughly enjoyed the Applied Psychology degree which I studied at UWTSD Carmarthen campus. I found the program extremely interesting and varied. The course is well structured and very diverse which can lead you to many different career paths. The lecturers were always helpful and supportive throughout the course. After I finished my degree, I started working at Pembrokeshire College, and I am currently completing my PGCE with the prospect of becoming a teacher in the Psychology department at the college." 

Jeyda Hunt | BSc Applied Psychology

"Since leaving UWTSD, Carmarthen I embarked on a Masters course in Cognitive Neuroscience and Research Methods in Swansea University. I believe that the BSc Applied Psychology course gave me the foundation in psychology that was needed to further my academic career. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Trinity and enjoyed the applied elements of the course. Since completing my MSc, I have taken some time to raise funds for my PhD which I plan to undertake next year in the area of neurodegeneration and neurogenesis."

Kitiaria Muldoon | BSc Applied Psychology

"The three Psychology Professors at Trinity, Carmarthen are hands down the best teachers I have ever had, and they played a large role in inspiring me down the path of psychology. The Applied Psychology course covers a wide range of topics and does a good job of covering the foundations in various fields of Psychology. The Neuroscience module was especially important for me as I now work with Brain Injury clients.

The forensic module was also particularly helpful in understanding the potential causes and motivations for offending behaviour. I now work as an assistant psychologist for a company that specialises in supporting individuals with challenging behaviours. I work with a range of individuals with brain injury, mental health, offending, neurological conditions, and learning disability needs. I would highly recommend the course at Trinity St David, Carmarthen to anyone thinking about pursuing a career in Psychology. It is nice to have this opportunity in the Carmarthenshire area, as so many students end up travelling away to study."

Bursary / Scholarship Information

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study.  To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Scholarships and Bursaries section. 

Study Abroad Opportunities

There are no current Study Abroad Opportunities for this programme.

Accommodation

Please visit our Accommodation pages for more information.

Further Information

The School of Psychology offers an exciting mix of expertise in experimental psychology, applied health psychology, therapeutic counselling practice and psychotherapeutic approaches. This diverse mix of skills and experience inform both the teaching and research areas across all programmes within the School and creates an exciting and dynamic learning environment where students can flourish and develop strong academic, research and transferable skills. 

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