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.
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.
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University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Why choose this course
It will help you...
- understand yourself and others
- make sense of the world
- develop sound analytical skills by applying scientific methods
- gain access to excellent job prospects in a variety of careers
- prepare for a career as a psychologist
What you will learn
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 a single-honours impact on all aspects of public life, particularly in areas such as education, health, the economy, industry and social justice. This course of study will provide a rich and diverse programme that will include the rigour of science and its application in informing practice at all levels in society.
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. You will explore patterns in behaviour, both normal and abnormal, psychological functioning and experience, through investigating the role of brain function in all human behaviour and experience.
There will be opportunities to carry out empirical studies involving a variety of methods of data collection, including experiments, observation, psychometric tests, questionnaires, interviews and field real-world using current experimental software packages.
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.
Typical modules include:
Students will study the core areas of psychology, which include:
- Biological – the physiological and neurological aspects of behaviour and experience;
- Social – how our own sense of identity and our social experiences underpin how we make sense of the world and interact with others;
- Cognitive – insight into the theories and models that attempt to explain the processes involved in making sense of our environment (e.g. memory, perception and attention) and deciding what action is necessary;
- Individual differences - an examination of issues surrounding concepts of personality and intelligence;
- Research Methods - Students also learn how to how to apply a range of research methods to a variety of research questions. This is an essential component of Psychology as a scientific discipline.
Applied modules include
- Mental Health and Well-being in Children and Young People - an examination of mental health and well-being issues such as ADHD, Autism, depression, anxiety and self-harm, and their impact upon children’s well-being;
- Sport and Health Psychology – an exploration of a range of theories derived from psychology in relation to successful and non-successful sporting performance and the role of psychology in relation to exercise and sports injury rehabilitation adherence;
- Media Psychology – insights into contemporary consumer practices including the consumer decision-making process and how the media can influence it;
- Forensic Psychology and the Criminal Mind – To enable students to develop a psychological understanding of criminality, criminal investigations and the complexity of the impact of crime.
Typical Year One Modules include:
- Academic Study Skills for Students
- Media Psychology
- Introduction to Biological and Cognitive Psychology
- An Introduction to Research Methods
- Children’s Mental Health and Development
- Psychological Approaches and Perspectives
Typical Year Two Modules include:
- Intermediate Research Methods
- Social Psychology
- Sport and Health Psychology
- Individual Differences: Theory and Practice
- Adolescent Mental Health and Development
- Education in Action: Work Placement
Typical Year Three Modules include:
- Biological and Cognitive Neuroscience
- Mental Health and Development in Later Life
- Forensic Psychology and the Criminal Mind
- Psychology Empirical Project
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.
Life on the Carmarthen campus
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 provide ample opportunity for students who may be lacking in academic experience or confidence to develop their academic style.
An Applied Psychology degree opens doors to many careers, including the following:
- Social work
- Human resources*
- Health care/NHS
- Politics and Civil Service
- Media and advertising
- Policy officer
- Care industry professional
- Work with adults with learning difficulties
- Police Service
- Probation Service
- Education Officers
- Postgraduate study/research
- Social Work*
*with additional qualification
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.
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."
Katie Magness | BSc Applied Psychology
"Studying for an undergraduate degree in Applied Psychology at UWTSD helped me to gain confidence and improve my existing skills, as well as to enhance my knowledge and understanding of Psychology and to develop new skills. The course covers many different areas of Psychology, and I particularly enjoyed learning how to apply Psychological theories and models to everyday real-life situations. Following graduation, I applied for and was offered a PhD studentship looking at Complexity in Healthcare within rural Wales."
Jolene John | BSc Applied Psychology
"I found the Applied Psychology course thoroughly enjoyable throughout, the wide range of modules that were covered kept the course interesting. The different ways in which assignments were presented has taught me many new skills and helped to build my confidence. Presenting to an audience was once the most daunting thought, I feel I am now able to do this with ease. The modules cover a vast range of psychological perspectives from birth to old age, providing a sound insight into how psychology is applied to our everyday lives. I thoroughly enjoyed Applied Sports Psychology; my dissertation was based on theories that were taught during these lectures. I have since gained a place at Cardiff Metropolitan University on the MSc Sports Psychology programme."
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."
There are no current Study Abroad Opportunities for this programme.
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