Psychology Foundation Year

UCAS code C801

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About this course 2019/20

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)

Learn from the best

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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Teaching and Assessment

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.

Learning Environment

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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Research-rich Learning

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. 

Give your career an edge

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 transferrable 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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Your Future

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. 

Course info

UCAS Code C801

Level of Study Undergraduate

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

Department Psychology

Location Northumberland Building, Newcastle City Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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