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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) 

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 2020 or September 2021

Fee 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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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.

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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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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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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 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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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.

Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

80 UCAS Tariff points
From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas or the International Baccalaureate

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:
There are no specific subject requirements for this course

GCSE Requirements:
Students will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4 or C, or the equivalent.

Additional Requirements:
There are no additional requirements for this course

International Qualifications:
We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match those shown above. If you have taken qualifications outside the UK you can find out how your qualifications compare by visiting our country page 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

Entry Requirements 2021/22

Standard Entry

80 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth by using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:

There are no specific subject requirements for this course.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

Additional Requirements:

There are no additional requirements for this course.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.

If you have qualifications from outside the UK, find out what you need by visiting www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:

International applicants shoud have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or an 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 in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications 

Fees and Funding 2020/21 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,500

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

Scholarships and Discounts

Click here for UK and EU undergraduate funding and scholarships information.

Click here for International undergraduate funding and scholarships information.

Fees and Funding 2021/22 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1*: TBC

** Fees for 2021/22 have not yet been announced – as an indication fees for 2020/21 are £9,250.

International Fee in Year 1: TBC

 

ADDITIONAL COSTS

TBC

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