Interested in people, how they think, feel and behave? This course is for those fascinated by human behaviour and emotion, but who don’t want to become a Chartered Psychologist. On this programme you’ll explore what makes people tick from a range of perspectives and specialise in areas of particular interest.
Understanding human behaviour and emotion
This degree in Behavioural Sciences will give you a detailed and balanced knowledge of this fascinating subject and build a strong foundation for your career in this field. As part of this degree you will learn how to analyse data effectively, write concise reports and give engaging presentations.
During the first year you’ll develop a strong background in Behavioural Sciences through core modules that cover cognitive, biological, developmental, social and personality psychology. You’ll also look at research methods, making sense of society and take an introduction to cross-disciplinary psychology.
Creating your own degree
As you enter the second year, you’ll be increasingly led by your own interests and have the opportunity to explore specialist fields in more detail. These may include areas of Psychology, Criminology and Sociology.
You’ll build an understanding of the four main areas of Behavioural Sciences – Biopsychology, Developmental Psychology, Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology and Personality and Individual Differences.
In the final year, you will tailor your degree further by taking more specialised options and take the last core module, Social Psychology, before writing your dissertation.
UCAS CODE: C801
At Bucks New University our team offer a wealth of experience and expertise in psychology. You’ll be taught by academics with specialist knowledge in their area of teaching, who will nurture your learning in this diverse and complex subject.
Unlike British Psychological Society accredited degrees, this course benefits from fewer research methods modules. This means you’ll have more space to study the modules that appeal specifically to you.
A flexible programme
This honours degree in Behavioural Sciences is tremendously flexible. As you progress through the course you’ll have the opportunity to select modules of personal interest.
Learn from expert psychologists using specialist software
In workshops and lectures you'll have the opportunity to use the observation laboratory and to use specialist equipment such as Biopac©, allowing measurement of the activity of the cardiovascular system, brain, autonomic nervous system and more, Tobii eye tracking equipment, HTC Vive, virtual reality software and the statistics software package SPSS.
Experience in the field
During this course you’ll be able to gain experience volunteering in areas such as mental health, forensic, educational addictions and sports psychology. This is a great chance to further your understanding of specific disciplines and get a taste for the areas of behavioural sciences that interest you the most.
Visiting the professional environment and module specific trips
You may also visit professional working environments or go on trips revelvant to your modules such as prison visits, court visits or venues of interest in specific modules.
Teaching and Learning
Your course consists of a combination of structured learning and teaching activities and independent learning.
Structured learning activities include lectures, seminars, tutorials and other time-tabled sessions. The amount of time set aside for each activity (‘contact hours’) is set out in individual module descriptors and so will vary depending on the modules you take. When you are not attending structured learning and teaching activities you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, using the library, preparing for seminars, and completing coursework assignments.
The programme specification will provide more information on the specific learning and teaching activities on this course.
Your overall workload will include your learning and teaching activities and independent learning with total study time of around 10 hours being worth 1 credit. While your actual contact hours will depend on any option modules you choose.
Year 1: 27 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||321 hours|
|Independent learning:||879 hours|
Year 2: 27 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||322 hours|
|Independent learning:||878 hours|
Year 3: 20 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||245 hours|
|Independent learning:||955 hours|
You will be given opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. This may take the form of practice or ‘formative’ assessments for which you will receive feedback from your tutor. Formative assessments are developmental and any marks you receive do not count towards your overall module mark. There is at least one formal or ‘summative’ assessment towards the end of each module. The marks from summative assessments do count towards your overall module mark.
Assessment methods vary, but your programme specification will provide more information on the specific methods used on this course. You can find out more about the assessment methods used across the University in the assessment guide on the Academic Advice pages.
Balance of assessment
The balance of assessment will vary depending on any option modules you choose.
|40 percent coursework||55 percent written exams||5 percent practical|
|45 percent coursework||45 percent written exams||10 percent practical|
|60 percent coursework||20 percent written exams||20 percent practical|
You will receive feedback on all assessed coursework and practical assignments and we aim to provide this within three weeks. Feedback on examinations is also available on request.
Assessment feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module leader.
What are the course entry requirements?
We consider each application on an individual basis. Typically we look for a minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) as well as GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above. Collectively, these grades should add up to a minimum UCAS Tariff score of 96-112.
For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.
Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.
Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
The modules available on this course are as follows:
Year 1 Modules
- Making Sense of Society
- Introduction to Biological Psychology and Cognitive Psychology
- Introduction to Cross-Disciplinary Psychology
- Introduction to Developmental and Social Psychology
- Introduction to Personality and Applying Psychology (optional)
- Psychological Research Methods
Year 2 Modules
- Applied Sport and Performance Psychology
- Cognition and Emotion in Sport and Exercise Psychology
- Citizenship, Community and Welfare (optional)
- Contemporary Criminology
- Gender and Sexuality in Society (optional)
- Issues in Criminology
- Cognitive Processes in Psychology
- Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology
- Developmental Psychology
- Personality and Individual Differences
- Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology
Year 3 Modules
- Abnormal Psychology (optional)
- Advanced Developmental Psychology (optional)
- Brain, Mind and Behaviour (optional)
- Business and Organisational Psychology (optional)
- Counselling Psychology (optional)
- Educational Psychology (optional)
- Evolutionary Psychology (optional)
- Exceptional Human Experience (optional)
- Health Psychology (optional)
- Investigative and Forensic Psychology (optional)
- Literature Based Dissertation
- Police Psychology and Legal Framework (optional)
- Positive Psychology (optional)
- Social Psychology
How much does it cost
Fees for September 2017 to August 2018 entry
Full Time Home and EU: £9,250 per year
Full Time International: £10,500 per year
Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years may rise in line with inflation, course delivery costs or subject to government regulations.
For information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit our Undergraduate Fees and Funding section.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow