The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.
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.
Where the Foundation Year is taught at our Aylesbury Campus all subsequent years will be taught at our High Wycombe Campus.
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.
More placements, more choices
Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
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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.
What are the course entry requirements?
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year. If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to email@example.com
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:
Foundation Year Modules
- Preparing for Success Knowledge and Creativity
- Preparing for Success Self-development and Responsibility
- Inquiry Based Learning
- Foundations of Psychology
Year 1 Modules
- Making Sense of Society: Understanding the Social World
- Making Sense of Society: The Sociological Imagination
- Intro to Biological Psychology and Cognitive Psychology
- Intro to Developmental and Social Psychology
- Intro to Personality and Applying Psychology (optional)
- Psychological Research Methods
Year 2 Modules
- Developmental Psychology
- Personality and Individual Differences
- Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology
- Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology (optional)
- Cognitive Processes in Psychology (optional)
- Issues in Criminology: Discrimination (optional)
- Contemporary Criminology (optional)
- Citizenship, Community and Welfare (optional)
- Cognition & Emotion in Sport & Exercise Psychology
- Applied Sport & Performance Psychology (optional)
- Gender and Sexuality in Society (optional)
Year 3 Modules
- Literature Based Dissertation
- Social Psychology
- Police Psychology and Legal Framework (optional)
- Investigative and Forensic Psychology (optional)
- Positive Psychology (optional)
- Health Psychology (optional)
- Business and Organisational Psychology (optional)
- Advanced Developmental Psychology (optional)
- Counselling Psychology (optional)
- Abnormal Psychology (optional)
- Evolutionary Psychology (optional)
- Exceptional Human Experience (optional)
- Brain, Mind and Behaviour (optional)
- Educational Psychology (optional)
How much does it cost
Full Time Home and EU, September 2019: £9,250 per year
Full Time International, September 2019: £12,000 per year
Full Time Home and EU, February 2020: £9,250 per year
Full Time International, February 2020: £12,000 per year
Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks