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.
Do the inner workings of the human mind intrigue you? Do you want to see what the brain, the most complicated engine in the universe, is capable of? Through psychology, you’ll understand the depths of the human psyche. You’ll find yourself involved in contemporary research in the social, developmental, cognitive, individual differences and biological dimensions of behaviour.
Become an expert in all areas of Psychology
You'll study the applications of psychology in a wide range of areas, including specific social problems in relation to crime, the workplace and mental health. Working through theories posed by Freud and Jung to your own original research, you’ll have a strong grasp of what makes the mind tick.
Through course assessments you'll gain key skills such as how to work in a team, give engaging presentations, write concise reports, and analyse data effectively. In the final year of study you’ll also be able to choose from a range of applied and theoretical modules.
Be a part of the British Psychological Society
This course has been accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), a qualification recognised by major employers throughout the country. All our compulsory modules take you through the core BPS requirements. Once you graduate, with a 2.2 or above, you’ll be eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). From there, you’ll be able to take the next steps towards being a Chartered Psychologist.
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, we explore every aspect of psychology on our wide range of courses. Our department is home to a fantastic community of Psychology and Social Science students who may collaborate with you on projects - providing a rich supply of volunteers when you run your own experiments. With Psychology, learning doesn’t just take place in the lecture hall – you’ll have the chance to learn in labs and seminar rooms, gaining the skills that you’ll need for your career.
Learn from expert psychologists using specialist software
In workshops and lectures, we’ll take you through the various techniques you need to analyse data. You’ll focus on the practical use of the statistics software package SPSS, used by social scientists to analyse and present quantitative data. And 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 cariovascular system, brain, autonomic nervous system and more, Tobii eye tracking equipment and HTC Vive, virtual reality software.
Study in our well-designed facilities – both online and offline
Our library is packed with all the information you need for your assessments and there’s plenty of room to knuckle down for some quiet study. We also sign you up with our Virtual Learning Environment which grants you access to e-Journals and resources wherever you are.
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. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.
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 One Modules
- Intro to Developmental and Social Psychology
- Intro to Biological Psychology and Cognitive Psychology
- Intro to Personality and Applying Psychology
- Psychological Research Methods
- Intro to Cross-Disciplinary Psychology
- Making Sense of Society: The Sociological Imagination
- Making Sense of Society: Understanding the Social World
Year Two Modules
- Developmental Psychology
- Quantitative Research Methods in Psychology
- Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology
- Cognitive Processes in Psychology
- Personality and Individual Differences
- Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology
Year Three Modules
- Empirical Dissertation
- Critical Social Psychology
- Positive Psychology (optional)
- Health Psychology (optional)
- Business and Organisational Psychology (optional)
- Advanced Developmental Psychology (optional)
- Counselling Psychology (optional)
- Principles of Psychopathology (optional)
- Evolutionary Psychology (optional)
- Exceptional Human Experience (optional)
- Brain, Mind and Behaviour (optional)
- Educational Psychology (optional)
- Police Psychology and Legal Framework (optional)
- Investigative and Forensic Psychology (optional)
How much does it cost
Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2020-2021: £9,250 per year
Full Time International, Academic Year 2020-2021: £12,500 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