Northumbria University Newcastle - Psychology Foundation Year

Northumbria University Newcastle

Psychology Foundation Year

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.

Entry Requirements

Standard Entry

80 UCAS Tariff points

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

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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.

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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*).

Career Prospects

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.

Course Details

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.

Foundation Year

Classic Studies that Shaped Psychology (Core,20 Credits)
Current Debates and Controversies (Core,20 Credits)
Academic Skills for Psychologists (Core,20 Credits)
Psychology for Life (Core,20 Credits)
Collecting & Managing Data (Core,20 Credits)
Research Skills for Psychologists (Core,20 Credits)

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