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What will I learn?

Our Psychology IFP is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills to be able to progress on to Psychology and related degree courses at university.

You'll be encouraged to develop your critical thinking skills and will learn how to analyse sources and present academic arguments. Throughout the course, you'll be given opportunities to further develop your communication skills and team-working ability - key skills required to be successful in undergraduate studies, as well as throughout your career.

How will I learn?

You will be taught through a combination of lectures and seminars, which is the same type of teaching you can expect at undergraduate level in the UK.

Lectures are where all students on a module are together (this can be up to 100 students on the IFP), and the academic tutor introduces the topic of study. Seminars are much smaller groups (typically no more than 15 students), where you have the opportunity to explore a subject in more detail with your academic tutor and classmates. In your seminars, you will be expected to engage in discussions and debates around the subject matter.

How will I be assessed?

Across your modules you will be assessed through a range of methods including essays, tests, presentations and examinations.

The modules on this programme have been developed to give you a thorough preparation for a range of related undergraduate degrees.

Understanding Society
Our Understanding Society module aims to introduce you to the family of disciplines that constitute the social sciences. By providing you with a social science ‘toolkit’ to use to understand society and the world around us, the module should enable you to evaluate a variety of contemporary social issues and events in an interdisciplinary way. In applying the tools learned to a range of topics such as food, gender and migration, you will learn the key concepts and techniques required to be a successful undergraduate student of any social science discipline. You’ll be assessed in innovative and creative ways, across a variety of assessment types similar to those you may find at undergraduate level.

This module will develop your understanding of biology concepts and processes so that you can become confident in their use and application. As well as learning the theory and developing your practical scientific skills, you’ll also be encouraged throughout the module to link biological concepts to real-world scenarios and assess how they can be used to solve problems. You’ll develop an awareness of the relevance of biology to other fields of study, particularly the natural sciences, as well as fields such as psychology.

The aims of the Psychology module fall in two categories. First, to introduce you to psychological theory and the history of psychology; this offers a rich foundation to psychological thought. Second, to showcase applied examples and problem-based learning, allowing you to apply your knowledge to relevant, real-world scenarios. The skills and knowledge gained through this module will help you prepare for a range of different degree level. You will learn how to think critically and explain human behaviour in a data driven way, which is a valuable skill regardless of your future path.

Our Inquiry and Research Skills for Science is a core module on this course, and is delivered in two parts to complement your other modules. The first part of this module looks at developing core research and inquiry skills including academic searching, using sources, teamwork, reflection and problem based learning inquiries. The second part of the module allows you to put everything you have learnt into practice through a research based project.

All students will also study an English for Academic Purposes module. This module is not about developing your conversational or everyday English skills; instead, it will develop your Academic English skills. You will consider how academic essays should be written, including looking at appropriate referencing and paraphrasing, as well as thinking about how presentations should be delivered in an academic context.

Those students who require additional support to improve their IELTS scores will also study one of our IELTS modules. Students joining the course as native speakers or with an IELTS of 7.0 with 6.5 in components will not be required to take an IELTS module.

Please note that given the interval between the publication of these modules and enrolment, some of the information may change. You can find out more by reading our terms and conditions.

A list of our entry requirements, according to country, is available on our Application Information pages. If you have any questions about your qualifications and whether they are suitable for this course, please contact the team.

Students on this course would typically be looking to progress to degrees such as Psychology, Psychology and Linguistics, or Psychology with Education Studies.