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Psychology (Full-Time, 2018 Entry)

What will I learn?

This broad and flexible course, accredited by the British Psychological Society, provides a thorough grounding in quantitative research methods and the main theoretical areas of psychology. It forms an excellent basis for postgraduate study (such as our own Master's degrees in Clinical Applications and Behavioural Economics), professional qualifications and direct progression into employment in many sectors.

Our staff are accessible, passionate about their subject and recognised internationally in their fields, meaning you will be sharing in the most up-to-date subject knowledge. You will gain a critical awareness of research and theory in cognitive, developmental, biological, social and abnormal psychology as well as skills in communication, presentation and group work. The programme includes opportunities for project work and enrichment opportunities, such as the option to study abroad and a residential weekend in the Windsor Great Park. Later in the course you will select your third-year modules, allowing you to tailor content to your own interests and ambitions.

How will I learn?

Teaching and learning are delivered through lectures, seminars, practical classes and tutorials. In the first year, you will be assigned a personal tutor, who will guide your study throughout the course, and with whom you will meet regularly to discuss your progress and items of tutor-assessed work. In your second and third years, project work is supervised by members of academic staff with expertise in the area in which you wish to work.

How will I be assessed?

Half your degree credit will be from examinations and the other half will be from assessed work, such as project reports and presentations, online tests, essays and other written assignments. A total of 40% of your degree credit will be based on second-year modules and 60% on third-year modules.

Can I study abroad?

We support student mobility through study abroad programmes and all students have the opportunity to apply for a year abroad at one of our partner universities. The Study Abroad Team based in the Office for Global Engagement offers support for these activities, and the Department’s dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator can provide more specific information and assistance.

  • Entry Requirements

    A level AAB, including grade B in GCSE Mathematics. Applicants with no natural science subject at A level are normally expected to have a grade B in two science subjects/double science at GCSE. If you are taking a science A Level, you must also achieve a pass in the science practical if your science A level includes a separate practical assessment.

    International Baccalaureate 36 points, including 5 in Higher Level Mathematics or 6 in Standard Level Mathematics/Mathematical Studies. A natural science subject at Higher Level is preferred, otherwise at least 5 in a natural science subject at Standard Level will be considered.

  • Applicants with applied subjects or mixed portfolios will be considered on an individual basis. Many of our applicants are taking at least two of our preferred subjects at A level or equivalent: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Economics, English, History, Geography, Classical Languages, Psychology, Sociology and Modern Languages. However, all applications will be considered on their individual merits.
  • Contextual data and differential offers Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).
  • Other Qualifications We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.

    Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements. Please contact the Department of Psychology before applying on +44 (0)24 765 23096 or email psychology@warwick.ac.uk.

    Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP page.

    General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking at A or AS level.

    Further Information

    Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry are welcomed.

    Interviews We do not typically interview applicants.Offers are made based on your predicted and actual grades, along with your personal statement. Occasionally, some applicants may be interviewed, for example candidates returning to study or those with non-standard qualifications.

    Open Days All applicants in receipt of an offer are invited to a Departmental Open Day, held during the spring term. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

What modules could I study?

Your first-year core modules will train you in key academic skills and research methods, and you'll learn about psychological theory covering the brain and behaviour, and conceptual foundations. You can also choose the popular Topics in Psychology module or alternatively select a module from another department in a subject area you enjoy. Your second year covers the key areas of social and developmental psychology, perception, individual difference, psychobiology and language and cognition while further developing your research skills. In your final year, you can choose from a number of advanced specialised options. For current students these include Abnormal Psychology, Psychology and the Law, Developmental Psychopathology, Human Sexuality, Sleep and Health and many more. You will also complete a final-year project in an area of your choice, which makes up 25% of your final-year mark.

* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.

Where can my degree take me?

Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations including: Bristol Royal Hospital for Children (NHS), Accenture, Boots, The Alzheimer’s Society, Teach First.

Examples of our graduates’ job roles include: Assistant Neuropsychologist, Digital Analyst,Specialist Clinical Psychologist, Social Media Co-ordinator, Patient Experience Officer.

Essential information

Entry Requirements
A level:
AAB, including grade B in GCSE Mathematics

Applicants with no natural science subject at A level are normally expected to have grade B in two science subjects/double science at GCSE.

IB: 36 points, including 5 in Higher Level Mathematics or 6 in Standard Level Mathematics/Mathematical Studies. A natural science subject at Higher Level is preferred, otherwise at least 5 in one natural science subject at Standard Level will be considered.

UCAS Code
C800

Award
Degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Duration
3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)

Department website
Department of Psychology

Student blogs

Ptolemy Banks - Psychology

Amreet Sarai - Psychology

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
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Other course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course.

For further information on the typical additional costs please see the Additional Costs page.

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This information is applicable for 2018 entry.