The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
Psychology and Sociology BSc (Hons)
This is a part-time, full-time joint honours programme within the Psychology subject area.
- Subject area: Psychology
- Award: BSc (Hons)
- Code: CL83
- Location: Canterbury
- Honours: Joint
- Mode of study: Part-time, Full-time
- Duration: 3 years
- Start: 2013
- Year in industry: No
- Year abroad: No
- Institution(s): University of Kent
Psychology is the study of people: how they think, act, react and interact. Psychologists scientifically study all kinds of behaviour and the thoughts, feelings and motivations underlying behaviour. Psychology examines questions such as: how do people act on a first date? How can we ease the effects of parental divorce on children? How can we make teams work efficiently? How can we help people to overcome depression or phobias? By collecting information about what people do, think, perceive and feel, psychologists answer questions about human behaviour, cognition and development.
The Psychology programmes at Kent give you a broad background in practical applications, experimental and other methodologies, information technology and theory construction, and also allow you to follow specialist interests at Stage 3. All your work will help you to demonstrate transferable skills valued by employers. Applied Psychology programmes give you the opportunity for a year's work placement, and Psychology with Studies in Europe allows you to spend a year studying abroad.
As this is a joint honours programme, you may find it useful to read both of the following subject leaflets for more information:
As this is a joint honours subject, please see both subject leaflets below for more details about the modules you may take:
Please contact us if you have any queries (Contacts are listed under the 'Further information' tab).
Teaching and assessment
Modules are taught by weekly lectures, workshops, small group seminars and project supervision. The Psychology Statistics and Practical module include laboratory practical sessions, statistics classes, computing classes and lectures in statistics and methodology.
Most modules are assessed by examination and coursework. Both Stage 2 and 3 marks and, where appropriate, the marks for your year abroad or placement count towards your final degree result.
On average, you have four hours of lectures and up to four hours of seminars each week. We also run a tutorial scheme in which students are supervised on a one-to-one basis or in small groups. Most modules also involve individual study using library resources and, where relevant, computer assisted learning packages. If you are taking modules involving computing or learning a language, you have additional workshop time.
Most Sociology modules are assessed by a variety of methods, including examination and coursework, each of which counts for 50% of the final mark. The dissertation, usually done at Stage 3, is assessed without examination. Marks from Stages 2 and 3 and for your year abroad all count towards your final degree result. Stage 1 results do not count towards the final mark, but entry to Stage 2 depends on passing Stage 1.
Our students develop a broad range of transferable skills, such as excellent communication skills, both written and oral, the ability to work independently, to analyse and summarise complex material and to respond positively to challenges, all skills considered essential for graduate employment.
Our graduates have gone into areas such as local government administration, social welfare, the Home Office, the probation service, teaching, special needs work, the NHS and health charities, or on to postgraduate professional training courses, for example, in educational, occupational or clinical psychology.
Through your study you gain many of the transferable skills essential for success in the graduate employment market. These include planning and organisation, the ability to work independently and in groups, to lead and to support others, and to analyse complex information and make it accessible to non-specialist readers.
Our graduates go into a variety of areas such as marketing, recruitment consultancy, the Prison Service, teaching, banking and financial services, and further study.
For more information on the services Kent provides to improve your employment prospects, visit www.kent.ac.uk/employability
Eligibility for Graduate Membership of the British Psychological Society and Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership, provided the minimum standard of qualification of second class honours is achieved and a pass mark achieved in the final-year project.
For applicants taking the Kent IFP (Social Sciences), passing with an average of 60%, including 45% in the Maths and Quantitative Methods module (unless the student has already achieved grade C or above in GCSE Maths) is a requirement for entry onto the first year of these degree programmes.
Passing the Kent IFP with an overall average of 60% guarantees you entry onto the first year of this degree programme.
AAB at A level, IB Diploma 33 points inc 4 in Mathematics or IB Diploma with 17 points at Higher inc 4 in Mathematics.
GCSE Mathematics and English grade C.
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Key Information Sets
The Key Information Set (KIS) data (right) is compiled by UNISTATS and draws from a variety of sources which includes the National Student Survey and the Higher Education Statistical Agency. The data for assessment and contact hours is compiled from the most populous modules (to the total of 120 credits for an academic session) for this particular degree programme. Depending on module selection, there may be some variation between the KIS data and an individual's experience. For further information on how the KIS data is compiled please see the UNISTATS website.
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