Psychology with Clinical Psychology - BSc (Hons)

and Placement Year

Psychology is the study of people – what they do, think, perceive and feel. It helps us to answer many important questions about society by applying scientific principles to human behaviour. As a student on the Psychology with Clinical Psychology and a Placement Year programme, you spend a year working with practising Psychologists.

Overview

Kent is a leading centre for social psychology – the study of human behaviour in a social environment – and we also have strengths in cognitive, forensic and developmental psychology. Passionate about research, our academics are world-leading experts and can inspire you to develop your own ideas and become an independent thinker.

Our Psychology with Clinical Psychology and a Placement Year degree offers a high level of professional skills and can be the first step to becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

Our degree programme

Psychology with Clinical Psychology and a Placement Year is a four-year programme, you spend a year in practice between your second and final years.

Our modules cover a wide range of topics such as child development, language, mental health, motivation, and forensic psychology. By drawing on aspects of biology, computing and philosophy, you gain a broad scientific and analytical background. You can also gain direct experience of research through the:

  • Research Participation Scheme (where you take part in a project as a participant)
  • Research Experience Scheme (where you gain hands-on experience of working on a project and a reference at the end)
  • Work Experience Scheme (where you volunteer with a local organisation – such as a school, college, prison or hospital – and collaborate on a project)

At Stage 3, you take specialist clinical psychology modules and can also choose other specialist modules in areas of particular interest to you. All your work will help you to demonstrate transferable skills valued by employers.

The lecturers have a friendly approach to teaching and you get a high level of academic support via lectures, seminars and one-to-one feedback.

Year of professional experience

On this programme you spend a year on placement (subject to availability of placements and achieving an average mark of 60% at Stage 1). You undertake project work with professional applied psychologists in organisations such as the NHS, the Prison Service or a research establishment.

Psychology with Clinical Psychology and a Placement Year is a four-year programme, the third year (Stage S) of which is spent on special project work with practising Psychologists (subject to availability of placements and achieving an average mark of 60% at Stage 1).

It is also possible to spend a year on placement on our Psychology with a Placement Year degree. Alternatively, you can take our three-year Psychology degree.

Year abroad

If you'd like to spend a year studying or working in Europe as part of your degree, see Psychology with Studies in Europe.

Study resources

The School of Psychology is in a modern building with state-of-the-art teaching facilities and two computer rooms. Our specialised equipment includes:

  • eye-tracker technology
  • electroencephalography (EEG) equipment for monitoring brain function
  • brain stimulation laboratories
  • physiology laboratories
  • child-friendly testing spaces
  • a virtual reality laboratory
  • group dynamics laboratories
  • observation suites.

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At Kent we look at your circumstances as a whole before deciding whether to make you an offer to study here. Find out more about how we offer flexibility and support before and during your degree.

Entry requirements

Please also see our general entry requirements.

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    A level

    AAA-AAB excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking

  • medal-empty GCSE

    Mathematics grade C or 4

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    The University will not necessarily make conditional offers to all Access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis. 

    If we make you an offer, you will need to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.

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    Distinction, Distinction, Merit

  • medal-empty International Baccalaureate

    34 points overall or 17 points at HL with Mathematics 4 at HL or SL

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    Pass all components of the University of Kent International Foundation Programme with a 65% overall average (plus 50% in LZ013 Maths and Statistics if you do not hold GCSE Maths at 4/C or equivalent).

International students should visit our International Student website for further specific information. International fee-paying students who require a Student visa cannot study part-time due to visa restrictions.

English Language Requirements

Please see our English language entry requirements web page.

If you need to improve your English language standard as a condition of your offer, you can attend one of our pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes before starting your degree programme. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.

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Course structure

Duration: 4 years

The course structure below gives a flavour of the modules available to you and provides details of the content of this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.

Fees

The 2021/22 annual tuition fees for this programme are:

  • Home full-time £9250
  • EU full-time £15400
  • International full-time £20500

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

Fees for Year in Industry

Fees for Home undergraduates are £1,385.

Fees for Year Abroad

Fees for Home undergraduates are £1,385.

Students studying abroad for less than one academic year will pay full fees according to their fee status. 

Additional costs

General additional costs

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.

Funding

University funding

Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details. 

Government funding

You may be eligible for government finance to help pay for the costs of studying. See the Government's student finance website.

Scholarships

General scholarships

Scholarships are available for excellence in academic performance, sport and music and are awarded on merit. For further information on the range of awards available and to make an application see our scholarships website.

The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence

At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence. 

The scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of A*AA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications (including BTEC and IB) as specified on our scholarships pages.

We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.

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Teaching and assessment

Modules are taught by weekly lectures, workshops, small group seminars and project supervision. The Psychology Statistics and Practical modules include laboratory practical sessions, statistics classes, computing classes and lectures in statistics and methodology.

Most modules are assessed by examination and coursework in equal measure. Both Stage 2 and 3 marks and, where appropriate, the marks for your year abroad or placement count towards your final degree result. Our assessment methods are varied and will include, but are not limited to, examinations, written assignments and essays, group work and oral presentations.

Contact hours

For a student studying full time, each academic year of the programme will comprise 1200 learning hours which include both direct contact hours and private study hours.  The precise breakdown of hours will be subject dependent and will vary according to modules.  Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.

Methods of assessment will vary according to subject specialism and individual modules.  Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.

Programme aims

The programme aims to:

  • provide knowledge about, experience of, and insight into, the use of psychological experience by practising professional psychologists in an applied work setting
  • attract and meet the needs of those contemplating a career in psychological professions and those motivated by an intellectual interest in psychology
  • contribute to widening participation in higher education by offering a wide variety of entry routes
  • provide a sound knowledge and systematic understanding of the principal approaches to psychology and perspectives such as social, cognitive, and biological
  • develop a critical awareness and appraisal of the different approaches to psychology and related disciplines, and introduce students to a range of different theoretical and methodological approaches
  • offer a range of modules covering the foundations of psychology, as defined by the British Psychological Society, which will enable students who successfully complete them, to obtain exemption from the initial or academic stage of training for entry into the British Psychological Society
  • provide teaching informed by current research and scholarship, which requires students to engage with aspects of work at the frontiers of knowledge
  • enable students to carry out independent research
  • develop students' critical, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • provide opportunities for the development of personal, communication, research and other key skills appropriate for graduate employment in the psychology professions and other fields.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

You gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • psychology statistics, practical experimentation and research
  • cognitive and social development
  • interpersonal and group behaviour
  • cognition and cognitive neuropsychology
  • personality and individual differences
  • philosophical and theoretical issues in psychology
  • the relationship between psychology and allied disciplines
  • different frameworks in psychology and different levels of description and explanation
  • applied and clinical psychology.

Intellectual skills

You gain the following intellectual abilities:

  • critical reflection on particular issues
  • oral discussion
  • written analysis and interpretation
  • critical evaluation and exposition of ideas
  • development of writing and reading skills
  • time management and preparation
  • self-reflection and development through feedback from different sources such as staff and peers
  • clarity in thinking, critical thinking and problem identification.

Subject-specific skills

You gain subject-specific skills in the following:

  • completing an empirical study in an area of psychology, under supervision
  • expertise in the design and conduct of psychological research
  • evaluating and selecting appropriate frameworks and methodologies for exploring issues in psychology
  • using the major analytic techniques employed by psychologists
  • employing the inferential method of science such as deductive methods, single case methods and semiotics
  • psychological statistical methods and their interpretation
  • the use of psychology-oriented software applications such as database programmes, experiment generators and statistical packages
  • disseminating psychological information to appropriate bodies, and using psychological knowledge to enhance this process.

Transferable skills

You gain transferable skills in the following:

  • communication: organising information clearly, responding to written sources, presenting information orally, adapting style for different audiences and the use of images as a communication tool
  • numeracy: making sense of statistical materials, integrating numerical and non-numerical information, understanding the limits and potentialities of arguments based on quantitative information
  • using IT skills to produce written documents, undertaking online research and process information using databases
  • working co-operatively on group tasks and understanding how groups function
  • improving students’ learning by exploring personal strengths and weaknesses, time management, developing specialist learning skills such as foreign languages and autonomy in learning
  • problem solving, exploring alternative solutions and learning to discriminate between them.

Independent rankings

Psychology at Kent scored 93% overall and was ranked 5th for research intensity and 7th for graduate prospects in The Complete University Guide 2021.

Of Psychology graduates who responded to the most recent national survey of graduate destinations, over 97% were in professional work or further study within six months (DLHE, 2017).

Careers

Graduate destinations

Our graduates have gone on to work in:

  • government administration
  • social welfare
  • the Home Office
  • the probation service
  • teaching
  • special needs work
  • NHS and health charities
  • social work
  • public relations
  • marketing
  • publishing.

Many continue their studies at postgraduate level to qualify as a:

  • clinical psychologist
  • educational psychologist
  • forensic psychologist
  • neuropsychologist
  • occupational psychologist.

Help finding a job

The University has a friendly Careers and Employability Service, which can give you advice on how to:

  • apply for jobs
  • write a good CV
  • perform well in interviews.

Work experience

The School of Psychology has valuable links with educational establishments, hospitals and prisons in the area, offering you the possibility of both visits and work placements. We also offer a Research Experience Scheme that gives you a taste of working within a research environment.

Career-enhancing skills

Studying for a degree is not just about mastering your subject area. Employers also look for a range of key transferable skills, which you develop as part of your degree.

These include:

  • computing skills
  • writing and presentation skills
  • analytical and problem-solving skills
  • the ability to respond to challenges.

You can also gain extra skills by signing up for our Kent Extra activities, such as learning a language or volunteering.

Professional recognition

The programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society as conferring eligibility for Graduate Membership with Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (provided you graduate with at least second class honours and pass your final-year research project). 

This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist, which is important if you want to work within the NHS or a local education authority.

Applications

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2021/22 academic year. Please visit the 2022 entry course pages.

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