Psychology

Psychology - BSc (Hons)
with a Placement Year

Studying Psychology you learn about people – how they think and what they do, perceive and feel. A scientific understanding of people opens the door to a wide range of careers, from clinical and forensic psychologist to social work and roles in marketing, local government, public relations and human resources.

Overview

Our British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited degree enables you to confront the issues that humans face with psychology's scientific principles. From brain injury to prejudice reduction, child development to offending behaviour and rehabilitation. We provide you with the tools to develop interventions for hospitals, schools and businesses, making a difference to society through innovations in policy and research.

Shape your degree outside the classroom by participating in our student-led Psychology Society who host regular events, including co-run seminars with our academic team exploring current questions. Step into our active community.

Reasons to study Psychology with a Placement Year at Kent

  • Our degree offers a high level of professional skills and can be the first step to becoming a Chartered Psychologist; it’s accredited by the British Psychological Society
  • Our graduates move on to successful careers in teaching, social welfare, the probation service, the NHS and the Home Office
  • We are a leading centre for social psychology, with strengths in cognitive, forensic and developmental psychology leading to a wide choice of modules
  • You’ll have access to outstanding resources including physiological measurement, brain stimulation and virtual reality laboratories as well as eye-tracker technology and EEG equipment for monitoring brain activity
  • You can gain practical experience through our research participation, research experience and work experience schemes.

What you'll learn

You study the core areas required for accreditation: statistics, biological and general psychology, social and developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, child development and personality. You can also take specialist modules in business, clinical and forensic psychology as well as mental health, justice and morality and neuroscience.

Your Placement Year could be spent working in a clinical, education or business settings where you’ll develop high level professional skills.

Year of professional experience

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

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

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Entry requirements

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. All applications are assessed on an individual basis but some of our typical requirements are listed below. Students offering qualifications not listed are welcome to contact our Admissions Team for further advice. Please also see our general entry requirements.

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    A level

    AAA-AAB excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking

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    Mathematics grade C or 4

  • medal-empty Access to HE Diploma

    The University welcomes applications from Access to Higher Education Diploma candidates for consideration. A typical offer may require you to obtain a proportion of Level 3 credits in relevant 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).

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    The University will consider applicants holding T level qualifications in subjects closely aligned to the course.

If you are an international student, visit our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country, including details of the International Foundation Programmes. Please note that international fee-paying students who require a Student visa cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions.

Please note that meeting the typical offer/minimum requirement does not guarantee that you will receive an offer.

English Language Requirements

Please see our English language entry requirements web page.

Please note that if you do not meet our English language requirements, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.

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Course structure

Duration: 4 years full-time

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 2023/24 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  • Home full-time £9250
  • EU full-time £16400
  • International full-time £21900

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

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

Funding

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

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

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.

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 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 86% overall and was ranked 29th out of 117 in The Complete University Guide 2023.

Careers

Graduate destinations

Our graduates have gone on to work in:

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

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.

Apply for Psychology with a Placement Year - BSc (Hons)

If you are from the UK or Ireland, you must apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not from the UK or Ireland, you can apply through UCAS or directly on our website if you have never used UCAS and you do not intend to use UCAS in the future.

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