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.
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).
If you'd like to spend a year studying or working in Europe as part of your degree, see Psychology with Studies in Europe.
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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Psychology at Kent was ranked 10th in The Times Good University Guide 2018, 10th in The Complete University Guide 2018 and 14th in The Guardian University Guide 2018.
For graduate prospects, Psychology at Kent was ranked 1st in The Complete University Guide 2018, 2nd in The Times Good University Guide 2018 and 2nd in The Guardian University Guide 2018.
Psychology at Kent was ranked 3rd in the UK for the percentage of students who found professional jobs or further study within six months of graduation in 2016 (DLHE)
Teaching Excellence Framework
Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that the University of Kent delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.
Please see the University of Kent's Statement of Findings for more information.
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.
In Stage 1 you take three compulsory modules: SP300 Psychology Statistics and Practical; SP301 Introduction to Biological and General Psychology, and SP302 Introduction to Social and Developmental Psychology. You also take two optional modules from across the University. The School of Psychology offers the following two option modules: SP306 Introduction to Forensic Psychology and SP311 Business Psychology: An Introduction.
In Stage 2 you take seven compulsory modules in psychology. These modules, together with the final-year project, are required for professional recognition by the British Psychological Society.
In Stage S (year in industry) you undertake a placement within an organisation that delivers a form of psychological service. Your work is jointly supervised by an academic supervisor in the School of Psychology and a placement supervisor.
In Stage 3 you take two compulsory modules: SP633 Applying Psychology and SP583 the Clinical Psychology Project plus two clinical psychology modules. You also take four optional psychology modules, allowing you to follow specialist interests and benefit from staff research expertise.
Year in industry
Your placement year
You spend a year on placement within an organisation that delivers a form of psychological service, such as the National Health Service, Home Office, Department for Education or social services (subject to availability of placements and achieving an average mark of 60% at Stages 1 and 2).
The marks awarded for this year are based on performance on the placement, a Reflective Diary kept by the student (marked on a pass/fail basis), a poster presentation about the placement experience, and the report of a research project conducted while on placement. The research report and the Reflective Diary must be submitted before the autumn term of Stage 3.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our graduates have gone on to work in:
- government administration
- social welfare
- the Home Office
- the probation service
- special needs work
- NHS and health charities
- social work
- public relations
Many continue their studies at postgraduate level to qualify as a:
- clinical psychologist
- educational psychologist
- forensic psychologist
- 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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
For graduate prospects, Psychology at Kent was ranked 2nd in The Guardian University Guide 2017. Kent was 4th in the UK for the percentage of Psychology students who found professional jobs after graduation in 2015 (DLHE).
According to Which? University (2017), the average starting salary for graduates of this degree is £18,000.
I was interested in a career in clinical psychology and the degree offered specific modules in this area. After leaving Kent, I got a job in the NHS, working as an assistant psychologist.
Ian Asquith Applied Psychology with Clinical Psychology BSc
The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Typical requirements are listed below. Students offering alternative qualifications should contact us for further advice.
It is not possible to offer places to all students who meet this typical offer/minimum requirement.
New GCSE grades
If you’ve taken exams under the new GCSE grading system, please see our conversion table to convert your GCSE grades.
|Qualification||Typical offer/minimum requirement|
AAA excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking
Mathematics grade C
|Access to HE Diploma||
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.
|BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)||
The University will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF; OCR) on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us for further advice on your individual circumstances.
The University welcomes applications from international students. Our international recruitment team can guide you on entry requirements. See our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country.
If you need to increase your level of qualification ready for undergraduate study, we offer a number of International Foundation Programmes.
Meet our staff in your country
For more advice about applying to Kent, you can meet our staff at a range of international events.
English Language Requirements
Please see our English language entry requirements web page.
Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.
General entry requirements
Please also see our general entry requirements.
The 2018/19 annual tuition fees for this programme are:
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
For 2018/19 entrants, the standard year in industry fee for home, EU and international students is £1,385.
Fees for Year Abroad
UK, EU and international students on an approved year abroad for the full 2018/19 academic year pay £1,385 for that year.
Students studying abroad for less than one academic year will pay full fees according to their fee status.
General additional costs
Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details.
You may be eligible for government finance to help pay for the costs of studying. See the Government's student finance website.
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.
For 2018/19 entry, the scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of AAA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications (including BTEC and IB) as specified on our scholarships pages.
The scholarship is also extended to those who achieve AAB at A level (or specified equivalents) where one of the subjects is either Mathematics or a Modern Foreign Language. Please review the eligibility criteria.