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Social Sciences & Psychology

  • Childhood Development and Playwork BA (Hons)

    Gain the knowledge and practical experience required to work with children and young people across an array of careers

    Full-time, Part-time
    3 Years, 5 Years
  • Sociology BA (Hons)

    Question and explore the workings of our everyday world and equip yourself with the skills to examine the taken-for-granted 'facts' about how society is organised

    Full-time, Part-time
    3 Years, 6 Years
  • Youth Work & Community Development (JNC) BA (Hons)

    Enhance your knowledge and interpersonal skills while gaining the expertise to shape the lives of young people for the better.

    Full-time
    3 Years

Gain a deep understanding of the mechanisms at play in our society. See what impact politics, crime, class and age have on communities and individuals.

Undergraduate Courses (11)

Criminology | BA (Hons)

Crime is a huge political and cultural topic that concerns and affects everyone. This course will introduce you to a range of perspectives about it and its impact on society. As you develop a solid grounding in the theories that sit at the core of criminology, you will cultivate a deeper understanding of our current responses to crime with a view to helping shape more effective policies and legislation in the future. Supported throughout your studies, you will develop the academic, personal and professional skills needed to forge a successful career in a variety of roles, whether you want to work with offenders, the victims of crime or for organisations tasked with reducing offending.
Attendance:
Full-time,
Part-time
Duration:
3 Years,
6 Years

Entry Requirements

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Criminology with Psychology | BA (Hons)

Understand how psychology can be applied to explain certain aspects of crime and criminal behaviour. This course will provide you with the opportunity to explore criminological issues alongside a psychological focus and will offer new ways of thinking about society while honing your understanding of people. You will engage with assumptions about the place of crime in society and our responses to it, and through social research you will gain an understanding of the causes and effects of crime and deviant behaviour. By using a range of psychological approaches to study human behaviour and thought, you will understand why people respond the way they do to crime.
Attendance:
Full-time,
Part-time
Duration:
3 Years,
6 Years

Entry Requirements

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Interpersonal & Counselling Skills | CertHE

Our course is suitable for undergraduate applicants wishing to acquire a basis in counselling skills and in the knowledge and theory of counselling ethics and theoretical approaches. It will help to develop the knowledge and skills relevant to existing employment and/or progression to professional counsellor training. You'll study psychology, academic, personal and skills development, and the application of theory and skills to the workplace.
Attendance:
Part-time
Duration:
2 Years

Entry Requirements

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Playwork | BA (Hons)

Develop a deep understanding of children's play and how playwork can affect a child's development and wellbeing by studying theories of playwork and therapeutic play. Focus on the child at play and consider the role of the adult in relation to this.
Attendance:
Full-time,
Part-time
Duration:
3 Years,
5 Years

Entry Requirements

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Psychology | BSc (Hons)

You will develop a thorough and critical understanding of psychological theory and research methods, and you will apply this expertise to your study of human behaviour. You will be encouraged to question why humans act the way they do, delving into specialist areas including drug abuse, clinical and forensic psychology and cognitive neuroscience. You will conduct contemporary psychological research, including laboratory experiments, interviews and focus groups, and you will be assessed on tasks that mirror real-world activities.
Attendance:
Full-time,
Part-time
Duration:
3 Years,
6 Years

Entry Requirements

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Social Psychology | BA (Hons)

Discover how an understanding of who we are must consider both the social and psychological dimensions that impact on us. This course will explore social psychological approaches that extend Western scientific thought and reconsider ideas of consciousness, mind, self and social living from a range of alternative cultural frameworks, including psychoanalysis, discursive psychology and non-Western belief systems such as Buddhism and Daoism. You will gain insights into how the environment, spirituality, language and relationships shape who we are and what we become as you develop a critical philosophy of what it means to be human.
Attendance:
Full-time,
Part-time
Duration:
3 Years,
6 Years

Entry Requirements

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Social Work | BA (Hons)

Prepare yourself for a richly rewarding career as a social worker and enjoy a range of employment options across a variety of sectors. You will study psychosocial themes and perspectives and also theories and policies relating to social welfare and the safeguarding of adults and children. You will complete extended placements in your second and third years, which will help fulfil part of the professional body requirements for registration. By integrating study with professional experience, you will develop the essential knowledge and skills required for a career in social work supporting diverse groups of service users.
Attendance:
Full-time
Duration:
3 Years

Entry Requirements

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Sociology | BA (Hons)

Develop your critical analytical and interpretive skills and forge a deeper understanding of the world around you. Through the examination of social theory, class, gender, culture, the media, globalisation and urban sociology, you will learn about changes and tensions in society and will come to recognise how and why they develop. We use a wide range of innovative and creative assessments and research-based assignments, and you will be able to pick from a wide range of modules to shape your course to your career interests.
Attendance:
Full-time,
Part-time
Duration:
3 Years,
6 Years

Entry Requirements

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Therapeutic Counselling | DipHE

Accredited by the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP), our course is ideal if you are seeking to become a professional counsellor or psychotherapist. It will help you work towards accreditation with the BACP, and will help you develop a specialist role within your current occupation.
Attendance:
Part-time
Duration:
2 Years

Entry Requirements

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Young People, Communities and Society | BA (Hons)

Empower people of all ages by combining social care with social science. You will learn how to work with individuals, families and communities by looking at local policy, provision and contemporary practices that are used in relation to these groups. Your knowledge will grow from the local to the global. As you progress, you will study national and international issues and viewpoints, increase your cultural awareness and apply your practical experience to the wider society. You will gain an understanding of how different professions work together to support vulnerable people, and you will learn how to manage projects that will make a difference to communities.
Attendance:
Full-time
Duration:
3 Years

Entry Requirements

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Youth Work & Community Development (JNC) | BA (Hons)

Locally, nationally and globally, young people and communities are having to deal with difficult and challenging situations. You will develop the understanding and expertise needed to transform people's lives for the better while completing 900 hours of assessed practice placements and through studying an extensive range of taught modules. You will have the opportunity to work with individuals and groups anywhere in the UK or overseas, and gain a professional youth and community work qualification validated by the National Youth Agency (NYA) and recognised by the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC), which endorses professional qualifications for youth and community workers.
Attendance:
Full-time
Duration:
3 Years

Entry Requirements

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Postgraduate Courses (12)

Advanced Social Work Practice | MA

These three highly flexible courses will refine your expertise and take your career in social work to the next level.

You will be able to choose modules from across our wide range of postgraduate health and social care courses, allowing you to align your studies with your interests and ambitions. You might want to move into management and take on further responsibilities in the world of social care, supporting and safeguarding adults, young people and children. Alternatively, you might want to specialise by working in the field of substance abuse, for example.

You will learn from an experienced teaching team of qualified practitioners from across the health and social care professions, including social work and adult and mental health nursing. We also invite senior specialist practitioners from local authorities to deliver lectures that provide the latest knowledge and real-world insights from their field.

Attendance:
Part-time
Duration:
2 Years

Entry Requirements

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Art Psychotherapy Practice | MA

Develop the confidence, expertise and practical skills to become a professional art therapist, able to register with the Health & Care Professions Council and help change lives for the better.
Attendance:
Full-time,
Part-time
Duration:
2 Years,
3 Years

Entry Requirements

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Counselling & Psychotherapy | PG Dip

Accredited by the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP), this course will enable you to become a professional counsellor or psychotherapist. It will help you work towards practitioner accreditation with the BACP and could help you develop a specialist role within your current occupation.
Attendance:
Part-time
Duration:
2 Years

Entry Requirements

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Criminology | MSc

Explore current issues in criminology and criminal justice, reflecting upon race, ethnicity and war. You will investigate the different methods of criminological research before completing a dissertation on a topic of your choice and aligned to your personal interests or career ambitions.
Attendance:
Full-time,
Part-time
Duration:
12 Months,
24 Months

Entry Requirements

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Interdisciplinary Psychology | MA

This is the only course in the UK to offer a combination of transpersonal, psychoanalytic and critical approaches to psychology. You will explore ways of understanding the self as an open, evolving project that develops through interaction. This reflects developments at the leading edge of psychology, drawing upon insights from the history of human exploration of the self.
Attendance:
Full-time,
Part-time
Duration:
1 Year,
2 Years

Entry Requirements

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Interpersonal & Counselling Skills | PG Cert

You will gain a thorough grounding in the practical skills needed to be an effective counsellor and you will be encouraged to adopt a self-reflective approach when evaluating your abilities - exploring your feelings, attitudes and personal relational issues.
Attendance:
Part-time
Duration:
1 Year

Entry Requirements

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Mental Health Practice | MSc

Continue your education as a mental health practitioner by shaping your own learning with this tailored masters course. You will be able to choose from a diverse number of modules to meet the specific learning and development needs of your area of practice.
Attendance:
Part-time
Duration:
3 Years

Entry Requirements

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Psychological Therapies | MA

Gain the specialist training to boost your health-related skills and professional development. You will further your understanding of contemporary theories in psychological therapies by analysing key issues and debates in counselling and psychotherapy. You will explore cognitive behavioural therapy approaches to therapeutic practice, as well as social psychological theory and research into group therapy.
Attendance:
Full-time,
Part-time
Duration:
1 Year,
3 Years

Entry Requirements

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Psychology (conversion award & distance learning) | MSc

Better understand people and the world around you on this flexible course.
Attendance:
Distance Learning
Duration:
30 Months

Entry Requirements

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Psychology (conversion award) | MSc

If you have little or no experience of psychology, this course will give you the essential knowledge, skills and experience needed for a career in this exciting field. The course has been accredited by British Psychological Society (BPS) and if you graduate with an average mark of 50 per cent or more you will be able to apply for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the BPS.
Attendance:
Full-time,
Part-time
Duration:
12 Months,
24 Months

Entry Requirements

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Psychotherapy | MA

In response to the growing demand for psychotherapy treatment in the UK, we offer a course that provides the in-depth training and therapeutic approach required to become a professional psychotherapist. If you already hold a postgraduate diploma in counselling or psychotherapy, then this one year top-up course gives you the opportunity to obtain a masters qualification by studying two research modules.
Attendance:
Part-time
Duration:
1 Year

Entry Requirements

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Youth Work & Community Development (JNC) | PG Dip

Our course will increase your professional opportunities in the rapidly changing area of youth and community work, and support you in becoming a force for change. It is professionally validated by the National Youth Agency on behalf of the Joint Negotiating Committee, meaning you will achieve a nationally recognised, professional qualification, and will enhance your existing skills as well as develop new ones that might be needed when working in community development or youth work.
Attendance:
Full-time,
Part-time
Duration:
1 Year,
2 Years

Entry Requirements

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