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Social Psychology
Undergraduate course
BA (Hons)

Social Psychology

Overview

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.
You can get involved in plenty of volunteering opportunities in several areas including mental health and disability support. We also have strong ties with local charitable and community organisations, helping you to understand issues such as domestic abuse as well as child and adolescent psychotherapy. You will garner unique perspectives by looking into the important works of Sigmund Freud and Karl Marx, discuss theories gleaned from film and literature works - you can even attempt to find inner peace and enlightenment at our meditation practice workshops. You will challenge contemporary thought on psychology, spiritualism, religion and culture, bridging the gap between the self and society. You will also have the chance to gain international experience through study abroad schemes - last year we arranged for several to be taught in Poland, Australia and the US.

Course Features

  • Placements
  • Part-time study available
  • Specialist facilities
  • Study abroad option
  • Expert careers service
  • 24/7 Library
  • University accommodation
  • TEF Silver Award

Entry Requirements

96
POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
UCAS Tariff Points: 96 points required. (Minimum 64 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements:
GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 96 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
International Baccalaureate: 24 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

UCAS Tariff Points:96 points required. (Minimum 64 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements:
GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 96 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
International Baccalaureate: 24 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Katie Oxtoby

Careers

Katie Oxtoby
Course graduate

Msc Psychology (Conversion)

“The fact that I did not need any previous knowledge of psychology to do my course was really appealing. Studying psychology totally changes your world view. It is such a rewarding and interesting course that enriches your life in many ways, as you are learning about human behaviour to better understand yourself and those around you. It has allowed me to grow and develop beyond what I thought I was capable of, personally and professionally.

Modules & learning

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Get involved in a broad and interdisciplinary Psychology that requires you to engage with theory and appropriately reflect on varied life and learning experiences.

Mind, Self & Culture

Explore concepts, theories and approaches to human consciousness; ranging from biological/cognitive phenomena to experiential noumena.

Examine scientific psychology while highlighting the narrowness of its assumptions by considering a range of alternative psychological approaches.

Learn ideas, concepts and theories associated with psychological development across life and cultures. Consider development from before birth to old age, within a social context.

Researching Society

Gain an awareness and appreciation of how environments shape human consciousness and behaviour, and how individuals and groups produce and are produced by their environments.

Psychoanalytic Contributions

Study the mutual interaction between the psychological individual and the personal, political, cultural and historical forces and relations that define your social context.

Critically evaluate the arguments and findings of existing research. Identify approaches to problem definition and formulate research questions and objectives into a research framework.

Become familiar with the various dynamics and mechanisms of persuasion within society and become a more effective and persuasive communicator.

Explore the developing field of Positive Psychology and its origins, leading theorists and researchers, in regards the exploration and cultivation of positive states of mind.

Delve into the enduring human fascination with phenomena such as Extra Sensory Perception, Psychokinesis and near-death/out of body experiences.

Demonstrates the ability to search and evaluate relevant academic literature and data, and apply the necessary research skills for the production of an empirical document.

Study consciousness (including the unconscious) and altered states of consciousness (ASCs), and come to the realisation that to study consciousness is to transform it.

Examine the dominance of scientific approaches in current thinking about how the psychological individual is constructed and theorised.

Study the various and integral roles music plays in constructing social, cultural and individual identities.

Reflect on the idea of madness, looking at psychiatric explanation as the dominant model in the construction and treatment of insanity, plus appropriateness and consequences.

Investigate and understand the variety of roles Psychologists may take in promoting Peace, and analyse and interpret current conflicts, informed by psychological theory.

Leeds Beckett University
Dr Tom Goodwin
Senior Lecturer

Dr Tom Goodwin is a Senior Lecturer in Social Psychology and a Course Leader for the BA (Hons) in Social Psychology.

We like to offer students something different by extending the idea of psychology beyond its scientific and experimental meaning. We teach a range of traditional and alternative psychological approaches from psychoanalysis and critical psychology to transpersonal psychology and mindfulness. The enthusiasm of our lecturers, our focus on developing a supportive environment and strong relationships with students, along with our interesting course content means we consistently achieve some of the highest student satisfaction scores in the university and the sector as a whole.
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Fees & funding

Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.
Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.

Facilities

  • Clinical Skills Suite
    Clinical Skills Suite

    The £1 million suite has been designed to meet the learning needs of a range of health professionals, with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a suitable and safe environment.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

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