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Social Psychology
Undergraduate course
BA (Hons)

Social Psychology

International Scholarships available

Overview

Discover how attempts to understand who we are must consider the impact of social and psychological influences. 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, and you will 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.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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Course Features

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

Teaching and learning

Advance beyond traditional psychological thought, as you understand the interaction between groups and individuals. Your study of sociological models will enrich your knowledge of psychology. The tabs below detail what and how you will study in each year of your course. The balance of assessments and overall workload will be informed by your core modules and the option modules you choose to study; the information provided is an indication of what you can expect and may be subject to change. The option modules listed are also an indication of what will be available to you. Their availability is subject to demand and you will be advised which option modules you can choose at the beginning of each year of study.
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Study the core principles behind psychology, society and psychosocial development, as you analyse different theories and approaches.
Overall workload
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216 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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984 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Assessment proportions
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
7%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
93%
Core Modules

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

Focus on how psychologists investigate culture, and on how it shapes (and is shaped by) mind, self and consciousness. You will also draw on approaches from related disciplines - sociology, philosophy, comparative theology, and anthropology. You will explore themes including; myths and legends, ritual and tradition, collective memory, sacred spaces, 'virtual worlds', and language, signs and symbols. You will also be introduced to a number of techniques used to investigate culture and its meanings, including participant observation, interpretation, reflexivity and 'auto-ethnography'.

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.

Gain an understanding of both epistemological and methodological aspects of research process. The first part of the module introduces you to fundamental epistemological questions for the social and socio-psychological sciences. You will specifically look at a number of problematic distinctions within research process, such as: scientific versus ordinary knowledge; and theory versus empirical data. The question of the precise relationship between quantitative measurement and the scientific method will be explicitly investigated. In addition to this, you will address practical issues related to different stages of research project design. Then, you will focus on discussing key methods and techniques used in social scientific research, such as ethnographic method, semiotic and discourse analyses, and causal analysis.

Develop on the knowledge gained in Year One, with a focus on analysis and critique on psychological theory informed by interdisciplinary approaches. You will be encouraged to adapt psychological ideas and approaches.
Overall workload
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266 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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934 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Assessment proportions
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
10%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
90%
Core Modules

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.

Gain a comprehensive understanding of Freud and his invention, psychoanalysis. You will be introduced to Freudian concepts such as the unconscious, sexuality, transference and dream interpretation and reflect on their importance for understanding the self, others, and the societies in which they interact. You will also explore developments and critiques of Freud from advocates such as Lacan and Klein and dissenters such as Jung and the psychoanalytic feminists.

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

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.

Option modules may include:

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.

Further build upon your knowledge of the core themes of social psychology, as you gain an appreciation of the limitations and achievements of psychological approaches. You will also complete a dissertation.
Overall workload
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163 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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1037 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Assessment proportions
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
100%
Core Modules

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.

Option modules may include:

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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BA Social Psychology - Ella Blackwell

Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our Bursaries and Scholarships.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

Access to the Clinical Skills Suite with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a suitable and safe environment

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • You will need to pay for two copies of your dissertation or final project to be bound

Course-specific optional costs

  • Travel, accommodation and subsistence for optional educational visits
    (The nature and cost of these visits will vary from year to year).

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £12000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

Access to the Clinical Skills Suite with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a suitable and safe environment

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • You will need to pay for two copies of your dissertation or final project to be bound

Course-specific optional costs

  • Travel, accommodation and subsistence for optional educational visits
    (The nature and cost of these visits will vary from year to year).

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

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.

Location

City Campus

City Campus

It is not every university that can offer you the chance to study in the best tall building in the world. But we can. Our City Campus is home to such award-winning learning environments as Broadcasting Place, voted best tall building in the world in 2010. Other buildings include the Rose Bowl, home to our Business School, which was awarded Best Commercial Property Development in the 2009 Yorkshire Property awards. Just over the road from the Rose Bowl is the Leslie Silver building which houses one of our impressive libraries across five floors. The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year.

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