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The Foundation Year provides students with a solid foundation in academic skills and science-related disciplines, instilling knowledge and practical skills that will prepare them for the BSc (Hons) Psychology undergraduate degree. The course is structured such that all semester one modules are shared across all BSc with foundation year programmes in the School of Applied Sciences. Students who wish to change programme at the end of semester one can do so through consultation with the Course Director of both their parent programmes and the programme they wish to change to. This is subject to approval by both Course Directors and successfully passing all semester one modules.
The Foundation Year will develop academically confident “Level 4 ready” students through the provision of a supportive learning environment at Foundation Level that nurtures the development of the theoretical knowledge, academic, and practical skills necessary to successfully study the BSc (Hons) Psychology degree. It will introduce students to critical reflection and analytical, problem solving and strategic thinking in a broad context at Foundation Level.
It will also enhance student employability through the embedding of a cohesive blend of professional and academic skills while simultaneously providing career support and making available opportunities for problem-based learning, volunteering, and engaging in extra-curricular activities at university and beyond.
The modules at foundation level will cover the scientific disciplines underpinning or relating to the study of Psychology (biology and nutrition); the role of Psychology in the understanding of human thought, feelings, and behaviour and its application to contemporary, real-world issues ;the different sub-disciplines of Psychology and their role in supporting the understanding of human thought, feelings, and behaviour; the interdisciplinary nature of Psychology and application of academic and scientific skills including numerical and statistical methods, academic and scientific writing, communication, and presentation skills and the application of appropriate scientific knowledge and understanding to facilitate the understanding of Psychology theory, laboratory data collection and interpretation will be developed.
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Please note option modules may vary, and we cannot guarantee specific modules will be delivered.
As well as enhancing your understanding of human behaviour and thought processes, this course will help you become a more persuasive communicator - a desirable skill for employers.
Psychology graduates can and do go on to a wide range of careers. For careers as an applied psychologist, further training is required at either Masters or Doctoral level (depending on the specialism). Many employers value the skills that psychology graduates bring, and our assessment methods have been developed to allow students to develop these skills over the course of their studies. These skills include: report writing, data literacy, critical thinking, synthesising complex information, teamwork, organisation, project management, written and verbal communication, and presentation skills.
With an accredited degree and an appropriate postgraduate qualification you could go on to be a chartered psychologist in health, clinical, forensic, child and educational or occupational psychology. You’re also equipped for a career in counselling, teaching, the probation and courts services, market research, HR or business – there’s no such thing as a traditional career path for psychology graduates.
If you do go on to become a chartered psychologist, your everyday duties would vary depending on the speciality. An occupational psychologist works to maximise employee performance and increase job satisfaction; a clinical psychologist makes positive changes in clients’ lives.
Chartered Psychologists in the NHS can earn £25,500-£34,000 a year, rising to £40k+ with experience.
At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
Example of job titles for LSBU Psychology graduates include:
LSBU Psychology graduates have also gone onto further training courses in:
Psychology graduates may be able to progress onto our MSc Mental Health and Clinical Psychology.
Further information on careers in psychology can be found at the following website:
Our degrees are accredited by the British Psychology Society (BPS). This meets the requirements for Graduate Basis for Registration (GBR). With GBR, you can undertake Masters/Doctoral level study leading to Chartered Membership of the BPS. You’ll need at least a Lower Second Honours degree to be eligible for GBR.
It’s a good idea to look for voluntary or paid placements as soon as you can – we’ll support you in this. You can also undertake an assessed placement in your final year of study.
We use a range of assessment methods, and train you in these methods as you advance through your studies. The methods used are:
Our impressive research record (95% of our publications were rated as "internationally recognised" in REF 2021) means that teaching is informed by current, cutting-edge research, and because we have a focus on applied research, you can apply your learning to real world settings.
We aim to support you throughout your studies in many ways. We provide one-to-one support via our academic tutoring system. Your academic tutor will help you understand coursework feedback, offer guidance as you plan your career, and advise you on work experience to ensure you get the most out of the course. Teaching is also supported through seminars, online learning environments and specialist advice sessions for topics such as statistics and research methods. In addition to the facilities provided by the university, the psychology laboratory has dedicated computing and experimental equipment.
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As an Applied Sciences student, you will be allocated a named academic tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU. The role of your academic tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.
Your academic tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University.
Your academic tutor should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.
You will have appointments with your academic tutor a minimum of once per semester for 30 minutes throughout your course. This is often supplemented with additional meetings arranged via email as and when students need support. In addition to this Learning Support hours for all teaching staff will be advertised and available for you to book additional time for support related to a specific teaching session.
To be considered for entry to the course applicants would normally need at least 1 A level in a science subject or a minimum of 32 UCAS points from an equivalent L3 qualification as follows:
If you have already completed some studies at another university, we may be able to consider you for advanced entry. Please see our advanced entry page for more information.
The course is not currently open to international students.
International (non Home) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.
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Once we have made you an offer, you can apply for accommodation. You can rent from LSBU and you’ll deal directly with the university, not third party providers. That means we can guarantee you options to suit all budgets, with clear tenancy agreements and all-inclusive rents that include insurance for your personal belongings, internet access in each bedroom and on-site laundry facilities.
Or, if you’d rather rent privately, we can give you a list of landlords – just ask our Accommodation Service.
Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.
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After you’ve received your offer we’ll send you emails about events we run to help you prepare for your course.
Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Enrolment pages.
These books will give you a good idea of the breadth of Psychology as a discipline and will heighten your awareness of the theoretical and methodological issues to be covered during the course of your degree studies:
Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.
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For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.
Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a Home, EU or International student for fee-paying purposes and for our regulatory returns, by reading the UKCISA regulations.
The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.
The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.
We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.