Name of Programme
BSc (Hons) Psychology with integrated Foundation
Final Award
BSc (Hons)
Location
Buckingham
Awarding Institution/Body
University Of Buckingham
Teaching Institution
University Of Buckingham
School of Study
School of Psychology
Programme Code(s)
UBSF0SPS / Full Time / 3 Years
Professional Body Accreditation
British Psychological Society
Relevant Subject Benchmark Statement (SBS)
QAA SBS: Psychology (2019)
Admission Criteria
A-level: DD (or equivalent)
GCSE: maths C/4
IELTS 6.0
Applicable Cohort(s)
Autumn 2022
FHEQ Level
Levels 3 to 6
UCAS Code
C801
Summary of Programme
The three year BSc in Psychology is designed for students who need additional preparation prior to undergraduate level study. The first year of the programme is intended to provide a foundation in both knowledge and academic skills for the more specialist subjects in years two and three. Students’ progression onto the BSc Psychology programme is subject to regulations for the Foundation Stage of three year degree programmes. In addition, all students wishing to enter the Psychology BSc (directly or via the Foundation Stage three year degree programme) are required to pass a face-to-face selection tutorial or interview. For foundation entrants this will take place when a student is nearing completion of their foundation stage rather than prior to admission to foundation. This is to ensure parity across all entrants to the BSc Psychology programme, recognising the different expectations of entrants to a programme at level 3 versus level 4.

The psychology programme at Buckingham has been designed to integrate the unique Buckingham tutorial teaching model into the teaching of psychological science. The programme is based upon three core elements. First, covering the core theoretical content required for British Psychological Society accreditation meaning that the degree has both national and international recognition. Second, strong research methods and analysis skills embedded within the programme so that Buckingham graduates have begun to develop a range of highly employable skills. Third, optional modules in all areas of practitioner psychology recognized by the BPS and HCPC as well as other areas of applied psychology so that graduates can make full informed choices about their postgraduate pathway.
Educational Aims of the Programme
Year one:
• to equip students to become independent learners, facilitating the successful continuation of their studies in years two and three;
• to develop students’ ability to construct and communicate logical arguments clearly;
• to help students acquire and practise strategies for effective reading and for academic vocabulary development;
• to provide opportunities for students to develop academic skills;
• to train students in language awareness;
• to encourage students to develop general study skills, particularly including the ability to learn independently using a variety of source materials;
• to stimulate engagement and participation in the learning process.

Years two & three:
• to provide students with comprehensive understanding of psychological science within both core theoretical domains outlined in the QAA subject benchmark statement for Psychology, the seven areas of practitioner psychology (as recognised by the BPS and HCPC) and areas of interest and research within the psychology department;
• to present students with evidence from a range of theoretical perspectives and foster critical evaluation of the theories and research carried out within these areas;
• to introduce students to a range of areas of applied psychology (mostly as optional modules) to demonstrate the ways in which psychological theory is applied in real word contexts;
• to develop students’ appreciation of the scientific method as a means of the development of knowledge and demonstrate its role in theory development;
• to develop students’ research skills by introducing them to a variety of research methods in both a theoretical and practical way throughout the programme culminating in students being able to demonstrate their research skills at the end of the programme by carrying out an independent research project;
• to develop students' abilities to critically evaluate research findings by introducing them to a range of primary source research material and assisting them in the interpretation of this material.
Programme Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Year 1:
On successful completion of year 1, students should be able to:
1. Use English effectively for academic study.
2. Demonstrate the use of sources of information.
3. Demonstrate a knowledge of the structures, functions, processes and cultures pertaining to a range of social organisations.
4. Demonstrate a knowledge of the external environment within which organizations operate, including the political, social, economic and technological contexts at both national and international levels.
5. Demonstrate a knowledge and awareness of basic concepts in psychology.
6. Gain awareness of and familiarity with university study environment.
7. Gain familiarity with fundamental facts, concepts, theories, principles and methodologies.

Years 2 and 3:
1. Psychological theories and concepts from the core knowledge domains within psychology: biological psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, individual differences, social psychology and CHIP.
2. The relationship between psychological theory and practice in various domains of applied psychology.
3. Research methods; their place in psychological science.

Teaching/Learning Strategy

Year 1:
The programme will be delivered with a combination of lectures, seminars and small group tutorials, and with practical classes as appropriate. Teaching is supported by the use of module texts and journal articles. The use of IT is embedded across the curriculum Understanding is reinforced by support from tutors in the form of comments based on their assignment answers (ILO:1-7).

Years 2 and 3:
1. Core theories have dedicated mandatory modules so that students are exposed to all of the core domains of psychological theory. Students’ contributions to weekly tutorials on every module of their degree see them engage in in-depth discussion and clarify their knowledge and understanding relating to key psychological theories, research and application.
2. The latter part of the programme consists of a range of applied psychology modules that build upon knowledge gained in the core domains.
3. Core and applied modules have a range of research methods coverage from both a practical and theoretical level.

Assessment Strategy

1. Examinations which typically comprise 50% of a module total are the main means of assessing knowledge. Coursework assignments are also used to address key topics within particular domains. Tutorial Contributions that typically comprise 10% of a module total.
2. Examinations and coursework assignments for applied modules.
3. Specific core and applied modules are based upon this knowledge domain and assessments reflect this.
Programme Outcomes

Cognitive Skills

Year 1:
On successful completion of the programme, students should be able to:
1. Analyse problems, sifting the irrelevant from the relevant, and expressing the results in both written and oral forms.
2. Evaluate proposed solutions using appropriate methods.
3. Integrate knowledge and skills from various sources into a coherent whole, making appropriate abstractions.
4. Synthesise arguments from underlying premises to produce overall conclusions.
5. Demonstrate a heightened awareness of differences in culture, historical context, values and political structures.
6. Present acquired knowledge from various sources.
7. Conduct logical reasoning, logical thinking and drawing sensible conclusions.
8. Build an evidence based argument and improve the quality of argument.
9. Gathering and evaluating information on new technologies from primary and reliable sources.
10. Identifying problems and specifying requirements for new solutions.

Years 2 and 3:
1. Integrate concepts from a range of theoretical domains.
2. Develop a psychological understanding of general patterns of both typical and atypical behaviour.
3. Use evidence based reasoning to examine theoretical, methodological, and ethical issues in psychological science.
4. Use scientific reasoning to research design and implementation problems.
5. Develop and understanding of contextual, interpersonal and cultural factors that influence human psychology.
6. Development of cognitive skills such as using critical thinking and evidence based reasoning.

Teaching/Learning Strategy

Year 1:
The principles are discussed in the module texts, lectures and seminars, with examples given to aid understanding of the processes involved. The students are also provided with practical activities to develop cognitive skills, utilising case study materials. Assignments are designed to demonstrate the skills of analysis, evaluation and integration. The essays and projects are extended opportunities for students to further develop and be assessed on these skills.

Years 2 and 3:
Explain the teaching and learning methods and strategies used to help students achieve each part of the cognitive skills:
1. Lectures.
2. Tutorial readings will often address this point specifically.
3. Research exercises and some tutorial readings.
4. Research projects and the project module.
5. Data collection and group cooperation.
6. Tutorial contribution.

Assessment Strategy

Year 1:
The principles are discussed in the module texts, lectures and seminars, with many examples given to aid understanding of the processes involved. The students are also provided with practical activities to develop cognitive skills, utilising case study materials other authentic materials. Assignments are designed to demonstrate the skills of analysis, evaluation and integration. The essays and projects are extended opportunities for students to further develop and be assessed on these skills (CS:1-5).

Strategies used to assess the achievement of each part of the cognitive skills:
1. Examinations and coursework assignments deal with the integration of concepts more and more as the programme progresses.
2. Examinations and coursework from many modules.
3. Research report assignments and the final year project module.
4. Research project assessments and the Final year project report.
5. Various assessments require that this is addressed.
6. Tutorial contribution.
Programme Outcomes

Practical/Transferable Skills

Year 1:
1. Effectively communicate about psychological topics.
2. Effective use of communication and information technology.
3. Ability to conduct research into psychological topics either individually or as part of a team for projects/dissertations/ presentations.
4. Analysing data and presenting the analysis results.
5. Time management.
6. Effectively presenting information in written and oral forms, and communicate successfully with a variety of audiences.
7. Effectively gathering, filtering and critically evaluating information.
8. Producing individual work and undertake self-directed learning of new knowledge for education and professional development.
9. Working as a part of a team and recognising the roles to play within the team.

Years 2 and 3:
1. Ability to devise and test hypotheses.
2. Design and implement a research programme.
3. Analyses both quantitative and qualitative data.
4. Present research findings.
5. Communicate psychological theory and research findings clearly and effectively.
6. Find and comprehend primary source material.
7. Use a variety of research and psychological tools including SPSS, psychometric instruments and various other research tools.
8. Independently carry out a significant research project.
9. Use data effectively by plying both descriptive and inferential statistical techniques.
10. Develop computer literacy.
11. Develop literature search skills.
12. Develop team working skills.

Teaching/Learning Strategy

Year 1:
1. Students will be required to write and present assignments both as individuals and in groups.
2. Students will be given the opportunity to apply knowledge to solve practical problems.
3. Students will be exposed to a variety of workshops and practical exercises helping to develop numeracy and IT skills.
4. Students will be required to exercise research skills in preparation for classroom exercises.
5. Students will be encouraged to use Moodle and other online resources to aid learning, effectively present information and develop IT skills.

Years 2 and 3:
1. Research methods and statistics modules in both years of the programme as well as embedded research reports and the final year project.
2. Project module.
3. Many modules have research coursework components.
4. All modules are focused upon the presentation of module specific research findings.
5. Using both presentations and written submission students are taught communication techniques. In addition the tutorials are based upon communication of ideas about research.
6. Dedicated seminars and classes instruct students how to search for primary source material.
7. Dedicated modules that have integrated SPSS practical sessions. Other modules include the use of psychological tools where appropriate.
8. Final year research project module.
9. Many modules have research coursework components.
10. All coursework must be submitted in electronic format and specialist software is employed.
11. Seminars and classes provided on the use of online databases such as PsycINFO.
12. Tutorials provide weekly team working experience. Students are required to work in groups on some research and data collection exercises.

Assessment Strategy

1. Research reports.
2. Final year Project report and presentation.
3. Both written and computer based assessments to assess data analysis skills.
4. Some modules have presentation components and the research project has a “conference style” presentation assessment.
5. All assessments involve clear communication of research findings. Tutorial contributions require clear oral communication.
6. Greater emphasis in the inclusion of primary source material as students progress through the programme.
7. Computer based SPSS assessments are core components of two modules and are integrated into may other modules.
8. Project report and presentation.
9. Research report modules work.
10. All submitted coursework assignments and SPSS examinations.
11. By part 2 of the programme all students are expected to be searching for and using primary source material.
12. Students are always assessed individually but may carry out some support tasks collectively. Part of their individual assessment may be with regards to their team contributions. Furthermore, tutorial contribution marks provide an ongoing assessment across all modules on the Programme.
External Reference Points
• Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (Link);
• Relevant Subject Benchmark Statement(s) (Link);
• British Psychological Society Standards for the accreditation of undergraduate, conversion and integrated Masters programmes in psychology
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if he/she takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information on the learning outcomes, content and teaching, learning and assessment methods of each course unit/module can be found in the departmental or programme handbook. The accuracy of the information contained in this document is reviewed annually by the University of Buckingham and may be checked by the Quality Assurance Agency.
Date of Production
Spring 2019; Revised Winter 2020, September 2021, August 2022
Date approved by School Learning and Teaching Committee
Spring 2019; Winter 2020, September 2021, August 2022
Date approved by School Board of Study
Spring 2019; Winter 2020, September 2021, August 2022
Date approved by University Learning and Teaching Committee
Spring 2019; Reported Winter 2020, September 2021, August 2022
Date of Annual Review
In line with the University annual monitoring review process.

 

PROGRAMME STRUCTURES

BSc (Hons) Psychology with integrated Foundation

UBSF0SPS / Full Time / January Entry
Term 1
Winter
Key Academic Skills [L3/10U] (FFFKASK)
Global Perspectives [L3/10U] (FFFGLOP)
Classic Studies in Psychology [L3/10U] (FFFCSIP)
Digital Skills [L3/10U] (FFFDIGS)
Winter Examination
Term 2
Spring
Academic Writing Skills [L3/10U] (FFFACWS)
Critical Thinking [L3/10U] (FFFCRTH)
Essential Mathematics [L3/10U] (FFFESMA)
Psychology Specific Research Skills [L3/10U] (FFFPSRS)
Spring Examination
Term 3
Summer
Research Skills [L3/10U] (FFFRSKS)
Advanced Academic Skills [L3/10U] (FFFADAS)
Psychology: From Theory to Practice [L3/10U] (FFFPTTP)
Foundations in Biological Psychology [L3/10U] (FFFFIBP)
Summer Examination
Term 4
Autumn
Psychological Processes [L4/15U] (SUFPROC)
Biopsychosocial Aspects of Human Behaviour [L4/15U] (SUFBIOP)
Term 5
Winter
Research Methods and Statistics [L4/30U] (SUFRMAS)
Positive Psychology [L4/15U] (SUFPOSP)
Term 6
Spring
Research Methods and Statistics [L4/30U] (SUFRMAS)
(Continued)
Skills For Psychologists [L4/15U] (SUFSK4P)
Preliminary Examination
Term 7
Summer
Biological Psychology [L5/15U] (SUFBIPS)
Individual Differences [L5/15U] (SUFIDVD)
Psychology of Emotion [L5/15U] (SUFPEM5)
Term 8
Autumn
Quantitative Methods & Analysis in Psychology [L5/15U] (SUFQMAP)
Social Psychology [L5/15U] (SUFSPSY)
Health Psychology [L6/15U] (SUFHLPY)
Part 1 Examination
Term 9
Winter
Cognitive Psychology [L5/15U] (SUFCOPS)
Qualitative Methods & Analysis in Psychology [L5/15U] (SUFQLAP)
One of:
Cyberpsychology [L6/15U]
Forensic Psychology [L6/15U] (PSMJXXXX45)
Term 10
Spring
Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology [L5/15U] (SUFCHIP)
Developmental Psychology [L5/15U] (SUFDPSY)
One of:
Creative Performance and Expertise [L6/15U]
Occupational Psychology [L6/15U] (PSMJXXXX46)
Part 2 Stage 1 Examination
Term 11
Summer
Research Project [L6/30U] (SUFPRJP)
Two of:
Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy [L6/15U]
Cognitive Neuroscience & Neuropsychology [L6/15U]
Sports & Exercise Psychology [L6/15U] (PSMJXXXX47)
Term 12
Autumn
Research Project [L6/30U] (SUFPRJP)
(Continued)
Two of:
Animal Behaviour [L6/15U]
Clinical Psychology [L6/15U]
Educational Psychology [L6/15U] (PSMJXXXX48)
Part 2 Stage 2 Examination

 

BSc (Hons) Psychology with integrated Foundation

UBSF0SPS / Full Time / September Entry
Term 1
Autumn
Key Academic Skills [L3/10U] (FFFKASK)
Global Perspectives [L3/10U] (FFFGLOP)
Classic Studies in Psychology [L3/10U] (FFFCSIP)
Digital Skills [L3/10U] (FFFDIGS)
Autumn Examination
Term 2
Winter
Academic Writing Skills [L3/10U] (FFFACWS)
Critical Thinking [L3/10U] (FFFCRTH)
Foundations in Biological Psychology [L3/10U] (FFFFIBP)
Psychology: From Theory to Practice [L3/10U] (FFFPTTP)
Winter Examination
Term 3
Spring
Research Skills [L3/10U] (FFFRSKS)
Advanced Academic Skills [L3/10U] (FFFADAS)
Psychology Specific Research Skills [L3/10U] (FFFPSRS)
Essential Mathematics [L3/10U] (FFFESMA)
Spring Examination
Term 4
Autumn
Psychological Processes [L4/15U] (SUFPROC)
Biopsychosocial Aspects of Human Behaviour [L4/15U] (SUFBIOP)
Term 5
Winter
Research Methods and Statistics [L4/30U] (SUFRMAS)
Positive Psychology [L4/15U] (SUFPOSP)
Term 6
Spring
Research Methods and Statistics [L4/30U] (SUFRMAS)
(Continued)
Skills For Psychologists [L4/15U] (SUFSK4P)
Preliminary Examination
Term 7
Summer
Biological Psychology [L5/15U] (SUFBIPS)
Individual Differences [L5/15U] (SUFIDVD)
Psychology of Emotion [L5/15U] (SUFPEM5)
Term 8
Autumn
Quantitative Methods & Analysis in Psychology [L5/15U] (SUFQMAP)
Social Psychology [L5/15U] (SUFSPSY)
Health Psychology [L6/15U] (SUFHLPY)
Part 1 Examination
Term 9
Winter
Cognitive Psychology [L5/15U] (SUFCOPS)
Qualitative Methods & Analysis in Psychology [L5/15U] (SUFQLAP)
One of:
Cyberpsychology [L6/15U]
Forensic Psychology [L6/15U] (PSMJXXXX45)
Term 10
Spring
Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology [L5/15U] (SUFCHIP)
Developmental Psychology [L5/15U] (SUFDPSY)
One of:
Creative Performance and Expertise [L6/15U]
Occupational Psychology [L6/15U] (PSMJXXXX46)
Part 2 Stage 1 Examination
Term 11
Summer
Research Project [L6/30U] (SUFPRJP)
Two of:
Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy [L6/15U]
Cognitive Neuroscience & Neuropsychology [L6/15U]
Sports & Exercise Psychology [L6/15U] (PSMJXXXX47)
Term 12
Autumn
Research Project [L6/30U] (SUFPRJP)
(Continued)
Two of:
Animal Behaviour [L6/15U]
Clinical Psychology [L6/15U]
Educational Psychology [L6/15U] (PSMJXXXX48)
Part 2 Stage 2 Examination