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Psychology and Sociology BA/BSc (Hons)

Key features of this course:

  • Scientific approach to the study of psychological behaviour, experience and functioning
  • Research active staff providing depth of expertise in areas including counselling, developmental, educational, forensic, health, sport, business, cognitive and social psychology
  • A balance of innovative and traditional assessment methods to support your learning
  • Excellence in teaching using interactive and engaging methods with academic tutoring to support your personal and professional development as a reflective student
  • Opportunities to take up work experience, study abroad at a partner university and to participate in volunteering activities
  • Course engagement with urgent and key issues facing contemporary societies, with a particular focus on matters of social division, social inequality and identity
  • Encouragement to pursue original thought and ideas, with the seminar room providing opportunities for sustained discussion and debate.
  • Opportunities to acquire research, communication and other skills that are highly valued by employers and to develop your capacity for analysis and critical thinking.

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For more information about teaching, learning and assessment on this course, please see the single honours course pages for Psychology and Sociology.

When you choose to combine Psychology with another subject in a Joint Honours degree will not receive the BPS accreditation as this pathway does not provide full coverage of mandatory BPS curriculum content. However, there is flexibility to switch to Single Honours at the end of the first year if you wish to receive a BPS accredited Psychology degree.


Entry requirements

112 UCAS Tariff points

The points used above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

Study options

Full-time or part-time study available

Get in touch

Dr Helen Scott
Programme Lead, Psychology, and Joint Honours Academic Tutor
01905 542280

Dr Gillian Harrop
Admissions Tutor, Psychology
01905 542549

Elaine Walklet
Admissions Tutor, Psychology
01905 542420

Dr Athanasia Chalari
Admissions Tutor, Sociology
01905 855307

Admissions Office
01905 855111

Course content


When selecting your modules in Psychology for Years 2 and 3, it is important to consult with your academic tutor from Psychology. We offer an MSc in Psychology following the BSc that would provide you with the Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

If as a Joint Honours student you go on to complete the MSc Psychology, the option of entering professional training within a particular pathway in psychology is then opened up to you. This would have an impact on your module choices within your Joint Honours program. See the MSc Psychology webpage for more information.

Year 1

Core modules:

Introduction to Psychology
Psychological Research Methods 1
Applying Sociology 


Module options:

Approaching the Crisis: 21st Century Sociology
On TV and Online: The Small Screen and the Active Audience
Family Lives
Origins of Sociological Thought
Democracy? The Story of an Ideal
Welfare For All? The Story of a Dream

Year 2

Core modules:

Pathways in Sociology


Module options:

Biological & Cognitive Psychology
Social & Developmental Psychology
Psychological Research Methods 2
Individual Differences
Evolution and Human Behaviour
Diversity and Inclusivity in Psychology
Sociology Research Design & Methods
Approaching Sociological Research
Constructions of Crime: Media Representations and Policy Debates
People at Work: Sociological Perspectives
Campaign Power - People, Pressure Groups and Social Debates
Housing, Housing Problems and Homelessness
Consuming Lives
'Race' and Ethnicity in Contemporary Britain

Year 3

Core modules:



Module options:

Psychology Research Project
Psychology in Practice
Business Psychology
Clinical Psychology
Coaching Psychology
Counselling Psychology
Educational Psychology
Forensic Psychology
Health Psychology
Critical Sociocultural Psychology
Applied Sports Psychology
Positive Psychology
Independent Study
Response to Crime: The Justice Process
Pornography and Modern Culture
History of Sexuality
Body & Society
Sociology of the Individual
'Race', Ethnicity and Education
Education and The Sociological Imagination
Risk Society
Constructing Emotions: Social / Political Perspectives



A degree with Psychology is highly favoured by employers, giving you an excellent advantage in the job market. Previous graduates have gone into roles as diverse as management, human resources, teaching, healthcare or art therapy. During your studies with us you will learn and develop a broad range of transferable skills. An important part of this learning process is the ability to reflect upon your own experiences; an aspect of practice engaged in by all professional psychologists.

We offer an MSc in Psychology following your BSc that would provide you with the Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society (BPS). If as a Joint Honours student you go on to complete the MSc Psychology, the option of entering professional training within a particular pathway in psychology is then opened up to you. See the MSc Psychology webpage for more information.

A degree in Sociology is a gateway to many careers, especially jobs that involve managing and communicating with people, thinking out solutions to problems, and understanding the diverse society in which we live. Our graduates have an excellent employment record and have taken up a variety of careers, including careers in housing, the probation service, youth work, caring professions, social services, the police, business and personnel management, public relations, media, marketing, and teaching. In order to help you reflect, plan and work on your career and progression aspirations, Sociology provides a number of opportunities for you to discuss and develop them.

How to apply

Apply through UCAS

Psychology and Sociology BA/BSc (Hons) - CL83

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