Graduate ProfileAbigail Turton, graduated 2007-"I am working as a Research Assistant for the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge. For the last 18 months I have been working on an Addiction Endophenotype study where we compare stimulant dependent individuals with their non drug using brothers or sisters. Without a doubt my course prepared me very well for my present career. The whole course gave me a good grounding in all the aspects of psychology that I have since been using, e.g. neuroimaging techniques, neuropsychology, statistics and research methods to name a few. I especially believe that completing my final dissertation gave me essential skills for my current position. I enjoyed all of my time at Bath Spa, and preferred the smaller teaching groups because I felt it meant the lecturers got to know you individually. In my final year I liked the wide range of options for our elective modules." Bath Spa University School of Science, Society and Management 52 / 53 Psychology Sociology BSc (Hons) BSc (Hons)Psychology offers an insight to our behaviour and internal states. In a sense we are all psychologists as we spend much of our time working out what makes other people tick.Why choose this course? Psychology at Bath Spa examines the science behind what makes people tick. This science involves developing a critical understanding of the various theories that have been applied to our species (and where appropriate to other species). In order to do this students will learn how we observe people, how we conduct surveys and experiments and how we apply statistical procedures to the evidence that we have gathered. Psychology should not be seen as a 'cold science' however, as there is plenty of room for discussion and at Bath Spa our emphasis is on the real world approach to understanding people. About the course In the first year you will take a module that introduces you to the main psychological approaches - social, cognitive, developmental, individual differences and biological psychology. You will also take a module in research methods including survey work and experimentation. When you progress to Year 2 these main areas are studied in greater depth as individual modules are devoted to them. For those taking Major or Single Hons Psychology there will be further, more advanced courses in research methods. In Year 3 the emphasis shifts to the scholarly specialities of individual members of staff. For those taking Psychology as a Major or Single Hons course, there will also be a dissertation involving working one-to-one with a member of staff on an original research project in psychology. Careers Psychologists work in a variety of fields from health, clinical and counselling to occupational, educational and research. Recent figures show that approximately 20% of psychology graduates become professional psychologists (following Sociology is the study of societies, cultures, and groups. We live in complex societies with laws and informal rules that govern how we interact. Sociology helps you to understand more about yourself, others and the way society is organised.UCAS CodeSociologyL300Popular CombinationsPsychology - CL83Business and Management - NL13Education - XL33Geography - FL83For a full list of courses you can combine with Sociology, see page 63.Entry CriteriaTypical offers240-280 UCAS Tariff points (eg BCC; BB +AS a). See page 20Course InformationCourse locationNewton Park campusCourse length3 years full-time; part-time availableNo. of applicants (2010) 178No. of places (2010)20 (additional places are available as part of a Combined Award)More informationwww.bathspa.ac.uk/ugrad/National Student Survey Score (2010)90% satisfaction with teachingUCAS CodePsychologyC800Popular CombinationsSociology - CL83 Education - XC38 For a full list of courses you can combine with Psychology, see page 63. Entry CriteriaTypical offers260-300 UCAS Tariff points (eg BBC; AB +AS a). See page 20Course InformationCourse locationNewton Park campusCourse length3 years full-time; part-time availableNo. of applicants (2010) 518No. of places (2010)50 (additional places are available as part of a Combined Award)More informationwww.bathspa.ac.uk/ugrad/National Student Survey Score (2010)92% satisfaction with teachingSocial Psychology of Peace and Conflict; Counselling Psychology. Staff ProfileDr Lance Workman, Head of Psychology- "M y specialisms are biological and evolutionary psychology and I regularly appear in the media. One of my 'claims to fame' is that when working in the field I discovered regional dialects in robins back in the early 1990s. I really like our attractive campus here at Newton Park where you can walk around the lake while considering the intricate workings of the human mind."postgraduate training). A large proportion of graduates work in related areas such as teaching and social work where they take their skills. Students graduating with Single Hons in Psychology (which is accredited by the British Psychological Society) can apply directly for postgraduate training in order to become a professional psychologist. Those taking a combined award will need to take a further year's 'top-up' conversion course should they wish to apply for postgraduate training in psychology. Sample modules: Criminological and Investigative Psychology: Evolutionary Psychology, Neuropsychology, the 01Why choose this course?Do you want to know more about the world we live in, do you care about the world and do you want to make a difference? Sociologists understand social behaviour, social change and how social systems work. Sociology helps you become more informed and to think smarter. If you have an enquiring mind or find it easy to appreciate different points of view, then you will probably find that you have a flair for sociology. Sociology at Bath Spa provides plenty of choice within a flexible structure with opportunities to gain a good general grounding in a broad range of social science subjects. This can be an advantage if you're not quite sure exactly what you want to study.About the courseWe work hard to provide supportive and flexible learning that can be tailored to your individual needs. We make a large part of our lecture materials available on-line. As well as learning Sociology you will enhance the skills that you will need when you begin work or start on your career.In the first year you will be introduced to Sociology as well as to the techniques and philosophies of the social sciences. We focus on the concept of identity and you will learn more about yourself and others. We do not assume that you will have studied Sociology before, (but if you have, you will be able to access learning that is appropriate for you). The second year builds on the first and allows you to begin to specialise in more specific areas of Sociology such as education, health, crime, work, age and gender. We also provide practical training in research skills - essential for your final year project work and valuable in the workplace. In the final year you can concentrate on an aspect of sociology that most interests you in a dissertation with the support of a member of staff as a supervisor. You can also focus on more detailed subjects such as globalisation, the state, families, the environment or ethnicity and racism.CareersA Sociology degree is useful for any career that involves working with people, typically management or administration in the public or private sector; human resource management or marketing; media or journalism; social work; health education or nursing; law; the police; penal institutions; probation and working with offenders; work in the voluntary sector; or social research.0101 The study of social behaviour01 Studying the working of the mind
Bath Spa University Foundation Degrees with our partners in education www.bathspa.ac.ukFoundation Degrees with our partnersin educationMany students can study vocationally-based Foundation Degrees at their local FE college or at one of our specialist education partners. Our regional partnership arrangements are very important to us (and in many cases, are very long-standing).Although based in the colleges, the students are Bath Spa University students, and many apply to progress to the third year of an Honours degree at Bath Spa when they complete their Foundation Degree.