Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience (Including Placement Year)

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Academic Year of Entry: 2024/25
Course overview
(BSc) Bachelor of Science
Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience (Including Placement Year)
Current
University of Essex
University of Essex
Psychology
Colchester Campus
Honours Degree
Full-time
Psychology
BSC C809
08/05/2024

Details

Professional accreditation

Accredited against the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Admission criteria

  • GCSE: Mathematics C/4.
  • A-levels: BBB - BBC or 120 - 112 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of 2 full A-levels.
  • BTEC: DDM - DMM or 120 - 112 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of the equivalent of 2 full A-levels. The acceptability of BTECs is dependent on subject studied and optional units taken - email ugquery@essex.ac.uk for advice.
  • Combined qualifications on the UCAS tariff: 120 - 112 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of 2 full A levels or equivalent. Tariff point offers may be made if you are taking a qualification, or mixture of qualifications, from the list on our undergraduate application information page.
  • IB: 30 - 29 points or three Higher Level certificates with 555-554. Our Maths requirement can be met with either: 4 in Standard level Maths; 3 in Higher level Maths; or 4 in IB Middle Years Maths.
  • IB Career-related Programme: We consider combinations of IB Diploma Programme courses with BTECs or other qualifications. Advice on acceptability can be provided, email Undergraduate Admissions.
  • QAA-approved Access to HE Diploma: 6 level 3 credits at Distinction and 39 level 3 credits at Merit, depending on subject studied - advice on acceptability can be provided, email Undergraduate Admissions.
  • T-levels: We consider T-levels on a case-by-case basis, depending on subject studied. The offer for most courses is Distinction overall. Depending on the course applied for there may be additional requirements, which may include a specific grade in the Core.

Contextual Offers:

We are committed to ensuring that all students with the merit and potential to benefit from an Essex education are supported to do so. For October 2024 entry, if you are a home fee paying student residing in the UK you may be eligible for a Contextual Offer of up to two A-level grades, or equivalent, below our standard conditional offer.
Factors we consider:

  • Applicants from underrepresented groups
  • Applicants progressing from University of Essex Schools Membership schools/colleges
  • Applicants who attend a compulsory admissions interview
  • Applicants who attend an Offer Holder Day at our Colchester or Southend campus

Our contextual offers policy outlines additional circumstances and eligibility criteria.

For further information about what a contextual offer may look like for your specific qualification profile, email ugquery@essex.ac.uk.

If you haven't got the grades you hoped for, have a non-traditional academic background, are a mature student, or have any questions about eligibility for your course, more information can be found on our undergraduate application information page or get in touch with our Undergraduate Admissions Team.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) code

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall, or specified score in another equivalent test that we accept.

Details of English language requirements, including component scores, and the tests we accept for applicants who require a Student visa (excluding Nationals of Majority English Speaking Countries) can be found here

If we accept the English component of an international qualification it will be included in the academic levels listed above for the relevant countries.

English language shelf-life

Most English language qualifications have a validity period of 5 years. The validity period of Pearson Test of English, TOEFL and CBSE or CISCE English is 2 years.

If you require a Student visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.

Pre-sessional English courses

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

Pending English language qualifications

You don’t need to achieve the required level before making your application, but it will be one of the conditions of your offer.

If you cannot find the qualification that you have achieved or are pending, then please email ugquery@essex.ac.uk .

Requirements for second and final year entry

Different requirements apply for second and final year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a visa to study in the UK. Details of English language requirements, including UK Visas and Immigration minimum component scores, and the tests we accept for applicants who require a Student visa (excluding Nationals of Majority English Speaking Countries) can be found here

Additional Notes

If you’re an international student, but do not meet the English language or academic requirements for direct admission to this degree, you could prepare and gain entry through a pathway course. Find out more about opportunities available to you at the University of Essex International College

Course qualifiers

A course qualifier is a bracketed addition to your course title to denote a specialisation or pathway that you have achieved via the completion of specific modules during your course. The specific module requirements for each qualifier title are noted below. Eligibility for any selected qualifier will be determined by the department and confirmed by the final year Board of Examiners. If the required modules are not successfully completed, your course title will remain as described above without any bracketed addition. Selection of a course qualifier is optional and student can register preferences or opt-out via Online Module Enrolment (eNROL).

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Rules of assessment

Rules of assessment are the rules, principles and frameworks which the University uses to calculate your course progression and final results.

Additional notes

Note: If you choose a 30 credit outside option which is at a 2nd year level in component 6 of your final year, please note that this means you will only be taking 90 credits at third-year level (level 6). This is the absolute minimum allowable therefore, you must pass all your final year level 6 modules.

External examiners

External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment. External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course. They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards. External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.

Key

Core You must take this module.
You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study.
You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Compulsory You must take this module.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Optional You can choose which module to study.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.

Year 1 - 2024/25

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Min Credits Max Credits
01  PS101-4-AU-CO  Understanding our place in the world  Core  15  15 
02  PS102-4-AU-CO  Growing in the world  Core  15  15 
03  PS103-4-AU-CO  Experiencing Emotion  Core  15  15 
04  PS104-4-SP-CO  Thinking and the Mind  Core  15  15 
05  PS105-4-SP-CO  The Social World  Core  15  15 
06  PS106-4-SP-CO  The Social Brain  Core  15  15 
07    Option(s) from list  Optional  30  30 
08  PS117-4-FY-CO  Introduction to Personal Development and Employability  Compulsory 

Year 2 - 2025/26

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Min Credits Max Credits
01  PS421-5-AU-CO  Statistics for Psychology  Core  15  15 
02  PS411-5-SP-CO  Brain and Behaviour  Core  15  15 
03  PS423-5-AU-CO  Psychology of Health  Core  15  15 
04  PS406-5-AU-CO  Developmental Psychology  Core  15  15 
05  PS407-5-AU-CO  Social Psychology  Core  15  15 
06  PS416-5-SP-CO  Personality and Individual Differences  Core  15  15 
07  PS425-5-SP-CO  Cognitive Psychology  Core  15  15 
08    Option from list  Optional  15  15 
09  PS417-5-FY-CO  Enhancing employability and career planning  Compulsory 

Year Abroad/Placement - 2026/27

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Min Credits Max Credits
01  PS418-5-FY-CO  Placement Year  Core  120  120 

Year 3 - 2027/28

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Min Credits Max Credits
01  PS300-6-FY-CO  Psychology Project  Core  30  30 
02  PS495-6-AU-CO  The Neuroscience of Human Nature  Core  15  15 
03    Option(s) from list  Optional  45  45 
04    Option(s) from list or outside option(s)  Optional  30  30 
05  PS492-6-FY-CO  Advanced employability skills and career progression  Compulsory 

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

  • To provide an education in Psychology in core subjects appropriate to gain Graduate membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS), and the Graduate Basis for Registration as a Chartered Psychologist through BPS accredited courses, whilst guaranteeing expert training necessary to undertake a research project in Cognitive Neuroscience.
  • To enable students to acquire a broad understanding of psychological science, while also providing opportunities to develop expertise within particular areas of specialisation (cognitive psychology, social psychology, perception and neuropsychology).
  • To provide students with a research project in Cognitive Neuroscience.
  • To provide students with a suitable grounding for further study and research.
  • To provide training in transferable skills necessary to meet the current requirements of graduate employers.


    • To provide students with the knowledge and experience of a placement.


    Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

    On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

    A: Knowledge and understanding

    A1: Basic psychological theory, research methods and statistics.

    A2: Psychological theory within the core domains as outlined by the BPS. These are Biological Psychology; Sensation and Perception; Cognitive Psychology; Developmental Psychology; Social Psychology; and Research Methods.

    A3: Statistical theory and experimental design appropriate for psychological science.

    A4: Principles and techniques in those areas in which the student has chosen to develop special expertise.

    A101: Acquired knowledge, understanding and experience of a placement

    Learning methods

    The scheme has been designed to be progressive: acquisition of introductory material (A1) is taught in the first year; acquisition of compulsory core courses in psychological theory (A2), and acquisition of knowledge on statistical theory and experimental design (A3), are taught in the first and second years.

    Understanding of specialist topics is encouraged in the third year by means of specialist option courses (A4), in addition to a compulsory final year research project (A4).

    The compulsory second year courses and the final year project provide the core syllabus required for professional accreditation by the British Psychological Society.

    While lectures are the principal method of delivery for the concepts and principles outlined in A1-A4, the department encourages learning through the integration of other teaching activities, including tutorials or discussion groups (A1-A3), computer-based workshops (A1, A3), project research and supervision (A4), student presentations (A4), and directed reading (A1-A4).
    The knowledge understanding and experience of a placement (A5) is acquired through successful completion of placement which occurs in between the second and final year of the three-year counterpart.

    The details of the learning/teaching methods are included on each training agreement and are specific to an individual student. It will include individual supervision by a university supervisor and a supervisor(s) from the placement provider.

    Assessment methods

    A variety of methods of assessment are used, including multiple-choice exams (A1, A3), coursework essays (A1), end-of-year examinations (A1-A4), laboratory reports (A1-A3), research project poster presentation (A4) and research dissertation (A3, A4).


    Assessment of the placement (A101) is through a number of elements including
    an assessment of the students performance in undertaking the placement, and reflecting on the placement experience.

    B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

    B1: Critically evaluate the relative strengths of a range of theories and techniques used in psychology.

    B2: Employ evidence-based reasoning to produce coherent research plans and hypotheses.

    B3: Assemble and integrate evidence from a variety of sources, including primary sources

    B4: Analyse and interpret quantitative information relevant to psychological research in graphs, figures, tables, and determine whether appropriate statistical tests have been used.

    Learning methods

    The basis for intellectual skills is provided in lectures and laboratory classes.

    B1 is developed in both lecture-based and laboratory-based courses.

    B2 is developed in most laboratory assignments, and is central to the final-year project.

    B3 is developed through lectures, guided reading and tutor led discussions groups.

    B4 is developed in statistics and laboratory courses, as well as the final-year research project.

    Assessment methods

    Intellectual and cognitive skills are assessed primarily through examinations, and also through marked laboratory reports, essays, and project work.


    C: Practical skills

    C1: Effectively test research hypotheses using standard statistical techniques (e.g., t-tests).

    C2: Present quantitative data in tabular and graphical form.

    C3: Use a range of psychological tools, such as specialist software, and laboratory equipment.

    C4: Plan, undertake and report an empirical project related to Cognitive Neuroscience.

    Learning methods

    Practical skills (C1-C4) are developed in laboratory classes, assignments and project work.

    C1 is developed through exercises and exposure to a range of statistical software.

    C2 is taught in laboratory-based project work and further developed in the final year research project.

    C3 and C4 are developed in laboratory classes and during the supervision of the final year individual project.

    Assessment methods

    Practical skills are assessed through marked laboratory reports, end-of-year examinations, and the final year empirical project, that includes assessment of both a poster presentation (10%) and a written report of the project (90%).

    D: Key skills

    D1: Communicate ideas effectively. Produce written reports/essays.

    D2: Be computer-literate i) Use appropriate IT facilities to prepare and present laboratory reports and essays. ii) Use statistical software to analyse quantitative data.

    D3: Handle data and be numerate i) Collect, analyse and present numerical data. ii) Use statistical techniques in the process of experimental analysis and design.

    D4: Problem solve and reason scientifically. Analyse complex problems and design effective solutions.

    D5: Improve own learning and performance. i) Organise activity and time in an effective way. ii) Study independently.

    Learning methods

    Students are introduced to statistical software in their first year, and thereafter the development of key skills forms an integral part of their learning activity.

    In particular: D1(i) is developed throughout the course in laboratory classes, lecture-based courses, tutorials and the final year individual project.

    D2(i) and D2(ii) are developed through the use of an extensive computer laboratory with access to the internet.

    These key skills are taught in laboratory courses and statistics courses in both the first and second year and further developed with supervision of the third year project.

    D3(i) and D3(ii) are developed primarily in laboratory courses and in the final year project.
    D4 is developed in exercises and laboratory classes.

    D5(i) and D5(ii) are emphasised throughout the programme and are developed by means of rigid deadlines, feedback on assignments and discussions with class tutors.

    Students are also directed to the University’s ‘‘Key Skills On-line’‘ package that allows students to work at their own pace.

    Assessment methods

    Oral communication skills are taught and assessed in PS411 Brain and Behaviour, and are included as a defence of the PS300 Final Year Project Poster. Other forms of communication include lab report writing (second year laboratory reports), essays and thought pieces (years 1 and 2), examinations (all three years) and poster presentation of final year project. Numeracy skills are assessed in year 1 modules, PS421, PS300. Problem-solving and reasoning scientifically is assessed in PS416, year 1 modules, second year laboratory class reports (PS406, PS425), and final year projects PS300. Qualitative data analyses are assessed in PS423. There is also an element of problem-solving in researching, preparing and answering essay questions.


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