The Qualifying Certificate in Psychology is designed to enable students with no previous experience of psychology in higher education to acquire sufficient knowledge and skills to study at FHEQ level 5/6 (second or third year of full-time study) in a UK university.
The course is available from September 2014 for part-time students, and from January 2015 for full-time students.
The Department of Psychology has a thriving community of research-active staff and research scholars. We include aspects of our research in all our courses, we teach specialist modules in our areas of expertise and we supervise dissertations in our specialist subjects. Learning methods include lectures, directed reading, seminars and practical work.
Teaching is organised on a module-credit basis, each involving approximately 150 hours of student effort and approximately 36 hours of staff contact.
Each course module is assessed individually, generally on the quality of written work. Assessment methods may include essays, formal written examinations or in-class tests.
To pass with a Qualifying Certificate in Psychology you must pass four modules in psychology, of which a minimum of three must be at FHEQ level 4 (basic level):
Introduction to Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology introduces basic psychological investigative procedures and interpretation.
Foundations of Experimental Psychology introduces experimental psychology, its current theories, methods and findings. This module is available on campus in Semester 1 or as a distance learning course in Semester 2.
Foundations of Social Psychology: introduces the study of social and personal influences on individual and small group behaviour.
Foundations of Developmental Psychology: introduces the study of social development, from infancy to the end of childhood.
You may take all four of the above modules, or three plus a more advanced module. If you intend to apply for the MSc in Psychology to meet the requirements for Graduate Basis for Registration of the British Psychological Society, it is recommended that the advanced module should be:
Biological Foundations of Behaviour: investigates the relationships between the structure and function of the brain and behaviour.
International Student Requirements:
If English is not your first language you will be expected to provide evidence of proficiency in English (TOEFL score of at least 600, 100 iBT or an IELTS score of 7.0).