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Psychology foundation year pathway

On successful completion of the Psychology Foundation Year pathway you will progress on to  Psychology or Sport Psychology at undergraduate level.

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Along with four core Foundation Year modules, this pathways includes two psychology-based modules.

This module is for students interested in Psychology. The module will begin to engage students in rethinking about “what is psychology?”

Students will be asked to consider the wide reach of the field beyond the well known therapeutic concept (psychologist – patient) to other applications of psychology in schools, organisations and society in general.

Students should develop a better understanding and greater interest in the power of the human brain with regard to our thoughts, actions, and attitudes.

This module will introduce students to the concept of identity. Identity will be examined in relation to psychological theories, but also social elements like class, gender, race and nation.

Discussions will occur on identity formation and the impact of prejudice, otherness and of pluralities of identities. Students will also develop the skills to present a short video on a topic of their choice related to the notion of identity.

This module introduces the students to learning in HE and provides them with a framework for reflection and understanding of their own personal learning identity as well as tools for continuing educational success.

This module will equip students with the knowledge, confidence and practical skills to help them to develop their employability skills.

Students will be introduced to the workplace through a short observation and will work independently and in groups to understand and recognise work-related success and build their own potential.

This module explores what makes “thinking” rigorous and logical, and how to detect specious arguments or ideas based on prejudice or fallacies in reasoning.

It will also encourage students to start reflecting on how to present ideas in creative and critical ways, whilst developing a strong understanding of the constant need to be ethical.

This module is an opportunity for students to expand their knowledge in an area of their choice. Students will work closely with a supervisor to choose a topic of interest for investigation.

Alongside pursuing their interest in a topic, students will engage with academic research skills such as finding sources, building an argument and organising ideas, design and delivery of output, and will require planning, preparation, research and autonomous working. Students will produce a portfolio of work.

This module will also culminate in a small “conference” where all students showcase their findings. 

Please note: all information is correct at the time of publication. However, course content is regularly updated and this may result in some changes, which will be communicated to students before their programme begins. Modules listed may either be core or optional; you may not be able to study all your first choice modules.