Why study this course

BGU offers Psychology as a BA, making the course unique and enabling you to gain a broader range of future possibilities within humanities and the arts.

Explore between disciplines and delve into how psychology informs practice in the joint subject area, and vice versa.

Special Offer For 2021 Entry Only. Take additional free short courses that will enhance your skills in engaging children and young adults with SEND

Explore how categories of need are created through divisions within social and educational systems and learn to challenge these inequalities.

Course summary

Through studying Psychology at BGU you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the scientific nature of the subject and of its wider cultural and social impact. You will develop your understanding of psychology and its theories of the mind, emotions and behaviour and become familiar with how these theories are applied in our lives, communities and societies.

Throughout the study of Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion (SENDI) you will find out about different categories of need including; cognition & learning, social, emotional and mental health, sensory and communication needs. Modules cover the broad spectrum to focus upon specific and more complex needs. You will challenge your own beliefs and values, as well as those of others, and become an advocate for change.

Key facts


Award

BA (Hons)

UCAS code

CX83

Duration

3 years

Mode of study

Full-time

Start date

September

Awarding institution

Bishop Grosseteste University

Institution code

B38

Course details

About this course


Psychology

Do you ever wonder why is it we behave as we do? How do gangs, teams and friendship groups form? Do you wonder if smiling really does make you feel more positive? Do you often venture into the bigger questions about life and who we are?

Psychology has a science base, yet includes a balance of liberal arts, technological knowledge, statistics and computer-based skills. As well as classic psychological theories and research, you’ll be debating social issues, studying specific mental processes, such as memory, language and attention, as well as broader issues and theories – both historical and contemporary. As well as applying psychological knowledge to a range of subjects, you will develop your skills in problem-solving, data analysis, predict and reasoning, with a focus on real-world application.

Here at BGU, we ensure you have close support and contact with your tutors and, with small group sizes, you’ll always get the support and feedback you need. We also know how important it is to experience a real working environment so, through work placements and other projects, you’ll be equipped for whichever career path you may choose after your degree. With research-informed teaching and research-active staff, you’ll receive scientific training and gain an in-depth understanding of the nature of the subject, at the same time as applying your knowledge and theory to real-life.

Special Educational Needs, Disability & Inclusion

Special Educational provision, tackling discrimination and adding to the understanding of how to meet the needs of different groups across society, is not only hugely relevant in today’s world but arguably also incredibly important. If you are ready to challenge your own beliefs and values as well as those of others, are ready to become an advocate for change, and are ready to start really making a difference in people’s lives, then there aren’t many courses more perfect for you than this.

You’ll be encouraged to increase your understanding of competing for political agendas in relation to inclusion, and you’ll study hidden inequalities in depth. The areas you study will be dynamic, with current, contemporary themes which change and develop from year to year. Throughout the course, you will complete a number of modules which take a more thematic approach where you’ll explore critical issues such as Inclusion, Equality and Entitlement. During your final year, you will explore wider issues of inclusion including policy and leadership.

The SENDI programme is carefully structured to guide you as you develop as an individual student, from broad themes in your first year to more specialised topics in later years. You will have the opportunity to examine legislation and contrast it with the reality of what is provided in educational settings, developing skills in critical analysis of current issues, and looking at how those issues impact on the individual and their learning environment. In addition, you’ll become equipped with the confidence and competence to make a difference to your own life and the lives of others.

Special Educational Needs, Disability & Inclusion can be a fascinating, challenging and emotional subject to study; it will most definitely be rewarding.

Special Offer For 2021 Entry Only - SENDI Short Courses

By studying any of our SENDI courses at BGU you will benefit from the opportunity to take four free short courses that will enhance your skills in engaging children and young adults with SEND. By completing two or all four of these short courses, you will build upon your practical abilities, extending knowledge and understanding from programme modules, gaining accreditation which is recognised across education and care sectors. Students studying any of our SENDI joint programmes will have the option to take the first two courses from the below list.

  • Makaton Stage 1 + 2 - Learning to use core Makaton symbols and signs.
  • Mental Health First Aid - This course teaches you how to identify, understand and help someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue.
  • Elklan Training - A course designed to improve communication support for 0-25s with complex needs.
  • Intensive Interaction - This is a communication approach aimed at developing interaction and communication abilities between children and adults with communication needs and the people in their environment.

Taking part in these additional courses is dependent upon successful progress and completion of relevant levels of the core programme.

What will you study

Students on this course currently study some or all of the following modules

The module will provide you with an overview of the core domains of Psychology before moving on to provide a more detailed introduction to the discipline of biopsychology. You will study core areas of psychology including social; lifespan; individual differences; cognition and biopsychology. You will also explore nervous and endchrine systems as the physiological basis of both animal and human behaviour.

This module introduces Cognitive Psychology in terms of key topics which includes memory, language, attention as well as key approaches such as cognitive neuropsychology, neuroscience, fundamentals of the experimental method, and the use of computerised experiment generation software. As part of this module you will be able to engage in a variety of cognitive experiments to facilitate your understanding of key topics and experimental approaches.

This module will introduce students to the field of Special Educational Needs and Inclusion (SENI). It will act as a foundation for future study within the subject area. The module will look at educational and social models of disability within schools and across global and national levels of society. The impacts of competing perspectives and changing legislation will be discussed and critiqued. Students will be expected to reflect upon their own experiences and perceptions of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). The introduction and induction to study skills will be integral to this module including engagement with VLE.

This module will focus upon holistic approaches in education/care/social learning which enhance social, emotional, physical and cognitive development. You will critically analyse collaborative practice (e.g. parents, professionals) in supporting holistic approaches, exploring competing and complementary psychological and behavourist theories (e.g. Piaget, Bruner, Kolb, Maslow) and social learning frameworks (e.g. Freire, Dewey, Steiner).

Social Psychology will engage you with the breadth and diversity of social psychology as a discipline, from group processes through to social cognition and social interactions. This module is to allow you gain a detailed understanding of how people think, feel and act in relation to others and the world around you.

In this module students will examine how various forms of quantitative enquiry can be brought to the investigation of a range of psychological phenomena. You will explore several core statistical techniques used to address psychology-specific research and analyse data using statistical software and interpret related output appropriately.

Individual Differences and the Biology of Personality is a multifaceted module that covers the history, cornerstone theoretical frameworks, and methodological approaches of personality research, with particular focus on biopsychological etiologies. You will consolidate your learning by utilising psychometric methodology to design and run a quantitative study, present your design and then write up your project giving you experience of the research process and the fundamentals within it such as gaining ethical approval, data collection and analysis to reporting and discussing findings.

This module will build and expand upon issues considered in SEN131 From Excluded to Included: A Century of Change. Students will critically consider effective practice in a range of diverse settings and demonstrate increased knowledge and understanding of how individual needs are met. This module will also extend understanding of ideologies with particular reference to human rights of inclusion. Exploration and consideration of differing international practices will be undertaken.
The module will examine a range of diverse needs, considering cause and impact upon learning. By the end of the module, students will be able to reflect upon the impact of legislation and practice in meeting the learning needs of a range of disabilities. This module will contribute to an understanding of leading and managing (level 6).

The module examines differences, which some children or adults may experience in their learning, which has been interrupted through medical or social causation and labelled as SEND. You will consider the learning environment and the assessment of individual learner needs and the role of the wider stakeholder groups including parents and carers in maximizing learner participation in the educational process.

This module provides you with an experience of the world of work in the form of a placement or work experience or a project with employer involvement. It enables you to apply knowledge and skills in a real-life context offering a valuable experience to draw on when you present yourself to employers or selectors upon graduation. This module is deliberately structured in an open-ended way to allow placements and/or projects to be developed which are most suited to your potential future career.

The module provides an opportunity for you to build upon and apply the key intellectual, transferable and practical skills gained at previous levels to an appropriate research project. Throughout the module, a series of lectures, seminars and talks by guest speakers will further develop your research design and analytic skills in experimental, quasi-experimental and qualitative research methods.

This module focuses on the historicisation of psychology and prompts critical thinking about the perceptions of psychology, and how individuals and society understand and identify with it in both professional and personal settings.

This module will consider a range of factors, which can often impact upon learning and may potentially go unnoticed. Students will consider different impacts of psychological, social and emotional disruption upon learning. This will range from prejudices, global and local social exclusion to mental well-being.

By the end of the module, students will recognise how a range of issues can affect individual learning needs and have an understanding of how different support networks and interventions can enable positive learning and life experiences for those who face hidden inequalities. Students are encouraged to engage in determining the module.

This module will address the principles of educational leadership and management with emphasis on the roles and responsibilities of professionals in schools and other educational settings in relation to provision for SEND/Inclusion (e.g. headteacher, SENDCO, class teacher, special needs support assistants). Consideration will be given to the role of the SENDCO and the national Standards for SENDCOs and implementation of the Special Needs Code of Practice.

The module will equip you with the transferable and practical skills required for ethical research in pedagogical and professional settings, such as education, social care, health and social work. Lectures and seminars will focus on the nature of educational and social research, including: undertaking ethical research; research paradigms; research methods and design; the use of literature in guiding and informing research; and the presentation, interpretation and communication of findings.

Entry requirements

You will normally need 96-112 UCAS tariff points (from a maximum of four Advanced Level qualifications). We welcome a range of qualifications such as: A/AS Levels, BTEC, Access Courses, International Baccalaureate (IB), Cambridge Pre-U, Extended Project etc.

However this list is not exhaustive – please click here for details of all qualifications in the UCAS tariff.

You will also need GCSEs in English Language and Mathematics at grade 4 (previously C) or above (or equivalent).

Further information

Click here for important information about this course including additional costs, resources and key policies.

In accordance with University conditions, students are entitled to apply for Accredited Prior Learning, AP(C)L, based on relevant credit at another HE institution or credit Awarded for Experiential Learning, (AP(E)L).

How you will be taught

There is no one-size-fits-all method of teaching at BGU – we shape our methods to suit each subject and each group, combining the best aspects of traditional university teaching with innovative techniques to promote student participation and interactivity.

You will be taught in a variety of ways, from lectures, tutorials and seminars, to practical workshops, coursework and work-based placements. Small group seminars and workshops will provide you with an opportunity to review issues raised in lectures, and you will be expected to carry out independent study.

Placements are a key part of degree study at BGU. They provide an enriching learning experience for you to apply the skills and knowledge you will gain from your course and, in doing so, give valuable real-world experience to boost your career.

Assessment

Psychology

Assessments in Psychology take place at the end of each module in order for you to demonstrate your understanding of the objectives covered. A wide range of assessment methods is used to support your learning, including portfolios, presentations, displays and examinations and laboratory projects. The Psychology course includes assessments that are designed to develop and refine specific skills that you may well need to draw on as a psychologist, whether that is as specific as demonstrating your practical counselling skills in the Introduction to Psychological Therapies module, or openly argumentative as in the group debate in the Personality and Individual Differences module! Assessments are also designed to enhance your critical thinking and analysis skills – something that psychologists are well known for.

Special Educational Needs, Disability & Inclusion

Your first year in SENDI is important. We know that you will need time to settle into university and build up your academic skills and so, we will give you detailed feedback on how you are doing and set your targets to improve your work. We use a wide range of different types of assessment throughout the course, including coursework portfolios, group discussions, multimedia technology presentations and individual projects, as well as essays and exams. You may even have the opportunity to get your dissertation research work published!

Careers & Further study

Psychology

In Psychology we allow you to develop the knowledge and skills which will make you attractive to an employer. Psychology graduates go on to work in a range of sectors including teaching, education or training, local government, health and social work and in areas of industry including human resources management. By the end of this course, you will be ready to apply your knowledge of psychology to the world in which you live, with the necessary workplace skills for a variety of future careers. Future careers for Psychology graduates may include work within Clinical settings, Counselling, Mental Health services, Education and Research.

Special Educational Needs, Disability & Inclusion

Possible careers for SENDI graduates may include Primary or special school teaching, work as a SENDI classroom assistant, youth work, work in a social care setting, or working for private sector educational providers.

Interested in a career in teaching?

As an Undergraduate student at BGU, you'll be offered a free place on one of our Preparing for Teaching (P4T) courses as a part of your degree (currently exclusive to BGU students).

Led by our team of teacher training experts, the course is designed to prepare you to apply for a place on a PGCE programme. It covers topics such as:

  • How to apply
  • What to expect at an interview
  • The realities of teaching and much more

Not only will you gain essential skills that will support you in your future career, by completing the course you'll also get a guaranteed interview to one of our highly sought after PGCE courses.

If you have any questions about the P4T courses you can register by clicking here or you can speak to our Admissions team via admissions@bishopg.ac.uk

Support

Studying at BGU is a student-centred experience. Staff and students work together in a friendly and supportive atmosphere as part of an intimate campus community. You will know every member of staff personally and feel confident approaching them for help and advice, and staff members will recognise you, not just by sight, but as an individual with unique talents and interests.

We will be there to support you, personally and academically, from induction to graduation.

Fees & Finance

A lot of student finance information is available from numerous sources, but it is sometimes confusing and contradictory. That’s why at BGU we try to give you all the information and support we can to help to throughout the process. Our Student Advice team are experts in helping you sort out the funding arrangements for your studies, offering a range of services to guide you through all aspects of student finance step by step.

Click here to find information about fees, loans and support which will help to make the whole process a little easier to understand.

Undergraduate course applicants must apply via UCAS using the relevant UCAS code. The application fee is £12 for a single choice or £23 for more than one choice. For all applicants, there are full instructions at UCAS to make it as easy as possible for you to fill in your online application, plus help text where appropriate.