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The BSc (Hons) Psychology with Sociology degree is a British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited course that combines comprehensive training in psychology with the study of the structure and dynamics of social systems and society as a whole. Our students benefit from weekly research seminars, over 80 academic experts, and they have access to first-class laboratory suites.
The course covers all the core areas of Psychology stipulated by the BPS curriculum. This accounts for two-thirds of the course and includes the workings of the brain; the processes and mechanisms of human thinking, feeling and behaviour; and how psychologists, psychological research and therapy can make a tangible and positive difference to people’s lives and society. The remaining third of the curriculum considers the social structures of society and sociological perspectives on issues such as crime, gender and poverty.
- BSc (Hons) Psychology with Sociology C8LH
- BSc (Hons) Psychology with Sociology (Sandwich) C8LJ – this is a 4 year course including a work placement year.
Why choose this course?
By joining a psychology course at NTU you’ll be part of a research active community.
- You’ll design and carry out your own research in your final year and you may have the opportunity to compete for paid work as a research assistant between Year Two and Three.
- 60% of our research outputs were considered to be internationally excellent or world leading in REF 2014 and 100% of our research impact is internationally excellent with 73% described as world leading.
- 98% of BSc (Hons) Psychology with Sociology full-time students are satisfied with the learning opportunities on this course (National Student Survey 2018).
- We’re a top 10 University for psychology in the Guardian University Guide 2019.
Professional skills and recognition
- Our Psychology courses* are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) so as long as you graduate with at least a 2.2 honours degree you will be eligible to receive the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the BPS – a necessary qualification if you wish to pursue further training and a career as a professional psychologist.
- You can gain practical experience between Years Two and Three as well as undertake a work placement or study abroad at one of our partner institutions.
- You also have the option of choosing to complete a four year course which includes a year-long work placement.
- In your final year you’ll get the opportunity to take part in our Professional Practice in Psychology module. Offering you the chance to experience life as a consultant psychologist, providing psychological solutions to real-world problems.
* does not include Psychology courses in Nottingham Law School, or Nottingham Institute of Education
A personalised experience
- Tailor your learning experience – with a range of optional modules and pathways, you can pursue your own interests and begin to shape your learning towards further study and / or a particular career.
- You will have the chance to tailor your studies by choosing options from a unique blend of modules across two subjects.
Expert staff and specialist facilities
- Study in one of the largest psychology departments in the UK. You will be taught and supervised by over 80 expert psychologists, who have a diverse range of interests and research areas.
- You’ll be able to take full advantage of our excellent teaching laboratory suite. The facilities and equipment are exclusively for our psychology students and will help you carry out your own research and analyse data.
Careers and employability
Our Psychology with Sociology course is designed so that you can develop all the knowledge and skills that you’ll need for your future career.
The course will develop your transferable skills, including:
- numerical skills (including statistical analysis)
- analytical skills and critical thinking
- communication skills
- presentation skills
- problem-solving skills.
Highly sought after by employers, these skills will put you in a strong position within the graduate market.
We’re building successful graduates
The job titles below give an indication of the careers our recent Psychology and Sociology graduates are following:*
- Clinical Support Worker for Mental Health Unit
- Mental Health Assistant
- Research Officer
- Independent Mental Health Advocate
- Honorary Assistant Psychologist
- Activity Coordinator
- Apprentice Nursery Practitioner
- Care Worker
- Support Worker
- Helpline Operator
- HR Administrator
- Account Manager
- Data Entry Administrator
*Latest DLHE survey undergraduate results, 2015-16 and 2016-17.
Excellent work experience opportunities
You’ll get the opportunity to participate in our Professional Practice in Psychology module. This provides you with the opportunity to experience life as a consultant psychologist, to provide psychological solutions to real world problem scenarios supplied by external organisations, and to present their solutions to these organisations.
If you have applied for the four-year sandwich course (C8LJ), you will complete a year-long work placement.
We encourage all our students to take part in voluntary work. Nottingham Trent Volunteering will allow you to get involved in one-day challenges, student-led projects, and the volunteer shop. You can also gain formal recognition for your achievements outside of your studies with our Acceler8 employability award. This award will improve your employability prospects and act as a record of the experience you gain at NTU.
Your career development
With the British Psychological Society’s GBC secured, you will be eligible on graduation to pursue further postgraduate (Masters of Doctoral) training in psychology, possibly as a professional psychologist (in forensic, clinical, educational, occupational, counselling and sport psychology), to pursue an academic and / or research career in various areas of psychology or sociology (by working as a research assistant, for example, or by studying for a Masters or PhD), or to pursue sociology-relevant careers in social policy, community development, or the probation service.
Psychology qualifications tend to be very popular with all employers because they demand an ability to communicate effectively in both spoken and written forms (through verbal presentation and the writing of essays and reports), an ability to solve real-world problems, and well-developed numerical skills. This all means you will be well placed to capitalise on other graduate employment opportunities in areas as diverse as marketing, human resources, policing, and teaching. Further study or training may be required for some of these roles.