Undergraduate study2017

BSc (Hons)

Social Psychology

Department of Social Sciences

Year of entry: 2017

This degree course provides a solid grounding in the scientific study of human behaviour and the mind, and a unique opportunity to study the social side of human behaviour in depth.

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BSc (Hons)

Social Psychology

Department of Social Sciences

Year of entry: 2017

This degree course provides a solid grounding in the scientific study of human behaviour and the mind, and a unique opportunity to study the social side of human behaviour in depth.

Course details

Why Choose US?

  • Top 5 for learning resources in Psychology (NSS 2015)
  • Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society
  • Ranked 2nd for Communication and Media Studies (The Times Good University Guide 2016)
  • Ranked 5th for Social Policy (The Guardian University Guide 2016)
  • 96% of graduates in work or further study (2014 graduates)

This degree covers all the main topic areas of psychology, with an additional focus on human social behaviour, identity, groups, relationships, and communication. The course provides a solid grounding in the scientific study of human behaviour and the mind, and a unique opportunity to study the social side of human behaviour in depth. We are currently one of only three UK universities offering
a BPS-accredited Social Psychology degree. The course is taught within the Department of Social Sciences.

Study options
QualificationLengthUCAS code
BSc (Hons) DIntS / DPS / DIS 4 years full-time sandwich C88A
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time C880
Special opportunities

Studying social psychology at Loughborough provides students with access to a variety of special opportunities:

  • You are able to study modules from another social sciences subject, such as Sociology, Criminology and Social Policy, and Communication and Media Studies
  • You are able to take additional optional modules from across the suite of Psychology programmes, including Business Psychology and Sports and Exercise Psychology 
  • You can study a foreign language as part of your course from beginner level upwards
Selection

Any combination of arts or science A-Level subjects (excluding General Studies) is acceptable for entry, and we do not recommend or favour any particular subjects. If you are a mature candidate your qualifications and experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Offers are made on the basis of information on the UCAS form. If you are offered a place you will be invited to visit the Department on a Visit Day to talk with staff and current students and to tour the campus.

Assessment

Modules are assessed by a mixture of coursework and examinations. 

Graduate destinations

This degree prepares you for a wide range of careers in commercial or healthcare settings, management and human resources, education, community and social work, financial services, psychological research, a foundation for postgraduate study and further professional training for a career in clinical, counselling, educational, occupational, forensic or health psychology.

Course structure

Year 1

Indicative topics:

  • Foundations in Social Psychology
  • Self and Identity
  • Social Psychology and Relationships
  • Foundations in Developmental Psychology
  • Foundations in Cognitive Psychology
  • Foundations in Biological Psychology

Additional modules available from the other Psychology pathways, and from Criminology and Social Policy, Communication and Media Studies, and Sociology.

Year 2

Indicative topics:

  • Studying Social Interaction
  • Social Psychology and Communication
  • Child Development
  • Memory and Cognition
  • Brain and Behaviour
  • Research Methods

Indicative optional modules:

  • Forensic Psychology
  • Political Psychology

Additional modules available from the other Psychology pathways, and from Criminology and Social Policy, Communication and Media Studies and Sociology.

Optional placement / study year

Professional placement and/or overseas Teaching Assistantship.

Final year 

Indicative topics:

  • Advanced Social Psychology
  • Language, Culture and Mind
  • Independent Research Project

Indicative optional modules:

  • Psychological Disorders in Society
  • Social Psychology of Everyday Life

Additional modules available from the other Psychology pathways, and from Criminology and Social Policy, Communication and Media Studies, and Sociology

Entry requirements

Choose a study option below for details of the entry requirements.

UCAS code: C88A BSc (Hons) DIntS / DPS / DIS 4 years full-time sandwich

A-Level
AAB (General Studies not accepted)
Science A Levels – Practical skills element required? No
SQA AH
AB, plus majority A/B grades in Highers
IB
35 points with 6 6 5 at HL incl. 4 at SL in Maths
Other
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDD (including the majority of distinctions over a two year period)
Additional
GCSE Maths grade C (preferred B) and English language grade B

UCAS code: C880 BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time

A-Level
AAB (General Studies not accepted)
Science A Levels – Practical skills element required? No
SQA AH
AB, plus majority A/B grades in Highers
IB
35 points with 6 6 5 at HL incl. 4 at SL in Maths
Other
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDD (including the majority of distinctions over a two year period)
Additional
GCSE Maths grade C (preferred B) and English language grade B

The entry requirements for each course should be read alongside the University’s general entrance requirements, which give further details on acceptable subjects, alternative qualifications and minimum English language requirements.

SQA AHScottish Qualifications Authority Advanced Highers IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma DPSDiploma in Professional Studies DISDiploma in Industrial Studies DIntSDiploma in International Studies

Fees and Finance

Course fees 2016-17

Student category

Yearly full-time fee

UK/EU Students £9,000
International Students (Band A course) £14,950

Course fees for 2017-18 will be published here as soon as they are available.

Placement year fees for 2019/20 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2018/19 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students.

 

Loughborough University financial support 2016-17

Financial support for 2017-18 will be published here as soon as it is available. The current support we offer is listed below to give an indication of what may be available. 

SupportWhat is it?How much?More information
Loughborough Scholarship Programme* Cash bursaries. Additional support is available for those taking a foundation year or extended undergraduate Masters degree, as well as for mature students. Up to £6,000 over three years See below for more information or visit our website
Development Trust Scholarships Cash bursaries funded through donations from alumni and friends of the University for students from areas of low HE participation within the UK. £9,000 over three years Website
Sports Scholarships To help talented student athletes succeed in both sporting and academic development. The level of support varies by sport and performance level. Applicants need to be competing to at least junior international level. Between £500 and £3,500 per year Website 
Email
01509 226108
 Music Tuition and Scholarship Subsidised music lessons for students who show musical ability. Scholarship offered to exceptional musicians. £55 for 20 lessons £500 scholarship Website
Care Leaver’s Bursary Additional cash bursary (£1,500) and tuition fee waiver (£3,000) for those students who are care leavers. £4,500 support per year Website

* Not available to students from Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

Placements

Students can choose one of the following schemes:

Optional English Language Assistantship placement

This involves the option of taking a four year degree, in which a student can apply for a British Council placement to work as an English language assistant in a school abroad during their third year. This is paid employment and earns the Diploma in International Studies (DIntS) which is an additional qualification to the final degree.

Optional placement schemes

Other placement schemes operated by the University may also be undertaken with the approval of the operating Department, which may lead to the Diploma in Industrial Studies (DIS), or the Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS), depending on the scheme.

Note that employability skills are studied throughout the course and are tied to academic content

Department / School Key Information Sets

BSc (Hons) DIntS / DPS / DIS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: C88A

BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: C880

Our students

Neeya Braich

“The Social Sciences Department at Loughborough is one of the best in the country, which will help later in life when looking for a career.”

Dane Karaman

“I really enjoy that everyone is all together on campus and you feel like you’re part of a huge family. There is no feeling quite like being in the Loughborough Bubble.”

Benjamin Stokes

“The teaching quality is extremely high and is consistent throughout all the modules. The lecturers strive to deliver the best content and provide endless support.”

Neeya Braich

“The Social Sciences Department at Loughborough is one of the best in the country, which will help later in life when looking for a career.”

Dane Karaman

“I really enjoy that everyone is all together on campus and you feel like you’re part of a huge family. There is no feeling quite like being in the Loughborough Bubble.”

Benjamin Stokes

“The teaching quality is extremely high and is consistent throughout all the modules. The lecturers strive to deliver the best content and provide endless support.”