You will gain an understanding of how human thoughts, feelings and behaviours are influenced by a wide range of biological, environmental and social factors. In sociology, significant local and global issues will be considered through a range of lenses and you will begin to think critically about social inequality and power.
Level 4 (year 1 for full time students)
Psychology topics include: understanding personality disorders, treating depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and OCD, early childhood development and the evolution of social behaviours in adulthood. An understanding of research methods will also be developed and students will undertake a work placement.
Sociology topics include: social and cultural transformations and their impact on everyday experiences, the problems of work, community, poverty, social exclusion and religious orientation using the ‘sociological imagination’.
Level 5 Psychology (year 2 for full time students)
Psychology topics include: gender identity, social influence and the development of prejudice, the physiological processes of stress, sleep, pain and/or hunger, theories of memory and memory disorders. Students will also conduct their own small scale research project, which includes the development of a psychometric test and the chance to analyse written responses to questionnaires.
Sociology topics include: the value of uniqueness and social identity in modern society and the meaning of social change in the context of social, economic and cultural dimensions.
The full-time and part-time course has one start point in September.
Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory (and if available optional modules) enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interests. For full time students a total of 120 credits will be studied in each academic year. In the majority of cases this will consist of 6 modules. For part time students it will depend on the intensity of your studies. The balance of assessment by examination/test, coursework and practical depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by coursework is as follows: Year 1 - 17% test, 77% coursework 7% practical Year 2 - 17% test, 77% coursework, 7% practical Timetables are normally available one month before the commencement of your studies. As a guide, In 2018/19 the first year of this programme was timetabled on: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. There are two formal or summative assessed pieces of work for each module. Assessment methods can include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and projects. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. In addition to formal assessments throughout modules of study there will be developmental (formative) assessments to support you with developing greater understanding of your progress.
Ucas Code: CL83
Award: FdSc awarded by University of Plymouth
Modes of study: Full-time, part-time and modular study available
Institution code: S32
Upon successful completion of this Foundation Degree you may progress to the final year of the BSc (Hons) Psychological Studies degree at the University of Plymouth or the BA Education, Development and Society at University Centre South Devon. Please note that there is a deadline for progression applications and places may be subject to availability. Alternatively, you will be able to immediately seek employment. Employers in the following fields are likely to welcome applications from psychology and sociology graduates: management, human resources, early years education, family support, pastoral support in schools, youth work, victim support, youth offending, offender rehabilitation, probation, drugs and alcohol support services, mentor schemes, police, court staff, sales, marketing, customer services, charities, support agencies for vulnerable people, research posts.
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