Psychology with Placement Year BSc

2024-25 entry
Department of Psychology

Cover the breadth of psychology and apply your knowledge and skills with a year-long work placement. Study topics from social, health and clinical psychology, to cognitive and developmental psychology, neuroscience, and psychological research methods.

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    Course description

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    Gain both the skills and the first-hand experience to understand human behaviour and investigate the workings of the mind.

    Sheffield’s four-year BSc in Psychology with Placement Year covers five core areas, giving you a comprehensive understanding of the subject:

    • Social and health psychology
    • Neuroscience and clinical psychology
    • Cognitive psychology
    • Developmental psychology
    • Research methods

    Within these five areas you'll get the chance to explore important topics with real world relevance, such as addictions, eating disorders and depression. You'll run your own experiments and learn from some of the UK’s top psychology researchers, too.

    In the first year of your degree, you'll study fundamental psychology topics, including how memory works, how we interact with others and our environment, and the biology behind human behaviour. In second year, you go even deeper into these core subjects. For example, you’ll learn about eating disorders, how children learn, and why people struggle to follow through with their intentions.

    Advanced research methods run through this course like a spine. By the end of year two you’ll know how to use professional statistical analysis software, and how to take ethical considerations into account when designing research projects.

    In your third year, you’ll have a wide range of modules to choose from. Whether it's criminal psychology, the psychology of sleep, clinical psychology, or the psychology of eating behaviour and weight management, you can focus on what interests you the most.

    You'll also complete an in-depth research project on a topic you've chosen, with access to state-of-the-art psychology research facilities and tools like EEG, eye tracking, or virtual reality. You could even choose to undertake a six-week part-time work placement, making a real contribution to a local community partner.

    A placement is a great opportunity to test out a career path that you're considering, whether that's within the field of psychology or applying your transferable skills in industry. Our students have previously completed their placements with organisations including the NHS, Prison and Probation Services and IBM. You'll pay reduced fees for the year you're on placement and you'll have the support you need from your tutor and the University.

    Why study this course?

    • British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited course - BPS accreditation makes you eligible for graduate membership – the first step to becoming a chartered psychologist, and necessary for courses in clinical, health and occupational psychology.
    • Learn from leading researchers - with 92% of our research rated as world-leading or internationally excellent, studying psychology at Sheffield means you’ll be taught by leading researchers in the field.
    • UK’s number 1 Students' Union - as voted for by students, for the last five years running.

    This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and makes you eligible for graduate membership. This is the first step to becoming a chartered psychologist. It's necessary for courses in clinical, health and occupational psychology.

    Join third-year Psychology student Justine as she takes us through a typical day of lectures before winding down with friends in the afternoon.

    Modules

    A selection of modules are available each year - some examples are below. There may be changes before you start your course. From May of the year of entry, formal programme regulations will be available in our Programme Regulations Finder.

    Choose a year to see modules for a level of study:

    Title: Psychology with Placement Year BSc course structure
    UCAS code: C803
    Years: 2022, 2023
    First year

    In the first year of your degree, you'll study fundamental psychology topics, including how memory works, how we interact with others and our environment, and the biology behind human behaviour. You’ll take modules across the breadth of psychology ranging from developmental psychology and social psychology, to cognitive psychology, neuroscience and clinical psychology. Through your training in psychological research methodology you’ll also be learning how psychological experiments are designed and conducted, and get experience of how to analyse data and present findings.

    Core modules:

    Social Psychology I

    This module will provide an overview of the fundamentals of social psychology. The module will introduce and explain key theories and research, and their application, for understanding social psychological phenomena. Content is organised around two themes: How people think, and how people feel and behave. The module will include lectures that will provide opportunities to learn how to critically evaluate social psychological research and theories, as well as to describe how social psychology theory can be applied to address real world issues.

    20 credits
    Cognitive Psychology I

    This unit provides an overview of core components of cognition, and principles of their investigation. The module covers perception, attention, performance, cognitive neuroscience, language, learning, memory and reasoning. It introduces and explores key concepts, theoretical perspectives and foundational methods. Examples of key studies in cognitive psychology will be considered critically.

    20 credits
    Neuroscience and Clinical Psychology I

    This unit aims to provide students with an understanding of the key principles within neuroscience and clinical psychology. The module will introduce students to the basic structure and function of the brain, techniques and assessments used within neuroscience and clinical psychology, and an awareness of the ethical issues. The module will cover the aetiology, development, assessment and treatment of specific psychological and neurological disorders. Students will develop their knowledge, skills and understanding by attending lectures, engaging with activities/discussions within the lectures and engaging with the reading for this module.

    20 credits
    Developmental Psychology I

    This module provides an overview of the fundamentals of Developmental Psychology from infancy to adolescence, and into later life. The module introduces concepts of development, including cognitive development, social development, and neurological development. It summarises major developmental changes, and discusses theoretical perspectives underlying developmental research. Examples of key studies in developmental psychology will be considered critically.

    20 credits
    Psychological Research Methodology I

    This module provides an introduction to the knowledge and skills that underpin the science of psychology. We consider why psychological scientists conduct empirical research the way they do, and how to conduct research in psychological science. Topics span the various stages of the research process, including the logic of hypothesis testing; types of research designs, methodologies, and measurement strategies; descriptive statistics; simple qualitative and quantitative analytic techniques; and critical thinking about published research. Students will develop their knowledge and skills by attending lectures and participating in activities and discussions in workshops and tutorials.

    20 credits

    Students will also be able to take 20 credits of optional modules.

    The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

    Learning and assessment

    We use a range of teaching methods to make sure that you get the skills and knowledge that every psychologist needs. You'll learn through lectures, small group tutorials and workshops, practical sessions and research projects.

    We invest to create the right environment for you. That means outstanding facilities, study spaces and support, including 24/7 online access to our online library service.

    Study spaces and computers are available to offer you choice and flexibility for your study. Our five library sites give you access to over 1.3 million books and periodicals. You can access your library account and our rich digital collections from anywhere on or off campus. Other library services include study skills training to improve your grades, and tailored advice from experts in your subject.

    Learning support facilities and library opening hours

    Assessment

    Throughout the course, you'll be assessed through a variety of methods including exams, tests and coursework.

    Programme specification

    This tells you the aims and learning outcomes of this course and how these will be achieved and assessed.

    Find programme specification for this course

    Entry requirements

    With Access Sheffield, you could qualify for additional consideration or an alternative offer - find out if you're eligible.

    Standard offer

    The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
    AAB
    including a science subject

    A Levels + a fourth Level 3 qualification
    ABB, including a science subject + B in a relevant EPQ (relevant EPQ topics include the fields of Psychology and Biology); ABB, including a science subject + A in Core Maths
    International Baccalaureate
    34, with 5 in a Higher Level science subject
    BTEC Extended Diploma
    DDD in Applied Human Biology, Applied Psychology, Applied Science or Medical Science
    BTEC Diploma
    DD in Applied Human Biology, Applied Psychology, Applied Science or Medical Science + A at A Level; or DD + A in an A Level science subject
    T Level
    Distinction in the Health, Healthcare Science or Science T Level, including grade A in the core component
    Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher
    AAABB + B in a science subject
    Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels
    B + AA, including a science subject
    Access to HE Diploma
    Award of Access to HE Diploma in Science, with 45 credits at Level 3, including 36 at Distinction and 9 at Merit
    Other requirements
    • Science subjects include Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Psychology, or Statistics

    • GCSE Maths grade 6/B

    Access Sheffield offer

    The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
    ABB
    including a science subject

    A Levels + a fourth Level 3 qualification
    ABB, including a science subject + B in a relevant EPQ (relevant EPQ topics include the fields of Psychology and Biology); ABB, including a science subject + A in Core Maths
    International Baccalaureate
    33, with 5 in a Higher Level science subject
    BTEC Extended Diploma
    DDD in Applied Human Biology, Applied Psychology, Applied Science or Medical Science
    BTEC Diploma
    DD in Applied Human Biology, Applied Psychology, Applied Science or Medical Science + B at A Level; or DD + B in an A Level science subject
    T Level
    Distinction in the Health, Healthcare Science or Science T Level, including grade A in the core component
    Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher
    AABBB + B in a science subject
    Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels
    B + AB, including a science subject
    Access to HE Diploma
    Award of Access to HE Diploma in Science, with 45 credits at Level 3, including 30 at Distinction and 15 at Merit
    Other requirements
    • Science subjects include Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Psychology, or Statistics

    • GCSE Maths grade 6/B

    English language requirements

    You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade 4/C; IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification

    Pathway programme for international students

    If you're an international student who does not meet the entry requirements for this course, you have the opportunity to apply for an International Foundation Year in Business, Social Sciences and Humanities or Science and Engineering at the University of Sheffield International College. These courses are designed to develop your English language and academic skills. Upon successful completion, you can progress to degree level study at the University of Sheffield.

    If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.

    Graduate careers

    Department of Psychology

    A psychology degree will put you in an excellent position for many jobs in the private or public sector. Many of our graduates go on to be Clinical Psychologists, IAPT practitioners or train in the NHS.

    Our degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society, and covers all the topics and training that you need to complete the first steps towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

    Our graduates work in human resources, market research, advertising, sales, social work, nursing and teaching. They also enter professions such as clinical, health or occupational psychology, usually after postgraduate training. Some of our graduates continue to a PhD to follow a psychology research career.

    Charlotte Naylor - Psychology student

    I'm now one step closer to becoming a qualified Educational Psychologist

    Charlotte Naylor BSc Psychology

    Studying psychology helped Charlotte realise that she wanted to pursue a career in this field. Thanks to her experience at Sheffield and related work experience, Charlotte is now studying for a Doctorate of Applied Educational Psychology which will allow her to qualify as an Educational Psychologist after three years.

    Chloe Saunders new

    My placement year with IBM helped me to secure a place on their graduate scheme

    Chloe Saunders BSc Psychology with Employment Experience

    After gaining valuable work experience within IBM's Human Resources Business Development team thanks to a year-long placement during her psychology degree, Chloe secured a place on IBM's graduate programme, working as a Business Transformation Consultant, analysing customer data to create artificial intelligence solutions.

    Olivia Swarbrick

    I get to learn something new every day in my job

    Olivia Swarbrick BSc Psychology

    Olivia works at consultancy giant, Deloitte as an Oracle Human Capital Management Consultant. Thanks to the research skills she gained at Sheffield, Olivia is able to stay on top of the latest customer trends to be able to come up with the best solutions.

    Department of Psychology

    Our teaching is informed by cutting-edge scientific research, which ranges from neuroscience through to child development and understanding why psychological therapies are effective. All of this has an impact on wider society.

    Our work explores health and wellbeing, lifestyle choices, cognitive behavioural therapy, safe driving, mother-baby interaction, autism, Parkinson's disease, and reducing prejudice and inequality.

    Department of Psychology students are based at Cathedral Court in the heart of Sheffield city centre, where you'll find our state-of-the-art computer lab, seminar rooms, tutorial rooms and social space.

    We're within easy walking distance of all of the main University of Sheffield facilities, including the Information Commons, the Diamond, and our award-winning Students' Union.

    Facilities

    We have a suite of newly-refurbished testing cubicles where you can use computer stimulus presentation software to run experiments as part of your own mini projects. You can access a range of tools for testing participants in your third year research project. This includes eye-tracking technology used in perception studies, our state-of-the-art EEG suite for measuring brain activity, biomimetic robots, motion capture equipment and a virtual reality suite.

    Department of Psychology

    Why choose Sheffield?

    The University of Sheffield

      Number one in the Russell Group
    National Student Survey 2023 (based on aggregate responses)

      92 per cent of our research is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent
    Research Excellence Framework 2021

      Top 50 in the most international universities rankings
    Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023

      Number one Students' Union in the UK
    Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023, 2022, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017

      Number one for teaching quality, Students' Union and clubs/societies
    StudentCrowd 2023 University Awards

      A top 20 university targeted by employers
    The Graduate Market in 2023, High Fliers report


    Department of Psychology

    92% of our research is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent

    Research Excellence Framework 2021

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    Use our Student Funding Calculator to work out what you’re eligible for.

    Work experience

    Each year undergraduate students can apply to join the Sheffield Undergraduate Research Experience scheme. This gives you the chance to spend around six weeks working in one of our research groups over the summer. It's a unique opportunity to pursue research in an area that you’re excited about, and can help inform your future career aspirations.

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    2024-2025

    Cover the breadth of psychology and apply your knowledge and skills with a year-long work placement. Study topics from social, health and clinical psychology, to cognitive and developmental psychology, neuroscience, and psychological research methods.