University Calendar 2011/12
Section XIII : Academic Regulations - Faculty of Social and Human Sciences

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Academic Unit Psychology
Final Award Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Programme(s) Psychology
Last modified July 2011

Reference should be made to the University's General Regulations found in Section IV and Section V (Higher Degree Regulations) of the University Calendar.

Except where an opt-out has been granted by the University (see below) the following academic regulations apply in addition to the General Regulations.

1. Admissions
1.1 Candidates must satisfy the general entrance requirements specified in the University's regulations for admission to degree courses. Normal entry requirement to the BSc in Psychology is based on 18 units (eg: AAB). Psychology does not accept General Studies A-level as contributing towards 18 units. However, any additional A-levels, including General Studies, will be taken into account during the decision process. Alternative qualifications, and those from other countries, are considered on their equivalence and merit.
1.2 Psychology supports the University's commitment to a comprehensive policy of equal opportunities and cultural diversity. Students are selected solely on the basis of their relevant academic merits and abilities.

2. Structure of Programme(s)
2.1 The mode of attendance is full-time.
2.2 The duration of study leading to the degree of BSc is three academic years.
2.3 This programme of study may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, report writing and practical work.
2.4 A full honours programme consists of 360 credit points, 120 to be taken in each year of study.
2.5 In the third year candidates choose 6 modules, other than those which are core or compulsory, by indicating preferences online.
2.6 Candidates may back track or forward track a level up to 30 credit points provided the minimum credit requirements at each level are met.

3. Progression
3.1 To pass the year of study for Year One and year 2 candidates must meet the following criteria:
  • obtain at least a qualifying mark in every module;
  • obtain at least a pass mark in every core module (note that all modules in year 2 are core);
  • obtain at least a pass mark in 6 out of 8 modules; and
  • obtain at least the pass mark on average across all 8 modules.
3.2 Candidates may apply to suspend from the programme temporarily for a specified period.

4. Assessment
4.1 Examination includes all methods of assessment that include essays, multiple choice questions, practical reports, statistical assignments, weekly diaries and examinations.
4.2 Assignments for all modules within Psychology are graded using a categorical marking scheme.

5. Award of Qualification(s)
5.1 To graduate and gain an honours degree in Psychology candidates must meet the following criteria:
  • pass the literature review and project (two modules);
  • obtain at least a qualifying mark in every module;
  • obtain at least a pass mark in 6 out of 8 modules; and
  • obtain at least the pass mark on average across all 8 modules.
5.2 The final award is awarded by Senate on the recommendation of the Examination Board to candidates who have satisfactorily completed an approved course of study and have satisfied the assessment requirements.
5.3 In order to be eligible for the British Psychological Society's Graduate Basis for Registration, students must gain at least a lower second class honours degree.

6. Placements/Study Abroad/Exchange/Fieldwork
Students will have the opportunity to participate in the Erasmus exchange scheme in the first semester of the third and final year of the programme of study.

7. Other
These regulations may be revised during the student's period of registration in accordance with the procedures approved by Senate.

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