This course combines the wide structural insights of sociology with the rigorous techniques of psychology to give you a broad intellectual grounding in all aspects of human behaviour.Entry RequirementsUCAS Tariff - 350 points, from:GCE A and AS-level Tariff points typically from 3 A-levels together with either 1 AS-level or Extended Project Qualification (typical offer BBB plus a B in either an AS or EPQ). General Studies not accepted; Critical Thinking accepted as 4th AS-level only. At least two of the three A-levels should be in traditional subjects (see below).Irish Tariff points from 5 subjects.Scottish Tariff points from 3 Advanced Highers plus 1 Higher.Advanced Diploma Tariff points in Society, Health and Development, including an A-level for Additional and Specialist Learning.BTEC ND DDD in a related subject.IB Diploma 33 points.Access Pass, including at least 65% of level 3 credits with Distinction and the rest with Merit.
For all of the above, 5 GCSEs or equivalent at Grade C or above are also required, to include English and Maths at Grade B or above.Non-traditional A and AS Level subjectsThe following list of A level subjects are generally considered "non-traditional". Within your A-Level qualifications we would ideally look for two subjects not on this list. Taking one of these subjects at A-Level is not detrimental to your chances. The subjects you take will become important after the A-Level grades are released, if you do not get the tariff points previously indicated. The Admissions Tutor will then give priority to those with two or more ‘traditional’ subjects.
Non-traditional subjects include: Accounting; Art and Design; Business Studies; Communication Studies; Dance; Design and Technology; Drama/Theatre Studies; Film Studies; Health and Social Care; Home Economics; ICT; Leisure Studies; Media Studies; Music Technology; Performance Studies; Performing Arts; Photography; Physical Education; Sports Studies; and Travel and Tourism.Course AimsPsychologyPsychology is often defined as the study of behaviour and of the mind. Through their theories and research, psychologists investigate a diverse range of topics including:
The relationship between the brain, behaviour and subjective experience;
The influence of other people on the individual's thoughts, feelings and behaviour;
Psychological disorders and their treatment;
The impact of culture on the individual's behaviour and subjective experience;
Differences between people in terms of their personality and intelligence;
People's ability to acquire, organise, remember and use knowledge to guide their behaviour.Sociologists are concerned with developing theories that explain the changing nature of social behaviour in their own and other societies. The kinds of question with which they are concerned are: what is society? How and why is it changing? What are the opportunities for future change and development?
A central theme of Sociology at Brunel is the study of the development of techno-cultural phenomena such as science, technology, and environmental issues which straddle traditional conceptual distinctions between the social, the natural, the technical and the material.
Among the more specific interests of Brunel sociologists are, for example, the social construction of science and technology, social theory, celebrity culture, the influence of the media, environmental risk, feminist virtual society, media regulation, and language and social interaction. These various interests are strongly reflected in the options available at Level 3 of our degree course.Course ContentLevel 1Foundations of Psychology I: Learning and Social Psychology
Foundations of Psychology III: Brain and Cognition
Statistics and Research Methods I
Statistics and Research Methods II
Introduction to Sociology
GlobalisationLevel 2Research in Practice
Developmental and Cognitive Psychology
Biological Psychology (Brain and Behaviour)
Social Division: difference and reistence
Work and Society
Quantitative Research MethodsLevel 3CoreDissertation (individual supervision on topic of own choosing)OptionsStudents take four otpional modules, at least three of which should be from the following list:
Autistic Spectrum Disorder
The Psychology of Ageing
Therapeutic Approaches in Clinical Psychology and Mental Health
Psychology of Consciousness
Drugs, Hormones and the Brain
Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience
The Social Psychology of Close Relationship
The fourth option may be an approved non-Psychology module within the School of Social Sciences.Teaching and LearningOur approachWe pursue excellence in both teaching and research. Our aim is to produce degree programmes which combine innovative and classical teaching methods with leading-edge research, and which recognise the value of practical work experience in the learning process. We take great pride in both the quality of teaching and the extensive pastoral care of our students.Practical skillsThis course will help you to develop specific skills in the practical methods associated with psychology. A full range of laboratory and technical facilities is used in the teaching of experimental psychology, psychophysics brain-imaging (EEG and fMRI) and the use of information technology.Staff expertiseAll members of the academic staff are actively engaged in research and many have international reputations in their field. Their innovative findings feed into your courses to ensure that teaching is up-to-date. We have an unusually strong concentration of sociologists who specialise in the study of issues related to science, technology and the environment.HoursEach module will involve two to three hours of contact time per week. Students will also spend a great deal of their time in private study and preparing assignments.How will I be taught?Teaching methods include tutorials, seminars, laboratory classes and lectures.AssessmentMethodsStudents are assessed using a range of methods, including coursework assignments, poster presentations, oral presentations and seen as well as unseen examinations.CareersWith a good degree in psychology you may go on to train as a clinical, educational, occupational or research psychologist. Other careers include work with adults or children with disabilities, counselling, personnel management, market research and advertising, and prison and probation work.
Sociologists are in increasing demand in many sectors in social welfare and policy, in local government and administration, in medicine, in education and research, and in industry. If you are thinking of a career in any of these fields, it may also be possible to select work experience in these areas.
Psychology and sociology degrees are valued by business and other employers.Facts and FiguresSchool of Social SciencesPsychology and Sociology are within the Social Sciences at Brunel.
Our courses will help you to develop specific skills in the practical methods associated with your discipline. Within Psychology, there are a number of dedicated experimental laboratories, including a lab for infant research in visual and cognitive development, and a psychophysics / EEG lab.
We take particular pride in both the quality of our teaching and the extensive pastoral care of our students.