This degree ensures that you gain an understanding of the breadth and diversity of Psychology. Combining this with Anthropology, this course is particularly suited to students who are curious about their own and other societies and who are interested in understanding social processes and meanings in the world around them.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 a fourth 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 AimsPsychology 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.
Anthropology at Brunel is an outward-looking and cosmopolitan social sciences, its subject being the documentation and explanation of cultural diversity. It is particularly suited to students who are curious about their own and other societies and who are interested in understanding social processes and meanings in the world around them.
You will apply the ideas of anthropology to practical issues and will gain a solid grounding in the social sciences (sociology, psychology, media and communications). Special emphasis in placed on cross-cultural studies.Course ContentAnthropologyThis degree will introduce you to the history, theory and main contemporary issues within the discipline. You will also apply the ideas of anthropology to practical issues in the field of medical anthropology, in the anthropology of childhood, and in the analysis of cultural diversity in Britain, Europe, Africa and parts of Asia.
The course addresses contemporary issues such as war, nationalist movements, racial prejudice, inter-ethnic conflicts, and gender inequalities. Popular modules include: Family, Household and Domestic Domain, South Africa:Culture Politics and Ethnicity, Religion and Power, Britain's Ethnic Minorities, Anthropological Perspectives on War, and the Ethnography of Melanesia.PsychologyThe Psychology courses a Brunel emphasise the everyday and real-life significance of psychology by encouraging you to explore the relationship between the practical and theoretical aspects of the subject, both through your academic study and your work placements.Typical ModulesLevel 1 CoreFoundations 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 Anthropology: Themes
Introduction to Anthropology: Beliefs and InstitutionsLevel 2 CoreDevelopment and Cognitive Psychology
Biologist Psychology (Brain and Behaviour)
Quantitative Research Methods
Ethnography in the Contemporary World
Issues in Social Anthropology
History and Theory of Social AnthropologyLevel 3 CoreDissertation (individual supervision on topic of your own choosing)
Social Psychology, Personality, Psychology and Intelligence TestingLevel 3 OptionsOptions may be approved non-Psychology modules within the School of Social Sciences.Dissertation/ProjectA major part of the final year is the writing of a joint psychology and social anthropology project which is normally based on research carried out during the second work-placement e.g. a combination of an ethnographic study and quantitative or qualitative research methods from Psychology to investigate a specific topic of interest.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 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.Hours
Each 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 integrated or formal lectures.AssessmentStudents are assessed using a range of methods, including coursework assignments, poster presentations, oral presentations and seen and unseen examinations.CareersWith a good degree in psychology you may go on to train as a clinical, educational or occupational psychologist. Other careers include work with adults or children with disabilities, counselling, personnel management, market research and advertising, and prison and probation work. This degree forms a basis for a wide variety of careers, including development work, social research and journalism.
Psychology and Anthropology degrees are valued by business and other employers.