Our British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited degree enables you to confront the issues that humans face with psychology's scientific principles. From brain injury to prejudice reduction, child development to offending behaviour and rehabilitation. We provide you with the tools to develop interventions for hospitals, schools and businesses, making a difference to society through innovations in policy and research.
Shape your degree outside the classroom by participating in our student-led Psychology Society who host regular events, including co-run seminars with our academic team exploring current questions. Step into our active community.
Reasons to study Psychology with a Placement Year at Kent
Our degree offers a high level of professional skills and can be the first step to becoming a Chartered Psychologist; it’s accredited by the British Psychological Society Our graduates move on to successful careers in teaching, social welfare, the probation service, the NHS and the Home Office We are a leading centre for social psychology, with strengths in cognitive, forensic and developmental psychology leading to a wide choice of modules You’ll have access to outstanding resources including physiological measurement, brain stimulation and virtual reality laboratories as well as eye-tracker technology and EEG equipment for monitoring brain activity You can gain practical experience through our research participation, research experience and work experience schemes.
What you'll learn
You study the core areas required for accreditation: statistics, biological and general psychology, social and developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, child development and personality. You can also take specialist modules in business, clinical and forensic psychology as well as mental health, justice and morality and neuroscience.
Your Placement Year could be spent working in a clinical, education or business settings where you’ll develop high level professional skills.
Year of professional experience
Psychology with a Placement Year is a four-year programme, you spend a year in practice between your second and final years (subject to availability of placements and achieving an average mark of 60% at Stage 1). You undertake project work with professional applied psychologists in organisations such as the NHS, the Prison Service or a research establishment.
It is also possible to spend a year on placement on our Psychology with Clinical Psychology and a Placement Year degree. Alternatively, you can take our three-year Psychology degree.
See the modules you'll study
Modules are taught by weekly lectures, workshops, small group seminars and project supervision. The Psychology Statistics and Practical modules include laboratory practical sessions, statistics classes, computing classes and lectures in statistics and methodology.
Most modules are assessed by examination and coursework in equal measure. Both Stage 2 and 3 marks and, where appropriate, the marks for your year abroad or placement count towards your final degree result. Our assessment
methods are varied and will include, but are not limited to, examinations,
written assignments and essays, group work and oral presentations
Knowledge and understanding
You gain knowledge and understanding of:
- psychology statistics, practical experimentation and research
- cognitive and social development
- interpersonal and group behaviour
- cognition and cognitive neuropsychology
- personality and individual differences
- philosophical and theoretical issues in psychology
- the relationship between psychology and allied disciplines
- different frameworks in psychology and different levels of description and explanation
- applied psychology.
You gain the following intellectual abilities:
- critical reflection on particular issues
- oral discussion
- written analysis and interpretation
- critical evaluation and exposition of ideas
- development of writing and reading skills
- time management and preparation
- self-reflection and development through feedback from different sources such as staff and peers
- clarity in thinking, critical thinking and problem identification.
You gain subject-specific skills in the following:
- completing an empirical study in an area of psychology, under supervision
- expertise in the design and conduct of psychological research
- evaluating and selecting appropriate frameworks and methodologies for exploring issues in psychology
- using the major analytic techniques employed by psychologists
- employing the inferential method of science such as deductive methods, single case methods and semiotics
- psychological statistical methods and their interpretation
- the use of psychology-oriented software applications such as database programmes, experiment generators and statistical packages
- disseminating psychological information to appropriate bodies, and using psychological knowledge to enhance this process.
You gain transferable skills in the following:
- communication: organising information clearly, responding to written sources, presenting information orally, adapting style for different audiences and the use of images as a communication tool
- numeracy: making sense of statistical materials, integrating numerical and non-numerical information, understanding the limits and potentialities of arguments based on quantitative information
- using IT skills to produce written documents, undertaking online research and process information using databases
- working co-operatively on group tasks and understanding how groups function
- improving students’ learning by exploring personal strengths and weaknesses, time management, developing specialist learning skills such as foreign languages and autonomy in learning
- problem solving, exploring alternative solutions and learning to discriminate between them.
The programme aims to:
- provide knowledge about, experience of, and insight into, the use of psychological experience by practising professional psychologists in an applied work setting
- attract and meet the needs of those contemplating a career in psychological professions and those motivated by an intellectual interest in psychology
- contribute to widening participation in higher education by offering a wide variety of entry routes
- provide a sound knowledge and systematic understanding of the principal approaches to psychology and perspectives such as social, cognitive, and biological
- develop a critical awareness and appraisal of the different approaches to psychology and related disciplines, and introduce students to a range of different theoretical and methodological approaches
- offer a range of modules covering the foundations of psychology, as defined by the British Psychological Society, which will enable students who successfully complete them, to obtain exemption from the initial or academic stage of training for entry into the British Psychological Society
- provide teaching informed by current research and scholarship, which requires students to engage with aspects of work at the frontiers of knowledge
- enable students to carry out independent research
- develop students' critical, analytical and problem-solving skills
- provide opportunities for the development of personal, communication, research and other key skills appropriate for graduate employment in the psychology professions and other fields.