Taught course

Psychology

Institution
Oxford Brookes University · Department of Psychology, Social Work and Public Health
Qualifications
PGCert

Entry requirements

Applicants are welcome from any academic discipline. The admission requirement is a university degree.

Months of entry

September

Course content

The Qualifying Certificate in Psychology is designed to enable students with no previous experience of psychology in higher education to acquire sufficient knowledge and skills to study at FHEQ level 5/6 (second or third year of full-time study) in a UK university. Specifically, the certificate is offered as an entry qualification for the Oxford Brookes University MSc in Psychology, but it also meets the entry requirements for other universities' psychology conversion courses (60 credit and accumulation transfer scheme (CATS) credits of undergraduate psychology modules).

Students who successfully complete the Qualifying Certificate in Psychology, achieving average marks of 60% or above, will be given priority for places on the MSc in Psychology.

Course content

To pass with a Qualifying Certificate in Psychology you must pass four modules in psychology, of which a minimum of three must be at FHEQ level 4 (basic level):

  • Introduction to Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology introduces basic psychological investigative procedures and interpretation.
  • Foundations of Experimental Psychology introduces experimental psychology, its current theories, methods and findings. This module is available on campus in Semester 1 or as a distance learning course in Semester 2.

And either:

  • Foundations of Social Psychology: introduces the study of social and personal influences on individual and small group behaviour.

or:

  • Foundations of Developmental Psychology: introduces the study of social development, from infancy to the end of childhood.


You may take all four of the above modules, or three plus a more advanced module. If you intend to apply for the MSc in Psychology to meet the requirements for Graduate Basis for Registration of the British Psychological Society, it is recommended that the advanced module should be:

  • Biological Foundations of Behaviour: investigates the relationships between the structure and function of the brain and behaviour.

Please note: as courses are reviewed regularly, the module list you choose from may vary from that shown here.

Course structure

Full-time (one semester):

Semester 2:

  • Foundations of Experimental Psychology, as a distance learning course;
  • Foundations of Developmental Psychology, Thursdays 10-12;
  • Introduction to Research Methods and Statistics for Psychology, Mondays 10-12 and 1-4;
  • Biological Foundations of Behaviour, Thursdays 1-2 and 3-5.

Part-time (usually two semesters), preferred option:

Semester 1:

  • Foundations of Experimental Psychology, Fridays 1-4;
  • Foundations of Social Psychology, Wednesdays 1-3.

Semester 2:

  • Introduction to Research Methods and Statistics for Psychology, Mondays 10-12 and 1-4;
  • Biological Foundations of Behaviour, Thursdays 1-2 and 3-5; or Foundations of Developmental Psychology, Thursdays 10-12.

Part-time, alternative option:

Semester 1:

  • Foundations of Social Psychology, Wednesdays 1-3.

Semester 2:

  • Foundations of Experimental Psychology, as a distance learning course;
  • Introduction to Research Methods and Statistics for Psychology, Mondays 10-12 and 1-4;
  • Biological Foundations of Behaviour, Thursdays 1-2 and 3-5; or Foundations of Developmental Psychology, Thursdays 10-12.

Information for international students

You should have English as your first language, or GCSE or O-level English Language, or an IELTS score of 7.0, or equivalent evidence of proficiency in English.

Qualification and course duration

PGCert

part time
8 months
full time
4 months

Assessment

AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations40
Written coursework / continuous assessment60

Course contact details

Name
Programme Administrator
Email
psychology@brookes.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1865 483771