Taught course

Psychology, Qualifying Certificate

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 typically at a 2:2 classification.

Months of entry

September

Course content

To pass with a Qualifying Certificate in Psychology you must pass four modules in psychology. This must include at least one module from Level 5.

The alternative compulsory modules are:
1 module from:

U24127 Cognitive Psychology - level 5
U24130 Biological Psychology - level 5
U24132 Social Psychology - level 5
U24135 Developmental Psychology - level 5
U24125 Personality and Individual Differences - level 5

Min 1, Max 2 modules from: Cognitive/Biological psychology at level 4 or 5:
U24101 Foundations of Cognitive Psychology - level 4
U24127 Cognitive Psychology - level 5
U24105 Foundation of Biological Psychology –level 4
U24130 Biological Psychology – level 5

Min 1, Max 2 modules from: Social/Developmental/Personality at level 4 or 5:
U24102 Foundations of Social Psychology - level 4
U24132 Social Psychology – level 5
U24104 Foundations of Developmental Psychology – level 4
U24135 Developmental Psychology – level 5
U24125 Personality and Individual Differences – level 5

Other Acceptable Modules:
U24107 Learning from Influential Papers in Psychology - level 4
U24109 Psychology and Contemporary Issues - level 4

Please note: as courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the module list you choose from may vary from that shown here.

Teaching and learning

Our department has a thriving community of research-active staff and research scholars. We include aspects of our research in all our courses, teach specialist modules in our areas of expertise and supervise dissertations in our specialist subjects. Learning methods include lectures, directed reading, seminars and practical work.

Teaching is organised on a module-credit basis, each involving approximately 150 hours of student effort and approximately 36 hours of staff contact.

Each course module is assessed individually, generally on the quality of written work. Assessment methods may include essays, formal written examinations or in-class tests.

Specialist facilities

The Psychology Department boasts state-of-the-art facilities including a video observation lab, Babylab, action research lab and perception lab. In addition, postgraduate students have a dedicated study and social working space to facilitate group projects and provide a venue for our research seminar series.

Attendance pattern

Timetabling information:

U24127 Cognitive Psychology - semester 1

§ Lecture Mon 10.00-12.00

U24130 Biological Psychology – semester 2

§ Lecture Wed 13.00-15.00

§ Seminars/Practicals - Wed 15.00-16.00 or 16.00-17.00

U24132 Social Psychology - semester 1

§ Lecture Mon 17.00-19.00

U24135 Developmental Psychology – semester 1

§ Lecture Thu 14.00-17.00

U24125 Personality and Individual Differences - semester 2

§ Lecture Fri 10.00-12.00

U24101 Foundations of Cognitive Psychology - semester 2

§ Lecture Thursday 14.00-16.00

U24105 Foundation of Biological Psychology –semester 1

§ Lecture Wednesday 13.00-16.00

U24102 Foundations of Social Psychology - semester 1

§ Lecture Tuesday 17.00-19.00

U24104 Foundations of Developmental Psychology – semester 2

§ Lecture Thursday 10.00-12.00

U24107 Learning from Influential Papers in Psychology- semester 2

§ Lecture Monday 17.00-20.00

U24109 Psychology and Contemporary Issues - semester 1

§ Lecture Monday 13.00-17.00

Programme changes

On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website. For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.

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