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Applied Psychology (conversion)

University of Bedfordshire · Department of Psychology

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This course is subject to approval. Entry requirements will be confirmed once the course is validated.

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About the Course

Developed for students who wish to develop a career in health or forensic psychology, this conversion course is open to anyone with a recognised undergraduate degree in any subject.

It covers the five core areas required for accreditation by the British Psychological Society, including the psychology of everyday life and cognitive and biological psychology.

Your studies will also involve the development of essential research skills, which ends with a piece of independent original research conducted under supervision.

Key Features:

  • Learn on a unique conversion course that places particular emphasis on the specialist areas of health and forensic psychology, and will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to develop a successful career.
  • Study the essential core topics of individual differences, developmental, social, cognitive and biological psychology.
  • Develop a deep understanding of how learning and memory can be applicable to our everyday lives.
  • Gain the skills and expertise necessary to use the qualitative and quantitative methodologies commonly used by professional psychologists.
  • Explore intellectual functions, the biological basis of behaviour and the effects of impairments on the mind.
  • Challenge yourself by studying how core knowledge in psychology can be applied in daily life to the specific areas of health, wellbeing and criminal behaviour.
  • Benefit from access to a wide range of departmental facilities, including expert advice and specialist software including SPSS, ATLAS, EEG and driver simulators.

Areas of study may include:

  • Advanced Research Methods (Applied Psychology) (PSY060-6) Compulsory
  • Applied Psychology (PSY063-6) Compulsory
  • Applied Psychology Dissertation Project (PSY064-6) Compulsory
  • Biological And Neuropsychological Perspectives Of Behaviour (PSY061-6) Compulsory
  • Cognition And Performance (PSY057-6) Compulsory
  • Developmental Psychology (PSY058-6) Compulsory
  • Personality, Intelligence And Assessments (PSY059-6) Compulsory
  • Research Methods - Quantitative And Qualitative (PSY056-6) Compulsory
  • Social Psychology (PSY062-6) Compulsory

Career Prospects:

Psychology is applicable in a range of everyday settings from shopping to work, but also in the NHS, the prison and probation service and more. Studying Applied Psychology will also develop a broad range of skills which you will find helpful in any work environment. You will:

  • Be given an opportunity in the Applied Psychology unit to experience studying different subject areas within professional pathways of psychology such as clinical, counselling, education, health and forensic psychology.
  • Develop skills for report writing specific to empirical research in psychology using both qualitative and quantitative methods
  • Work individually or in groups to meet deadlines.
  • Develop communication skills that enable you to summarise and present complex information, including the results of statistical analysis, to others.
  • Develop skills on complex problem solving.

In order to achieve all of the above the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences and the wider University will support you with a range of subject specific talks given by professionals working in areas of psychology that require BPS chartered membership. These talks will provide you with information about how to achieve a career within these chartered membership pathways. For example, Health and Forensic Psychology. These career talks are an integrated part of your studies and are partly embedded in your curriculum.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

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