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Psychology and SociologyBSc (Hons)

This course is ideal if you want to enhance your knowledge and understanding of human behaviour and society.

Course details


Important You can read a comprehensive guide to this course containing full details in our Course Information Guide.

The underpinning philosophy of the BSc (Hons) Psychology and Sociology programme is to provide you with the ability to apply theory, concepts and ideas across psychological and sociological disciplines. The programme will enrich your knowledge and research skills to enhance your understanding of human behaviour and society.

At its core the BSc (Hons) Psychology and Sociology programme adopts a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach. The programme is structured across four distinct strands; Psychology, Sociology, Research Methods and Employability. The four strands enable you to analyse contemporary issues from a range of perspectives, providing essential transferable skills for employment. Although delivered as four separate strands, the programme also focuses on the application and linking of these areas. This provides you with opportunity to investigate the impact of the individual on society and how, in turn, society can shape the individual. The design of this course provides you with the unique opportunity to use applied research to understand the world and human behaviour across the lifespan.

Employability and work-related practice is embedded within every module, to provide a solid underpinning of skill development. An integral part of the programme is not only to embed employability but to assess it at an early stage (the Work-Related Skills unit). The assessment is designed to foster ambition not only within the programme but beyond. This aspect of the programme has been reinforced by discussions with external employment providers enabling focus on current and succinct skills within the relevant sectors

What's covered?

Year one units

  • Foundations of Psychology
  • Classical and Contemporary Sociology
  • The Individual and Society
  • Introducing Research Methods in Psychology and Sociology
  • Work-Related Skills in Social Sciences

Year two units

  • Qualitative and Quantitative Research
  • Social Division and Inequalities
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Work Related Practice
  • Social Policy

Year three units

  • Final Major Project (Dissertation)
  • Psychology of Mental Health and Mental Disorders
  • Health Psychology
  • Current Issues and Trends in the Contemporary Society
  • Sociology of Crime and Deviance

Work placements

Work placements are encouraged throughout the duration of the course. However work placement as a course requirement feeds through the modules Work-Related Skills during the first year and then the Work-Related Practice unit in the secondyear. Work placements that form part of the Work Related Practice module are to be negotiated with students and external employers using the standardised placement learning processes and therefore may vary in duration and length.


Timetables are normally available one month prior to registration, though we endeavour to let you know an outline as soon as possible. Please note that we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day during the week .

Typically timetables are scheduled for 13 hours per week across two days between 9am-5pm (however there may be events during the year, for example guest speakers that may run until 6pm). We expect you to build on your learning through Independent study for which we have space available within the campus or at the Forum in Southend.


You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops, which enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of the disciplines of Psychology and Sociology.

Typically across all years of the programme you will have 13 hours of contact time per week across two days.

Contact time will consist of:

  • 2-4 hour lectures/seminars
  • Tutorial and dedicated one-to-one support when necessary

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars or workshops or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue to learn independently through self-guided, independent activities. This may typically include reading journal articles, books, periodicals and preparing coursework and presentations. A range of excellent facilities, including the library and online learning resources, the Learning Resource Centre and the Forum supports your independent learning. Typically Independent learning will approximately equate to 70% in Year one and 53% in Year two (with 17% making up Placement Learning) and 75% in Year three.

Guest speakers have included

  • Dr Josh Davis (University of Greenwich and Researcher in Super-Recognition)
  • Iain Banks (Southend Borough Council)
  • Emma Goddard (Restorative and Mediation Services Development Manager Essex Police)
  • Itayi Garande (International lawyer)
  • Jacki Simpson (Volunteering Matters)

Workshops have included

  • Safeguarding
  • Deaf awareness
  • Dementia friends training

How will my work be assessed?

Across the programme you will be assessed using a variety of methods including:

  • Essays
  • Research Projects
  • Presentations
  • MCQ Exams and Short Answer Tests
  • Portfolios

Please note that full assessment information can be found in the module descriptors.


You will receive formative feedback as part of your modules and taught sessions with your Module Lead. You will also receive summative comments on all formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Written feedback is provided to students within 20 working days of submission through Turnitin. Alternative forms of feedback can be requested by students through one-to-one meetings with Module Assessors/Module Leaders.

Feedback on the Final Major Project/Dissertation module in Year three is provided throughout and through supervision meetings as scheduled.

What can I do after this?

Graduates have gone on to careers such as education, research (National Office of Statistics), project management and support workers. Students have also entered Masters Qualifications in Psychology, Social Work, Fashion Psychology, Mental Health, Clinical and Forensic Psychology. Graduates have also undertaken teacher training and have achieved either QTS or QTLS, enabling them to take up roles in mainstream schools.

Graduates wishing to progress in psychology can undertake a British Psychological Society (BPS) conversion award through an accredited institution which will provide an opportunity to become eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). By gaining this, you will be eligible to apply for a place on a society-accredited postgraduate training programme and in time progress to gaining Chartered Membership (CPsychol) of the Society. Your programme leader will be able to advise of accredited programmes.

A Minimum of 64 UCAS Points from one or more of the following:

  • At least two A-levels
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/Diploma/Subsidiary Diploma/Certificate [QCF]
  • BTEC National Award/Certificate/Diploma [NQF]International Baccalaureate
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma (a minimum 15 credits at Merit or above)

For any qualification not identified above the HE Admission Team will determine equivalences through UKNARIC.

You will also need GCSE English and Maths at grade C (old specification) or Grade 4 (new specification) or above OR a Level 2 equivalent such as functional skills.

Applicants wishing to be considered for entry to the second or third year of study, or wishing to import credits or evidence of prior learning into the course for which they are applying, will be considered in accordance with the awarding bodies policy on Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning.


Open Event - Higher Education Degrees, HNCs & HNDs

Saturday, 30 November 2019

Saturday, 28 March 2020

Saturday, 20 June 2020

Our Higher Education Open Events are held at the Southend Campus on Luker Road. These events are the perfect opportunity to find out all you need to know about degree, HND and HNC courses on offer at South Essex College.


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The following course-related costs are included in the fees:

  • During year three you will be required to produce a poster presentation to conference expectations. The professional printing of this poster costs £12 each and will be provided through the Central Reprographics Unit at the College
  • You will receive an allocation of pages for printing. Once you have used your allocation, you need to charge up your account with more pages
  • Venue Southend Campus
  • Starts Monday, September 28, 2020
  • Attendance Full time
  • Duration 3 years
  • Provision Higher Education
  • Cost £8000.00
  • Cost details Fees are per academic year for home and EU students.
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