The Foundation Year is delivered in two semesters within the normal academic calendar of the College. The course is modular and consists of four modules specifically designed to ensure that you have the necessary skills and knowledge to continue onto your psychology degree. Topics include cognitive psychology, social psychology, biological psychology, human development and research methods. In addition, there is an applied module with topics including: Psychology and Crime and Psychology and the Environment. To complement your studies in Psychology, you will also enhance your IT and study skills throughout the academic year.
A variety of teaching and learning methods are employed to deliver the course and these are tailored to meet your needs. A wide variety of assessment tools are used: formal essays, class tests, coursework, presentations and examinations. The purpose of this is to give you the opportunity to develop your assessment skills throughout the year and to demonstrate your strengths in different types of assessment.
Psychology is concerned with understanding all aspects of human behaviour and a person’s underlying thoughts, feelings and motivations. You will be expected to have a great interest in investigating and analysing how humans think, feel and behave. The Foundation Year will encourage you to develop further your own problem solving, communication and interpersonal skills. After successful completion of the Foundation Year, which is held at both Stoke Sixth Form College and Newcastle-Under-Lyme College, you will finish your studies at the Stoke campus of Staffordshire University.
At least 56 UCAS points, which should also include one GCE/VCE A level pass or equivalent.
Mature students without formal entry requirements will be considered individually on the basis of their application and an interview. Students under 21 years of age will normally need to have at least the equivalent of one GCE/VCE A level at grade D or above. IELTS score of 6.0 or above is required, where appropriate.
On completion you will then join one of the three-year psychology awards at Staffordshire University. You will offer to employers a unique combination of analytic and personal skills. Graduates are able to analyse problems, use computer skills and design investigations and are especially aware of human relationships. Opportunities are available in a wide variety of industrial, commercial and public sector organisations. A number of psychology graduates pursue careers as professional psychologists in the areas of organisation, health, counselling, education, forensic and clinical practice.