Cognitive and Clinical Psychology BSc Honours
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|A Levels||BBB, of which two subjects should be in sciences (including maths and psychology)|
|International Baccalaureate||32 points|
|Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Science||DDM|
|Access to HE Diploma||Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 36 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction plus at least grade C in Maths and English at GCSEs.|
This exciting interdisciplinary degree course considers how the structure and function of the brain gives rise to mental processes. Cognitive and clinical psychology blends theoretical, experimental and applied aspects of psychology with neuroscience, and overlaps with other psychological disciplines including physiological psychology, cognitive psychology, clinical psychology and psychopharmacology.
This unique course places a particular focus on brain-behaviour relationships, by bringing together evidence from molecular and cellular neuroscience, brain injury studies and neurological illness. It explores a wide range of research-based and clinically relevant methodologies including brain imaging, computational modelling and comparative cognition (considering evolutionary and developmental approaches).
During your degree, you will consider all aspects of cognitive functioning, from learning, memory and language through to concepts such as intelligence, creativity and consciousness. The course will equip you with the skills and knowledge to develop a career across a vast range of highly sought after employment areas, including academic research, clinical psychology, experimental research, IT and neuropsychology. You will also gain the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.
In the ﬁrst year (Level 4) of the degree, you will gain core skills in psychology, as identiﬁed by the British Psychological Association for chartered membership. In the second and third years of the degree (Levels 5 and 6), students enrol on core and option modules from a range of cognitive and clinical disciplines.
Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, practical classes and laboratory work, supported by online material and periods of independent study.
Assessment methods may include exams, in-class tests, essays, oral and poster presentations, debates, case studies, and laboratory, practical and technical reports.
Subjects of study
The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.
Year 1 (Credit Level 4)
Subjects of study include:
- Biological Psychology
- Cognitive Psychology
- Developmental Psychology
- Introduction to Psychological Research Methods
- Social Psychology
Year 2 (Credit Level 5)
Subjects of study include:
- Brain and Cognition
- Clinical Applications of Mindfulness
- Cognitive & Clinical Research Methods
- Lifespan Development
- Systems Neuroscience
- Work Experience
Work placement year
You may take an additional work placement year between Years 2 and 3, subject to availability. On successful completion you gain a Certiﬁcate in Work-Based Learning in Psychology.
Students have recently worked with researchers carrying out brain activation studies using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and EEG technology. Other students have become co-researchers in projects ranging from developing artiﬁcial intelligence programs to investigating the cognitive performance of individuals with traumatic brain injury.
Year 3 (Credit Level 6)
Subjects of study include:
- Clinical Neuropsychology
- Comparative Cognition
- Forensic Psychology
- Health Psychology
- Music and the Mind
- Neuropharmacology of Cognition
- Occupational and Work Psychology
- Projects in Psychology
- Psychology of Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Psychology of Education
As part of your course you can take elective modules at Level 5 and Level 6. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable. Find out about Westminster electives.
This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership, provided the minimum standard of a Lower Second Class Honours is achieved and the project has been passed. This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.
Additional costs information
To check what your tuition fees cover and what you may need to pay for separately, see our What tuition fees cover page.
International Foundation course
We work in partnership with Kaplan International College London to provide Foundation courses for international students who do not meet our Bachelors degree entry requirements. For more information, visit the Kaplan International College website.
Our dedicated Career Development Centre is actively working with an ever-expanding network of over 3,000 employers to provide you with exceptional employability support and guidance. As a result we were nominated as finalists for a significant industry award – the NUE Awards Most Improved Commitment to Employability 2016.
We provide our students with work placements and international opportunities to support them in becoming highly employable, globally engaged graduates, and with one million businesses operating within 20 miles of the University of Westminster, over 84% of our students are in work or further study six months after graduation. Our graduates work in a variety of sectors and organisations, from small/medium-sized companies and start-ups to large not-for-profit organisations and corporates.
During your time at Westminster you will be able to use our comprehensive online vacancy service and meet with our experienced careers consultants, providing you with thorough training and support on CV writing, application forms, interview preparation and assessment centres.
In addition to this, you will receive careers support from academic staff and faculty work placement teams, offering targeted course-specific careers advice and assistance in securing a work placement during your time at Westminster. You can find out more about course-specific career opportunities by visiting the Prospects website.
For more details, visit the employability section on our site.
Career Development Centre
Our Career Development Centre can help and support you throughout your study and after graduation.
We can help you to:
- find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
- explore how to develop the skills that employers are looking for
- plan your career development
- identify your career options
- market yourself effectively in CVs, application forms and at interviews
- develop your enterprise skills
We also organise a range of presentations and networking events with employers, professional bodies, alumni and other organisations throughout the year to help you with career planning.
Find out more about the Career Development Centre.
Our Work Placement Teams are based in your Faculty Registry Office and can help you find a suitable placement, as well as support you in making applications, writing CVs and improving your interview technique.
More details on work placements can be found on our Work placements page.
Study in the city
If you study at the University of Westminster, everything that London has to offer is on your doorstep.
Our central London campuses are ideally located for the city's fantastic learning institutions including libraries, archives and museums, as well as opportunities for shopping, eating out, enjoying London's nightlife or just simply relaxing.
After choosing your course, one of your biggest decisions will be where to live, and we aim to make that choice as easy as possible. Whether you want to apply for our Halls of Residence or live in private housing, we can help you to find the right accommodation.
Fees, funding, bursaries and scholarships
In recent years the University of Westminster's scholarship scheme has been the largest university scholarships scheme in the UK, and our Scholarships Department won the Times Higher Education inaugural Award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students.
All students on courses of a year or more and who are registered for more than three modules will be allocated a personal tutor.
Your personal tutor will be there to support you from induction onwards, helping you to integrate into the University, academically and socially, at an early stage. They will be able to give you advice and support on academic and personal matters affecting your study, as well as developmental advice through regular individual and group tutorials.
Polylang is a University-wide programme through which you can study a language as a free choice module.
Personal advice and counselling
While most students overcome any problems with help from friends, family or a personal tutor, the University's free counselling and advice services are there if you need them.
With one of the UK's largest international student populations, the University of Westminster has plenty of experience in giving you the help and support you need to make the most of your time with us.
Study Abroad and Summer School programmes
Westminster's Study Abroad programme has been running for more than 15 years, and is one of the largest in the UK – each year we welcome hundreds of visiting students from universities all over the world.
If you are already studying outside the UK, the programme offers you the opportunity to study with us for one or two semesters, or for a period in the summer.
Sport and recreation
The University has extensive sport and recreation facilities, with a sports hall and gym at Harrow, a state-of-the-art gym at Regent Campus, and the University sports ground by the River Thames at Chiswick.
University of Westminster Students' Union (UWSU) aims to make sure you have the best university experience possible by providing a range of activities and support, from sports clubs to society groups, educational advice and social events.