Develop a detailed understanding of what makes people, groups or societies think and do the things they do.
Psychosocial studies is all about the relationship between self and society. It draws on disciplines such as psychology and psychoanalysis to explore the individual, as well as sociology to understand wider cultural and systemic issues.
Understanding human behaviour in this way has a great many practical applications and will equip you well for careers in fields such as criminal justice, health, social work, teaching, and HR management.
The course is taught in the modern, well-equipped surroundings of our Peterborough University Centre. Initially, you'll gain a firm grounding in the fundamentals of sociology, and of social, health and developmental psychology. You’ll then study specialist core modules in fields such as child development, political ideology, social research methods, crime, belief and deviant behaviours.
In years two and three you’ll be able to personalise your studies to reflect and accommodate your career goals – tackling a major project in Year 3 which will involve independent research.
Our Social Science Society organises guest lectures and trips, and you can take part in the debates run by Anglia Ruskin Graduate Society. While you're studying here, you’ll also have the opportunity to carry out research projects for the Peterborough Environment City Trust.
By the time you graduate you’ll have a sound knowledge of individual and group behaviour, the ability to apply this to a range of sectors and topics, and a set of transferrable employment skills, including communication and presentation, social research, team working, IT and project management.
Our graduates have gone on to successful careers in many fields, including criminal justice, health and allied professions, social work, teaching, and HR management.
We’ll assess your progress using exams and essay assignments, as well as your portfolio, presentations, group work, book reviews and dissertation.
In the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, we use our expertise and connections in Cambridge and beyond to nurture creativity through experimentation and risk-taking, and encourage critical thinking, in order to educate, entertain, inspire and understand, as well as to improve people’s lives.
Important fee notes
The part-time course fee assumes that you’re studying at half the rate of a full-time student (50% intensity, or 60 credits per year). Course fees will be different if you study over a longer period, or for more credits. All fees are for guidance purposes only. Your offer letter will contain full details of credits and fees, or you can contact us if you'd like more information.
You can pay your fees in the following ways.
UK students can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or there's the option to pay your fees upfront.
We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.
Most new UK undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This also applies to EU, EEA and Swiss nationals who have citizens' rights following Brexit.
Government funding includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a range of ARU scholarships, which can provide extra financial support while you’re at university.
88 UCAS tariff points. Required subject(s): 2 A levels in related subjects. BTEC/Access required: a BTEC National or 30 credits Merit at Access Certificate in a related subject. GCSEs required: 3 GCSEs at grade C or above in English, Mathematics and Science.
Whether you're studying entirely online or through a blend of on-campus and online learning from September 2020, you'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. A small number of our courses require additional technical specifications or specialist materials. Before starting the course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning. Our website also has general information for new students about starting university in 2020-21.
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
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