Course information

Entry requirements

UCAS code

C801

Length

1 year (Foundation) + 3 years (undergraduate degree)

Department

Psychology

Course overview

This is a four-year degree at Goldsmiths. If you successfully achieve the progression requirements of the foundation year, you can continue with the full-time three-year BSc (Hons) Psychology degree.

Why study the Integrated Degree in Psychology at Goldsmiths?

  • The programme is ideal if you're interested in psychology and its many applications, and want to boost your academic profile and progress to the full-time 
  • There are no formal entrance requirements, you just need to demonstrate a lively interest in the world of psychology
  • You'll attend a study skills course as part of the programme, to develop your academic writing and research skills
  • We have excellent specialist and general-purpose research laboratories, including an EEG suite for brain research, an infant lab, and a visual perception and attention laboratory
  • You'll have the opportunity to progress to our BSc Psychology degree

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact the Programme Convenor, Elaine Beattie

What you'll study

The programme provides the opportunity for personal and professional development, and encourages you to think about your preferred direction in psychology.

It focuses on introductory psychology and the different approaches psychology has adopted theoretically and in research. Some of the approaches that will be covered are:

  • developmental
  • social
  • cognitive
  • mental health
  • research methods

You'll be expected to carry out additional study and reading.

Teaching style

This programme is taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars and workshops. You’ll also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. This includes carrying out required and additional reading, preparing topics for discussion, and producing essays or project work.

The following information gives an indication of the typical proportions of learning and teaching for each year of this programme*:

  • Year 0 - 21% scheduled learning, 79% independent learning
  • Year 1 - 15% scheduled learning, 83% independent learning
  • Year 2 - 16% scheduled learning, 84% independent learning
  • Year 3 - 10% scheduled learning, 90% independent learning

How you’ll be assessed

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework, examinations, group work and projects.

The following information gives an indication of how you can typically expect to be assessed on each year of this programme*:

  • Year 0 - 57% coursework, 43% written exam
  • Year 1 - 53% coursework, 47% written exam
  • Year 2 - 34% coursework, 66% written exam
  • Year 3 - 51% coursework, 49% written exam

*Please note that these are averages are based on enrolments for 2016/17. Each student’s time in teaching, learning and assessment activities will differ based on individual module choices.

Download the programme specification, for the 2018-19 intake. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Entry requirements

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.

Additional Requirements

The programme is primarily aimed at learners who may not have formal entry qualifications for undergraduate study. You'll need to demonstrate that you have an interest in and aptitude for the subject.

Admission is by application to UCAS, interview and a short piece of written work.

Fees & funding

Careers

If you successfully achieve the progression requirements of the foundation year, you can continue with the full-time three-year BSc Psychology degree, where you'll benefit from the Department of Psychology's Career Development and Employability Programme for students.

The Department also has strong links with employers of psychology graduates, and the programme has been set up to support you to actively seek relevant work knowledge and experience. This experience could help you develop the professional-level skills that are highly sought after in the job market.

Skills

Throughout the degree you will receive a thorough training in the design and evaluation of research, statistical analysis, and the use of specialist psychology-relevant software. In addition, you'll develop the following transferrable skills:

  • critical thinking and analytical skills
  • the ability to look at issues from different perspectives
  • reflection skills
  • self motivation
  • planning and organisation skills
  • oral and written communication skills

Careers

Students from the BSc go on to a broad range of careers and future study such as: clinical psychology, broadcasting, media psychology, advertising, market research, consultancy, research psychology, occupational psychology, and criminal/forensic psychology. You can find out more about career options after graduating on our Psychology careers page.

Our graduates work in a wide range of settings from schools to hospitals, from broadcasting to banks, and in both private and public sector jobs.

Our full degrees are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), which means that graduates are eligible for graduate basis for Chartership with the BPS – vital if you want a career as a psychologist in the future.

Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths

What our students say

Melissa

"I have been having a wonderful time and feel much more confident stepping to the first year of the psychology degree."

"I went into my degree with an open mind as I had not known what to expect in the first year for the foundation degree. I have found all of the lectures really helpful and they are keen on giving you a hand when needed. Having our head lecturer have office hours once a week brings the whole class the opportunity to approach and discuss about any topics we feel we need more help with. Alongside this we have a study skills lecture every few weeks to encourage our writing styles to thrive when producing our topic essays.

I have been having a wonderful time and feel much more confident stepping to the first year of the psychology degree as the experience I have gained from the foundation year will be one I can look back on throughout the rest of my degree."