FdSc Psychological Studies with Foundation Year

Petroc is one of the largest colleges in Devon and is committed to driving forward educational success in further and higher education. 

We are passionate about raising the aspirations, knowledge and skills of individuals, and year after year our students produce exceptional results, enabling them to progress further in training or employment. 

Petroc has been delivering a range of degree-level courses for over 30 years and is proud to be able to provide a wide variety of programmes (from HNCs and Foundation Degrees to Higher Apprenticeships and Honours Degrees) in subject areas including education, computing, science, engineering, and health and care. 

Petroc has three campuses situated across North and Mid Devon with modern and stimulating learning environments. We also offer small classes, extensive student support and exceptional links to local industry. 

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Course details

  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • Approaches to Psychology (PETR0006)

      This module will consider seven major approaches used within Psychology: Biological, Behavioural, Cognitive, Psychodynamic, Humanistic, Evolutionary and Socio-Cultural. Students will learn how the approaches provide differing explanations for human behaviour. It will also explore some of the major debates in Psychology including Nature versus nurture; free will versus determinism; reductionism versus holism. In addition, students will gain the ability to write about psychological concepts concisely as well as in a longer extended piece of writing.

    • Doing Research (PETR0007)

      This module will identify how research underpins all psychological theory. The students will learn about the four major methods of research: Experiments, Observations, Case Studies and Self-reports. They will also learn about the use of secondary data. The use of ethics as set out in the BPS code of conduct will be examined and applied. A number of key studies, using different methodologies, that have shaped psychological theory will be examined in depth. The students will also be taught basic statistical procedures.

    • Preparing for Success: Academic Skills (PETR0009)

      This module provides an introduction to the academic skills required for study and achievement at higher education level and will introduce students to a range of theory, skills and applications including: the higher education student role, learning to search for and access academic sources, academic writing, appropriate referencing, and presentation skills. The module will also incorporate elements of literacy and maths in order to develop students’ understanding of data and prepare students for reading and interpreting research articles, which is essential for further HE study, research and employment.

    • Preparing for Success: Employability Skills (PETR0010)

      An introduction to the concept of employability and its value. The module enables learners to consider a range careers within relevant pathway sectors. A focus will also be placed upon a range of learning activities centred on reflection upon existing strengths and weaknesses in terms of transferable employability skills, and consideration of opportunities for action planning and future professional development. 

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • Social, Developmental and Behaviourist Psychology (NORD1053)

      This module introduces some of the basic theories and research findings in developmental psychology, Behaviourist Psychology and social psychology. Alongside this it will investigate the historical and conceptual basis for our current understandings within these areas of psychology.

    • Research Methods (NORD1082)

      This module introduces the rationale for scientific research in psychology. It also introduces a range of approaches and research methodologies, together with their benefits and drawbacks. Basic aspects of experimental design are covered, together with statistical analysis and the use of computers for basic data manipulation and analysis. The module also provides training in the writing of research reports.

    • Developing Graduate Skills (PETR1082)

      This module is designed to enable students to demonstrate that they have all the qualities and transferable skills necessary for appropriate academic work and employment requiring the exercise of responsibility and decision making, including the ability to relate their professional practice to underlying theory and principles.

    • Applying Psychology (PETR1148)

    • Psychology and Crime (PETR1149)

    • Cognitive and Biological Psychology (NORD1054)

      This module aims to allow students to acquire a broad foundation of knowledge of the core areas of cognitive psychology and biological psychology. It will investigate specific areas and allow students to interpret findings from studies to enhance understanding of the brain and nervous system and how it works.

  • Year 3

  • Core modules

    • Social Development of Children (NORD2052)

      This module will explore the social development of children and adolescents. It will build upon previous broad knowledge of both developmental and social psychology in order to explore topics in more depth. These topics will be taken from different aspects of child development with the aim to explore and challenge commonly held beliefs with the use of relevant psychological research.

    • Individual Differences (NORD2054)

      This module examines research into individual differences. Theories of personality and intelligence are critically considered. Personality and IQ tests construction and use are considered. Students will construct their own scale and use this within a research study.

    • Psychopathology (NORD2055)

      This module covers the main approaches to psychology (biological, cognitive, behavioural and psychodynamic) by addressing the question of abnormality, how it is defined and diagnosed, its aetiology and how it is treated according to these approaches.

    • Psychology of Health and Illness (PETR2119)

      This module will explore the psychological and behavioural processes in health, illness and healthcare. Health Psychologists use their knowledge of theory and practice to promote wellbeing and healthier lifestyles and to understand physical illness. This module will provide a basic introduction to these areas and professions related to health and illness

    • Research Methods II (PETR2120)

      This module extends training in experimental research methods as well as covering the design, running, analysing and reporting of qualitative research. The ethical implications of psychological research are considered. It aims to consolidate and extend competence in statistical analysis, and covers a range of psychometric principles, inferential statistical techniques and the use of statistical software.

    • Counselling Studies (PETR2144)

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).
UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code.
To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Our partnership with Petroc

The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partnerships page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Open days

Partner college open days

This course is run at one of our partner colleges. Open days are held at the college and more details of these can be found on the college website. You'll find contact details below, on this page.

University of Plymouth open days

You are also very welcome to attend a University of Plymouth open day, to get a flavour of the courses you can progress to from a partner college. There will however be limited information on this specific course and college.

Studying with Petroc

With main campuses in Barnstaple, Tiverton and Brannams, if you decide to study at the combined college, you’ll be able to take advantage of increased resources and the plethora of learning opportunities associated with them.
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