This BPS-accredited Psychology with Behaviour Analysis degree provides practical skills in applied behaviour analysis. You’ll gain a solid knowledge of how behaviour analysis is used to understand the causes of challenging behaviour, and how to develop therapeutic interventions to manage this behaviour.
You can complete work and voluntary placements with a range of organisations, including local pupil referral units, primary and secondary schools, local health boards and youth offending teams. In your final year, you can also design, implement and evaluate a behaviour change intervention.
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The first two years of your Psychology with Behaviour Analysis degree will be focused on the coverage of psychology core areas as required by the BPS for accreditation. This includes research methods, cognitive, social, biological and developmental psychology, as well as the study of individual differences and historical issues in psychology. You will also gain a solid understanding of how behaviour analysis is used to understand the causes of challenging behaviours, as well as how therapeutic interventions are developed.
A great emphasis is placed on the practical elements of the course, so you will have the opportunity to carry out work placements, in both your first and second years. Work and voluntary placements are incorporated in the course to allow you to gain hands-on experience with a range of organisations, including local pupil referral units, primary and secondary schools, local health boards and youth offending teams.*
In your final year, you will undertake a dissertation which will give you the opportunity to explore a topic of your choice in more depth. You will also explore how behaviour analysis is applied in complex environments and have an opportunity to implement and evaluate a behaviour change intervention that you’ve designed. You can also select from a choice of optional modules including the psychology of ageing, biological psychology and cognitive neuropsychology, or clinical and abnormal, forensic, and occupational psychology.
Plus 2 options from the list below (all 20 credits):
The Psychology with Behaviour Analysis degree is delivered through lectures, seminars, workshops, individual/small group supervision and independent study. You will also have the opportunity to attend guest lectures given by academic staff from other institutions and professional psychologists who work in different areas of practise.
You will also be given the opportunity to learn about psychology in new ways and no two modules are entirely the same in terms of delivery and assessment. You will complete coursework including essays, practical reports, oral presentations and case studies. There will also be some examination assessments (seen and unseen) and in-class tests.
You will complete a range of different class activities including group discussions, debates, case studies and in-class projects. In fact one of the most exciting things about this course is that you experience a great range of delivery and assessment methods.
Facilities include observation and interview rooms equipped with a two-way mirror, CCTV and audio, which allows research and interview practice sessions to be conducted and recorded. We also have a custom-built air conditioned PC laboratory which provides access to specialist software for running psychology experiments and conducting careers guidance interviews.
The Cognitive Neuropsychology Suite houses specialist psychology equipment such as eye tracking equipment, EEG (electroencephalogram) and ECG (electrocardiogram) facilities for recording electrical activity in the heart and scalp and a driving simulator.
The University offers a wide range of psychological services to the general public through our PAWB Wales clinic facility and include play therapy, behaviour analysis, health and sport psychology interventions.
The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. Most offers we make are at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable.
BCC - CDD to exclude General Studies (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level to exclude General Studies (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).
Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with higher grades of between 655-445 (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points)
Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits overall – the credits should equate to between 106-80 UCAS tariff points (examples below)
45 Level 3 credits equating to 15 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 6 Passes (106 UCAS Tariff Points)
45 Level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 6 Merits and 27 Passes (80 UCAS Tariff Points)
GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances Other: You will also need an enhanced DBS check.
We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.
In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.
However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.
All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
This fee includes £44 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
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Whilst optional it is strongly recommended signing up for this service especially if you are likely to have placements each year and wish to persue a career post University where a DBS check is a requirement. Please note the service has to be joined within 19 days of receipt of your enhanced DBS certificate.
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Cost is dependent on placement location
Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year 1 of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly.
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU.
You will acquire a range of transferable skills which employers really rate; including project management, communication and negotiation skills, team working, time management and a flexible and analytical approach to problem solving. The specific skills in Applied Behaviour Analysis also provide a grounding for further study and training as a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst. This course would be advantageous for those considering careers in the health, social care or education sectors or for work in the Criminal Justice System.
A key element of our Psychology degree is the hands-on experience you’ll gain throughout your studies. Through the Psychology Plus scheme, you’ll be offered clinical experience on campus and have access to a range of opportunities, including specialist short courses, professional certificates and work placements – another great boost to your CV.
There is also an opportunity to study abroad at a partner university in Europe on an Erasmus exchange, or at a university in the USA or Australia. This would add an extra perspective to your studies and boost your confidence.
As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.
This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.
Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.