Behavioural Sciences BSc(Hons)

2018-19 (also available for 2019-20)

Start date

17 September 2018

Duration

3 years full-time

Entry requirements

A Level - BBC

BTEC - DMM

See full entry requirements

UCAS Code

C830

Places available (subject to change)

20

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 472272

About the course

What drives people to make the choices they make and do the things they do? And how do those processes go on to form relationships, groups and society as a whole? This course takes a fascinating look at the individual and social processes that help to shape the world we live in.

The study of behavioural sciences combines elements of psychology and sociology to explore how individuals behave, and how society functions. It looks at life as we live it, and the situations we all know and experience, to understand what goes on under the surface.

We’ll give you lots of opportunities to explore real-life examples and situations, moving beyond the theory to see what it means in context. In your second year you’ll have the chance to go on a work placement, so you can put what you’ve learnt into practice. Previous students have taken placements in schools, colleges, charities, law firms, community organisations and commercial businesses.

You may also have the opportunity to study abroad for a term. It could help to enhance your personal development, enabling you to build your confidence and key skills that will further your future employability prospects.This course could help you find a future career in sectors like the civil service, public service and charities, amongst others. You'll also be eligible for student membership of the British Sociological Association (BSA).

The course has an excellent graduate employment record, 100% of graduates from this course went on to work or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers Survey 2014/15).

Students undertaking Behavioural Sciences have the opportunity to engage with contemporary issues, using the sociology and psychology they learn in an interdisciplinary way to offer positive and innovative responses in a stimulating and supportive environment. Further, they develop a set of essential transferable skills throughout their course that are sought after by employers in a wide range of employment sectors.

Chris Cameron - Staff Endors - Sociology

Chris Cameron, Senior Lecturer in Behavioural and Social Sciences

Course Detail

Core modules:

Introduction to Sociology - Society and Culture

You'll explore the founding concepts and origins of sociology in the 19th and early 20th Century, and be introduced to key perspectives and approaches within humanist and scientific traditions. You'll also examine different approaches to culture and cultural texts, before going on to study themes within contemporary culture such as cultural identity, the body and consumption, and the self. Assessment on this module will be through coursework, which may be based on the sociological element of the module and on the cultural studies aspect. The coursework will include essays and an annotated bibliography.

Psychology and Lifecourse

On this intriguing module, you will explore a number of psychological perspectives within the context of the individual lifecourse, which will form the foundation for further study. You will be assessed through two pieces of coursework, where you will produce two individual workbooks. The module encourages you to engage with theories in social constructivism and social and psychological development to begin to develop an understanding and explain issues that may arise during a persona's lifecourse.

Exploring the Social Sciences

This module guides you through the process of exploring social science subjects at university and develops your ability to be a successful student. You’ll have the opportunity to strengthen your academic study skills, as well as your knowledge of research approaches and methods, using subject-specific topics and case studies. You’ll explore ways to assess your learning needs, set learning goals, develop learning action plans and produce effective academic assignments. You’ll also be introduced to the philosophies, methods and ethics of social research processes. Assessment on this module is through coursework.

Bobbie, graduated Behavioural Sciences BSc(Hons) in 2016

“I really enjoyed the content of my course and the lectures were of high quality, so I would definitely recommend it to others.”

Teaching and assessment

You will be taught through seminars, group work, practical experience, lectures, workshops, Blackboard and Work placement. Student-centred learning is used where appropriate and its role generally increases throughout the course. Modules are designed to embed transferable skills and to allow students to progressively increase their knowledge and confidence.

Assessment will include coursework, practice/ competency based learning and examination. The nature of the assessment varies from module to module, and mirrors the modes of communication expected of graduates in this field, for example, report writing, presentations and essays.15% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials. Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Entry requirements

BBCat A Level

112 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications including a grade B in an A Level or a Distinction in BTEC Subsidiary Diploma

DMM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

  • Pass Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above

If you were educated outside the UK, you are required to have International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at a score of 6.0 with no lower than a 5.5 in any single component. If you have alternative qualifications or do not meet the IELTS requirement we also offer a range of Pre-Sessional English Programmes.

You may be eligible to gain accreditation for your prior learning towards this course.

If you have alternative qualifications you may wish to contact us for advice before applying.

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

Student Story


Tarnya Mitchell is studying for a Behavioural Sciences BSc(Hons). Watch her film to hear how the course enabled her to take an interdisciplinary approach studying both Psychology and Sociology, and the varied teaching methods which has built her confidence and team management skills. She also talks about the ability to undertake work experience whilst gaining academic skills, helping her to achieve her career aspirations.

Placements


This course includes a compulsory work placement module in the second year. You will be expected to undertake at least 30 hours of work placement during that year. The module is designed to enhance your academic and personal development through work experience that shapes your key skills and increases your confidence for future employability.

Previous placement providers have included schools, colleges, charities, law firms, community organisations and commercial businesses.

My work placement at the Young Person’s Prevention and Support Service prepared me for the workplace as I was given responsibilities such as running the ‘drop in’ service, it gave me the opportunity understand the experiences of young people.

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Bobbie Horsfall, graduated from Behavioural Sciences BSc(Hons) in 2016

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HESA, 2018).
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Your career


We know you’re coming to university to undertake your course, meet new people and broaden your horizons. However, we also help you to focus on life after you have graduated to ensure that your hard work pays off and you achieve your ambition.

So while you’re here (and even after you graduate) the Careers and Employability Service offer professional help, support and guidance, including industry-supported workshops, careers fairs and one-to-one guidance sessions.

*Source: Percentage of graduates from this subject area at Huddersfield who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers Survey 2014/15 and 2015/16 aggregated.)

90-91% Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services

A wide range of resources are also offered within the School of Human and Health Sciences, which you would be a part of should you decide to study this course. The school provides you with support in a variety of areas, these include:

Student Hub: a one stop shop for students, studying within the School. Their services include offering advice on extenuating circumstances and extension requests, organising appointments with academic staff, signposting to other support networks, welfare support, as well as binding, loan of MP3 recorders and print credit.

Academic Skills Development Team: provides guidance about how students can develop their academic skills in order to improve their grades. The team provide support with general academic skills including essay writing, time management, presentations and group work skills; information technology and numeracy; research skills, as well as personal development for example confidence building and assertiveness.

Student Support Officer: provides confidential and impartial advice on welfare and course related issues.

Royal Literary Fund Fellow: a professional writer who helps students improve their essay writing. They provide assistance with structuring essays, developing an argument and improving the style and use of language.

Learning Technology Support Unit: helps students with any problems they experience with the University’s Unilearn System, including logging on or difficulties experienced when accessing modules.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

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