24 Oct 2014

Open University expands its portfolio of psychology degrees and gains British Psychological Society accreditation

The Open University’s significantly expanded and restructured new undergraduate Psychology curriculum has just been accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). Students who complete one of the accredited undergraduate Psychology degrees will be eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the BPS, which is widely acknowledged as a key step in becoming a professional psychologist. Psychology graduates are amongst the most employable of all graduates.

The newly accredited degrees are:
• BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology
• BSc (Hons) Social Psychology
• BSc (Hons) Psychology with Counselling

They join the popular BPS-accredited BSc (Hons) Psychology, giving students the opportunity to specialise in some of the most topical and exciting areas of professional psychology today. It also gives students a window into the workings of the mind – why people do the things we do and how people interact with the others. This degree builds an impressive breadth of knowledge and skills applicable to a wide range of careers in advertising, marketing, careers counselling, education health, human resources management, police and social services.

Forensic Psychology has grown to become a popular degree choice and dynamic area of psychology because of its focus on serious, real world problems that provide a fascinating insight into human behaviour.

Psychology with Counselling capitalises on the strong public interest in mental health and counselling by allowing students to focus their studies in psychology on how counselling works and how it can help people change. The growth in interest comes from increasing recognition of the value of counselling to improve wellbeing and quality of life. From everyday worries to serious mental health issues like chronic anxiety and depression, counselling and psychological therapy can help us cope.

Professor Kevin Hetherington, Dean and Director of Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, said: “We are delighted that the BPS have accredited these new Psychology degrees and are looking forward to welcoming new students, who will engage with some of the latest research and teaching methods the Psychology discipline has to offer. By introducing this innovative Psychology curriculum, that is both current and relevant for many career choices in the public and private sectors, we demonstrate our commitment to supporting our students in achieving their goals and aspirations.”

Professor Dorothy Miell, President of the British Psychological Society, added: "As the representative body for psychology in the UK, the Society has an important role in ensuring standards of psychology education, with accreditation of university courses being a vital part of our work. BPS accreditation gives students reassurance on the quality and coverage of the course, and the academic and technical support they receive. I am always delighted to see new courses meeting our accreditation standards, since they will be likely to attract more students to explore psychology and help ensure the future development of our discipline. ”

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