B.A. (Honours) in Psychology (Coming Soon)

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Level: 8

Credits: 180

Points: N/A

Duration: 3 years

*This programme is currently awaiting QQI Validation with the aim of enrolling students for September 2022 through CAO. If you wish to be contacted/kept up to date with this programme please fill out the Expression of Interest form above.

The B.A. (Honours) in Psychology will help you explore how the brain works and help you make sense of the human impact on the world in which we live. You will explore the thoughts, feelings and actions of individuals and groups and understand how we think, behave and make decisions. The study of Psychology at Carlow College allows insight into countless intriguing facets of cognitive function.

You will develop both a broad, interdisciplinary knowledge of psychology and a deep understanding across the core pillars of undergraduate training, namely;

  • Biological psychology
  • Developmental psychology
  • Social psychology
  • Individual differences
  • Cognitive psychology
  • Research Methods

Leaving Certificate Applicants:

Leaving Certificate applicants must have H5 or above in two higher level subjects plus a minimum of four O6s; Minimum of 06 in Mathematics.

 

QQI-FET Applicants:

The minimum entry requirements for Further Education Applicants are a full QQI/FE Award at Level 5 or 6 in a ‘linked’ programme with a minimum FE grade equivalent of 243 CAO points. Places are limited and will be allocated based on the applicant’s score only. The best eight modules in a single award will be used for the calculation of points. A full Award may be accumulated over more than one academic year. FE learners must meet the minimum mathematical proficiency requirements (below). Students may demonstrate this via Leaving Certificate results or WRAT5 /similar.

 

Minimum mathematical proficiency requirements

Mathematics is a Programme Specific entry requirement for the BA (Hons) in Psychology and applicants are required to have a minimum of O6 in Mathematics. Mature learner applicants will be required to provide evidence of such competency via a standardised maths computation test such as WRAT5 or similar.

 

Minimum criteria for passing the access interview (if applicable) Mature Learner Applications:

Mature learner applicants are assessed on the basis of a completed application form, written assessment and interview. This process has regard to the applicant’s previous education, work and life experience and demonstration of their ability and competence to undertake the course. Positive ratings will only be given to applicants who achieve at least the minimum programme threshold requirement on the combined application process and demonstrate that he/she has a reasonable chance of completing a programme of study. As a level of competency in Mathematics is a requirement for entry to this programme, mature learner applicants will be required to provide evidence of such competency via a standardised maths computation test such as WRAT5 or similar. At present Carlow College does not apply a quota to the numbers of mature applicant places available on its programmes (see the Admission Guidelines and Procedures for Mature Learner Applicants).

Structure

Semester 1

Academic and Digital Skills

Biological Basis of Behaviour

Child Developmental Psychology

Cognitive Psychology 1

Foundations of Psychology

The Psychology of Gender and Sexuality

Semester 2

Behavioural Psychology

Community Mental Health

Introduction to Psychology and Crime

Introduction to Research Methods and Ethics in Psychology

Introduction to Statistical Analysis in Psychology

Social Psychology

Semester 1

Advanced Social Psychology

Community Psychology

Health Psychology

Individual Differences

Neuropsychology

Organisational Psychology

Semester 2

Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology

Applied Criminal Psychology

Clinical Psychology 1: Mapping the Disorders

Counselling Psychology

Cyber Psychology

Educational Psychology

Semester 1

Dissertation and Seminar

Abnormal Psychology

Forensic Psychology

Personality Psychology

Psychology and Self-Control

Research Methods for Dissertation

Semester 2

Dissertation and Seminar

Applied Psychology: Behaviour, Learning and Well-being

Behavioural Neuroscience

Clinical Psychology 2: Applications of Theory to Practice

Cognitive Psychology 2

Module Information

Year 1

Semester 1

Academic and Digital Skills

This module aims to introduce learners to the expectations and conventions of a higher education learning environment and to enhance their personal effectiveness as learners. Through the development of key academic and digital skills, an independent and reflective approach to learning is encouraged which will enable the learner to confidently manage their academic coursework at degree level.

Biological Basis of Behaviour

The primary aims of this module are to introduce the learner to the fundamental biological mechanisms underlying human behaviour with a focus on neurophysiology, functional anatomy of the human brain, sensation, attention, perception, communication, development and evolution of nervous systems. The objectives are to develop a firm foundation of knowledge in physiology and biology of human behaviour that links to the psychological advancements in cognitive and neuropsychology.

Child Developmental Psychology

The aim of this module is to demonstrate the development of the child from conception to early adulthood. The objectives rest in showing the learner how the child can be viewed in the microcosm of the home and immediate family, the mesosystem of schools, church and community, and the macro system of culture, religion, economics and education.

Cognitive Psychology 1:

The overall aims of this module are to introduce the learner to how human beings attend to and gain information about the world, how that information is stored, and processed by the human brain, and how human beings solve problems, think, and formulate language. The objectives are to deepen the learners understanding of psychology and to enhance the learner’s knowledge of how to relate psychological learning with the ways practical steps can be taken by psychologists to improve quality of life for people in difficulty.

Foundations of Psychology

Learners will be introduced to the history of Psychology, its foundation in the scientific and philosophical traditions and its impact on contemporary society and culture. earners will acquire knowledge of the history of psychology and will understand the similarities and differences between the philosophical and the psychological thinkers and their major ideas that have reoccurred throughout history, such as the mind-body problem and the relation between self and world.

The Psychology of Gender and Sexuality

This module focuses on gender and sexuality from a variety of theoretical perspectives in psychology. Some questions that will be examined are: What are the political implications of studying gender? Is there a difference between sex and gender? How are men and women portrayed in the media? How large are actual gender differences? Where do gender differences come from? To what extent is gender based on nature or nurture? What is gender identity? What do these approaches have to offer us in understanding our own gender and sexuality, our life experiences and our relationships?

Semester 2

Behavioural Psychology

This module aims to introduce learners to the origins of behavioural psychology and consider the evolution of behavioural psychology as a science and will consider the theoretical underpinnings of classical conditioning, operant conditioning, contextual behavioural science and relational frame theory. The objectives are to develop the learner’s understanding of behavioural psychology and consider and explore the applications of the theories espoused by behavioural psychology.

Community Mental Health

This module aims to introduce learners to the various definitions of community and considers how real or imagined communities can be risk factors for poor mental health in individuals and groups. Learners engage with factors such as ecological systems theory, relative and absolute poverty, barriers to health and education and the ways policy and legal systems can influence the levels of autonomy and positive mental health across various communities.

Introduction to Psychology and Crime

This module is the first of three modules focused upon the application of psychology to law. The main aim is to provide the learner with the knowledge that a methodological approach to the study of criminal behaviour can generate both systematic findings and practical solutions to problems.

Introduction to Research Methods and Ethics in Psychology

One of four dedicated Research Method modules, this is an introduction to the scientific method used in psychology. It aims to provide the learner with the basis for presenting and understanding research as the scientific approach of psychologists and other social scientists. The module provides learners with a knowledge of research methodology, ethics, epistemology and ontology and an overview of the key aspects of a psychological research project.

Introduction to Statistical Analysis in Psychology

The second of four dedicated Research Method modules, this module aims to provide learners with an introduction to the fundamentals of research methods and statistical analysis within psychology and provide a basis for later learning across modules within the Psychology programme. The module provides learners with a foundation for research methods and statistical analyses within psychology and social sciences and enhance their knowledge of experimental and single subject research.

Social Psychology

The aims of the Social Psychology module are to provide the learner with a deep understanding of how thoughts, feelings and behaviours can be shaped by the real or imagined presence of others. The objectives of this module are to introduce the learner to the ways human beings think about their social worlds, how human beings read and try to make sense of other people, to understand the functions of attitudes and behaviours, to recognise the effects of prejudice and discrimination and to appreciate concepts such as prosocial behaviour, aggression, conformity and obedience.

Year 2

Semester 1

Advanced Social Psychology

The aim of the module is to provide the learner with a more specialised and contemporary understanding of social psychology. The learner will develop the skills necessary to evaluate a piece of social psychology research and to assess the strengths and weaknesses of social psychology theories.

Community Psychology

This module will give learners an understanding of the psychological approaches utilised in community psychology research and make them aware of the role of research in informing both theory and practice. The objective of community psychology is to optimise the well-being of communities and individuals with innovative and alternate interventions designed in collaboration with affected community members and with other related disciplines inside and outside of psychology.

Health Psychology

This module aims to give learners an understanding of the psychological approaches utilised in health psychology research and make them aware of the role of research in informing both theory and practice. The objective of health psychology is to explain the psychological issues affecting the different aspects of the self (i.e. physical, achieving, social, and private self) associated with illness. Health psychology is one of the most rapidly developing fields in contemporary academic psychology.

Individual Differences

This module aims to investigate individual and group differences, including personality and intelligence, with an emphasis on contemporary issues. Different theories within personality and intelligence will be examined together with an analysis of how methods affect theories. The module also aims to investigate psychological measurement such as the strengths and limitations of psychometric measures including the design and application of such measures.

Neuropsychology

The main aims and objectives of this module are to provide the learner with advanced level understanding of topics in neuropsychology. Learners will study the link between the brain and behaviour in both normal and disordered individuals. The module will also discuss treatments and recovery.

Organisational Psychology

The aim of the Organisational Psychology module is to improve the learners understanding of how organisations operate and their role and function within a given organisational culture and ethos. The objectives are to introduce the learner to structural elements of organisations, organisational perspectives, communication in organisations, how to deal with organisational stress, and concepts such as leaders and followers, gender, motivation and technology in the workplace.

Semester 2

Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology

The third of four dedicated Research Method modules, this module aims to build upon and extend the learner’s previous knowledge and understanding of research methods and statistical analysis within psychology and the social sciences. The objectives are to broaden the learner’s understanding of research methods and statistical analysis and deepen their knowledge of experimental research.

Applied Criminal Psychology

This second of three modules dedicated to the application of psychology to law, builds on the Stage One module ‘Introduction to Psychology and Crime’ and provides a basis for both Cyber Psychology and Forensic Psychology in later stages of the programme. An important objective of this module rests in broadening the learner’s understanding of how principles of psychology are applied to arenas such as the courts and the prison services.

Clinical Psychology 1: Mapping the Disorders

This is the first of two modules related to understanding Clinical Psychology. In this first module, the learner is provided with an overview of some emotional and behavioural disorders typically treated by a clinical psychologist. The aim of this module is to provide an appreciation and understanding of human behaviours that can impair a person’s ability to function in daily life.

Counselling Psychology

This module aims to introduce the learner to diverse counselling theories and to the practices derived from them in a variety of settings. The aim is to integrate three dimensions of counselling psychology: Personality theory and theories of counselling, Lifespan development and theories of counselling, Counselling skills and practice, including ethical and professional issues.

Cyber Psychology

The primary objective of the Cyber Psychology module is to introduce learners to the key concepts, theories, research methodologies and practical applications of Cyber Psychology. This module further aims to provide the learner with an understanding of the eight dimensions of Cyber Psychology architecture (identity, social, interactive, text, sensory, temporal, reality and physical).

Educational Psychology

The aim of this module is to demonstrate the contribution of psychology to educational practice. The objective is to introduce the learner to research on classroom behaviour and management, pupil-teacher relationships, pupil motivation, learner readiness, individual differences and difficulties pupils may experience such as reading and writing disorders.

Year 3

Semester 1

Dissertation and Seminar

This is an integrative and capstone module. Learners will engage in independent research, showcasing the skills and knowledge they have acquired across their programme of study. They will be supported and supervised in the completion of an independent piece of research, providing them with the opportunity to demonstrate the attainment of graduate attributes.

Abnormal Psychology

The aim of this module is to provide the learner with an appreciation and understanding of human behaviours that impair a person’s ability to function in daily life. An objective is to introduce the learner to personality and intelligence tests, interviews, patient observations and written case studies.

Forensic Psychology

The third module dedicated to the application of psychology to law, the aim of this module is to give learners to the opportunity to learn the applications of psychology associated with the legal system along with issues and problems that can arise when psychology is applied. The objectives are to expand the learners understanding of psychology as it relates to law.

Personality Psychology

This module aims to enhance the learners understanding of personality psychology, individual differences and intelligence. The objectives are to impart knowledge and underpin learning across domains such as the overall psychological makeup of people, the psychological differences among individuals and the similarities found within human nature.

Psychology and Self-Control

The aims and objectives of this module are to provide an advanced overview of the main biopsychosocial models of healthy and unhealthy self-control, in terms of sensory, cognitive, behavioural and emotion regulation. Particular emphasis will be placed on the developmental trajectory of self-control and executive function, as well as consideration of the socio-economic consequences of dysfunctional self-control such as health and wellbeing.

Research Methods for Dissertation

The final of four dedicated Research Method modules, this module aims to build upon and extend learners previous knowledge and understanding of research methods and statistical analysis within psychology and the social sciences. This module also aims to support learners’ engagement with their dissertation by providing them with the core skills to engage in research, literature synthesis and statistical analyses.

Semester 2

Dissertation and Seminar

This is an integrative and capstone module. Learners will engage in independent research, showcasing the skills and knowledge they have acquired across their programme of study. They will be supported and supervised in the completion of an independent piece of research, providing them with the opportunity to demonstrate the attainment of graduate attributes.

Applied Psychology: Behaviour, Learning and Well-being

Applied Psychology: Behaviour, Learning and Well-being aims to build upon and extend the learner’s previous exposure and knowledge of the field of Applied Psychology and aims to further develop and refine the learner’s understanding of the broad fields to which psychology may be applied. The objectives are to broaden learners understanding of the many applications of psychology and also deepen their knowledge of applied research and methodologies.

Behavioural Neuroscience

Behavioural Neuroscience aims to provide learners with an understanding of the biological and neurological origins and catalysts of behaviour. It also aims to consider how certain behaviours (e.g., the ingestion of alcohol and drugs) may have an impact upon neural structures within the brain, both short and long-term.

Clinical Psychology 2: Applications of Theory to Practice

This module builds upon the learner’s previous exposure and knowledge of the field of Clinical Psychology encountered in Stage Two. The objectives are to refine and deepen learner’s understanding of the ethical, legal and practical obligations of working in this particular field of psychology.

Cognitive Psychology 2:

The overall aims of this module are to introduce the learner to how we attend to and gain information about the world, how that information is stored, and processed by the human brain, and how we solve problems, think, and formulate language. The objectives are to deepen the learners understanding of cognitive psychology and to enhance the learner’s knowledge of how to relate psychological learning with the ways practical steps can be taken by psychologists to improve quality of life for people in difficulty.

Psychology is a deeply interesting subject that touches on all aspects of human experience.  Psychology underpins motivation, attitude, belief, value systems, and can and does shape behaviours across the lifespan. Accordingly, psychology offers several routes towards a wide range of professional and occupational profiles. These profiles fall into two broad categories:

  1. Professional Psychology Careers (requiring postgraduate study)
  • Clinical Psychology – working in health settings with people with psychological illnesses including depression, anxiety and psychotic illnesses such as schizophrenia or bi-polar Clinical psychologist can operate independently in Private Practice or alongside other health professionals.
  • Educational Psychologist – usually working with schools to assist pupils with learning difficulties and emotional difficulties. Educational psychologists may also work in government in bodies such as the National Educational Psychologists (NEPS) or the Higher Education Authority. Educational Psychologists can establish a private practice undertaking assessment and improvement planning for vulnerable children.
  • Forensic Psychologist – can work in the prison service, the police service, social services and in University Forensic psychologists may work with offenders and in rehabilitation services. This is a growing field in Ireland today.
  • Behavioural Psychologist – can work in applied settings such as residential services, schools, homes and in University departments. Behavioural psychologists may work with individuals with behavioural deficits or excesses (e.g., individuals with autism, intellectual disabilities and global developmental delays) and provide behaviour analytic or positive behaviour support. This is a growing field in Ireland currently with a growing division (Division of Behavior Analysis) within the Psychological Society of Ireland.
  • Counselling Psychologist – fully qualified counsellors or psychotherapists usually establish their own practice offering psychological therapy to clients with a wide range of psychological challenges and they can also work in teams across Colleges, schools and health care facilities.

A more comprehensive list of professional Psychology careers can be found at https://www.psi.ie or at https://careers.bps.org.uk  along with a useful career options support tool.

  1. Psychology Related Careers

Psychology is concerned with the study of mind and behaviour, and as such, there are many careers in which a Psychology degree offers graduates a strong entry point. These include:

  • Teaching, including in early years, further and adult education
  • Special Needs Assistant (SNA)
  • Careers advisor
  • Marketing and Market Research
  • An Garda Síochána or Immigration Officer
  • Human Resources, Coaching and Mediation
  • Sports and Exercise Coach

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