The study of Psychology at Carlow College St. Patrick’s offers learners a deep understanding into the scientific study of the mind and human behaviour. It encourages learners to develop a wide-ranging knowledge and expertise in psychology, to include key concepts, theories, methods, and debates in psychology. The overall aim of the psychology programme is to provide learners with a solid grounding in the discipline of psychology and is designed to provide learners with a comprehensive foundation in the main theoretical principles and applied practices of psychology. To this end, the programme structure of the BA (Honours) Psychology (coming September 2022) ensures that the six core aspects of psychology are covered (e.g., Biological Basis of Behaviour, Child Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Individual Differences and Research Methods) and also investigates the application of psychology in a range of contexts such as, Educational Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Health Psychology, Cyber Psychology and Behavioural Psychology. Learners are supported in developing a range of key skills and aptitudes necessary to the science and profession of psychology. Furthermore this programme endeavors to provide coverage of the six core areas of psychology as recommended by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI).
Accordingly, progression and depth of knowledge are thus provided at post-introductory level where there is a reasonable degree of breadth with exposure to a representative sample of theoretical points of view and methodologies within an area, as opposed to a focus entirely on one sub-discipline or one psychological concept. The programme provides learners with a wide knowledge of the concepts, principles, theories and research methods of contemporary psychology; to develop skills of analysis and synthesis, research design, statistical description and evaluation, problem-solving and computer use and to provide the learner with practice in the design, execution, reporting and assessment of research. The course objective is to provide an academic foundation from which professional training and higher research skills can be developed. A further objective is to ensure that the programme meets the guidelines for Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) accreditation so that graduates will be equipped to pursue further postgraduate training in psychology.