Business and Psychology with Foundation Year
The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.
Business is about organisations, processes and, most importantly, about people. It’s about the inner workings of an organisation; the study of human behaviour within a business environment that can make or break an organisation.
This joint award Program provides various opportunities for you to apply core psychology knowledge within a corporate setting. The course enables you to study business and combine it with the study of human behaviour.
Understanding human behaviour impacts significantly on key business roles such as marketing or human resource management (HRM). How do customers think? How do our families impact our choices of brands and our decisions about where and when to shop? How do we encourage employees to maximise their performance at work, and offer excellent customer service? How do we motivate employees?
This joint business and psychology Program would be an excellent route into marketing or human resources (HR) and business management in general.
The Program is equally suitable for students who are interested in studying Psychology, but who do not see themselves working in a therapy/counselling role but more of an Occupational Psychology route, maybe working in hospitals, prisons or schools. You would apply your knowledge of psychology to an organisation, to support the development and wellbeing of individuals within the organisation.
From developmental to cognitive study, psychology is a fascinating subject. It is potentially made even more fascinating by applying it in a business environment, such as consumer and organisational psychology. It’s about bringing the study of human behaviour to practice in a hands-on and meaningful way.
Our Program will help you gain applied and employable skills that will help you in future roles within human resources management, executive leadership or advertising and marketing communications.
With smaller, more intimate class sizes, as well as experienced and dedicated academics, we are able to give our students one-to-one teaching and support.
You will have the opportunity to collaborate on projects and live briefs with students from other business management and psychology degree Programs, gaining the practical and transferable skills you need for your career.
As part of the Program you will work with actual business clients to help them solve a real world problem.
You will join two excellent schools in the University, and be taught by lecturers from both the Psychology team and also Bucks Business School. You will study business modules which develop knowledge which you will then apply in real business scenarios. You will also study the applications of psychology in a wide range of areas, focusing on businesses and organisations.
Who is it for?
Those who are interested in all aspects of human behaviour and who wish to study this at degree level, but who do not seek to become Chartered Psychologists, should choose this award.
This Program is also for students looking to pursue a career in business management with a focus on marketing and/or human resource management.
This Program is also designed to inspire and facilitate the development of a variety of desirable, transferable skills that will enhance employability in any future career, particularly those valuing dealings with people. Such skills include communication, numeracy, teamwork, critical thinking, computing, independent learning and more.
What are the course entry requirements?
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate Program, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year Program including a Foundation Year.
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Foundation Year Modules
- Preparing for Success Knowledge and Creativity
- Preparing for Success Self-development and Responsibility
- Inquiry and Research Skills
- Introduction to Business Studies
Year 1 Modules
- Introduction to People Management
- Principles of Marketing
- Intro to Developmental & Social Psychology
- Data Insights for Business decisions
- Organisational Behaviour
- Intro to Personality & Applying Psychology
- Intro to Biological Psychology & Cognitive Psychology
Year 2 Modules
- Business Consulting
- Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology
- Personality & Individual Differences
- Consulting in practice
- Developmental Psychology
- Conceptual & Historical Issues in Psychology
- Consumer Psychology (optional)
- Resourcing and Talent Planning (optional)
- Managing and Engaging People (optional)
- Contemporary Business Economics (optional)
- Strategic Marketing (optional)
- Operations and Service Management (optional)
- International HRM (optional)
- Customer Experience (optional)
Year 3 Modules
- Strategic Agility
- Research Methods
- Critical Social Psychology
- International Marketing Management (optional)
- HR Strategy (optional)
- Police Psychology & Legal Framework (optional)
- Principles of Psychopathology (optional)
- Positive Psychology (optional)
- Health Psychology (optional)
- Business & Organisational Psychology (optional)
- Investigative & Forensic Psychology (optional)
- Counselling Psychology (optional)
- Exceptional Human Experience (optional)
- Brain, Mind & Behaviour (optional)
Academic Year 2020-2021 Full-time Fees
- Home and EU: £9,250 per year
- International: £12,500 per year
You may also choose to progress to postgraduate study, including courses such as the PG Certificate in Business Leadership, the MA in Leadership and Management, the IMBA or the MSc Applied Positive Psychology offered by the University.
What are my career prospects
On successful completion of the Program, you will be well prepared to progress to a range of opportunities and careers in business management, with a particular focus on marketing and/or human resource management.
This course will also help prepare you for a career in occupational psychology. The British Psychological Society have stated that the related speciality of occupational psychology is ‘broader in scope and less formalised that many areas of psychology and it touches on diverse fields, including ergonomics, personnel management and time management.’
With the growing focus on wellbeing in the workplace, this course is also well placed to meet this need.
In addition to subject skills and knowledge, graduates also develop skills in communication, numeracy, teamwork, critical thinking, computing, independent learning and many others, all of which are highly valued by employers. This wide range of transferable knowledge and skills will help open up your career prospects, and you could consider a career in any profession or business role across the private, public and third sectors.
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