BSc (Hons) Psychology

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Anonymous

Nottingham Trent University has been great in some ways and disappointing in others...The city campus can be confusing but it in a great location and has lots of facilities there.The course content is alright, some aspects are far more interesting than others... but that's always going to be the case! I'm really excited about my 3rd year modules as there are lots of different options, with quite a variety of subjects.The teaching is where it really varies, a lot of lecturers are incredibly passionate and interesting and are great supervisors, but there are some lecturers that aren't quite as enthusiastic about teaching and it's really difficult to learn from them... If you're stuck with one of those for a research project or a difficult subject then it can make things so much harder.Overall I'm enjoying the course, the assessments are varied rather than being all exams etc which is great.The bad parts of the course are pretty easily over looked, as you can always compensate with hard work and advise from tutors.Another note is that NTU has a great Mental Health support system and put on lots of events to help with things like relaxation, study skills and career planning,

Anonymous

I have always been fascinated with Psychology before studying it at Trent however did not study it a A level. This was not an issue as the transition was seamless and I ended first year with the same knowledge ( if not, more knowledge) than those who did study psychology previously. Going into second year I chose a Education and Developmental pathway which if I could back I would choose not to do a specific pathway as this didnt really give me a particular insight into education and development psychology . The other content learnt in third year was more enjoyable however, more empthasis on how to actually write a academic psychology essay is needed. Third year was more hectic as it would be for any student. Conducting a research study was an experience and has allowed me to develop transferable skills.

Anonymous

The fact that it was possible to choose our modules in third year was beneficial however I would have preferred to be able to do this in second year after the basics had been learnt in first year. The work amount in final year has been tolerable and the feedback has been in depth and constructive.

Anonymous

There is a good amount of teaching hours per week, so we can do all our work due as well as stay on top of lectures and seminars. the teach staff are very helpful whenever there is an issue, and throughout all the years, it has always been encouraged to talk to staff about anything, not just work. there is a large amount of content so for first and second years, there are areas for everyone to be able to enjoy more. there is an option to go more specifically into areas of psychology too which is useful.

Anonymous

Psychology course includes, social and developmental study, cognitive and biological study, statistics, research methods and research in context study. so the course covers a wide range of information. Each subject is taught by enthusiastic lectures who give lots of detail and information about the subject.

Anonymous

Psychology 1st year consists of Research Methods, Research in Context, Biological, Cognitive, Social, Developmental and Statistics modules.research methods involves groupwork to create and complete a new experiment/study every 5 or so weeks and write up a report using statistics to decide if what you were testing was significant. The other modules are lecture based, all have exams at the end of the year, apart from Research in context which involves 3 essays as coursework over the year. The tutor group once a week is a good time to voice any worries or questions and to get help with essay structure.

Anonymous

I found my degree in first year quite enjoyable to study as the lecturers make the lectures really easy to listen to and gain your interest, all lecturers and staff I have met have all been really friendly too. My personal tutor wasn't of much use but I think this is a hit and miss depending on the person and what you feel you need from that individual as support. The learning resources at this university are great, everything is really up to date and there are numerous different systems/people to gain support from. Assessments and feedback was useful however varied by different lecturers/tutors quite a bit which makes it difficult to know what you're doing wrong/right - and feedback was quite limited not a lot of information involved in this. Overall I think this is a great university, friendly staff, good atmosphere, modern technology - all you can ask for from a university really.

Anonymous

As a first year psychology student at Nottingham Trent life has been amazing but also challenging. The course is amazing and i have learnt so many interesting things along the way, however it really has been another step up from A-level, learning to write coherent lab reports with next to no 'flowery language', has not been easy. There have been ups and downs along the way but i feel any uni course first year would be the same. You just have to take the comments, work on the weaknesses, continue the strengths and progression will follow hard work. The course itself, being split between exams and course work, has been a nice blend. Learning to meet deadlines across the year but also feeling exams looming was a challenge to meet. Unlike many of my flat mates we as a course have 5 exams, including a 3 hour statistics exam- there is more mathematics in psychology than you first think. However, with steady work and the right attitude, the exams soon came and went. The enjoyment at the end knowing you are done is simply the best feeling. Next year, i will be starting revision earlier but as we all know, first year is a learning curve.

Anonymous

As a mature student, I wanted a career change and chose my university as I am from Nottingham. I knew that the Psychology department had an international reputation so was confident that the quality of lectures and workshops would be of a high standard and I have not been disappointed. The library is extensive which has different areas for different types of study. The lecturers upload lecture slides with further notes which aid reading and revision. Lectures cover a wide variety of topics which have opened my eyes to different areas of research and have widened my interests and hopes of future study and employment. I have not been disappointed with any aspect of my studies at NTU, I have made numerous friends and am excited about my 2nd year,

Anonymous

In terms of course structure I am really happy with my course, the lectures and seminars are interesting and I feel engaged with the course. The lecturers have absolutely made my experience. I was incredibly apprehensive and found transitioning to university a challenge but the lecturers and student support staff are among the most supportive people I have ever come across and as worried as I was at the start I know university and my course now to be one of the best decisions I ever made.

Anonymous

The course is super fun, your always learning something new. It covers a lot of different topics (e.g. developmental, biological) which means there will be lectured you just have to bare.

Anonymous

This degree is mostly based on studying at home as you only spend 11-12 hours at university. Mostly you have to sit at lectures but there is also laboratory once a week. Most assessments include writing essays and reports (about 4 reports per year and 2 essays), however you also get to present presentations.In 1st term you have certain subjects (Developmental Psychology, Cognitive Psychology) that change in term 2 (Social Psychology and Biological Psychology). Research Methods, Psychological Research in Context and Statistics are there for the entire year. Term 3 is more for exam preparation and for last assessments, you dont get to study new content.Lecturers are very supportive and helpful, always telling you to contact them if you have any troubles with lectures/recommended reading or revision. Also, in year 1 you get helpful feedback for your essays to help improve your writing.In year 1 you get 5 exams in May and June, 2 of them (Developmental and Social) are essay questions, rest of them (Biological, Cognitive and Statistics) are multiple answer questions. You always know that only the content that was mentioned in lectures will be asked in exams and lecturers also have no intent to fail you at the exam so they always try to give hints and help with revision.Overall, I find that university supports students a lot, however lecturers also expect students to be responsible and to know how to manage time. As they dont give homework to do you always think that you have time for assessments and always end up writing an essay in the last minute. I find it difficult to study in my free time, even tho you get a lot of free time (some days I have just 2h lecture and rest of the day I am free).

Anonymous

The staff are all friendly and approachable. Within lectures the content within the slides is quite wordy and vague, however the lecturers simplify this within the lectures. The structure is good although there isn't any flow to what you learn within lectures to what assignments you are given. In my experience my tutor has not been that helpful which is a downside as I feel as if one of my support networks is non-existant, tutorials last 10 minutes instead of an hour however this does not reflect on the university as a whole. The content seems pretty organised and there is help there if you reach out for it.

Anonymous

Psychology is not an easy degree but it is interesting and positively demanding. You need to be able to plan your time if you want to learn and do well. The course covers a wide range of subjects within psychology and I am enjoying learning about aspects of psychology I was unaware of prior to starting my degree. There is a lot of interaction with my fellow students and also with tutors who have very different teaching styles but also have very different fields of research and you can pick their brains about different methods, techniques and ways of learning/revising.Taking part in other peoples research teaches you about different ways data can be gathered. I love my degree but you have to work hard for it!

Anonymous

Very good content and well structured lectures, with lots of information available and all content uploaded online in case you miss a session. There aren't very many seminars, so if you like lots of independent work then its great, but it can sometimes be lacking group time to discuss assignments. Content is generally challenging but management, as with the assessments, which are a good mix of written essays and exams.Lecturers are generally very knowledgeable, though I've found it can be sometimes difficult to get individual help in the case of struggling with an assignment. Similarly I've had quite a few email queries go unanswered, but tutorial time is always good for those.Overall I would rate my enjoyment of the university very highly. It's centrally located, so very easy to get to and very local to shops, gyms and night life.

Anonymous

The overall course at NTU is nothing but full of knowledge that is not only beneficial but interesting. Each year provides growing theories from empirical research that fully prepare you for the final year research project. NTU thrives in the research department and the majority of the teaching staff are conducting their own research alongside teaching. Furthermore, the support system provided by the social science staff, in particular the Psychology staff is overwhelming. No problem is too big for them to solve and they are always willing to provide you with the time you need, whether that be contact time or potential NEC's. Overall, the best decision I ever made was to study Psychology at Nottingham Trent University.

Anonymous

it is really diverse and the university as a whole are so kind, I have learning difficulties and was very scared to go away to study, however the psychology department at Nottingham trent have been so helpful and so supportive. the choice is amazing, from pathways in your first year (for your second year) and in the second year you can pick your modules to study for assessments, not just your final project but your whole third year is mainly your choice. the staff are always helpful and literally just and email away for any questions you have, you can tell they truly do want you to succeed and achieve your full potential.

Anonymous

BSc (Hons) Psychology is a very fulfilling enjoyable course. At Nottingham Trent University, the content of the course ranges of a number of different modules which are all interesting and useful in their own way. The teaching and assignments are helpful as there are so many different opportunities for help and support by the teaching staff and also very useful feedback given on all assignments to help for future assignments.

Anonymous

My degree in psychology is not only a useful degree for employability, but also a degree that is highly interesting and enjoyable.The course is structured into 7 modules that span across developmental, social, biological and cogntive psychology. Along with this there is also Research Methods which is the most interactive module where we get to design and do experiments on particular topics, once our data collection is complete we then write up our study which is excellent practice for the future.Our 3rd year choices are flexible, and leave us to decide whether we want to solely focus on social, biological and cogntive psychology or do a mix of them, which means our final year becomes tailor made into topics that we find interesting and stimulating. The tutor sessions every two weeks provide an opportunity for one on one interaction with a tutor where we can ask questions or for help in areas that we may be struggling with.Assessments vary between lab reports, literature reviews, general coursework, online exams and general exams at the end of the year. This varied amount allows all students to explore their strengths and weaknesses and understand what they need to do to in order to improve.

Anonymous

My psychology degree at Nottingham Trent University is very interesting and broad. It is structured into seven very different modules which give you a large insight into the different directions that psychology can take you, especially in the future with jobs and employability. The modules involve social development, biological, stats and many more. It is very interesting to learn how people’s minds work or how children develop from birth. I enjoy my course because it is complex as it is a mix of exams and coursework, we are not overloaded with work. We are also very supported by our tutors, they are only an email away and are always keen to help I would defiantly advise other people to choose to study psychology because it is so easy to do anything with the course from HR to teaching to becoming a clinical psychologist.

Anonymous

Psychology is a degree that I've always considered throughout school, and to think I'm here now still overwhelms me. I love everything about it, the different modules and their variations of teaching styles to the variation of complexity. Lectures, labs and tutorials; the mixture of teaching styles keeps the degree interesting and interactive, as well as the essays, presentations and experiments we have to complete. Learning about human behaviour is so exciting and different to any other degree, because you feel rewarded and like you can make a difference since you know how we work. I love my degree, especially at my university, and I wouldn't change it for any other!!

Anonymous

The content of all three years of the course has been mostly enjoyable. In the final year the couse assessments have been evenly spaced apart from one module where the presentation is close to the deadline for the final project. Although I imagine this can't be avoided, it has caused more stress to the year. The module in question also seems very unrelated to the course at this stage, although it offers professional practice experience, the topics convered in this module seem unrelated to the course.Apart from this, all other modules have been enjoyable and the teaching has been excellent. The staff have gone the extra mile to answer all questions and the tutor system for the final project has worked really well, meaning enough support is given but also the project is still independent.

Anonymous

My degree has been a really good balance of different areas in psychology and throughout my tutors/lecturers have made clear how my degree will benefit me in my career, whether or not it's in the field of psychology. I've really enjoyed the breadth of study and how much opportunity I've had to read around my subject, particularly in areas I like most, however I don't really enjoy how much group work there is - but tutors are very understanding of the difficulties of group work.

Anonymous

I enjoy my course and the range of assessment styles involved. The use of essays, exams and presentations allows everyone to display their strengths. It is well taught with access to all specialist computer software as required. Most teaching is very good however some lecturers are not very engaging. In such cases wider reading is required to obtain a good grade.

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