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International Year One - Psychology

This course opens up a variety of career options, such as a professional psychologist as well as other disciplines such as healthcare, teaching, marketing, or management. Even if you decide to ultimately not join the world of psychology, the organisational, analytical, and research skills you gain will make you a high-quality candidate for many organisations. Additionally, it will help you learn about yourself and others.


The International Year 1 (IY1), delivered at Bangor University International College (BUIC) provides an intensive combination of first year university subject’s modules with extra study and English language skills.

To join this course you will need to have successfully completed high school or equivalent and meet the English language requirements. We offer Pre-sessional English which is a 6 or 12-week extension course for those who may not yet meet the required English language standards for direct entry to our pathways.

  • Direct Entry – IELTS 5.5 (with no skill below 5.5)
  • If you have an IELTS of 5.0 (with no component below 4.5), you will be offered a6 week Pre-sessional English course immediately preceding your entry to the IYZ.
  • If you have an IELTS of 4.5 (with no component below 4.0), you will be offered a12 week Pre-Sessional English course immediately preceding your entry to the IYZ.

English Language Requirements

Course English Language Requirement
Minimum IELTS 5.5 with no less than 5.5 in each component
+6 week Pre-Sessional English IELTS 5.0 with no less than 4.5 in each component
+12 week Pre-Sessional English IELTS 4.5 with no less than 4.0 in each component

What you will study

Alongside core modules, you will study subject-specific
modules that will equip you with a foundation of knowledge
for your chosen field of study.

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Core Modules

Research Methods

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the research methods and statistics used within the Psychology. Students will learn about using the correct scientific method for planning, undertaking and interpreting research. Areas covered include:

• Designing a research project
• Producing a literature review
• Quantitative and qualitative approaches to research
• Descriptive and inferential statistics
• Proficient use of statistical package SPSS in facilitating research
• Surveys and focus groups
• Hypothesis testing
• Ethical issues
• Seeing and understanding findings
• Creating reports to show findings

English for University Learning

Students will learn how to communicate and learn using academic English language. Topics covered will range from academic writing, reading for Higher Education (HE) study, listening in the HE environment, speaking and listening in seminars and University study skills. The students will develop the confidence to use this language, which will help the rest of their pathways and further education.

Scientific Communication

This module teaches students how to communicate within a scientific setting in a clear and effective way, both in writing and verbally. They will study scientific texts and listen to lectures within their field and write summaries of what they learnt from this, providing opportunities to demonstrate their understanding of and ability to engage with scientific writing. Students will also be required to work in groups, discussing current Psychology topics

Behavioural Psychology

Students consider the link between behaviour and the mind, conditioning and the interaction with the environment. What defines normal and abnormal behaviour and why behaviours are so difficult to influence or adjust are discussed. Additionally, this course reviews mental health problems, including stress, anomalistic psychology and the experience of the paranormal. Students also consider positive psychology and the science of happiness and well-being.

Social Psychology

This module will look into psychological theories within Social Psychology. Students will get an introduction into interpersonal relationships, attitude formation, structure and change, social influence and group dynamics. This course allows students to explore human behaviour in a social and cultural context.

Introduction to Psychology

This module will introduce students to the study of Psychology as a science. It looks at the historical development of Psychology as a discipline and considers the main schools of thought within the subject, requiring students to think about the validity of the scientific investigation into human behaviour.

Biological Psychology

Students will learn the principles of biological psychology, considering the anatomy of the brain and how the brain influences the mind, so affecting behaviour. Consideration is given to the different location of mental functions and behaviours and how the brain may be affected by injury or neurological disorder. Elements of cognitive psychology are explored, including memory and language acquisition.

Applied Psychology

This module looks at ways in which psychological training, theory and research can be applied to real-life situations. In addition to clinical, educational psychology and counselling, students will also looks at forensic psychology, the impact of psychological insights in the world of business and management and in urban planning. The module will show how an understanding of human attitudes, reactions and behaviours influences decision-making in all these areas.

Key Information



3 years:1 year pathway + 2 years degree


Start Dates

January 2024October 2023November 2023


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