Psychosocial Studies – British Psychological Society (BPS) Accredited Pathways
Psychosocial Studies comprise various approaches to the study of ‘psyche’ and ‘society’, how they relate, and ways in which we might go beyond such binaries in our theory and research.
Psychology has a central place within the social sciences and can be understood as an object of study (as in, for example, discussions of the ‘psi’ sciences within post-structuralism), in terms of its place within social practice (for example in social work, medicine, law, education), and as a field of study which contributes to the social sciences (including, for example, social and developmental psychology).
Dr Steven Stanley, a lecturer at SOCSI explains more about the BPS pathways in the video below.
Studying psychology as a social science involves engaging with important contemporary social issues such as asylum seekers, climate change, poverty, women in the workforce, insecure work in a global context, and others. Psychosocial Studies enable us to critically investigate such topics from an interdisciplinary social science perspective, with an emphasis on studying the complex relations between the production of subjectivity and the social world.
These programmes are accredited as conferring eligibility for Graduate Basis for Registration (GBR) with the BPS. This is the first step to becoming a chartered psychologist. This accreditation is essential to work in psychology professions, such as educational or clinical psychology.
Degree programmes within the BPS: