Frequently Asked Admissions Questions
Q. What is the difference between the BA and BSc degree course? Is one course more science orientated than the other?
A. The two courses are completely identical in content and structure. It is possible to transfer between courses if you would prefer one degree title or the other.
Q. Can I change from the BSc course to the BA ? (or from the BA to the BSc) once I come to Sheffield?
A. Yes. Although we have two degree courses, BSc and BA the two courses are identical in content. It is possible to transfer between courses if you would prefer one degree title or the other.
Q. If I apply for both the BA and BSc courses will I increase my chance of being accepted for a place at Sheffield?
A. Only one of the applications would be considered. Please only apply for one course.
Q: Do you interview candidates and do you take personal statements on the UCAS forms into consideration? Will a good personal statement increase my chances of being accepted for a place?
A. We do not interview applicants but we may take personal statements into account when considering applications.
Q. What subjects do you accept? Do you accept Art/Drama/Photography, etc.?
A. Art, Drama and Photography are examples of 'Acceptable in Combination' subjects. We can only consider A levels in these subjects if you are also studying at least two A levels from our 'Acceptable' subject list, which you can view here. You will need A grades in the 'Acceptable' subjects and at least a B in the combination subject.
Q. What happens if I receive an offer from you, make Sheffield first choice but then only get ABB for the final results of my A levels?
A. Psychology at Sheffield is a very popular degree course with a very high quality applicants; the vast majority of our students do achieve AAB or better at A level. However, when the course is not completely full after accepting candidates meeting the standard offer, we have also been able to accept borderline candidates.
Q. I´ve already done an undergraduate degree in another subject but now want to do a Psychology undergraduate degree course, do you count the degree qualification as part of the entry requirements?
A. We will take your degree into account along with your other previous qualifications. If you are a mature applicant (i.e. over 21 years of age) the admissions tutor will look for recent experience of further or higher education.
Q. What is included in the tuition fee?
A. In addition to your tuition, the annual fee for your course includes:
- handouts (these may be electronic versions, not paper copies)
- eligibility for professional accreditation of your degree, subject to you meeting the terms and conditions of the British Psychological Society: http://www.bps.org.uk/
- laboratory equipment and materials required for compulsory research projects