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BSc (Hons) Psychology

Discover how the mind works, and why people behave the way they do

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Are you fascinated by how the mind works and why people behave the way they do? This modern, practical degree aims to give you in-depth knowledge on a wide range of psychology topics and is an essential starting point to helping you prepare for a career in psychology, the judicial system or support work. 

  • 93% of students stated they were satisfied with the course in the 2014 National Student Survey.
  • The course is accredited by The British Psychological Society.
  • Students have access to modern facilities including laboratories containing equipment to the standard used by professional psychologists.
  • Students have previously had the opportunity to gain valuable work experience enabling them to practice their skills in real life situations.
  • Students are taught by an experienced course team with backgrounds in psychological research and consultancy.
  • The course focuses on key areas of psychology to keep abreast of latest developments in the industry. 

The industry

Psychology has a wide application to a range of careers in the psychology profession, as well as associated occupations including applied and research-based social or personal improvement roles. The role of psychology is also prominent in businesses, classrooms, and the courtroom. This degree aims to give students the theoretical and practical knowledge to help them make their first step into employment upon graduation.

The programme

The course explores key areas within psychology such as social, developmental, biological, cognitive, personality and individual differences. Through their studies, students can discover how psychological study helps us to understand and address modern everyday issues, such as coping with stress, maintaining successful relationships and performing effectively at work. To build upon this, students also have the opportunity to focus on a key area in their third year.

Learning is also supported by our purpose built labs, which allow students to collect data from human participants using the same resources as professional psychologists. These facilities include the psycho-physiology laboratory, the observation laboratory, and the cognitive psychology laboratory. 

Students can use these facilities to carry out cognitive and psycho-physiological investigations. For example, the sophisticated eye tracker can trace eye positions on a computer screen while our Biopac programme measures participant’s physiological reactions. Collecting a wide range of data using these resources gives students the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of psychological methods and analysis, as well as helping them to gain first-hand experience of complex psychological research.

The course team have great links with local practitioners so work experience on offer could be assisting with drink awareness or ‘stop smoking’ projects. You can also assist staff on current research projects; past projects have included research into the impact of parenting styles on development, and the role that social networks play in health and wellbeing.

The course team themselves have a wide range of professional expertise and experience undertaking both research and applied consultancy projects. Their interests include forensic psychology, sports performance, psychological wellbeing, adolescent attitudes to alcohol, behavioural interventions for autism, the impact of hearing impairment in the classroom, parent-child and romantic relationships, spatial cognition, learning and memory. 

The course team also has strong links with the industry which has enabled past students to benefit from guest lectures and practitioner advice. 

To complement their studies, students are encouraged to gain work experience. Past students have assisted with drink awareness campaigns and ‘stop smoking’ projects. Students have also previously had the opportunity to assist staff on research projects, such as the impact of parenting styles on development and the role that social networks play in health and wellbeing.

Another important element of the programme is our accreditation from the British Psychological Society. This accreditation shows potential employers that the course is dedicated to promoting excellence in psychology.

Next steps

Think you’d like to learn more about psychology? Southampton Solent’s psychology degree will enable you to develop the skills and knowledge to help prepare you for the next step in your career.

Have you got a question about applying?


* NSS 2014, BSc (Hons) Psychology. Please note that information displayed on KIS/Unistats may include data from previous years, or other Solent courses within the wider subject area.

Don't just take our word for it...

Lisa Molloy
Andreia Gomes
Ross McLean
"My degree studies have given me the skills and confidence to pursue a challenging and fascinating career path"
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"I achieved a 'high first' grade. It was a very proud moment and something that I could have only dreamed of doing before arriving at Southampton Solent University and benefiting from all it had to offer"
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UCAS codes


  • 3 Years Standard entry C800

Typical entry requirements

2016 entry
280 UCAS Tariff points

2017 entry - New UCAS Tariff
112 UCAS Tariff points

Year one:


Core units

  • Applied Psychology
  • Foundations in Psychology
  • Method and Analysis in Psychology
  • Psychological Investigations 1
  • Psychological Investigations 2


  • Psychological Inquiry
  • Psychology in the Workplace

Year two:


Core units

  • Biological Psychology
  • Social Psychology in Action
  • Real-World Cognition
  • Exploring Human Development
  • Psychological Research in Action
  • The Practice of Research in Psychology

Year three:


Core units

  • Applied Psychology Project
  • Personality and Individual Differences


  • Perspectives on Mental Health
  • Counselling: Application and Practice
  • The Psychology of Crime
  • Child Development and Education
  • Advanced Issues in Education
  • Health Psychology: Treatment Issues and Healthcare
  • Health Psychology: Promoting Healthy Behaviour
  • Positive Psychology
  • Occupational Psychology in the Workplace
  • Career Decision-Making and Employment Strategies
  • Psychology in Sport
  • Debates in Psychology
  • Advanced Statistical Analysis 
  • The Extended Essay
  • The Psychology of Intimate Relationships 
  • Spaces and Places
  • Cyber Psychology 
  • Health: Bio psychosocial Approaches 
  • Applied Qualitative Research
  • Psychology Placement
  • Psychology and Technology
  • Curriculum Plus

Teaching, learning and assessment

Lectures, seminars, workshops and practical/laboratory classes, including both individual and group work. You will also have regular individual supervision for your final-year project.

Work experience
You can gain valuable work experience with local organisations that have links with the course team, for example by assisting with drink awareness or ‘stop smoking’ projects. You can also assist staff on current research projects; past projects have included research into the impact of parenting styles on development, and the role that social networks play in health and wellbeing.

Essays, reports, group and individual presentations, time-limited assignments, exams, case studies and a final-year project.

Our facilities

Solent’s modern facilities includes dedicated observation, cognitive, psychophysiology and computer laboratories, experimental cubicles, specialist psychophysiological recording equipment and eye-tracking facilities.

Study abroad

You'll have the opportunity to spend between three months and a year of your course studying abroad at one of our EU partner universities, as part of the Erasmus programme.

For more information, see

If you're a non-UK student studying at an EU university, the Erasmus programme gives you the chance to come to the UK and study psychology units at Solent for between three months and a full academic year.

Web-based learning

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

Meet the Team

The course team has a wide range of professional expertise and experience undertaking both research and applied consultancy projects, with various interests including forensic psychology, sports performance, psychological wellbeing, adolescent attitudes to alcohol, behavioural interventions for autism, the impact of hearing impairment in the classroom, parent–child and romantic relationships, spatial cognition, learning and memory.

UCAS codes


  • 3 Years Standard entry C800

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society, making you eligible for Graduate Membership with the Graduate Basis for Chartership (provided that second-class honours are achieved) – the first step to becoming a chartered psychologist. 

To practise as a psychologist, you have to undergo postgraduate training and supervision. Psychology has a wide application to a range of careers, both in the psychology profession and in associated occupations, including applied and research-based social or personal improvement roles.

Links with industry

Guest lecturers provide up-to-date insight into specialist aspects of psychology, with previous speakers including Dr Maria Iacovou (Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex) and Dr Áine Fulcher (clinical psychologist, Solent NHS).

Students are encouraged to present their final-year projects nationally, and previous students have presented at the British Psychology Society annual conferences in London (2012) and Stratford-upon-Avon (2009), as well as at the International Association of Relationship Research Biannual Conference, Chicago (2012).

Transferable skills

Research presentations, debates, role-plays and interviews with participants will allow you to develop your oral and interpersonal communication skills, while research reports, projects and case studies will help you to develop your written communication skills.

Using large-scale, publicly available complex datasets and data collected in your own independent research, you will also learn how to analyse and present both numerical and textual information.
Individual and group work projects will help you develop skills in project planning, teamwork and management problem-solving, and you’ll improve your computer literacy through work with popular word-processing, spreadsheet and statistical analysis software.

Further study

Graduates looking to practise as psychologists will require postgraduate training and supervision approved by the Health and Care Professions Council.

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates

Recent graduates have gone on to postgraduate study and a range of roles, including:

  • Mental health support worker
  • Assistant psychologist
  • Therapeutic practitioner
  • NHS children’s health advisor
  • Psychology teacher
  • Probations service officer
  • Initial crime investigator
  • Recruitment co-ordinator
  • MOD analyst.


Key facts


Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: Full-time

Accreditations: The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society and confers eligibility for Graduate Membership with the Graduate Basis for Chartership (provided that a minimum second class honours is achieved).

Entry requirements


UCAS have updated their tariff points for 2017 entry. Please click here for more information.

280 points (for 2016 entry) or 112 points (for 2017 entry) from:

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent.
  • Including Grade C in A/AS-level psychology, if taken and Grade C in GCSE English and mathematics.
We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component- TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Note to all international students requiring a visa:

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.

We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.  

Non-standard entry

If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University using the contact details found at the top of this page.

Costs involved


Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £9,000 per year

International full-time fees: £11,000 per year

UK and EU part-time fees: £4,500 per year

International part-time fees: Please contact us for information

Graduation costs 

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.

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Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our scholarships page to find out more.

How to apply


Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Part-time and distance learning courses

Applications for part-time and distance learning courses are made directly to the University and can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. Please contact the admissions office for further details, contact details are at the top of the page. Print the application form below, complete and return to the admissions office, addresses are given on the form.

Part-time undergraduate study application form

Student support and services


Student welfare

Southampton Solent University is committed to giving you the best possible educational experience during your time with us. As such we have a number of support services and policies set up covering funding, careers and employability, chaplaincy, counselling, international advice, student affairs, key academic skills, disability support and general student advice. Find out more about our approach to student welfare.

University facilities

You will have access to a modern, comfortable and efficient environment in which to study, following our extensive refurbishment and modernisation over recent years. Some key facilities include Mountbatten library, a wide variety of sports and watersports facilities, plus superb IT and media facilities. Find out more about our first-class facilities here.

Living in Southampton

Southampton is a vibrant student city and studying at Solent means that you will be at the very heart of the action. Find out more about being a student in Southampton.

Solent Students’ Union

Run by students for students, Solent Students’ Union is a key part of any student’s time at Solent. Visit the Students’ Union website for more information.

UCAS codes


  • 3 Years Standard entry C800


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