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About the course

This is a contemporary and exciting course which combines the disciplines of sociology and psychology for students to develop the knowledge, application and skills to understanding the complexity of individuals and the societies in which they live.

The curriculum includes key areas of psychology and sociology, you will study subjects such as education; crime; social behaviours; therapy and counselling, power, politics and identity, education, media, social inequalities, migration and race and ethnicity. You will develop scientific approaches to researching key issues from a sociological and psychological perspective. These topics, which include research methods, problem solving and manipulation of data, provide useful tools for a range of careers in healthcare, public sector, leadership, organisations, law enforcement, finance, research and IT.

This degree emphasises the practical application of psychology and sociology, with real-world assessments integrated throughout. You’ll also have the option to undertake work-based learning as part of your studies. In sociology modules you will reflect on real issues such as community empowerment, equity in the workplace, applied sociology in work environments.

To reflect the wide range of careers that are open to graduates, the course can be tailored with optional units that suit your specific ambitions.

 

You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course.
Study abroad
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies

Solent is home to dedicated psychophysiological recording equipment, eye-tracking facilities and psychology labs.

What does this course lead to?

Solent psychology and sociology graduates can be found in a wide range of different roles and industries. Recent graduates have gone onto careers in mental health support, clinical psychology, therapeutic practice and children’s health.

Graduates who wish to go on to become chartered and registered psychologists would need to undertake postgraduate study in their chosen field.

Who is this course for?

Solent's BSc (Hons) Psychology and Sociology degree is ideal for those interested in human behaviour and everyday social interactions and those who want to ask critical questions about the communities they live in. By studying both psychology and sociology you will develop a diverse set of skills and knowledge that are transferrable to a range of careers.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year are:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,260 per year

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Bursaries and scholarships

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

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 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. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

96 - 112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DD or equivalent, which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 96 UCAS points.
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Social Sciences Foundation Year.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement

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
  • 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.


Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

admissions@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 5066

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: www.ucas.com.

Your application should reach UCAS by 15 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 the end of June. The UCAS code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Please click the links below to apply through UCAS:

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What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Exploring Psychology
  • Methods and Analysis in Psychology
  • The Sociological Imagination
  • Psychology Across the Lifespan
  • Social Inequalities
  • Researching the City

Year two

Core modules
  • Brain and Behaviour
  • Psychological Research
  • The Social Individual
  • Bodies and Identities
  • Social Movements and Social Justice

Options

  • Race and Ethnicity in Modern Britain
  • Global Health Inequalities

Please note: Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.

Year three

Core modules
  • Developing Professional Practice in Psychology
  • Applied Psychology Research Project
  • Media Society and Power

Options

  • Educational Inequality and Injustice
  • Applied Sociology in the Community
  • Migration and Refugees
  • Sociology of Medicine, Health and Wellbeing

Please note: Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.

Support

Web-based learning

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

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Mei Mason-Li academic profile Mei Mason-Li Course Leader View profile
Brian McDonough academic profile Brian McDonough Course Leader View profile
Imogen Tijou academic profile Imogen Tijou Course Leader View profile
Ben Powis academic profile Ben Powis Senior Lecturer View profile
Dr Philippa Velija academic profile Philippa Velija Senior Lecturer View profile
Pamela Pourzanjani academic profile Pamela Pourzanjani Senior Lecturer View profile
Greg Neil academic profile Greg Neil Lecturer View profile
Dr Aarti Ratna academic profile Aarti Ratna Associate Professor View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.

Facilities

As you learn, you’ll benefit from access to Solent’s dedicated psychophysiological recording equipment, eye-tracking facilities and psychology labs.

The psychology and sociology teaching team, made up of academics with extensive industry and research experience, will guide you as you apply your newly founded research skills to a range of experiments and projects. This hands-on training eventually leads to a final applied psychology project, acting as the perfect springboard into graduate employment or further study.

Staff are research active and engage in community and research projects which are embedded in the modules that students' study.

Your future

Graduates who wish to go on to become chartered and registered psychologists would need to undertake postgraduate study in their chosen field. Many graduates will move on to study other postgraduate courses in the social sciences, as well as a range of employment opportunities, including work for mental health and community organisations; public and private sector research; teaching and educational sector jobs; careers connected to community sector management, social work and policy sector jobs. 

Other careers include:

  • Government agencies
  • Education
  • Journalism
  • Public Relations
  • Human Resources
  • Police
  • Non-profit and outreach work
  • Charity work
  • Research
  • Politics
  • Leadership

Placements

Practical experience is embedded throughout the curriculum. This includes work placement and live brief opportunities. Students are also encouraged to present their final-year project at industry conferences - past students have presented for the British Psychological Society.

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