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About the course

Psychology is a popular subject because it has relevance to so many areas of everyday life. It is of interest to anyone who wants to understand what causes certain elements of human behaviour and how knowledge of that behaviour can be applied. As a psychology student here at Solent you will explore how people act and interact, both as individuals and in groups, while analysing the thoughts and feelings that underlie specific behaviours.

The curriculum will see you exploring key areas of psychological study including education; crime; sport and exercise; social behaviours; therapy and counselling. You’ll also carry out intensive study of scientific approaches to psychology. These topics, which include research methods, problem solving and manipulation of data, provide useful tools for careers in healthcare, law enforcement, finance, research and IT.

The course emphasises the practical application of psychology, with real-world assessments integrated throughout. You’ll also have the option to undertake work-based learning as part of your studies. 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.

As you learn, you’ll benefit from access to Solent’s dedicated psychophysiological recording equipment, eye-tracking facilities and psychology labs. The teaching team, made up of academics with extensive industry and research experience, will guide you as 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.

Study abroad Professional accreditation Professional memberships Built in work experience placement Specialist facilities Further studies

Psychology at Solent is accredited by the British Psychological Society. Students benefit from access to dedicated computing facilities, specialist software, psychophysiological recording equipment, eye-tracking apparatus and a range of experiment spaces.

What does this course lead to?

Psychology graduates are well placed for a range of essential roles in mental health support, therapy, counselling, social work, research and criminal justice. Graduates would also be able to continue their studies, moving onto higher level degrees or working towards chartered psychologist status.

Who is this course for?

Solent’s psychology programme is ideally suited to students from a wide range of academic backgrounds. Candidates should be interested in human behaviour and aspiring to a career where that interest can be put to use. This may be in social work, psychological practise, the justice system or any of the many other relevant sectors.

Facts & figures

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UCAS Codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry C800
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Fees and Costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2017/2018 academic year are: 
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year

Whilst these inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval.

The international tuition fees for the 2017/18 academic year are:
International full-time fees: £11,000 per year 

Other costs

Optional costs

Students whose research and/or placement involves working with children or vulnerable adults will be expected to apply for DBS disclosure.

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.


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Key entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • 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.


Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?
Contact our Ask Solent team:

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ask@solent.ac.uk

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023 8201 3039

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 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.

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What you'll study

Year One

Core units
  • Exploring Psychology
  • Psychology across the Lifespan
  • Methods and Analysis in Psychology
  • Psychology in the Real-World
  • Debates in Psychology
  • Applications of Psychology

Year Two

Core units
  • Brain and Behaviour
  • The Social Individual  
  • Psychological Research
  • Psychological Research in Action
  • Psychological wellbeing

Options

  • Education and the Developing Learner
  • Counselling: Application & Practice
  • The Psychology of Crime
  • Sport & Exercise Psychology: Application & Practice

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

Year Three

  • Applied Psychology Project
  • Developing Professional Practice in Psychology

Options

  • Advanced Analytical methods
  • Issues & Controversies in Psychology
  • Psychology Placement
  • Extended Essay
  • Applied Psychopathology
  • Issues in Education
  • CBT & Mindfulness-based approaches
  • Behaviour Change for Health & Wellbeing
  • Psychology & Technology

Please note: Not all optional units 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

Imogen Tijou academic profile Imogen Tijou Course Leader View profile
Jane Adlard academic profile Jane Adlard Senior Lecturer View profile
Panoraia Andriopoulou academic profile Panoraia Andriopoulou Senior Lecturer View profile
Daniel Connolly academic profile Daniel Connolly Senior Lecturer View profile
Rhodri Davies academic profile Rhodri Davies Senior Lecturer View profile
Mei Mason-Li academic profile Mei Mason-Li Senior Lecturer View profile
Pamela Pourzanjani academic profile Pamela Pourzanjani Senior Lecturer View profile
Lin Bailey academic profile Lin Bailey Lecturer View profile
Mark Doyle academic profile Mark Doyle Lecturer View profile
Greg Neil academic profile Greg Neil Lecturer View profile
Lara Webber academic profile Lara Webber Lecturer View profile
Zoe Wimshurst academic profile Zoe Wimshurst Lecturer View profile

Facilities

Learning is supported by 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.

Students are taught by an experienced and supportive teaching team with a wide range of academic experience and professional expertise. Work-based learning modules ensure that students graduate with a portfolio of practical workplace experience.

Your future

Solent psychology 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.

BPS qualifications cover topics such as counselling psychology; forensic psychology; health psychology; occupational psychology and sport psychology. 

Industry connections

Students have opportunities to present at and attend psychology conferences. Charities and private companies provide live briefs for specific units and provide mentoring training.

Recent guest speakers have included a sleep laboratory researcher, police advocates, practicing counsellors, and a specialist reading intervention teacher.

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.

Further study

After studying this course you may have the opportunity to study further on the following courses:

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