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About the course

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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

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.

What does this course lead to?

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.

Who is this course for?

Those who want to learn more about human behaviour and how the mind works will be well-suited to this popular degree. The course explores key areas in psychology and will appeal to those looking to pursue a career in psychology, or in areas such as support work or the judicial system.

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 2016/2017 academic year are:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,000 per year
International full-time fees: £11,000 per year

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

280 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 proficients 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.


of students feel staff are good at explaining things.

Study location

East Park Terrace

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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.

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What you'll study

Year One

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


  • Psychological Inquiry
  • Psychology in the Workplace

Year Two

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

Year Three

  • 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


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

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Written Exams


Assessment by coursework


Practical exams

Meet the course team

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Imogen Tijou academic profile Imogen Tijou Course Leader View profile
Jane Adlard academic profile Jane Adlard Senior Lecturer View profile
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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
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Sian Campbell academic profile Sian Campbell Associate Lecturer View profile
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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.

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.

Your future

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.


of students go on to work and/or study six months after finishing the course.


of those students are in a professional or managerial role.
  • The lecturers’ accessible and engaging manner conveyed the complexity and diversity of psychology perfectly. Even the toughest of topics – like statistics – were well within the realms of understanding, and actually became some of the most rewarding areas to study. I valued the autonomy we were given to focus on areas of personal interest. The University has offered me continuing support, including specialist advice from lecturers on avenues of career progression.

    Lisa Molloy, Graduate

  • Having been out of full time education for several years before deciding to return to University, I was anxious and unsure about whether I could actually do it. But the staff and student support at Solent allowed me to feel confident in what I could achieve, building on my academic abilities and continually improving my personal skills. I completed my dissertation on the experience of post traumatic growth following bacterial meningitis survival and achieved a ‘high first’ grade.

    Ross McLean, Graduate

Industry connections

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.

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).


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.

Graduate stories

Andreia's story

Andreia Gomes - Civil Servant

The best thing about being a student here is the number of additional opportunities available which focus on your personal and professional skills development. For example, during my degree I was chosen to be a volunteer research assistant where I worked alongside a team of experienced psychological researchers on a social network. This opportunity allowed me to gain wider researcher experience.

A major highlight of my degree was my final-year research project dissertation. I thoroughly enjoyed having the freedom to think of a research idea, test my predictions and conduct research on what interested me the most. Also, having a very experienced supervisor to guide and support me, not only with my dissertation but with the rest of my degree, really helped.

Since graduating from university with a first-class honours degree under my belt, I very quickly and successfully secured a job as a civil servant in the statistics unit of Jersey’s government.

Further study

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

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