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BSc (Hons)Psychology

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UCAS code: C800
Institution code: S30
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Why study a psychology degree at Solent University

Psychology is about what makes people tick: it is the study of mind, behaviour, experience and relationships. Become a Chartered Psychologist with our BPS accredited degree.

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  • Our academic team has vast industry and teaching experience, and thanks to our close industry links and guest lectures, your teaching will always be guided by research, and real-world knowledge.
  • Access our range of specialist facilities, including experimental cubicles, psychophysiological recording equipment and eye-tracking facilities.
  • This degree emphasises the practical application of psychology, with real-world assessments integrated throughout, and the option to undertake work-based learning as part of your studies.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to present at psychology conferences, and professional organisations, with mentoring, training, and live briefs for students.
  • Through research-informed teaching, you’ll cover 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.

This video 'Why study Psychology' is available as a text transcript, with a description of visuals.

Course overview

This British Psychology Society accredited degree 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 modules that suit your specific ambitions.

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.

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 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.

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Accredited by:

The British Psychological Society - accredited undergraduate psychology

Course features

  • Professional accreditation

    This course has been accredited by a professional body

  • Foundation year available

    If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years

  • Professional membership

    You have the opportunity to obtain a professional membership as part of this degree

  • Specialist facilities

    This course has access to specialist facilities

  • Further studies

    After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent

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.

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.

Meet the team

Students are taught by an experienced and supportive teaching team with a wide range of academic experience and professional expertise.

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.


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. 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.

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