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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 you train to become a child development and education specialist, you will explore how children develop cognitively and how psychology has contributed to educational best practice.

Accredited by the British Psychology Society, this course will begin with a thorough exploration of fundamental psychology. This early curriculum will give you all the skills needed to apply academic understanding to human behaviour, exploring how people act and interact both as individuals and in groups. You’ll then apply this knowledge to important issues within child development, education and educational practise – honing your skillset ready for a range of rewarding careers. You’ll also study the scientific methodology of psychological research.

Exploration of reasoned approaches, research methods and the manipulation of data will help you to prepare for your major independent research project, as well as equipping you with a useful set of transferable skills. The research project, which takes place in the third year of the course, will see you undertake a thorough exploration of a relevant topic within psychology, education or child development. This is a good opportunity for you to specialise your knowledge further, acting as the perfect springboard into graduate employment or further study.

The course emphasises the practical application of psychology, with real-world assessments and work-based learning integrated throughout. You’ll be guided through the curriculum by experienced course tutors with specialist expertise in child development and education. You’ll also learn from guest lecturers with backgrounds in a range of relevant professions.

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This course has been accredited by a professional body.
Professional accreditation
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

Psychology at Solent is accredited by the British Psychological Society. This will give you eligibility for graduate membership, which is the first step towards becoming a chartered psychologist.

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. As a specialist in child development and education, you will be well suited to careers in teaching, child protection, social services or child therapy.

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 work with children and young adults. This may be in social work, psychological practise, the justice system or any of the many other relevant sectors.

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.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact

The 2020/21 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:

Compulsory costs
Lab coat: £TBC

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

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 DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent, which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 96 UCAS points.
  • Grade 4 in GCSE English and mathematics (previously grade C).
  • 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: 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:

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:

Mode of study
Full-time 3 years Apply

Social Sciences Foundation Year route:

Mode of study
Full-time 4 years Apply
How to apply

What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • 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 modules
  • Brain and Behaviour
  • The Social Individual 
  • Psychological Research
  • Psychological Research in Action
  • Psychological wellbeing
  • Education and the Developing Learner

Year three

Core modules
  • Educational Psychology Research Project
  • Developing Professional Practice in Educational Psychology


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

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


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

Julie Beattie academic profile Julie Beattie Head of Subject View profile
Imogen Tijou academic profile Imogen Tijou Course Leader 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
Greg Neil academic profile Greg Neil Lecturer View profile
Lara Webber academic profile Lara Webber Lecturer 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.


Learning is supported by purpose built labs, allowing 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 benefit from access to dedicated computing facilities, specialist software, psychophysiological recording equipment, eye-tracking apparatus and a range of experiment spaces.

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.

This course’s focus on child development and education will help graduates secure roles related to child protection, teaching, support work and young mental health.

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

British Psychological Society qualifications cover topics such as counselling psychology; forensic psychology; health psychology; occupational psychology and sport psychology.

Industry links

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

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


Work placements and live brief opportunities are embedded throughout the curriculum. 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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