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About the course

Are you interested in human psychology? Keen to work in the probation, criminal justice or forensic psychology fields? This degree aims to help you develop a broad knowledge of psychology and develop an understanding of what motivates criminal behaviour and how psychology can help rehabilitate offenders.

This course focuses on how psychology works in the real world, and explores a wide variety of themes, including theories and models of criminal behaviour, offenders with mental health issues, rehabilitation, and forensic psychology in the workplace.

The course places a strong emphasis on developing work-based skills. Students hone their problem-solving skills through case studies and gain practical insights into the work of a psychologist. Additionally, students have the opportunity to do a work placement in your third year.

Psychology students here at Solent have full access to the University’s specialist facilities which include computer labs and experimental cubicles, as well as psychophysiological recording equipment and eye-tracking apparatus.

Teaching is delivered by course team with extensive professional and academic experience, and close links with industry. Through these links, past psychology students have benefitted from guest talks from industry, such as offender managers, voluntary agency workers and members of the prison service.

Built in work experience placement Specialist facilities Further studies Flexible learning

Psychology students have access to the University’s industry-standard facilities, including experimental cubicles, specialist psychophysiological recording equipment and eye-tracking facilities.

What does this course lead to?

This degree provides an excellent starting point for a career in the police, prison and probation services and in mental health settings. It can also lead to postgraduate training if you wish to work towards registered or chartered status as a psychologist.

Who is this course for?

Southampton Solent’s BSc (Hons) Psychology (Forensic and Psychopathology) programme will be of particular interest to students considering pursuing careers in forensic settings such as the police, prison and probation services or in mental health settings.

Postgraduate study and training is essential if you want to become a chartered psychologist and to register as a practitioner psychologist with the Health & Care Professionals Council (HCPC).

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry C80C
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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 will be expected to apply for DBS disclosure. 

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton 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.


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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:

ask@solent.ac.uk 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.

How to apply

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
  • Psychology of Crime

Year three

Core units
  • Educational Psychology Research Project
  • Developing Professional Practice in Forensic Psychology

Options

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

Brian Wink academic profile Brian Wink 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
Lin Bailey academic profile Lin Bailey Senior 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

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

Students on this course will have access to our dedicated facilities, including computer labs and experimental cubicles, psychophysiological recording equipment and eye-tracking apparatus. We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

 

Students are taught by a dedicated course team with extensive professional experience and good links with industry. Students complete a research project in their final year and also undertake a work placement helping to gain valuable first-hand practical experience. 

Your future

Graduates from our courses have gone on to many different career roles, including probation service officer, initial crime investigator and police community support officer. Graduates who wish to go on to become chartered and registered psychologists would need to undertake postgraduate study in their chosen field. Although this course focuses on forensic psychology as well as the psychology of mental health, graduates will have an accredited psychology degree which allows them to apply to postgraduate study in other areas as well.

 

Industry links

The course team has wide-ranging professional and academic experience. Our close links with the prison service and criminal justice agencies mean that you’ll have the chance to hear from guest speakers as they share valuable perspectives. Previous speakers on our psychology courses have included offender managers, voluntary agency workers and members of the prison service.

Placements

Students have the option of a work-based learning unit for one semester, drawing on their own work placement.

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