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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, accredited by The British Psychological Society, 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.

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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 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?

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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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 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
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What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Exploring Psychology
    On this module you’ll learn about how Psychology has developed as a scientific discipline and take a critical look at some of the key areas of Psychological research.

  • Psychology across the Lifespan
    This module will present a lifespan development perspective covering relevant theories, issues and methodologies both historical and contemporary. Specific topics will reflect recent research.

  • Quantitative Data Analysis
    On this module you’ll learn about quantitative approaches to analysing psychological data. You’ll consider who/what the data relates to (sampling), how the data is obtained (design and methodology) and what data is collected (measurement).

  • Qualitative Psychology
    On this module You’ll learn about the concepts that lie at the heart of QP to understand key assumptions and approaches. We’ll look at what QP is and what methodologies are categorised as ‘qualitative’.
  • Debates in Psychology
    On this module you’ll learn issues of key topical and historical debates within psychology by considering findings from empirical research.

  • Applications of Psychology
    On this module, you’ll develop an understanding of the main psychology careers – for example; Clinical and Counselling Psychology, Educational Psychology, Health and Sport Psychology and Forensic Psychology.

Year two

Core modules
  • Brain and Behaviour
    On this module, you’ll gain an overview of brain anatomy and how processes are localised to different areas or structures. You’ll also learn about the way that our nervous system is structured.

  • The Social Individual
    On this module You’ll explore individual differences within social psychological phenomena and consider the extent to which personality may affect and be affected by social situations and social behaviour.

  • Psychological Research
    This module develops your understanding of theoretical and practical issues concerned with psychological research and will enable you to advance the skills required for the conduct of investigations and the presentation of findings.

  • Psychological Research in Action
    On this module you’ll learn the final batch of analytical methods in the Methods-based element and you’ll be able to identify and progress through the various stages in the Report- based element.

  • Psychological wellbeing
    On this module you’ll understand what psychologists mean by ‘psychological wellbeing’ and how this is explained in psychological models.
  • Psychology of Crime
    On this module you'll gain an overview of the application of psychology to the understanding of criminal behaviour. Theories and models of offending will be introduced.

Year three

Core modules
  • Educational Psychology Research Project
    This module allows you to independently conduct and write up a piece of psychological research. This will require you to research an area of psychology of your own choosing.

  • Developing and Applying Professional Skills in Forensic Settings
    On this module you’ll adopt the role of a practitioner by applying theory and research to a case study in an area that you are interested in.
  • Issues in Forensic Psychology
    On this module you'll be introduced to contemporary and historical issues in the study of crime and given the opportunity to independently explore and consolidate the learning in topics of your choice.


  • Behaviour Change for Health & Wellbeing
    On this module You’ll earn some of the theories behind behaviour change and will evaluate and apply these theories to real life issues related to health and wellbeing.
  • Advanced Analytical methods
    The module will introduce a range of advanced techniques that have not been previously covered in other modules.

  • Psychology Placement
    This module will help you to continue your development as a reflective practitioner by identifying and reflecting on your skill development during a work placement.

  • Extended Essay
    This module allows you to engage in, plan, implement and conduct a substantial inquiry into a particular topic of interest within the field of psychology.

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

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
Karen Burnell academic profile Karen Burnell Senior Lecturer View profile
Greg Neil academic profile Greg Neil Lecturer View profile
Lara Webber academic profile Lara Webber Lecturer View profile
Gareth Abbey academic profile Gareth Abbey 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.


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.


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

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