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C800 BSc (Hons) Psychology (3 years)

The aim of our BSc Psychology degree is to develop highly competent psychologists, with a selection of transferable skills.

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Introducing your degree

Are you fascinated by the human mind? Find yourself often questioning what prompts human behaviour? Choose the BSc in Psychology at the University of Southampton and start your journey into the psyche. A fascinating and highly useful BSc degree course will let you analyse human choices, emotions, motivations and beliefs through essential methods of research and data analysis.
Examine the current issues in clinical, cognitive, social and developmental psychology as well as behavioural neuroscience to gain an insight into the reasons behind a person’s behaviour. This BSc course can lead to successful careers within psychology, as well as other areas such as education, forensic sciences,marketing, health and occupational psychologies.

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In the first year of the BSc Psychology, we lay the foundations for understanding the basic principles of psychological theory and of the research methods and analysis used in social sciences. We also introduce students to practical psychology experiments. Material from two core areas: Individual Differences and Behavioural Neuroscience is covered in more details.

Students have a choice to focus solely on psychology, start their minor path in another discipline or select two non-psychology options to broaden their knowledge.

In the second year, students will cover in depth material from remaining key areas of psychology: Cognitive Psychology and Perception; Developmental Psychology; and Social Psychology. Both research methods and practical tuition will be extended in preparation for the final year project.

Students can continue their minor path, or choose two optional modules both from psychology or other disciplines.

All BSc Psychology students must also choose a topic for a literature review and a research paper, which they complete under the supervision of a member of staff in Psychology. The research paper will be the culmination of three years research training and will constitute a valuable piece of psychological research, the best example of which will be presented a prize.

View the programme specification document for this course

To Apply

For more information about this psychology degree, contact Mrs Tina Birring, Senior Administrative Officer, Recruitment and Admissions. Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 2619.

You should make your application through UCAS.

Accreditation

The British Psychological Society

The BSc Psychology degree at the University of Southampton is accredited by the British Psychological Society and confers eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership.

Key Facts

  • Global top 100 ranking - QS World Rankings by Subject (Psychology) 2019/20).
  • Graduates eligible for membership and registration with the BPS (British Psychological Society).
  • 90% of Psychology students were satisfied or very satisfied with the overall quality of their course - NSS 2019.
  • 90% of Psychology students were satisfied or very satisfied with the teaching quality on their course - NSS 2019.
  • Develop essential academic, analytical, legal and transferable skills to prepare for a broad range of careers associated with Psychology and Law.
  • Career paths and roles include professional psychologists, and opportunities in legal support, parole bodies, government, voluntary organisations, research and teaching.

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Typical entry requirements

For 2020 entry

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QualificationGrade
GCSE Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade <4/C)
GCE A-Level AAB including one subject in Psychology, Mathematics or a Science subject. AAA if not studying a required subject.
GCE A-Level with Extended Project Qualificiation (EPQ) If you are taking an EPQ in addition to 3 A levels, you will receive the following offer in addition to the standard A-level offer:
ABB including one subject in Psychology, Mathematics or a Science subject, and grade A in the EPQ. AAB and grade A in the EPQ if not studying a required subject.
GCE A-Level with Contextual offer We are committed to ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data allows us to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Applicants who are highlighted in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme, as follows: ABB including one subject in Psychology, Mathematics or a Science subject. AAB if not studying a required subject.  
A- level additional information Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking. Acceptable science subject are Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Maths, Environmental Studies, Geology or Physics. Where this offer is satisfied by including grades achieved in either Biology, Chemistry or Physics, a Pass in the practical science assessment is additionally required.
Welsh Baccalaureate offer AA from 2 A levels including (Psychology, Mathematics or a Science subject) and Grade B from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate, or Grades AAA from 2 A-levels plus Welsh Baccalaureate 
International Baccalaureate Diploma
offer
Pass, with 34 points overall with 665 points at Higher Level, including Psychology, Mathematics or a Science subject at Higher Level, or Pass, with 36 points overall with 666 at Higher Level. Applications where Higher Level subjects have been studied without the full Diploma, will also be considered on a case by case basis
International Baccalaureate Career Programme (IBCP)
offer
Offers will be made on the individual Diploma Course subject(s) and the career-related study qualification. The CP core will not form part of the offer. Where there is a subject pre-requisite(s), applicants will be required to study the subject(s) at Higher Level in the Diploma course subject and/or take a specified unit in the career-related study qualification. Applicants may also be asked to achieve a specific grade in those elements. Please see the University of Southampton International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP) Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.
Access to HE Diploma offer 60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3, of which 39 must be at Distinction and 6 credits at Merit. There are no additional requirements
Irish Leaving Certificate offer (first awarded 2017) H1 H1 H2 H2 H2 H2, or H1 H2 H2 H2 H2 H2
Irish Leaving Certificate offer (last awarded 2016) H1 H1 H2 H2 H2 H2, or H1 H2 H2 H2 H2 H2
Scottish Qualification offers Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact the Admissions Office for more information.
Cambridge Pre-U offer D3 D3 D3 or D3 D3 M2
Level 3 BTEC (QCF) offer (unreformed) DDD in the BTEC Extended Diploma,  D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus A or B in A-level subjects
Level 3 BTEC (RQF) offer (reformed) DDD in the BTEC National Extended Diploma, DD in the BTEC National Diploma plus A or B in one A-level subject; D in BTEC Natiuonal Extended Certificate plus grades AA/AB from 2 A-levels. BTEC Extended Diploma must be in a relevant subject area
European Baccalaureate offer 80% overall
International qualifications Find a list of accepted international qualifications listed by country This is a list of the international qualifications that are recognised by the University of Southampton. If you are not sure that your qualifications meet the requirements of this course please contact our Admissions Teams.
English language requirements All applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency. Applicants requiring a visa to study in the UK who do not offer GCSE English language (or GCSE English) at the required level will need to meet the following English language proficiency requirement. Find out more about the University’s English Language requirements. Band C IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in all components

For 2019 entry

QualificationGrade
GCSE We look for a broad range of GCSE subjects, including English and Mathematics at a minimum of Grade C.
 GCE A-level Our current entry requirements are: Grades AAA from 3 A-levels, OR Grades AAB from 3 A-levels (if one subject at A-level is Psychology, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics or Statistics) A mix of science and arts or social science subjects can be a good preparation. There are no compulsory subjects at A Level. General Studies and Critical Thinking at A-level are excluded. Our offer will also incorporate recognition of the Extended Project Qualification.
International Baccalaureate requirements 34 points to include 17 points at higher level or 36 points to include 18 points at Higher level (depending on subjects studied at Higher Level)
Other qualifications, including those from other countries

These are considered on individual merit. Please email ugapply.fshs@soton.ac.uk to enquire further.

Contextual Admissions

The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students who flagged in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme.

A typical contextual offer is AAB from three A levels or ABB including A level Psychology, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics or Statistics, or the equivalent from alternative qualifications.

Please see our contextual admissions pages for more information.

Selection process:
Intake:
180
Average applications per place:
10

On this BSc Psychology degree We aim to recruit motivated students with an excellent academic track record or relevant work experience who are capable of sustaining high levels of academic performance. The selection process includes: 

  • academic achievements
  • personal statement
  • academic reference

Psychology operates an equal opportunities policy. All applications to study BSc Psychology are considered irrespective of age, sex, ethnic origin or disability.

International applications

We welcome applications from international students. Helpful information on applying, meeting a University representative in your country, or improving your English language levels can be found on the International Office website. If English is not your first language you will be required to pass an approved English test. We normally ask for an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with not less than 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

 

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Typical course content

Core themes on this BSc Psychology degree are introduced in Year 1 and extended in Year 2. Opportunities for more advanced and independent study come in Year 3 with a choice of specialist seminar units, project and research paper topics.

Year 1

Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
PSYC1010Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Compulsory
PSYC1005Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PSYC1016Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional
ARCH1001Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ARCH1057Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
CRIM1003Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
GEOG1002Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
GEOG1011Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
HUMA2013Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PHIL1023Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PSYC1014Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
UOSM2004Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
UOSM2022Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
UOSM2030Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
UOSM2032Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Year 2

Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
PSYC2019Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PSYC2021Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Compulsory
Optional
PSYC2026Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
UOSM2004Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
UOSM2022Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
UOSM2030Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
UOSM2032Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Year 3

Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
PSYC3003Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Compulsory
Optional
PSYC3015Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PSYC3043Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PSYC3045Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PSYC3053Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PSYC3057Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PSYC3058Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PSYC3059Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PSYC3061Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PSYC3064Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
UOSM2004Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
UOSM2022Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
UOSM2030Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
UOSM2032Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Tuition fees

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
Course TitleAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
PsychologyBSc (Hons)2018Full-time£9,250£16,536
PsychologyBSc (Hons)2019Full-time£9,250£20,970
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Funding

Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
TypeDescription
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile. Calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved model is Casio FX-570 This may be purchased from any source and no longer needs to carry the University logo.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentLaboratory equipment and materials: Basic costs for experimental research (e.g. third year research project) are included. Should students wish to engage in off site data collection this costs would be expected to the met by the student. IT Software Licenses: Licenced software is available via University’s onsite computers and to students via the Virtual Private Network for further details see https://www.southampton.ac.uk/isolutions/services/vpn_service/ Hardware: Computer lab access is provided, however personal computers, recording devices etc, will not be provided by the University
EquipmentApproved calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved model is Casio FX-570 This may be purchased from any source and no longer needs to carry the University logo.
EquipmentIT: Software licenses Licenced software is available via the University’s onsite computers and to students via the Virtual Private Network for further details see https://www.southampton.ac.uk/isolutions/services/vpn_service/
EquipmentIT: Hardware Computer lab access is provided, however personal computers, recording devices etc. will not be provided by the University.
Printing and copyingIn the majority of cases, coursework such as essays; projects; dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. A list of the University printing costs can be found here: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/isolutions/students/printing/ The third year research projects will be given a budget of £20 supplied by the University. Any budget shortfall will be met by the student.
FieldworkAll costs related to semester abroad and summer placement must be covered by students.
PlacementsAll costs related to semester abroad and summer placement must be covered by students.
Conference expenses All costs related to semester abroad and summer placement must be covered by students.
OtherParking Costs: Should students wish to seek a parking permit they will be expected to pay for this themselves.
OtherBPS membership: The BSc in Psychology is BPS accredited and students are eligible to apply for membership. All related fees will need to be paid for by the student.
OtherExams: Students should make every effort to ensure that their examination scripts are legibly handwritten to aid the marker in assessing their work. If their examination script is considered illegible, they will be asked to come in to dictate their script so that it can be transcribed. The cost of this work will be met by the students. If their script is not transcribed then it will receive a mark of zero (0).

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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