University of Portsmouth

Degree level: Undergraduate

Psychology

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Course summary

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Overview Are you interested in studying the mind and behaviour? This BSc (Hons) Psychology degree course gives you a deeper understanding of how our minds work and how to apply this knowledge to practical scenarios. It gives you a broad introduction to psychological theory and research techniques, and opens many career opportunities – from health and social care to teaching, marketing and management. Accredited by: This degree confers eligibility for Graduate Membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Graduate Basis for Registration. What you'll experience On this course you'll:

  • Be taught by staff that are active in research into areas such as animal cognition, autism, forensic psychology and quality of working life
  • Use specialist psychology equipment and facilities, including an observation suite, toddler and infant laboratory, psychophysiology laboratory, psychology of applied cognition laboratory, and digital analysis and video editing suite
  • Specialise your field of study in your final year, with options including sport psychology, neuroscience, educational psychology, and clinical and health psychology amongst others
  • Learn soft skills that employers value including in teamwork, communication, problem solving, self-motivation and time management
Careers and opportunities What can you do with a Psychology degree? After the course, you can continue your study to become a fully Chartered Psychologist or use the transferable skills you've learnt to work in areas such as:
  • teaching
  • healthcare
  • social welfare
  • police work
  • research
  • marketing
Our Careers and Employability service can help you find study and job opportunities. After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.

Course details

Modules

Year 1 Core modules in this year include:

  • Animal Behaviour
  • Applying Psychological Research Skills
  • Exploring Psychology
  • Perspectives in Psychology
Year 2 Core modules in this year include:
  • Biological & Cognitive Psychology
  • Individual Differences & Psychometrics
  • Professional Development and Employability
  • Psychological Research Methods
  • Quantitative Data Analysis
  • Social & Developmental Psychology
Placement year (optional) On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry. We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year. Year 3 Optional modules currently include:
  • Comparative and Evolutionary Psychology
  • Cultural Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Exploring Data
  • Introduction to Teaching
  • Issues in Clinical and Health Psychology
  • Language and Communication
  • Neuroscience
  • Perspectives on Legal Psychology and Forensic Psychology
  • Positive and Social Psychology in Organisations
  • Professional Practice in Sports Psychology
  • Psychology Research Project
  • Psychology Work Placement
  • Social Construction of Disability
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies. Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module. Due to changing circumstances as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we may need to make changes to courses to ensure your safety and to ensure compliance with Government guidelines. We'll provide you with as much notice as possible of any such changes. Your course leader will inform you of these. Changes may include things such as modules being taught in teaching block 2 instead of teaching block 1 and teaching activities occurring in smaller group sizes.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed through:

  • written examinations
  • practical reports and essays
  • poster presentations
  • oral presentations
  • self-led research project
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • British Psychological Society

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

We welcome applications for advanced entry. If you’d like to apply for advanced entry, you need to select the required year when you complete your UCAS application.


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 120 points 120 points from 3 A levels, or equivalent.
A level 120 Tariff points from 3 A levels.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM
Access to HE Diploma 122 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.
Scottish Advanced Higher 120 Tariff points from 3 Advanced Highers.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 29 points 29 points from the IB Diploma, with 664 at Higher Level. 4 points from Standard Level English and Mathematics (if not passed at GCSE grade C or above).
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H3, H3, H3, H3, H3
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal Cambridge Pre-U score of 56.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 7 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English, Mathematics and Science/7 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English, Mathematics and Science.

CLEARING INFORMATION – Our entry requirements may be different during Clearing, so please contact us on 023 9284 8000 to discuss your options


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
PTE Academic61An overall score of 61 with a minimum of 54 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT)9191 with a minimum of 20 in Reading, 19 in Listening, 21 in Speaking and 20 in Writing
Cambridge English AdvancedCambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 176 with no component score less than 169.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 176 with no component score less than 169.
Trinity ISETrinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £16400 Year 1

Additional fee information

Home/EU/Islands Year in placement/industry £925 Year abroad of a language course £925. For further fee information please see https://www.port.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/undergraduate-fees-and-student-finance International (Non-EU) Year in placement/industry £1,600 Year abroad of a language course £1,600 For further fee information please see https://www.port.ac.uk/study/international-students/funding **Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation.**
Psychology at University of Portsmouth - UCAS