University of Southampton

Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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If you're fascinated by the human mind or find yourself questioning what prompts human behaviour, choose our British Psychological Society accredited BSc Psychology degree. This fascinating course will give you the opportunity to analyse human behaviour emotions, motivations and beliefs through essential methods of research and data analysis. This course can lead to further study, successful careers within psychology, as well as other areas such as education, forensic sciences, marketing, health and occupational psychologies. Our facilities will support you in every area of research. They include:

  • a custom-fit mobile research vehicle for community research
  • eye movement recording facilities
  • an observation lab with audiovisual studio
  • a virtual reality (VR) laboratory
As part of your degree you can:
  • study a second subject as a minor discipline
  • study abroad at one of our partner universities including the University of Sydney, University of Hong Kong, and University of Western Ontario
  • study modules outside of psychology to broaden your knowledge, including criminology, social sciences, law, and medicine

Course details


Typical course content includes: Introduction to Psychology; Psychology of Attractiveness; Research Methods and Data Analysis; Academic Skills and Employability; Perception; Current issues in Clinical Psychology; Developmental Psychopathology; Understanding your world with vision, touch, sound and taste. For a full list of modules, please visit the module section on the course page:

Assessment method

Your understanding of psychology is evaluated through a wide range of assessment methods across the degree that may include traditional essays, lab reports, oral presentation, poster presentation, reflective journals, traditional exams, multiple choice questions, short answer questions and literature reviews. This ensures you develop a broad variety of skills and that your achievements are assessed against the intended learning outcomes of the individual modules and the programme as a whole. We’ll assess you using: blogs coursework, laboratory reports and essays essays oral presentations written exams

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.

Course codeC800
Institution code S27
Campus nameMain Site - Highfield Campus
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level AAB - AAA Typical offer: AAB offer to include one subject in Psychology, Mathematics or a Science. If specific subjects are not taken, an alternative offer of AAA will be made. Contextual Offer: AAB/ABB. 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.Students who are highlighted in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship Studies are excluded for entry. The University of Southampton values the Extended Project Qualification. Applicants taking the EPQ in addition to three A-levels will also be made an alternative offer one grade below the standard offer, conditional on an A grade in the EPQ. For more information on the University of Southampton's EPQ Admissions Policy.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDD The BTEC Extended Diploma must be in a relevant subject relating to the chosen degree programme
Access to HE Diploma D: 39 credits M: 6 credits P: 15 credits Typical offer: 60 credits overall with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3 of which 39 credits must be at Distinction and 6 credits at Merit.
Scottish Higher 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 their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.
AS Not accepted
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) D Typical Offer: Distinction + 2 A-levels at grades AA
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Not accepted
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 34 - 36 points Typical offer: 34 points overall to include 665 at Higher Level (one subject at Higher Level must be Psychology, Mathematics or a Science subject), or alternative offer if not studying one of these subjects at Higher Level: 36 points overall to include 666 at Higher Level International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP): The University of Southampton accepts the IBCP for entry to their degree programmes, recognising the value of combining academic skills with practical skills, providing a solid preparation for university level work. Offers will be made on the individual components of the IBCP. Applicants not taking the full IBCP but presenting with a combination of a Level 3 vocational qualification and IB Certificates may still be considered. 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.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) A - B Typical offer: AA from A-levels to include one subject in Psychology, Mathematics or a Science and B from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate, or alternative offer of AA from any two A-levels and A from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate. General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship Studies are excluded for entry.
Extended Project A The Extended Project will be incorporated in the offer. Typical offer: Grades ABB from 3 A-levels, to include one A-level subject in Psychology, Mathematics or a Science subject + Grade A in the EPQ. If A Level specific subjects are not taken, an alternative offer of AAB + EPQ grade A will be made.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H1, H1, H2, H2, H2, H2 Plus English and Maths Ordinary Level O4 or higher
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal D3, D3, D3 - D3, D3, M2 Typical offer: D3 D3 D3 or D3 D3 M2 (if one subject is Psychology, Mathematics or a Science subject)

GCSEs: The University of Southampton requires all applicants to achieve at least a Grade 4 in English and Mathematics GCSEs (taken in England) or a Grade C in both subjects (where taken in Northern Ireland or Wales). Some degree subjects stipulate specific additional GCSE minimum grades, which will be specified as part of the individual degree programme entry requirements. English Language proficiency for international students: All programmes at the University of Southampton are taught and assessed in the medium of English (other than those in modern foreign languages). Therefore , all applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English Language proficiency. For more information on the University of Southampton's English Language entry requirements, please see the English Language Proficiency webpage.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5with no component below 6.0

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

International £21580 Year 1
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

Additional fee information

Please note that the Fees shown are those charged for entry in September 2020. Fees for entry in September 2021 will be available at the end of August 2020. Please see our website for further details and updates :
Psychology at University of Southampton - UCAS