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Course summary

Have a passion for working with children? Curious about how they learn and develop? Discover the fascinating science behind how children think, feel and behave. You will join an active, supportive and inclusive community of students and staff and learn from experts, passionate about their specialism. Our degree equips you with the knowledge and skills to study the mind and behaviour of children and prepares you for a fulfilling and meaningful career. The programme has a strong focus on research methods culminating, under expert supervision, in an extended independent research project on a child development topic. This allows you to engage with the latest research findings and psychological theories and gives you a chance to make a significant contribution to the vibrant research culture at Winchester. In Year 1, you will be introduced to the main psychological sub-disciplines and practice the scientific research methods psychologists employ to study these. You will consider how psychology can contribute to contemporary society and our understanding of clinical disorders. Year 1 also sees you embark on the department's successful three-year award-winning graduate employability path. In Year 2, you will examine the core British Psychological Society required subjects, such as child development, personality and individual differences, social, biological and cognitive psychology as well as quantitative and qualitative research methods. There will also be a focus on your development as a researcher aware of the sensitive and ethical requirements working with young people, but also as a future employable graduate. In Year 3, supported by one of our high-calibre research active experts, you will develop, conduct, and write up your own piece of independent developmental psychology research. Your 3rd year features not only compulsory modules exploring advanced issues in developmental psychology and topics in educational psychology, but also your selection from a range of optional modules to further explore your specialist interests within the wider field of psychology. COURSE FEATURES

  • A degree accredited by the British Psychological Society that explores psychological sub-disciplines with a focus on real-world applications and with a special focus on developmental psychology.
  • An award-winning employability programme designed by our chartered occupational psychologist to develop your bespoke professional and personal competencies.
  • A vibrant research environment with opportunities for you to get involved with psychological research and attend research talks hosted by the Childhood and Youth Research Group.
  • Study in a friendly and inclusive learning community. You will be supported by a dedicated team of lecturers, a personal tutor with a specialism in developmental psychology; and in your final year, one-to-one supervision for your independent research project on an area of developmental psychology.


For detailed information on modules you will be studying please click on the 'View course details' link at the top of this summary box.

Professional bodies

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

  • British Psychological Society

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

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

Applicants who wish to apply for advanced standing (exemption from part of a programme) based on previous study are considered on an individual basis. Applicants are required to provide transcripts. confirming the module titles and grades they have already achieved, as well as module handbooks and/or programme specifications showing the learning outcomes of the modules completed.

International applicants

We accept a wide range of non-UK qualifications and use UK NARIC (National Recognition Information Centre) guidelines to confirm their equivalence.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants are required to hold a minimum of 2 x A-level or equivalent qualifications (e.g. 2 x BTEC National Subsidiary Diplomas) and we accept all A-level subjects, including Critical Thinking, General Studies and own-language A-levels. We welcome applicants who have completed the Extended Project (EP/EPQ) and points obtained from this qualification will be included in any offer. In addition, we accept a maximum of 32 points from level 3 qualifications below A2 that are included in the tariff (e.g. AS-levels not studied at A-level, music or dance qualifications). If you are a mature student, your application will be considered on its individual merits and work or other professional experience may be taken into consideration in lieu of other published requirements.

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6An overall score of 6.0, including 5.5 in writing is required. If you require Tier 4 sponsorship, you will require a minimum of 5.5 in all 4 components.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
EU £16700 Year 1
International £16700 Year 1

Additional fee information

For further information about any additional costs associated with this course please see the individual course page on the University of Winchester website (
Psychology & Child Development at University of Winchester - UCAS