Psychology BSc (Hons)

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UCAS Code
C800
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2019
Accredited
Yes

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. The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

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

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and enhance your CV.

Placement year

Increase your chances of landing your ideal job after the course by taking an optional work placement year between the second and final years of your study.

We’ll work with you to find a placement that best prepares you for the kind of work you want to do in your career when you graduate. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Careers and opportunities

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.

Professional accreditations

This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). This makes you eligible for Graduate Membership of the BPS when you achieve at least a 2:2 in your degree. It's the first step to becoming a fully Chartered Psychologist.

This accreditation also lets employers know that this course gives you the relevant skills and abilities you need to work in the industry.

Entry requirements​

Entry Requirements

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2019 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £15,900 per year (subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

If you do an optional placement unit during your study, you’ll need to pay additional costs.

These costs will vary depending on the location and length of the placement. You’ll normally pay £50–£2000 to cover travel, accommodation and living costs.

​What you'll study

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.

Units currently being studied

Core units in this year include:

  • Key Ideas in Human and Animal Behaviour
  • The Psychology of Everyday Life
  • Exploring Psychology
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis for Psychologists
  • Applying Psychological Research Methods 1 and 2

There are no optional units in this year.

Core units in this year include:

  • Biological and Cognitive Psychology
  • Social and Developmental Psychology
  • Individual Differences and Psychometrics
  • Professional Development and Employability
  • Research Methods and Analysis 1 and 2

There are no optional units in this year.

Core units in this year include:

  • Psychology Research Project

Optional units in this year currently include:

  • Comparative and Evolutionary Psychology
  • Cultural Psychology
  • Disability: Theory, Research and Practice
  • Educational Psychology
  • Exploring Data
  • Introduction to Forensic Psychology
  • Issues in Clinical and Health Psychology
  • Language and Communication
  • Neuroscience
  • Professional Practice in Sports Psychology
  • Psychology of Human Sexuality
  • Psychology Work Placement
  • Self and Subjectivity
  • Work Psychology

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 units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.

Teaching​

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • small focussed seminars
  • one-to-one tutorials
  • practical research and experiments

The teaching on this course is based on current research and professional practice to make sure what you learn is up to date.

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:

  • Autumn teaching block – September to December
  • Spring teaching block – January to Easter
  • Assessment period – Easter to June

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

Your workload

The time you spend in teaching activities such as lectures and seminars varies year on year and will depend on which optional units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 22% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 78% studying independently
  • Year 2 students:23% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 77% studying independently
  • Year 3 students:16% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 84% studying independently

How you're assessed​

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.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 42% by written exams, 22% by practical exams and 36% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 38% by written exams, 8% by practical exams and 54% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 33% by written exams, 13% by practical exams and 54% by coursework

Apply

How to apply

If you want to start this course in 2019, you need to apply through UCAS. You can start your application now and submit it from 5 September. You’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code – Psychology
  • our institution code – P80

Not quite ready to apply? Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.

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