Psychology head model
UCAS Code
L3C8
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
October 2020, September 2021

Apply through Clearing

To apply to start this course in 2020 call us on +44 (0)23 9284 8074, complete this short form (if you already have your results) or go to our Clearing section to chat with us online.

Entry requirements for this course may be more flexible during Clearing.

Our Clearing hotline is open 9.00am–5.00pm on Wednesday 12 August, 8.00am–8.00pm on A level results day on Thursday 13 August, 8.00am–7.00pm on Friday 14 August, 9.00am–3.00pm on Saturday 15 August and 8.30am–5.15pm from Monday 17 August.

Overview

How does psychology relate to sociological thinking and research? How can we practise psychology in ways that better contribute to social justice and community wellbeing? How are social inequalities reflected and reproduced in our social interactions and practices?

On this BSc (Hons) Sociology with Psychology degree course, you'll get the skills, knowledge and opportunities to develop a deep understanding of our behaviour and how this interacts with culture and society.

You'll cover traditional psychology and social psychology topics and research. And you'll engage with psychological approaches and topics relevant to sociology and the social sciences, exploring some of the most pressing social issues of our time. 

You'll be taught by sociologists and social psychologists who are currently doing research that tackles social inequalities and explores the social structures that shape our lives. They bring their specialisms to your learning, meaning you can choose optional modules on specialist topics including nationalism, gender and sexuality, food, emotions and the body alongside studying core modules. 

The course provides a solid foundation for moving into a variety of people-focused careers, from community development and careers advice, to teaching and charity work. The course isn't accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) but you'll still be primed for further study or training related to the psychological and social sciences.

100% Graduates in work or further study (DLHE, 2017)

TEF Gold Teaching Excellence Framework

Entry requirements​

Entry requirements for this course may be more flexible during Clearing.

BSc (Hons) Sociology with Psychology degree entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • 96-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Qualifications or experience
  • 104-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

What you'll experience

On this Sociology with Psychology course you'll:

  • Explore sociology's long-standing attention to our individual lives and how this intersects with important social issues and the lives of others
  • Be taught by specialist staff who are undertaking research in sociology and social and critical psychology, ensuring you keep abreast of the latest developments in the field
  • Study core modules on sociological theory, social psychology, psychological science, critical psychology, community psychology and research methods
  • Tailor your studies in years 2 and 3 to match your interests and ambitions
  • Learn to understand how the way people think affects their behaviour
  • Assess competing perspectives and make reasoned arguments in relation to important social issues
  • Do research that connects your studies to issues happening now in society
  • Develop transferable skills that will impress employers, as you learn to think critically, lead research projects, communicate effectively and analyse data

You'll have the opportunity to:

  • Spend a sandwich year studying abroad or doing a work placement after year 2
  • Boost your career prospects further by volunteering or doing a work placement alongside your studies

Careers and opportunities

When you complete this BSc (Hons) Sociology degree course, our Careers and Employability team will work with you help get started in your career.

You'll have the knowledge and skills to pursue a career or further training in careers such as:

  • Teaching and lecturing
  • Research
  • Social work
  • Counselling
  • Health and social care
  • Advertising
  • Local government
  • Community development
  • Careers advice
  • Charity work
  • Human resources and recruitment
  • Business administration and personnel management

Our Careers and Employability team will support you for up to 5 years after you leave the University.

Work experience and career planning

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

We'll work with you to identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and allow you to use the skills you've learnt.

Previous students have completed projects at the National Museum of the Royal Navy, the New Theatre Royal and local government departments. Our students also regularly work on research projects for the local community.

This course allows you to take the Learning From Experience (LiFE) option. This means you can earn credits towards your degree for work, volunteer and research placements that you do alongside your study.

What you'll study on this BSc (Hons) Sociology with Psychology degree

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

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

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.

Modules

Core modules in this year include:

  • Developing Your Sociological Imagination
  • Introduction to Social Psychology
  • Psychology for the Social Sciences
  • Research Design and Analysis
  • Theorising Social Life

There are no optional modules in this year.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Critical Psychology
  • Doing Sociological Research
  • Modernity and Globalisation
  • Psychological Science

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • Challenging Global Inequality
  • Consumer Society: Critical Themes and Issues
  • Emotions and Social Life
  • Equality or Liberation? Theorising Social Justice
  • Family, Career and Generation
  • Food, Culture, and Society
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Health, Wellbeing, and Happiness 
  • Learning From Experience
  • Modern Foreign Language
  • Nationalism And Migration: Chaos, Crisis and the Everyday
  • Physical Culture, Sport and Health 
  • Race and Racism 
  • Risk and Society
  • Social Power, Elites and Dissent
  • Sociology of Culture: Taste, Value and Celebrity 
  • Study Abroad
  • Violence, War and Society

After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.

Examples of placement organisations include:

  • Portsmouth Abuse and Rape Counselling Service
  • Why Me? Restorative Justice
  • SEK International School, Spain
  • Aurora New Dawn – a charity giving safety, support, advocacy and empowerment to survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence and stalking

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Creative Research Methods in Psychology
  • Dissertation / Major Project
  • Psychology in the Community

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • Challenging Global Inequality 
  • Consumer Society
  • Emotions and Social Life 
  • Equality or Liberation? Theorising Social Justice
  • Family, Career and Generation 
  • Food, Culture and Society
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Health, Wellbeing and Happiness
  • Introduction to Teaching
  • Learning From Experience
  • Nationalism and Migration: Chaos, Crisis and the Everyday
  • Physical Culture, Sport and Health 
  • Professional Development: Recruiters and Candidates
  • Race and Racism 
  • Social Power, Elites and Dissent 
  • Sociology of Culture: Taste, Value and Celebrity 
  • Violence, War and Society

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.

The modules are set up to relate to real people in real-life situations at the same time as looking at the wider theories, and the lecturers are great at being approachable as part of their teaching.

Natasha Gohel, BSc Hons Sociology with Psychology student

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

There's an emphasis on participation with lots of group debates and discussions. You'll also take control of your own learning by doing research, surveys and interviews.

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

How you're assessed

You'll be assessed through:

  • Written essays and tests
  • Group and individual projects
  • Seminar participation
  • Examinations
  • A 10,000-word dissertation

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 modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 25% by written exams and 75% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 33% by written exams, 9% by practical exams and 58% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 17% by written exams and 83% by coursework

How you'll spend your time

One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.

At university, as well as spending time in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars and tutorials, you’ll do lots of independent study with support from our staff when you need it.

A typical week

We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for your BSc Hons Sociology with Psychology degree. In your first year, you’ll be in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars and workshops for about 10 hours a week. The rest of the time you’ll do independent study such as research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group with others from your course. You'll probably do more independent study and have less scheduled teaching in years 2 and 3, but this depends on which modules you choose.

Term times

The academic year runs from September to June (with some courses starting in October rather than September in 2020/21 only). There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.

It's divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • Teaching block 1 – September to December (October to December for some courses in 2020/21 only)
  • Assessment period 1 – January (and early February for some courses in 2020/21 only)
  • Teaching block 2 – January to May (February to May for some courses in 2020/21 only)
  • Assessment period 2 – May to June

Extra learning support

The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get face-to-face support from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:

Personal tutor

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next scheduled meeting.

Learning development tutors

You'll have help from a team of faculty learning development tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.

They can help with:

  • Improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
  • Delivering presentations (including observing and filming presentations)
  • Understanding and using assignment feedback
  • Managing your time and workload
  • Revision and exam techniques

Academic skills support

As well as support from faculty 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 disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Library support

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

Support with English

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free English for Academic Purposes programme to improve your English further.

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2020 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £14,300 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 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

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.

You’ll need to cover additional costs, such as travel costs, if you take an optional placement or placement abroad.

These costs will vary depending on the location and duration of the placement, and can range from £50–£1000.

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in 2020, call our Clearing hotline on +44 (0)23 9284 8074 or go to our Clearing section to chat with us online.

You can also find out how Clearing works, sign up for Clearing news and vacancy updates and book a call back on results day.

If you’d prefer to apply directly, use our online application form. You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.

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

To start this course in 2021, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – L3C8
  • our institution code – P80

If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • Speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
  • Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

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 or apply directly to us (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also 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. 

If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

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