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Psychology

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B-A,B,B

128-136 Tariff points from 3 A levels.

128-136 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma

Cambridge Pre-U score of 60-62.

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.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30-31

30 points from the IB Diploma. 665 at Higher Level - 31 points from the IB Diploma. 765/774 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)

H2,H2,H3,H3,H3-H2,H2,H2,H3,H3

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDD-DDM

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

DDD-DDM

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD-DDM

128-136 Tariff points from 3 Advanced Highers.

UCAS Tariff

128-136

128-136 points from 3 A levels, or equivalent.

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2022

Subject

Psychology

**Overview**
Psychology can change lives for the better.

On this BSc (Hons) Psychology degree, which is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), you’ll study the mind and behaviour, examine how people think, act and feel – and take your first steps towards a career that really matters.

- Access specialist psychology equipment and facilities including an observation suite, toddler and infant laboratory, psychophysiology laboratory, and digital analysis and video editing suite

- Use our motion capture studios, which feature the latest Vicon optical system, to explore the mechanics and perception of human movement

- Have the chance to study abroad or take part in a year-long work placement, boosting your employability prospects after the course

- Create your own bespoke final year by choosing the subjects and specialisms that most interest you from a fully optional module list

- Be inspired by regular one-on-one tutorials with experienced psychology practitioners involved in trailblazing research, including the Centre for Comparative and Evolutionary Psychology and the Dog Cognition Centre

- Become eligible to apply for graduate membership of the British Psychological Society (with a 2:2 or higher)

**Accredited by:**
This degree confers eligibility for Graduate Membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Graduate Basis for Registration.

**Careers and opportunities**
When you graduate, you’ll be ready to continue your training to become a Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol).

On the course, you'll be able to customise your final year to your own preferred field of study and choose modules that lay the groundwork for a professional specialism, including sport psychology, educational psychology, and clinical and health psychology.

After completing your BSc (Hons) Psychology, the next step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist would be a Masters in your chosen specialism, such as MSc Forensic Psychology, MSc Health Psychology or MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology.

Or, if there's another sector you'd rather go into, you'll also have what you need to take on roles in health associated professions, marketing, and education – to name just a few.

**What can you do with a psychology degree?**
As a Chartered Psychologist, areas you could specialise in include:

- clinical psychology

- sports psychology

- counselling psychology

- educational psychology

- forensic psychology

- occupational psychology

The transferable skills you'll learn are also in demand in other fields, such as:

- teaching (with additional training)

- social welfare

- police work

- research

- marketing

**Graduate roles and destinations**
Roles our previous graduates have gone on to work in, include:

- assistant psychologist

- lecturer in policing

- domestic abuse worker

- wellbeing lead

- occupational therapy support officer

- head of learning and professional development

- HR director

- National Crime Agency (NCA) officer

They've gone on to work in the following organisations:

- Mind

- Care UK

- Department of Health and Social Care

- Ministry of Defence

- The Home Office

- Office for National Statistics

- Metropolitan Police

- EMEA at Michael Kors

**Placement year**
You'll be able to increase your chances of landing your ideal job after your degree by taking an optional work placement year between your second and third years. A placement year gives you the opportunity to apply your knowledge in a real workplace, boosting your employability and making you stand out to employers after the course.

You can work for a company or organisation here in the UK or overseas, or you could go independent by setting up and running your own business with other students.

Previous students have completed placements in the following organisations:

- Great Ormond Street Hospital

- Mind

- Solent NHS Trust

- GlaxoSmithKline

- Microsoft

- IBM

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.

Assessment methods

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.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£18,300
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Science and Health

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

74%
med
Psychology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Psychology (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

76%
Staff make the subject interesting
82%
Staff are good at explaining things
79%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
73%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

75%
Library resources
79%
IT resources
77%
Course specific equipment and facilities
60%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

90%
UK students
10%
International students
22%
Male students
78%
Female students
87%
2:1 or above
8%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Psychology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£20,000
high
Average annual salary
99%
high
Employed or in further education
60%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
13%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
10%
Teaching and educational professionals

20 years ago, this was a specialist degree for would-be psychologists but now it is the model of a modern, flexible degree subject. One of the UK's fastest-growing subject at degree level, and the second most popular subject overall (it recently overtook business studies), one in 23 of all graduates last year had psychology degrees. As you'd expect with figures like that, jobs in psychology itself are incredibly competitive, so to stand a chance of securing one, you need to get a postgraduate qualification (probably a doctorate in most fields, especially clinical psychology) and some relevant work experience. But even though there are so many psychology graduates — far more than there are jobs in psychology, and over 13,800 in total last year — this degree has a lower unemployment rate than average because its grads are so flexible and well-regarded by business and other industries across the economy. Everywhere there are good jobs in the UK economy, you'll find psychology graduates - and it's hardly surprising as the course helps you gain a mix of good people skills and excellent number and data handling skills. A psychology degree ticks most employers' boxes — but we'd suggest you don't drop your maths modules.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Psychology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£18k

£18k

£23k

£23k

£26k

£26k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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