BSc (Hons) Psychology

Psychology at Winchester considers all aspects of human experience and behaviour, introducing students to different perspectives within psychology, such as biological, cognitive, social, developmental, and individual differences. The programme has a strong focus on research methods, culminating in an extended independent research project.

BSc (Hons) Psychology at University of Winchester


UCAS codes: C800

Entry Requirements

Typical offer:

260-300 points
A GCSE A*- C pass in Mathematics is required

Degree duration:

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

International Baccalaureate:

26 points

If English is not your first language:

Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 (including 6.0 in writing) or equivalent

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

2016 Entry (Full-time) | £9,000 p/a
Part-Time £1,125 per 15 credit module. The number of credits available per module may vary.  Students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will not exceed the government permitted rate of £6,750.
Total Cost £27,000 (3 years)

International Students

2016 Entry (Full-time) | £11,300 p/a
Part-Time £1,410 per 15 credit module. The number of credits available per module may vary.  Students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year.
Total Cost £33,900

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Additional costs:

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Other Information


Single Honours BSc Psychology is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) for the purpose of eligibility to apply for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership, provided the minimum standard of a second-class Honours is achieved and the empirical project is passed.

Study abroad (optional):

America; Europe (Ireland or Poland) via Erasmus


The Department of Psychology has state-of-the-art laboratories that support work in social, developmental and cognitive psychology. Facilities include an eye-tracker, EEG Laboratory, Social Observational Laboratory, and Colour Laboratory.

Course Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234

International students seeking additional information about this programme can send an e-mail to or call +44 (0)1962 827023

University of Winchester students studying Bachelor Honours degrees are pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible students must apply by the end of March in their final year and meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.

Year 1 examines different approaches within psychology - personality, social, developmental, cognitive and biological - illustrating how they lead to distinct perspectives on key research questions, and to the methods psychologists use to answer these questions.

In Year 2, students examine the approaches in more depth and continue their study of different research methods, exercising greater independence in their practical work. Under the guidance of their supervisor, they develop a research proposal focusing on their chosen area of psychology.

In Year 3, students choose which topics to study in greater depth, and their practical work culminates in an extended research project in an area of their choice.

Erasmus Exchange (optional)
The University currently has Erasmus partnerships with the University of Gdansk and the Warsaw School of Social Psychology in Poland and the University of Limerick, Ireland. Students can apply to visit for a semester, with much of the cost met by a living allowance granted by the EU.

Year 1

  • Introduction to Research Methods and Statistics
  • Foundations in Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychological Disorders
  • Perspectives in Psychology
  • Applied Psychological Skills for Career Development
  • Psychology in Contemporary Society

Year 2

  • Brain, Behaviour and Cognition
  • Society and Communication
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Conducting Independent Psychological Research

Year 3

  • Research Project: Empirical
  • Optional modules include Advanced Issues in Developmental Psychology; Advanced Statistics and Applied Statistics; Topics in Educational Psychology; Conceptual Debates in Psychology; Cognitive Neuroscience; Psychology, Crime and the Criminal Justice System; Media Psychology; Society, Politics and Prejudice; Psychology in the Workplace; Volunteering; Eyewitness Psychology; Evolutionary Psychology and Human Nature; Value Studies

Please note that modules may be subject to change.

The University aims to shape 'confident learners' by enabling students to develop the skills to excel in their studies here and be transferable to further studies or the employment market.  Staff and students form a community of learners who, together and independently, seek to generate and exchange knowledge.  Over the duration of the course, students develop independent and critical learning, building confidence and expertise progressively through independent and collaborative research, problem solving, and analysis with the support of staff.  Students take responsibility for their own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time (i.e. lectures, seminars etc), students are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, personal tutors and the wide range of services to students within the University.

Key features of the student experience are:

  • Department research seminars on at least a fortnightly basis
  • The opportunity to undertake the University of Winchester's Research Apprenticeship Programme which enables students to work with academics on a genuine research project, so that they engage first-hand in cutting-edge scholarly activity and build vital transferable skills for their future.
  • A range of academic and social activities organised by the student-led Psychology Society
  • Community based experience on the popular volunteering module
  • Exchange opportunities with other Psychology departments in Europe.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Graduates pursue careers in health and social care, education, marketing and PR, management and human resources, and the public sector. Those wishing to pursue professional careers in psychology - such as clinical, educational, or occupational psychology - need to undertake further study and training to gain professional recognition. Graduates will be eligible to apply for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) status, which is an entry requirement for many accredited postgraduate training courses in psychology. This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

For more information about graduate employment visit From Freshers to Future - what will yours be?

For more information about graduate employment for the Psychology department

At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice, for more information please read the Employability Statement.

Student Satisfaction
Students have commented positively in recent module evaluations on
•  the clarity of the programme
•  the quality of teaching, in particular 'very well-informed and helpful lecturers'
•  the personal contact with the lecturers, the 'community feel'

Assessment is carefully tailored to the aims and learning outcomes of the course with a wide range of assessment types. The University is committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to students on their academic progress and achievement, enabling them to reflect on their progress and plan their academic and skills development effectively. Students are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from their course tutors and lecturers.

Where a programme is accredited to a Professional, Statutory or Regulatory body, assessments will also meet the standards required by these organisations.

Many of our graduates choose to go on to further study. Students graduating with the BPS accredited BSc with a minimum of a lower second class Honours, are eligible to proceed to postgraduate training in professional psychology to become a Chartered Psychologist in an area such as clinical, educational, occupational, sport and exercise or forensic psychology. Graduates who go straight into employment typically enter caring professions, or work as managers, public service, business or health professionals.

The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) record collects information about what those completing university go on to do six months after graduation. The Careers Service undertakes DLHE on an annual basis through surveys and a data collection process. DLHE is designed and strictly controlled by HESA.

While DLHE provides accurate information about first destinations, this data needs to be viewed with some degree of care. Six months after leaving university is often a time of much uncertainty and change for leavers; many will be unsure of their long-term career plans and may take a temporary job or time out. The destinations of graduates only six months out of university do not necessarily reflect longer term career success and are therefore a crude measure of employability. Therefore, DLHE data should be viewed as merely a 'snapshot' of one particular year's experiences at a specific point in time.

Key Information Sets for this course:

These are the Single Honours Key Information Sets for the combination programmes. Please note combined honours programmes enable you to study two subjects jointly (50% / 50%). Explore the courses pages further for information on the other subject.

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