BSc (Hons) Psychology

This Psychology course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), it focuses on the core knowledge domains of psychology such as personality, developmental and social psychology.

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BSc (Hons) Psychology at University of Winchester

Psychology at Winchester considers all aspects of human experience and behaviour, introducing students to different perspectives within psychology. The programme focuses on the core knowledge domains of psychology, such as personality, developmental and social psychology.

Fact File

SINGLE/COMBINED HONOURS

UCAS codes: C800

Typical offer: 280-320 points
An  A*- C pass in GCSE Maths is required

International Baccalaureate: 26 points

Degree duration: 3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

If English is not your first language: Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 (including 6.0 in writing) or equivalent

Accreditation: Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) for the purpose of eligibility to apply for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC).

Course Enquiries and Applications
Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
Email: course.enquiries@winchester.ac.uk

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.

Programme Content

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. T

he Single Honours programme is accredited as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the BPS, provided the minimum standard of qualification of second class Honours is achieved. This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist. On graduation, students are not qualified to practise as a specialist psychologist without further training.

Erasmus Exchange (optional)
The University has Erasmus Exchanges with the University of Gdansk and the Warsaw School of Social Psychology in Poland, La Sapienza, University of Rome, Italy, University of Paris René Descartes, France, 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 European Union.

Modules

Year 1

  • Exploring Psychology
  • Introduction to Research Methods and Practice
  • Exploring Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology

Year 2

  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Psychobiology

Year 3

  • Research Project: Empirical
  • Advanced Issues in Developmental Psychology
  • Gender, the Individual and Society
  • Topics in Educational Psychology

Learning and Teaching

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 every month 
  • 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.

Assessment

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.

Careers

Graduates wishing to pursue careers in clinical, educational, forensic, health, counselling or occupational psychology need to gain professional recognition to continue the required study and training. Psychology is also excellent preparation for careers in teaching, immigration, probation and human resources.

Explore the graduate profiles for this course: Rose - MSc Student

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.

Combinations

Additional Information

Student Satisfaction
Students on the course have recorded a significant increase in their level of overall satisfaction with the programme in recent years.

Students have commented positively in recent module evaluations on
•  'clearly structured programme'
•  the quality of teaching, in particular 'very well-informed and helpful lecturers'
•  the community feel; personal contact with the lecturers (undergraduate video)

Assessment
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.

There is an emphasis on practicals, reports essays and presentations.

Employability
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 in work 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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