- Learn how to investigate people’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviours using psychological research methods
- Work alongside academics on a genuine research project and build vital transferable skills for your future
- Study in a supportive environment with your own personal tutor, plus one-to-one supervision for your extended project
- Use our excellent links with relevant organisations in the local area to find a volunteering placement in your third year
- Enjoy a range of academic and social activities organised by the student-led Psychology Society
Psychology is the scientific study of how we think, feel and act, both individually and as part of a social group. On our fascinating Psychological Science course you’ll develop analytical skills such as statistical techniques and detailed research methods to explain or predict behaviour. The programme has a strong focus on research methods, culminating in an extended independent project utilising quantitative research methods.
We are a dynamic and growing department which places great emphasis on providing you with the best quality educational experience within a friendly and supportive learning environment. The close location of all our facilities contributes to a lively yet intimate academic atmosphere allowing students and staff to get to know one another.
The department houses several laboratories which support cutting-edge research in social, developmental, cognitive and biological psychology, and has attracted significant investment in recent years to support both our teaching programmes and our research. All academic staff play an active role in research and by the third year, you are able to undertake your own research project and make contributions to the vibrant research culture.
In Year 1, you examine laboratory-based research methods, problem-based learning, and working as a psychologist. You are introduced to different approaches within psychology – personality and individual differences, social, developmental, cognitive and biological – illustrating how they lead to distinct perspectives on key research questions. You are also introduced to the methods psychologists use to answer these questions, gaining practical experience. In particular, you develop skills in essay writing, reading journal articles, structuring arguments and using IT within psychology.
In Year 2, you examine the above approaches in more depth and exercise greater independence in your practical work. In particular, you further develop skills in critical thinking, research, and presentations.
In Year 3, you study your chosen topics in greater depth and practical work culminates in an extended research project. Working within the area of research expertise of an academic supervisor, you undertake a year long research project allowing an engagement with the latest research findings and psychological theories.
Due to the wide range of skills, and the rigour with which they are taught, training in psychology is widely accepted as providing an excellent preparation for many careers. In addition to subject knowledge, you also develop skills in communication, numeracy, analysis, teamwork, critical thinking and independent learning — all of which are highly valued by employers.
Our graduates pursue careers in health and social care, education, marketing, public relations, management, human resources, and the public sector.
Those wishing to pursue professional careers in psychology need to undertake further study and training to gain professional recognition as a Chartered Psychologist. Graduates will be eligible to apply for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) status, which is an entry requirement for accredited postgraduate training courses in psychology.
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 qualification of second-class Honours is achieved and the empirical project is passed.
Graduates pursue careers in health and social care, education, marketing, public relations, management, 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.
Due to the wide range of skills, and the rigour with which they are taught, training in psychology is widely accepted as providing an excellent preparation for many careers. In addition to subject knowledge, graduates also develop skills in communication; numeracy; analysis; teamwork; critical thinking; computing; independent learning; and many others, all of which are highly valued by employers.
94.4% of our 2015/16 graduates (first degree and other undergraduate courses) were in employment and/or further study six months after completing their course (The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey).
Pre-approved for a Masters
If you study a Bachelor Honours degree with us, you will be pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible, you will need to apply by the end of March in the final year of your degree and meet the entry requirements of your chosen Masters degree.
Please note this programme is only available for 2018 and not deferred (2019) entry.
About this course
Suitable for applicants from:
UK, EU, World
Students may take an optional Volunteering module in Year 3
Our BSc (Hons) Psychological Science course provides an opportunity for you to study abroad in the United States of America (USA) or Europe via Erasmus.
For more information see our Study Abroad section.
Learning and teaching
Our validated courses 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.
We ensure 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 on the course you are interested in can be found by attending an Open Day or contacting our teaching staff.
Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.
Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.
While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.
YEAR 1 (LEVEL 4): TIMETABLED TEACHING AND LEARNING ACTIVITY*
Teaching, learning and assessment: 300 hours
Independent learning: 900 hours
YEAR 2 (LEVEL 5): TIMETABLED TEACHING AND LEARNING ACTIVITY*
Teaching, learning and assessment: 240 hours
Independent learning: 960 hours
YEAR 3 (LEVEL 6): TIMETABLED TEACHING AND LEARNING ACTIVITY*
Teaching, learning and assessment: 144 hours
Independent learning: 1032 hours
Placement: 24 hours
*Please note these are indicative hours for the course.
Taught elements of the course take place on our King Alfred Campus or at our West Downs Campus (Winchester).
Percentage of the course assessed by coursework
The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:
Year 1 (Level 4)*:
- 67% coursework
- 25% written exams
- 8% practical exams
Year 2 (Level 5)*:
- 56% coursework
- 31% written exams
- 13% practical exams
Year 3 (Level 6)*:
- 66% coursework
- 28% written exams
- 6% practical exams
*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.
We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.
For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures
2018 Entry: 112-120 points
A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in Mathematics and English Language is required.
International Baccalaureate: 26 points
If English is not your first language: Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent
Please note this programme is only available for 2018 and not deferred (2019) entry.
Course enquiries and applications
Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at International@winchester.ac.uk or calling +44 (0)1962 827023.
Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days
Year 1 (Level 4)
|Psychology in Contemporary Society|
|Applied Psychological Skills for Career Development|
|Perspectives in Psychology|
|Introduction to Psychological Disorders|
|Foundations in Psychology|
|Introduction to Research Methods and Statistics|
Year 2 (Level 5)
|Conducting Independent Psychological Research|
|Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods|
|Society and Communication|
|Brain, Behaviour and Cognition|
Year 3 (Level 6)
|Advanced Statistics and Applied Statistics|
|Research Project: Empirical|
Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.
Course Tuition Fees
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man
If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2018, the first year will cost you £9,250. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK and EU students. Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future, so make sure you know what is on offer to support you.
Full-time £9,250 p/a
Total Cost: £27,750 (3 years) | £28,450 (sandwich option)
UK/EU Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77.08 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £6,938
Full-time £12,950** p/a
Total Cost: £38,850** (3 years) | £39,550** (sandwich option)
International part-time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £107.92 and a 15 credit module is £1,620. Fees for students from Vestfold University College in Norway (who receive a 10% reduction) and NLA are £11,655.
As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.
There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:
Core Texts: Core Texts are available from the University Library; however some students prefer to purchase their own copies. Some Core Texts can be bought second hand, or as an ebook which can often reduce this cost. Cost £400 for whole course.
Binding: Students have to soft bind two copies of their project reports in the third year. This is a mandatory cost. Costs £5.
Course Specific Bursaries/ Scholarships
We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards page.
Key course details
- UCAS code
- 3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
- Typical offer
- 104-120 points
- King Alfred or West Downs, Winchester