Aston University, Birmingham

Degree level: Undergraduate

Psychology and Business

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Course summary

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Our four year BSc (Hons) Psychology and Business Joint Honours course with integrated placement year will enable you to benefit from a unique mix of expert teaching, and real world placement opportunities that will help you to develop the skills and insight needed for a variety of careers. Understanding how people think, feel, and act, and how this relates to behaviour in the world of work is vital for any successful business or organisation. By combining the study of psychology and business you could help organisations discover what good business practice looks like, or to make better, more informed decisions about their workforce and customers. Offering dual accreditation from the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), studying psychology and business at Aston University allows you to investigate the links between the theory and practice of these two exciting and complementary disciplines. You will complete a wide range of carefully selected modules from both psychology and business, learning from expert academics on both sides, and gain an invaluable blend of insight and knowledge about both areas, allowing you to apply theories and practices learned in one subject, to the other. As much of the UK economy is based around delivering services, graduates who understand the link between business success and human behaviour are increasingly sought-after. Psychology and Business graduates have important skills that employers in a wide range of careers value very highly, such as an insight into motivation and behaviour, an understanding of relationships and group dynamics, excellent communication and teamwork skills, the ability to critically analyse information, and problem solving. These attributes make our graduates excellent candidates for careers in occupational, educational and clinical psychology. But they also have the right attributes to succeed in areas such as human resources, social services, management consultancy, and the creative industries, such as advertising and marketing. Key course benefits:

  • This course is one of only a few undergraduate degrees in the UK to offer both a professional psychology and business accreditation: British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
  • Our integrated placement year will give you the opportunity to gain valuable real-wold experience, setting your studies in the context of a working environment, designed to boost your future employment prospects. Placements can be taken in a psychology or related professional setting in both the UK and abroad.
  • 91.7% of students found the course intellectually stimulating (National Student Survey, 2019).
  • Psychology at Aston is ranked in the Top 10 in the UK for Research Quality (Complete University Guide, 2020).

Course details


Year 1 Study a mixture of key psychology and business topics from biological and social psychology, to organisational behaviour and accounting for business. Core modules: Key Skills in Psychology I, Key Skills in Psychology II, Biological and Cognitive Psychology, Developmental and Social Psychology, Introduction to Organisational Behaviour, Introduction to Marketing Management, Introductory Accounting for Business, and Introduction to Human Resource Management (HRM). Year 2 Expand on the knowledge you gained during your first year and delver deeper into a range of specialist areas across the two specialties. Core modules: Research Methods and Data Analysis, Applied Psychology and Professional Skills, Individual Differences and Personality, Cognition and Cognitive Neuropsychology, Employee Resourcing, Psychology and Work, Developing Creativity, and Effective Teamwork. Placement year Your opportunity to gain valuable career boosting experience by setting your studies in a real-world context of a working environment alongside professionals. Final year In addition to completing your final year project, you will study a series of core modules as well as getting the opportunity to select from a range of optional modules in both psychology and business topics. Core modules: Final Year Project, Critical Social Psychology, Child Development, Strategic HRM, and Employment Law for HRM. For more information, please visit our website.

Assessment method

You will experience a wide range of high quality learning experiences from informative large-scale interactive lectures, to smaller group sessions such as tutorials, where you will discuss the course material with your tutors and peers, and labs, where you will learn key practical skills for psychological research; plus there will be opportunities to work with our expert staff on a one-to-one basis. We utilise a wide range of assessments linked to learning outcomes such as: class tests/end of year examinations (unseen essay, short answer or multiple choice questions), essays, research reports (group or individual), presentations, statistics assignments, and oral presentations.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • British Psychological Society
  • Personnel and Development, Chartered Institute of

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course codeCN81
Institution code A80
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level ABB ABB in any three A levels. BBB in any three A levels plus grade B in either Core Maths or Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). BBC in any three A levels for Contextual offer students (more details https: // Excluded Subjects: We welcome the following subjects as an additional A level, but not as one of the core three A levels - General Studies, Critical Thinking, Citizenship Studies. We welcome applications from students who have tried to improve their examination grades by taking resits and only your latest grades will be accepted. We treat these applications in exactly the same way as other applications.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDD
Access to HE Diploma D: 30 credits M: 15 credits P: 0 credits We accept the QAA-recognised Access Diploma which must consist of 45 credits at Level 3. You must obtain a minimum of 30 distinction and the rest must be at merit or distinction. Please note that we do not accept the English and Maths components within the Access qualification and you must meet the GCSE entry requirement. Subjects Accepted: Humanities, Social Sciences, Health and Social Care, Applied Science, Biology combined with Chemistry, Biomedical Science, Biosciences, Combined Sciences, Health Sciences, Health Sciences Professions, Life Sciences, and Sciences
Scottish Higher BBBBB
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DD With this BTEC you must also achieve a grade B one A Level subject.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) D With this BTEC you must also achieve grades BB in two A Level subjects.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 32 points 32 points overall and must include grades 6, 5, 5 in Higher Level subjects. You must also have Standard Level grade 5 in both Mathematics and English.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Five GCSEs which must include Mathematics and English all at grade C/4. Please note we do not accept Key skills or Functional skills in place of these.

Admissions Review Process All candidates are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, any experience, references and motivation. Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with lower predicted grades if the application is of a high standard which includes a strong personal statement and academic reference. However, any offer made will not be lower than stated in our entry requirements. Find out more about our admissions policy on our website. Applicant Visit Days Once you have received an offer, you will be invited to an Applicant Visit Day to discover more about the course and Aston University.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £15600 Year 1

Additional fee information

For Sandwich courses the placement fee is £1250 for Home/EU students and £2,500 for International students. * Please note that the tuition fees stated are for 2020 entry. 2021 tuition fees are subject to approval and will be published on this website at the earliest opportunity **The latest information relating to EU fees for 2021 can be found on the UCAS website at: The University is currently reviewing EU fees in response to recent government announcements and will publish EU fees for 2021 in due course. *** International Students: Tuition fees for international students are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.
Psychology and Business at Aston University, Birmingham - UCAS