Aston University, Birmingham

Degree level: Undergraduate

Psychology and Sociology

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Course summary

Our four year joint honours BSc (Hons) Psychology and Sociology course with integrated placement year will enable you to explore some of the biggest topics in the world today, from gender, race and sexuality, to how we behave as a society, and how our behaviour is influenced by our genes. If you want to study a British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited degree and are curious about understanding human behaviour and how people and society operate, and why, studying Psychology and Sociology at Aston University is for you. Psychology is a fascinating subject that aims to understand why people behave in the way that they do, by considering the complex interplay between biological, psychological, environmental, cultural, and social influences on behaviour. Studying psychology at Aston University will provide you with the basis for understanding why people act in certain ways, and insight into methods of changing their behaviour. Sociology is about how individual life experience relates to social problems, how they are reinforced by class, race, religion, and gender as well as how they perpetuate inequalities. Unequal life chances are produced and reproduced in education, health and the media and reflect on many aspects of our lives, from racism, sexuality, and crime to global issues such as migration and climate change. Psychology and Sociology are an ideal combination of complementary disciplines, with Psychology providing you with an understanding of the foundations of human behaviour and Sociology providing insights into how behaviour is constrained by society (law, education, media etc) thus together you will gain a greater insight into human behaviour, social structure and society. Key course benefits:

  • Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and confers eligibility for the Graduate Membership of the BPS, which is vital for students who wish to ultimately train as a professional psychologist (clinical, educational, forensic, occupational etc) . It is also the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.
  • 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.
  • Aston is ranked 2nd in the UK for Health Professions (Guardian University Guide, 2022).
  • Ranked in the Top 15 in the UK for Psychology graduate salaries one year after graduation (Longitudinal Graduate Outcomes data, 2021).
  • In the Top 25 in the UK graduate prospects for Psychology (Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2022).
  • Learn in a research rich environment. Aston is ranked in the Top 10 for research quality in Psychology (Complete University Guide 2022).
Please note we do not offer a Foundation Programme, if you select Year 0 on your application form this will be amended to Year 1 at admissions review stage.

Course details

Modules

Year 1 Discover core approaches in psychology such as cognitive and social, as well as fundamental aspects of sociology like social theory. Core modules: Key Skills in Psychology I, Key Skills in Psychology II, Biological and Cognitive Psychology, Developmental and Social Psychology, Introduction to Social Theory, and Becoming a Social Scientist. Year 2 Continue your education into these two complementary areas and gain further skills and knowledge into conducting and analysing research. Core modules: Research Methods and Data Analysis, Applied Psychology and Professional Skills, Individual Differences, Health and Personality, Cognition and Cognitive Neuropsychology, and Advanced Social Theory. In addition, you will choose from a selection of modules. For more information, please visit our website. Placement year Gain valuable career boosting experience by setting your studies in a real world context of a working environment alongside professionals. Placements can be taken in the UK, EU or internationally. Final year You will complete modules such as Health Policy Bodies, Power and Resistance Work and Organisations and Society. For more information, please visit our website.

Assessment method

Our close employer links and focus on practical experiences to transfer to the workplace means you’ll get a blend of learning and teaching experiences that will equip you for your career. You’ll learn from experts in both psychology and sociology; meaning you’ll get a true blend of both subjects, allowing you to apply the theories and practices from one discipline to the other. You will encounter a variety of learning opportunities, including: lectures practical sessions interactive workshops and tutorials group work There is a much stronger emphasis on reading and on your own private, independent study than at school or college. To help you manage your learning, we set out your work for the year in an online student guide. This includes full details of all modules including week-by-week lecture breakdowns, reading lists and all coursework assignments for the year with the relevant deadlines. You will be assessed throughout the course using a wide range of methods linked to learning outcomes, including: class tests/end of year examinations (unseen essay, short answer or multiple choice questions) essays research reports (group or individual) presentations statistics assignments oral presentations.

Professional bodies

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

  • British Psychological Society

How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
CL83
Institution code:
A80
Campus name:
Main Site
Campus code:
-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Admissions Review Process Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with predicted grades that fall below these entry requirements if the application is of a high standard (however, initial offers will not be lower than stated above). The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor. 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.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

https://www.aston.ac.uk/study/courses/psychology-and-sociology-bsc/september-2022


Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £20100 Year 1

Additional fee information

For Sandwich courses the placement fee is £1,250 for Home/UK students and £2,550 for International students. * Please note that the tuition fees stated are for 2023 entry. 2024 tuition fees are presently unavailable and will be published on this website at the earliest opportunity. **The latest information relating to EU students and tuition fees for 2023 can be found on the UCAS website at: https://www.ucas.com/finance/finance-international-and-eu-students. ***The United Kingdom government has confirmed that European Union (EU), other European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals commencing academic courses in England from August 2021 will no longer be eligible for home fee status. ^^Tuition fees for 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. Any such increase shall always be in accordance with the law.
Psychology and Sociology at Aston University, Birmingham - UCAS