Aston University, Birmingham

Psychology and Business Aston University, Birmingham Degree level: Undergraduate

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Our four year BSc (Hons) Psychology and Business Joint Honours course with integrated placement year, looks at the practical applications of psychology and business, and the links between theory and practice.

During the course you will gain a thorough grounding in the principles and research methods of psychology, covering a wide-range of issues and theories of cognitive, developmental and social psychology, psychobiology, and individual differences. You will also examine how strategic decision-making within organisations takes place, and develop the ability to recognise and analyse the economic, technical, financial, social and organisational parameters within which modern managers make decisions.

The growth of the service sector puts psychology and business graduates at a premium – they have insight into motivation, behaviour, relationships and group dynamics, have excellent communication and teamwork skills, are critical and analytic and can design, conduct and analyse and evaluate research. This course prepares you for many careers in both the public and private sector.

Key course benefits:

  • This course is unique in the UK, in that students have the opportunity to achieve recognition from two major professional bodies, the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD).

  • Our placement year offers you the opportunity to gain valuable experience and set your studies in the context of a working environment, designed to boost your future employment prospects.

  • Psychology at Aston is ranked in the Top 10 in the UK for Research Quality (Complete University Guide, 2020).

  • Employed Aston Psychology graduates earn £1,400 (7%) more than the UK average one year after graduating (LEO, 2018).

  • Taught jointly between Aston Business School (one of only 1% of business schools worldwide to hold triple accreditation) and the School of Life and Health Sciences (5th out of 97 UK universities for research in the Allied Health Professions, REF, 2014).

Course details

Modules

Year 1
Start your educations studying key topics such as biological psychology and social psychology, whilst receiving introductions to organisational behaviour and accounting for business. Your first year on the course will teach you to communicate appropriate understanding of the scope, nature, and applications of psychology and business as academic disciplines and gain the ability to communicate a range of research designs and qualitative and quantitative methodologies.

Year 2
Expand on your knowledge and what you have learnt during your first year by looking at wide ranging topics from research methods to cognition and cognitive neuropsychology. Your second year will enable you to gain the know how to critically evaluate a variety of research designs and methodologies. You will finish the year by articulating your advanced knowledge and understanding of historical and contemporary theories and concepts, in core areas of psychology and business, and of how these link to practice in both fields.

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
In addition to completing your final year project, you will study topics such as critical social psychology and child development. Over the course of the year you will also undertake optional modules that will help you gain the skills to communicate a detailed, integrated, and critical understanding of issues in psychology and business.

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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

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code CN81
Institution code A80
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further 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: //www2aston.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/contextuaI-offer).

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
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.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 31 points 31 points overall and must include grades 5, 5, 5 in Higher Level subjects. You must also have Standard Level grade 5 in both Mathematics and English.
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.

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 £9,250 Year 1
International £15,600 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 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 ** 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.

Provider information

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Aston University, Birmingham
Aston Triangle
Birmingham
B4 7ET


Course contact details

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LHS Undergraduate Admissions Office

+44 (0)121 204 3302