Aston University, Birmingham

Psychology (4 year sandwich) Aston University, Birmingham Degree level: Undergraduate

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Our four year BSc Psychology course with integrated placement year, offers a broad psychology curriculum with an emphasis on human behaviour and real world applications of psychology.

The course integrates theoretical psychology, techniques of psychological investigation and major areas of applied psychology. In the first two years you will focus on theoretical aspects and develop expertise in a broad range of research methodologies. In your final year you will apply your knowledge and skills to conducting original research in your chosen field, and develop specialist knowledge by selecting options to fit your interests and career goals.

Completion of the course will provide you with an excellent springboard for careers in professional areas of psychology including occupational, educational and clinical psychology. It is also ideal for further study, careers in local and central government, social services, industry and commerce. Our graduates have proven success in finding clinical psychology placements.

Key course benefits:

  • Accredited as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS) provided the minimum standard of a Second Class Honours is achieved, this is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist

  • 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

  • Employed Aston Psychology graduates earn £2,400 (15%) more than the UK average one year after graduating (LEO, 2017)

  • Top 10 in the UK for Research Quality (Psychology, Complete University Guide, 2019)

  • Top 20 in the UK for Graduate Prospects (Psychology, Complete University Guide, 2019)

  • 92% student satisfaction (Psychology, Guardian University Guide, 2017)

  • 93% of graduates from this programme were in employment or further study within 6 months of leaving (DHLE, 2014)

  • The exceptional quality of research in our School of Life and Health Sciences has been confirmed in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF, 2014) results – with research in Allied Health Professions and Studies ranked 5th out of 97 UK higher education institutions. 94% of our research was rated as being internationally excellent or world leading.

Course details

Modules

Year 1
Discover the main approaches to psychology (abnormal, cognitive, developmental, biological and social) and learn how to conduct psychological research.

Year 2
Develop your research skills and your understanding of topics such as individual differences and health, brain and behaviour, social psychology, language and communication, developmental psychology, statistics.

Placement year (optional)
The placement year gives you valuable experience and sets your studies in the context of a working environment alongside professionals. By obtaining relevant work experience you will also boost your future employability.

Final year
Conduct a research project on a topic of your choice and study topics such as psychosis, psychology of illness, dyslexia, investigative interviewing, intergroup conflict and prejudice, autism and brain imaging.

For more information about what you will study, please visit our website.


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 C801
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

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level ABB - BBB ABB - BBB from three A Level subjects.

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.

A Level applicants who select this course as their Firm UCAS choice may be eligible for our lowered offer scheme. This means that the grades that you will need in order to be accepted on to the course will be reduced.

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 We consider BTEC qualifications in Humanities, Social Sciences or any Science related subjects only.
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 AABBB
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Five GCSEs which must include Mathematics and English Language all at grade C/4. Please note we do not accept Key skills or Functional skills in place of these.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 32 - 31 points 32 - 31 points overall and must include grades 6, 5, 5 – 5, 5, 5 in Higher Level subjects. You must also have Standard Level grade 5 in both Mathematics and English Language.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DD We consider BTEC qualifications in Humanities, Social Sciences or any Science related subjects only. In some cases you may be required to take additional A Levels as listed below.

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 We consider BTEC qualifications in Humanities, Social Sciences or any Science related subjects only. In some cases you may be required to take additional A Levels as listed below.

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 £15,250 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.

Provider information

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Aston University, Birmingham
Aston Triangle
Birmingham
B4 7ET


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