Aston University, Birmingham has opted into the TEF and received a Gold award.
Our three year BSc (Hons) Psychology course 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.
Employed Aston Psychology graduates earn £1,400 (7%) more than the UK average one year after graduating (LEO, 2018).
- Top 10 in the UK for Research Quality (Psychology, Complete University Guide, 2020).
Begin your journey into this fascinating subject by studying the key topics that will form the basis of your psychology degree. Covering topics from biological and cognitive psychology to an introduction to clinical psychology, you’ll learn about psychology as an academic history, how to articulate your gained knowledge of core theories and concepts and discover more about the possible graduate career pathways open to you and the attributes you’ll need to succeed in them.
In your second year you will continue your psychology education journey by building on the core grounding you gained in your first year, as well as being introduced to exciting new subject areas such as the brain, behaviour, neuropsychology and learning. You’ll gain the skills required to communicate appropriate critical thinking, develop your ability to use a wide range of statistics and qualitative methods and acquire an advanced understanding of both historical and contemporary psychology theories and concepts.
During your final year you will get the chance to conduct a final year project in an area of interest to you, with individual support from a member of staff. This will enable you to identify a research question and hypothesis, which you will then design, execute and report a sustained and independent project around. Alongside this you will get the chance to pick a variety of modules options that fit your interests and career goals, module option topics include psychology of illness, brain imaging and affective disorders.
For more information, please visit our website.
How to apply
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!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
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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
|UCAS Tariff||Not accepted|
BBB in any three A levels.
BBC in any three A levels plus grade B in either Core Maths or Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).
BCC 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
|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.
Contextual off students must also achieve a grade C in one A Level subject (more details https: //www2aston.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/contextuaIoffer).
|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.
Contextual off students must also achieve a grade BC in one A Level subject (more details https: //www2aston.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/contextuaIoffer).
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
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|