Aston Diploma in Psychology

Designed for those who wish to pursue a career in psychology, but who lack the necessary background required for a psychology conversion

Why choose this course?

  • No time needed away from employment
  • Designed specifically for those who wish to pursue a career in professional psychology, but who lack the necessary background required for a psychology conversion
  • Three entry points per year; including a short intensive course starting in May.

Entry requirements

Applications are considered on an individual basis, but applicants without an honours degree would be expected to have three good A Levels or equivalent (typically A Levels grades BBB) and GCSE English Language grade C, and Mathematics grade B.

Alternatively, students must possess a good honours degree (minimum 2:2) from a UK or overseas institution in any subject and GSCE English Language grade C, and Mathematics grade B.

International students whose first language is not English must demonstrate a satisfactory command of English language. They should meet our minimum English language requirement by taking one of the following tests:

  • IELTS. Minimum requirement - 6.5 overall, 6.0 in each area.

  • TOEFL IBT. Minimum requirement - 93 overall, (19 in listening and speaking, 18 in reading and 23 in writing).

  • Pearson Academic. Minimum requirement - 63 overall, 57 in each area.

We do not accept a Password test.

Course information

Start date:
  October, January and May. 

Duration of programme:

  • October - June

  • January - September
  • May - September - Please note that this course is very intensive. 

Distance learning available: This programme is only offered by distance learning.

Please note that this is not a conversion course. It does satisfy the criterion of 60 credits prior study of Psychology required for entry onto Graduate Diploma in Psychology (conversion course). Entry onto a Graduate Diploma in Psychology also requires successful completion of an honours degree.

Please note you will be required to send in via the postal system certified copies of your qualifications and passport. You may wish to arrange for these to be certified before applying.

We will require you to provide your Secondary School Maths result. 

Application deadline for October 2015:

31st August 2015

If you are applying close to the deadline, please ensure you have all supporting documentation ready for the application. If the deadline has passed, we may still be able to consider you, so please contact us.

The fee for each 20 credit module is £910 (2014/5) £1000 (2015/6)

Full course is £2730 (2014/5) £3000 (2015/6)

The programme consists of three 20 credit modules*:
  • Research Methods & Statistics – an introduction to research design and methodologies, descriptive and inferential statistics
  • Introduction to Psychology I – an introduction to the major schools of thought in psychology and to developmental psychology in particular.
  • Introduction to Psychology II – an introduction to social, cognitive and biological psychology.

*Modules are also offered separately as Aston Certificates for those who already have some psychology credits but lack the required 60 credits for entry onto a conversion programme. If you wish to apply just for one or two modules, please apply on-line for Aston Diploma in Psychology and mention in your personal statement about how many modules you would like to study.

The programme is delivered by the virtual learning environment, Blackboard, and includes:
  • Powerpoint presentations with accompanying audio commentary by the lecturer
  • Self assessment quizzes and exercises
  • Recommended reading (usually available electronically)
  • Discussion boards
  • Video

Assessment is via continuous assessment through coursework (e.g., online quizzes and essays). There are two assessments per module which have a set deadline.  There is no requirement to be logged on the system at a specific time; however you will need to ensure you meet the deadlines which have been set.

The programme is designed specifically for those who wish to pursue a career in professional psychology, but who lack the necessary psychology background required for a psychology conversion programme such as the Graduate Diploma in Psychology.

By successfully completing the programme, students will acquire the following:

  • Competence in the use of information technology for word processing, data handling, communication and information gathering
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • The ability to undertake self-directed study and project management.
Course Director: Dr Edward Walford.

Find out more about our Psychology teaching staff.
For further information please contact:

LHS Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel:  +44 (0) 121 204 3000       
Fax: +44 (0) 121 204 4187
Email: lhspgt@aston.ac.uk

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