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BSc Psychology & Business

UG Psychology and Business student profile

My time here pushed me beyond my boundaries and I have achieved more than I thought I could."

Natasha, Psychology & Business, Graduate Leadership Scheme, Thames Water


Entry requirements

A Level: ABB

IB: 32

This course is for you if you wish to combine two complementary subjects in a course that's uniquely accredited by both the BPS and the CIPD, providing an excellent route into a career in HR or organisational psychology.

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Uniquely accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD)
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100% Overall satisfaction (BSc Psychology & Business, 2016 NSS)
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Top 10 for Research Quality (Psychology, 2017 Complete University Guide)
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Placement year

Duration: 4 years full-time with integrated placement year

UCAS CodeCN81

Please note:

  • All candidates are considered on an individual basis based on all previous and predicted qualifications, 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. However, any offer made will not be lower than stated above.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements.
  • GCSE requirements: At least five GCSEs at grade C or above including two sciences or double award science at grade C, English at grade C and Maths at grade B (Maths can be considered at grade C when also taking Psychology or Maths at A Level).

  • All applicants receiving offers will be invited to an Applicant Visit Day to discover more about the course and Aston University.

  • Find out more about our admissions policy.

Typical offers:

A Level: ABB. Science subject/subjects welcomed, but not essential. General Studies not accepted. We welcome applications from students who have tried to improve their examination grades by taking a maximum of one set of resits. We treat these applications in exactly the same way as other applications. However, if you have had more than one attempt at improving your grades, your application will be considered on an individual basis and we reserve to make an amended (higher) offer, or not make an offer.

IB: 32 points

BTEC: 

  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma: D plus two A Levels at grade AB
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science or Social Science: DD plus A level at grade A (excluding General Studies)
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science or Social Science: D*DD.

We welcome applications from students who have taken BTEC qualifications as a first option and who have met our other requirements.

We do not consider applications from students who are unsuccessful in obtaining the required number and/or standard of A-levels for admission to our programmes and subsequently embark on a BTEC as a second option. Instead we would encourage you to resit your A-levels (see our resit policy).

Access to HE: Access to Science or Social Science are considered from mature applicants only (aged 21+) on an individual basis.We typically require 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 30 at Distinction and the rest at Merit or higher.

International Foundation Programme in Science (Aston University): We also welcome international students with equivalent qualifications to apply for our courses. For international students without equivalent qualifications, it is also possible to gain entry to this course by completing an International Foundation Programme  at Aston University, although please note the progression requirements to our courses. International applicants expected to gain foundation diplomas from other providers are welcomed and will be considered on a case by case basis.

Foundation Programme in Science (Aston University): For students with good A-level (or equivalent) grades, but who narrowly miss our standard requirements, it is also possible to gain entry to this course by completing a Foundation Year, although please note the progression requirements.

Other qualifications: If your qualification is not listed, please contact us using the form at the bottom of the page.

International qualifications: International students can discover more about the qualifications we accept on our international pages.

  • UK / EU students: £9,250 (£1,250 during placement year)
  • International students: £14,630

Explore the costs involved in university and the financial support that may be available to you.

This course looks at the practical applications of psychology and business, and the links between theory and practice.

You will join two highly ranked departments - Aston Business School is in the top 1% of business schools worldwide (triple accredited) while the School of Life and Health Sciences ranked 5th in 97 UK universities for research in the Allied Health Professions.

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). Depending on your choice of options, it is possible to gain recognition from both bodies which will provide a further boost to your employability and your future prospects in education and employment.

During the course:

  • You will study a business curriculum which is robust, relevant and rooted in the real world.
  • You’ll study the theories, principles and underlying concepts of the main functions of management, people management in particular, and develop a strong understanding of business models and processes. 
  • You’ll 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.
  • You'll gain a thorough grounding in the principles and research methods of psychology. The distinctive flavour of studying psychology at Aston is the emphasis which is placed on applied as well as theoretical studies of psychology. The course covers a wide range of issues in, and theories of, cognitive, developmental and social psychology, psychobiology, and individual differences.
  • Your placement year will give you the opportunity to apply your key skills and competencies within a real work-based situation, and gain valuable professional experience.

Students rate this course very highly, as demonstrated by its 100% overall satisfaction score in the 2016 National Student Survey.

You will take 120 credits of modules per year, 60 in each semester. Each 10 credit module listed below comprises 100 learning hours and has up to three contact hours per week, in the form of lectures, tutorials, seminars, and practical classes. You will also spend time engaged in independent study.

Year 1

  • Social Psychology: Consider how other people can change our behaviour and about attitudes and persuasion

Year 2

Year 3 (placement year)

Set your studies in context and enhance your employment prospects by selecting from a wide range of UK or overseas placement opportunities. Discover more below.

Final year

During your final year you have the opportunity to specialise in the areas of business and psychology of particular interest and relevance to your career.

  • Final Year Project (Psychology)Conduct a research project from start to finish in an area of interest with individual support from a member of staff
  • Child Development: This module covers theoretical concepts in cognitive and social development, together with a critical review of experimental research methodology with children
  • Consumer Behaviour: This module provides students with the experience of applying and adapting existing theoretical frameworks to real consumer contexts
  • Critical Social Psychology: Consider questions like "how can we explore a person's own experience of their life?"

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 continuously assessed throughout the course. A wide range of assessments linked to learning outcomes are used, 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

The placement year offers you the opportunity to gain valuable experience and set your studies in the context of a working environment, alongside professionals. By obtaining relevant work experience you will also boost your future employment prospects. It is highly attractive to potential employers and many of our students are offered graduate jobs by their placement employer.

Your placement year will be business focused and may be in the UK or abroad. Placements are generally paid, with the average salary being around £15,000.

Recent examples of placements include:

  • NHS Health Trusts
  • Aston Villa Football Club 
  • British Energy 
  • The Civil Service
  • Corus
  • Ford 
  • University research teams in the UK, USA, Australia and Singapore 
  • The Home Office 
  • Marks and Spencer 
  • The Prison Service
  • GlaxoSmithKline

You'll receive plenty of help and advice in finding your placement and specialist support and supervision from the University during your placement.

Find out more about placement years in Life & Health Sciences. 

This course is unique in the UK, in that students have the opportunity to achieve recognition from two major professional bodies. 

It is 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. 

On successful graduation from the course, including successful completion of a work placement, appropriate choice of final year modules (you will be guided on this), and payment of the appropriate membership fee to the CIPD, you will be eligible to become an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and be permitted to use the designatory letters Assoc. CIPD after your name.

The growth of the service sector puts Psychology & Business graduates at a  premium – they have insight into motivation and behaviour and know about people, relationships and group dynamics, have excellent communication and teamwork skills, are critical and analytic and can design, conduct and analyse and evaluate research. As a manager you will be a problem solver, planner and leader, and this programme aims to prepare you for these challenges.

This course prepares you for many careers in both the public and private sector - for example advertising, management consultancy, caring and social careers, human resources management or teaching. 

In addition, you will be able to enter 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. 

Recent graduates have gone on to work in organisations including: the BBC, the Civil Service, Co-operative Bank, Deloitte, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, HSBC, IBM, Jaguar Land Rover, KPMG, local government, Marks & Spencer, the NHS, PwC and Tesco.

Recent roles of graduates from all Aston psychology courses include:

  • 1:1 Support Worker, Leicestershire Council 
  • Account Executive, PCC - Perowne Charles Communications 
  • Assistant Director, Explore Learning 
  • Assistant Insight Manager, Müller UK & Ireland Group 
  • Assistant Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner, Herefordshire Foundation Trust/2gether Foundation Trust 
  • Assistant Psychologist, Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Assistant Psychologist, NHS 
  • Assistant Psychologist, Oakleaf Care 
  • Assistant Psychologist, Priory  Group 
  • Behavioural and Mental Health Support Officer, Wolverhampton City Council 
  • Behavioural Mental Health Support Worker, Northampton Borough Council 
  • ChildLine Supervisor, NSPCC ChildLine 
  • Educational Psychology Intern, Birmingham City Council 
  • English Teacher, Shireland Collegiate Academy 
  • Family Support Worker and Project Facilitator, Malachi Specialist Family Support Services CIC 
  • Forensic Mental Health Support Worker, Inmind Healthcare Group 
  • Graduate Trainee, Thames Water 
  • Health Informatics Graduate Scheme, NHS 
  • Independent Mental Health Advocate, Advent Advocacy 
  • Marketing Internship, Red Cross 
  • Mental Health Support Worker, Prospects 
  • Mentor, Archery Academy 
  • MSc Health psychology, Aston University 
  • Paediatric Research Assistant, Leicester Royal Infirmary 
  • Project Worker, Addaction 
  • Psychology Assistant, HMP Full Sutton 
  • Psychotherapist, NHS 
  • Recruitment Consultant, Albany Beck 
  • Science Teacher, Teachfirst 
  • Senior Psychologist, Birmingham Children's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Special Educational Needs Caseworker, Salford City Council 
  • Special Needs Assistant, Harestock Primary School 
  • Speech and Language Learning Support Assistant, Eldon Junior School  
  • Support Worker, UK Young Autism Project 
  • Teacher, City of London Academy 
  • Youth Crime Prevention Worker, Hampshire County Council

This course is designed to also give you a range of transferable and practical skills to succeed within your chosen career. We make extensive use of group working and presentations to prepare you for the reality of working life. Such work develops your team working and negotiating skills.

Our placement year gives you the opportunity to gain practical work experience that is invaluable in developing an appreciation of issues which cannot be replicated in the lecture room.

Aston University has recently invested over £400,000 to establish dedicated psychology laboratories for our students. Aston Business School teaching rooms and facilities have also been recently refurbished. You will benefit from:

  • An observation suite (with covert audiovisual recording) 
  • Tools for psychophysiological measurement 
  • A driving simulator 
  • Eye tracking technology 
  • Motion-capture technology 
  • Cubicles for computer-based cognitive experiments  
  • Larger labs for focus groups and audience based experiments
  • Refurbished lecture theatres and seminar rooms with modern audio-visual equipment
  • A large computer laboratory
  • A virtual learning environment used for general study, revision and assessment. This platform allows you to access a comprehensive range of study materials, scientific journals, e-journals, databases and much more
  • Course texts and relevant journals are available from the library either electronically or in book form
  • A newly refurbished and extended Aston University Library. The Library is open 7 days a week all year round, and at key times of the academic year, it is open 24 hours a day on 6 days a week

 See some of the facilities for yourself: 

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Focus group room in the student psychology labs. This room can be used for focus groups and also contains a one-way mirror with recording equipment behind it.
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Lounge area in the student psychology labs.
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One of Life and Health Sciences computer labs. These labs can be used either for teaching or private study at any time. They are often used for statistics teaching.

Although based in the School of Life and Health Sciences, this course is taught jointly with staff from Aston Business School.

You will join departments that are home to a large number of teaching and research members of staff. This broad range of research interests informs our teaching, providing a wide range of modules for undergraduate students, which is especially beneficial to final year students when conducting their research projects.

Meet key members of the Psychology and Business team:

Dr S Hassel
Dr Stefanie Hassel, Programme Director (based in Psychology)

Dr Hassel returned to Aston University in July 2013, having previously undertaken her undergraduate degree and PhD in applied psychology / neuroscience here. She is a lecturer in psychology and teaches on a variety of undergraduate modules, such as Brain and Behaviour, Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience, and Advanced Methods in Psychological Research. Her research interests lie in the combination of neuroimaging methodologies and their application to investigate and characterize the neurophysiological correlates of emotion perception, emotion regulation and social cognition in psychiatric disorders, specifically bipolar disorder and unipolar depression.

Nathan Ridout
Dr Nathan Ridout, Admissions Tutor (based in Psychology)


Dr Ridout is Psychology admissions tutor, senior lecturer and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is an experimental psychologist interesting in understanding processing biases and deficits that are associated with psychological disorders, most notably depression and eating disorders. He teaches a final year module in Affective Disorders as well as first year module on Abnormal Psychology.

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Dr Ann Davis, Deputy Programme Director (Aston Business School)


Dr Ann Davis is a Reader in Work and Organisational Psychology, as well as Chair of the Work and Organisational Policy Group in Aston Business School. The modules that she teaches include the first year module: Organisational Behaviour. She is a chartered psychologist and a CIPD member. Her research interests centre around the relationship between the individual and the organisation, including organisational commitment, identification, and the nature of the psychological contract. 

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