BSc Psychology

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Entry requirements

A Level: ABB

IB: 32

This course is for you if you wish to study a BPS-accredited course with a broad curriculum that emphasizes human behaviour and real world applications of psychology. Benefit from an optional placement year to gain the applied practical skills required to stand out in a crowded graduate jobs market. The placement year can be at home or abroad, like recent graduate Amrita who completed hers as a Neuropsychology Research Assistant in Brazil.

Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)
92% student satisfaction (Psychology, Guardian University Guide, 2017)
Employed Aston Psychology graduates earn £2,400 (15%) more than the UK average one year after graduating (LEO, 2017)
Optional placement year in the UK or abroad

Duration: 3 years full-time or 4 years full-time with integrated placement year

UCAS Code: C800 (3 year course) or C801 (4 year course). You do not need to apply for both courses - they have the same entry requirements and it is possible to swap between the two before enrolment or during Year 1.

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, initial offers will not be lower than stated below).
  • 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: Five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above. This should normally include mathematics at grade B/5 and above. However, grade C/4 in mathematics will be accepted if an A level in a science (including psychology and geography), business, IT or economics is held. A Grade C/4 in mathematics may also be accepted if the applicant holds a GCSE in another science subject at Grade B/5.

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

  • The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

  • Find out more about our admissions policy.

  • Application for second year entry will be considered by the programme director if there is space on that year of the programme. Typically, successful applicants for second year entry will:

    • Have A level (or equivalent) qualifications similar to those required for first year entry
    • Have gained (or be expected to gain) 120 credits on an equivalent programme at another recognised university
    • Obtained (or be expected to obtain) an overall average of 60% or above on an equivalent programme at another recognised university
    • Have not previously attempted the second year of a programme elsewhere
    • Individual programmes may have additional requirements in addition to those stated above. These will be clarified upon application.

Typical offers:

ABB. Science subject/subjects welcomed, but not essential. We welcome General Studies as an additional A level, but not as one of the core three A levels.

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 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.

32 points overall, to include 655 at HL.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma / National Extended Certificate: D plus two A levels at grade AB
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma / National Diploma in Applied Science, Social Science or Health and Social Care: DD plus A level at grade A (excluding General Studies)
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma / National Extended Diploma in Applied Science, Social Science or Health and Social Care: 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).

Applicants studying an Access to Science or Access to Social Science qualification will be considered on an individual basis.

Our standard offer is 45 level three credits, with at least 30 at distinction (the rest must be at merit or distinction).

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.

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.

For 2018 entry:

  • UK / EU students: £9,250 per year (£1,250 during placement year)
  • International students: £14,950 per year (£2,500 during placement year)

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

This 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.

You will have the option to undertake a placement abroad or in the UK year which will enhance your employability.

Hear from staff and students as they discuss studying psychology at Aston:

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

Begin your journey into this fascinating subject. Discover the main approaches to psychology (Abnormal, Cognitive, Developmental, Biological and Social) and learn how to conduct psychological research. 

Modules include:

  • Introduction to Psychology

  • Research Methods and Statistics

  • Psychology Practicals

  • Cognitive Psychology 1a

  • Cognitive Psychology 1b

  • Developmental Psychology

  • Social Psychology

  • Psychology and the Brain

  • Abnormal Psychology

Year 2

Develop your understanding and research skills in modules such as Individual differences and Health, Brain and Behaviour, Social Psychology, Language, Developmental Psychology, Statistics, Research Methods. Apply your knowledge in practical classes such as Neuroscience and Personality.

Modules include:

  • Cognitive Psychology 2 

  • Research Methods and Advanced Statistics 

  • Social Psychology 2

  • Lifespan Development 

  • Individual Differences and Health & Personality

  • Brain & Behaviour

Year 3 (optional 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

Conduct a final year research project in an area of interest with individual support from a member of staff (40 credits)

You will also take a further 8 modules that will fit your interests and career goals. 

Modules may include:

  • Auditory Perception
  • Mind & Brain
  • Understanding Language Impairments
  • Psychosis
  • Psychology of Illness
  • Education, Research and Practice
  • Social Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Dyslexia
  • Brain Imaging
  • Affective Disorders
  • Intergroup Conflict and Prejudice
  • People and Health Care
  • Basics of Joint Attention
  • Psychology of Asthma & Allergy
  • Appetite: Development & Regulation
  • Investigative Interviewing
  • Research into Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Psychology of Alcohol
  • Neural Control of Appetite
  • Dementias
  • Applying Psychology: a Collaboratively-Created Course
  • Educational Neuroscience


Set your studies in context and enhance your employment prospects by opting to take a psychology or related professional placement, selecting from a wide range of UK or overseas placement opportunities. This may be paid employment, although research, clinical and forensic placements are usually unpaid.

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. 

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.

Interested in traveling during your studies?

Make the most of your time at University and take advantage of the vast overseas placement opportunities. Some of our students have traveled to the USA, Australia, Singapore and Brazil. Don't take our word for it, read Amrita's blog about her time in Brazil as a research assistant in Neuropsychology.


All students will receive specialist support and supervision for their specific placement. There is an overall placement tutor for the year and all students are allocated an individual placement tutor. Students who enter placements in the NHS may be required to pay for DBS checks and occupational health checks.

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

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.

BSc Psychology 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.

the british psychological society accredited

This course provides 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. 

93% of graduates from this programme were in employment or further study within 6 months of leaving Aston University in the most recent DLHE study (2014).

Recent roles include: 

  • Assistant Psychologist, NHS 
  • Behavioural Mental Health Support Worker, Northampton Borough Council
  • ChildLine Supervisor, NSPCC ChildLine 
  • Family Support Worker and Project Facilitator, Malachi Specialist Family Support Services CIC
  • Forensic Mental Health Support Worker, Inmind Healthcare Group 
  • Marketing Internship, Red Cross 
  • Paediatric Research Assistant, Leicester Royal Infirmary
  • Project Worker, Addaction 
  • 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 
  • Speech and Language Learning Support Assistant, Eldon Junior School  
  • Youth Crime Prevention Worker, Hampshire County Council.


Follow our graduates:

Shanie studied Psychology BSc on a four year course with a placement she secured at GSK. The course opened her up to a varied range of professions after graduating and she now works in Human Resources for Mondēlez. See her story below:

Psychology is a course which leads into many careers and creates graduates with skills applicable to many industries. You can follow two BSc Psychology graduates below through their Linkedin profiles:

Aston University has recently invested over £400,000 to establish dedicated psychology laboratories for our students. 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 our facilities for yourself:

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:

Life and Health Sciences Computer Labs. These labs can be used either for teaching or private study. They are often used for statistics teaching.
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:
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.
Lounge area in the student psychology labs:
Waiting area in the student psychology labs.
Eye tracking facility:
Eye Tracking
Computer lab specifically for psychology project use:
Final Year Project Room

Psychology staff undertake cross-disciplinary health research and are based in the School of Life & Health Sciences. The exceptional quality of research in the 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.

You will join a department that is home to nearly 50 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.

Psychology staff are based in a number of research groups and centres across the school, with interests in neuroscience and neurodevelopmentageingcognitive and affective neuroscienceneuroimaging – including neuroimaging of clinical populations, health and lifespan development and sensory and perceptual systems.

You can discover more about individual members of staff and their research interests on our staff web pages.

Meet the Course Director and Admissions Tutor:

Dan Shepperd
Dr Dan Shepperd

Dan is the psychology undergraduate programme director and is a social psychologist with interests in gender, sexual identity, friendship, and group prejudice. His background is in discourse analysis and he specialises in qualitative research methods to analyse interviews, focus groups and sets of media data.

Dr Laura Shapiro
Dr Laura Shapiro

Laura is the Admissions Tutor for psychology courses. She is interested in the relationship between pre-school cognitive skills and instruction on early reading progress, and in particular, the relative importance of general auditory skills and specific speech skills in beginning and intermediate stages of reading.

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