BSc in Psychology

Our placement year gives graduates the applied practical skills to stand out in a crowded graduate jobs market
  • Our graduates excel in the jobs market: 93% of 2014 leavers from our BSc Psychology degree found employment or further study within 6 months of leaving Aston University
  • Our students are happy: 92% overall student satisfaction for this degree programme (NSS 2015)
  • Follow your passion with flexible module options: Psychology programme staff with a wide variety of research interests like Health Psychology, neuroimaging and the psychology of aging.
Start your career before you graduate: 
  • Undergraduate degree accredited by the British Psychology Society (BPS), the first step towards becoming a fully-qualified psychologist
  • A wide variety of relevant professional psychology placement/sandwich year opportunities.
    Students have recently secured placements with GSK, Birmingham and Solihull NHS and CAMHS to name a few

4 years full-time BSc Psychology with integrated placement year or 3 years full-time.

UCAS Code: C800 and C801

Please note you do not need to apply for both options through UCAS. Both undergraduate degrees have the same entry requirements and if needed you can change during enrolment or your first year.

Typical offers:

  • A Level: ABB 
  • IB: 32 points
  • 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.
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma: D plus two A Levels at grade AB
  • BTEC Level 3 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 in Applied Science, Social Science or Health and Social Care: D*DD.     
  • International Foundation Programme in Science (Aston University)
We also welcome international students with equivalent qualifications to apply for our programmes. For international students without equivalent qualifications, it is also possible to gain entry to this undergraduate degree programme by completing an International Foundation Programme  at Aston University, although please note the progression requirements to our programmes.   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 programme by completing a Foundation Year, although please note the progression requirements to our programmes. 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. We encourage you to apply for entry direct to the 1st year of Psychology in the first instance.

Specific subject requirements

  • A Level/AS: Science subject/subjects welcomed, but not essential. General Studies not accepted. 
  • GCSE: 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).
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: In Applied Science, Social Science or Health and Social Care
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma: accepted together with two A levels at grade AB
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma: accepted with one A level (excluding general studies) at grade A
  • 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

Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants for our undergraduate degree programmes with predicted grades that fall below these entry requirements if the application is of a high standard. However, any offer made will not be lower than stated above.


  • 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 below).

Resit Students

  • 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.

Please note, your full educational background is taken into account and all qualifications are considered when we make a decision on your application.

Tuition Fee 2017

 £9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students.

£14,630 for International students.

Applicants receiving offers are invited to an open day.

 The BSc Psychology is a broad undergraduate degree with an emphasis on human behaviour. Our degree programme will provide you with the following aspects:
  • Broad intellectual training
  • A thorough grounding in theory and research in contemporary psychology and an introduction to areas  of practice
  • High-level practical and research experience
  • Specialist skills and expertise
The BSc Psychology undergraduate degree programme integrates theoretical psychology, techniques of psychological investigation and the major areas of applied psychology. In the first two years you will focus on theoretical aspects and develop your expertise in a broad range of research methodologies. In your final year you will concentrate on the practical application of psychological principles.

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BSc Psychology students take 120 credits of modules per year, 60 in each semester. Each 10 credit module comprises 100 learning hours and has up to three contact hours per week. The course comprises of lectures, tutorials, seminars, practical classes and independent study.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3 - Optional placement year

See placement year section or find out more about the Aston placement year.

Final year

Compulsory module:
  • Final year project: Conduct a research project from start to finish in an area of interest with individual support from a member of staff (40 credits)
Optional modules: In the final year you also select 8 modules from 
  • Affective Disorders
  • Auditory Perception
  • The Autistic Spectrum
  • Basics of Joint Attention
  • Brain Imaging
  • Dyslexia and Developmental Disorders
  • Eating Behaviour During Childhood
  • Health Behaviours
  • Human Aggression
  • Mind and Brain
  • Models and Outcome in Psychotherapy
  • Music and the Brain 
  • Neuropsychiatric Disorders
  • People and Healthcare 
  • Psychology of Allergic Conditions
  • Psychology of Illness Behaviours
  • Psychosis
  • Social Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Understanding Language Impairments 

The sandwich placement year is an opportunity for you to set your undergraduate studies in context by taking a psychology or related professional placement - usually in the UK or abroad.  This may be paid employment, although research, clinical and forensic placements are usually unpaid.

Recent examples of placements include NHS Health Trusts, Aston Villa Football Club, British Energy, the Civil Service, Corus, Ford, University research (UK, US, Australia and Singapore) the Home Office, Marks and Spencer and the Prison Service. 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.

Please note that 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 the School of Life & Health Sciences.

Hear from one of our students - watch a short video.


We use a range of assessment methods and most modules are assessed with a combination of coursework and an end of year examination. Coursework includes essays, research reports of individual and group research projects, statistics assignments and class tests with short answer or multiple-choice questions. Students also make short oral presentations. 

As a BSc Psychology student you are taught through lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical classes but there is a much stronger emphasis on reading and on your own private, independent study than at pre-degree level. 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. 

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 (LHS) 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.

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

Further details can also be found on individual staff web pages. Our broad range of research interests both informs our teaching and provides a vibrant research culture and top-class facilities for our final year projects.

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.

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Our emphasis on applied and human psychology provides an excellent springboard for careers across professional psychology including clinical, occupational, health, forensic and educational psychology. The BSc Psychology degree also prepares students for many careers in government and business - for example advertising, management consultancy, human resources management or teaching.

If you are interested in becoming a teacher after your degree, Newman University have partnered with Aston University to offer a guaranteed interview to Aston graduates (meeting the specified criteria) who want to study for a PGCE. As a psychology graduate you would be eligible to apply to become a primary school teacher.

Follow our graduates:

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

 Aston University has recently invested over £400,000 to establish dedicated  psychology laboratories for our students. These include tools for psychophysiological measurement, a driving simulator, eye tracking technology, an observation suite (with covert audiovisual recording), motion-capture technology, cubicles for computer-based cognitive experiments and larger labs for focus groups and audience based experiments.

These facilities enable our  students to conduct high quality research projects under the supervision of our Psychology staff.

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
Dan Shepperd
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

I am 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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Sam Jordan
Final year student
I chose the BSc in Psychology as it was the only degree that I really wanted to study, and Aston University offer BPS accreditation, which is an essential first step in becoming a chartered psychologist. The range of modules that are offered as part of the degree are diverse and interesting, and the dedicated psychology laboratories and computer ar



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