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.

Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)
92% student satisfaction (Psychology, 2017 Guardian University Guide)
Top 10 for Research Quality (Psychology, 2017 Complete University Guide)
Optional placement year

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 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: Five GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including Mathematics at Grade B/5 and above or Grade C/4 if Mathematics or Psychology is held 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:

ABB. Science subject/subjects welcomed, but not essential. General Studies not accepted.

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
  • 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.

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 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.

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.

  • UK / EU students: £9,250 (£1,250 during placement year)
  • International students: £14,630 (£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 year which will enhance your employabilty.

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:

  • Abnormal Psychology: Introduction to the concept of psychopathology and an overview of the different models of abnormal behaviour.

  • Approaches to Psychology:  Introduces you to the scope and nature of psychology.

  • Attention & Perception (Cognitive Psychology): Learn about major theories and issues underlying learning, memory, attention and perception.

  • Developmental Psychology: Study young children's understanding of the world, focussing on early perceptual development.

  • Learning & Memory (Cognitive Psychology): Learn about how our memories work and sometimes fail.

  • Psychology and the Brain: An introduction to the biological basis of behaviour.

  • Psychology Practicals: An introduction to practical work in psychology, the principles of psychological research, and report writing via a mix of lectures,hands on practical sessions and computer based laboratories

  • Research Methods and Statistics: Learn how to design, analyse and present experiments and draw conclusions from research

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

  • Studying Psychology in Higher Education: This module assists and support you in making the transition to university study through building confidence, knowledge and relationships.

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:

  • Advanced Statistics: Learn how to analyse and interpret more complex data sets.

  • Brain & Behaviour: Neural basis of low-level visual perception, emotions and higher order cognitive function.
  • Critical Social Psychology: Consider questions like "how can we explore a person's own experience of their life?"
  • Cognitive Neuropsychology: Study examples of cognitive impairments arising from brain damage and techniques used

  • Developmental Psychology: This module covers theoretical concepts in cognitive and social development, together with a critical review of experimental research methodology

  • Language & Communication: Explores key issues like "how are language and thought related?"

  • Psychological Research Methods: Design your own research project using one of the methods covered in this module.

  • Individual Differences and Health: Explore major theories of individual differences in personality and intelligence and their application.

  • Thinking and Reasoning: Learn about how people try to solve problems (and what can sometimes go wrong).

  • Personality Practical: An opportunity to extend practical work in psychology, the principles of psychological research, and report writing via a mix of lectures, hands on practical sessions and computer based laboratories.

  • Neuroscience Practicals: Learn how to make an EEG recording.

  • Psychology of Ageing: Introduces students to the field of the psychology of ageing with an emphasis on ageing cognition.

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:

  • Psychosis
  • Neuropsychiatric Disorders
  • Psychology of Illness
  • Autism
  • Dyslexia
  • Investigative Interviewing
  • Human Aggression
  • Brain Imaging


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

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:

  • 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


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 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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