Psychology and Business BSc

The dual accredited Psychology and Business BSc at Aston University, Birmingham will enable you to benefit from a unique mix of expert teaching, and real world placement opportunities that will help you to develop the skills and insight needed for a career in either field.

Location: Aston University, Birmingham

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Course format

Placement year (UK/abroad)


4 years (with integrated placement year)

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Explore Psychology and Business BSc at Aston University

Psychology graduate Grace discusses her time spent at Aston and how it lead to her starting a graduate scheme working for Rolls Royce.


“All of my lecturers were always willing to help, or just to chat about the topics we'd been studying. If you ask for help, you will always get it which is invaluable in terms of support.”

Hannah Derry
Graduate role: Development Advisor, PSA Groupe


“All of my lecturers were always willing to help, or just to chat about the topics we'd been studying. If you ask for help, you will always get it which is invaluable in terms of support.”

Hannah Derry
Graduate role: Development Advisor, PSA Groupe

Course Outline and Modules

Understanding how people think, feel and do, and how these behaviours affect them in the world of work is vital for any successful business or organisation. By combining the study of psychology and business, you could help organisations discover what good business practice looks like, or to make better, more informed decisions about their workforce and customers.

Our joint honours course focuses on the principles and research methods of psychology, with a strong emphasis on both applied and theoretical studies of psychology, such as cognitive, developmental and social psychology. This knowledge is combined with our robust business curriculum, which is relevant and rooted in the real world. It covers topics such as accounting, marketing, and team working as well as a key emphasis on human resources.

What accreditations does the Psychology and Business course at Aston have?

Our course is one of only a few undergraduate degrees in the UK to offer both a professional psychology and business accreditation.

It is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and confers eligibility for the Graduate Membership of the BPS, which is vital for students who wish to ultimately train as a professional psychologist (clinical, educational, forensic, occupational etc). It is also the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist. This means that, not only will you have the right preparation and knowledge, but the right accreditations for a successful career as a psychologist too.

On successful graduation from the course, you will be eligible to become an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). This accreditation is dependent on completion of a work placement, the selection of certain final year modules, and payment of the appropriate membership fee. This accreditation will allow you to use the letters Assoc. CIPD after your name.

Placement year

Studying psychology and business at Aston gives you the opportunity to complete a professional placement year, in the UK, or overseas. Taking a placement year gives you valuable life experience in the context of working alongside professionals in a working environment. You will gain genuine practical work experience that is invaluable in developing an appreciation of issues such as office politics, which cannot be replicated in the lecture room. Such an experience is both personally enriching and valued by future employers.

Recent examples of placements from our suite of psychology courses include:

  • Aston Villa Football Club
  • British Energy
  • Civil Service
  • Ford
  • Home Office
  • Marks & Spencer
  • GlaxoSmithKline

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

International students and post-study work visas

Aston University is a diverse, close community and welcomes international students on many of our undergraduate programmes. Students from over 120 different countries choose to study with us every year. Aston is not only a great place to study, based in the centre of Birmingham it’s also a great place to live.

The new post-study work visa enables international students to remain in the UK for two years after they have completed their studies to find work. Click here for more information on post-work visas.

Course Outline

Studying psychology and business at Aston University lets you investigate the links between the theory and practice of these two exciting and complementary disciplines.

You’ll complete a wide range of carefully selected modules from both psychology and business, learning from expert academics on both sides. This will give you an invaluable blend of insight and knowledge about both areas, allowing you to apply theories and practices learned in one subject to the other.


Year 1

Core modules:

  • Key Skills in Psychology I
  • Key Skills in Psychology II
  • Biological and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Social Psychology
  • Introduction to Organisational Behaviour
  • Introduction to Marketing Management
  • Introductory Accounting for Business
  • Introduction to Human Resource Management(HRM)
Year 2

Core modules:

  • Research Methods and Data Analysis
  • Applied Psychology and Professional Skills
  • Individual Differences and Personality
  • Cognition and Cognitive Neuropsychology
  • Employee Resourcing
  • Psychology and Work
  • Developing Creativity
  • Effective Teamwork
Placement year

The integrated placement year is an exciting opportunity to gain valuable career boosting experience. You’ll be able to apply what you have learnt so far and set your studies in a real-world context of a working environment alongside professionals.

Final Year 

 Core modules:  

 • Final Year Project
 • Critical Social Psychology
 • Child Development
 • Strategic Human Resource Management (HRM)
 • Employment Law for Human Resource Management (HRM)

In addition, you will be required to take two from the following five optional modules*:

 • Employee Relations
 • Learning and Development
 • Critical Issues in Human Resource Management (HRM)
 • Consumer Research and the Customer Experience
 • Theory and Practice of Leadership

*Please note that you will be required to select certain modules should you wish to be eligible for CIPD accreditation.

Entry Requirements

Typical offers:

  •  A Level: ABB - BBC (depending on EPQ, Core Maths or Contextual offer)
  • BTEC: Please see below for further details
  • International baccalaureate diploma: 32 Overall (HL 6, 5, 5)
  • GCSEs: Five GCSEs all at grade C/4 and must include Maths and English Language. Please note we do not accept Key skills or Functional skills in place of these.
A Levels
  • ABB in any three A Levels.
  • BBB in any three A Levels plus grade B in either Core Maths or Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).
  • BBC in any three A Levels for Contextual offer students.


The following subjects will not be considered as one of the core three A Levels - General Studies, Critical Thinking, Citizenship Studies.

We welcome applications from students who have tried to improve their examination grades by taking resits and only your latest grades will be accepted. We treat these applications in exactly the same way as other applications.



We accept the following BTEC subjects and in some cases you may be required to take additional A Levels as listed in the grid below.

Subjects accepted: Applied Science, Animal Care and Veterinary Science, Art, Design and Media, Business, Administration and Law, Child Development and Well Being, Computer Science and ICT, Design and Technology, Drama, Theatre Studies and Performing Arts, Economics, Education and Training, Engineering, English, Finance and Accounting, Geography, Government and Politics, Health and Social Care, History, Languages, Mathematics and Statistics, Medicine and Dentistry, Music, Religious Studies, Science, Social Sciences.

BTEC Qualification Name

BTEC grades required

A Level Requirements

Extended Diploma (QCF/National)


Not applicable

Diploma (QCF)National Diploma

Distinction, Distinction (DD)

With this BTEC you must also achieve a grade B one A Level subject

Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)

National Extended Certificate

Distinction (D)

With this BTEC you must also achieve grades BB in two A Level subjects

90 Credit Diploma (QCF)

Distinction, Distinction (DD)

With this BTEC you must also achieve grades BB in two A Level subjects

National Foundation Diploma

Distinction (D)

With this BTEC you must also achieve grades BB in two A Level subjects

International Baccalaureate Diploma

32 points overall and must include grades 6, 5, 5 in Higher Level subjects. You must also have Standard Level grade 5 in both Maths and English Language.

Access to Higher Education

We accept the QAA-recognised Access Diploma which must consist of 45 credits at Level 3. You must obtain a minimum of 30 distinction and the rest must be at merit or distinction. Please note that we do not accept the English and Maths components within the Access qualification and you must meet the GCSE entry requirement. Subjects Accepted: Humanities, Education, Social Sciences, Health and Social Care, Applied Science, Biology combined with Chemistry, Biomedical Science, Biosciences, Combined Sciences, Health Sciences, Health Sciences Professions, Life Sciences, and Sciences.

Foundation programmes

Foundation Programme in Science: Health 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 the Foundation Programme in Science: Health Science.

External Foundation Programmes from another University

We consider external foundation programmes for entry into our year 1 programmes on a case-by-case basis. We will always require applicants to have met the following criteria prior to application:

  • 5 GCSE’s at grade C/4 or above including Maths and English
  • CCC at A Level


If you meet the above pre-requisite qualifications, we will be required to review the programme specification of your foundation programme. After we have reviewed the programme specification a decision will be made. Any conditional offers made will be based on meeting a specific grade in your foundation programme.



International students

International Foundation Programme in Science (Aston University)

For international students without equivalent qualifications, it is also possible to gain entry to this course by completing an International Foundation Programme in Science. International applicants expected to gain foundation diplomas from other providers are welcomed and will be considered on a case by case basis.

International qualifications

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


We consider applicants for year 1 entry who are undertaking a degree elsewhere. You must meet the GCSEs and A Level (or equivalent) requirements as listed. Alongside this you must have gained (or be expected to gain) 60% overall and 120 credits with no fails at another recognised university. In order to be considered you will need to submit a UCAS application as we do not accept direct applications and this must include an academic reference.

Please note that second year transfers are not part of the standard admissions process and is up the discretion of the admissions team and tutor. Applications are only considered if there is space on that year of the programme. Typically, applicants for second year entry must meet the GCSEs and A Level (or equivalent) requirements as listed. Alongside this you must have gained (or be expected to gain) 60% overall and 120 credits with no fails on an equivalent programme at another recognised university. The equivalency of the programme is reviewed by the Admissions Tutor and you will be required to provide an official copy of the programme specification of this. It is also expected that you have not previously attempted the second year of a programme elsewhere. In order to be considered you will need to submit a UCAS application as we do not accept direct applications and this must include an academic reference.

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.

More advice on applying to Aston and full details of our admissions policy can be found here.

View our admissions policy.

Learning, teaching and assessment

Our close employer links and focus on practical experiences to transfer to the workplace means you’ll get a blend of learning and teaching experiences that will leave you well quipped for your future career.

Learning and teaching

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.

Each year of study is worth 120 credits, with each credit equivalent to 10 learning hours. The learning hours may include but are not limited to lectures, seminars, tutorials, lab sessions,
practicals, online activity, reading, other independent study, reflecting on assignment feedback,
field trips and work placements. 


You will be assessed throughout the course via wide range of assessments linked to learning outcomes. These include:

  • 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 School of Psychology 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. Staff are based in a number of research groups and centres across the University, with interests in neuroscience and neurodevelopment, ageing, cognitive and affective neuroscience, neuroimaging – including neuroimaging of clinical populations, health and lifespan development and sensory and perceptual systems.

In addition you will also work with staff from Aston Business School across a range of fields including accounting, marketing, organisational behaviour and management. Most of the business modules are delivered by academics from the Work and Organisation Department, who specialise in a variety of areas including employment law, leadership, employee wellbeing, creativity, and psychological contract.

Programme Director (Psychology): Dr Sarah Carrington
Deputy Programme Director (Business): Dr Nishat Babu
Admissions Tutor: Dr Nathan Ridout


Fees and Scholarships

UK/EU students (2020/21)

Annual tuition fees: £9,250

During placement year: £1,250

International students (2020/21)

Annual tuition fees: £15,600*

During placement year: £2,500

At Aston University we are committed to supporting the most talented and hardworking students to achieve their potential by providing a range of scholarships to help lower tuition and living costs.

You can explore the costs involved in studying at university and the financial support that may be available to you here.

*Tuition fees are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.

Career prospects

As much of the UK economy is based around delivering services, graduates who understand the link between business success and human behaviour are increasingly sought-after.

Psychology and business graduates have important skills that employers value very highly, such as:

  • insight into motivation and behaviour
  • understanding of relationships and group dynamics
  • excellent communication and teamwork skills
  • ability to critically analyse information
  • problem solving-leadership.

These attributes make our graduates excellent candidates for careers in occupational, educational and clinical psychology. But they also have the right attributes to succeed in areas such as human resources, social services, management consultancy, and the creative industries, such as advertising and marketing.

Recent graduates from our psychology courses have gone on to work in organisations such as:

  • BBC
  • Civil Service
  • Co-operative Bank
  • Deloitte
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • HSBC
  • IBM
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • KPMG
  • Local government
  • Marks & Spencer
  • NHS Trusts
  • Private care companies
  • PwC
  • Tesco


Frequently asked questions

How will studying psychology and business benefit my personal development?

You’ll learn how people interact with each other, and how this affects how businesses and organisations act and make decisions. You will learn to critically evaluate information, and will have the opportunity to develop both your written and oral communication skills. By understanding what makes effective teams perform to a high level and how to persuade and negotiate with people, you’ll have a range of great qualities that future employers are looking for.

Why is a placement useful for Psychology and Business?

Having significant work experience, in addition to being able to demonstrate that you have industry-ready understanding of a subject through your accredited degree, will give prospective employers confidence in your capacity to transfer your skills within the workplace. It also brings what you’ve learnt in lectures to life and gives you a great opportunity to better understand the kind of career you want to develop once you graduate.

Why should international students choose Aston University?

Study at Aston University and you will be part of a multi-cultural community located in the heart of the dynamic city of Birmingham. Our courses are practical, inspired by industry and many have internationally recognised accreditations. Renowned for our employability prospects and connections to business and industry, we provide outstanding careers support, advice and placement opportunities.

For those interested in working the UK after they have graduated, the UK Government has created a new post-study work visa. Click here for more information on post-work visas.

What Psychology facilities will I have access to?

In addition to university-wide facilities, all of our Psychology students will also have access to a wide range of specialist facilities designed to enrich your studies and aid in your development. These include:

  • An observation suite with covert audio-visual recording.
  • Equipment and tools for psychophysiological measurement, eye tracking and motion-capture.
  • Experiment rooms for cognitive experiments.
  • Larger labs for focus groups and audience-based experiments.


Why should I choose a joint honours course?

Joint honours courses are a true mix of two subjects, working with experts and academics from both sides to gain a deeper understanding of each. It also provides you with the opportunity to apply the theory of each in practice, meaning that you get a very broad, but also in-depth insight into both subjects. Being able to apply this theory to real-world issues is something that you’ll need to do in your future career, so this course gives you a unique insight into how this works in practice.

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