4 years full-time with integrated placement year
UCAS Code: CN81
A Levels: AAB-ABB
IB: 33 points
BTEC, Access & other: Access to Higher Education Diploma in a relevant subject area considered on an individual basis from mature applicants (21+) only.
BTEC National Certificate & BTEC Level 3 Diploma in relevant subject area DD plus A Level grade A, (excluding General Studies).
BTEC National Diploma & BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDD in a relevant subject area.
Specific subject requirements: A Level/AS: Science subject/subjects welcomed, but not essential. General Studies not accepted. GCSE: Two sciences or double award science at grade C. English at grade C and Maths at grade B.
£9,000 (£1,000 during placement year) for UK/EU students. (2013). More on fees
Applicants receiving offers are invited to an open day.
- Study a business curriculum which is robust, relevant and rooted in the real world.
- Accredited by British Psychological Society.
- Integrated placement year allows you to set your studies in context and gain valuable professional experience.
- Specialise in the areas of particular interest and relevance to your career.
This course looks at the practical applications of psychology and business, and the links between theory and practice.
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.
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Psychology & Business students take 120 credits of modules per year, 60 from business modules and 60 from psychology modules. A 10 credit module comprises approximately 100 learning hours and has up to three contact hours per week.
Research Methods and Statistics (20 credit module)
Cognitive Psychology 1
Social Psychology 1
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to organisational behaviour
Foundations of management
Introduction to marketing management
Principles of Financial Accounting
IT for Business
Economic Environment of Business
Advanced Statistics (20 credit module)
Language & Communication
Psychological Research Methods
Social Psychology 2
Cognitive Psychology 2
Theories and Practice of Human Resource Management (20 credit module)
Psychology & Work (20 credit module)
Developing creativity at work
At Aston the placement year is an integral part of your course, and contributes to your final grade. Find out more about the Psychology & Business placement 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.
Psychology Final Year Project (30 credit module)
Personality and Intelligence
Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management (20 credit module)
Employee Relations and Legal Issues in Human Resource Management (20 credit module)
Marketing Psychology (20 credit module) - Elective module
Learning Training and Development - Elective module
Strategic aspects of Organisational Performance - Elective module
Theory and Practice of Leadership (20 credit module) - Core module for CIPD accreditation or elective if not
You'll be taught through lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical classes, group-working, case studies. Traditional teaching is supported by a virtual learning environment that is used to host a range of electronic supporting materials.
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.
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, individual and group projects, statistics assignments, class tests and both individual and group presentations.
For further information, see the programme specification (PDF).
The placement year is an opportunity for you to set your studies in context and gain valuable professional experience. 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 arounf £15,000.
In recent years our Joint Honours psychology and business degrees at Aston have undertaken placements in a variety of organisations, including the NHS, Aston Villa Football Club, British Energy, the Civil Service, Corus, Ford, University research (UK, US, Australia and Singapore) the Home Office and Marks and Spencer.
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 at Aston.
This course 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.
Our Psychology & Business programme 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.
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.
Graduates who have studied a Joint Honours Business or Psychology course, have a strong track record in finding jobs.
Our recent graduates have gone on to work in organisations including: BBC, Civil Service, Co-operative Bank, Deloitte, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, HSBC, IBM, Jaguar Land Rover,
KPMG, local government, Marks & Spencer, the NHS, PwC and Tesco.
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. 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 final year students to conduct high quality research projects under the supervision of our Psychology staff.
In the Business School, teaching rooms and facilities have also been recently refurbished. All lecture theatres and seminar rooms are fully equipped with the latest teaching aids and extensive use is made of our Virtual Learning Environment to help support your studies.
Although based in the School of Life and Health Sciences, this course is taught jointly with staff from Aston Business School.
For more information, please contact the Life and Health Sciences Admissions Office on 0121 204 4097 or email@example.com.