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Aston University, Birmingham

Psychology (4 year sandwich)

UCAS Code: C801

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B-B,B,B

ABB - BBB from three A Level subjects. Excluded Subjects: We welcome the following subjects as an additional A level, but not as one of the core three A levels - General Studies, Critical Thinking, Citizenship Studies. 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 resits and only your latest grades will be accepted. We treat these applications in exactly the same way as other applications.

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15,P:0

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, 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

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Five GCSEs which must include Mathematics and English Language all at grade C/4. Please note we do not accept Key skills or Functional skills in place of these.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32-31

32 - 31 points overall and must include grades 6, 5, 5 – 5, 5, 5 in Higher Level subjects. You must also have Standard Level grade 5 in both Mathematics and English Language.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DD

We consider BTEC qualifications in Humanities, Social Sciences or any Science related subjects only. In some cases you may be required to take additional A Levels as listed below. With this BTEC you must also achieve a grade B one A Level subject

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)

D

We consider BTEC qualifications in Humanities, Social Sciences or any Science related subjects only. In some cases you may be required to take additional A Levels as listed below. With this BTEC you must also achieve grades BB in two A Level subjects.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD

We consider BTEC qualifications in Humanities, Social Sciences or any Science related subjects only.

Scottish Higher

A,A,B,B,B

UCAS Tariff

120-147

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

96%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4years

Sandwich | 2019

Subject

Psychology

Our four year BSc Psychology course with integrated placement year, 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.

Completion of the course will provide you with 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.

Key course benefits:

- 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 placement year offers you the opportunity to gain valuable experience and set your studies in the context of a working environment, designed to boost your future employment prospects

- Employed Aston Psychology graduates earn £2,400 (15%) more than the UK average one year after graduating (LEO, 2017)

- Top 10 in the UK for Research Quality (Psychology, Complete University Guide, 2019)

- Top 20 in the UK for Graduate Prospects (Psychology, Complete University Guide, 2019)

- 92% student satisfaction (Psychology, Guardian University Guide, 2017)

- 93% of graduates from this programme were in employment or further study within 6 months of leaving (DHLE, 2014)

- The exceptional quality of research in our 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.

Modules

Year 1
Discover the main approaches to psychology (abnormal, cognitive, developmental, biological and social) and learn how to conduct psychological research.

Year 2
Develop your research skills and your understanding of topics such as individual differences and health, brain and behaviour, social psychology, language and communication, developmental psychology, statistics.

Placement year (optional)
The placement year gives you valuable experience and sets your studies in the context of a working environment alongside professionals. By obtaining relevant work experience you will also boost your future employability.

Final year
Conduct a research project on a topic of your choice and study topics such as psychosis, psychology of illness, dyslexia, investigative interviewing, intergroup conflict and prejudice, autism and brain imaging.

For more information about what you will study, please visit our website.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£15,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Aston University, Birmingham

Department:

School of Life and Health Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

76%
med
Psychology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Psychology (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

78%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
85%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
68%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

85%
Library resources
89%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
77%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
14%
Male students
86%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
5%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Psychology (non-specific)

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£19,500
high
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
87%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

13%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
12%
Childcare and related personal services
11%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

20 years ago, this was a specialist degree for would-be psychologists but now it is the model of a modern, flexible degree subject. One of the UK's fastest-growing subject at degree level, and the second most popular subject overall (it recently overtook business studies), one in 23 of all graduates last year had psychology degrees. As you'd expect with figures like that, jobs in psychology itself are incredibly competitive, so to stand a chance of securing one, you need to get a postgraduate qualification (probably a doctorate in most fields, especially clinical psychology) and some relevant work experience. But even though there are so many psychology graduates — far more than there are jobs in psychology, and over 13,800 in total last year — this degree has a lower unemployment rate than average because its grads are so flexible and well-regarded by business and other industries across the economy. Everywhere there are good jobs in the UK economy, you'll find psychology graduates - and it's hardly surprising as the course helps you gain a mix of good people skills and excellent number and data handling skills. A psychology degree ticks most employers' boxes — but we'd suggest you don't drop your maths modules.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Psychology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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£23k

£23k

£20k

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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