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Aston University, Birmingham

Psychology and Sociology

UCAS Code: CL83

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

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 (more details https: //www2aston.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/contextuaI-offer). 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. 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 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

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

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

DD

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

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

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,B,B

UCAS Tariff

128-135

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Sandwich | 2021

Subjects

Sociology

Psychology

Our four year joint honours BSc (Hons) Psychology and Sociology course with integrated placement year will enable you to explore some of the biggest topics in the world today, from gender, race and sexuality, to how we behave as a society, and how our behaviour is influenced by our genes.

If you want to study a British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited degree and are curious about understanding human behaviour and how people and society operate, and why, studying Psychology and Sociology at Aston University is for you.

Whilst psychology focuses on understanding behaviour at an individual level; sociology focuses on the collective. This means that jointly, both disciplines interpret the full range of influences on the behaviour and structure of society.

At Aston, you’ll investigate and analyse how the human mind works, in terms of how it responds to various stimuli, and how our views on relationships and the wider world are shaped by societal structures, culture, and our collective experiences. In addition, you will have the opportunity to research why these societal structures exist in the first place; giving you a rounded view of human behaviour and the impact we have on each other as fellow citizens.

Through our comprehensive curriculum, you will develop a full understanding of psychological and sociological principles in both theory and practice and merge your understanding of these two fields to gain a greater insight into human and societal behaviour.

By having unique insight into how people behave and how this impacts societal structures, psychology and sociology graduates have unique insight into how to answer some of our biggest questions. This makes them valuable assets to any organisation. In particular, psychology and sociology graduates have insight into motivation and behaviour, communities, relationships and group dynamics. This makes them excellent communicators, team workers, and critical researchers; all attributes that the UK’s major employers’ value very highly.

**Key course benefits:**

- 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.

- Our integrated placement year will give you the opportunity to gain valuable real-wold experience, setting your studies in the context of a working environment, designed to boost your future employment prospects. Placements can be taken in a psychology or related professional setting in both the UK and abroad.

- Psychology at Aston is ranked in the Top 10 in the UK for Research Quality (Complete University Guide, 2021).

- Top 25 in the UK for Psychology graduate salaries one year after graduation (Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) data, 2020).

Modules

Year 1
Discover core approaches in psychology such as cognitive and social, as well as fundamental aspects of sociology like social theory. Core modules: Key Skills in Psychology I, Key Skills in Psychology II, Biological and Cognitive Psychology, Developmental and Social Psychology, Introduction to Social Theory, and Becoming a Social Scientist.

Year 2
Continue your education into these two complementary areas and gain further skills and knowledge into conducting and analysing research. Core modules: Research Methods and Data Analysis, Applied Psychology and Professional Skills, Individual Differences and Personality, Cognition and Cognitive Neuropsychology, and Advanced Social Theory. In addition, you will complete a number of elective modules.

Placement year
Gain valuable career boosting experience by setting your studies in a real world context of a working environment alongside professionals. Placements can be taken in the UK, EU or internationally.

Final year
In addition to completing your final research project, you will complete a small number of core modules alongside a range of specialist optional modules available in both psychology and sociology topics.

For more information, please visit our website.

*Please note updates for 2020 entry will be provided soon.

Assessment methods

You will experience a wide range of high quality learning experiences from informative large-scale interactive lectures, to smaller group sessions such as tutorials, where you will discuss the course material with your tutors and peers, and labs, where you will learn key practical skills for psychological research; plus there will be opportunities to work with our expert staff on a one-to-one basis.

We utilise a wide range of assessments linked to learning outcomes such as: class tests/end of year examinations (unseen essay, short answer or multiple choice questions), essays, research reports (group or individual), presentations, statistics assignments, and oral presentations.

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
International
£15,950
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 Psychology

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.

71%
low
Sociology
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.

Sociology

Teaching and learning

77%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
83%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
67%
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

71%
Library resources
85%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
66%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
16%
Male students
84%
Female students
90%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

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
11%
Male students
89%
Female students
92%
2:1 or above
2%
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.

Sociology

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.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
45%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

16%
Public services and other associate professionals
12%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
9%
Customer service occupations

We have quite a lot of sociology graduates, although numbers fell last year. But graduates still do pretty well. Most sociology graduates go straight into work when they complete their degrees, and a lot of graduates go into jobs in social professions such as recruitment, education, community and youth work, and housing. An important option for a sociology graduate is social work - and we're short of people willing to take this challenging but rewarding career. Sociology is a flexible degree and you can find graduates from the subject in pretty much every reasonable job — obviously, you don't find many doctors or engineers, but you do find them in finance, the media, healthcare, marketing and even IT. Sociology graduates taking further study often branch out into other qualifications, like teaching, law, psychology, HR and even maths, so don’t think a sociology degree restricts you to just one set of options.

Psychology

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
52%
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

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.

Social studies

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

£19k

£19k

£27k

£27k

£23k

£23k

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.

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.

£19k

£19k

£23k

£23k

£20k

£20k

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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