Psychology with Business - BSc (Hons)

UCAS Code:
C80B
Attendance:
Full Time (3 Years), Sandwich (4 Years), Part Time (5 Years)
Starting:
September 2018
Campus:

Psychology plays an important role in many aspects of business. By gaining skills in both subjects, you’ll be prepared for a range of graduate destinations.

You’ll use a variety of psychological tools and specialist software, as well as learning the key theories and principles of business, equipping you with the skills today’s employers demand.

What's covered in the course?

Gaining the core elements of a Psychology degree, you’ll also learn the analytical and communication skills you’ll need to succeed in a modern business environment. You’ll also be able to choose chartered psychology career paths, enabling you to directly apply business elements to different fields of psychology

The practical business experience and conceptual frameworks you’ll learn from both disciplines will enhance your employability prospects, and you’ll also be given the chance to collaborate with charities and local businesses, building your contacts as well as your skills.

Why Choose Us?

  • Students are satisfied with our Psychology courses! We scored 91 per cent for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2017.
  • This degree course is accredited by the British Psychological Society. This means that on successfully completing your degree with a pass of over 50%, you will gain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society. This allows you to pursue a career path in Psychology through accredited Master’s and Doctoral programmes throughout the UK. The course is therefore as professionally relevant and up-to-date as possible, taking into account the very latest developments in the profession.
  • On all of our programmes you will gain a professional focus and real world experience of psychology, ensuring you are equipped to make an immediate impact in your career. You have the opportunity to embark on a year-long sandwich placement as part of your degree course.
  • You will have the opportunity to collaborate with charities and government organisations, such as the NHS, in order to develop relevant employability skills and promote positive change.
  • All of our programmes have an international focus. This is embedded throughout the curriculum, giving you the opportunity to transform your experience with us into a global one. There are a variety of exciting possibilities open to you, ranging from our successful international travel scholarships scheme, through which you can spend a summer working for a charitable organisation overseas, to one of our many overseas study exchange programmes.
  • As a student on one of our undergraduate degrees, you will be able to benefit from our Graduate+ initiative. This three-year award programme enables you to gain award levels for all the extra-curricular activities you undertake so that you can stand out from the crowd on graduation.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to work in collaboration with our academic researchers to gain specialist insight into the fields of clinical, forensic, health and occupational psychology.
  • You can get involved with additional Psychology projects via our Voluntary Research Assistantship and Student Research Scheme.
  • All of our assessments emphasise the practical elements of the course, giving you a taste of what it is actually like to be a psychologist.
  • You will study in our state-of-the-art City Centre Campus, ideally located for you to take advantage of our links to industry in the UK’s second city.
  • We have the latest in psychological testing equipment, including eye tracking and EEG scanners.
  • Student support is at the forefront of our approach, with everything designed to give you the skills you need to succeed in the profession.
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This course is open to International students

*National Student Survey 2017

Where our students go

  • Psychologist
  • Teacher
  • Human Resources
  • Youth/Community Worker

This course is accredited by:

The British Psychological Society

Entry Requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

Typical Offers

A Level BBC or 112 UCAS points from a minimum of 2 subjects

Or

BTEC D*D* or combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 112 UCAS points

Plus

GCSE GCSE English Language and Maths at grade 4 or above. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment. Equivalent qualifications will be considered.
View Equivalent GCSE Qualifications that will be considered
QualificationGradeRequirements
England, Wales and Northern Ireland
City and Guilds Level 2 N/A Certificates in Adult Numeracy/Adult Literacy. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.
Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2 Pass English Language and Maths. Considered in lieu of GCSE English language at grade 4+. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.
Ireland
Irish Leaving Certificate (Ordinary Level) BBBCC Must include English language and Maths. Required at the point of enrolment.

Other acceptable UK Qualifications

Please select a qualification from the drop-down list to view our entry requirements:

If you have a qualification that is not listed, please contact the Course Enquiries Team

EU / International students
English language requirements 2017/18
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands
Other accepted qualifications Visit our English language page
International Students

Entry requirements here

From A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Sep 2018 FT 3 Years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 4 Years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS
PT 5 Years See below

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Sep 2018 FT 3 Years £12,000 per year
SW 4 Years £12,000 per year (excluding sandwich year)

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Guidance for UK/EU students

UCAS

UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

Applying through UCAS
 Register with UCAS
 Login to UCAS
 Complete your details
 Select your course
 Write a personal statement
 Get a reference
 Pay your application fee
 Send UCAS your application

Non-EU (International) students

There are three ways to apply:

1) Direct to the University

You will need to complete our International Application Form and submit it together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.

2) Through a country representative

Our in-country representatives can help you make your application and apply for a visa. They can also offer advice on travel, living in the UK and studying abroad.

3) Through UCAS

If you are applying for an undergraduate degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND), you can apply through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

You can request a printed form from your school or nearest British Council office. You will be charged for applying through UCAS. Birmingham City University’s UCAS code is B25 BCITY.

Personal statement

UK / EU students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.*

The personal statement gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.

Fees for part time students

If you study this course part-time or via distance learning, you will be charged on a pro-rata basis. This means your fee will be calculated per module.

Additional costs

There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. While you may choose to purchase personal copies of text books, all our key text books are available from our library or online (subject to normal library loan and online access arrangements).

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for your personal stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

This course is available part-time

Got any questions?

Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.

Loans and Grants

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Year One

Introduction to Psychology
20 credits

This module explores the origins, developments and refinements in the study of modern-day psychology, dating back to early philosophy. The module will ensure students will see how modern-day psychology has evolved, by viewing the scientific, cultural and social movements, and influences, that were happening alongside the development of this new discipline. 

Psychology and Research Skills
20 credits

The module will also explore many of the methods involved in planning and executing research within psychology, such as identifying an appropriate research question, reviewing existing literature, research planning, data collection methods and ethical considerations. The module will also introduce different types of psychological research.

Introduction to Research Methods and Statistics
20 credits

The module provides a conceptual understanding reporting research, the core statistical principals and tests. It provides hands-on experience of conducting an experiment, using statistical software for carrying out analyses and writing up the experiment in practical workshops. This module will equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills required to prepare them for future work, as well as identifying how the skills and knowledge gained during this module are relevant to future modules that cover GBC competencies.

Business Foundations
20 credits

Here you will explain the complimentary roles of the key functional areas of marketing, operations, and finance within a given organisation.

Business Environment
20 credits

You will demonstrate familiarity with appropriate theory, to demonstrate knowledge and understanding about the nature of industry and the formation of organisations.

Optional Modules
20 credits

The following are examples of optional modules, all of which are worth 20 credits each:

  • Cyber psychology
  • Parapsychology
  • Psychopathology

Year Two

Neuropsychology
20 credits

Here, you will continue to develop the key transferrable skills from your first year, while understanding the cognitive and neural theories across a range of areas. You will apply advanced psychological theory and methodology to real research questions. 

Quantitative Research Methods and Analysis
20 credits

You will appraise the relevance and utility of different quantitative methodologies in contemporary research practice.  

Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis
20 credits

You will design, construct, and carry out a small-scale qualitative research project, using contemporary qualitative methodologies and analyses.

Business Strategy
20 credits

Here you will apply appropriate conceptual strategic management models and frameworks to analyse differing organisational scenarios for a small business and, via a poster presentation, present them professionally and visually. 

Optional Modules
20 credits

The following are examples of optional modules, all of which are worth 20 credits each:

  • Health Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Occupational Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Real World Work Experiences
  • Business Entrepreneur
  • Accounting for Business

Final Year

Applied Social Psychology
20 credits

You will demonstrate knowledge and appraise major concepts, theoretical perspectives and empirical findings in social psychology.

Lifespan Psychology
20 credits

In this module, you will demonstrate a critical understanding of the different research methods within lifespan development, with an ability to create argued conclusions.

Business Processes and Systems
20 credits

In this module, you will choose and apply appropriate concepts, theories and methods to critically evaluate an existing business process.

Integrative Psychology Project Based Module
40 credits

In this module, you will seek out research sources to produce an in-depth dissertation that answers your own identified research question or knowledge gap, making a contribution to the existing literature within a chosen topic area. This will be facilitated through critical evaluation of the sources you have selected and used.

Optional Modules
20 credits

The following are examples of optional modules, all of which are worth 20 credits each:

  • One Planet Business
  • International Business

This programme is designed to deliver the highest standards in learning practice, while aligning with specifications determined by the BPS, and the QAA benchmark standards for business and management.

You will learn to reason scientifically, applying the main perspectives in psychology to the explanation of patterns in behaviour, psychological functioning and thinking. You’ll integrate the main perspectives in psychology and business, considering their application to the understanding of their contemporary issues within both disciplines.

In your first year, you will learn about the six core subject areas of Psychology, in addition to both the structure of organisations and businesses. You’ll gain a knowledge of finance and operation within different organisations, as well as developing psychological literary skills, such as writing and presenting. You will begin to think analytically, looking at different concepts and ideas.

Your second year will put a greater focus on professional practice, with some modules integrating biological and cognitive psychology to highlight the relationship between brain function and thought processing.  Our Employability module will also provide you with experience and help with CVs and interviews.

In your final year, you will conduct an Integrative Research Project, combining all elements of the degree in order to evaluate and answer a specific question relating to the course. 

Trips and Visits

Previous trips have included visiting the Science Museum in London, getting to see some of the museum’s acclaimed science exhibitions, and learning first-hand key processes and information.

This course is accredited by:

The British Psychological Society
The British Psychological Society

This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society, which not only demonstrates the high quality of our teaching provision, but also ensures our course remains cutting-edge, fresh and relevant.

The Society and its members develop, promote and apply psychology for the public good. They enhance the efficiency and usefulness of psychologists by setting high standards of professional education and knowledge, and cover all areas of psychological research and practice.

Find out more about British Psychological Society accreditation.

Overseas Opportunities

You can gain international insight and experience a new culture with our Erasmus exchange programme. Students have spent a term at a number of incredible institutions, including the University of San Diego in the USA, as well as destinations in Cyprus and Denmark.

We also offer our Make a Difference scheme, which has seen former students go to Thailand and Morocco.

Further Studies

Upon graduating from a Psychology course, you could progress onto one of our postgraduate courses.

Our MSc Forensic Psychology will enable you to develop a career in forensic or forensic-related settings, working with offenders and victims of crime.

We also offer an MSc Psychology course designed for non-accredited psychology graduates or graduates with a degree in an unrelated area looking to develop a career in professional psychology.

You will have the option to collaborate with charities and government organisations in order to promote positive change, while developing relevant employability skills. 

You’ll benefit from visiting professors from various applied psychology settings such as healthcare, clinical psychology, police and specialist academics in other universities.

You will also, through our Careers and Job Prospects team, be offered the chance to develop and improve your employability through workshops on CVs, career planning and interviews.

Placements

You will have opportunities to undertake shadowing and even research in other organisations, such as HMP Birmingham and Momentum Skills. Our close working relationships with leading local employers, such as Jaguar Land Rover and the NHS, will also give you the chance to gain valuable work experience.

You will also have the option of a placement year, where you can spend 12 months within a valid workplace, gaining vital real-world skills and gaining valuable industry contacts. 

More about our placement opportunities...

OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

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BCU Graduate+

Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.

Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.

More about Graduate+

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Studying in the UK is better

Overseas students studying in the UK are happier and have a better learning experience compared to those studying in other countries.

The International Undergraduate Students: The UK's Competitive Advantage report asked 365,754 international students studying outside their home country to give their feedback on what it's like to study in this country. And the UK scored top in every aspect.

So if you're looking at studying with us, you'll be making a good choice.

Overall measures: ranked positions
UK
Australia
Canada
NZ
US
Undergraduate 2014 2014 2014 2013 2014
Recommendation 1 4 3 5 2
Overall satisfaction 1 4 3 5 2
Arrival overall 1 2 4 5 3
Learning overall 1 4 3 5 2
Living overall 1 2 5 3 4
Support overall 1 4 5 3 2

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.

BCUIC

BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

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Curzon facilities staircase
Curzon facilities student hub

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

The Curzon Building

This course is based at our City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building, alongside other social sciences, law, business and English students.

The £63m building offers students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.

Realistic, simulated environments include two mock court rooms, a Magistrates' and Crown Court, and an interviewing suite. We’re also exploring the use of virtual environments as a way to develop case study analysis.

For those studying on the BA (Hons) Criminology, Policing and Investigation pathway, you’ll experience simulations of police interviewing environments for both suspects and witnesses, with access to tape recording and video playback analysis.

Crime investigation files are prepared using computer-based technology, and the crime data analysis requirements of the degree are supported by appropriate statistical and analytical software.

Psychology students can look forward to using state-of-the-art equipment as well, including the latest in eye-tracking software, and our new EEG machine, all geared towards giving you true hands-on experience with tools you’ll be using in your later career.

The Curzon Building also features:

  • An impressive new library with access to over 65 million full text items and stunning views of Eastside City Park
  • Your Students’ Union which is located in a beautifully restored 19th century pub, The Eagle and Ball
  • A modern 300-seat food court with space to study and socialise
  • Brand new, accessible IT facilities with full Office365 for all students for free
  • Shared facilities with the wider campus including the recently opened Parkside Building and Millennium Point

Dr Keeley Abbott

Lecturer in Social Psychology

Dr Keeley Abbott is a Lecturer in Social Psychology at Birmingham City University, where she teaches critical psychology, gender and sexualities, and qualitative research.

Olga-Fotakopoulou

Dr Olga Fotakopoulou

Senior Lecturer

Dr Olga Fotakopoulou is a Lecturer in Developmental Psychology in the Division of Psychology at Birmingham City University. Olga has worked as a researcher since 2003 in research projects funded by the European Union.

Paraic Scanlon

Lecturer in Development Psychology

Dr Paraic Scanlon completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Following this he worked in a centre for special education with children on the Autistic Spectrum before returning to NUI Maynooth for his PhD research.

Dr Amy Cook

Senior Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology

Based in the Division of Psychology, Dr Amy Cook’s research focuses on poor comprehenders among children - children who show significant impairments in their reading comprehension despite having age-appropriate reading accuracy.

Dr Elle Boag

Senior Lecturer in Social Psychology

After completing her BSc in psychology in 2006 at the University of Southampton, Elle Boag was awarded both the school of psychology prize and the BPS prize for best dissertation in the Wessex region. Subsequently, she continued onto an MSc in research methods in psychology which she completed in 2007.

Jagjeet Jutley

Dr Jagjeet Jutley-Neilson

Senior Lecturer in Developmental Psychology

Dr Jagjeet Jutley-Neilson coordinates core modules on the undergraduate psychology degree programmes. Jajeet's researches across the lifespan, but specifically in developmental disorders and intellectual disabilities in children.

Dr Emily Harrison

Dr Emily Harrison

Lecturer in Applied Psychology

Dr Emily Harrison completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology in 2011 and went on to complete a PhD in reading development in early 2015. Her research has largely focused on children’s reading development, more specifically to do with the role of rhythmic awareness in the development of early literacy skills.

Dr Silvio Aldrovandi

Senior Lecturer

Dr Silvio is a Lecturer in Psychology interested in the role of memory in judgment and decision-making. He completed a PhD in experimental psychology at City University London and then spent 3 years at the University of Warwick as a post-doctoral research fellow.

Emma McDonald

Dr Emma McDonald

Lecturer in Applied Psychology

Dr. Emma McDonald is a Chartered Psychologist and Lecturer in Applied Psychology at Birmingham City University. Her PhD was centred around the subject of Memory and Dyslexia. 

Dr Eirini Mavritsaki

Senior Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology / Director of Research (School of Social Sciences)

Dr Eirini Mavritsaki is currently Senior Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology and Director of Research in the School of Social Sciences at Birmingham City University. Eirini is also an Honorary Lecturer at The University of Birmingham.

Dr Michael Mantzios

Lecturer in Health Psychology / Deputy Director of Research for the School of Social Sciences

Dr Michael Mantzios is a Lecturer in Health Psychology at Birmingham City University, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and is working on research projects that relate to obesity, eating behaviours, mindfulness, self-compassion and self-kindness. 

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Dr Katerina Kantartzis

Lecturer in Applied Psychology

Dr Katerina Kantartzis's PhD looked at language development, and specifically at sound symbolism. Most of her research has focused on 2-3 year olds sensitivity and use of novel sound symbolic words in word learning tasks.

Dr Panagiotis (Panos) Rentzelas

Lecturer in Social Psychology

Dr Panagiotis Rentzelas’ teaching experience of health psychology stems from his long-term interest in applying quantitative social psychology research into health-related policy making. He is especially interested in investigating the role of culture on the efficiency of a psychological intervention.

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

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