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Bachelor Psychology

Binding Study Advice (BSA)

Psychology

Binding Study Advice (BSA)

The propaedeutic year of all Bachelor’s programmes at the UvA includes what is known as Binding Study Advice (BSA). This is used at the end of the first year of study (following the summer resits) to determine whether the student genuinely has the motivation and capability to succeed on the degree programme. The BSA is one of a series of measures intended to increase the likelihood of students successfully completing their degree programmes in time.

  • First-year students who have obtained 48 EC (or more) at the end of the first year of study are permitted to continue with their Bachelor in the subsequent academic year.
  • During the propaedeutic year, all first-year students are issued with several provisional recommendations on the progress of their study, on the basis of which they can take urgent remedial action or decide to end the programme.
  • Students who receive a negative BSA are not permitted to re-enrol for the Bachelor's programme in Psychology at the UvA or other Psychology degree programmes with an enrolment restriction (numerus fixus) for the next three academic years. 
  • If, as a result of exceptional circumstances, such as illness or other personal factors, a student is unable to obtain the number of credits required to achieve a positive BSA, it is possible to lodge an appeal against a negative BSA with the Examinations Board.