BSc (Hons) Psychology in Education

The BSc (Hons) Psychology in Education will give you a theoretically rich and practical understanding of the contribution of psychology to the field of education.

You will study psychological accounts of learning as a process of human development, that take place in contexts that include the family, early years provision and schooling. The programme includes a placement in your final year so that you can apply your knowledge to work with children and young people in a professional setting.

  • You will be taught by world-leaders in the field of Psychology of Education, with a distinctive social justice perspective.
  • The BSc (Hons) Psychology in Education will prepare you for a range of postgraduate training and career options, including Educational Psychology, teaching and research. 
  • Accredited by the British Psychological Society
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The programme will help prepare you for a range of postgraduate training and career options, including Educational Psychology, teaching and research.  

This programme includes core and optional modules in a range of areas of psychology such as biological, cognitive, developmental and social psychology, with a specific focus on their application to education. Research methods training, and developing an understanding of the contribution of psychological research to education, will also be an important feature of this programme.  Our modules will be regularly updated to include the newest research in the field, and to reflect the changing role and influence of psychology in education. 

You can select additional modules from our BA (Hons) Education to understand the role of psychology in the context of the contributions of sociology, history and philosophy of education. 

There are three years of study, each worth 120 credits, including a compulsory two-week vocational placement during the third year and completion of a dissertation.


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Modules

Year One

Compulsory

  • Introduction to Cognitive Psychology 
  • Introduction to Developmental Psychology
  • Quantitative Research Methods in Psychology – Part 1
  • Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology – Part 1

Optional

Two modules drawn from our BA (Hons) Education programme.

  • Equality and Diversity: Children, Families and Society 
  • Schooling: a social and cultural history
  • Contemporary Issues in Education
  • Philosophy of EducationYoung People and Social Change

Or one module from the BA (Hons) Education modules listed above and one Widening Horizons Module.

Year Two

Compulsory

  • Biological psychology across the lifespan
  • Cognitive psychology across the lifespan
  • Psychology of learning – Individual Differences
  • Psychology of learning – Social Psychology
  • Quantitative Research Methods in Psychology – Part 2
  • Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology – Part 2  

Year Three

Compulsory

  • Placement
  • Dissertation

Optional

Three modules drawn from our BA (Hons) Education programme

  • Cultural Psychology and Child Development
  • Children as Citizens
  • Exploring Disability and Inclusion
  • Learning Communities
  • Identify Politics and Everyday Life

Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2019. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

For more information on this degree programme please email ug-education@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Alternatively, please contact Admissions for more information on admission and entry requirements. Email admissions@bham.ac.uk or telephone 0121 414 5488.

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Fees and funding

2019 - 2020

UK Students

For UK students beginning their studies in September 2019, the University of Birmingham will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year. The fees for your first year of study will therefore be £9,250.

EU Students

For EU students beginning their studies in September 2019, the University of Birmingham will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year. The fees for your first year of study will therefore be £9,250 provided this continues to be permitted by UK law.

Overseas Students

For overseas students beginning their studies in September 2019, the University of Birmingham will charge £16,740 for the first year of study.

Visit our tuition fees pages for more information on all these fees.

Living Costs

Please visit the Living Costs webpage to find out more about other costs such as accommodation.

Scholarships

Learn more about our scholarships and awards

The University of Birmingham Undergraduate Research Experience scheme offers financial support for undergraduates to undertake work experience or a research placement in the summer vacation. The scheme is open to all first-, second- and penultimate-year undergraduate students. It is also open to final-year undergraduate students who are in the process of applying for, or who have already applied for, a place on a postgraduate programme at the University of Birmingham.

Entry requirements

Number of A levels required:
3
Typical offer:
ABB
Required subjects and grades:
ABB including Psychology
General Studies:
not accepted

Additional information:

Maths and English at GCSE grade C or above. Please note, a GCSE Science at grade C is preferred but not essential. (For students wishing to pursue a career in Primary or Early Years teaching, it is essential to hold a GCSE Science at grade C).

Other qualifications are considered – learn more about entry requirements

We are keen to encourage applicants with a wide range of qualifications and prior learning experiences. These include the International Baccalaureate, international foundation programmes and BTEC, CACHE and Access to HE diplomas. Please address any queries about qualifications, APL or mature entry to the Admissions enquiry contact address: ug-education@contacts.bham.ac.uk

A satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required from accepted candidates before registration for the programme.

International students:

Standard English language requirements apply
Learn more about international entry requirements

We welcome applications from international students doing foundation courses. There are no particular subject requirements but evidence of essay writing is beneficial and IELTS scores are required.

English language support - before your course starts

The University offers Presessional English courses for students who wish to improve their knowledge of spoken and written English in preparation for academic study at the University of Birmingham. Students with conditional offers have the option of attending one of these courses instead of retaking IELTS 

English language support - during your studies

Birmingham International Academy (BIA) provides free English language services to international students who are currently studying on undergraduate or postgraduate courses at the University of Birmingham.  Services include Open-access English classes, online self-assessment, online materials through CANVAS, email answers to quick questions and individual one to one tutorials.  For a small fee, BIA also offers classes for partners of international postgraduate students and staff, social events including day trips and HOST visits.   

Our Foundation Pathways at the University of Birmingham combine the highest standards of one of Britain’s leading global universities with a fully integrated student experience. Designed for international students who require a preparatory year prior to UK undergraduate study, the foundation programme is equivalent in learning to year 13 of the UK education system.

How to apply

Apply through UCAS at www.ucas.com 
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Your learning will take place in a range of different settings, from scheduled teaching in lectures and small group tutorials, to self-study and peer group learning (for example preparing and delivering presentations with your classmates).

To begin with you may find this way of working challenging, but you will have access to a wealth of support to help you make this transition. Personal tutors and welfare tutors can help with both academic and welfare issues, and offer help for any particular areas where you need support. You will also have the use of dedicated e-learning, IT and library facilities within the School and university to support your studies.

Students in the School of Education are taught by experienced specialists. Many have published widely in their area of expertise and can offer a unique perspective of their subject.  Our teaching and assessment strategy reflect our concern with real life practice. As well as learning in lectures and seminars, students are asked to undertake a variety of enquiry based learning activities; undertaking small research projects, participating in public debates and working in groups to solve problems. 

As an undergraduate student, you will be part of a lively School which is actively engaged in the education sector. We hold regular events to which you will be invited. Previous speakers have included Michael Gove MP, Liam Bryne MP, Baroness Doreen Lawrence OBE and Baron David Blunkett.

Contact hours

Throughout your Psychology in Education degree you can expect about 12 hours of contact time per week. The precise number of contact hours will vary from year to year and will be affected by the particular module choices you make. Contact hours consist of lectures, seminars and a variety of other activities designed to help you to develop your learning.

Assessment methods

Studying at degree-level is likely to be very different from your previous experience of learning and teaching. You will be expected to think, discuss and engage critically with the subject and find things out for yourself.  

We assess students not only on the basis of the knowledge they have gained, but also the skills that they have acquired. You’ll be assessed in a variety of ways, and these may be different with each module that you take. 

You will be assessed through coursework which may take the form of essays, group or individual presentations, as well as formal exams. Our assessment strategy does not just deliver grades. It seeks to widen horizons and to promote self-development so that our graduates are valued for their leadership and problem-solving capabilities. 

At the beginning of each module, you’ll be given information on how and when you’ll be assessed for that particular programme of study. You’ll receive feedback on each assessment within four weeks, so that you can learn from and build on what you have done. 

During your first year you will undergo a formal ‘transition’ review to see how you are getting on and if there are particular areas where you need support. This is in addition to the personal tutor who is based in your school or department and can help with any academic issues you encounter.

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Our award-winning Careers Network team can help you develop your career from the moment you arrive with us, through bespoke training and events. Careers Network support is tailored to your academic subject area, offering a specialist College team who can give you expert advice.

A University of Birmingham degree is highly sought after by employers as evidence of the ability to succeed in a demanding academic environment. Transferable skills from the BA Education programme include: 

  • written communication developed through writing essays; 
  • oral communication skills gained through reasoned debates during seminars and presentations;
  • ability to work as part of a team, through collaborative group work;
  • research and analytical skills with the ability to judge and evaluate information;
  • organisational and time management skills by prioritising tasks to ensure academic, social and work commitments are completed on time; 
  • negotiation, informally with peers and formally with staff;
  • problem solving; 
  • IT skills.

We expect graduates our programme to use these skills in combination with the subject knowledge gained throughout the degree, to pursue successful careers in roles directly related to the programme such as::

  • Educational Psychologist
  • Child Psychotherapist
  • Counsellor
  • Social Worker
  • Speech and Language Therapist
  • Primary of Secondary School Teacher
  • Special Educational Needs Teacher
  • Learning Mentor
  • Researcher

Graduates can also continue into related postgraduate study at Masters and Doctoral level. Find out more about our postgraduate programmes.