PSYCHOLOGY WITH EDUCATION

BSc (Hons) 

Accredited by University College Birmingham

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BSc (Hons)

Course Level

Undergraduate

Duration

3 years FT / 4.5 years PT

Placement

No placement

Entry

September 2025

Fees

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Trainee educational psychologists in England and Wales receive a bursary of £15,950 in year 1 and most also receive a bursary in year 2 and 3

Some industry placements will offer a salaried role for trainees, which can range from £24,970 to £34,107

Do you often wonder why people think, feel and behave the way they do? Do you also have a strong interest in education and how psychology applies? Then our BSc (Hons) Psychology with Education, with its contemporary curriculum with application to the modern world, is for you.

You will explore a range of core psychological perspectives to help you better understand human mind and behaviour and develop your reflective skills to understand more about the application of psychology, preparing you to reach your future goals. Alongside exploring theory in the classroom and its application to contemporary societal challenges, you will also have practical opportunities to develop your research and experimental skills in our state-of-the-art psychology lab.

Our practitioner academics and our regional partners who work in psychology-related fields will equip you to work in a diverse range of jobs or progress to study on one of our applied postgraduate courses. Practical work-based learning outside of the university and additional training around mental health are all included in this course and will ensure you are ready to put your knowledge and skills into practice.

The course will raise questions such as how do individual differences effect academic achievement? You will study modules across the psychology areas, and three bespoke modules exploring contemporary application of theory.

Why should I choose this course?

  • PROFESSIONAL BODY STANDARDS – Written to the standards set by the professional body for psychology and accreditation will be applied for before the course starts in September 2025
  • INDUSTRY-FOCUSED MODULES – You will have modules shaped to develop the skills valued by employers and get to conduct research you are passionate complete with client interaction
  • WORK-BASED LEARNING – In your third year of study, you will be able to put your psychological theory into practice by taking on practical work-based learning to give you real understanding of using psychology in education-related environments
  • NO EXAMS - If you are not keen on exams, this course is for you. Unlike many degrees in this field, you will have no written exams during or at the end of the course and will be assessed through practical assessments and coursework only
  • EXPERT TUITION – You will be taught and led by BPS Chartered Psychologists so you emerge as a graduate with a strong skill base for working across education-related contexts, preparing you for progression onto a MSc
  • ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATION – In your first year, you will undertake mental health first aid training to gain a certificate to use in your work-based learning or future work opportunities

Our facilities

As a student on our BSc (Hons) Psychology with Education, you will have access to our new state-of-the-art psychology lab to develop your research skills and put your theoretical learning to the test, measuring psychophysiological responses to stimulus with our range of specialist equipment. You will also make use of our specialist software packages and equipment to help make sense of complex societal problems and be able to access simulation and immersive suites which create environments that represent those you may face in the real world.

Students will also have access to our state-of-the-art Moss House campus, which contains our Human Performance Laboratory with its 35-metre indoor running track, cutting-edge gym and anti-gravity treadmill.

Course breakdown

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Core Modules

Psychology within Diverse Communities

By studying this module, you will learn about the role of psychology across diverse cultural, ethnic and social communities. You will explore contemporary topics within social psychology such as cultural influences on mental health, the impact of marginalisation, the dynamics of intergroup relations, societal attitudes and bias, and social influence. Within this, you will be able to focus on the application of human behaviour, cognition and emotion and how these may differ across populations and the unique challenges presented by these. These topics play a big part in how society operates, where you will be able to equip yourself with the knowledge and awareness of working across diverse communities and populations with genuine empathy.

Applied Psychology

This module allows the application of your developing psychological knowledge, both to yourself and to others. You will gain opportunities to apply psychology to your own thinking and behaviour, enhancing your reflective skills, which are key to working in the wider psychological workforce and can also assist in your own wellbeing. To help you apply psychology to others, you will learn about a range of career options in psychology and the approach to understanding and supporting others that each discipline takes, hearing directly from those who are working in a diverse range of psychological roles, with varied client caseloads. Skills and knowledge developed over your psychology degree will be highly transferable to a wide range of career options and this module will give you the opportunity to reflect on your current goals and develop your plans.

Individual Differences and Personality

This module explores the diverse ways in which individuals vary in their thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Celebrating the uniqueness of people is central to your work in this module, as you explore the intricacies of human nature and how and why individual’s psychological traits differ. One exciting aspect of this module is the constant self-discovery the learning offers, where, as you explore different personality theories and approaches, you will gain valuable insights into your own traits, tendencies and quirks that make you unique. This will enhance your awareness of the diversity of humans, with topics around gender, intelligence and attitudes sparking life into the content, and encouraging you to delve into the differences in peoples’ cognitive make-up and the role of areas such as emotion, motivation and mood. Once you have grasped the fundamental theory, this module will continue to apply it to the world around us and you will explore the use of psychometrics to see what some of the challenges may be around this, both practically and morally, across a range of contexts. You will apply your knowledge to real-life situations, where you will develop skills such as communication, empathy and conflict resolution by engaging in meaningful debates and discussions with your fellow peers to appreciate the beauty of human diversity.

Introduction to Psychological Research Methods

Research is a core component across psychology, with this module essential to strengthening your understanding of the importance of scientific research across all related topics. Here, you will learn about the importance of evidence-based practice and how research contributes to advancing our understanding of psychological theories and approaches. One core element of the module will be the discussion-based activities you will engage in around important topics such as ethical dilemmas, research case studies, and identifying and evaluating patterns in behaviour and psychological functioning. Here, your ability to problem solve and engage in discussion with your peers will be crucial. The collaborative nature of the research methods module will create a sense of community amongst you and your peers, enabling you to work together to scrutinise research studies and share ideas to drive learning, which can be incredibly rewarding. Other key aspects of the module include exploring research design, where you will explore cause-and-effect relationships, data analysis and the statistical techniques used to analyse and interpret data. Furthermore, you will develop skills and knowledge around how to design, conduct, summarise, evaluate and present psychological research, which will provide the foundations for the research-based modules later in your degree. This includes the independent and exciting research project you will carry out in third year, where you will have the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience of designing and conducting a psychological study.

Fundamentals of Educational Psychology

This module introduces you to the core foundations of the discipline and provides an overview of areas such as the psychological aspects of learning. By studying this module, you will learn about psychological aspects of child development and behaviour, with the module designed to equip you with the understanding of how the mind influences and is influenced by education and educational situations. For example, the influence of motivation in learning. Therefore, you will begin forming your understanding of the role of psychological skills such as assessing learning needs, recognising individual differences, and modifying and tailoring teaching practices and behaviour. Whether it is exploring the influence of self-efficacy on academic success or factors effecting children’s learning journey, you will begin forming the skills and knowledge that will be crucial in other modules. Specifically, this will help you in modules such as Psychology and Inclusive Education at Level 5, and Applications of Educational Psychology at Level 6.

Mental Health and Wellbeing

(Mental health first aider training and certificate is embedded within this module) The Mental Health and Wellbeing module provides you with an overview of key topics in mental health and wellbeing, which connects key ideas from a range of socio-cultural, biological and clinical perspectives. Here, you will cover a range of factors that contribute to mental health and wellbeing and the techniques and interventions used to manage and treat these. The module’s holistic approach to exploring wellbeing investigates the emotional, psychological and social aspects, with these impacting individuals across the lifespan. Furthermore, this module offers a refreshing and engaging perspective on areas such as personal growth and self-discovery, where you will be encouraged to delve into your own thoughts and emotions, fostering a deeper understanding of your own mental health and wellbeing. This will enable you to learn how to manage areas such as stress, anxiety and confidence more effectively, which you can then apply to your engagement with others. The embedded mental health first aid certificate will provide you with a valuable qualification to use in the workplace and demonstrates expertise and commitment to the area to employers.

Core Modules

Psychology across the Lifespan

This module introduces you to key developmental psychology approaches to understanding people from birth through to older adults, with a wide range of developmental stages inbetween. Much of the traditional developmental literature focuses on babies and children, yet this module will use those approaches to bring our understanding right up to date and apply contemporary research to development at all stages of the lifespan. You will learn about typical development and what that may look like, but psychologists are often concerned more with atypical development as a better understanding of how this can help inform how we work with and support people whose development may have caused problems for them and others. This module will bring in key learning and core psychology covered in other modules you have completed so far, and you will explore attachments that we form to others, emotional development and theory of mind.

Qualitative Research Methods

This module focuses on one of the two main approaches to undertaking psychological research and you will learn through a variety of lectures, workshops, practical tasks and computer-based sessions. Here, you will develop a richer understanding of research questions that may be best answered by taking a qualitative approach, and from there, grasp the different methodological options to answering such questions. Qualitative research is becoming increasingly appreciated in psychology as it really helps us answer the why? questions. It allows us to gather a wealth of data in diverse ways, which, rather than numbers, is usually words. It may even be images or rigorous interpretation of multimedia sources. Different approaches to understanding research from a qualitative perspective will be introduced to you and you will get the opportunity in class for practical-based work, where you will not only devise project ideas, but collect qualitative data using a choice of methods. Here, you can try out your skills of interviewing and conducting focus groups and use the data you collect to make sense of a complex problem. You will get the chance to analyse data using a specialist software package in our computer lab and interpret it in line with your chosen approach.

Cognitive Psychology

While studying this module, you will be exposed to a wide range of exciting topics, which will allow you to gain an insight into the inner workings of the human mind. This branch of psychology will focus on the scientific concept of metacognition and the act of thinking about thinking. Here, you will study topics such as memory, attention, problem-solving, language and decision-making, where you will delve into why we act the way we do and how we may be able to control our mind under pressure, across different environments and with different people. You will learn about the function and structure of the brain and explore some of the mysteries that influence the way we think, feel and behave. One key area you will study will be perception, where you will explore how we interpret and make sense of incoming visual, auditory and tactile information to construct how we see the world. You will not only learn about these topics in the classroom, but will have access to the labs to bring the theory to life and develop your practical learning opportunities, using specialist psychological equipment and software.

Biological Psychology

This module will focus on the biological basis of human behaviour, and you will explore the role of genetics and the environment and how the two operate to affect behaviour. Have you ever wondered why we sometimes get a physical response to psychological problems? Well, neuroscience may hold some answers for you and this module will help you understand, through the scientific study of the nervous system. The relationship between the brain and our behaviour is complex and you will look at testing some of these links by undertaking practical sessions in our psychology lab with specialist equipment. These small group sessions will help you contextualise your theoretical learning from lectures, and you will be able to develop your understanding of how much ‘nature’ has to do with how we think, feel and behave.

Quantitative Research Methods

This module explores the other main approach to undertaking psychological research, which takes a numerical approach to working with data. You will have a fundamental understanding of quantitative research from your first-year research module, and this will help you further explore the importance of identifying and evaluating patterns in behaviour, psychological functioning and experience. You will generate and explore hypotheses and research questions drawing on relevant theory and research. To consolidate your theoretical understanding, you will spend time in the psychology labs and conduct empirical studies involving a variety of data collection methods, including experiments, observation and questionnaires. You will get some hands-on experience using specialist software, laboratory equipment and psychometric instruments, so that you can apply psychological knowledge ethically and safely to real-world problems.

Psychology and Inclusive Education

This module seeks to provide you with an ability to understand the diverse psychological underpinnings of inclusive education. The module is thoughtfully structured to provide a comprehensive understanding of the diverse psychological theories and practical requirements essential for inclusive education. It aims to delve deeper into the intricate aspects of this field, encompassing a broad spectrum of methods, techniques, and strategies. This approach is intended to facilitate the creation of an inclusive learning environment, where every learner is acknowledged and valued. The course content is designed to be versatile, addressing various learning styles and needs, thereby moving towards an educational framework that is truly inclusive and adaptive to the needs of all individuals. Emphasis is placed on fostering a holistic educational experience, one that not only imparts academic knowledge but also nurtures emotional and social growth, ensuring that every student has the opportunity to thrive in a supportive and understanding educational setting.

Core Modules

Psychology Dissertation (40 credits)

This double credit module allows you to showcase your research knowledge and skills developed over the course so far. Here you will select a topic of interest which is worthy of further study, and you will design a research project to help you answer a specific question. Through applying your skills in literature searching, synthesis of findings and appreciation of selecting the best methodology, you will devise your research plan and then carry out this research. You will then report on the findings, making sense of them through analysing and making logical recommendations for future work. This dissertation is something we will support you to be ready for over your course, and you will be allocated an academic supervisor who will be there to support. This research project can be related to any area of psychology you choose so it allows for you changing interests over the course. After all, we will be opening your minds to question different approaches and to inform you about areas of psychological work you never knew existed. Over your previous modules of study, you will have been exploring ethical guidelines, frameworks, and practice and across your research you will be demonstrating your application of these by making ethical decisions about the route you take and ensuring participant safety. You will also have studied modules in both quantitative and qualitative research methods and so the choice is yours as to which approach you take. You may even combine the two and take a mixed methods approach to answering your question. This project will help you bring together your skills of problem solving, critical thinking, analysis and communication, ready for the next stage in your studies or career journey.

Psychology in the Real World (Work Based Learning)

This innovative module gives you the opportunity to go into a relevant workplace and gain practical experience, applying psychological theories to real-world contexts. You will have the opportunity to match your workplace to an area that links well to your future goals and that helps you further develop your transferable skills to help you on your way to your dream job. This module will have a mix of classroom-based learning and built in hours which you have flexibility in accruing, to help you complete your work-based learning. During this time, you will develop your reflective skills and assess your personal development goals, gaining feedback from both academic staff and leaders in the workplace. By the end of this module, you will have built up evidence for your CV and future interviews, but more importantly you will have had chance to assess what you found valuable and what not so, about a different work-based experience/environment/client group.

Therapeutic Approaches in Practice

Throughout your course so far, you will have learnt about a range of mental health conditions and been introduced to some different psychological treatment approaches. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is the most widely available and practised, due to robust empirical evidence, yet there are many alternative therapeutic approaches which are increasingly being recommended. This module will focus on the NHS recommended talking therapies, including different approaches to CBT dependent upon the client/group and condition, for example trauma focussed CBT. You will get to explore therapies such as eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EDMR), Interpersonal therapy, Mindfulness approaches to therapy and a range of counselling approaches. Through your exploration you will evaluate the appropriateness of each and work with real world examples to complete case formulation and direct interventions, using an evidence-based approach.

Applications of Educational Psychology

Having been exposed to the core foundations of educational psychology; this module will look to combine your previous skills and knowledge developed in the programme and now identify how you would carry these out in the real world. This module will look at the applications of psychology in delivering an inclusive education. You will consider how you may select the right approach and intervention and implement it to help support an individual, organisation, or team and look to achieve best practice. The role of areas such as ethics sit at the heart of this module and will require you to understand vital areas such as confidentiality, relationships, and safeguarding and how these underpin and influence educational psychology practice. Ultimately, you should finish this module with a comprehensive ability to understand evidence-based practice and how psychology is applied to education.

Optional module (choose one from the following)

Applied Forensic Psychology

Here, you will apply your wealth of psychological knowledge gained from over the course to working in forensic practice. The focus will initially be on working with offenders and how psychology can help us understand more about an offender's route into committing crimes. The application of psychology to assessing risk of future behaviour will be considered, as well as considering appropriate interventions that can target a range of offender needs. The module will shift its focus to the application of psychology to understanding the victim experience and the treatment needs that may arise following victimisation. This module will have you completing offender assessments and treatment plans and give you a strong understanding of a range of jobs which you may progress into with an interest in this applied field, working within prisons, probation, police or victims' services.

Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology

Studying the applied sport and exercise psychology module will give you access to promoting psychology in a wide range of sport and exercise settings, across various populations, to address key areas around performance, wellbeing and physical activity. Here, you will design and implement both psychological skills training (goal setting, imagery and self-talk) and behavioural interventions to help enhance performance, increase exercise adherence and improve wellbeing. You will explore the role of psychology when working within multidisciplinary teams and how the discipline can be used to inform and enhance other professionals’ work, which is essential for best practice. Whether it is working with a client who is new to exercise or delivering psychology at the cutting edge within a high-performance environment, we will explore how behaviour guides and impacts an individual’s ability to achieve their goals. You will benefit from learning contemporary case studies, practical exercises and role play scenarios, from lecturers with industry experience in order to bridge the gap between theory and practice.

Health Psychology

Health Psychology is an area which applies psychological theory to behaviours which are relevant to illness and health. This module will provide you with an overview of the scope of this growing field and how Psychology can help us understand and develop approaches to healthcare, working with people of all ages, health conditions and psychological needs. This module will have input from Health Psychologists working in practice and you will be able to work on simulated real-world cases, whilst understanding the importance of multidisciplinary teamwork with other health care professionals. Health Psychologists often work to address public health issues and use their psychological knowledge to better understand problems and support individual or groups through delivering and evaluating interventions. This module will give you a strong understanding of a range of jobs which you may progress in to with an interest in this applied field, working within hospital, community healthcare providers or educational settings.

The modules listed above for this course are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up to date and informed by industry as well as the latest teaching methods. On occasion, we may need to make unexpected changes to modules – if this occurs, we will contact all offer holders as soon as possible.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Either:

  • A-levels: An A-level grade profile of CCC 
  • T-levels: A T-level graded Pass with a core component of grade C
  • BTEC: A BTEC grade profile of MMM. This can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications
  • Tariff: Other Level 3 qualifications are accepted for entry. A minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points will be required
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 96 UCAS Tariff points including a minimum of 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction

Plus:

  • English and maths GCSE at grade C/grade 4 or above (or equivalent)

International students

EU/international students 

For entry requirements for EU and international students, please visit the Country Specific Information page.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

Students on this course are subject to the BPS Code of Professional Conduct and University Fitness to Practise Policy, together with a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. University College Birmingham will co-ordinate and fund the completion of the DBS check.

Did you know that we offer an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Social Science and Health? This can offer an alternative pathway onto this degree course for those who don’t possess the necessary qualifications.

Key information

Teaching and assessment

Note: Indicative information only – actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued at your induction. 

You will experience a diverse mix of teaching methods and settings, including traditional lectures, workshops, tutorials, seminars and lab work. Our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) provides you with a range of electronic resources to facilitate face-to-face learning. In addition, you will also be supported with weekly Graduate Advantage sessions as part of your timetabled learning.

Your course will include a wide range of innovative authentic assessment methods, as, where possible, the knowledge and skills which you will be assessed against will be mapped onto the real-world skills required in the relevant job market. Assessments will include a combination of written coursework, reports, presentations, reflective pieces, work-based learning and practical assessments.

These authentic assessments will reflect workplace scenarios, including psychological assessments and prospective interventions, whilst developing your skills as a reflective practitioner. There will also be a dissertation module, where you will carry out an empirical research project of your choosing.

Teaching

Example of a typical teaching week (up to 15 contact hours):

  • Large group teaching – 6 hours
  • Smaller group teaching – 6 hours
  • Tutorials – 2 hours 

You will also need to commit around 20 hours per week for individual study time.

Assessment

Estimated breakdown of assessment for this course:

  • Coursework – 60%
  • Practical assessment – 40%
  • Written examinations – 0%

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2021-2024.

Additional qualifications and training

Mental Health First Aid training is incorporated into this course - at no additional cost to students.

Tuition fees

UK students

If you are a UK student enrolling on a standard-length Foundation Degree or a BA/BSc at University College Birmingham, your fee for this academic year will be £9,250. A half-year tuition fee is £4,625. There will be no change to this tuition fee for the forthcoming two academic years (2023/24 and 2024/25).

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International students

If you are an international student enrolling on a full-time foundation degree or a BA/BSc in 2023/24, your fee for this academic year will be £13,500 per year. The course fee for academic year 2024/2025 is £14,000 per year.

If you complete a placement year, there will be an administration fee of £500 for a full year or £250 for a half-year placement.

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Kick-Start Scheme

As a new student studying this course full-time, you will receive £300 per year through our Kick-Start Scheme (UK students only, eligibility criteria applies). This scheme will support your studies and future career by contributing to course-related materials, uniform or selected items on campus. You may also qualify for an additional £500 per year.

Find out more about the Kick-Start Scheme here.

Unibuddy Community - meet other students on your course

Starting university is an exciting time, but we understand that it can sometimes feel a little daunting. To support you, you will be invited to join our Unibuddy Community, where you can meet other students who have applied for the same course at University College Birmingham, before you start studying here.

As soon as you have been made an offer, you will be sent an invitation email to complete your registration and join the Unibuddy Community. For more information, check out our Unibuddy Community page.

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Work-based learning

  • There is a practical, work-based learning module embedded into the third year of study. This means hours which need to be completed are already built into your study time for the module and there is no additional time requirement from you.
  • This module enables you to work in an area which is new to you and develop your transferable skills while applying psychological theory to the real world. You have a diverse number of relevant types of experience open to you, using our own network or your own contacts and independent efforts to source opportunities.
  • You have the opportunity to choose to work in diverse community settings such as healthcare, charities, education, business, sports and offence-focused work as the application of psychology is possible within virtually any sector.
"Embark on a transformative journey with our psychology with education degree, where you'll learn how to unlock the potential to inspire and sculpt the minds of future generations. In shaping lives, young and seasoned, you'll be pivotal in forging a brighter society, empowering individuals to reach their utmost potential."

Dr Chris Higton Psychology teaching and learning technician

Career opportunities

The example roles and salaries below are intended as a guide only.

Educational psychologist

Average Salary: £45,000

Health psychologist

Average Salary: £45,000

Psychotherapist

Average Salary: £49,000

Counsellor

Average Salary: £31,000

Clinical psychologist

Average Salary: £51,000

Further education teacher

Average Salary: £33,000

Want to continue your studies? Completing this BSc will give you the opportunity to move onto our MSc Dietetics, MSc Strength, Conditioning and Performance or MSc Public Health degree.

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Helen's Story

Helen went on to study psychology at undergraduate level, further developing her thirst for knowledge in the area, and continued her professional development in the field of health psychology. 

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