Real Training

Degree level: Postgraduate
Awarded by: Middlesex University

Psychology for Education (Taught)

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Course summary

The Psychology for Education module is lead by Jalak Patel, a senior educational psychologist who has worked with families and schools in the UK and Hong Kong. With 3 cohorts a year in January, May & September you can choose a start date that suits you. You will have up to 12 months to complete the module via our online learning platform Campus Online. If you are considering taking your studies further this module will provide you with 30 credits toward a PGcert, PGDip or MEd on our SEND programme. Here are some key reasons why you should take this module: Develop an understanding of different psychological theories and how they relate to educational settings Understand the individual differences of learners within a learning environment and how to adapt pedagogy to support these. Understand the mediating impact of the teacher in implementing metacognitive strategies with learners Explore and examine how positive psychology can impact educational settings. Understand the theories underpinning their own teaching approaches and “core values” and reflect on how these can be effectively harnessed to further develop their pedagogy.

Course details


The Psychology for Education course is divided into three units. These units cover the following: Strand 1: Explores psychology applied to learners. The aims of this unit are to equip the delegate with the knowledge and skills to critically apply cognitive psychology theories to their classroom practice, to explore implementing metacognitive strategies with learners via a small scale piece of classroom-based research and to reflect on how pedagogy can be adapted to support individual differences. Strand 2: Explores psychology applied to settings. The aims of this unit are to develop delegates’ understanding of Positive Psychology with specific reference to Character Strengths; application of these strengths to self and others; and how they relate to a positive teaching and learning approaches. Activities are focussed on work with colleagues to establish personal strengths within the team and how these can be utilised to support the learners, teaching team and wider development of the setting. Strand 3: Explores psychology applied to the practitioner. The aims of this unit are to critically reflect on the delegates personal pedagogy and “core values”. The theory underpinning Personal Construct Psychology will be explored in the context of defining views of ‘the ideal teacher’ and the purpose of education for learners. Reflecting on the learning that has happened throughout the course will provide a framework for the development of a personal action plan for future professional growth.

Assessment method

Assessment is through coursework assignments covering the learning outcomes and will be via the presentation of a research portfolio, comprising (numbers in brackets refer to learning outcomes assessed): Critical/Practical analysis 1: (1500 words or equivalent) A diagrammatic overview of the strategies, concepts, and theories relating to one area of cognitive psychology, mapping knowledge to practical approaches to support teaching in the classroom. Practical analysis 2: (1500 words or equivalent) A visual presentation (powerpoint, video, a series of annotated photographs) outlining the process of engaging with a staff group to elicit character strengths and how these underpin the positive aspects of teaching in their school. Reflective analysis 3: (3000 words) A reflective analysis incorporating an evaluation of personal and professional development and an action plan for future change and growth. Delegates, should they wish to and where a word equivalence option is given, will be encouraged to produce a portfolio of evidence including the use multimedia approaches where suitable but will not be penalised for using text-based submissions.

How to apply

International applicants

This course is available online and can, therefore, be completed anywhere in the world. Please visit this page on our website - - for advice on payment options and other information relevant to those studying outside of the UK.

Entry requirements

Have an undergraduate degree Be working in or have access to an educational setting with children, young people or adults

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

£1300 + VAT

Sponsorship information

We do not qualify for any sponsorships or funding but we do offer the option to pay for our modules in instalments of either 1, 3 or 10. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss this further.

Psychology for Education at Real Training - UCAS