Birkbeck, University of London

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of London

Psychology for Education

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Course summary

Are you interested in how children and young people learn? Do you want to know more about their development, mental health, emotional well-being, and how psychology is applied to learning and teaching? Whether you already work with children and young people or would like to work with them, the BA Psychology for Education at Birkbeck will prepare you for a wide range of jobs and career progression. This degree will give you significant skills and understanding in how psychological theory and research can support children more effectively. Drawing on expertise within the Department of Psychological Sciences, you will focus on issues of relevance to professionals working with children and young people, including:

  • intellectual, social and emotional development
  • mental health and well-being
  • learning and learning difficulties
  • communication and relationship building
  • special educational needs, inclusion and diversity
  • reflective practice.
You will study key issues in developmental and educational psychology, critically analyse theories and research, and explore how these can support your professional practice. Throughout the degree you will be able to select option modules to reflect your individual and professional interests. In your final year you will produce an extended essay on a topic of your choice, under the guidance and supervision of an academic member of staff. Highlights
  • This BA Psychology for Education will equip you with knowledge and a critical appreciation of contemporary psychological theory and research, and key issues in educational and developmental psychology.
  • The degree is unique in its highly applied focus, allowing you to explore how psychological theories (especially in educational psychology) can benefit both teachers and students. It will support you to develop your skills as a professional and to develop strategies and approaches that will be directly applicable in your work with children and young people.
  • You will have access to extensive support as part of your lectures and through additional study days and workshops.
  • Our graduates have successfully progressed to a wide range of careers, including specialist support workers, learning mentors, family support professionals, nursery managers, pastoral managers and Special Educational Needs coordinators. Others have continued their studies to master’s level or gained professional qualifications, for example, as teachers, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, counsellors and psychotherapists specialising in therapeutic work with children and young people.
  • The Department of Psychological Sciences is strongly oriented towards research and contains the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, the Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Social Issues, the Birkbeck-UCL Centre for Neuroimaging and the Centre for Cognition, Computation and Modelling. The department also recently became a member of the Bloomsbury Centre for Genetic Epidemiology and Statistics.
  • Our Department of Psychological Sciences is consistently regarded as one of the top psychological sciences departments in the UK. In the 2021 Research Excellence Framework, and for the third time, it was ranked in the top ten universities in the UK.
Careers and employability Graduates can pursue career paths in psychology, education and research. This degree is suitable for those who want to support children and young people’s learning, development and wellbeing as:
  • mentors
  • family support workers
  • behaviour specialists
  • primary or early years teachers.
Please note: this degree does not confer Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society or Qualified Teacher Status. You will need to undertake further training at postgraduate level.

Course details

Modules

For information about course structure and the moules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck’s online prospectus.

Assessment method

Essays, including essay plans and an extended essay; case studies; research reports; critical analyses of published papers; class presentations; learning and reflective journals; and examinations.


How to apply

To apply for this course you will be taken to the provider's website, where you can find out more information and make an application.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

There are no formal IELTS requirements for this course and students undertake a written test prior to interview to determine their level of English. International students must also have a placement working with children or young people in the UK before their application can be considered.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We welcome all interested applicants with and without formal qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. However, as a minimum, applicants must have: - a good standard of written and spoken English - a good standard of basic mathematics - basic computer skills - an active and ongoing engagement in the education sector working directly with children or young people (as a paid employee or as a volunteer) for a minimum of one day (six hours) a week, for the duration of the degree. - a workplace mentor (to support your reflective practice at work) Confirmation of your placement and mentor will only be required when you enrol. ALTERNATIVE ENTRY ROUTES The Certificate of Higher Education in Applied Psychology offers an entry route into the second year of this programme.


Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £6935 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6935 Year 1
Scotland £6935 Year 1
Wales £6935 Year 1
International £10920 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students are charged a tuition fee in each year of their programme. Tuition fees for students continuing on their programme in following years may be subject to annual inflationary increases.

Provider information

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Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street
Bloomsbury
London
United Kingdom
WC1E 7HX


Clearing contact details

Clearing Enquiry form
Admissions Office

020 3907 0700

Course Clearing information

Additional information

Our Clearing hotline opens at 8.30am on Tuesday 10th August until 6pm and 9am on Wednesday 11th August until 6pm. From Thursday 12th August our phone lines will be open 10.30 - 6pm (Mon-Thur) and 10.30 -5pm (Fri). Virtual Clearing Event - http://www.bbk.ac.uk/events/


Course contact details

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Birkbeck Student Advice Service

0203 907 0700

Psychology for Education at Birkbeck, University of London - UCAS