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 children's and young people's learning, their development, mental health and emotional well-being? In the application of psychology to learning and teaching? Perhaps you work (or would like to work) with children and young people and would like to attain a relevant undergraduate degree that would prepare you for a wide range of careers? This BA Psychology for Education offers you a unique opportunity to explore how psychological theory and research can help you develop the understanding you need to support children more effectively in a wide range of settings. 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 a wide range of 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.
  • Psychological Sciences at Birkbeck were ranked fifth in the UK in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) and we achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to research of world-leading quality.

Course details


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.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

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.
Psychology for Education at Birkbeck, University of London - UCAS