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.
- 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.
- family support workers
- behaviour specialists
- primary or early years teachers.
For information about course structure and the moules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck’s online prospectus.
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
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.
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 course.
There is no data available for this course. For further information visit the Discover Uni website.
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£6360||Year 1|
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