Birkbeck, University of London

Psychology for Education Birkbeck, University of London Degree level: Undergraduate


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Are you interested in psychology and education? How children and young people learn? In the mental and emotional well-being of children and young people? Perhaps you already work, or would like to work, with children and young people in educational settings and want to enhance your academic knowledge and professional practice. You may be considering training in one of the professions in education and would like to take a first step by attaining a relevant undergraduate degree.

This BA Psychology for Education offers a unique opportunity to explore how current psychological understanding can enhance professional practice. Drawing on expertise within the Department of Psychological Sciences, you will focus on issues of particular relevance to the everyday experience of educators, including children's intellectual, social and emotional development, communication and relationship building, working in partnership with parents and carers, working in multidisciplinary teams, and reflective practice.

You will study key issues in educational psychology and critically analyse a wide range of research. You will also produce an extended essay reviewing existing relevant specialist knowledge in a topic of your choice, under the guidance and supervision of an academic member of staff. In addition, and in collaboration with Birkbeck's Department of Organizational Psychology, you will be able to select option modules to reflect your individual and professional interests.


  • This programme will equip you with knowledge and a critical appreciation of contemporary psychological theory and research, and issues in educational psychology.

  • You will gain analytical and critical thinking skills transferable to professional settings in education.

  • 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 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) and we achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to research of world-leading quality.

  • Psychological research at Birkbeck has ranked fifth in the world in a category of the Best Global Universities Rankings 2016, an important and influential index of research quality.

  • Psychology at Birkbeck is ranked third best in London, ninth in the UK and 85th globally in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject.

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

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential.

Students on this programme are usually over 21 or have extensive experience of working with children or young people.

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:

- experience of working with children or young people
- a good standard of written and spoken English equating to GCSE English
- a good standard of basic mathematics
- basic computer skills
- an ongoing placement working with children or young people in an educational setting (as a paid employee or as a volunteer) for a minimum of one day (six hours) per week, for the duration of the degree.

Suitability for admission will be assessed on the basis of the application and all applicants are interviewed. Applicants are also required to undertake a written test of their English and mathematics skills as well as a self-assessment of their computer skills as part of the interview process. Admission will be conditional on students providing written confirmation of their work placement and on arranging for a workplace mentor who would be willing to provide ongoing professional support for the duration of the degree.

Please see our progression routes information for further details.

Alternative entry routes

The Certificate of Higher Education in Applied Psychology offers an entry route into the second year of this programme.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £6,935 * Year 1
EU £6,935 * Year 1
International £10,275 * Year 1
England £6,935 * Year 1
Northern Ireland £6,935 * Year 1
Scotland £6,935 * Year 1
Wales £6,935 * Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

The fees shown are for 2019/20 academic year. Those for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed.

Provider information

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Birkbeck, University of London
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Course contact details

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Birkbeck Student Advice Service

0203 907 0700