Psychology for Education (BA): 4-year, part-time

Year of entry


Start date

October 2018


Central London


Fully Approved


Four years part-time


One to three afternoons or evenings a week, plus some Saturdays

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.

In your final year, 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.


Course structure

In Years 1 and 2 modules are studied jointly with students from the Foundation Degree in Psychology for Education Professionals. In Years 3 and 4 you study modules shared with the Foundation Degree, BSc Psychology and BSc Business Psychology as well as some modules exclusive to the programme.

Module groups

Year 1 core modules

Year 1 option modules (choose one)

Year 2 core modules

Year 3 core modules

Year 3 option modules (Level 5, choose one)

Year 3 option modules (Level 6, choose one)

Year 4 core modules

Year 4 option modules (choose three)

  • Entry Requirements

    Entry requirements

    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, however, as a minimum, applicants must have:

    • a good standard of written and spoken English equating to GCSE 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) 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.

    International entry requirements

    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.
    Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.


    Credits and Accredited Prior Learning (APL)

    If you have studied at university previously, you may have accumulated credits through the modules you studied. It may be possible to transfer these credits from your previous study to Birkbeck or another institution. You should discuss this with the Programme Director when you are making your application.

    Find out more about credits and Accredited Prior Learning (APL).

  • Fees


    Part-time home/EU students, Year 1&2: £5400 pa
    Part-time international students, Year 1&2: £10025 pa
    Part-time home/EU students, Year 3&4: £6935 pa
    Part-time international students, Year 3&4: £10025 pa

    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. For more information, please see the College Fees Policy.

  • Teaching and assessment


    At Birkbeck, almost all of our courses are taught in the evening and our teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments. We actively encourage innovative and engaging ways of teaching, to ensure our students have the best learning experience. In the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), the government’s system for rating university teaching, Birkbeck was allocated a Silver award.

    Teaching may include formal lectures, seminars, and practical classes and tutorials. Formal lectures are used in most degree programmes to give an overview of a particular field of study. They aim to provide the stimulus and the starting point for deeper exploration of the subject during your own personal reading.

    Seminars give you the chance to explore a specific aspect of your subject in depth and to discuss and exchange ideas with fellow students. They typically require preparatory study.

    In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your Personal Tutor.

    Methods of teaching on this course

    The programme includes a number of learning and teaching methods offering you a variety of learning opportunities including lectures, seminars, small group work and a supervised extended essay reviewing relevant literature.


    Timetables are usually available from September onwards and you can access your personalised timetable via your My Birkbeck Profile online (if you have been invited to enrol).

    Indicative class size

    Class sizes vary, depending on your course, the module you are undertaking, and the method of teaching. For example, lectures are presented to large groups, with 30 to 100+ students in attendance, whereas seminars usually consist of small, interactive groups of 10 to 30 students, led by an academic.

    Academic support

    Birkbeck offers study and learning support to undergraduate and postgraduate students to help them succeed. Our Learning Development Service can help you in the following areas:

    • academic skills (including planning your workload, research, writing, exam preparation and writing a dissertation)
    • written English (including structure, punctuation and grammar)
    • numerical skills (basic mathematics and statistics).

    Our Disability and Dyslexia Service can support you if you have additional learning needs resulting from a disability or from dyslexia.

    Our Counselling Service can support you if you are struggling with emotional or psychological difficulties during your studies.

    Our Mental Health Advisory Service can support you if you are experiencing short– or long-term mental health difficulties during your studies.


    Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations. You will be given time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.

    Unseen written examinations are usually taken in the Summer term, during May to June, and, in most cases, are held during the day on a weekday – if you have daytime commitments, you will need to make arrangements for daytime attendance. Exam timetables are published online in March each year.

    Find out more about assessment at Birkbeck, including guidance on assessment, feedback and our assessment offences policy.

    Methods of assessment on this course

    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.


    As well as a mark for your coursework and exams, you will also receive feedback from your marker(s) to help you learn, improve and succeed. We encourage you to discuss feedback with your module tutor.

    Feedback can come in different forms: notes via Moodle (our online learning environment); a paper copy of a completed feedback form; or in-class or face-to-face feedback. The College Policy on Feedback on Assessment sets out what you can expect from your feedback.

    Your department will usually provide you with your marked coursework within four weeks of submission. Your initial mark is provisional until the relevant Board of Examiners has confirmed it.

    Your official coursework and exam results will be made available to you via your My Birkbeck Profile online.

  • Careers and employability

    Careers and employability

    For many graduates this programme provides the academic foundations and enhanced professional competence to succeed within their existing post and career pathway. It is particularly suitable for those who want to support children and young people’s learning, development and well-being, as mentors, family support workers and behaviour specialists and for those considering a career as a primary or early years teacher. Please note that those considering teaching will need to undertake postgraduate training as this course does not confer Qualified Teacher Status. For further information, please go to:

    Graduates can also go on to study at postgraduate level and this degree can be the first step into careers in psychology, education and research.

    Graduates wishing to pursue careers as Educational Psychologists may apply to PG Diploma in Psychology which will confer Graduate Basis for Registration (GBC) with the British Psychological Society and consequently eligibility to apply to a Doctorate in Educational Psychology programme.

    Note: This programme does not confer GBC, and students wishing to undertake postgraduate training to become professional psychologists will need to first achieve GBC through the PG Diploma as indicated above.  However, students who graduate from this degree with a minimum of a lower-second-class honours (2:2), will be exempted from the Foundation Year of the PG Diploma in Psychology, able to join directly onto Year 1 and attain GBC at the end of Year 2.

    We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You apply directly to Birkbeck for this course, using the online application link. Please note that online application will open in October 2017.

    Birkbeck offers a range of free face-to-face advice and support to help you make a successful application.

    Birkbeck can give you all of the information and help you need to complete your application form, including our online personal statement tool, which will guide you through every step of writing your personal statement.

    Application deadlines and interviews

    Applications are welcome throughout the year and interviews are held every term.