Year of entry2018
Start dateOctober 2018
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.
- 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.
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.
Year 1 core modules
- Psychology of Learning, Problem Solving and Decision Making
- Research Methods [Part 1]
- The Developing Child: A Psychological Perspective
Year 1 option modules (choose one)
- Critical Approaches to Attachment
- Critical Approaches to Positive Psychology
- Cross-Cultural Psychology
- Understanding Human Personality
Year 2 core modules
- Approaches to Applied Research
- The Developing Child - A Social Perspective
- Work Related Learning Module
- Working with Children and Families: Working in Partnership
Year 3 core modules
- Individual Differences
- Psychology and Education: Integrating Theory and Practice
- Psychology in the Classroom
- Research Methods 1
Year 3 option modules (Level 5, choose one)
- Psychological and Developmental Issues in Early Childhood
- Psychological and Developmental Issues in Adolescence
Year 3 option modules (Level 6, choose one)
Year 4 core modules
Year 4 option modules (choose three)
- Attachment Theory: Introduction and Critique
- Brain and Cognitive Development
- Careers and Counselling at Work
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: an Introduction
- Critical Analysis: Experimental Research
- Experiential Qualitative Psychology
- Family Studies
- Genetics and Psychology
- Organizational Change
We welcome a wide range of qualifications, from the UK and abroad, and we will also consider your non-academic achievements.
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 requirementsThere 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.
We are committed to doing everything we can to help you finance your studies.
Fees (2017/8)Part-time home/EU students: £ 5250 pa
Part-time overseas students: £ 9750 pa
Teaching and assessment
Our innovative, engaging teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments.
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.
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.
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
To help you get ahead in your career, we offer free advice and training and our recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, can connect you with employers.
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: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/
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
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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.
Life at Birkbeck
Birkbeck offers a unique combination of evening study and a matchless central London location, right in the geographic and academic centre of the city, giving you exceptional opportunities.
Accommodation and living costs
Most of our students live in private accommodation, but we also offer student accommodation and access to the professional services of the University of London Housing Services.
The Birkbeck experience
Birkbeck is different: our classes are held in the evening, so your days are free - to study, work, volunteer or just do your own thing.
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