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

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 Years 3 and 4, 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.

Highlights

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 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 extensive experience of working with children or young people
    • have a good standard of written and spoken English equating to GCSE English
    • have a good standard of basic mathematics
    • have basic computer skills
    • have 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.

     

    Visa requirements

    If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

    The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

    • Courses of more than six months’ duration.
    • Courses of less than six months’ duration.
    • Pre-sessional English language courses.

    International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our three-year evening study BA/BSc/LLB degrees, as these are classified as full-time study and qualify for student visa status. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck’s part-time evening study degrees.

    For full information, read our visa information for international students page.

    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

    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

    Teaching

    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.

    Our distance-learning and blended-learning courses and modules are self-directed and we will provide you with interactive learning opportunities and encourage you to collaborate and engage via various learning technologies. These courses involve limited or no face-to-face contact between students and module tutors.

    In addition, you will have access to pastoral support via a named 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.

    Contact hours

    On our taught courses, you will have scheduled teaching and study sessions each year. Alongside this, you will also undertake assessment activities and independent learning outside of class. Depending on the modules you take, you may also have additional scheduled academic activities, such as tutorials, dissertation supervision, practical classes, visits and fieldtrips.

    On our taught courses, the actual amount of time you spend in the classroom and in contact with your lecturers will depend on your course, the option modules you select and when you undertake your final-year project.

    On our distance-learning and blended-learning courses, discussion, collaboration and interaction with your lecturers and fellow students are encouraged and enabled through various learning technologies, but you may have limited or no face-to-face contact with your module tutors.

    The following information gives an indication of how many contact hours you can expect for each year of this course:

    Year Contact hours
    1 126
    2 126
    3 126
    4 57

    Timetables

    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 larger groups, whereas seminars usually consist of small, interactive groups led by a tutor.

    Independent learning

    On our taught courses, much of your time outside of class will be spent on self-directed, independent learning, including preparing for classes and following up afterwards. This will usually include, but is not limited to, reading books and journal articles, undertaking research, working on coursework and assignments, and preparing for presentations and assessments.

    Independent learning is absolutely vital to your success as a student. Everyone is different, and the study time required varies topic by topic, but, as a guide, expect to schedule up to five hours of self-study for each hour of teaching.

    On our distance-learning and blended-learning courses, the emphasis is very much on independent, self-directed learning and you will be expected to manage your own learning, with the support of your module tutors and various learning technologies.

    Study skills and additional 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

    Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.

    Where a course has unseen written examinations, these may be held termly, but, on the majority of our courses, exams are usually taken in the Summer term, during May to June. Exams may be held at other times of the year as well. In most cases, exams are held during the day on a weekday - if you have daytime commitments, you will need to make arrangements for daytime attendance - but some exams are held in the evening. Exam timetables are published online.

    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.

    Breakdown of assessment on this course

    The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework will often depend on the option modules you choose. The approximate percentages for this course are as follows:

    Year % Exams % Practical % Coursework
    1 47 0 53
    2 54 1 45
    3 52 0 48
    4 53 0 47
  • 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: 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.

    Graduate Destinations

    Average salary six months after the course: £28000

    Go on to work and/or study:

    Go on to work and/or study
    Now working: 60%
    Doing further study: 25%
    Studying and working: 5%
    Unemployed: 0%
    Other: 10%

    Read more of the statistics for this course on the Unistats website.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You apply directly to Birkbeck for this course, using the online application link.

    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.