Psychology for Education (BA): 2-year, top-up, part-time

Year of entry


Start date

October 2018


Central London


Fully Approved


Two years part-time


One to two evenings per week

This programme is aimed at students who have successfully completed our Foundation Degree in Psychology for Education Professionals at Birkbeck and who would like to complete their studies to undergraduate level with a degree focusing on psychology and its application in educational contexts.

Drawing on expertise within the Department of Psychological Sciences and under the guidance and supervision of an academic member of staff, you will study key issues in educational psychology and learning and memory, critically analyse a wide range of research, and produce an extended essay reviewing existing relevant specialist knowledge.

In addition, and in collaboration with Birkbeck's Department of Organizational Psychology, you will be able to select option modules to reflect your individual interests from a range of options of particular relevance to those working with children and young people in a wide variety of educational establishments.


Course structure

In addition to the satisfactory completion of modules at Levels 4 and 5 in your Foundation Degree studies on entry, this programme consists of two core modules and two compulsory modules at Level 6 and two option modules (15 credits), taken in Year 2.

Module groups

This course is designed to offer you a balance of compulsory components which build on and expand your previous study at Levels 4 and 5 but also allows for an element of choice to reflect your own interests and ambitions.

  • Entry Requirements

    Entry requirements

    To be eligible for this programme you will need to satisfactorily complete the Foundation Degree in Psychology for Education Professionals, including Research Methods [Part 2], with the following minimum marks:

    • 60% in Level 5 Psychology modules (60 credits) and in Research Methods [Part 1] and Research Methods [Part 2] (30 credits), plus
    • 50% in Level 5 Work-Based Learning modules (60 credits).

    Note: students from other programmes may apply for accreditation for prior learning (APL) towards the Foundation Degree in Psychology for Education Professionals (up to 90 credits at Level 4) if they have completed relevant modules.

    International entry requirements

    If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

    If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

    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: £ pa
    Part-time international students: £ 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, quizzes, assessed essay plans, examinations and an extended essay.


    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

    Graduates can pursue careers in psychology and education. This degree may be useful for those considering teaching, family support work, or working with children with special needs.

    Graduates wishing to pursue careers as educational psychologists may apply to study the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology which will confer Graduate Basis for Registration (GBC) with the British Psychological Society and, thus, eligibility to apply to a Doctorate in Educational Psychology programme.

    This programme does not confer GBC. Students who graduate from this degree with a minimum 2:2 will be exempted from the Foundation Year of the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology, and are able to join directly in 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.