Year of entry2018
Start dateOctober 2018
Three years part-time
One afternoon and one evening a week, plus up to five Saturdays a year
Are you interested in psychology and education, how children and young people learn, or their mental and emotional well-being? Perhaps you already work, or would you like to work, with children and young people in educational settings and want to enhance your academic knowledge and professional practice.
Birkbeck's Psychology for Education Professionals (FdSc) offers a unique opportunity to explore how current psychological understanding can enhance professional practice. 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.
- This Foundation Degree was devised following extensive consultation with managers and experts in both psychology and education. An advisory panel of professionals continues to contribute to the development of the programme, ensuring that it stays current and relevant to the needs of educators and of children.
- You will have access to extensive support as part of your lectures and through additional study days and workshops. Once you graduate, you will have the opportunity to continue your studies in a range of specialist areas.
- 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.
- 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 Year 1, you take three core modules and choose one of four option modules.
In Year 2, you take three core modules and choose one of two option modules.
In Year 3, you take one core module and complete a Work-based Research Project.
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
- Critical Approaches to Attachment
- Critical Approaches to Positive Psychology
- Cross-Cultural Psychology
- Understanding Human Personality
Year 2 core modules
- The Developing Child - A Social Perspective
- Working with Children and Families: Working in Partnership
Year 2 option modules
- Approaches to Applied Research
- Psychological and Developmental Issues in Early Childhood
- Psychological and Developmental Issues in Adolescence
Year 3 core modules
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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.
You must, however, have a good standard of written and spoken English and basic computer skills. You must also have an active and ongoing engagement in the education sector working directly with young children or young people, either as a paid employee or as a volunteer for a minimum of one day a week. You will also require a workplace mentor.
Students on this programme are usually over 21 and/or have extensive experience of working with children.
Alternative entry routes
The Certificate of Higher Education in Applied Psychology offers an entry route into the second year of this Foundation Degree.
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
This programme is taught using a wide range of methods, including lectures (with students encouraged to ask questions and discuss points throughout) and small-group exercises with feedback to the large group to provide an opportunity for clarification of ideas and discussion. Other methods include videos, experiments, student presentations and discussion of published articles. You will be given help to develop your study skills. You should also expect to build on your learning in class by undertaking significant guided independent study, including appropriate reading and research.
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
Assessment will be varied and relevant to students' work contexts and individual interests. It will include case studies, small-scale research reports, class presentations, critical analysis of published research, learning and reflective journals, and essays, as well as some writing under examination conditions.
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
Graduates can pursue careers in psychology and education. This degree may also be useful for those considering teaching, family support work, or working with children with special needs. It may also be useful for people considering educational psychology (although students considering this career will need to obtain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society).
Students who successfully complete this Foundation Degree can continue their studies to undergraduate degree level via a number of routes focusing on the aspect of the course most suitable to their future needs.
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
Once you've found the course that's right for you, here's what to do next to get your place at Birkbeck.
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.
Unless you are already working in the sector, you will need to obtain both a placement and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, both of which are likely to take some time to arrange. We therefore encourage you to apply as early as possible. Advice and guidance on how to obtain a voluntary placement can be provided if required.
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.
Birkbeck is committed to doing everything we can to help you finance your studies. Find out about what is available, how to apply and the advice and support we provide.
How to apply
Once you've found the course that's right for you, here's what to do next to get your place at Birkbeck. We can give you the advice and support you need.
Discover more about our comprehensive range of student services, which offer all the support and assistance you need.
Boost your career
Discover how Birkbeck's unique evening teaching, coupled with our comprehensive careers and employability services, can help you get ahead in a highly competitive job market.
Fees and payment
With government loans for undergraduate and postgraduate study, fantastic financial support packages and flexible payment options, there’s never been a better time to study at Birkbeck.
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