Education and Psychology BA/BSc (Hons)

Education and Psychology BA/BSc (Hons)

Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT)




Under- graduate



Foundation Entry Route

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study this degree.

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  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years, Part-Time: Five to six years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    X3C8; Short form: BA/EdP

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA/BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

The way we develop and learn as children underpins our entire lifespan. This degree will give you a sound understanding of Psychology in an educational context. You’ll explore learning, memory, thinking and language, as well as the problems encountered by young people in education - things like learning difficulties and social or emotional problems. In the first year you will study the core areas of cognitive, social, psychobiology and developmental psychology. In Years 2 and 3 you will study specific modules concerning the application of psychology in educational settings. You’ll graduate with the ability to enhance children's learning and enable teachers to become more aware of the social factors affecting teaching and learning. 

Entry Requirements 2016/17

280 points at A2, General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma : Distinction, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma : Distinction*, Distinction *
Pass Access course : 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction
International Baccalaureate : 28P
IELTS : Grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE : 5 Grade C inc Maths & English or equivalent

Entry Requirements 2017/18

112 Points at A2; General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma:
 Distinction, Merit, Merit 
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access Course: 112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28P
IELTS: 6.0 with no component lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C including Maths & English or equivalent 

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • Introduction to Education Studies
  • Education for Everyone?
  • Observing Education in Action (a placement module)
  • Methods and practice of psychological inquiry
  • Introduction to Developmental and Social Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychobiology and Cognition

Year 2

A choice of Education modules from the following:

  • Preparing for Academic Writing and Research in Education
  • Models of Teaching and Learning
  • Sociology and Education
  • Experiential Learning in Educational Settings (a placement module)
  • Diversity and Inclusive Practice with Children and Adults
  • Student Initiated Module (20 credits)
  • Student Initiated Module (10 credits)

Or a module from an agreed subject or the Free Choice Elective catalogue.

Psychology modules

  • Social and Developmental Psychology
  • Cognitive and Physiological Psychology

Year 3

Education modules Compulsory: Dissertation or Double Dissertation

Choose 3 from:

  • Education in Developing Countries
  • The Education of Vulnerable Children
  • Policy and practice in Educational Settings
  • Families, Schools and Society
  • The professional Role and its Context
  • Learning Curriculum and Assessment
  • Reflective Practice in Educational Settings
  • Student Initiated Module (20 credits)
  • Student Initiated Module (10 credits)

Or: a module from an agreed subject or the Free Choice Elective catalogue

Psychology modules

  • Applying Psychology to the Educational Setting
  • Student Independent Study

Further Information

Gain international work experience through the Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership with second and third year modules which are accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management.

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The UCLan BA (Hons) in Education and Psychology is a popular course combining two complementary disciplines. Within the Education modules, the course enables you to gain an understanding of educational theories, policies and practice, and apply these to past and present educational issues such as influences on the development of the education system, approaches to teaching and learning, the curriculum, and learners with disabilities.

In Years 2 and 3, your modules may include learning difficulties and social or emotional problems, enhancing children's learning and enabling teachers to become more aware of the social factors affecting teaching and learning.

You will get the opportunity to undertake a placement in an educational setting at each stage of the Education and Psychology degree. Additional opportunities exist for your participation in staff research projects, presenting to research conferences or working as a part-time research assistant. 


Course facilities include well equipped classrooms and extensive Blackboard (Virtual Learning Environment) resources for independent study.

You will be able to study in our state-of-the art purpose-built psychology building, Darwin, with its specialist video Child Observation Suite and Cognitive Laboratories. All Year 1 students use the Child Observation Suite to undertake a systematic observation of an infant's exploration of a novel environment, considering their levels of attachment to their parent/guardian and their reactions to a stranger.

The School of Psychology contains over thirty laboratories including fourteen designated for students, not staff, use, in newly purpose built facilities. This provides the School with specialist laboratories for Health Psychology (and psychobiology), Sport & Exercise, Cognitive (Memory, Thinking and Language), Social/Developmental and Forensic Psychology. These dedicated student laboratories are central to our research informed teaching as they enable the students to learn through experience, undertaking research for themselves or simply taking part in research projects to gain a wider appreciation of the nature of our understanding of the discipline.

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

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You can apply through UCAS to start in September 2017 until 30th June

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+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540 per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

DBS Checks

This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.

Industry Links

The Psychology syllabus is informed by the professional body: The British Psychological Society. Students may progress to a Major Psychology route that bestows Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) upon students graduating with a First or Second Class Honours degree and enables progression towards Chartered Psychology status via further postgraduate education.

Learning Environment and Assessment

Assessment strategies are varied across the two related disciplines. Education modules are assessed by coursework, with no exams, including student presentations, reflective diaries, project work, poster, and reflective essays. 

Psychology modules in Year 1 involve traditional essays and multiple choice based examinations supplemented by the conducting and reporting of research studies. Year 2 continues with the same forms of assessment but includes some essay based examinations and the final year assessment includes a wide variety of methods including posters, presentations, essays, critical evaluations and the designing, conducting and reporting of a research project.


Psychology graduates enjoy a wide range of employment possibilities, these include: Primary/Secondary school or Further Education teaching following a PGCE or other postgraduate teacher training; Public services; Teaching support roles; Working with children and families; Youth work; Human Resources; Local Authority; Law Enforcement or project management; data gathering and analysis. 

Those that have followed the accredited route may progress towards Chartered Psychology Status and employment from Local education authorities. They work in schools, colleges, nurseries and special units, primarily with teachers and parents. They regularly liaise with other professionals in education, health and social services. A growing number work as independent or private consultants.

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