Education and Psychology

Education and Psychology BA (Hons)

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.  

Key Information

  • Duration:

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

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • You will get the chance to undertake a placement in an educational setting at each stage of your degree.
  • You will be able to study in our state-of-the-art purpose built psychology building, with its specialist video Child Observation Suite and Cognitive Laboratories.
  • You can also gain work experience through the Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership.

Course Overview

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

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

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

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 104 - 112 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit 
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction - Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access Course: 106 - 112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 104 - 112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

International Students

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Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Not got the grades?

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

Foundation Entry Route

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DBS Checks

This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the University of Central Lancashire.

It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prove to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.

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 ILM.

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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.

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), 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.

Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

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 involve traditional essays and multiple choice based examinations supplemented by the conducting and reporting of research studies. You will continue 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.

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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.


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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Important Information

This course is based in the School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.