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BSc (Hons) Psychology (Education)

Enhance young people's educational experiences – study the developing mind.

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Are you interested in how psychology can enhance education for children and young people? If you’re considering a career in educational psychology this specialised degree can help you enhance your understanding of psychology and its applications in education.

  • The course is accredited by The British Psychological Society.
  • Students have access to modern facilities, including dedicated observation, cognitive, psycho-physiology and computer laboratories, and experimental cubicles.
  • Students have previously benefitted from guest lectures delivered by industry experts who can provide valuable, up-to-date insight and knowledge.
  • Past students have had the opportunity to present work at national conferences.
  • Students are taught by an experienced course team with wide-ranging expertise and who offer strong levels of student support.
  • The course aims to teach students relevant and transferable skills to help make them stand out as graduates.

The industry

This degree aims to provide graduates with invaluable specialist and transferable knowledge relevant to a career working with children and young people, helping them with cognitive, social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, as well as in other careers such as social research or teaching.

Recent graduates have transitioned into careers such as NHS children’s health advisor, psychology teacher, and social worker.

The programme

During their studies, students are introduced to the field of educational psychology, examining how children develop. The course aims to give a broad knowledge of human behaviour, studying key areas such as biological, cognitive, developmental and social psychology. Past students have also learned to design and conduct scientific research on educational issues and study the ways psychology has contributed to, and been influenced by, issues raised in educational practice.

Students are also encouraged to develop their interpersonal and verbal communication skills through presentations, role play, debates, interviews with participants and group work. Students are also able to develop written communication skills through research reports.

Learning is supported by our purpose built labs, which allow students to collect data from human participants using the same resources as professional psychologists. These facilities include the psycho-physiology laboratory, the observation laboratory, and the cognitive psychology laboratory.

Students can use these facilities to carry out cognitive and psycho-physiological investigations. For example, the sophisticated eye tracker can trace eye positions on a computer screen while our Biopac programme measures participant’s physiological reactions. Collecting a wide range of data using these resources gives students the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of psychological methods and analysis, as well helping them to gain first-hand experience of complex psychological research.

To complement their studies, past students have benefitted from a programme of regular guest lectures from a wide range of backgrounds - previous speakers have included Helen Whyte, a special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO).

Students are also encouraged to present their final year projects nationally - previous students have presented at British Psychology Society annual conferences and the International Association of Relationship Research Biannual Conference.

The course team themselves have a wide range of professional expertise and experience undertaking both research and applied consultancy projects, in areas such as forensic psychology, sports performance, psychological wellbeing, parent-child and romantic relationships, spatial cognition, learning and memory. 

As well as their degree studies, students are encouraged to gain work experience and past students have assisted with drink awareness campaigns and ‘stop smoking’ projects. Students have also previously had the opportunity to assist staff on research projects, such as the impact of parenting styles on development and the role that social networks play in health and wellbeing.

Another important element of the programme is our accreditation from the British Psychological Society. This accreditation shows potential employers that the course is dedicated to promoting excellence in psychology.

The BPS can also offer students support throughout their degree, offering the chance to speak at their annual conference and take part in society events. The accreditation also means that students are eligible for Graduate Membership with the Graduate Basis for Chartership (provided that second-class honours are achieved). This is the first step to becoming a chartered psychologist.

Next steps

Think a career in educational psychology is for you? The psychology education degree at Southampton Solent University will help you build the key skills and knowledge required to succeed.

Have you got a question about applying?

Email: ask@solent.ac.uk

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UCAS codes

Full-time

  • 3 Years Standard entry C812

Typical entry requirements

2016 entry
280 UCAS Tariff points

2017 entry - New UCAS Tariff
112 UCAS Tariff points

 

 

 

Year one:

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Core units

  • Applied Psychology
  • Foundations in Psychology
  • Method and Analysis in Psychology
  • Psychological Investigations
  • Investigations in Educational Psychology.

Options

  • Psychological Inquiry
  • Psychology in the Workplace.

Year two:

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Core units

  • Biological Psychology
  • Social Psychology in Action
  • Real-World Cognition
  • Exploring Human Development
  • Psychological Research in Action
  • The Practice of Research in Educational Psychology.

Year three:

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Core units

  • Personality and Individual Differences
  • Educational Psychology Research Project.

Options

  • Perspectives on Mental Health
  • Counselling: Application and Practice
  • The Psychology of Crime
  • Child Development and Education
  • Advanced Issues in Education
  • Health Psychology: Treatment Issues and Healthcare
  • Health Psychology: Promoting Healthy Behaviour
  • Positive Psychology
  • Occupational Psychology in the Workplace
  • Career Decision-Making and Employment Strategies
  • Psychology in Sport
  • Debates in Psychology
  • Advanced Statistical Analysis 
  • The Extended Essay
  • The Psychology of Intimate Relationships 
  • Spaces and Places
  • Cyber Psychology 
  • Health; Bio psychosocial Approaches 
  • Applied Qualitative Research
  • Psychology Placement
  • Psychology and Technology
  • Curriculum Plus

Teaching, learning and assessment

Lectures, seminars, workshops and practical/laboratory classes, including both individual and group work.

Work experience
You can gain valuable work experience assisting with local initiatives such as drink awareness or ‘stop smoking’ projects. You can also assist staff on research projects; past projects have included research into the impact of parenting styles on development, and the role that social networks play in health and wellbeing.

Assessment
Essays, reports, group and individual presentations, assignments, exams, case studies and a final-year project

Our facilities

Solent’s modern facilities includes dedicated observation, cognitive, psychophysiology and computer laboratories, experimental cubicles, specialist psychophysiological recording equipment and eye-tracking facilities.

Study abroad

You'll have the opportunity to spend between three months and a year of your course studying abroad at one of our EU partner universities, as part of the Erasmus programme.

For more information, see www.solent.ac.uk/exchange

If you're a non-UK student studying at an EU university, the Erasmus programme gives you the chance to come to the UK and study educational psychology units at Solent for between three months and a full academic year.

Web-based learning

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

Meet the Team

The course team has a wide range of professional expertise and experience undertaking both research and applied consultancy projects, with various interests including forensic psychology, sports performance, psychological wellbeing, adolescent attitudes to alcohol, behavioural interventions for autism, the impact of hearing impairment in the classroom, parent–child and romantic relationships, spatial cognition, learning and memory.

UCAS codes

Full-time

  • 3 Years Standard entry C812

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

Graduates will have invaluable specialist and transferable knowledge and skills relevant to a career working with children and young people, helping people with cognitive, social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, social research or teaching.

The course is also accredited by the British Psychological Society, making you eligible for Graduate Membership with the Graduate Basis for Chartership (provided that second-class honours are achieved) – the first step to becoming a chartered psychologist.

When you graduate you will be prepared to pursue a professional career in educational psychology. This career path requires experience of working with children and young people, and further postgraduate training and supervision (approved by the Health and Care Professions Council).

Links with industry

We place a strong emphasis on applied psychology and real-world issues, and the team can support you in finding potential work experience opportunities with, for example, regional community playschemes, schools and organisations catering for children and young people with learning difficulties.

Guest lecturers provide up-to-date insight into specialist aspects of psychology, with previous speakers including Helen Whyte, a special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO).

Students are also encouraged to present their final-year projects nationally, and previous students have presented at the British Psychology Society annual conferences in London (2012) and Stratford-upon-Avon (2009), as well as at the International Association of Relationship Research Biannual Conference, Chicago (2012).

Transferable skills

You’ll develop your interpersonal and verbal communication skills through presentations, role-plays, debates, interviews with participants and group work.

Research reports, projects and case studies will help develop your written communication skills, while data analysis – using complex, large-scale datasets and data collected in your independent research – will develop your analytical and numerical presentation skills. Individual and group research projects will help develop your planning, problem-solving and time-management skills, and you’ll also develop your computer literacy through practical experience with popular word-processing, spreadsheet and statistical analysis software.

Further study

Graduates looking to practise as psychologists will require postgraduate training and supervision approved by the Health and Care Professions Council.

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates

Recent graduates have gone on to postgraduate study and a range of roles, including:

  • NHS children’s health advisor
  • Psychology teacher
  • TEFL teacher
  • English tutor
  • Learning support worker
  • Social work
  • Mental health support worker
  • Psychology assistant.

 

Key facts

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Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: Full-time

Accreditations: The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society and confers eligibility for Graduate Membership with the Graduate Basis for Chartership (provided that a minimum second class honours is achieved).

Entry requirements

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UCAS have updated their tariff points for 2017 entry. Please click here for more information.

280 points (for 2016 entry) or 112 points (for 2017 entry) from:

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent.
  • Including Grade C in A/AS-level psychology, if taken and Grade C in GCSE English and mathematics.
We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component- TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Note to all international students requiring a visa:

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.

We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.  

Non-standard entry

If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University using the contact details found at the top of this page.

Costs involved

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Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £9,000 per year

International full-time fees: £11,000 per year

UK and EU part-time fees: £4,500 per year

International part-time fees: Please contact us for information

Graduation costs 

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.

For more details, please visit: www.solent.ac.uk/studying/graduation/home.aspx

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our scholarships page to find out more.

How to apply

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Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website: www.ucas.com.

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Part-time and distance learning courses

Applications for part-time and distance learning courses are made directly to the University and can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. Please contact the admissions office for further details, contact details are at the top of the page. Print the application form below, complete and return to the admissions office, addresses are given on the form.

Part-time undergraduate study application form

Student support and services

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Student welfare

Southampton Solent University is committed to giving you the best possible educational experience during your time with us. As such we have a number of support services and policies set up covering funding, careers and employability, chaplaincy, counselling, international advice, student affairs, key academic skills, disability support and general student advice. Find out more about our approach to student welfare.

University facilities

You will have access to a modern, comfortable and efficient environment in which to study, following our extensive refurbishment and modernisation over recent years. Some key facilities include Mountbatten library, a wide variety of sports and watersports facilities, plus superb IT and media facilities. Find out more about our first-class facilities here.

Living in Southampton

Southampton is a vibrant student city and studying at Solent means that you will be at the very heart of the action. Find out more about being a student in Southampton.

Solent Students’ Union

Run by students for students, Solent Students’ Union is a key part of any student’s time at Solent. Visit the Students’ Union website for more information.

UCAS codes

Full-time

  • 3 Years Standard entry C812



 

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