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.
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.
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.
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.