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About the course

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.

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.

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.

Professional accreditation Professional memberships Built in work experience placement Specialist facilities Further studies

Successful students are given the opportunity to earn a range of industry-recognised qualifications alongside their regular degree

What does this course lead to?

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 and psychology assistant.

Who is this course for?

This specialised degree will suit those who wish to work with children and young people, particularly in the field of educational psychology. The course content will appeal to those who wish to pursue a career in social work, psychology or healthcare.

Facts & figures

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Fees and Costs

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

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.

Graduation costs

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2016, 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.
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Key entry requirements

280 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • 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.


of students overall, are satisfied with the quality of the course.

Study location

East Park Terrace

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How to apply

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:

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.

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What you'll study

Year One

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


  • Psychological Inquiry
  • Psychology in the Workplace

Year Two

  • 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

  • Personality and Individual Differences
  • Educational Psychology Research Project


  • 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


Web-based learning

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

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

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Written Exams


Assessment by coursework


Practical exams

Meet the course team

Brian Wink academic profile Brian Wink Programme Group Leader View profile
Imogen Tijou academic profile Imogen Tijou Course Leader View profile
Jane Adlard academic profile Jane Adlard Senior Lecturer View profile
Rhodri Davies academic profile Rhodri Davies Senior Lecturer View profile
Mei Mason-Li academic profile Mei Mason-Li Senior Lecturer View profile
Greg Neil academic profile Greg Neil Lecturer View profile
Lara Webber academic profile Lara Webber Lecturer View profile
Zoe Wimshurst academic profile Zoe Wimshurst Lecturer View profile
Alex McKee academic profile Alex McKee Technical Instructor View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


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.

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.

Your future

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).


of students go on to work and/or study six months after finishing the course.


of those students are in a professional or managerial role.

Industry connections

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.

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.


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.

Further study

After studying this course you may have the opportunity to study further on the following courses:

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