BSc (Hons) Educational Psychology

Fascinated by how children learn? Intrigued by the process of diagnosis of learning difficulties? Explore how our minds can affect our education.

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Overview

How do labels affect children’s identity? How does our individuality affect the way we learn a subject? Do our emotions alter our ability to learn? 

On our three-year course, you’ll explore how we learn and how the way our minds work affect our ability to learn.

You’ll learn about the philosophies, sociological theories and policies that have helped to shape our education system. Some of the themes you’ll usually study include why we employ different strategies in teaching children and young people and how education can be a tool to promote social justice.

You’ll also have an introduction to psychology (including cognitive, social and biological psychology), so that you understand the diverse areas the field covers.

To help you understand ethics and the influence of external factors on the way children and adults learn, we’ll usually teach you through films, literature and contemporary media sources (such as social media advertising). It’s important that you assess your own opinions on ethics too, so you’ll spend time exploring your personal thoughts.

Please note: An application for accreditation has been submitted to The British Psychological Society.

Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

As a graduate, you could develop your career across the education sector. You might work in prison education, educational publishing, or child psychology. Perhaps you see yourself in sports coaching or counselling children?

To become a Chartered Psychologist training in educational psychology is acquired through postgraduate education and supervised practice, not through the undergraduate degree.

Previous psychology graduates have worked in housing services at Manchester City Council, as a probation case manager for Cheshire & Greater Manchester Community Rehabilitation Company, as a psychology assistant for an Early Intervention in Psychosis Team at an NHS Trust, and as a teacher in a primary school.

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Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required

112-120

We do not accept A-level General Studies for this course.

Specific GCSE requirements

All applicants will require GCSE Grade C/4 in English Language and Mathematics.  Please note that we do not accept GCSE equivalencies for this course.

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff points

International Baccalaureate points

26

IELTS score required for international students

Academic IELTS with an overall score of 6.0 with no element less than 5.5

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Additional Requirements

DBS check

Satisfactory declaration in relation to the Childcare disqualification Regulation Act 2009

Course details

You’ll learn from lecturers who have both academic and practical experience. Many have worked with children across a range of sectors, as an educational psychologist, primary and secondary school teachers, and as nurses, youth workers and managers within local authorities.

You’ll also search for answers to questions about our individual minds: How do we resist temptation? Is gossip good for us? Why do we conform? How does our peer group influence us? Who is responsible for our health? Is there a distinction between our minds and our bodies? And many, many more questions that will help you to develop an understanding of our behaviour.

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Core Units

Key Questions in Education

The unit will focus on key philosophical and sociological debates around the nature and purpose of education. Questions about the meaning, purposes and functions of education will be raised. An exploration of the role of educational autobiography in our understanding of these issues will be a key feature. Consideration will also be given to different philosophical debates around the nature and function of knowledge and the curriculum. The relationship between knowledge, power and ideology will also be explored.

The Science of Prevention

The BSc in Educational Psychology at Manchester Met is designed to equip you with a clear priority for principles of prevention. This unit is an introduction to the psychological contributions to preventative work.

The Science of Early Intervention

This unit explores early intervention and the evidence base for it taking a life-course perspective. It includes a three-day placement in an early years’ setting in Greater Manchester.

Living Lab

You will apply their understanding of psychological research methods using enquiry-based learning to analyse real-world data.

Psychological Research Methods in Practice

This unit is an introduction to both quantitative and qualitative research methods used in psychology and uses data from academies and schools in the Greater Manchester area.

Psychological Perspectives on Key Questions in Education

This unit is designed to give you an understanding of the contribution that psychological research plays in issues in Education.

Tutored Project

A unit which will provide you with tutored opportunity to pursue individual projects which respond to your own interests and incorporate broader experience. 

Academic and Professional Practice - Year 1

This unit focuses on personal, academic and career planning in small groups and in 1:1 tutorials.

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Core Units

Context and Concepts in Education

In this unit, you will build on your understanding of the key questions in education and weigh up the contribution that the cognate disciplines play in education policy and practice.

Academic and Professional Practice - Year 2

This unit focuses on personal, academic and career planning in small groups and in 1:1 tutorials.

Social Psychology

In this unit you will learn about the most productive social psychology theories in the context of education.

Developmental Psychology

This unit explores theoretical, methodological and applied aspects of developmental psychology and considers quantitative and qualitative research methods in developmental psychology. You will also acquire the knowledge and understanding to critically evaluate methods and analytic techniques in applied developmental psychology.

Individual Differences

This unit critically examines human personality, its variations and practical methods of measurement, along with clinical disorders and issues arising from their diagnosis and treatment.

The unit usually focuses on the related areas of personality and individual differences. Personality may include:

  • a critical analysis of identity in relation to development and the world
  • psychometric approaches to personality
  • the social construction of personality;
  • the implications of personality research.

Individual Differences usually covers topics such as:

  • history of individual differences and mental illness
  • biological aspects of individual variation (e.g. intelligence)
  • diagnosis and treatment of disorders
  • the fairness, uses and abuses of psychological tests
  • individual differences in applied settings. 

Psychometric aspects of personality and individual differences are usually explored methodologically via the production of a practical report using computerised statistical techniques to evaluate data.

The Psychology of Well-being

Research from a range of disciplines tells us that being social is a universally protective and preventative factor for well-being across the life-course. It is for this reason that you will learn to synthesise research findings from different sub-disciplines in psychology to gain deep understanding of this topic.

Living Lab

This unit offers a placement in a school in Greater Manchester where you will develop the application of their research methods skills.

Empirical Project Proposal

In this unit you will develop your proposal for empirical projects in 1:1 tutorials and small group sessions.

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Core Units

Academic and Professional Practice - Year 3

This unit focuses on personal, academic and career planning in small groups and in 1:1 tutorials.

Ethics and Politics: Exploring Interactions Across Theory, Policy and Practice

This unit returns to early intervention and prevention and critically examines the influence of psychological theory in social policy and educational practices.

Empirical Project

This unit builds on the work done in level 6 Research Methods. It will provide you with the opportunity to study and employ different methodologies in psychology and education. You'll evaluate the strengths and limitations of different research designs and execute an empirical research project on a topic agreed with your tutor. You'll be guided by an academic supervisor throughout to support you to conduct a literature review, refine a research question, design a research study, and consider research ethics relating to the implementation of study, culminating in data collection and analysis and writing up of a research report.

Living Lab

In this unit you will enhance your analytical skills by using quantitative and qualitative methods to analyse complex datasets.

Psychologically Informed Practices

In this unit you will examine a range of psychologically informed practices with practitioners in the Greater Manchester area. The curriculum is designed on the basis of your academic and career aspirations.

Placement options

Placement experience is a core component of the student experience on this degree course. You will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience in a variety of educational settings which supports your understanding of the field. 

School of Childhood, Youth and Education Studies

Our School of Childhood, Youth and Education Studies specialises in teaching and research around education disciplines focused on children, young people, families and communities.

The department works collaboratively with communities, partners, local authorities and arts organisations on social enterprise projects, and has been at the forefront of developments in its field for over 20 years.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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Fees

UK, EU and Channel Island students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students

Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £14,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing. Total optional cost: £600

Funding

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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UCAS code(s)

C813

Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

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