BSc (Hons) Educational Psychology

Fascinated by how children learn? Intrigued by the process of identifying learning difficulties? Explore how our minds develop by interacting with our social worlds.

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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? 

Educational Psychology draws on a wide range of perspectives in psychology, to build an understanding of how children develop and learn.  It takes account of the social and cultural contexts of children’s lives and schooling, as well as their individual growth and development.

Here at Manchester Met, we are working with key partners in services, schools and communities across Greater Manchester and beyond to create a vibrant place for study.  This course will bring theory and research from psychology to life by looking at its influence in key areas for education.  Our course themes reflect priorities shared with our partners and with local and national policy-makers: school readiness; inclusive cultures of practice; and health and wellbeing.  

On our three-year course, you’ll experience placement opportunities to develop an understanding of the different psychological approaches needed to address social problems and you'll use data from real world projects to develop skills in research and evaluation with academic staff .

Learning psychology through its real world applications will provide you the best opportunity to develop a deep understanding of psychological theory and practices. For example, you'll learn to understand the experiences of children with special educational needs or disabilities. 

The Living Lab is at the centre of the Educational Psychology programme. It is a place of connection where you'll develop the knowledge and skills to become independent researchers. 

You'll cover all the core areas of psychology set out by the British Psychological Society, applied to the context of education. 

This degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC).

Features and Benefits

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

Career Prospects

As an educational psychology graduate, you'll be well placed to progress to a wide range of career paths in education, health and social care, psychology or research.

If you’re interested in teaching, you could progress to PGCE Primary or to PGCE Secondary Psychology.

Our accreditation means you'll have the opportunity to be eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the BPS.  This is required for progression to training as a professional psychologist in any area, such as Educational, Clinical, Counselling or Forensic Psychology. 

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Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required


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


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

Throughout the course you will find a balance of units covering areas of the British Psychological Society core curriculum; developing your knowledge of and skills in research; deepening your understanding of education; and building your personal and academic skills for employability.

During your first year you'll learn about key issues in educational psychology, engage in applying psychological thinking to ‘real world’ problems, and be introduced to a range of research methods.

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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 scientific research methods in psychology and to quantitative and qualitative research methods used in psychology

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

A unit which offers tutored support to students in developing the academic and professional practice and aspirations and integrating broader learning in support of their own interests.

During your second year you'll develop your knowledge of areas of the core psychology curriculum, be challenged to think more critically and deepen your understanding of research methods.

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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 students learn about key social psychology theories/studies, and changes in attitudes towards ethical conduct over the years. These theories will then be applied to the context of education.

Developmental Psychology

This unit covers life-course developmental psychology theory and it explores the validity of the concept of typical development. 

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 2

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.

In the final year, you'll progress to more independent study with an empirical project, specialise in areas of interest through option units and develop the confidence to pursue your future career.

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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'll 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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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: £15,000 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

Specialist 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. You may also need to print your 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.

Placement Costs

2 to £12 a day whilst on placement (costs will vary considerably)

Students can expect to travel to placement for up to an hour on public transport, normally with a maximum of 2 transport changes. Travel costs to placement will vary considerably depending on where you live, the location of your placement and how you choose to travel. Information on public transport costs within Greater Manchester can be found at

Professional Costs

0 to £135 (depending on your status)

If you decide to undertake a placement you must undergo a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check (Enhanced Disclosure). At the time of going to press, you do not have to pay for your first DBS check. If you cannot attend a DBS session at the University before the start of the course, you can use the UK Post Office Document Certification Service, which costs approximately £10.

If you are not a UK citizen, or if you have lived in one country outside the UK for six or more months in the last five years, you must, where this is possible, obtain a police clearance certificate from the country in which you resided, in addition to the Disclosure and Barring Service check. You must supply a certified translation if the certificate does not automatically include this. Costs vary and can include fingerprint and translation fees where required. If you are a returning student, who has already had a DBS certificate from Manchester Met and need a second DBS certificate, for example, due to a suspension of study, are required to pay the DBS fee.

Please go to our DBS webpage for more details.


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

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