MA Advanced Professional Practice students

BSc (Hons) Educational Psychology 

Learn to support children and young people experiencing problems in education 

C8X3
3 years Full Time
Bishop Otter Campus

3rd

for overall satisfaction with Psychology

National Students Survey 2021

5th

in the UK for Education

Guardian University Guide 2022

21st

out of 121 universities in the UK

Guardian University Guide 2022

Overview

Educational psychology explores how people learn and facilitates the development of children and young people experiencing problems that impact how they learn. These problems hinder their educational attainment and their experience in educational contexts.

This BSc (Hons) Educational Psychology degree is ideal if you want to become an educational psychologist and will develop your knowledge and understanding of psychology and explore how to best apply your knowledge in an educational context.

Educational psychologists address learning difficulties, social and emotional problems, issues around disability, and complex developmental disorders in children and young people. They also research ways to improve the development of teacher training and explore parenting and family contexts to discover how parents can help facilitate their children’s learning.

On this course you will:

  • Learn about education and psychology from a holistic perspective.
  • Share modules with other psychology students and education students.
  • Recognise effective psychological and educational practices.
  • Understand how children learn best.
  • Explore topics on a local, national and global scale.
  • Understand that you can make a significant difference to the lives of others.
  • Have the opportunity to learn about social justice, forest schools, child development, understanding relationships and seminal theorists.
  • Apply your knowledge on a work placement and through an independent project.

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) so you will graduate with a professionally recognised qualification.

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Teaching and Assessment

How you will learn

You will build your subject knowledge and practical experience through lectures, workshops, tutorials and seminars in small classes of up to 25 students. These sessions will encourage theoretical and critical inquiry, debate, and practice research skills.

You will study core and optional teaching modules on both of our campuses at Chichester and Bognor Regis, and develop skills central to professional practice and psychological research.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a range of assignments including scientific reports, essays, group and individual presentations, poster design, multiple choice papers, short answer papers, research participation and essay exams.

The Course

What you will study

You will study a selection of core and optional modules in each year. Each module is worth a number of credits and is delivered differently depending on its content and focus of study.

This list is indicative and subject to change.

Select a year

Everyday Experience and Psychological Methods: Understanding Relationships

This module explores psychology within the context of our everyday lives. You will study the factors that contribute to our impressions of people. You will consider certain psychological theories and empirical findings from investigations into impression formation, attraction, prejudice, and stereotyping, and relationship formation.

Education, Philosophy and Thinking

In this module you will explore key debates in the philosophies of education. You will focus on personal and institutional value systems and how educational contexts have developed over time. You will be introduced to a coherent historical framework and discover how educational perspectives and values change and evolve. You will be able to actively develop your ability to debate key issues and comment knowledgeably on topics of contemporary relevance in education today.

Everyday Experience and Psychological Methods: Analysing Attitudes

On this module you will define a range of everyday experiences using psychological models of attitudes. You will learn to analyse attitudes and to explore psychological constructs, methodology and theories associated with experiences. You will develop your fundamental data analysis skills through lectures and the use of statistical software with a focus on understanding patterns of data via visualisation. You will be assessed through a coursework assignment and a practical report.

Everyday Experience and Psychological Methods: Usability and Cognition

In this module you will explore functions and experiences relevant to using technology, focusing on the criteria used to assess technology's usability and how human limitations relate to this usability and usage. You will be introduced to certain psychological theories and empirical findings from investigations into information processing by the mind, and discuss a range of methodologies and analyses such as laboratory experimentation and inferential statistics. You will be assessed through a practical report and research participation.

Learning Communities: Children Learning, Children Thinking

This module explores the sociological influences relating to our success as learners. You will use research on thinking, learning and development to consider how individuals can maximise learning opportunities for themselves and help others to learn. You will explore influences on learning, development and identity and discuss how learners are included or excluded from education settings. Central to the module is a sociocultural perspective on learning and education that looks beyond the individual to communities and the historical contexts in which learning takes place.

Perspectives on Psychology

This module seeks to enable you to understand the contribution of key thinkers to the development of modern psychology and to appreciate their biographical backgrounds. The lives and work of key thinkers will be introduced and contextualised with reference to contemporary ideas and mores.

Study and Research Skills for Social Scientists

This module will develop your personal, research and study skills.

Equality of Opportunity and Diversity

This module will explore relationships between cultural identity, social policy and issues of equality and diversity. You will examine key features of the theory and practice of social and educational inclusion from a number of perspectives across the wider social and more specific educational arenas and explore issues, central to inclusion, human rights, equal opportunities and social justice. You will explore patterns of inequality in selected areas of social policy and provision with reference to the British experience and some international issues.

Cognitive Psychology

This module will introduce you to the ways cognitive processes have been studied in the past. This includes studying experimental and cognitive neuropsychological methodologies. You will investigate the areas of attention, perception, learning, thinking and language and relate your findings to underlying theory and empirical research. You will be assessed through a coursework assignment and a 1750 word report.

Biological Psychology

This module explores the ways biological processes have been studied, for example through brain lesions and cell stimulation methodologies. The areas of behavioural genetics, neuro-imaging, neuropsychology, socio-biology and evolutionary psychology will be investigated in terms of underlying theory and empirical research.

Individual Differences

On this module you will be introduced to how individual differences processes have been studied in the past, for example through psychometrics and case study methodologies. You will investigate areas of personality, intelligence, cognitive style, motivation, gender and ethnicity in terms of underlying theory and empirical research. You will be assessed through an essay and a lab report.

Global Citizenship

This module meets the aspiration in the University of Chichester’s Vision Statement that our students should become Global Citizens. You will have the opportunity to to critically engage with some of the key global issues of our time and learn to to think beyond your immediate locality about how you are connected with people and environments that you may never have seen. You will examine the link between values, equality, rights and education.

Developmental Psychology

This involves the study of development and maturation in cognitive, personality, and social processes. The module will introduce you to basic theory, research findings, and methods of investigation in childhood, adolescence, and lifespan development. You will consider the ways in which behaviour is influenced by developmental factors, the nature of developmental processes, and the ways in which empirical research can help us to understand how developmental processes influence what we do.

Forest School

A Forest School is a journey of self-discovery and awareness in the outdoors where you are given the freedom to explore your surroundings, yourself and others through your curiosity and imagination. This approach is heralded by some as inspirational but described by others as re-branding of old ideas giving questionable impact. This module explores the principles that underpin the Forest School approach and reflects on evidence for its effectiveness.

Research Methods I: Experimental Designs and Analysis

This module will develop your understanding of experimental designs and associated methods of analysis, and introduce you to research ethics.

Research Methods II: Survey and Qualitative Designs and Analysis

This module will develop your understanding of survey and qualitative designs and associated methods of analysis related to criminology.

Independent Project (Psychology)

You are encouraged to adopt a problem-oriented approach. The first stage is to identify a problem in psychology of interest and relevance to your first degree studies. You will determine an appropriate approach to addressing the problem through discussion with tutors who have relevant theoretical and practical expertise. Your investigation may be based within a single discipline or it may involve more than one discipline, but it must be based within your chosen degree programme.

Project Management Skills (Criminology/Psychology)

This project in criminology will support you to develop a wide range of skills from project management to the ability to present your research results in an accessible form. You will develop their scientific reasoning and reporting skills and produce a poster to present your research work.

Mathematical Thinking

You will study themes of representation and communication in mathematics including early emergent mathematical thinking and more advanced representations. You will develop your understanding of key theories and practice that underpin the development of learners’ mathematical thinking and understanding and a range of resources and teaching approaches will be related to these ideas.

Work-based Placement

This module will build on your placement experience from your second year and prepare you for your Independent Project. You will have the opportunity to work with children and young people in a professional setting in a placement organised by you with relevant staff. You will be able to choose from placements in approved settings and could complete your placement in a special school, day nursery, family support team, out of school provision, library, community play or youth scheme, or medical provision service for children or young people. You will keep a learning journal or diary which includes your targets and self-evaluation.

Creativity, Technology and Learning

In this module you will investigate how new technologies can be used in learning and teaching in a wide variety of educational settings, from home schools through to university education. You will explore the concept of ‘creativity’ in education in relation to new technologies and learn to use equipment such as digital cameras, interactive whiteboards and data loggers, and software such as video editing and web-based programmes. You will evaluate your contributions to learning with reference to analytical and pedagogical frameworks.

Comparative Education

The module explores global issues in education and the different contexts in which children and young people learn and educators teach, including in formal and informal settings. You will be introduced to key concepts used in international education policy and practice and explore information and research around educational opportunities and inequalities worldwide. You will consider current concerns in education and identify future trends and challenges. You will explore the role of professional educators in international contexts and the skills and knowledge you need to work in these contexts.

Engaging All Learners

In this module you will cover topics including communication and interaction, cognition and learning, social-emotional and mental health, sensory and physical impairments, and medical conditions. You will apply your knowledge and work to understand how to personalise learning that supports children’s access to the curriculum and raises achievement in an inclusive learning environment. You will consider the transitions in early years and young adults’ move into further education and develop your skills in observing, planning and reviewing teaching and learning strategies.

Professionalism and Pedagogy

In this module you will examine the contexts in which teachers develop their skills, confidence and ethos in their professional world. You will review your own education experience and critically explore the concept of professionalism. You will explore the professional attributes and responsibilities expected of school teachers including organisation, role modelling, development of respectful relationships and specific autonomy. You will investigate roles and responsibilities through the experiences of a trainee or newly qualified teacher and examine the roles of other professionals who work with teachers.

Facilities

Use industry standard equipment

Use facilities including the Brain Imaging Unit, VR Immersive Suite, Psychological Test Centre, Interview and Observation Suite and individual fully equipped testing cubicles and use industry standard equipment and software throughout your studies.

Work Placements

Gain practical experience

During the third year of the course you will have the opportunity to participate in a work-based placement in an educational setting.

Study Abroad

We support students who wish to broaden their academic and cultural experience by choosing to study abroad for one semester as part of their degree studies. This is an exciting chance for students who wish to widen their horizons and immerse themselves in a different culture and encounter how the discipline of Psychology is viewed and taught at universities in Europe or North America. For example, under Erasmus agreements, students might study for a semester at either Maastricht or Radboud universities in the Netherlands, where Psychology classes are delivered through the English language.

Careers

Where you could go after your studies

This BSc (Hons) Educational Psychology degree will prepare you for a range of careers in education and psychology and you will graduate with transferable skills in many more fields.

You may work with children, young people, families, teachers, carers, schools and the wider community. You may work in a local educational authority, schools, colleges, nurseries, special units. You could work as a psychology assistant, in education settings, or with young people and children outside of education.

Becoming an Educational Psychologist

Educational Psychologists can work in local education authorities, nurseries, colleges and special units. You will need to continue your studies to become an educational psychologist.

When you graduate from this degree you will have a graduate basis of registration for the BPS. You will then need to complete a BPS accredited educational psychology doctorate before applying for the Health Care and Professions Council Protected Title of Educational Psychologist.

Once you have achieved your Educational Psychology doctorate (a HCPC protected title), you will be a Chartered Educational Psychologist.

Course Costs

Course Fees 2022/23

UK fee
£9,250
International fee
£14,500

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

Entry Requirements

Typical offers (individual offers may vary):

UCAS
104-120
tariff points from A levels or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC/ Cambridge Technical.
A Levels
BBB-BCC
including psychology or a science at B.
BTEC/Cambridge Technical
DDM-DMM
(Applied Science)
Access to HE Diploma
Pass
including 12 science credits at Merit
GCSEs
C/4 or higher
English, mathematics and a science
IB
26-28 points
including science Higher at 4
IELTS
6.0 overall
with no element lower than 5.5.

Are you interested in this course and would like to learn more? Please email Professor Esther Burkitt on e.burkitt@chi.ac.uk for admissions queries.

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