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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.
This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) so you will graduate with a professionally recognised qualification.
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.
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Analysing Attitudes to Work & Performance
On this module, you will define a range of everyday experiences using psychological models of attitudes, as you 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.
Education, Philosophy and Thinking – Historical Perspectives
You’ll begin to explore the key debates in philosophies of education with a particular focus on personal and institutional value systems and how educational contexts have developed over time.
The module introduces a coherent historical framework, which helps you to understand how educational perspectives and values change and evolve.
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 several perspectives, 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.
Experimental Design in Context: 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.
In addition, 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 & Research Skills for Social Scientists
This module is an opportunity to advance your personal, research and study skills and will support other content-led teaching. You will be assessed through a report and research participation.
The Study of Human Interaction
This module explores the functions of understanding relationships, as you study the selected experiences of relationships.
You will examine the processes related to forming an impression of someone, feeling attracted or not to them, wanting to be their friend or partner, getting to know them, and forming a relationship with them through a variety of behaviours.
Certain psychological theories and empirical findings from investigations into impression formation, attraction, prejudice, and stereotyping and relationship formation will be introduced and a range of methodologies and analyses, such as interviewing, content analysis and observational approaches will be explored.
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.
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.
This module explores the study of development and maturation in cognitive, personality, and social processes, as well as 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.
Individual Differences Psychology
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.
Research Methods: Experimental Designs & Analysis
This module will develop your understanding of experimental designs and associated methods of analysis, and introduce you to research ethics.
Research Methods: Survey and Qualitative Designs and Analysis
The module aims to develop your understanding of survey and qualitative designs and associated methods of analysis related to Psychology.
Creativity, Technology and Learning
This module will enable you to investigate, both academically and practically, how innovative technologies can be used in learning and teaching in a wide variety of mainstream and specialist educational settings.
Exploring Mathematical Thinking
What is mathematics and why does it seem to matter so much? This module will inspire you to reflect on this question and, in doing so, increase your critical knowledge of mathematics education. Your own relationship with the subject will be explored, as will ideas on the beauty and power inherent within the subject.
In this module, 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 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 and Presentation Skills
This project 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.
Special Educational Needs and Disability – Engaging All Learners
This module will introduce students to a range of developmental, cognitive, social, and emotional influences that affect pupil learning and progress.
You will learn how to plan, implement, and evaluate the effectiveness of interventions that contribute to removing barriers to learning, including the use of Augmented and Alternative Communication (AAC) AAC and ICT.
This module broadens your knowledge of a range of educational contexts and provides you with insights from beyond the classroom as you undertake a placement experience in an education setting of your choice.
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.
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.
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.
Brain Imaging Unit and Neuroimaging: NIRScout
Virtual Reality Unit and Immersive Suite
Advanced Physiological Data Acquisition system
Eye tracking software
Specialist Advanced Research Software
Learning Resource Centre
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.
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.
Explore the opportunity to study part of your course abroad
As a student at the University of Chichester, you can explore opportunities to study abroad during your studies as you enrich and broaden your educational experiences.
Students who have undertaken this in the past have found it to be an amazing experience to broaden their horizons, a great opportunity to meet new people, undertake further travelling and to immerse themselves within a new culture.
You will be fully supported throughout the process to help find the right destination institution for you and your course. We can take you through everything that you will need to consider, from visas to financial support, to help ensure that you can get the best out of your time studying abroad.
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 Fees 2023/24
For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.
For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.
To find out about any additional costs on this course, please see our Additional Costs page.
Typical offers (individual offers may vary):
Access to HE Diploma
Are you interested in this course and would like to learn more? Please email Professor Esther Burkitt on email@example.com for admissions queries.
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