BA Education Studies and Psychology

Psychology and Education Studies

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This exciting joint honours combination offers the opportunity to pursue a BA honours degree that combines the two popular academic disciplines of Education Studies and Psychology. 

The course supports the development of a strong set of critical thinking, analytical and problem solving skills, together with understanding of psychological explanations of human development and behaviour, including cognitive development, memory and attention, leadership, identity, and prejudice and discrimination. 

Through a diverse range of modules, the education component supports an understanding of how current and past education policy and practice are of relevance to communities and contemporary society.

Key Facts

UCAS Code: XC38
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
3 years full time

School of Psychology
Contact Name:
Dr Judith Marshall
Contact Email:
Language Choice

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This course is aimed at anyone who is interested in the study of education and psychology with a wide and diverse student population, all of whom have one thing in common, the desire to understand and work in both disciplines. If you are unsure about the exact career you are interested in then the flexibility offered by this course to explore and consider a range of opportunities may make it the right one for you. Teaching and learning for students is focused around:

  • Encouraging critical thinking, problem-solving and research skills
  • Enhancing understanding of the link between theoretical concepts and practical applications
  • Assisting and guiding students at every level through small group seminars and personal tutor systems
  • Supporting the development of a wide range of transferable and employability skills of students

Please contact the Programme Director Judith Marshall for further information.

It is also possible to study a joint honours combination with Counselling Studies. Please email a member of the programme team for more information.

Year 1 Modules

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Academic Skills and Research Methods
  • Communication and Social Interaction
  • Historical and Contemporary Issues in Education
  • 21st Century Learning: Theories and Contexts
  • Equality and Diversity in an Inclusive Society

Year 2 Modules

  • Developmental Psychology and Individual Differences
  • Research Design and Analysis
  • Brain, Behaviour and Cognition
  • Politics, Policy and the Professional
  • Philosophy of Education
  • Global Perspectives on Education

Psychology - Year3 (* - choose one)

  • Prejudice and Discrimination*
  • Psychology Dissertation
  • Social Knowledge and Identity

Education Studies - Year3 (* - electives)

  • Education Dissertation*
  • Curriculum Studies: Principles and Innovation*
  • Radical Educations*
  • Community Engagement*
  • Entrepreneurial Education*
  • Assessment and Evaluation in Education*

This joint honours component offers a combination of diverse student population and experienced practitioners, research active lecturing team. This creates a stimulating learning environment that enhances student’s enjoyment of the course.

The often lively academic debate pushes the boundaries between the two disciplines regarding the nature of human behaviour and different learning approaches stimulates in the student an appreciation of self-reflection, perspective-taking and empirical evidence, a combination not often nurtured in straight honours degrees courses.

The programme will offer a range of different assessment methods to provide students with the opportunity to extend their practical and academic skills and encourage independent learning.

These will include traditional assessments such as academic essays and exams in addition to more innovative assessment methods such as academic posters, online assessments, group presentations, and research proposals.

For 2017 entry (new UCAS tariff for courses starting in September 2017):

  • Typical offers are made for 88 tariff points for the BA Education Studies and Psychology programme. There is no expectation that A-level candidates will have studied psychology at A-level, and although they typically would have studied a social science at A-level students with a mix of subjects across the A-level spectrum are welcome.
  • This programme also welcomes applications from non-traditional entry students who have had a break from education, and those who wish to move into the social science area or care disciplines, as well as international applicants (subject to minimum English language requirements).

We place great importance on encouraging non-standard entry students with relevant life skills and academic potential to join our course. Additional study skills support is available for any student needing more intensive tuition, and the nature of assessments and feedback in the first year provide ample opportunity for students who may be lacking in academic experience or confidence to develop their academic style.

This joint honours programme lends itself to a wide number of careers and options for further studies. Students interested in a career in education can progress onto the UWTSD PGCE Primary with QTS programme and become teachers, while students that graduate with a minimum lower second class honours classification are eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society, an important prerequisite for students wishing to go on to further post-graduate study or work in Psychology. You may also choose to pursue Master’s level study on the UWTSD MA Education, MSc Applied Social & Health Psychology taught postgraduate degrees or you may wish to pursue an MPhil/PhD in Psychology.

Career opportunities:

  • Teaching*
  • Psychology*
  • Social Work*
  • Play Leader
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Education Officer
  • Health Care/NHS
  • Education Welfare Officer
  • Police Officer
  • Adult Education Tutor and working with Adults with Learning difficulties.

*with additional qualification

British Psychological Society (BPSThis course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). Students who graduate with a minimum lower second class honours classification are eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society.

Education Studies Joint Honours

Studies are based around the ‘four pillars’ of Education Studies which are History, Psychology, Sociology and Philosophy. These are incorporated throughout your studies and combined with other relevant educational topics, such as inclusion and creativity, to provide you with a wide knowledge base as well as focusing on developing a range of other academic and transferable skills. The opportunity is provided in your final year of study to personalise your degree through a range of electives designed to help you make your studies as relevant to your ambitions and interests as possible.

We firmly believe that education does not just take place in the classroom. Throughout your time will us you will gain a range of invaluable skills that are not just academic but are vital to any graduate in the workplace today. We place significant emphasis on the value of student engagement and learning through experience.

Psychology Joint Honours

Students across all years of the programme have the opportunity to become involved in research, both as participants for undergraduate/postgraduate research projects and as researchers assisting on funded projects within the department

The BPS accredited Psychology Joint Honours component aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills they require to understand how and why people behave in the ways they do and to be able to apply that knowledge in a variety of individual and group settings.

Students will explore the link between psychological theory, research and practice, with a focus on producing a scientific understanding of the mind, brain, behaviour and experience, and of the complex interactions between these. The programme has a strong emphasis on developing psychological research skills which culminates in an independent final year research project.

The Education Studies and Psychology course also boasts a high employability rate for graduating students who are in work within six months of completing the degree. A number of our students also progress to further study at Postgraduate level and we can help you with looking at your options should that be of interest to you.