BSc (Hons) Educational Psychology

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  • Sandwich Year Option Available
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  • Work Placement Opportunity
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Overview

UCAS Code:C812
Course Length:3 Years Full-Time
Start Dates:September 2016, September 2017
Department:Department of Psychology
Location:Edge Hill University
  • Psychology at Edge Hill University ranked in the top five in the UK for assessment & feedback in the National Student Survey 2015;
  • Study a degree accredited by the British Psychological Society;
  • Focus on the application of psychology to education and experience a work placement.

In this degree you will gain a thorough grounding in the fundamental principles of psychology, the scientific study of mind and behaviour. You will focus on the application of psychology in an educational context – studying how individuals learn and develop. You will learn about the core areas of psychology and examine how psychology has been applied to education, linking theory to practice. A work placement is a key feature of the British Psychological Society-accredited degree.

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Course in Depth

What will I study?

Year 1 begins with introductory modules in psychology. In semester one you study social and developmental psychology, personality and individual differences. The course then progresses into cognitive and biological psychology, exploring the relationship between brain and behaviour, perception, memory and intelligence. You will also be introduced to research methods and data analysis and be involved in practical work.

There is an opportunity to develop academic, personal and interpersonal skills in a specially designed module called Essential Skills in Applied Psychology. The focus is on harnessing key undergraduate skills such as academic reading, writing and critique, group work, finding and presenting information, self-awareness and reflection. Emphasis also includes student personal development, career aspirations and employability. You will look at research methods and will receive an introduction to educational psychology throughout the year, including an examination of the challenges facing education today.

Year 2 builds on the core areas from Year 1 and introduces applied psychology. You will study four major interrelated areas of psychology (social, developmental, biological and cognitive) helping to develop a critical awareness, improve interpersonal and social skills and understand human behaviour in each of the main areas of psychology. More advanced research methods will be introduced where you work in groups to conduct qualitative and quantitative research.

The emphasis upon educational psychology is maintained through a focus upon the application of psychology to education in the areas of learning, teaching and assessment. A work placement will be taken at the end of Year 2.

In Year 3 you will conduct an analysis of your work placement, explore specific areas of educational psychology and undertake a piece of educational psychology research submitted as a dissertation.

How will I study?

You will participate in a variety of learning formats including lectures, discussion groups and research workshops.

You will also complete a work placement at the end of Year 2 within an educational context such as a school, educational psychology service or educational research group. Some placement types are limited and travel may be required.

How will I be assessed?

Most modules are assessed by a mixture of examination and coursework, though some are assessed solely by coursework. Coursework assignments might be essays, research project reports, portfolios, group presentations, posters, or the critical analysis of research papers. In addition, in Year 3 you complete a dissertation.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught by staff with a wide range of interests in education and psychology. Members of our team have either worked previously in schools and colleges, provide consultancy services for schools and other educational institutions and conduct research in collaboration with schools and local authorities.

A Great Study Environment

BSc (Hons) Educational PsychologyThe Department of Psychology is based in a modern building equipped with high quality teaching and learning facilities and sophisticated research technologies. These include, for example, state-of-the-art eye trackers, transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) methods, and near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) for examining cognitive functioning and brain activity.

Other specialist laboratories for Psychology students include a group testing laboratory, observation rooms, soundproof cubicles, audio-visual suites and dedicated IT facilities equipped with subject specific software installed to support experimental work.

Modules

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Year 1

EDP1001 Introduction to Educational Psychology (20 credits)

Introduction to Educational Psychology provides an overview of a range of key topics relevant to the practice of educational psychology, educational psychology research and interventions informed by psychological theory. The module will examine the psychology which underpins the learning of children and adolescents, explore what motivates children to learn and perform at school, and consider a range of barriers to children’s learning.

PSY1109 Essential Skills in Applied Psychology (20 credits)

Essential Skills in Applied Psychology develops a range of academic, personal and interpersonal skills designed to enhance your potential both within and beyond university. The focus is on harnessing key undergraduate skills such as academic reading, writing and critique, group working, finding and presenting information, time management, self-awareness and reflection, and applying them in the context of the degree subject. The module takes a holistic approach to applications of theory.

PSY1111 Introduction to Personality, Social and Developmental Psychology (20 credits)

Introduction to Personality, Social and Developmental Psychology will familiarise you with the approaches and concepts central to the study of behaviour. The module explores the historical and theoretical concepts of personality and individual differences, social cognition and social and cognitive development.

PSY1112 Introduction to Cognitive and Biological Psychology (20 credits)

Introduction to Cognitive and Biological Psychology considers the processes underlying behaviour (such as perception, sensation and memory) and how human beings are embedded in their world (e.g. by way of their shared biology and learned knowledge). In this way, the module aims to equip you with a broad understanding of basic theories and concepts and a range of interrelated approaches towards the psychological study of human behaviour.

PSY1118 Investigating Psychology 1 (20 credits)

Investigating Psychology 1 demonstrates the key approaches to research in cognitive, developmental, social, and biological psychology. You will develop your skills in experimental design, data analysis and data interpretation, and receive training, support and practice in the use of SPSS software to examine psychological research. The module will also enable you to prepare written research reports on studies conducted.

PSY1119 Investigating Psychology 2 (20 credits)

Investigating Psychology 2 demonstrates the key approaches to research in cognitive, developmental, social, and biological psychology. You will develop your skills in experimental design, data analysis and data interpretation, and receive training, support and practice in the use of SPSS software to examine psychological research. The module will also enable you to prepare written research reports on studies conducted.

Year 2

EDP2004 The Psychology of Teaching, Learning and Instruction (20 credits)

The Psychology of Teaching, Learning and Instruction questions what actually constitutes ‘learning’ and ‘teaching’ along with psychological theory and research about how this is best achieved in practice. An important part of this module will be for you to gain experience of the application of theory and research in practice, achieved by conducting a micro-teaching exercise with peers and reflecting on the experience.

PSY2112 Developmental Psychology (20 credits)

Developmental Psychology addresses the processes involved in key aspects of human development and their relevant applications in real world settings. It will focus mainly (though not exclusively) on development in childhood including areas such as cognition, memory, language, emotional, and social development. Emphasis will be placed on the evaluation of key theories and psychological research that have informed our understanding of development in these areas.

PSY2113 Social Psychology (20 credits)

Social Psychology reveals the extent to which social influences and interactions are pervasive in affecting individual behaviour, while also considering how the actions of an individual in turn affect other individuals and groups. You will develop an awareness of the relationship between person and situation and examine how this dynamic relationship both influences, and is crucial to, the understanding of behaviour.

PSY2114 Cognitive Psychology (20 credits)

Cognitive Psychology will examine both classic and contemporary research that has led to the development of theories regarding how attention, perception and memory all function. The module will also examine how each of these components interact during everyday tasks. You will consider how thinking, language and emotion enable us to reason about, and interact meaningfully with, the external world, gaining an understanding of the processes used to communicate, comprehend, and use information and knowledge.

PSY2115 Biological Psychology (20 credits)

Biological Psychology studies the human nervous system, including its structure and functioning. There will be a particular focus upon the brain. You will learn in detail the processes by which messages are passed through the system and the way the brain interacts with the hormones of the endocrine system in order to preserve life. The methods by which the brain is commonly researched will also be explored in order to provide a basis for understanding much current research and theorising in psychology.

PSY2116 Research Methods and Data Analysis (20 credits)

Research Methods and Data Analysis provides you with the skills necessary to design, execute and report your own research. A particular emphasis is placed on data analysis: quantitative techniques (analysis of variance and regression) and qualitative techniques (grounded theory and phenomenological analysis). These data analysis skills will be essential for carrying out dissertations and are also highly valued by employers.

Year 3

EDP3101 Psychology Placement: Linking Theory to Practice (20 credits)

Psychology Placement: Linking Theory to Practice represents the academic component of a work-based placement. It is an extended piece of critical reflection conduced through independent study and supported by tutorials.

PSY3129 Personality and Individual Differences (20 credits)

Personality and Individual Differences is a module designed to develop your appreciation of individual differences in the study of human behaviour. In particular, the module will examine how individual differences interact in almost every example of psychological research with experimental or situational paradigms to produce results differing profoundly for individuals of different personalities, different capacities and different motivations.

PSY3135 Dissertation (30 credits)

Dissertation requires you to carry out a piece of research for which, with tutorial support, you have responsibility for designing, gathering data, analysing data, and reporting the findings. You will work independently and demonstrate a high degree of autonomy and initiative in managing your work.

PSY3136 Reflections and Future Directions (10 credits)

Reflections and Future Directions considers the historical and conceptual issues in psychology from an informed perspective, using knowledge and understanding acquired throughout the degree. You will learn to acknowledge your own individual role as a prospective psychology graduate within a wider context, recognising and maximising the skills acquired throughout the programme, in preparation for future employment or further study.

You will select two of the following modules:

EDP3102 Psychological Predictors of Learning and Achievement (20 credits)

Psychological Predictors of Learning and Achievement examines how psychological factors can influence, and are in turn influenced by, learning and achievement. The module will focus on the beliefs of students about themselves as learners (including individual perceptions of one’s own abilities and competencies), academic motivation, academic emotions (particularly a fear of failure) and the classroom environment.

EDP3103 The Psychology of Movement, Music and Mark Making in Education (20 credits)

The Psychology of Movement, Music and Mark Making in Education examines the psychological importance of pre-school experiences in drawing and mark-making, movement and play, and music to a child’s understanding of the world and readiness for school. Psychological knowledge in these areas is compared to the current school curriculum.

EDP3104 Special Educational Needs (20 credits)

Special Educational Needs examines special educational needs (SEN) within the school system by providing an understanding of psychological research and its applicability to this area. The module will take into consideration the policies and strategies behind supporting SEN in school, with particular attention to autism and dyslexia. In addition, this module will explore both the history of SEN and the new direction it is taking.

PSY3120 Work Psychology (20 credits)

Work Psychology develops your understanding of the application of psychology to people in terms of their lives at the workplace, their economic and work-relevant behaviour, and as participants in organisations. The module builds on knowledge acquired in earlier modules such as knowledge, skill, and decision making in cognitive psychology, individual differences in social psychology, and motivation. Many of the themes identified are explored in an applied context in this module.

PSY3121 Evolutionary Psychology (20 credits)

Evolutionary Psychology offers knowledge about the origins of behaviour that challenges traditional assumptions about humans, their minds, and collective interaction. The aim is to empower your critical evaluation of personal, social and cultural issues in both future vocation and everyday life.

PSY3122 Psychology of Substance Misuse (20 credits)

Psychology of Substance Misuse examines various aspects of substance misuse (including the misuse of alcohol) from a psychological perspective which will also be informed by other academic perspectives, such as those of brain science and sociology respectively. A broad range of psychological consequences of substance misuse, such as memory impairments, will be studied and the psychological interventions for substance misuse will be examined.

PSY3123 Clinical and Abnormal Psychology (20 credits)

Clinical and Abnormal Psychology introduces you to the study of abnormal psychology and psychiatric disorders. The module will provide you with a thorough understanding of a variety of perspectives in psychology and how they apply to specific mental disorders. You will also develop your understanding and assess the relative merits of a medical/clinical model (diagnosis and treatment) of specific disorders, which will include schizophrenia (and other personality disorders), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorders, bipolar-mood disorders and cognitive disorders related to aging and autism. Overall, the module will encourage you to critically analyse the medical model of mental disorders, as seen from the historical, social, psychopharmacological (neuroscience/neuropsychological) and medical perspectives.

PSY3124 Critical Perspectives in Developmental Psychology (20 credits)

Critical Perspectives in Developmental Psychology uses key arguments from critical psychology to evaluate traditional models and images of childhood, normative goals of development, and research methods that underpin much of traditional developmental psychology and educational policy. The module will provide a theoretical and practical framework for contemporary research practice.Ethical issues associated with carrying out research within a range of settings, and particularly with children, will be discussed, especially in relation to carrying out research ‘with’ children and also from a ‘reflexive’ practitioner perspective.

PSY3125 Memory in the Real World (20 credits)

Memory in the Real World specialises in an area of cognitive psychology. The module also encompasses conceptual and historical issues, research design and methods in psychology – all areas that are core to the British Psychological Society’s (BPS) curriculum – and gives you a strong basis to study Cognitive Psychology, Clinical Psychology or Research Methods at postgraduate level.

PSY3126 Understanding Genocide: The Social Psychology of the Holocaust (20 credits)

Understanding Genocide: The Social Psychology of the Holocaust critically examines the behaviour of ‘perpetrators’, ‘bystanders’, ‘rescuers’, ‘resistors’, victims and survivors (including child survivors) with the aid of a range of social psychological concepts. These include social conformity, obedience, authoritarianism, aggression, denial, prejudice, dehumanisation, ‘the authoritarian personality’ and ‘the altruistic personality’, lying, self-deception and leadership. The module will also critically examine post-war coping strategies and therapeutic perspectives.

PSY3127 The Developing Memory: From Infancy to Adolescence (20 credits)

The Developing Memory: From Infancy to Adolescence is a distinct module specialising in the cognitive development of human memory. The module encompasses developmental, cognitive, biological and social psychology, as well as design and methodology research issues in the area of cognitive development. All these areas are core to the British Psychological Society’s (BPS) curriculum. Due to the key topics covered, this module will suit the vocational and academic goals of the students interested in cognitive and developmental psychology, educational psychology, clinical psychology and forensic psychology.

PSY3130 Research Technologies and Tools (20 credits)

Research Technologies and Tools gives you practical experience of using research technologies commonly used within the discipline such as E-Prime (an experimental presentation software used for measuring reaction times), Biopac (a physiological arousal measurement tool) and diagnostic tools (such as the Wechsler Abbreviated Intelligence Scale). These skills will be useful for all students wishing to conduct further Postgraduate studies in Psychology, where an understanding of research technologies will be advantageous.

PSY3131 Psychology and the Virtual World (20 credits)

Psychology and the Virtual World will examine psychological underpinnings and experiences associated with a range of different virtual environments. These include video gaming, internet use and social networking. There will be a particular focus on the application of recent psychological research and how it provides an insight into the technological experiences which comprise a substantial part of modern day life.

PSY3132 Applying Psychology to Lifestyle Behaviour (20 credits)

Applying Psychology to Lifestyle Behaviour explores the role of psychology applied to the context of lifestyle. Specifically, the module considers the application of theory and evidence-based research to help you better understand, predict and change lifestyle-related behaviours. In addition this module will elucidate how psychological concepts are linked to both healthy and unhealthy lifestyles in the real-world.

PSY3133 Applied Psychopharmacology (20 credits)

Applied Psychopharmacology examines the mechanisms by which drugs, both legal and illegal, exact their effects once consumed. Examples of illegal drugs to be covered include cannabis, ecstasy (MDMA) and cocaine, whilst coverage of legal drugs will include alcohol and caffeine. Consideration will also be given to some common food ingredients such as polyphenols.

PSY3134 Advanced Social Psychology (20 credits)

Advanced Social Psychology explores advanced conceptual issues in social psychology with a particular emphasis on their applicability to a real-life setting. Indicative content will include advanced social identity theory and helping behaviour, group processes and collective behaviour, stereotype threat and coping.

PSY3138 Mind, Brain and Behaviour: The Foundations of Psychological Explanation (20 credits)

Mind, Brain and Behaviour: The Foundations of Psychological Explanation is concerned with psychological explanation in two contexts: first, in our everyday use of psychological concepts, and secondly, as it is informed by research in disciplines such as psychology, cognitive neuroscience, philosophy, linguistics and artificial intelligence.

PSY3139 Forensic Psychology: Eyewitnesses and Suspects (20 credits)

Forensic Psychology: Eyewitnesses and Suspects examines the expanding field of forensic psychology. The aim is to help you understand human behaviour and its underlying thoughts, feelings and motivations, with particular reference to criminal behaviour. You will develop the expertise to assess evidence about human behaviour and garner a wide range of skills in relation to forensic investigation. You will be introduced to some of the skills that forensic psychologists use when investigating eyewitness reports and offenders and consider related theories and associated research evidence.

PSY3140 Psychology in the Courtroom (20 credits)

Psychology in the Courtroom specialises in the area of ‘applied’ forensic psychology and examines psychological underpinnings and experiences associated with a range of factors that influence decision making in the courtroom. These include jury decision making, expert witness testimony, witness credibility, defendant appearance and cross-examination techniques. Across the module, there will be particular focus on how psychological theory and research has aided our understanding of real-world issues in an applied context.

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the programme curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements.

Disclaimer

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

The UCAS Tariff system, which allocates points to a range of qualifications in university entry requirements, is changing for students joining programmes from September 2017 onwards.

The entry criteria below are mapped to the current UCAS Tariff for academic year 2016/17 entry and the new UCAS Tariff for academic year 2017/18 entry.

  • 2016/17 Entry – 280 UCAS Tariff points, for which no specific subjects are required, plus GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or above (or equivalent);
  • 2017/18 Entry – 112 UCAS Tariff points, for which no specific subjects are required, plus GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or above (or equivalent).

If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University you will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure indicating that you meet the mandatory criteria of ‘Clearance to Work with Children and/or Vulnerable Adults’. Further information will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

Example Offers

Some typical examples of how you can achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

  • A Levels – BBC;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) – Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM);
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma – successful completion of Diploma to include at least 45 passed credits at Level 3.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

As long as you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as the Welsh Baccalaureate and Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/offers.

EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at www.edgehill.ac.uk/eu.

International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

This programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) provided the minimum standard of a lower second class honours is achieved. This is the first step towards becoming a chartered psychologist.

Career paths include postgraduate training, educational psychology, clinical psychology, work psychology, health psychology, teaching, research in further and higher education, personnel, advertising, the caring professions and personnel.

It is important for you to recognise that training in Educational Psychology is acquired through postgraduate education and supervised practice, not through an undergraduate degree. On completion of this programme, you are not qualified to practice as an educational psychologist without further training.

How can I enhance my employability?

It is useful to consider, even before you apply, how you will spend your time while studying and make the most of your university experience.

Optional, additional activities may be available on this degree which could help to prepare you for a stimulating and rewarding career. These include:

  • Sandwich Year – you may have the opportunity to apply to complete a sandwich year placement as part of your programme (usually the third year of a four year degree) and gain highly relevant work experience;
  • Study Abroad – you may have the opportunity to apply to spend an additional year (usually the third year of a four year degree) studying or working abroad;
  • Language Learning – you may be able to select language modules in French, Spanish or Mandarin, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, as additional study.

Please note, the availability of these additional activities cannot be guaranteed for all students. Depending on availability and the number of students wanting to participate, there may be a competitive application process for sandwich year placements or study abroad opportunities or you may be required to secure a relevant placement yourself.

Finance

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for full-time study on this undergraduate degree are £9,000 per annum for UK and EU students and £11,350 per annum for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2016/17.

Financial Support

Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2016/17, together with details of how to apply for funding, please view our Money Matters 2016/17 guide at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradfinance2016.

Financial support information for international students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.

Scholarships

ScholarshipsEdge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time undergraduate students. These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

Additional scholarships, which you may qualify to receive, reward outstanding grades and are available to eligible UK and EU students.

To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/scholarships.

Apply

How to Apply

Apply online through UCAS at www.ucas.com.

Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyucas to find out more about the application process.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

Visit Us

If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at www.edgehill.ac.uk/bookanopenday.

Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about all of our events for prospective undergraduate students, including monthly campus tours, at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradevents.

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to explore our full range of degrees before you apply, you can order an undergraduate prospectus at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradprospectus.

Get in Touch

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International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international or email international@edgehill.ac.uk with any queries about overseas study.

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Course Changes

This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented since 1st September 2015.

17th December 2015 - Change of Modules

EDP2004 The Psychology of Teaching, Learning and Instruction (20 credits) replaces EDP2003 The Psychology of Teaching, Learning and Instruction (30 credits) and PSY2115 Biological Psychology (20 credits) replaces PSY2121 Applied Biological Psychology (10 credits) in Year 2.

4th September 2015 - Change of Modules

EDP1001 Introduction to Educational Psychology (20 credits) replaces EDP1003 Introduction to Educational Psychology (30 credits) in Year 1. PSY1118 Investigating Psychology 1 (20 credits) and PSY1119 Investigating Psychology 2 (20 credits) replace PSY1113 Investigating Psychology (30 credits) in Year 1.

4th September 2015 - New Module Added

PSY3140 Psychology in the Courtroom (20 credits) added as an optional module in Year 3.