3 years full-time (plus optional placement year)
ABB (full entry requirements)
September 2020 (term dates)
£9,250 per year (2020/21)
£17,890 per year (2020/21)
Linking the study of psychology and education will provide you with a unique set of skills spanning two dynamic disciplines.
You'll study cognitive, social, developmental, and biological aspects of psychology, while building your understanding of educational contexts. This will give you an integrated understanding of how psychological theory and research intersects with education in a wide range of settings.
Alongside rigorous academic study, you'll gain valuable skills and experience with a range of opportunities for placements and volunteering. Your studies will inform and guide you, giving you practice applying educational and psychological theory to real-world situations.
This course provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS).
GBC is a prerequisite for many BPS-accredited postgraduate and doctoral programmes which lead to full Chartered Psychologist status.
Our pioneering programme offers you the opportunity to get work experience in a variety of educational settings
We're ranked among the world's top 100 Education departments (THE World University Rankings by subject, 2020)
We look at who should be educated, what they should be educated about, the history and philosophy of education and much more. It will challenge everything you think you know about the modern day classroom.Rachel, BSc Psychology in Education
You'll study a range of core and optional modules which cover topics in psychology and education. You'll gain key knowledge and understanding, which you'll build on throughout the course.
You'll also develop your academic skills, including critical analysis, communicating complex ideas, and planning, carrying out and evaluating research.
There are opportunities for you to spend time abroad during your course:
In Year 1 you'll study four core modules which introduce key concepts, theories and skills. You'll learn how to approach education from an academic perspective, and consider how your personal experiences inform your views.
In the Autumn term you will work in a group to develop a response to a real-life educational challenge through our innovative STEP 1 project. You will be presented with a challenge from a community partner and you will work as a team to research the issue and put forward solutions. This will prepare you for group work, research and presentation throughout your programme, and develop your employability skills through communication, problem solving, creativity and employer engagement.
In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.
This module covers some of the essential skills and knowledge which will help you to study independently and produce work of a high academic standard which is vital for success at York.
This module will:
In your second year you'll study four core modules, which will introduce you to advanced concepts in psychology and education. You'll study a range of major psychological theories and learn to evaluate research.
The main focus of your final year will be your Dissertation - an extended essay based on your own research. This is supported by a core module on advanced research techniques. You'll also take one core module which builds on your studies in Year 2, and choose two optional modules from a wide range of topics. These include alternative options which give you chance to follow your own interests on a placement study or an independent investigation into an educational topic of your choice.
Your Dissertation is a chance for you to engage with a specific topic in detail. You'll use the research skills you've developed to identify a research question and design and carry out an empirical study. You'll analyse your data and write up your findings in an extended essay, to explain and contextualise your work. You'll have frequent meetings with a dissertation supervisor, who'll have expertise in your area of research. You'll also benefit from a series of workshops and other activities designed to support and enhance your research skills. (40 credits)
Choose one of the following modules:
and one of the following modules:
Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
Every course at York has been designed to provide clear and ambitious learning outcomes. These learning outcomes give you an understanding of what you will be able to do at the end of the course. We develop each course by designing modules that grow your abilities towards the learning outcomes and help you to explain what you can offer to employers. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.
You will need to cover the cost of travel to placements. This will vary depending on the location of your placement; the majority are in York.
UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK, EU or international student.
For more information about tuition fees, any reduced fees for study abroad and work placement years, scholarships, tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and living costs see undergraduate fees and funding.
We'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2020/21 throughout the year.
You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.
“Students from all backgrounds achieve consistently outstanding outcomes”
The TEF Panel, Office for Students, June 2018
Our Gold Teaching Excellence Framework award demonstrates our commitment to the delivery of consistently outstanding teaching and learning for our students.
You’ll study and learn with academics who are active researchers, experts in their field and have a passion for their subjects. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.
We use a variety of teaching methods, including:
Weekly lectures and seminars are a chance for you to debate and discuss topics with fellow students and your tutors. You will be encouraged to think for yourself, to engage in academic debate and to develop and present your arguments with confidence and skill.
In your first year, you can expect:
|Lectures||9 hours per week|
|Seminars||3 hours per week|
These figures are based on an average student in an average week. Your contact hours will vary throughout the year due to your module choices, non-compulsory classes, exam periods and changes to scheduled activities.
Outside your timetabled hours, you'll study independently. This may include preparation for classes, follow-up work, wider reading, practice completion of assessment tasks, or revision.
In the UK, full-time students are expected to spend 1,200 hours a year learning. That's about 40 hours of classes and independent study each week during term time. Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours you spend on independent study will be different to other students on your course.
Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.
You'll be assessed in a number of different ways, depending on the modules you choose. Forms of assessment include:
You'll receive written feedback on all assessed work, helping you to understand your strengths and identify areas for improvement. You can also discuss your work with your tutors and your personal supervisor to help guide your development.
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3|
The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.
Many lectures include a lot of group discussion and give a chance for you to voice your own opinion. This also allows you to hear what others have to say.Emma, BSc Psychology in Education
This course covers a wide range of topics which will introduce you to areas of work which you may not have previously considered. You'll also have opportunities to discuss potential careers with psychology and education practitioners. Volunteering opportunities allow you to explore new career paths and gain valuable experience.
ABB including at least one science subject (which may include Psychology)
|Access to Higher Education Diploma||30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher including 12 credits in a science related modules|
|BTEC National Extended Diploma||DDM including science-related units.|
|Cambridge Pre-U||D3, M2, M2 including at least one science subject (which may include Psychology)|
|European Baccalaureate||75% including at least one science subject|
|International Baccalaureate||34 points, including a Higher Level science|
You should also have a grade 4 (C) in GCSE Mathematics 4. If you intend to train as a teacher you should be aware that GCSE or equivalent passes in Mathematics and English Language and, for primary teaching, a science, are required.
If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:
|IELTS||6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component|
|PTE Academic||61, with a minimum of 51 in each component|
|GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language)||Grade C|
|C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency||176, with a minimum of 162 each component|
|TOEFL||87 overall, with a minimum of 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking, 17 in Writing|
|Trinity ISE III||Merit in all components|
For more information see our undergraduate English language requirements.
You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.
The length of course you need to take depends on your current IELTS scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.
After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.
To apply to York, you will need to complete an online application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).
We warmly welcome applications from students taking BTEC, GNVQ or Access courses, as well as mature students.
We expect you to be familiar with key, current debates in psychology and education, and to be able to reflect on and engage critically with these.
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