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Psychology with Education BSc Honours

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Code
C8X3
Start
September 2018
Duration
3 years full-time
Usually 6 years part-time
Attendance
Full-time
Part-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,000 (INT) *
Course leader
Emma Ward

Through studying both psychology and education you will gain an expert understanding of educational principles underpinned by the theory of human behaviour. It is the ideal degree for those wishing to gain the knowledge, skills and experience to enter a career within education.

Why study BSc Psychology with Education at Middlesex University?

Our degree, accredited by the British Psychology Society (BPS), offers some of the best psychology teaching and research facilities in the UK, including both a psychophysiology and a virtual reality laboratory. Not only will you gain theoretical and practical knowledge of modern psychology (the study of human behaviour), you will integrate your learning with the theory and practice of education studies.

Taking part in a year long industry placement can enable you to put theory into practice and gain invaluable professional experience. Our degree is an ideal step towards postgraduate training to become an occupational or organisational psychologist, or as a route towards an education-focused career. This can include roles within research, teaching or academia.

Course highlights

  • Our degree gives you the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society (which can lead to a career as a psychologist)
  • You can choose to take part in a year long industry placement where you will gain invaluable professional experience. There are no additional fees to pay for the full academic year
  • We offer some of the best psychology teaching and research facilities in the UK, including specialist laboratories for psychophysiology, social observation, virtual reality, and auditory cognition
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

What will you study on the BSc Psychology with Education?

You will study, debate and discuss the main theoretical approaches to psychology and education studies, and learn the fundamentals of psychological research design and analysis. You will be encouraged to develop a critical approach to your studies, evaluating theory and evidence as you go. You will also examine the latest findings and debates in biological, developmental, social and cognitive psychology, including the areas of perception, learning, memory, language and thinking.

What will you gain?

You will develop advanced communication skills in written, oral and numerical forms and learn to work effectively both independently, and as part of a team.

Modules

  • Year 1

    • Foundation Psychology (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to introduce the five core areas of Psychology as set down by the BPS, Cognitive, Social, Biological Basis, Developmental and Individual Differences. In addition, you will also explore ideas concerned with definitions of Psychology and how Psychology developed as a separate discipline by considering its historical and philosophical beginnings and current issues.

    • Psychological Data Analysis (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to introduce the statistical and qualitative analysis as they are employed in psychological research. You will gain experience in a range of analytic techniques and learn to use relevant software. You will also be required to engage in extensive hands-on computer use in order to develop skills in data collection, input and analysis, using SPSS.

    • Research Methods and Design in Psychology (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module aims to introduce the principles and practice of quantitative and qualitative psychological research. You will develop skills in searching literature and generating hypotheses with a sound rationale, understand the principles of sound research design and data collection and be able to interpret findings and critically assess research output in psychology. You will also be provided with opportunities to develop skills in the dissemination of research results with the conventions, styles and critical approach of academic work.

    • Historical, Social and Political Perspectives on Education (30 credits) - Compulsory

      An overview of education policy from the beginning of universal state education until the present. The philosophical ideologies that have underpinned policy and a more detailed examination of some current education issues.

    • An Introduction to Early Childhood Studies and Child Development (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to present a holistic approach to childhood and child development including an overview of the stages of development in the major skills areas. You will examine conceptual notions of childhood historically and socio-culturally and analyse the interaction of factors influencing child growth and development. You will gain a broad knowledge of some key theoretical perspectives in child development and explore the methods, techniques and ethical considerations involved in using child observation as a research tool.

    • Education Policy: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (30 credits) - Optional

      This module enables you to achieve an acceptable level of competency appropriate to first year undergraduate studies in the following key skill areas of personal and career development, effective learning, communication, teamwork. Additionally the module will establish a transferable skill base to enable you to succeed in Education Studies. It will introduce the main educational ideologies prevalent in the last 150 years and you will examine a number of contemporary controversial issues in the field of education. You will demonstrate awareness of the underlying principles relevant to Education Studies and start developing a personal stance, drawing on your own experiences. You will also develop an awareness of the societal and organisational structures of the educational system and possible implications for learners.

  • Year 2

    • Biological Cognitive Psychology (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide an overview of the biological bases of behaviour and the cognitive approach to psychology. After initial study of the anatomy physiology of the nervous system, attention is focused on aspects of behaviour that have a clear biological component. Through a series of practical laboratory sessions you will investigate specific central and peripheral nervous system variables and their relation to behaviour. In the second half of the module, the nature of the cognitive approach to psychology will be outlined and key theories relating to major cognitive faculties explored. Understanding of these is enhanced through a series of interactive seminars.

    • Developmental Psychology (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module aims to provide an overview of the current research and core theoretical aspects of developmental psychology. In addition to the main topics, you will have opportunities to learn about extended topics of atypical developments, developments throughout the lifespan and applications to educational issues, as well as contemporary topics in applied developmental psychology. Understanding of these topics is enhanced through a series of interactive seminars.

    • Research Methods and Ethics in Psychology (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module enables you to understand and evaluate psychological research and to understand how research design relates to research questions. It provides you with skills in a variety of statistical analyses and enables you to conduct ethical psychological research utilising quantitative and qualitative methods. It provides the foundation for interpretation and critical discussion of published psychological research.

    • Education and Equality (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to provide an overview of the extent of race, class, sex and SEN inequalities in educational attainment. You will gain an understanding of the main theories that have been advanced such differential outcomes. The module will enable you to come to a balanced evaluation of the efficacy of government policies on equality of opportunity in education.

    • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to explore the definitions of the key concepts (race, class, sex. disability) and the statistical evidence for underachievement in education as well as the sociological and psychological explanations that have been advanced to account for patterns of underachievement. You will also focus on the central and local government policies and legislation that have sought to address inequality in educational provision and attainment.

    • Special Needs, Disability and Inclusion (30 credits) - Optional

      This module will provide an understanding of the evolution of policy and practice relating to special educational needs. You will gain an understanding of the legislative framework within which SEN provision is made. You will be enabled to consider the various theoretical perspectives and discourses within which the debate about SEN has taken place. You will explore the learning implications of a particular special need for pupils parents and teachers.

    • Curriculum Studies Key Stage 2 and Beyond (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to provide an overview of the biological bases of behaviour and the cognitive approach to psychology. After initial study of the anatomy physiology of the nervous system, attention is focused on aspects of behaviour that have a clear biological component. Through a series of practical laboratory sessions you will investigate specific central and peripheral nervous system variables and their relation to behaviour. In the second half of the module, the nature of the cognitive approach to psychology will be outlined and key theories relating to major cognitive faculties explored. Understanding of these is enhanced through a series of interactive seminars.

  • Year 3

    • Dissertation (30 credits) - Compulsory

      Within this module, you will pursue independent study with a designated supervisor on a topic not offered in-depth among the normal range of modules. You will be expected to carry out an original investigation using a recognised psychology or cognitive science research method, and produce a dissertation based on that research. The title and methodology of this dissertation must be agreed with the supervisor in advance. Undertaking this module will enable you to develop your methodological and statistical knowledge acquired through previous research methods training. It will develop your competence in the production of coherent written reports which are clearly presented and which have an analytic and critical orientation, and it will provide the opportunity for you to become competent and self-sufficient researcher.

    • Psychology in Education (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module is designed to give you an advanced level of understanding of the way that psychological theories and research have influenced our understanding of child and adult learning and teaching in educational settings. The aim is to direct you to develop an appreciation of traditional and contemporary research, knowledge and applications in the domain.

    • Social Psychology and Individual Differences (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop the depth and breadth of your understanding of theory and research in social psychology and personality psychology. In term 1, you are introduced to the social dimension of human psychology, through topic-focused lectures combined with small-group collaborative research projects. In term 2, you will cover mainstream concepts and theories of personality and the application of personality dispositional theory in assessment including employability. There will be a strong emphasis on critical consideration of the strengths and limitations of comparative models along with the conceptual links. The application of psychometrics and underlying principles of factor analysis will be explained in context and statistical analysis conducted by hand to facilitate understanding.

    • Children's Rights: Law, Policy and Practice (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to provide you with the knowledge on a range of conceptual frameworks of childhood and children's rights. You will evaluate the relative balance of powers, duties and accountabilities between the key players in education as with a multi-agency approach. You will critically discuss the key principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and evaluate the congruence between selected legislation, policy and practice and conceptualisations of childhood, child development and children's rights. You will develop the knowledge and analytical perspectives on particular areas of legislation, policy and practice that affect children.

    • Social Exclusion and Young People in Education and Society (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to examine the origins and implications of young people's alienation and disaffection in education and society. You will gain an understanding of contemporary youth culture and issues that young people are confronted with in school, family and society. You will examine the ways young people are disaffected by wider social issues and explore how the latter impinge on young people's educational attainment. You will critically discuss influential theories that have been advanced in relation to social and educational exclusion, and you will problematise and critically evaluate the effectiveness and limitations of current approaches and policies regarding inclusion/exclusion of young people.

    • Children's Literature (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to define children's literature, examine its categories, and acquaint you with an historical and international range of works. You will critically review, consolidate and extend practical working knowledge of a wide range of literature for children and children's literature criticism. You will examine texts closely, testing the value of diverse genres such as picture book arts and theoretical reading strategies. You will develop enthusiasm and informed experience and explore the use of literature in the classroom/library.

    • Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion (30 credits) - Optional

      This module looks at special educational needs, disability and inclusion in education and concentrates on the definitions of learning difficulty and disability and the extent to which parents, pupils and you with Special Needs and Disabilities have access to the same educational opportunities as others.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

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How can the BSc Psychology with Education support your career?

Our psychology graduates are attractive to employers because they bring a detailed knowledge and understanding of human behaviour, coupled with advanced communication skills. Though the career options are broad, many of our graduates progress to postgraduate study in order to become a chartered psychologist in a range of psychological disciplines. You will also be well placed to enter a career within education.

Upon successful graduation you will be eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership to the British Psychology Society, which is a necessary step if you wish to pursue postgraduate training in areas such as clinical, counselling, educational, occupational, health or forensic psychology.

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