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Swansea University

Education and Psychology

UCAS Code: X2M4

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B-B,B,B

For applicants offering at least one of the following subjects at A level: Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics, the typical offer will be BBB.

Access to HE Diploma

D:24,M:15

We recognise the EPQ as an excellent indicator of success. If you are predicted a Grade B or above in the EPQ, you will receive an offer with a one grade reduction, to include your EPQ with a grade B.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

33-32

360-375 points.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

UCAS Tariff

120-128

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subjects

Education studies

Psychology

Education and Psychology is a forward-thinking and fast-growing field, which will give you a range of skills and knowledge, opening up the potential for a variety of exciting and rewarding careers.
On our three-year BSc Education and Psychology degree, you will explore policy and politics, leadership and management, educational practice in a digital age, learning and teaching, education in other countries, diversity and wellbeing in education, child development and educational neuroscience, as well as cognitive, social, developmental, clinical, and biological psychology.
This is an exciting and important field, combining psychology, philosophy, history and the social sciences to understand how people learn and how structures of education operate to foster life-long learning and personal development.
The degree enables you to specialise in both subjects, developing skills and knowledge which will enhance your career prospects. You will be well equipped to challenge contemporary issues at the intersection of psychology and education, including prison education, the education of looked after children, education across the lifespan, special educational needs, and community education.
You also have the opportunity to undertake work placements in organisations such as schools, local authorities, business and charities to enhance your student experience and your career prospects.
Some 94% of UK Education graduates overall are in employment or in further study six months after graduation (DHLE 2016).
This degree provides an excellent foundation for many types of professional careers, including: early years teaching and play therapy, education administration, community development work, counselling, and roles within youth, health and social care, jobs in education departments in museums, galleries and theatres, local and national government and in social services, HR and management positions, public relations, marketing and publishing careers, careers services, roles in the criminal justice system.
You will need and additional ITE/PGCE qualification to become a teacher.
Based on our stunning Singleton Park campus, in parkland overlooking Swansea Bay on the edge of the Gower Peninsula, you will have the opportunity to take part in, and undertake, psychology research using state-of-the-art research facilities and equipment.
In your final year, you will complete an independent research-based dissertation, developing the knowledge and skills you have gained in both psychology and education.

Please visit our course page for more information:
swansea.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/artsandhumanities/education/bsc-hons-education-and-psychology/

**We guarantee that you will be made a conditional offer for a course at Swansea University. Subject requirements will apply. Please come along to our next Open Day or get in touch for further information.**

Modules

Year 1 Compulsory:
Cognition I: Basic Processes
Social and Developmental Psychology
Biological Psychology
Individual and Abnormal Psychology
Statistics and Research Methods for Joint Honours

Year 2 Compulsory:
Cognition II: Higher Level Processes
Brain and Behaviour
Research and Experimental Methods I

Year 2 Optional:
Teaching English as a Foreign Language: Theory and Practice
Child Development
Protecting and Promoting Wellbeing in Education
Additional Learning Needs
Education Policy and Politics
Enhancing Employability Through Work Experience
Enhancing Learning with Digital Technologies
Research Methods in Education

Year 3 Compulsory:
Development Across the Lifespan
From Individuals to Society
Independent Research Project - Joint Honours

Year 3 Optional:
Issues in current ELT
Employability Decision Making and Work Experience
Educational Neuroscience
Childhood Studies
Leading and Managing in Education
Difference and Diversity in Education
Dissertation in Education
Educational Practice in a Digital Age

Modules are subject to change and departments reserve the right to change the details.

Assessment methods

Assessment: Students will be assessed through a combination of unseen examinations (multiple choice, short- and long-questions) and coursework, including: essays, presentations (poster and oral), written reports, blogs, personalised learning records, case formulations, research proposals, video blogs, and research reports. Students are also required to complete an independent research project in the final year linking Education and Psychology. These multiple forms of assessment will be used to meet the diverse learning styles and previous educational experiences of students.

Please note that students choosing to study towards the Cambridge English Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) will also have to undertake an examination as part of the qualification.

The Uni


Course location:

Singleton Park Campus

Department:

Psychology

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

79%
med
Psychology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Education

Sorry, no information to show

This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
23%
Male students
77%
Female students
4%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C

Psychology (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

84%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
73%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
73%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

82%
Library resources
85%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
62%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

88%
UK students
12%
International students
22%
Male students
78%
Female students
81%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Education

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

74%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

When you look at employment stats, bear in mind that a lot of students are already working in education when they take this type of course and are studying to help their career development. This means they already have jobs when they start their course, and a lot of graduates continue to study, whilst working, when they complete their courses. If your course is focused on nursery or early years education, a lot of these graduates go into nursery work or classroom or education assistant jobs; these jobs are not currently classed as 'graduate level' in the stats (although they may well be in the future as classifications catch up with changes in the way we work), and many graduates who enter these roles say that a degree was necessary.

Psychology (non-specific)

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£16,633
low
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
78%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

12%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
11%
Teaching and educational professionals
9%
Childcare and related personal services
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

20 years ago, this was a specialist degree for would-be psychologists but now it is the model of a modern, flexible degree subject. One of the UK's fastest-growing subject at degree level, and the second most popular subject overall (it recently overtook business studies), one in 23 of all graduates last year had psychology degrees. As you'd expect with figures like that, jobs in psychology itself are incredibly competitive, so to stand a chance of securing one, you need to get a postgraduate qualification (probably a doctorate in most fields, especially clinical psychology) and some relevant work experience. But even though there are so many psychology graduates — far more than there are jobs in psychology, and over 13,800 in total last year — this degree has a lower unemployment rate than average because its grads are so flexible and well-regarded by business and other industries across the economy. Everywhere there are good jobs in the UK economy, you'll find psychology graduates - and it's hardly surprising as the course helps you gain a mix of good people skills and excellent number and data handling skills. A psychology degree ticks most employers' boxes — but we'd suggest you don't drop your maths modules.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Education studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£16k

£16k

£19k

£19k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Psychology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£16k

£16k

£20k

£20k

£24k

£24k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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