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University of Manchester

Educational Psychology

UCAS Code: C812

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

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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Educational psychology

BSc Educational Psychology will provide you with a strong grounding in educational psychology - the application of psychological theories and principles to context of education.

It is accredited by the British Psychological Society and graduates are eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society.

Educational psychology is a broad field that draws upon multiple perspectives to help explain and understand human functioning and behaviour, specifically in the context of education and learning.

The course will allow you to explore core areas of psychology specifically in relation to education, including biological, cognitive, social, and developmental psychology, as well as consider the importance of individual differences.

You will study both historical and contemporary thinking in these areas and how they intersect with educational theories and philosophies.

The course is a great option for those who wish to:
- Begin a career pathway towards educational psychology (e.g. become an educational psychologist, play or behavioural therapist, or similar).

- Begin a career pathway towards other professional psychology training routes, with an educational focus (e.g. school-based counselling).

- Progress into teaching and education-based vocations, with a specialism towards pastoral responsibilities and/or special educational needs.

- Prepare for a research career within the public sector and/or private industry.

There is a strong emphasis on applied learning with placements in every year of the course. Your placements will enable you to both observe and apply learning in context. Similarly, course assignments will focus on the application of theory to practice (e.g. applied learning scenarios), demonstrating your practical application of knowledge.

**Aims**

- Develop your intellectual curiosity, critical thinking and reasoning skills by enhancing your knowledge of current theory and research in educational psychology, with particular reference to practical application.

- Equip you with the epistemological, methodological and essential knowledge traditionally and currently employed in the study and practice of educational psychology.

- Broaden your intellectual and cultural interests by studying within a long-established and active research and training environment, and providing opportunities to witness and participate in this culture.

- Prepare you for professional and vocational work through opportunities to develop a broad base of personal and professional skills, both inter (eg communication) and intra (e.g. self-reflection), thorough a combination of classroom, placement and fieldwork activities.

- Equip you to confront personal values and make ethical decisions through the study and application of contemporary professional frameworks used within educational psychology (e.g. British Psychological Society's code of ethics and working with schools and children).

- Prepare you for practice and leadership within the field of educational psychology and beyond, through awareness of the wider social and political agendas shaping the field and your responsibilities to the stakeholders within these systems (e.g. children).

The Uni


Course location:

University of Manchester

Department:

School of Environment, Education and Development

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.

81%
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Educational psychology

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Psychology (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

82%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
85%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
68%
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

88%
Library resources
89%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
84%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
17%
Male students
83%
Female students
89%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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B

After graduation


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Psychology

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.

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Average annual salary
96%
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Employed or in further education
69%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

12%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
11%
Public services and other associate professionals
11%
Caring personal services
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What about your long term prospects?

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

Educational 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.

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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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