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Course Level:Undergraduate
Next Start Date: October 2022
Duration: 3 Years
Campus Location: Bedford Campus
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time day
UCAS Code:X312

About the course

This fascinating degree brings together two fields to explore how today’s children and adolescents develop and learn. It allows you to apply your specialist knowledge to real-life practice and is the first step in a rewarding career within the education or psychology fields.

Education with Psychology BA (Hons) is designed to give you a solid foundation across psychology, sociology and the philosophy of education, building your understanding of their role in modern society. You also learn about the current debates and issues in education and psychology, both in the UK and internationally, in areas such as mental health and the growth in digital technologies.

You begin by exploring core topics like early child psychology; the psychology of adolescence; child and adolescent development; and key concepts in education. In your second and third years, you can choose from a range of optional units that allow you to specialise in a specific area, if you have a particular career in mind. Units may include special needs and disability; developing teaching practice; families and communities; coaching psychology; and alternative approaches to education.

Why choose this course?

  • Our Education courses have a high student satisfaction rating for our teaching (91%) and academic support (90%) (NSS 2022)
  • Take the option of two work-based learning units, enabling you to gain relevant work experience and explore possible career paths
  • Follow your own areas of interest through optional units in the second and third year
  • Study with an expert academic team from teaching, education and psychology backgrounds who draw on their current research in fields such as developmental psychology, motivation and professional practice
  • Graduate with a strong foundation for continuing on to an MSc Psychology (conversion) degree to gain British Psychological Society accreditation. You can also go on to train as a primary school teacher or for a career working with vulnerable children and young people
  • Take the course over four years and include a fee-free year in industry (see below), gaining work experience, building your CV and making contacts for the future
  • If you need a step up into higher education, start with a Foundation Year (see below) which guarantees you a place on the degree course

Course Leader - Dr Kay Calver

I have worked in the field of education for over fifteen years and have a professional background in sexual health and youth work.

I started working in higher education in 2013 and have taught on a range of undergraduate units focusing on the lives and experiences of children, young people and families.

 
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The campus where this course is taught

This course has the option to be taken over four years which includes a year placement in industry. Undertaking a year in industry has many benefits. You gain practical experience and build your CV, as well as being a great opportunity to sample a profession and network with potential future employers.

There is no tuition fee for the placement year enabling you to gain an extra year of experience for free.

*Only available to UK/EU students.


A Degree with a Foundation Year gives you guaranteed entry to an Undergraduate course.

Whether you’re returning to learning and require additional help and support to up-skill, or if you didn’t quite meet the grades to pursue an Undergraduate course, our Degrees with Foundation Year provide a fantastic entry route for you to work towards a degree level qualification.

With our guidance and support you’ll get up to speed within one year, and will be ready to seamlessly progress on to undergraduate study at Bedfordshire.

The Foundation Year provides an opportunity to build up your academic writing skills and numeracy, and will also cover a range of subject specific content to fully prepare you for entry to an Undergraduate degree.

This is an integrated four-year degree, with the foundation year as a key part of the course. You will need to successfully complete the Foundation Year to progress on to the first year of your bachelor’s degree.

Why study a degree with a Foundation Year?

  • Broad-based yet enough depth to give you credible vocational skills
  • Coverage of a variety of areas typically delivered by an expert in this area
  • Gain an understanding of a subject before choosing which route you wish to specialise in
  • Great introduction to further study, and guaranteed progression on to one of our Undergraduate degrees

The degrees offering a Foundation Year provide excellent preparation for your future studies.

During your Foundation Year you will get the opportunity to talk to tutors about your degree study and future career aspirations, and receive guidance on the most appropriate Undergraduate course to help you achieve this; providing you meet the entry requirements and pass the Foundation Year.

 


Units

  • Early Child Psychology (EDC054-1) Compulsory
  • Key Concepts In Education (EDC064-1) Compulsory
  • Narratives Of Childhood (EDC048-1) Compulsory
  • Psychology Of Adolescence (EDC049-1) Compulsory
  • Safeguarding And Child Protection (EDC068-1) Compulsory
  • The Inclusive Society (EDC053-1) Compulsory
  • Investigating The Social World (EDC021-2) Compulsory
  • Social Processes And Lifespan Development (PSY001-2) Compulsory
  • Comparative Education (EDC043-2) Optional
  • Creative Writing (ENG006-2) Optional
  • Deschooling (EDC061-2) Optional
  • Developing Teaching Practice (EDC063-2) Optional
  • Discourse And Ideology (ENG008-2) Optional
  • Families And Communities (EDC066-2) Optional
  • Introduction To Educational Philosophy (EDC086-2) Optional
  • Policy And Practice In Special Educational Needs And Disability (EDC068-2) Optional
  • The Lifelong Curriculum (EDC067-2) Optional
  • Working With Children And Young People In The Digital Age (EDC069-2) Optional
  • Atypical Child And Adolescent Development: Theories And Applications (PSY001-3) Compulsory
  • Dissertation (EDC207-3) Compulsory
  • Perspectives On Pedagogy And Behaviour (EDC210-3) Compulsory
  • Psychology Of Mental Health (PSY006-3) Compulsory
  • Children And Young PeopleS Wellbeing (EDC204-3) Optional
  • Children'S And Young Adult Fiction (ENG007-3) Optional
  • Coaching Psychology (PSY002-3) Optional
  • Contemporary Debates In Education, Childhood And Youth (EDC206-3) Optional
  • Critical Debates In Send Education (EDC154-3) Optional
  • Reading Philosophy And Education (EDC242-3) Optional
  • Representations Of Disability (EDC209-3) Optional

This course aims to provide a wide range of assessment methods to support the diverse needs of our learners. Assessments include exams, exhibitions, essays, webfolios, panel discussions, debates, practicals, case studies, reflective logs and presentations. The assignments will build directly on the teaching sessions and you will be supported by lectures to complete the assignments. Substantial guidance is provided on the VLE and in detailed assessment briefs. In level 4 more support is provided in the form of formative assessment opportunities and we will explain the role of constructive feedback to you. You will also have more hours dedicated to guided (staff directed learning activities) in level 4 compared to later in the course. There are opportunities for 1 to 1 and group tutorials to support the assessments both within units and in personal tutorials and staff office hours. The overall purposes of assessment in this course are: 1. Objectively to measure your achievements against the specified learning outcomes of the unit and course (summative). 2. To assist student learning by providing appropriate feedback on performance (formative). 3. To provide a reliable and consistent basis for boards of examiners to determine the progression of, and conferment of achievement.

Why study in the School of Education and English?

  • Broad spectrum of opportunities to study language and linguistics
  • 92% satisfaction with English Language and TEFL, NSS 2020

Entry Requirements

We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

UCAS Tariff Points

  • At least 96 points with 80 points from at least 2 A level passes
  • At least 96 points with Merit Merit Merit in BTEC Extended Diploma or Distinction Distinction in the BTEC Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the UCAS tariff calculator

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk

As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details

Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team

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Entry Requirements


We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

UCAS Tariff Points

  • At least 96 points with 80 points from at least 2 A level passes
  • At least 96 points with Merit Merit Merit in BTEC Extended Diploma or Distinction Distinction in the BTEC Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the UCAS tariff calculator

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk


As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details


Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team

  • Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

As a graduate of this course you may wish to progress into a primary teaching career, or further your education with a postgraduate psychology qualification to open up career opportunities with an education and psychology focus. You could also progress into a wide range of careers working with vulnerable children and young people.

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £9,250 per year.

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2022/23 is £13,500 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Fees and Funding


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £9,250 per year.

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2022/23 is £13,500 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Extra Costs

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How to Apply

Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

How to Apply


Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS


EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form


International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student