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Educational Psychology

The University of Manchester

UCAS Course code C812


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.


• 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).

Award: BA
Professional Qualification
3 Years Full Time
Taught in English

Entry requirements

Application through UCAS.

University Ranking

Times HE UK: 8

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