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Psychology with Education BSc (Full time) 2018 start

  • Overview

    This course offers you the opportunity to discover how approaches to education impact upon learning and development and gives you the knowledge and skills to understand how psychology can inform education which will support you in pursuing a wide range of careers.

    You’ll be taught by experts in education and psychology who use their research to inform their teaching. You will explore the relationship between psychology and education and get the opportunity to conduct research yourself.

    The course has both theoretical and practical components – you’ll benefit from opportunities to gain practical experience of working in an educational context to apply your theoretical knowledge.

  • Course content

    Psychology has never been more important in terms of influence on educational policy and practice. This is evident in recent international research agendas into evidence based intervention and applications of neuroscience to education. The nexus between psychology and education represents an exciting and cutting edge field of study with diverse theoretical and methodological approaches.

    In each year, you will undertake a series of core modules that build on previous years, complemented by optional modules that allow you to explore topics that suit your interests and career plans.

    From the start of the degree you’ll study the key theories, values and concepts relevant to psychology and education – and learn about what psychology can bring to an overall understanding of learning and development. For example, you’ll consider how together psychology and education can be applied to real life scenarios to inform decision making. You will be able to select optional modules from both Psychology and Education to extend your knowledge in areas of particular interest to you.

    In your final year you’ll undertake a placement in a school or a service allied to education which will enable you to understand the relationship between theory and practice and to use insights from psychology in an educational setting. You will also undertake a piece of independent research. This will allow you to put into practice theories you have studied, to select an area of interest to pursue and to gain experience of doing a real-life research project.

    This course will provide you with a base from which to pursue a career in education and/or psychology or in allied fields or to pursue further study at postgraduate level.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Psychological approaches to Education 20 credits
    • Research Skills 1 20 credits
    • Research Skills 2 20 credits
    • Social Psychology 10 credits
    • Biological Psychology 10 credits
    • Cognitive Psychology 10 credits
    • Perception 10 credits

    Optional modules

    • Play and Learning 20 credits
    • Learning about learning: Processes, complexities and theoretical perspectives 20 credits
    • Contemporary Issues and Debates in Education - Level 1 20 credits

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    • Managing Classroom Behaviour 10 credits
    • Inclusive Education 20 credits
    • Advanced Social Psychology 10 credits
    • Advanced Developmental Psychology 10 credits
    • Individual Differences 10 credits
    • Research Skills 3 15 credits
    • Research Skills 4 15 credits
    • Memory and Language 10 credits

    Optional modules

    • Psychological Disorders 10 credits
    • Cognitive Neuroscience 10 credits
    • Behavioural Neuroscience 10 credits
    • Perception, Action and Cognition 10 credits

    Year 3

    Compulsory modules

    • Students into Education 20 credits
    • Final Year Project 30 credits

    Optional modules

    • Supporting Learning in Children with Additional Needs 20 credits
    • Growing up in the Digital Age 20 credits
    • Mathematics Education 10 credits
    • Understanding and Communicating Science 10 credits
    • Assessing Children's Learning 10 credits
    • Psychological Disorders 10 credits
    • Cognitive Neuroscience 10 credits
    • Behavioural Neuroscience 10 credits
    • Perception, Action and Cognition 10 credits
    • The Spatial World 15 credits
    • Applied Psychology: Critical Issues 15 credits
    • Reasoning and Decision Making 15 credits
    • Drug Addiction 15 credits
    • Occupational Health Psychology 15 credits
    • Approaches to Nutrition and Behaviour 15 credits
    • Motor Learning in Children and Adults with Disability 15 credits
    • One Brain, Two Hemispheres 15 credits
    • Applications of Learning Theory to Psychological Disorders 15 credits
    • Contemporary Memory Research 15 credits
    • Development of Language and Literacy 15 credits
    • Cognition and Emotion 15 credits
    • Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Psychology 15 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Psychology with Education BSc in the course catalogue

    Broadening your academic horizons

    At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. On this course you broaden your learning through core and/or optional modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

    Learning and teaching

    We use a variety of teaching methods. The course combines lectures, one-to-one and group tutorials, practical classes, seminars, workshops, presentations and online learning methods. The University has well-resourced libraries and online access to publications to support your learning.

    Both schools offer many opportunities for you to engage with contemporary debates and issues, including attending seminars or lectures by guest speakers.

    LeedsforLife is an online platform available to all taught undergraduate students at the University of Leeds to support personal and academic development to ensure you have all the skills and attributes to impress potential employers and succeed on any path you choose. Personal tutorials offered by academic staff in the School of Education are an integral part of the pastoral and academic support for all students.


    We aim to use a variety of assessment methods in order for you to build a core set of transferable skills in critical and analytical thinking, problem-solving, independent and team-working, synthesising information, oral presentation and in social and psychological or educational research. You’ll be assessed using a range of methods that allow you to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding.

    The type of assessment will vary depending on the modules you choose. Current methods of assessment include completion of practical work, such as designing, conducting and analysing research, literature reviews, poster presentations, reflective logs, to traditional methods, such as writing essays and examinations.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: AAB in one or more of: psychology, geography, mathematics, chemistry, biology, physics, geology, economics, statistics, environmental science or computing.

    A-levels in critical thinking, citizenship studies and general studies do not typically form part of our offer but we welcome them as a fourth A-level.

    In general we expect applicants to have two ‘traditional’ academic subjects at A-level. See our Accepted A-level subjects document to see which subjects we accept.

    The Extended Project is welcomed but is not included as part of our offer. We do not accept any vocational qualifications. We also do not accept Applied A-levels with the exception of applied science. We accept only one performance based A-level (eg. photography, drama, art/design, music, media studies or PE).

    GCSE: English language at grade C/4 and mathematics at grade B/6. Plus one of the following at grade B/6: physics, biology, chemistry, science or additional science. We also accept GCSEDA science (dual award) at grades BC/6-4.

    • Access to HE Diploma

      60 credits, including 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at distinction and 15 credits at merit level plus GCSE Maths and Science at grade B/6 and English Language at grade C/4.

    • BTEC

      We accept science-based BTEC qualifications (with Distinctions), alongside non-performance/arts based A-levels.

    • Cambridge Pre-U

      D3D3 M1 to include at least one of the following at D3 psychology, geography, mathematics, chemistry, biology, physics, geology, economics, statistics, environmental science or computing.

    • International Baccalaureate

      35 points overall (16 at Higher Level). You must study a science at Higher Level and achieve grade 6 or above.

    • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

      AAAAAB to include maths and science

    • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

      AAAAB, including maths and science, in Advanced Highers. In some circumstances we would consider a mixture of Highers and Advanced Highers.

    Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

    Alternative entry

    We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

    Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

    Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.


    We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information contact the School of Education Undergraduate Admissions Team.

    International Foundation Year Programme

    International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.

    English language requirements

    IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

    International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

    How to apply

    Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

    DBS checks
    To enrol on this course, you will need to have a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) by 31 August in the year you start the course. We’ll send you a form over the summer, which you should complete and return with the appropriate documents.

    Find guidance on DBS checks and equivalent checks for international applicants on the DBS website.

    International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

    Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

    Admissions policy

    School of Education Undergraduate Admissions Policy


    UK/EU: See fees section below

    International: £21,500 (per year)

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

    The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

    The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

    The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

    If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

    Read more about paying fees and charges.

    You will need to pay for an Enhanced Disclosure from DBS before you start the course. If you’re an international student, you’ll need an equivalent level of clearance. Information on the cost of DBS checks is available on the DBS website.

    Additional cost information

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Financial support

    If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

  • Career opportunities

    This degree will develop your transferable skills, offering a sound basis for various career paths.

    Throughout your studies, there will be opportunities to strengthen your CV. For example, having successfully completed the placement module you will have gained practical experience of working within an educational context, and have reflected upon how psychology can be applied to education. Employers seek applicants who are able to contextualise their learning in this way.

    Careers support

    We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

    Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

    The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

  • Study abroad and work placements

    Study abroad

    On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America. 

    Find out more at the Study Abroad website.

    Work placements

    Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

    Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.

    Students into Education
    In your final year, the Students into Education module allows you to gain practical experience by working in a school or other educational setting alongside established teacher and education professionals. You’ll be supported to create and develop your own materials to use, and focus on the theoretical and pedagogical underpinnings of your experience. Regular seminars will allow you to discuss the issues that arise.

    It’s a great opportunity to develop your knowledge, broaden your skill set and gain valuable experience to pursue a career in the education sector.