BSc (Hons) Psychology with Education

Our BSc (Hons) Psychology with Education degree will explore key issues and processes within education and the education system with an emphasis on psychology. By studying Psychology with Education you can enhance your knowledge and skills to access a broader range of career options.

Your Psychology with Education degree will be two-thirds Psychology, with the other third in Education. Psychology studies the human mind and behaviour, while education focuses on understanding the educational system and the environment in which it operates. This Psychology degree is recognised by the British Psychological Society (BPS) for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership, which is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

Study Mode 2017 Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 3 Years September Pontypridd
Part-time 6 Years September Pontypridd
Study Mode 2018 Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 3 Years September Pontypridd
Part-time 6 Years September Pontypridd

The first two years of your Psychology with Education degree will be focused on coverage of psychology core areas as required by the British Psychological Society for accreditation. You will take two 40 credit compulsory modules in each of your first and second years as well as 40 credits in education. In your final year, you will take a compulsory 40 credit dissertation plus two optional modules in psychology (20 credits each) and 40 credits in education.

Year One

Psychology modules:

  • Methods and Evidence in Psychology (40 credits)
  • Introducing Psychology (40 credits)
  • Debates in Education I (20 credits)
  • Developing Mentoring and Coaching Support Skills for Learning (20 credits)

Education module:

  • Perspectives of Childhood and Education (40 credits)

Year Two

Psychology modules:

  • Understanding and Researching Psychology: Cognitive, Biological & Historical Perspectives (40 credits)
  • Understanding and Researching Psychology: Developmental, Social & Individual Difference Perspectives (40 credits)
  • Tutoring in Schools and Colleges (20 credits)

Education modules (40 credits from a range of options that include):

  • Play and Learning (20 credits)
  • Safeguarding Children and Young People (20 credits)

Year Three

Psychology modules:

  • Advanced Research Methods: Dissertation (40 credits)
  • Advanced Tutoring in Schools & Colleges (20 credits)

Plus 2 options from the list below (all 20 credits):

  • Biological Psychology and Cognitive Neuropsychology
  • Memory: Development, Function and Dysfunction
  • Health Psychology
  • Occupational Psychology
  • Developing an Understanding of Clinical Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Advanced Issues in Sport Psychology
  • Applications of Psychology in Sport
  • The Way Children Think and Learn (10 credits) taken in combination with Play and Development (10 credits)
  • Development in Adolescence & Adulthood
  • Psychology of Ageing
  • Person & Place: Psychology of Identity & the Environment
  • Anomalistic Psychology

Education modules:

40 credits from the following options:

  • Literacy and Numeracy in Focus (20 credits)
  • Learning and Teaching in the Classroom (20 credits)
  • Leading and Managing Others (40 credits)

Teaching

The Psychology with Education course is delivered through lectures, seminars, workshops, individual/small group supervision and independent study. You will also have the opportunity to attend guest lectures given by academic staff from other institutions and professional psychologists who work in different areas of practise.

You will also be given the opportunity to learn about psychology in new ways and no two modules are entirely the same in terms of delivery and assessment. You will complete coursework including essays, practical reports, oral presentations and case studies. There will also be some examination assessments (seen and unseen) and in-class tests.

Assessment

You will complete a range of different class activities including group discussions, debates, case studies and in-class projects. In fact one of the most exciting things about this course is that you experience a great range of delivery and assessment methods.

UCAS Code
C8X3
Institution Code
W01

Placements

Through our Psychology Plus scheme, you will have the unique opportunity to gain clinical experience on campus by taking part in activities at one of our two psychology clinics.

Every student is guaranteed, if they want it during their undergraduate studies, a six-week placement in our Autism Clinic based in PAWB Wales.

The University of South Wales Autism Project offers applied behaviour analytic intervention for children five and under typically with a diagnosis of autism. The clinic is largely run by student volunteers under the supervision of a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst.

Facilities

Facilities include observation and interview rooms equipped with a two-way mirror, CCTV and audio, which allows research and interview practice sessions to be conducted and recorded. We also have a custom-built air conditioned PC laboratory which provides access to specialist software for running psychology experiments and conducting careers guidance interviews.

The Cognitive Neuropsychology Suite houses specialist psychology equipment such as eye tracking equipment, EEG (electroencephalogram) and ECG (electrocardiogram) facilities for recording electrical activity in the heart and scalp and a driving simulator.

The University offers a wide range of psychological services to the general public through our PAWB Wales clinic facility and include play therapy, behaviour analysis, health and sport psychology interventions.

Lecturers

Entry criteria detail typical offers but USW considers all applications on an individual basis which means that we could make offers based on qualifications, personal profile and experience. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.

Typical A-Level Offer

BCC to exclude General Studies

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Grade C and BC at A Level to exclude General Studies

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit

Typical IB Offer

29 points to include 16 points at Higher Level.

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass with 60 credits overall to include 45 level 3 credits equating to 15 Distinctions, 21 Merits and 9 Passes

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances Other: You will also need an enhanced DBS check.

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: £9000
  • Full-time International: £11900
  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Part-time International: TBC

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC
  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Part-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are significant additional costs either obligatory or optional these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
DBS * £57.2
This fee includes £44 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
DBS Updating Service £13
Whilst optional it is strongly recommended signing up for this service especially if you are likely to have placements each year and wish to persue a career post University where a DBS check is a requirement. Please note the service has to be joined within 19 days of receipt of your enhanced DBS certificate.
Other: Placement Costs (Travel etc.)
All years of study. Cost is dependent on location
Other: Making Resources £50.0
To cover all years

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year 1 of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU

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Admissions statement

A key element of our Psychology degree is the hands-on experience you’ll gain throughout your studies. Through the Psychology Plus scheme, you’ll be offered clinical experience on campus and have access to a range of opportunities, including specialist short courses, professional certificates and work placements – another great boost to your CV.

There is also an opportunity to study abroad at a partner university in Europe on an Erasmus exchange, or at a university in the USA or Australia. This would add an extra perspective to your studies and boost your confidence.

Graduates of USW’s Psychology with Education degree are attractive to employers due to their analytical and communication skills and their ability to apply key concepts and critically reflect upon their own learning and performance. Many of our graduates go on to postgraduate professional training in areas such as educational psychology.

The Psychology with Education degree is also an appropriate entry-level qualification for postgraduate courses such as education, speech and language therapy or play therapy. The transferable skills acquired will be invaluable in range of other careers from community and charity work to training and management. Successful completion of this degree may also lead to progression to a one year primary or secondary school teacher training course (PGCE).

Through your education placements in years two and three you will get hands-on practical experience that will improve your skills and knowledge base. Employability and career development is built into this course alongside more traditional academic study and we work closely with employers to ensure the skills and knowledge of our graduates meet the demanding requirements of today’s workplace. We invite guest speakers from a range of professions, to come to talk to our students and offer them the opportunity to learn not only about ‘hands on’ practical concerns but also about potential careers. Our students leave university with a wealth of practical experience which prepares them for further training or employment. Recent external examiner reports have praised the undergraduate provision as an excellent preparation for PGCE courses

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.