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Psychology for Education Professionals

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Part-time | 2022

Subject

Educational psychology

Are you interested in psychology and education, how children and young people learn, or their mental and emotional well-being? Perhaps you already work, or you would like to work, with children and young people in educational settings and want to enhance your academic knowledge and professional practice?

Birkbeck's Psychology for Education Professionals (FdSc) offers a unique opportunity to explore how current psychological understanding can enhance professional practice. You will focus on issues of particular relevance to educators and other professionals working with children and young people, including:

- intellectual, social and emotional development

- children's learning

- communication and relationship building

- working in partnership with parents and carers

- working in multidisciplinary teams

- reflective practice.

In the final year of your studies, you will have the opportunity to carry out a work-based project on a topic of your choice, under guidance and supervision.

**Highlights**

- This Foundation Degree was devised following comprehensive consultation with managers and experts in both psychology and education.

- You will have access to extensive support as part of your lectures and through additional study days and workshops.

- Our graduates have successfully progressed to a wide range of careers, including higher teaching assistants, special needs assistants, nursery workers, learning mentors, family support workers and other education and childcare professionals. Once you graduate, you will also have the opportunity to continue your studies to full BA/BSc level in a range of specialist areas such as psychology, education or professional practice and take your career even further.

- The Department of Psychological Sciences is strongly oriented towards research and contains the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, the Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Social Issues, the Birkbeck-UCL Centre for Neuroimaging and the Centre for Cognition, Computation and Modelling.

- Psychological Sciences at Birkbeck were ranked fifth in the UK in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) and we achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to research of world-leading quality.

- Psychology at Birkbeck is ranked third best in London, ninth in the UK and 85th globally in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject.

Modules

For information about course structure and the moules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck’s online prospectus.

Assessment methods

Assessment will be varied and relevant to students' work contexts and individual interests. It will include case studies, small-scale research reports, class presentations, critical analysis of published research, learning and reflective journals, and essays, as well as some writing under examination conditions.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£5,865
per year
International
£10,920
per year
Northern Ireland
£5,865
per year
Scotland
£5,865
per year
Wales
£5,865
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Birkbeck, University of London

Department:

Psychological Sciences

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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.

92%
high
Educational psychology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Developmental psychology

Teaching and learning

92%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
100%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
92%
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

75%
Library resources
83%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
92%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
11%
Male students
89%
Female students
71%
2:1 or above
10%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
D
D

After graduation


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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.

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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£22k

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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