BSc Educational Psychology

We’re really looking forward to welcoming you to study BSc Educational Psychology at the Manchester Institute of Education (MIE).

Welcome messages

Our senior staff and department colleagues welcome you to The University of Manchester and outline what to expect in the year ahead.

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    Michael Wigelsworth, Course Director

    Welcome to the BSc Educational Psychology (BSCEP) at the University of Manchester. I hope your time with us is enjoyable and productive, and that we are able to exceed your expectations.

    The whole course has been carefully designed to allow you to develop your skills and knowledge in both theory and practice in order to support your entry into fast-moving and competitive careers relating to educational psychology and beyond. During your time on the course, you will learn about key and contemporary research unpinning today’s educational practices from leaders and practitioners in the field, apply and reflect upon your learning during practical placement elements within schools, and conduct your own major independent project. Accordingly, I hope there is a shared feeling of excitement and anticipation as you begin some of your first steps on this professional and personal journey.

    The role of tutors on this course is to help facilitate your learning and development, and we are very much looking forward to meeting with you and answering any questions you may have. I am looking forward to personally welcoming each one of you to the programme in the autumn. 

    Enjoy your summer and we will see you soon.

    Welcome information and timetables

    Live sessions are scheduled to be hosted via Zoom at the following dates and times:

    • Wednesday 23 September - 12-2pm
    • Monday 28 September - 10-11.30am
    • Friday 2 October - 10am-12pm

    For more information, download your full Welcome timetable or visit Blackboard.

    You should also frequently check your University email address for the latest information and Zoom links.

    Your course handbook contains all the information you need to know about your course, including the School's policies on attendance, coursework submission, examinations, and mitigating circumstances.

    Introduction to Year 1

    The BSc Educational Psychology (BSCEP) is a three-year course that focuses on the application of psychology to education and learning contexts.  The whole course has been carefully designed to cover the syllabus set by the British Psychological Society (BPS). Successful completion of the BSCEP (at 2:1 or above) therefore confers eligibility for the graduate basis for chartered membership (GBC) of the BPS. GBC means that on graduation you will have fulfilled a part requirement for applying to professional training as a chartered psychologist in any discipline. On the basis of your experiences, you will also be equipped with key knowledge and understanding of educational psychology alongside a number of demonstrable transferable skills such as communicating effectively to different audiences, critical thinking and interpersonal skills.

    Each year of the course is arranged by a broad theme designed to build upon skills and knowledge from prior learning. Year 1 is the foundations year, by which we together cover key principles and issues underpinning the psychology of education, and begin your training in both research skills and practical applications of knowledge by attending a practical placement element.

    Semester 1 units

    Foundations of psychology (10 credits)

    The purpose of this unit is to introduce and acculturate students into the idea of studying psychology and a science and through other perspectives. The relevance and use of psychological perspectives in understanding education will be considered in each session.

    Highlight of unit: We will use a number of applied case studies each week to build up an understanding of how psychology can be used in ‘real world’ education settings.

    Development academic writing and digital study skills (10 credits)

    This foundational unit helps students prepare for academic study, research and assessment through exploring a range of academic conventions.

    Highlight of unit: There is a focus on formative development; meaning students are provided feedback on a developing portfolio before submitting elements for assessment.

    The brain goes to school (20 credits)

    This unit covers the fundamentals of basic neurology in order to understand how brain structures and specialisation are understood and applied to learning.

    Highlight of the unit: Learning is supported by ‘Neurolab’- a series of guided activities and experiments that students conduct themselves

    Semester 2 units

    Development and childhood (20 credits)

    This unit guides students to critically examine key theory and research in development psychology, considering the educational relevance of topics such as the development of friendships.

    Highlight of unit: Each session features ‘break-out’ tasks by which students confer in small groups on an issue or topic, and bring their conclusions back to the main session.

    Social psychology of education (10 credits)

    The unit aims to develop students’ knowledge of the social-psychological processes the impact on learning and teaching.

    Highlight of unit: The unit takes an exploratory case approach by ‘walking through’ the many experiences of an individual, building an increasingly complex picture of social psychology in relation to educational experiences.

    Exploring psychology in the classroom (10 credits)

    The aim of this unit is to familiarise students with the school environment through a series of off-campus visits to local schools or by navigating a digital alternative. The visits are ‘sandwiched’ by seminars to help orientate students towards developing their own reflection and enquiry skills.

    Highlight of unit: This is an opportunity to critically reflect on learning so far in an applied context, by spending time in school. Guided activities (e.g. speaking with key staff) will help support this.

    Both semesters 1 and 2

    Key issues in education (20 credits)  

    Seminars, small group work and lectures are designed to help students engage in some of the major issues and topics affecting education.

    Highlight: Students are provided with an opportunity to examine education from different perspectives (internationalism, neoliberalism, inequality) in order to reflect how and where psychology sits within a wider discourse. 

    Research issues in psychology and education (20 credits)

    This unit will provide a grounding in core issues in research.  We will also consider the specific challenges in working within education and children specifically.

    Highlight of the unit:  A number of practical guided activities (e.g. designing a questionnaire) will be introduced each week to help support learning.

    Year 1 students will also be supported with regular academic advisory meetings as well as an ‘open door’ policy when seeking to speak with their assigned academic advisor.

    Please note – Some detail may change, as unit leaders continually develop their units for teaching.

    Student Support and Guidance (SSG)

    If you have any questions about support, wellbeing or engagement with your course, you can get in touch with the Student Support and Guidance (SSG) Team at studentsupport-seed@manchester.ac.uk.

    For the latest engagement and support information, events and activities, follow SEED Student Support and Guidance on Facebook. You can also check out our Eventbrite page.

    For more information about the whole range of support available from the University, please visit Manchester’s Student Support website.