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CX83 BSc (Hons) Education and Psychology (3 years)

This BSc (Hons) in Education and Psychology degree is taught jointly within the Schools of Education and Psychology. You may also like to look at the single-honours BSc Education and BSc Psychology courses.

Introducing your course

The BSc Education and Psychology degree has British Psychological Society (BPS) accreditation. It provides a valuable first qualification for private and public sector careers in a variety of education and or psychology settings such as social and educational research, educational development within the community, education-related work within charity organisations, and the full range of psychology careers. With some flexibility and choice, including opportunities for work based placements, the joint honours programme covers UK and International contexts.
The programme also provides the possibility of further study in Education or Psychology at either Masters or Doctorate level, including a masters level teacher training programme: PGCE Primary, Secondary or FE teaching.


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This programme is designed for students who possess a broad range of interests in the interdisciplinary area of Education and Psychology. It provides a valuable first qualification for those seeking employment in a variety of settings including private or public sectors, social and educational research, educational development within the community, education-related work within charity organisations, and the full range of psychology careers. In addition, it will provide a useful stepping stone to further study in Education or Psychology at either Masters or Doctorate level, or in PGCE Primary, Secondary or FE teaching.

View the current programme specification document for this course

To Apply

All applications from UK, EU and International students for this course must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). For more information, see How to Apply.


British Psychological Society Accredited

The BSc (Hons.) Education and Psychology degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). This means that if you successfully complete a specific pathway within the degree it confers eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership. Successful completion of a BPS-accredited undergraduate degree is a requirement for entry to most postgraduate and professional training programmes in different Psychology specialisms.

Key Facts

In the 2018 National Student Survey, of our BSc Education and Psychology students:

  • 94% agreed that they have been able to contact staff when they needed to
  • 100% agreed that they have had the right opportunities to provide feedback on their course

Southampton Education School ranked 2nd by Guardian University Guide 2019 

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Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

GCSEGrade C minimum in Maths and English.
A Levels:
GCE A-levelAAB or equivalent, for example BTEC (DDD). If you have been eligible for the Access to Southampton (A2S) scheme we may make an alternative conditional offer, typically BBB.
International Baccalaureate34 points, 17 at higher level.
International students

The programme will welcome both UK/EU and international students, and those with different educational, social and cultural backgrounds. Successful completion of the University of Southampton’s International Foundation Year guarantees progression to this degree programme.

For those whose first language is not English, the programme will follow the University policy to provide evidence of competence in English. We normally ask for an score of IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each component. You can find out more about pre-sessional language support here.

Other qualifications, including those from other countries

These are considered individually.

Contextual Admissions

The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students who flagged in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme

A typical contextual offer is ABB from three A levels or the equivalent from alternative qualifications.

Please see our contextual admissions pages for more information.

Selection process:
Average applications per place:

For further enquiries about the course content, please contact David Galbraith in the Southampton Education School, Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 9491 or Tina Birring, Senior Administrative Officer, Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 2619, Email: Some applicants may be invited for interview before an offer is made.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content

Eight modules are taken each year, four in each semester. Each single module is worth 15 CATS points. Apart from the Year 1 free choices, modules are delivered by either the School of Education or the School of Psychology.

If your programme allows you to choose free electives, you can also take a credit bearing language module. These are split into seven stages, from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level. Please consult with your home department as to any regulations concerning module options.

In addition to this, our Curriculum Innovation Programme offers our students the chance to take optional modules outside their core disciplines. This allows you to personalise your education, to develop new skills and knowledge for your future.

Innovation modules outside of your subject area

Our Curriculum Innovation Programme offers you the chance to take optional modules outside of your chosen subject area. This allows you to personalise your education, to develop new skills and knowledge for your future. Modules range from "Living and working on the web" to "Business skills for employability".

View the Curriculum Innovation modules for this course

Learn a language

Some of our courses also give you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level.

View the language modules on offer for this course

Year 1

Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

Year 2

Note that, if you want to qualify for British Psychological Society (BPS) accreditation, one of the optional modules becomes compulsory.


Compulsory for BPS pathway

Cognitive Psychology in Education



Research Methods in Education & Psychology

 Social Psychology

Developmental Psychology


Choose 4 options from Education, Psychology or other modules outside Education and Psychology (please note that 2 options must be from Education)

These modules are only indicative examples of the options available. There is a wide array of option modules to choose from, subject to availability.

Indicative Examples


Adult Learners and Learning

Cognitive Psychology in Education (compulsory for BPS pathway)

Language and Memory

Research Methods and Data Analysis 3



Indicative Examples from outside the Faculty

Global Health

The Human Brain and Society


Year 3

In Year 3, you take 3 taught modules in each semester. They may be selected from a range of designated Education modules, or from the Year 3 BSc Psychology modules currently available. You must have 3 Education and 3 Psychology modules across the year.

In addition, you undertake a research project across the whole year. This can be supervised in either Education or Psychology. For Education topics, this is supported through one module with double weighting, while in Psychology it is split into two single modules. Note that, if you want to qualify for BPS accreditation, the Advanced Research Methods module, the Current Issues in Clinical Psychology module and the research project are compulsory.


Compulsory for BPS pathway

Advanced Research Methods

Current Issues in Clinical Psychology




Dissertation or Literature Review and Research Paper



Choose 3 options from Psychology and 3 from Education across the year

These modules are only indicative examples of the options available. There is a wide array of option modules to choose from, subject to availability.

Indicative examples

Current issues in teaching and learning in schools

Advanced Research Methods (compulsory for BPS pathway)

Sociology of Education

Supporting Additional Learning Needs: Critical Observations

Current Issues in Clinical Psychology

Perspectives in Human Animal Interactions

Mental Health Epidemiology

The Development of Anxiety in Children and Adolescents

Learning to Read

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

NameAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
Education and PsychologyBSc2018Full-time£9,250£16,536
Education and PsychologyBSc2019Full-time£9,250£17,065
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Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

EquipmentApproved calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved model is Casio FX-570 This may be purchased from any source and no longer needs to carry the University logo.
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
PlacementsTravel costs: Some optional modules may require attendance at schools or other educational institutions. You will be required to pay for any travel costs incurred in attending these institutions.
PlacementsDisclosure and Barring Certificates or Clearance: You will be expected to pay for the costs of Disclosure and Barring Certificates.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Career Opportunities

Developing career skills is embedded throughout every stage of the course and is present at every moment of study. Some modules offer specific teaching in reasoning and communications skills. Others offer experience in educational settings.

A degree in education and psychology provides you with an excellent pathway to many professional career options. These include social and educational research, educational development within the community, welfare-related work, human resources, advertising and further postgraduate study. The degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society as providing Graduate Basis for Chartership with the Society, which means that careers across the range of psychology professions are also open to you.

Find out more about career opportunities after a Psychology degree

Learning & Assessment

Teaching and Learning methods

A range of teaching methods is used to develop your knowledge and understanding of the many disciplines within education and psychology, including lectures, seminars, workshops, one-to-one supervision where appropriate, for example in the dissertation module, small group work, group projects, and independent research. Different types of teaching sessions are matched to the material being taught, and will provide a variety of learning activities and experiences to encourage deep learning and to recognise and respond to the different learning styles of students.

A range of methods are used to develop your intellectual skills, including problem solving exercises, student-led seminar discussions, group projects, oral presentations and dissertation discussions with your supervisor. Evidence of your intellectual skills generally culminates in the generation of a report on an independently conducted and original piece of research in your final year.

Modules across the programme include activities such as lectures, seminars and workshops where you will be able to develop your transferable skills. Lectures, for example, will help you to understand the key issues within a topic but importantly, alongside this, seminars will give you the opportunity to discuss, debate and challenge those issues and ideas with your peers and tutors.

Award options

All successful applicants are offered a place on the expectation of completing a 3 year BSc degree. If you choose to leave the programme early, you can still be awarded a Certificate in Higher Education or a Diploma in Higher Education, dependent on satisfactory completion of the first or second year modules respectively.

Breakdown of study time and assessment

Proportion of time spent in scheduled learning, teaching and independent study
Learning, teaching and assessment stage123
Scheduled learning & teaching study16%17%13%
Independent study84%83%87%
Placement study0%0%0%
Proportion of assessment by method
Learning, teaching and assessment stage123
Written exam assessment45%39%22%
Practical exam assessment1%6%9%
Coursework assessment54%55%69%



Pathways (if required)

Study Locations

Highfield Campus

Highfield Campus

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Shackleton Building

Highfield Campus, Shackleton Building (B44)

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