Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Education

BSc Psychology with Education

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This information is for 2019 entry - to see the information for 2018 entry please go to the 2018 programme page

Psychology has never been more important in terms of influence on educational policy and practice. The nexus between psychology and education represents an exciting and cutting edge field of study with diverse theoretical and methodological approaches.

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. It will provide you with a sound basis for pursuing a wide range of future careers including teaching, youth work, educational or clinical psychology, counselling and social work.

You’ll be taught by experts in education and psychology who will use their research to inform their teaching, and you’ll have the opportunity to conduct your own research while exploring the relationship between the two disciplines.

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.

Application for accreditation submitted to The British Psychological Society.

In each year of study, you’ll undertake a series of core modules that build your knowledge base, complemented by optional modules from both psychology and education that allow you to explore related 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 both disciplines can be applied to real life scenarios to inform decision making.

In your final year you’ll undertake a placement in a school or a service allied to education that 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, allowing you to put the theories you have studied into practice, to select an area of interest to pursue and to gain experience of doing a real-life research project.

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

  • Introduction to Study in Education 5 credits
  • 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 2 20 credits
  • Major Project 30 credits

Optional modules

  • Supporting Learning in Children with Additional Needs 20 credits
  • Assessing Children's Learning 10 credits
  • Psychological Disorders 10 credits
  • Cognitive Neuroscience 10 credits
  • The Spatial World 15 credits
  • Drug Addiction 15 credits
  • Occupational Health Psychology 15 credits
  • Development of Language and Literacy 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

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.

Alternate Qualifications

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.


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 Schools Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Alternative entry

Were 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.

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 youre 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: To be confirmed

International: To be confirmed

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, youll 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

Scholarships and 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

The BSc Psychology with Education degree offers the knowledge and skillset to support you in pursuing a wide range of future careers related to teaching, youth work, educational or clinical psychology, counselling and social work.

Many of our students also choose to pursue further study at postgraduate level.

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.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. Thats 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.

Placement opportunities

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.

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