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Psychology and Education Studies Joint Honours BA (Hons)

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    3 years full time
    4-6 years part time

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Our Joint Honours course will help you develop your understanding and analysis of human behaviour, thoughts, and emotions. Your learning of the human emotions will be supported with the other side of the course upon the content of how children and adults learn with the key issues surround policies and debates in education today.

You will have the opportunity to develop employability skills through volunteering, events, workshops, research placements and research in educational settings as well as through the development of transferable thinking skills such as the ability to critically analyse issues and situations.

We will support you to achieve your career and study ambitions, which is why if you complete our Employability Plus Gold programme or Changemaker Gold certificate alongside your studies and if you haven’t secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating* we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you, or support you into postgraduate study.

*with a 2:2 degree classification or higher

Updated 24/11/2020


  • Flexible module choices to tailor your degree to your needs.
  • Progression courses available.
  • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.

Course Content

  • Joint Honours in Education Studies and Psychology can set you on a range of career paths including educational psychology, physical and mental health, clinical psychology, teaching and research.  Students who want a career in psychology must major in Psychology and ensure that they take sufficient psychology modules to meet the requirements of British Psychological Society (BPS) Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). Students wanting to teach psychology in secondary schools or colleges must major in psychology in order to demonstrate subject knowledge.

    You will learn new ways of understanding how and why people think and act as they do and how children and adults learn. You will examine the ways in which knowledge, skills and attitudes are passed on and develop in individuals and find out how the social and cultural context influences this. You will gain transferable skills such as, the ability to critically analyse learning situations and the ability to communicate in oral and written form.

    You will explore issues to do with the psychology of education, sociology of education, the history of education and the philosophy of education.  You will learn about developmental psychology and the psychology of personality as well as social, cognitive and biological psychology. You will be taught about research in either Education Studies or Psychology and use these skills to investigate an issue of your own choosing.

    Stage one

    You will be introduced to the core disciplines that underpin the academic analysis of both subjects. Year one introduces Psychology and Education Studies and provides an excellent foundation of knowledge for you to advance to year two.

    You will be required to take three compulsory 20 credit modules from each subject to attain a total of 120 credits.

    You will build on the fundamentals of Psychology and Education Studies, exploring the basics of biological, cognitive, social and developmental psychology. This is coupled with several key academic disciplines that constitute Education Studies including the history, philosophy, psychology and sociology of education.

    Stage two

    You have some choice at stage two and can decide which subject to major in.  Some degree of specialisation is possible at this stage and students can start to choose modules that will further their career aims whilst maintaining a broad education that allows for changes in direction. Modules take you into more detailed and developed areas, considering the wider issues and debates surrounding Psychology and Education Studies.

    You can follow a range of modules at Stage Two including:

    • Debates in Education
    • Aims, Values and Ethics in Education
    • The Psychology of Learning and Teaching
    • Research Methods & Data Analysis in Psychology
    • Biological Psychology
    • Personality Psychology
    • Social Psychology

    You will start to use professional skills to examine issues in Psychology and Education Studies. You will use theoretical knowledge as well as first hand research to supplement youe own learning, growth and development.

    If you are considering teaching Psychology at Secondary School or seeking BPS accreditation should major in Psychology to show evidence of subject knowledge. In which case, you are required to take 80 credits in Psychology comprised of the following modules:

    • Research Methods & Data Analysis in Psychology
    • Cognitive, Biological, Developmental, Personality and Social Psychology
    • Conceptual and Historical Issues In Psychology

    You can then select two designated modules to the value of 40 credits in Education Studies.

    Stage three

    You will have the opportunity to develop specialised and intensive study of areas and aspects of Psychology and Education Studies that you find particularly interesting.

    You can choose to develop a dissertation on any topic related to the subject in which you specialise. Some students write on topics which relate to both subjects. The dissertation builds on and expands students’ prior knowledge of research methodology acquired at stage two. It aims to foster the development of expertise in investigating issues and uses transferable skills such as planning, organisation, data gathering and the writing-up of research reports. This form of independent, experiential learning will require you to ask logical questions to diagnose and define problems, generate and implement solutions and evaluate the effectiveness of their suggested solutions. It therefore develops in the students the ability to work independently and to reflect on the research process.


    There are a variety of assessment formats including, essays, practical reports, presentations, time-constrained essays, multiple-choice tests, group project work, analysis and reflection. Many modules do not have any examinations.

  • 2021/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK – Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
    • International – Full Time: £13,000
    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK and EU – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK and EU – Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
    • International – Full Time: £12,900
    Additional costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

    Scholarships and Bursaries

    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

  • There are opportunities for international study visits as part of the curriculum enrichment within Education Studies.

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