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Psychology (Developmental and Educational) BSc (Hons)

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  • Duration:

    3 years full time
    4 years full time (with foundation)
    4-6 years part time

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  • Fees UK:

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
    Integrated Foundation Year £6,780

  • Fees International:

    Full Time: £13,000
    Integrated Foundation Year £13,000

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Our Developmental and Educational Psychology course is a specialist psychology programme that allows you to focus on human development and educational issues alongside a general psychology pathway. This course provides you with useful knowledge and experience if you intend to pursue a career in or outside psychology, such as educational psychology, clinical psychology, teaching or research.


Professional Accreditation: British Psychological Society (BPS)

Updated 11/10/2021


  • Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
  • 100% overall student satisfaction, NSS 2020
  • Progression courses available.
  • Dedicated laboratories and computer suites for Psychology students.
  • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.
  • HP Laptop and software included with this course for eligible students.*  (*See eligibility criteria, terms and conditions apply)

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Course Content

  • This course has been designed to contribute towards achieving the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goal: SDG3 Good Health and Wellbeing.

    This course offers you:

    • a flexible psychology degree offering specialist coverage of educational and developmental psychology
    • built-in opportunities for work-based experience
    • an accreditation from the British Psychological Society – the first step to a career as a psychologist
    • excellent student support and accessible staff
    • blended teaching approaches and assessment methods

    Developmental and Educational Psychology are combined in this single honours BSc course to provide you with useful knowledge and experience if you are intending to work in educational psychology, clinical psychology, teaching or research. This course offers you a unique springboard for further study or future training and will help you to develop a range of transferable skills including analytical and research skills.

    There are two clear strands to the degree. The first strand covers general psychology in areas such as social, cognitive and biological psychology which underpin the specialist developmental and educational work. The second strand is comprised of specific developmental and educational modules. There will be work-based learning built into a module taken in each year of your course. You are also encouraged to seek additional work experience through paid employment or voluntary work.

    If you are wishing to pursue a career in teaching, educational psychology or education related fields then this course will help you develop your knowledge and skills that can be transferred to these areas. However, you would not be restricted to career choices in these areas. The degree still enables you to access the full range of careers available to those studying the general Psychology course. This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered membership, provided that you meet the minimum standard of a second class honours in your degree. This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist, and allows you to pursue professional training in clinical, educational, forensic, sports and counselling psychology.

    Stage one

    In stage one you will gain an introduction to the subject by studying the range of different psychological areas and different research approaches. The practical applications of psychology are also studied in the first year.

    Stage one consists of six compulsory modules. The modules introduce the major theoretical approaches to understanding human behaviour, including biological approaches, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology and social psychology. There is also a focus on your skill development, and how psychology can be applied to improve people’s lives and well-being.

    Stage two

    In the second stage the subject is studied in much more depth, both in the development of research skills and in the study of developmental and educational psychology.

    Stage two provides a wide range of 10 credit and 20 credit modules allowing you to study the core areas of psychology in detail. All modules are compulsory.

    After completing Stage two you are given the opportunity to undertake an optional Placement Year.

    Stage three

    The third stage provides you with an opportunity to specialise in areas of psychology, both in terms of personal research and the selection of course modules. There are compulsory modules in Educational Psychology, Lifespan Development, and Child and Adolescent Mental Health. You will also be able to choose one module from Neuroscience of Mind, The Psychology of Mental Health and Applying Positive Psychology. You will also complete a dissertation on a topic of your choice within developmental and educational psychology.

      • Module code: PSY1001
        Status: Compulsory
        This module introduces students to applications of psychological knowledge in the real world. It aims to help students acquire knowledge and understanding of theory and research relating to key topics in Applied Psychology and to develop the critical skills necessary to the evaluation of different approaches within Applied Psychology.
      • Module code: PSY1003
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to provide students with a broad understanding of psychology by introducing four core areas (social developmental cognitive and biological psychology). Students will develop critical thinking and evaluative skills of psychological material by focusing on theory empirical research and real-life examples.
      • Module code: PSY1006
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to provide a fundamental introduction to research design analysis and interpretation in psychology. Students need to understand common methods of investigation in order to appreciate the source and context of theories and research findings encountered in specific subject areas studied in other psychology modules.
      • Module code: PSY1008
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to develop critical engagement with original psychological materials in Developmental and Educational Psychology and develop knowledge and understanding of how developmental psychological theory and principles can be applied in educational contexts.
      • Module code: PSY1011
        Status: Compulsory
        This module aims to develop student?s intra-and-inter-personal skills through exploring Positive Psychology theory and application and increasing self-awareness. Throughout the module you will gain understanding for how these are experienced how we relate to them and what psychology has begun to understand about them.
      • Module code: PSY1012
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to be personally relevant to students? psychological studies and enable them to start to build psychological literacy - using psychological skills and knowledge to solve real-world problems and interact ethically and responsibly with others.
      • Module code: PSY2005
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to continue development in research skills established in ?Becoming a Psychologist? (PSY1006). Students will increase psychological competency in preparation for the dissertation via engaging in ethical thinking and enhancing core skills at all levels of the research process
      • Module code: PSY2017
        Status: Compulsory
        This module intends to develop students? ability to design conduct and report independent research in Developmental and Educational Psychology and to develop effective group working skills. It introduces students to practical and ethical issues associated with independently developing research ideas designing and conducting research projects based on relevant psychological literature.
      • Module code: PSY2025
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to enable students to view education from a psychological perspective and to become aware of the ways in which Psychology can be used to understand and to improve learning and teaching. Students will spend time observing and/or participating in an educational environment which could be a school college training environment or other relevant setting.
      • Module code: PSY2029
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to build on the introduction to biological and cognitive approaches in psychology provided in Introduction to Psychology (PSY1003). It introduces new and more complex material with a view to developing students' knowledge understanding and critical appreciation of the theories and research applied in these approaches
      • Module code: PSY2030
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to build on the Social and Developmental Psychology material introduced in the Level 4 module PSY1003 - Introduction to Psychology. This module covers contemporary and critical perspectives related to development across the lifespan within complex social worlds and will be of interest to students wishing to deepen their knowledge of theories research and methods in Social and Developmental Psychology.
      • Module code: PSY2031
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to build upon material presented at Level 4 by tracing the historical development of Psychology as an academic discipline and exploring key theories and research in personality and individual differences. Special consideration will be given to conceptual issues that continue to generate debate.
      • Module code: PSY3004
        Status: Designate
        This module aims to explore contemporary understandings of mental health and experience of individuals with mental health disorders. The module explores social ethical and scientific issues around the field of mental health and offers an environment for students to engage in critical analysis and debate.
      • Module code: PSY3023
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to develop an understanding and critical appreciation of relevant theory research and practice within Educational Psychology and provide the opportunity for advanced study of the psychology of education with practical experience of applying such knowledge in an educational context.
      • Module code: PSY3026
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to review a range of theoretical approaches to the understanding of child & adolescent mental health. Students will develop a critical understanding of the nature of CAMH work with a particular emphasis on the multifactorial nature of mental health in children & young people.
      • Module code: PSY3053
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to develop a critical appreciation of the strengths and limitations of key psychological theory and research in the area of lifespan development and develop knowledge and understanding of a range of psychological issues relevant to children?s adolescent?s and adult?s lives.
      • Module code: PSY3054
        Status: Designate
        This module builds on the biological approaches to Psychology introduced in the second year Biological Psychology module PSY2011. It introduces newer and more complex material with a view to developing students? knowledge understanding and critical appreciation of the theories and methods applied in these approaches.
      • Module code: PSY3055
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to build on and extend the knowledge acquired by students at levels four and five. It will examine critically the impact of positive psychological processes in families organizations and communities and evaluate how these may help or hinder the development of individual and collective strengths.
      • Module code: PSY4006
        Status: Compulsory
        The dissertation builds on and expands students' prior knowledge of research in Developmental and Educational methodology acquired in at levels four and five. It aims to foster the development of expertise in methodology and skills in the planning conduct and write-up of research reports. This form of independent experiential learning will require students to ask logical questions to diagnose and define problems generate and implement solutions and evaluate the effectiveness of their action-outcomes. It therefore develops in the students the ability to work independently and to reflect on the subject-specific research process.
  • A typical offer would be BBC at A Level or DDM at BTEC Extended Diploma. In addition, you will be expected to have achieved GCSE Mathematics at grade C/4 or above. Domestic equivalences are not accepted, apart from Access applicants who must take 12 credits of Maths Level 2 or 6 credits of Maths Level 3 as part of their Access course. International equivalences will be reviewed on application.

    You will not need to have previously studied Psychology, although that will be considered an advantage.

    Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) Entry Requirements

    The standard entry requirements for the Integrated Foundation Year are DEE at A level or MPP at BTEC.

    If you would like more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    If you are an International student and would like more information on making an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
      for study at undergraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • 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
    • UK – Integrated Foundation Year (IFY): £6,780 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA/BSc rate).
    • International – Full Time: £13,000
    • International – Integrated Foundation Year (IFY): £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
    • UK and EU Integrated Foundation Year (IFY): £6,750 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA/BSc rate).
    • International: £12,900
    • International Integrated Foundation Year (IFY): £12,900
    Additional costs

    Travel costs to and from placements, and extra costs associated with placements, may be incurred throughout your studies depending on where you are based.

    Scholarships and Bursaries

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

  • This course is British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited*, giving you the opportunity to gain Graduate Basis for Chartered (GBC) Membership. You will develop your employability skills through volunteering opportunities, events, workshops, research projects and work-based learning.

    *Please note that this accreditation depends on achieving a minimum of 2:2 degree classification and is applicable to undergraduate single honours Psychology degrees and Joint Honours degrees where Psychology is the major subject.

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  • Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees to give you a CV that will catch the eye of employers.

  • At the University of Northampton, everything we do, from funded trips to paid internships, is to give you everything you need to make a difference when you leave.

    If you join this full time degree at Northampton you will receive a laptop when your course begins. The laptops are built to a bespoke custom specification ideal for use in the seminar room, collaborative group work or studying at home.

    Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

    To check out the full list of perks visit our Student Perks page.

  • The Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

    If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year programme which includes an Integrated Foundation Year. The Integrated Foundation Year will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.

    Featuring a reduced tuition fee in the first year, our four-year courses will enable you to successfully follow the degree pathway of your choice while gaining essential study skills. The foundation year of your chosen degree will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting the transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme.

  • Facilities and equipment available:

    • Three dedicated psychology technicians available to support students
    • Six research cubicles
    • Perception lab
    • Observation suite
    • BioPac MP30, MP36 & MP36r: A tool for measuring EEG, ECG, EDA and Respiration.
    • Bitalino smart wearables: enables anyone to create projects for wearable health tracking.
    • SmartBCI 18-channel wireless EEG: An electroencephalogram (EEG) is a device used to measure the electrical activity of the brain. An EEG tracks and records brain wave patterns.
    • Muse EEG: Muse is a wearable brain sensing headband. The device measures brain activity via 4 electroencephalography sensors.
    • Rubber Hand Illusion: The illusion comes on when the real and fake hands are stroked at the same time and speed for a minute or two.
    • HTC Vive VR Headsets: The HTC Vive is a virtual reality headset developed by HTC and Valve Corporation. The headset uses “room scale” tracking technology, allowing the user to move in 3D space and use motion-tracked handheld controllers to interact with the environment.

    Listed below are some of the key tests you can administer within our psychometrics library:

    • Intelligence scales: Weschler Adult Intelligence Scale, Weschler Intelligence Scale for Children, and the Weschler Abbreviated Intelligence Scale x 2
    • Personality measures: NEO Five Factor Inventory & PI-R, Eysenck Personality Scales, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Cattell’s 16PF Form (A&B)
    • Health Psychology Portfolio
    • Mental Health Portfolio
    • Measures of Children’s Mental Health & Psychological Well-Being
    • Child Behaviour Checklist
    • Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking – Verbal/Figural
    • Rorschach test
    • Witkin’s Group Embedded Figures test
  • What is developmental and educational psychology?

    Developmental psychology is the scientific study of changes that occur in humans over the lifespan and understanding how and why they happen. Educational psychology involves the application of psychological theory and research to understand learning and improve educational experiences. In the Psychology (Developmental and Educational) degree at The University of Northampton, you get to develop more specialised knowledge of these areas within your psychology programme.

    What can you do with a Psychology (Developmental and Educational) degree?

    With a psychology degree, you can specialise within different pathways and develop within an area of your choice in the field of psychology. Upon completion of this course, and depending on degree classification, you will be eligible for British Psychological Society (BPS) Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) which is the first step to pursuing professional training as an educational, clinical, counselling, occupational, health or forensic psychologist. You could pursue a career as an academic psychologist, conducting research and teaching in higher education. More information about psychology careers can be found on the BPS website.

    However, you can also choose to follow various career paths outside of the psychological profession, as psychology students gain such an invaluable set of skills and a knowledge base that enables them to succeed in a range of careers.

    The work-based elements integrated into this programme provide valuable careers-based skills. We also offer other volunteering opportunities through our Changemaker Hub, Employability Plus recognition, STEAM Opportunities and support from our careers team.

    What do graduates of the programme tend to do afterwards?

    Our Developmental and Educational Psychology graduates have gone into a range of professions. This has included educational psychology, clinical psychology, teaching, special educational needs, academic research, health (such as paramedic science, occupational therapy), mental health and early years provision.

    I don’t know what career I want to pursue yet. Will this degree programme limit my options when I graduate?

    No. Although this is a specialised Psychology degree, it still maintains all of the flexibility that you would have with a straight Psychology programme. The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society, meaning you are eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) when you graduate (assuming you achieve a 2.2 or above). This means that you could go into any of the professional areas of psychology (as detailed on the BPS website). In addition, the knowledge and skills you gain through a psychology degree are also valued in a range of careers outside of Psychology. Such examples that you can expect to develop across the course include critical thinking and writing, digital literacy, effective communication via a variety of different channels, and thorough and ethical research practices. Many of these skills are transferable across many different careers, and therefore gives you the opportunity to develop yourself towards any route you would like to pursue. This is one of the main draws for a degree in Psychology, The skills that are acquired are widely applicable to many careers, so you are not limited to just working within psychology.

    How is this programme different to studying single hons Psychology?

    The Psychology (Developmental and Educational) programme is a pathway degree. This means that it follows the backbone of a standard Psychology degree but enables students to specialise in their chosen area of the subject along the way. You will cover all the core curriculum of a Psychology degree that is needed to meet the professional accreditation requirements, but you also get to study specialist modules in the field of developmental and educational psychology in each stage of the programme. You will be part of a smaller cohort of students studying this specialist pathway, and there are bespoke modules you take just for this route. Other modules will be taken alongside other Psychology students. This means you get the best of both worlds. You get to experience doing a Psychology degree and all that this involves, but you also will also be part of a group of students who have a specific interest in developmental and educational psychology and want to study these aspects in more depth.

    How long is the degree?

    The BSc Psychology (Developmental and Educational) route here at the University is between 3-6 years, depending on your availability to study. This gives time to not only develop a foundational knowledge of psychology and appropriate research skills, but also for you to develop towards the areas that are of interest to you, and time to explore career opportunities and areas of expertise, alongside our staff team.

    Are there work placements?

    Yes. The Psychology (Developmental and Educational) programme has work-based learning opportunities incorporated into each stage of the degree. During Stage One, there is a short work experience in an educational setting to complete as part of a module assessment. This is expanded in Stage Two where you undertake a slightly longer educational work-based experience. In Stage Three, there is a module with a more extensive applied experience in an educational setting. We also run an optional placement year, between Stage Two and Stage Three, giving you the opportunity to strengthen career skills alongside your degree, should you so wish.

    How will I learn?

    Teaching methods on the BSc (Hons) Psychology (Developmental and Educational) include an innovative, active blended approach to learning which makes the acquisition of knowledge more dynamic and flexible for students than ever before. This involves face-to-face seminars, tutorials, practical or laboratory workshops and computer assisted learning. Independent and group work will be supplemented with online seminars, self-directed learning and virtual tasks.

    You are encouraged to actively engage and participate with your course material both online and in class discussions to further enhance your learning and will be expected to complete independent study alongside attending your classes. Practical work represents an important component of the course in each of your three years of study. Throughout the course, you are exposed to different research approaches, and will develop an ability to apply both quantitative and qualitative techniques to research questions. We have extensive online resources that support face-to-face contact in class.

    You are taught by experienced, well-qualified staff that are experts within their disciplines. Staff in the Subject Group are active researchers, producing research that is nationally and internationally recognised.

    How am I assessed?

    A variety of assessment strategies are used at each level to ascertain your level of competence in a range of academic and transferable skills. These strategies include essays, practical reports, multiple-choice tests, oral presentations, time-constrained essays, seen and unseen examinations, critical reviews, group project work, patchwork blogs, audio-visual presentations, and reflective reports, for example.

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Careers and Employability

Education Career Opportunities

The nature of this subject combination will mean that you develop a wide range of both generic and specific skills that are valued by graduate employers. You will be adaptable and your communication and analytical skills will be developed through the course modules.

Pursuing a career in teaching, educational psychology, research, child psychology, counselling, clinical psychology or child and adolescent mental health this course is ideal for you.

Health Career Opportunities

Psychology is applied to many professional contexts. Upon completion of this course, you can progress to postgraduate training to obtain British Psychological Society (BPS) ‘chartered’ status as a counselling, clinical, educational, or health psychologist.

You could choose to pursue a career as an academic psychologist, conducting research and teaching in higher education. It is widely acknowledged by employers that psychology degrees provide an excellent grounding for a diverse range of non-psychological careers.

Our graduates are employed in education, the health service, the police force, human resources management, marketing, the civil service, broadcasting, social work and many other professions.