Institute of Education


Psychology with Education BSc

Accredited by the British Psychological Society, this programme enables you to test out psychological theories in real-life settings, including education, and to appreciate an interdisciplinary perspective. You will be taught by experts engaged in cutting-edge research in child and adolescent development, education, atypical development (e.g. autism, dyslexia), learning, neuroscience, mental health and sociology.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2022
UCAS code
Full-time: 3 years
British Psychological Society
Application deadline
26 January 2022
London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A Levels

One or more from Psychology, Sociology, Mathematics, or Biology preferred.
English Language and Mathematics at grade B or 6.

Contextual offer

BBB (more about contextual offers)
One or more from Psychology, Sociology, Mathematics, or Biology preferred.
English Language and Mathematics at grade B or 6.

IB Diploma

A total of 18 points in three higher level subjects, with no score below 5. One or more from Psychology, Sociology, Maths, or Biology preferred.

Contextual offer

34 (more about contextual offers)
A total of 16 points in three higher level subjects, with no score below 5. One or more from Psychology, Sociology, Mathematics, or Biology preferred.

UK applicants qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Equivalent qualification

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF - teaching from 2016) with Distinction, Distinction, Distinction.

Pass in Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 33 credits at Distinction and 12 credits at Merit, all from Level 3 units.

D3,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects. One or more from Psychology, Sociology, Mathematics, or Biology preferred.

AAA at Advanced Highers (or AA at Advanced Higher and AAA at Higher). One or more from Psychology, Sociology, Maths, or Biology at Advanced Highers preferred.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A levels at grades AAA. One or more from Psychology, Sociology, Mathematics, or Biology preferred.

International applications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

For more information see: ucl.ac.uk/upc.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • An exciting three-year interdisciplinary programme which covers cognitive, social, developmental, clinical, perceptual, and biological aspects of psychology, as well as an exploration of their application in education. You will be taught by internationally recognised experts in teaching and research.

  • UCL Institute of Education has been ranked first for education worldwide for the last eight years (QS World University Rankings by Subject). The programme team has received awards for teaching excellence and student support and the programme leader won the UCL Active Student Partnership award in 2018.

  • The degree offers you the opportunity to study psychology even if you do not have a background in science and equips you with the knowledge and skills for a wide range of professions such as educational or clinical psychology, counselling, research, teaching, healthcare, marketing and human resources.

  • We run interactive sessions and use a variety of assessment methods including essays, exams, wikipages, presentations and portfolios to allow students of diverse abilities and backgrounds to demonstrate their knowledge and build on their reflection and critical thinking skills.


This programme is accredited by The British Psychological Society. To gain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) students need to achieve a minimum of a lower second-class (2.2) Bachelor's degree and need to have passed their final-year research project. Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership is required for entry to all accredited postgraduate and doctoral programmes as part of the route to becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

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Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

In the first year you will take a number of compulsory modules worth 60 credits and you will choose 60 credits of optional modules which will give you a good grounding in both psychology and education. You will start to develop your knowledge and understanding of theoretical approaches used in psychology and education, and the empirical research informing these, developing an awareness of the strengths and limitations of different methods.

In year two you will study five compulsory modules (90 credits) as required for British Psychological Society accreditation, which include key topics in developmental, cognitive, individual, social and biological psychology, and a critical evaluation of competing theoretical approaches. You will also have a choice of 30 credits of optional modules.

In the final year you will take two compulsory modules (60 credits) including a research project, and can choose 60 credits from a variety of advanced option modules, depending on your areas of interest. On completion of the degree you will have an understanding of data analysis, be able to conduct statistical analysis using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) and will have developed a range of general skills in problem-solving, writing for different audiences and effective communication.

Throughout your studies you will receive support to complete your academic work and you will be mentored by a member of the degree's team.  You will also be supported to explore opportunities (volunteering or paid) within the university and outside which will enhance your CV.

Upon successful completion of 360 credits, you will be awarded a BSc (Hons) in Psychology with Education.


Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Compulsory module(s)

Psychological Research
Psychology: The Science of Behaviour 1
Psychology: The Science of Behaviour 2

Optional modules

Literacy, Language and Communication
How People Learn
Philosophical Reflections on Education with Film
Living in a Schooled Society
Modern Foreign Languages (offered by the Centre for Languages and International Education)
Academic Writing in English for Non-Native Speakers (offered by the Centre for Languages and International Education)
Academic Writing in English for Native speakers (offered by the Centre for Languages and International Education)
please note the optional modules available may vary from year to year

Core British Psychological Society modules

Brain and Behaviour
Cognitive Psychology
Personality and Individual Differences
Research Methods and Statistics
Social and Developmental Psychology

Optional modules

Ways of Thinking and Ways of Being
Children with Disabilities: Theory, Politics and Experience
The Learning Sciences
Educating and Organising for Social Justice
Sociology of Childhood
Educating Minorities, Migrants and Refugees
Uncertainty in contemporary societies: A psychosocial approach to wellbeing
Health, Wellbeing and Society
International Development and Education
Modern Foreign Languages (offered by the Centre for Languages and International Education)
please note the optional modules available may vary from year to year

Compulsory module(s)

Psychology and Neuroscience in Education Psychology Research Project

Optional modules

Applied Social and Developmental Psychology
Language Development
Criminal Journeys: the Individual and the Environment
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Applications and Practice
Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia)
Special and Inclusive Education
Building Mental Health Resilience in Education
Creativity and Education
Modern Foreign Languages (offered by the Centre for Languages and International Education)
please note the optional modules available may vary from year to year

Your learning

Teaching will be delivered through interactive lectures, small-group work, tutorials, practical experience in laboratory classes, and your own field research. Optional education studies modules will allow you to develop an understanding of the links between the disciplines of psychology and education. You will have access to excellent online resources, labs and various libraries.

Contact hours vary from year to year and depend on students' optional module choices. Students are expected to attend their classes and study independently as well. 


The British Psychological Society and our External Examiners have commended the degree for its variety of assessment methods which include coursework, practical laboratory reports, final year research project, essay-based work, portfolios, presentations, examinations, wiki pages, booklets, research grant proposal and critiques.


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You will acquire quantitative and qualitative skills based on the scientific methods of psychology and its application to education by critically evaluating research data and conducting your own research studies. You will also develop a range of highly transferable skills including problem-solving, communication, data management and analysis, ethics, literacy skills, team working, presentation, report writing, time management, writing for different audiences and critical thinking.

This degree provides the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS), an entry requirement for many BPS-accredited postgraduate courses (e.g. educational or clinical psychology). Alternatively, you may wish to pursue a career in research, healthcare, teaching or other education settings; or even in business, management, marketing and human resources.

Every year of your studies you will be offered bespoke careers events organised by the degree's team in collaboration with careers services and external links. You will also be supported to explore volunteering and paid opportunities which will enhance your CV.

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Student view
The second half of my time at university was online. This presented difficulties for me. Everyone I told helped me make it work. The amount of effort everyone put in to try to give us proper classes and maintain communication was incredible. The positivity from everybody who taught us made a huge difference for me personally. Liberty Milne - Psychology with Education BSc
Student view
Is it not fascinating for a student to have lectures inviting them to participate in research on eating disorders, informing them on current research on bilingualism or the use of virtual reality in mental health? Read more Eunice Hackel - Psychology with Education BSc Third Year

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2021/22 academic year. The UK fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2021/22 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below. Fees for the 2022/23 academic year will be advertised as soon as they are available.

UK students
£9,250 (2021/22)
Overseas students
£21,600 (2021/22)

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

This programme does not have any additional costs outside of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding or photocopying. 

A guide including rough estimates for these and other living expenses is included on the UCL Fees and funding pages. If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc., please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).


Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.

Departmental scholarships

Funding opportunities relevant to the department may appear in this section when they are available. Please check carefully or confirm with the programme contact to ensure they apply to this degree programme.

The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

Application and next steps

Your application

Your application form and personal statement should demonstrate a commitment to the study of psychology and education, the intellectual ability to study at university level and organisational skills to structure your time effectively. If you apply to many degrees make sure to mention your interest in the application of psychological research to education and other disciplines.

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.

Application deadline: 26 January 2022


Mature applicants with non-standard academic backgrounds will be considered on a case by case basis.

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students.

UCL is regulated by the Office for Students.

Page last modified on 21 October 2021