Psychology and Education Grad Cert

London, Bloomsbury

This programme will provide a broad grounding in psychology and education that will enable students to develop and/or advance their knowledge and skills in relation to their professional and personal interests. The programme aims to (a) provide students with a broad, basic knowledge of theory and research (b) develop the skills to describe and evaluate theory and research, and (c) develop the skills to construct coherent arguments and support these with evidence from research.

UK students International students
Study mode
Part-time
UK tuition fees (2023/24)
£3,200
Overseas tuition fees (2023/24)
£9,700
Duration
1 academic year
Programme starts
September 2023
Applications accepted
All applicants: 17 Oct 2022 – 31 Mar 2023

Applications open

Entry requirements

A lower second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university in any discipline or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

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.

The English language level for this programme is: Level 2

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Equivalent qualifications

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

The programme offers postgraduate study for applicants who have an interest in contemporary theoretical and applied issues in the areas of psychology and education.  

Who this course is for

Students with a professional background in education (i.e., teaching) who would like to gain further training (i.e., CPD) in psychology and education are invited to apply. This programme will offer a good insight in theory and practice, which might support future progressions to follow-up Master's degree training.

What this course will give you

The foundation of your career

Many applicants undertake this programme because they may wish to develop their own CPD skills in psychology and education, or pursue a career in Educational or Clinical Psychology by completing further postgraduate and doctoral training.

Employability

UCL students successfully graduating with a Graduate Certificate in Psychology and Education will have developed ‘employability skills’ that will facilitate ongoing success across whatever career is chosen now, and in the future. You will be able to draw on a range of abilities and skills that are developed across a range of academic settings, and will have the knowledge to develop this process based on self-reflection.

UCL students successfully graduating with a Graduate Certificate in Psychology and Education will have developed ‘attributes’ and ‘mindsets’ underpinning enquiry and lifelong learning, which will hopefully makes a positive difference to themselves and to the world around them. Having been exposed to world-leading research, you will be confident, innovative and lifelong learners. You will aspire to continued personal development by drawing on the quality, depth and breadth of your academic experiences at UCL. To help this, you will be able to use new skills in research and enquiry-based thinking to identify, reason, and tackle problems with innovative solutions. Importantly, and in line with UCL’s values, you will be able to interact positively to new situations with skilled communication, and integrity.

Accreditation

This is a non-accredited programme.

Teaching and learning

To support the programme learning outcomes each module will be assessed through an essay question, a formal multiple-choice examination, and an oral defence.

For module 1 - Contemporary issues in Psychology and Education: Cognition and Development

Essay: you will prepare an essay from a choice of questions set by the module leader. A question could involve the interpretation of data and results in line with a question on a particular topic. You will have the opportunity to receive an essay tutorial and formative feedback before submitting your final version.

Examination: you will be required to sit a formal multiple choice question examination. This will be conducted using the UCL Moodle software portal

For module 2 - Contemporary issues in Psychology and Education: Biological, Social and Individual Differences

Essay: you will prepare an essay from a choice of questions set by the module leader. A question could involve the interpretation of data and results in line with a question on a particular topic. You will have the opportunity to receive an essay tutorial and formative feedback before submitting your final version.

Oral Defence: you will be required to develop a poster as per an academic conference, and defend the contents of the poster via series of questions from an academic member of staff.

The Graduate Certificate is comprised of two 30 credit modules and you will be expected to dedicate 600 hours of study across these two modules. Contact Hours Each module involves 33 hours of interactive lectures, equating to 66 hours of direct teaching. Self-Directed Study Students will be expected to dedicate the remaining to 536 hours of self-directed study to independent reading and learning, engaging with online teaching materials, and working on and subitting assessments.

Modules

2 core compulsory modules will be taken over the autumn and spring terms.

This programme is delivered using a mixed-mode method. Face-to-face will form approx. 20% of the delivery, and approx. 80% of core taught material will be delivered online. Face-to-face will be in the form of typical lectures, seminars, group work and interactive-task-based learning. Online delivery will be via asynchronous video-based short lectures, podcasts, discussion boards, reading and tasks. In addition, there will some synchronous video (e.g., similar to Zoom) delivery with a lecturer or guest speaker. Assessment is through written essays, examination (multiple choice), and oral defence (poster plus viva).  The two modules of the programme introduce key contemporary topics in the broad area of psychology and education. Within this, the material will cover core areas of developmental, cognitive, individual, social and biological psychology. In lectures and seminars, implications for education of psychological research in the fields of developmental, cognitive, individual, social and biological psychology are discussed. Lectures and seminars provide an environment for developing critical awareness of different theoretical and translational approaches in the field, and the ability to describe, evaluate and appraise different methodological approaches. The programme includes some material on research methods. 

Learning will be supported via:

  • Lecture and seminar discussion, as well as via peer support and networking (that is facilitated in the group by use of virtual learning environment (VLE) and in-class task during the face-to-face sessions.
  • Reading and discussion in seminar groups, and during preparation for assessments.
  • Academic writing and oral presentations and defence. Written formative feedback processes are available throughout the modules. Summative feedback on final assignments is designed to consolidate and refine learning, plus feed-forward into subsequent assignments. Students will also receive information about academic writing, with a specific focus on writing in psychology.
  • Library induction.

Compulsory modules

Contemporary issues in Psychology and Education: Cognition and Development

Contemporary issues in Psychology and Education: Biological, Social and Individual Differences


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. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

Accessibility

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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Part-time
Tuition fees (2023/24) £3,200
Tuition fees (2023/24) £9,700

Part-time = 1 year.

Additional costs

There are no additional costs for this programme.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Next steps

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes (or one application for the Law LLM) in any application cycle.

Choose your programme

Please read the Application Guidance before proceeding with your application.

Year of entry: 2023-2024

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