Psychology with Education BSc

London, Bloomsbury
Psychology with Education BSc (2024)

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.

UK students International students
Study mode
3 academic years
UK tuition fees (2024/25)
Overseas tuition fees (2024/25)
Programme starts
September 2025
Application deadline
29 Jan 2025
UCAS course code

Entry requirements

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

Contextual offer information

Contextual offers are typically one to two grades lower than the standard offer. Grade and subject requirements for contextual offers for this programme will be published in Summer 2024.

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

Contextual offer

Contextual offers are typically one to two grade boundaries (equivalent to A levels) lower than the standard offer. IB Diploma grade and subject requirements for contextual offers for this programme will be published in Summer 2024.

UK applicants qualifications

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

Equivalent qualification

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

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

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, Mathematics, or Biology at Advanced Highers preferred.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

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

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

Access and widening participation

UCL is committed to widening access to higher education. If you are eligible for Access UCL you do not need to do anything in addition to the standard UCAS application. Your application will be automatically flagged when we receive it.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPC) prepare international students for a UCL undergraduate degree who don’t have the qualifications to enter directly. These intensive one-year foundation courses are taught on our central London campus.

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:

English language requirements

The English language level for this programme is: Level 3

Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

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

Course overview

The Psychology with Education BSc is an interdisciplinary degree offering compulsory modules necessary for accreditation by the British Psychological Society, as well as an exciting range of optional modules. Compulsory modules in year one provide a foundation in the disciplines of psychology and education as well as research methods. You will also choose optional modules from a range of subjects relating to education studies, globalisation, philosophy and other social sciences subjects. In years two and three you continue with compulsory modules in psychology and education, covering the core sub-disciplines in psychology, such as developmental, cognitive, individual, social and biological psychology, as well as optional modules. You will also conduct a research project and write a dissertation in the final year.

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.

What this course will give you

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.

IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society has been ranked Number 1 in the world for Education for the past ten years (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023).

The programme team has received awards for teaching excellence and student support.

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.

Teaching and learning

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).

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. 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.

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 "R" (a programming language for statistical computing and data visualisation) and will have developed a range of general skills in problem-solving, writing for different audiences and effective communication.

Your learning

Teaching will be delivered through interactive sessions, online material, 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.

Students will have 8-14 hours of contact time per week which will vary dependent on year of study and module choice. Students will also have approximately 30 hours of independent and group based study and preparation.


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.


Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support and Wellbeing team.

The foundation of your career

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.


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 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.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2024/25) £9,250
Tuition fees (2024/25) £31,100

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2024/25 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 2024/25 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.

Additional costs

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is not mandatory and will only be needed if you want to pursue something that requires it (e.g. research assistance work). The exact cost will depend on the type of certificate required (approximately £32-£52). It is also possible that the cost would be covered by the research centre (e.g. if you are supporting a staff members project).

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).

Funding your studies

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.


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.

Next steps

Your application

We are seeking students who are interested in learning about the science of human thinking and behaviour. We expect our students to be motivated, proactive, curious, creative, and open to new experiences, as we explore how to apply psychological research evidence and theory to real-world problems in education contexts and beyond.

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.


For further information on UCL's selection process see: How we assess your application.

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

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