BA (Hons) Psychology in Education

Key information

Why choose this course?

  • We are ranked 11th for Education in the UK
  • Final year placement in educational setting
  • Facilities include an observation room
  • Education at Hertfordshire is ranked 13th in the UK in the Guardian 2022 league table .
  • The top University in the 2021 NSS for teacher training and in the top 10 providers for employability by the Department of Education
  • Top of university provider in overall satisfaction for undergraduate primary ITE provision (NSS 95.1%)
  • Gain the required skills and knowledge to meet the requirements of today’s psychological needs allowing you to thrive in your future career
  • Access to first-class teaching facilities and resources, which have been designed to help you with your studies
  • You will be taught by a skilled group of research informed academics, who bring together years of extensive knowledge and experience from a range of educational backgrounds. They will challenge, support and help you to develop your expertise in psychology.
  • You could be eligible for bursary or grant if you are a full-time home student starting your course in September 2022. Full eligibility criteria and further details.
  • Broaden your understanding of the role psychology plays in shaping policy our lives, society, education and work environments

Careers and employability

91% of UH Education graduates are in employment or further study 15 months after graduating from their 1st degree (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018 -2019).  In addition to this, the average salary of our Education graduates 15 months after graduation is £21,000 (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017- 2018).   

Many of our graduates have found work in the public sector and private sector, in roles such as Wellbeing Practitioner, Academic Coach, Support Worker, Education Consultant, Human Resources Officer, Market or Social Researcher and Policy Officer.

 After further study, graduates have also gone on to roles such as Dance Movement Psychotherapist, Art Therapist, Play Therapist, Psychotherapist/Counsellor and Teacher.

Our aim is not only to teach you the principles of psychology theory but how to use those theories in practical work environments. This is the reason why so many of our students thrive in employment after graduation.

What's the course about?

This course will offer you insights into a whole range of perspectives. It will challenge your thinking. It will give you a deeper understanding of yourself and others. This course will enable you to apply psychology to education and learning explored through lively, real life scenarios using a practical approach. You have the option to gain a BA Hons or a BSc Hons in Psychology in Education.  

You will also have the opportunity to study abroad, which will give you valuable experience and enhance your career prospects. 

In the first year, you will learn about what it means to think psychologically, and to engage in the psychological imagination. To achieve this, all students study foundation modules, which introduce learners to everyday psychology - how we think about ourselves, other people and the social contexts within which we construct our lives. These introductory modules are designed to give you a good grounding of the fascinating and amazingly broad field of psychology. Through these modules, you will become aware of the personal constructs that frame our experiences, and the multiple ways of understanding our fellow human beings. So, the first year is simply an invitation to begin using a psychological lens to understand ourselves, other people and the social world.   

In the second year, you will build upon the key ideas from the first year. We will delve more closely into recent advances in psychology regarding how our thinking, feelings and actions are shaped by our social contexts, personal life goals and motivations, and the workings of our brain. The modules are intended to enhance your knowledge of psychology, as well as develop your research skills, particularly in educational settings. Thus, the second year is geared towards becoming critical enquirers of the human mind and behaviour and nurturing essential skills for careers in psychology.

In the final year, you will study modules which take an interactive, lively and thought-provoking look at the essential skills and possibilities of careers in psychology. Importantly, students will specialise and conduct research in particular areas in psychology, which interest them. The projects you will complete, will provide you with useful opportunities to apply, reflect and evaluate theories in practical educational settings. So, the final year seeks to develop you into competent users of psychological knowledge and prepare you for the world of work.

Your main campus is de Havilland  

You’ll share this campus with students from business, law, sport, education, and humanities subjects. The student housing is close to our Sports Village which includes a gym, swimming pool, and climbing wall. You can get breakfast, lunch, or dinner in our on-campus restaurant or bar (in the newly built Enterprise Hub) on days you don’t feel like cooking. You can also use the common room to play pool, video games or just to hang out with friends.  Our Libraries are open 24/7, which means you can study whenever suits you best. Want to pop over to the other campus? You can take the free shuttle bus or walk there in just 15 minutes.   

What will I study? 

You will be studying four 15 credit modules in each semester (this may vary between double modules) and your contact time varies between modules and will include a balance of lectures, seminars and tutorials. In addition, as part of your study time, you will be collaborating with your peers on individual and group tasks. Each student has a personal tutor who will provide support throughout the programme.

The University’s ‘online learning environment’ means you can access all your course resources, literature, and timetables from anywhere in the world.

Assessment is 100% coursework. The style of coursework can vary from presentations to reports or essays depending on the taught topics.

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Alumni Stories

Jake Garwood

Meet Jake Garwood who discovered his passion for teaching and education while studying. He currently works as a Year 4 teacher in a junior school near the University.

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Current job roleYear 4 teacher
Year of graduation2016 / 2017
Course of studyBA (Hons) Education
PGCE in Primary Education

Sparking a passion

Jake decided to go to the University of Hertfordshire based on our 'excellent reputation for teaching training.' His time as a student did not disappoint as his course sparked his passion for education and he says the 'engaging modules at the University and inspiring tutors played a key part in making me the teacher I am today.'

The variety of modules on both of my degrees, from contemporary issues in education to educational technology, from philosophy of education to equality and inclusion, put me in the best possible position to begin my teaching career.'

Aspirations for the future

Jake finds teaching an extremely rewarding career, therefore he does not intend to leave the profession. He says, 'I think it is one of the most rewarding profession available and if you care about the future, then teaching the next generation is one of the best things you can do.'

However, he adds that his ultimate goal is to work towards a Masters in Education, followed by a PhD in the same field. He'd like to keep his options open as to future career paths.'

The variety of modules on both of my degrees, from contemporary issues in education to educational technology, from philosophy of education to equality and inclusion, put me in the best possible position to begin my teaching career.