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Our BSc (Hons) Education and Psychology provides an opportunity to gain an insight into how children and young people learn and the ways in which this is shaped and delivered. In addition, the course explores how psychological theory can be related to a variety of educational environments as well as considering a range of psychological issues, including development and relationship in the social world. The BSc (Hons) Education and Psychology degree looks at learning and teaching through the four pillars of knowledge: philosophy, sociology, history and psychology.

The programme considers the different ways in which education is implemented and understood throughout the UK and globally. The course aims to support students to understand and question current and historical education systems and to consider how these systems align with policy, practice and social expectations. The psychology aspects of the programme aim to support students to understand how brain processes can support function and approaches to measuring abilities such as intelligence.

Students will have the opportunity to consider education in compulsory schools and also in other learning environments not associated with typical classrooms. Students can also explore contemporary theories in relation to personality development and social psychology.

Research based learning is an important part of this course and students will be encouraged to use enquiry and investigative approaches to learn more about education and psychology throughout their three-year study.

How You Study

The first year centres on introductory core modules which focus on learning, brain, behaviour and cognition, the developing individual in society and research skills. Students can reflect on the global and local influences on policy and practice in relation to education and consider how this has shaped the ways children and young people are enabled to learn. The psychology modules encourage students to reflect on how cognitive capacity can influence processing and how the brain develops in order to support functioning.

A tutorial system operates throughout the three-year course. The first year aims to provide a sound basis for students to develop their own personal and academic skills and also aims to facilitate a sound basis for transition to second year. The course also includes a series of scheduled meetings with a personal tutor.

In the second year, students have the opportunity to develop and refine their research skills and can begin to tailor their course to their interests by choosing two optional modules to examine topics in greater depth. Students can take part in core modules focusing on: developmental psychology; psychometric testing; and diversity, inclusion and alternate approaches to education.

During the final year, students have to opportunity to complete two further core modules, one which reflects on contemporary issues in education, and one which is an extended study. This extended research based module, along with further elective modules aims to provide opportunities for students to build on their own interests and may be determined by their career aspirations.

Teaching takes place in lectures, seminars and workshops, and in small groups, depending on the level and the topic of study. In addition, staff use the intranet to provide materials to support teaching; course materials are posted to an online virtual learning environment to supplement face to face teaching and support onsite and remote study.

Contact Hours and Reading for a Degree

Students on this programme learn from academic staff who are often engaged in world-leading or internationally excellent research or professional practice. Contact time can be in workshops, practical sessions, seminars or lectures and may vary from module to module and from academic year to year. Tutorial sessions and project supervision can take the form of one-to-one engagement or small group sessions. Some courses offer the opportunity to take part in external visits and fieldwork.

It is still the case that students read for a degree and this means that in addition to scheduled contact hours, students are required to engage in independent study. This allows you to read around a subject and to prepare for lectures and seminars through wider reading, or to complete follow up tasks such as assignments or revision. As a general guide, the amount of independent study required by students at the University of Lincoln is that for every hour in class you are expected to spend at least two to three hours in independent study.

How You Are Assessed

The aims of module assessments are to provide a measure of the development and attainment of course outcomes, including the attainment of high-level intellectual skills such as critical analysis and evaluation.

Accordingly, the nature of assessment varies across the three levels of the course. Assessments at levels one and two focus on the acquisition and understanding of knowledge and skills. In contrast, the level three assessments place far greater emphasis on the ability to apply, analyse and evaluate knowledge.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date (unless stated differently above)..

Methods of Assessment

The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as presentations, performances or observations; and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. The University of Lincoln aims to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly.

What We Look For In Your Application

Applicants should demonstrate an interest in education and psychology in general. We would like to hear about your own thoughts about the education system and psychology and why you are interested in studying this subject at undergraduate level.


Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

For a comprehensive list of teaching staff, please see our School of Education Staff Pages.

Entry Requirements 2018-19

GCE Advanced Levels: BBB

International Baccalaureate: 30 points overall

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Distinction, Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma: A minimum of 45 level 3 credits at 30 or above.

Applicants will also be required to have at least three GCSEs at grade C or above including English and Maths.

Mature students with extensive relevant experience will be selected on individual merit. All relevant work experience should be noted on the application form.

If you would like further information about entry requirements or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097 or email

Special Features

The BSc (Hons) Education and Psychology course draws key aspects of education and psychology together in one undergraduate programme. The programme aims to incorporate research-based opportunities and as a result, students can gain the knowledge and skills required for studying aspects of education or psychology of specific interest. The course has been designed to provide a strong base for postgraduate study and beyond.

The four pillars of knowledge; psychology, history, sociology and philosophy, can support a broad understanding of education and psychology, and this in conjunction with the study of local and global issues as well as contemporary psychological theories aims to enable students to gain depth and breadth in their knowledge.

The course may also include self-funded trips abroad to experience education in other countries. Students will be responsible for their own travel, accommodation and living expenses when undertaking such trips.


Students will be encouraged, through the study of various modules, to consider education from a global perspective. Whilst formal placements are not currently included in the BSc (Hons) Education and Psychology course, students are encouraged to consider the possibility of taking part in the Lincoln Award.

Placement Year

When students are on an optional placement in the UK or overseas or studying abroad, they will be required to cover their own transport and accommodation and meals costs. Placements can range from a few weeks to a full year if students choose to undertake an optional sandwich year in industry.

Students are encouraged to obtain placements in industry independently. Tutors may provide support and advice to students who require it during this process.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.

The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teaching and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.


At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our undergraduates. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

View our campus pages [] to learn more about our teaching and learning facilities.

Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of the BSc (Hons) Education and Psychology course, students may choose to progress to one of our PGCE Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Primary or Secondary) courses. School Centred Initial Teacher Training courses include Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and credits towards Master’s level study.

Alternate education based careers pathways may include working in museums, libraries and education establishments which do not require QTS but do look for an in-depth understanding of education and learning.

Students who wish to pursue a career in psychology may be able to progress to a postgraduate conversion course. A postgraduate conversion course*, as accredited by the British Psychological Society, confers eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC); the first step towards becoming a chartered psychologist. A postgraduate conversion course* is currently being developed by the School of Psychology, for the most up-to-date information please visit.

*subject to validation

The School of Education and the School of Psychology at the University of Lincoln provide postgraduate, Master’s and doctoral level study opportunities for those wishing to build upon their undergraduate honours degree.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with students to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during their time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing a course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise our graduates future opportunities.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages for further information. []

Additional Costs

For each course students may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on their subject area. Some courses provide opportunities for students to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and meals may be covered by the University and so is included in the fee. Where these are optional students will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay their own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that students are required to read. However, students may prefer to purchase some of these for themselves and will therefore be responsible for this cost. Where there may be exceptions to this general rule, information will be displayed in a section titled Other Costs below.

Related Courses

The study of education aims to provide insight into how children and young people learn and the ways in which this is shaped and delivered. The BA (Hons) Education degree looks at learning and teaching through the four pillars of knowledge: philosophy, sociology, history and psychology.

Tuition Fees

2018/19 Entry UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level
£13,800 per level
Part-time £77.00 per credit point  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

In 2018/19, fees for all new and continuing undergraduate UK and EU students will be £9,250.

Please note that not all courses are available as a part-time option.

For more information and for details about funding your study, please see our UK/EU Fees & Funding pages or our International funding and scholarship pages. [] []

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions [].