Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Introduction to Educational Psychology

Course summary

Course code: PSYC0049
Level: 6
Credits: 15
School: Education and Health
Department: Psych., Social Wk and Counsell.
Course Coordinator(s): Rebecca Smith


Pre and co requisites

Normally Developmental and Social Psychology 2 (the course also draws heavily on other core areas of the BSc Psychology Degree).


This course introduces aspects of psychology applicable to human learning, performance and behaviour. The focus is on school-based learning and associated factors. The main objectives are to develop an understanding of theoretical underpinnings of psychological processes in education and to gain a firm grounding in the application of these theories in practical contexts. Throughout the course, links will be made to practitioner psychologist work and ethical issues around diversity and inclusion.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

1. Evaluate psychological theories and their relevance to education
2. Apply psychological theory and research in context
3. Describe and understand the conceptual basis, history and development of the field of educational psychology
4. Describe, understand and evaluate the work of a practitioner educational psychologist
5. Describe and evaluate information-gathering methodologies in relation to educational psychology
6. Show awareness of issues in education and educational psychology relating to ethics, inclusion, and diversity
7. Show awareness and evaluate multiple influences on education, learning, and behaviour in schools.

Indicative content

Examples of content include:
• Education Psychology: theories and history
• Family and Community Factors
• Cognitive assessment, intelligence and ability
• Information gathering techniques and psychological casework
• Motivation, attributions and resilience

Teaching and learning activity

Lectures and virtual guided seminar/work groups. The emphasis is very much on participative learning; students will be expected to make a significant contribution. Whilst some of the work will be lecture led, students will be expected to reflect on their own observations, to understand and validate the theories, methodologies and research findings of educational psychology. There will be space within each session for students to work independently or in small groups for discovery based learning and discussion. Students will be expected to have prepared for each session using the required reading and some instances will be asked to prepare thoughts about specific topics before a session. There is one session of independent study where students are required to use previous learning to think about how different psychological disciplines and theories can be applied to the education and learning context. This aims to develop students’ skills in “applied psychology” element of this course.
Learning Time (1 credit = 10 hours).


Seen examination - 100%;
3 hour exam; 3 short answer questions (from 6) and one long answer to a single specified question.
Pass mark: 40%