St Mary's University, Twickenham

Course Introduction

"The programme places significant emphasis on linking theory to practice, providing students with the opportunity to take four work placements in the second and third year of the degree. As significant emphasis is placed on collaboration and teamwork, Education and Social Science at St Mary's will provide you with knowledge and skills that will be valuable in a wide variety of careers. While the degree offers a well'recognised route into primary and secondary teaching, the range and diversity of the programme content opens up several options for those who are interested in working with special populations. The degree is taught by highly qualified research'active staff with research specialisms in: gender and education, music education, comparative and historical perspectives in education, educational policy, supplementary schooling and developmental psychology. The Psychology Degree at St Mary's provides a BPS accredited route. Graduation through the accredited route confers eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society (provided the minimum qualification of second class honours is achieved). St Mary's also provide non'accredited routes, which may be of particular interest to students wishing to read for a Joint Honours Degree. The staff are research active and their work covers areas such as the psychological effects of brain damage, attentional biases associated with anxiety, intergenerational relationships within the family context, and factors and perceptions in social inequality.

Course Modules

Education and employment Level 1: The student studies the nature, purposes and politics of education and the life'long value of education; different theories of knowledge are considered and the values that underpin learning in school and business environments; the student addresses issues of personality, the self'concept, the process of non'verbal and verbal communication, and presenting ourselves to others; the student studies changes in education, employment and globalisation, as well as developing information and communication technology skills; the student also develops an understanding of the formal and informal networks that bind communities and they are able to develop investigative skills as part of a community inquiry. Level 2: the student builds on philosophical and sociological understanding and considers the curriculum and how political agendas have influenced the National Curriculum in schools in the United Kingdom; issues of equal opportunities and inclusion are considered and the student studies more about how personal behaviour impacts on organisations and the effect of technological change on employment. Level 3: the student's studies increase their understanding of the needs of learners and the complexities of the education process; the student may also be able to carry out research in a school, business or community environment; within the programme the student can choose from a number of options; the core modules may include: nature, purposes and politics of education; communication and academic literacy; employment and employability; curriculum and lifelong learning; values in education and research methods; research project; educational and social research; optional modules may include: information and communication technology in education and the workplace; learning and teaching; community enquiry; people in workplaces; the history of education in Britain: past to present; citizenship and education; website design; inclusion and diversity in education and employment; managing people in organisations; applied multimedia; independent investigative study; education and the market; work place study; creativity and the arts in and across the curriculum; youth culture; globalisation and education; education principles and practice. Psychology Level 1: The focus of this level is on understanding how a contemporary psychologist (as opposed to the psychologist portrayed in the media) thinks about and investigates central questions of interest; the student begins to develop an understanding of the different perspectives followed in psychology, and how these guide people's investigations and explanations of human behaviour and mental processes; alongside their knowledge of the subject, the student is also acquiring and practising academic skills that underpin their studies at levels 2 and 3; the student is given a significant amount of guidance and support in completing their work; the student takes 4 core modules: introduction to psychology: how do people get to be themselves? abnormal psychology: how can things go wrong? issues in psychology: what questions should psychologists be asking? research methods: and how do we go about answering them? Level 2: the theme for this level is evaluating psychology; the student builds on the skills and knowledge they developed during level 1; the student continues to develop their skills in critical thinking and scientific endeavour, and, overall, they find that they are probing more deeply into relevant theory and practice; the student is still offered support, but they show more independence in searching for and selecting appropriate material and they begin to draw more heavily on original sources for information and understanding; the modules the student takes may be selected from the following: research methods and statistics II; practical psychology laboratory; memory; social psychology; child development; health psychology; psychology of education; contemporary issues; psychology of ageing; work experience. Level 3: the theme of level 3 is limitations of psychology; the student is now considering the perspectives and themes that have been introduced at an advanced level, and in considerable depth; the student is beginning to question the limits of people's knowledge and understanding, and show an appreciation for the temporary nature of scientific knowledge; the student is advancing their understanding of the relationship between empirical evidence and theory; in particular, how empirical evidence supports and constrains theories, and how theories guide the collection and interpretation of empirical data; modules may include: independent study (varies according to route and pathway followed); directed study (compulsory for equalling students); eyewitness testimony; applied child psychology; political psychology; human relationships; neuropsychology of emotion; consciousness and cognition; individual differences; psychobiology; thinking and language; perception and attention.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA/BSc (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees
1 - 4 years
Part Time Day
BA/BSc (Hons)

Qualifications required:

  • Tariff 104
  • SQA Higher BBBC
  • Irish Leaving Certificates BBCC
  • European Baccalaureate 60%
  • International Baccalaureate 28
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units) DD
  • BTEC National Diploma MMD
  • BTEC National Award
  • GCE A-level
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD*
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma MMD
  • OCR National Certificate (6 Units)
  • OCR National Diploma (12 Units) D
  • OCR National Extended Diploma (18 Units) M2
  • Course specific

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£4,410 - £5,783
Typical cost of university accommodation

£4,800 - £6,000
Typical cost of private accommodation