The BA Education, Psychology and Special Educational Needs degree focuses on the theory, practice and policy of mainstream and special education, as well as offering a unique opportunity to examine educational issues and additional learning needs from a psychological perspective.
The degree will equip you with the in-depth theoretical knowledge and practical strategies needed to support a range of learners, including those with special educational needs. There is a strong focus on psychology throughout, and you will explore the varying fields of psychology and how they can contribute to our understanding of such things as social, emotional and physical development, intellectual differences, school behaviour, decision-making and problem-solving skills, and the influence of self-esteem and motivation on learning and achievement.
This programme offers an excellent gateway for individuals interested in professional careers in areas such as special education, teacher training, educational support services, educational social work and educational psychology.
Learning & Teaching
A variety of learning and teaching approaches will be used to suit a wide range of learning needs and preferences. This will include lectures, seminars, practical workshops, recorded materials online, virtual learning environments (VLEs), and talks from guest speakers who are specialists within relevant fields.
The lecturing team have experience in all areas relevant to this programme and are active researchers in the fields of psychology and special/additional learning needs. They pride themselves on being approachable and supportive to students.
Employability & Careers
This degree leads to a diverse range of career options including working in the private or public sector, social and educational research, teacher training, educational support services, educational development within the community, academia, education-related work within charity organisations, the health sector, and the full range of psychology careers.
During the programme, you will have opportunities for work experience within a range of educational settings including special needs schools. This will help prepare you for employment or further study. There is potential for you to undertake postgraduate study relating to careers in teaching and Educational Psychology and to undertake Master’s or PhD level research.
Progression to PGCE Teacher Training:
We are pleased to guarantee entry to the interview process for the PGCE Primary Course at Cardiff Met for all graduates of this programme. An honours degree classification of a 2:2 or above is currently required, and the statutory entry requirements (including B grades or equivalent at GCSE for English and Maths, C grade for Science) must also be met.
Entry Requirements & How to Apply
No previous knowledge of Psychology is required for this programme. However, whilst not a prerequisite, due to the statistical components of this degree, successful completion of GCSE Maths* at grade C or above is recommended.
Applicants should have 104 points from at least 2 A levels (or equivalent). Typical offers may include:
104 points from at least 2 A levels to include an A level grade C. Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be considered as a third subject
RQF BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma/Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma with an overall grade of MMM
CACHE Diploma with an overall grade C (minimum 96 points)
104 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 2 x H2 grades (minimum grade considered is H4)
104 points from Scottish Advanced Highers to include a grade D
102 points from the Access to Higher Education Diploma
*For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSEMathematics or Mathematics – Numeracy.