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Course summary

This course will equip you to work as an educational psychologist in local authority children’s services, 

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), voluntary agencies or independently.

It meets both the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) standards and the Division of Educational and Child Psychology – British Psychological Society (DECP) criteria for three-year training.

We are driven by our determination to work towards social justice for vulnerable young people and their families and for children with special educational needs, and to advocate for their rightful place in society.

We are looking for mature psychology graduates who are seeking to extend their love of and use of psychology, with a minimum of two years’ experience working with children or young people in paid employment.

In recent years, around half of our students have previously trained as teachers, while other professions represented have included classroom assistants, mental health and clinical practitioners, youth workers and social workers.

Start date

September 2017

UEL School

Attendance

  • Full-time

Learning

  • On campus

Length

  • 3 yrs

Fees

Sept 2017 UK/EU/Full-time
£0
Sept 2017 International
£25,370
1

This is a highly sought-after three-year, full-time course. It offers a small number of places funded by the Department of Education – and an employment success rate close to 100 per cent.

2

This is one of only 12 courses in the country which will give you the protected title of a Practitioner Psychologist within Educational Psychology. This means you can apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and are eligible for Chartered Psychologist status with the British Psychological Society.

3

This course has been running since the 1970s. In that time the academic team have effectively issued a challenge to each trainee educational psychologist to be “the best EP you can be”.

What we're researching

Psychology at UEL was ranked equal first in the country in terms of the impact of its research, beating Oxford and Cambridge.

The Research Excellence Framework is a six-yearly national review by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

In 2014 it rated 43 per cent of our research as ‘internationally excellent’ and a further 25 per cent as ‘world-leading’ – the highest accolade. It added that UEL’s School of Psychology was one of only four in the country whose research had a ‘100 per cent impact’ at the highest level.

The combined figure of 68 per cent from the top two tiers dwarfs the previous figure of 20 per cent from the previous national review in 2008.
Research subjects in recent years have included electronic cigarettes, infant development and neuropsychology.

Professor Irvine Gersch has produced world-renowned research in the fields of listening to children and pupil involvement, behaviour management, school leadership, systems analysis, management, educational psychology training, conciliation and mediation in special needs and teacher stress.

He is a former recipient of the British Psychological Society’s annual award for Distinguished Contributions to Professional Psychology.

Professor Rachel Tribe was awarded the British Psychological Society’s Ethics Committee’s 2013 award for promoting Equality of Opportunity.

Her clinical interests focus on all aspects of trauma, culture and mental health, professional and ethical practice, working with interpreters in mental health, migration and mental health and organisational development.

Dr Lynne Dawkins, leader of the Drugs and Addictive Behaviours Research Group, is one of the UK’s leading authorities on e-cigarettes.

Dr Caroline Edmonds’ research examines the effect of hydration on cognition in children and adults.

Dr Davide Rivolta’s research focuses on the cognitive and neural correlates of face perception, both in normal subjects and in people with congenital prosopagnosia (face blindness).

Making a difference

UEL is one of the UK’s leading modern research universities. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), 17 per cent of our overall research submission was classified as ‘world-leading’ for its quality and impact – almost double our previous REF score. A further 45 per cent of our work was considered ‘internationally excellent’.

Fees and funding

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If you wish to discuss payments to the University, please contact our Income Team on 020 8223 2030 or you can email cashiers@uel.ac.uk








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Tuition fees
UK
£0

Fees for the UK bursary places are paid directly by the government 

Self-financing Annual F/T Fee £14,250

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.
Below are some ideas on how to fund your postgraduate study:










There are a number of ways you can pay your fees to UEL

•    Online payment facilities
•    By telephone
•    In person at our Docklands or Stratford campus
•    Bank transfer Full information on making payments can be found here

If you wish to discuss payments to the University, please contact our Income Team on 020 8223 2030 or you can email cashiers@uel.ac.uk








The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate
your finances while you're a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and
university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444





Tuition fees
EU
£18,750

Annual Fees for Year 1

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.
Deposits and paying by instalments

International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here.

After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.








As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money.

* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA pages (www.uel.ac.uk/isa) for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.













Our International team at UEL are available for advice and guidance on studying in London, fees, scholarships and visa requirements.

Email: international@uel.ac.uk






Tuition fees
International
£25,370

Annual F/T Fee for Year 1

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Entry requirements

From
Degree
Minimum 2.2 Honours in Psychology (BPS Accredited)

We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. 

INTERNATIONAL

(Including European Union)

We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.

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Applicants are required to have a minimum of Two years relevant experience of working with children within educational, childcare or community settings.   Examples of the kinds of settings in which relevant experience is likely to be gained include work as:  a teacher, a graduate assistant in an Educational Psychology Service, a Learning Support Assistant, an Educational Social Worker, a Learning Mentor, a Speech and Language Therapist, a Care Worker, a worker in early years settings.

 

Applicants should be able to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  • Understanding of and ability to work with young people
  • Understanding of and ability to work in organisations
  • Commitment to train as an Educational Psychologist

Overall IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

As an inclusive university we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application (particularly your personal statement) and may ask you to attend an interview or submit a piece of work to help us decide on your eligibility for the course. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.

You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre. Please click here for details.

What you'll study

Year 1

Semester A

  • Introduction to Professional Practice
  • Child Development

 

Semester B

  • The Process of Psychological Assessment
  • Consultation and Intervention

 

Semester C

  • Research Design
  • Professional Practice in the Real World

 

Year 2

  • (Triple Module) Developing the Competent and Reflective Practitioner in Simple Systems

 

Year 3

  • (Triple Module) Developing the Critical and Reflective Practitioner in Complex Systems (Focus on the Dynamics of Change)

 

Year 2 and 3

  • Research

How you'll be assessed

A key feature of the course is negotiated learning in respect of the written assignments, using the Learning Contract and required learning outcomes. Such student/tutor negotiations enable students to plan work that is of direct benefit to them in light of their previous knowledge and understanding.

Your research thesis commences in Year 2 for submission in Year 3 (35,000 words +/- 10%)

To obtain the degree of Professional Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology all aspects of the assessment procedure in all three years must be passed.

Course specification

How you'll learn

To be a practitioner you need to know how to help children and young people build resilience and confidence so that they can succeed in school, at home and in their community. This will involve working directly with children and young people as well as supporting parents, teachers and other responsible adults.

You will have regular individual and small group support from you academic tutor as well as supervisor on placement. 

This is not a research degree but in your second and third years, when you will be placed in local authority educational psychology services, you will be expected to undertake a piece of research on an important area of concern. This will involve what we call ‘real-world research’.

For example, last year one of our students undertook research on students excluded from secondary schools.
 
She interviewed the services that were meant to support the pupils and organised focus groups with them to find out what they were doing and what they felt was working successfully. 

She interviewed the people in school responsible for excluding the pupils, and then carried out interviews with individual pupils and their families about their experience. Afterwards she tried to match the differences between how different people saw things and to come up with a solution.

“People come off the course buzzy and excited and proud of their achievements,” says Course Leader Dr Mark Fox. “They also want to make a difference for vulnerable children and young people and have a confidence that they can do it.”

What you'll learn

The course involves campus-based learning and teaching, self-directed learning, research and placement in Educational Psychology Services (EPS) and other employment settings, where you will work under supervision.

In your first year you will spend most of the first two terms on campus, completing modules in Professional Practice, Child Development, the Process of Psychological Assessment and Consultation and Intervention.

While studying these modules you will also spend time developing skills with children and young people.

In the third term you will undertake a module in Professional Practice in the Real World, during which you will have a block placement in an EPS setting. The sixth module is Research Design, which prepares you for your research thesis.

In your second year you will take on a bursary-supported placement for three days of the week. During the autumn term you will complete a module at the university on research – in order to complete your research proposal on the placement.

Throughout the year you will also take a module in Developing the Competent and Reflective Practitioner in Simple Systems and you will begin the research for your thesis.

In the third year you will continue in your placement, as well as completing a module in Developing the Critical and Reflective practitioner in Complex Systems. You will complete your research and write up your thesis.

Your future career

We are focused on community involvement and we train people to work for local authorities. Some will go on to work privately but the vast majority will end up being public servants.

You can work with children and their families. You can carry out consultations with teachers, supporting them so they can better understand why a child is having learning difficulties, why they are having emotional outbursts in the classroom or why they are self-harming. You can carry out research – we are an evidence-based profession.

We are highly supportive as an academic team and we pride ourselves on looking after the wellbeing of our trainees. 

What every one of our graduates will take with them is a sense of our values – an awareness and understanding of the diversity within a community.

We celebrate difference. We celebrate whatever background people come from, both professionally and personally.

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