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Overview

In addition to these core topics, you will develop specialist knowledge and skills of positive education. Topics include:

  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Individual Differences
  • Neuropsychology
  • Research methods

You will learn about the educational issues that we face today, and what we can contribute as psychologists applying the latest research in positive psychology and wellbeing to support development and learning in educational settings.

The BSc Psychology with Positive Education equips you with the knowledge and skills for a wide range of professions, including educational psychology, research or teaching. The programme links psychology and positive education, providing the knowledge and skills spanning both disciplines. 

You will build your understanding of how psychological theory and more specifically positive psychology theory and wellbeing studies and research intersect with education in a wide range of settings.

You will learn from academics working on ground-breaking research in psychology, positive psychology, coaching psychology and education. You will also develop the skills to apply psychological and educational theory to real-world situations through our opportunities to volunteer.

This course is currently seeking accreditation from the British Psychological Society (BPS) and covers the core content you need to apply for graduate membership.

What makes this course different

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Pioneering course

A novel course combining psychology theories with mental wealth and well-being in education

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Community

This course will provide you the opportunity to participate in bespoke events and join an existing professional network

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Professional expertise

Our academic team possess a vast amount of knowledge and competence to offer training into positive psychology in educational institutions

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

In addition to this, you will learn about wellbeing in educational settings: how to promote flourishing or positive mental health within educational communities and how to incorporate wellbeing in the curriculum to prevent depression, increase life satisfaction, promote creativity, enhance academic achievement or encourage social responsibility.
 
You will develop specialist knowledge and skills of psychology and positive psychology applied to the different educational settings, including schools and universities. The course will equip you with the skills, knowledge and practical experience to use the latest research from wellbeing studies and positive psychology.

We consistently review our courses to ensure we are up to date with industry changes and requirements from our graduates. As a result, our modules are subject to change. 

Most modules will follow the BPS curriculum, and there will be two specialist modules (one on Level 5 and one Level 6) on Positive Education.

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MODULES

  • Core Modules
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    Thinking Like a Psychologist (Mental Wealth)

    The aim of the module is to support students in their transition to Degree level study of Psychology, introducing them to new ways of thinking that have psychology at the core. Students will learn about psychological principles that have value in everyday life and learning. They will be supported in the development of critical thinking skills, prized by graduate employers. In addition, students will learn how to present psychological concepts to members of the general public, and to use on-line presentation software to facilitate such work. 

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    Introduction to Biological and Social and Individual Differences

    The main aim of this module is to provide an introduction to the core fields of Social and Biological Psychology and Individual Differences and a foundation for understanding and evaluating these approaches within the discipline of Psychology and an understanding of historical, social and cultural influences. Students will also develop a knowledge of relevant key concepts and theories, providing a grounding for level 5 study of applied topics in these fields. 

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    Introduction to Cognitive and Developmental Psychology

    In this module, we explore the mechanisms that process information about the world (such as perception, memory, and attention) and by which we develop our responses to it (e.g., by thinking, communicating, and the shaping of behaviour by our learning). In doing so, this module introduces core topics in cognitive psychology (which seeks to scientifically model how the mind functions) and developmental psychology (which seeks to understand change through the lifespan).

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    Psychology in Applied Contexts

    The aim of this module is to introduce students to the ways in which psychology is used in professional roles and graduate level employment. Module content will include an introduction to the core professional division of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and, beyond this, to the diverse ways in which psychology is used within 'real-world' settings, including well-established and new emerging career opportunities. The module will provide a foundation for understanding, reflecting on and developing graduate employability which will be built on at level 5.

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    Researching with Small Samples

    To introduce students to key approaches to research in Psychology, including research design, data analysis, evaluating and writing up research. This module will focus on research methods appropriate to questions relating to smaller sample sizes. 

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    Researching with Larger Samples

    To introduce students to key approaches to research in Psychology, including research design, data analysis, evaluating and writing up research. This module will focus on research methods appropriate to questions relating to larger sample sizes. 

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    Individual Differences and Diversity (Mental Wealth)

    This module has three principle aims: (i) to develop a critical and historical awareness of theories of, and issues relating to, individual differences; (ii) to instil understanding of, and foster respect for, diversity; (iii) to encourage students to be insightful and reflective about their own and others' behaviour and mental processes. An ongoing theme of the module will be to consider the implications of the knowledge imparted for real-life events and the development of professional practice. These aims are intended to help students develop into psychologically literate citizens. 

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    Psychological Research Methods

    The aim of the module is to build on material delivered in the level 4 research method modules and provide a preparation for the independent research project at level 6. The module will: present more advanced statistical methods used to analyse quantitative data from designs with one and more than one IV/factor; to ensure awareness of a range of experimental and non-experimental quantitative designs (including real-world research) and a range of qualitative designs; consider issues of internal and external validity; further consider epistemological and methodological issues, reflexivity, ethics and practicalities of conducting qualitative research; and provide students with opportunities to gain further experience designing, executing and writing quantitive and qualitative research studies.

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    Topics in Cognitive and Developmental Psychology

    The module builds on students' learning at level 4 and explores a range of current issues and topics in cognitive and developmental psychology in greater depth. Students will learn about appropriate ways to analyse and interpret findings in these core areas of psychology. The module's aim is to encourage a more evaluative and analytical approach than at level 4 coverage of these areas of psychology. 

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    Applications of Psychobiology and Social Psychology

    The module will build upon knowledge of the psychobiology and social psychological approaches that were introduced at Level 4. The aim of the module is to develop students' knowledge and critical awareness of these major theoretical perspectives for understanding human behaviour. Current issues as well as historical debates in these two areas will be explored. Considerable focus will be placed upon the real-world application and utility of theories falling within each approach. 

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    Work-Based Learning in Psychology

    The module is designed to further develop students' awareness of the range of careers, work and volunteering opportunities open to psychology graduates and to support their engagement with personal and professional development strategies. Based on a short period of work-experience, arranged by students and completed as part of the module's student learning time, students will be able to learn about organisations and make use of networking opportunities. They will have an opportunity to integrate psychological theory with practice and to clarify their interests and goals. 

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    Introduction to Positive Psychology Coaching

    Positive Psychology Coaching is a scientifically rooted approach to helping individuals, groups and communities to increase wellbeing, enhance and apply strengths, increase self-awareness, improve performance, achieve goals and flourish.This module will offer a comprehensive introduction to the science of Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology. It will take you through the main theories and research in the field and its application in different contexts.

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    Psychology and Social Engagement (Mental Wealth)

    This module will develop students' understanding of the range of theories and techniques involved in psychologies of social engagement. Examples include the communication of psychological knowledge to external audiences and the use of psychological knowledge to address real world issues and problems. These examples will be contextualised with reference to conceptual and historical issues in psychology. Students will be invited to develop a broad understanding of psychology and their psychological knowledge as it is relevant to the wider world, including local communities, businesses, politics and policy. 

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    Psychology with Positive Education Research Project

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    • To improve students' awareness and understanding of research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
    • Demonstrating a critical understanding of research methods in psychology to an applied problem.
    • To facilitate students' application of their skills and psychological knowledge to conduct and report an independent piece of empirical research in positive education.
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    Positive Education theory and practice

    Broadly speaking the module aims to:

    • Promote thinking about how positive education can enhance psychological wellbeing.
    • Develop a critical faculty whereby students consider the implications of their existing knowledge of psychology and positive psychology to education in different contexts
    • Promote thinking about the way that research in positive education can be applied to society.
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    The Psychology of Mental Health

    This module introduces students to a psychological understanding of the multiple factors involved in the causes of mental health difficulties in adulthood. Conceptual and historical contexts are considered. As well considering the role of psychological factors in mental ill-health, the module also considers the relative role played by social (for example, occupation, and socioeconomic status) and biological factors (for example, aspects of neurology, physiology and genetic disposition). Thereby, the module examines the relative contribution of nature and nurture in the genesis of human misery. Implications for mental health promotion are considered. 

    Optional Modules
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    Drugs and Addictive Behaviours

    The aims of the module are to explore the effects of both recreational and dependent (illicit and non-illicit) psychoactive drugs on the brain and behaviour; to looks at the type of addictive behaviours (both drug and non-drug) there are and the theories/models accounting for different addictive behaviours and potential treatments available for some of these addictive behaviours. 

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    Advanced Forensic Psychology

    The aims of the module are to educate students into the complexity of behaviour that is considered criminological; to examine psychological theory and research concerning different types of offending behaviour and for students to develop an appreciation of the role that psychologists can play in rehabilitation and desistance from offending behaviour. 

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    Health Psychology

    The module describes and evaluates biopsychosocial approaches to health and illness. It examines social and psychological processes which contribute to the occurrence of various physical health outcomes and to the maintenance of health. It discusses the role of psychosocial processes in the experience and progression of health and illness. Specifically, it examines biopsychosocial precursors and consequences which are identifiable empirically in the aetiology and progression of a variety of health phenomena. Such precursors include the role of social support, social cognitions, individual differences in coping and personality, life change events and pyscho-neuro-immunological, endocrine and other physiological processes. In summary, this module explores how psychological and social factors impact out health. Implications for prevention of illness and promotion of health are considered. 

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    Advanced Developmental Psychology

    This module will provide students with an opportunity to examine and evaluate in-depth key and current methods and findings in developmental psychology. The aim is to investigate the main factors that shape development in a variety of domains (social, emotional, cognitive) and across ages, in a manner that will help students to develop the skills required to be able to critically analyse research in this area. The module will also give students the opportunity to consolidate and to explore in more depth some of the concepts previously introduced at levels 4 and 5. 

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    Psychology of Choice

    The aim of this module is to introduce students to the main concepts and theories in research on preference choices, risk perception and communication, and judgement and decision making. Students will be able to describe and evaluate research findings on how people assess risks (major hazards, terrorism etc.) and which psychological factors determine the choices and preferences made by individuals and experts. 

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    Cognitive Neuropsychology

    This module provides a broad insight into the area of cognitive neuropsychology, i.e. we try to show how the study of brain injury informs, and is informed, by normal theories of cognition. The module outlines the aims and methodology of cognitive neuropsychology, the nature of brain injury and plasticity, different neuropsychological disorders and neuropsychological perspectives on subjects such as intelligence and emotion. This module also considers the future of neuropsychological and rehabilitation. 

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    Psychology of Belief

    The aims of the module are to assist students in developing; their skills and competencies in critical thinking and the evaluation of information; their ability to understand behaviours motivated by different values and different cultural perspectives; and their ability to understand the causes of beliefs which they do not themselves ascribe to. 

    Students will explore the various factors (e.g., social, developmental, cognitive, cultural, and biopsychological) that contribute to unsubstantiated beliefs, look at various theories of religious belief, and explore the psychology of moral values and political affiliation. 

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    Psychology of Emotion

    This module will aim to explore and critically evaluate approaches to the emotions in Psychology. The aim will be for students to develop knowledge about the role and nature of emotions in psychological experiences, and critically evaluate emotion research. 

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    Occupational Psychology

    The module aims to introduce students to the main areas of occupational and organisational psychology and providing a critical understanding of the various ways in which contemporary psychological knowledge is applied to workplace behaviour of people and to business management. It elucidates multiple aspects of human performance at work and ways to optimise them, considering their individual, group and organisational contexts.

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    Applied Cyberpsychology

    Broadly speaking the module aims to help students:

    • Think about how Cyberpsychology can enhance the communication and impact of psychological science.
    • Consider the implications of existing lines of psychological inquiry for research within Cyberpsychology.
    • Critically evaluate the way that research in Cyberpsychology can be applied to society.
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    Psychological Approaches to Environmental Sustainability

    This module provides critically evaluative knowledge and understanding of the application of Environmental Psychology to practical problems of sustainability and environmental behaviour. In doing so, it aims to enable students to critically evaluate the contribution of environmental psychological approaches to individual and group interactions with natural resources. Students will critically explore the consequences of these approaches for current research and practical applications, including behaviour change, communication.

HOW YOU'LL LEARN

Our internationally renowned expert academics will guide you to access the most up to date and advanced learning techniques to ensure that you get a broad understanding of psychology through your degree.
 
Your knowledge of the area is developed through guided reading, knowledge-based activities with feedback, lectures and follow-up questions and discussions, and online discussions and activities. We develop your thinking and practical skills through reflective and IT activities with feedback, group (such as seminar activities), and online discussions and activities. Skills for life and work are developed through project work, as well as reflection, review and planning activities, for example, with your Academic Advisor.
 
Students on the BSc courses are required to gain work experience as they progress through the degree. The programme includes this as a module in which students make use of a 30-hour work-based placement. The work may be paid or unpaid; students set up the employment or voluntary placement for themselves and can be supported via the Employment Hub or other channels. Students are not assessed on their performance in the workplace, but on assessments that require them to reflect on the experience and make links to relevant research.

The approximate percentages for this course are:

  • Year 1: scheduled teaching - 300 hours; guided independent study - 900 hours.
  • Year 2: scheduled teaching - 300 hours; guided independent study - 900 hours.
  • Year 3: scheduled teaching - 300 hours; guided independent study - 900 hours.

HOW YOU'LL BE ASSESSED

You will be assessed with a mixture of coursework and exams (no exams in first year). The coursework includes essays, research reports, research proposals, group and seminar presentations and a final-year research project.

The balance of coursework and exams will depend on your optional choices. The split overall will be:
50% coursework
30% practical
20% exams

We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 15 working days.

CAMPUS and FACILITIES

Stratford Campus

Stratford Campus, Water Lane, Stratford

WHO TEACHES THIS COURSE

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

What we're researching

At the University of East London we are working on the some of the big issues that will define our future; from sustainable architecture and ethical AI, to health inequality and breaking down barriers in the creative industries.

Our students and academics are more critically engaged and socially conscious than ever before. Discover some of the positive changes our students, alumni and academics are making in the world.

Please visit our Research section to find out more.

YOUR FUTURE CAREER

After completing the BSc in Psychology with Positive Education you will be able to work in schools, universities or other educational organisations or as an independent consultant. In your role, you will support principals, teachers, children, young people or adults both individually and at organisational levels. You will apply psychological theory and research in order to promote their emotional and social wellbeing and to create positive organisations. You will also be able to facilitate training both for teachers and students and offer support for specific problems boosting resilience, increasing motivation or engaging in restorative practice.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.