Year One Modules

You will take EIGHT MODULES in your first year of study – four in Semester One and four in Semester Two. Each module is worth 15 credits (or CATS points*). The modules are defined as either “CORE”, “COMPULSORY” or as a “OPTION”. You MUST TAKE all of the “core” and “compulsory” modules. Your “option” module allows you to take a module from any department across the University (including Education and Psychology), from an available list.

It is important to note that the marks you achieve in Year One DO NOT contribute towards your final degree mark. However, you MUST pass (that being, get at least 40%) in each individual CORE MODULE to progress to Year Two. In contrast, you need only get a qualifying mark (that being, at least 25%) in any individual COMPULSORY or OPTION MODULE to progress to Year Two. Detailed information about progression criteria can be found here.


Please click on the ‘Module Names’ listed below for an outline of the module(s) and assessment procedures. Specific details will be provided by individual Module Coordinators when you begin your module. 

Guidelines on signing up to option modules can be found here.


Semester One

In Semester One, you must take FOUR CORE modules. Your modules are listed below:

Module Code            Module Type          Module Name

PSYC1010                   Core                         Research Methods & Data Analysis 1

PSYC1004                   Core                         Science of Psychology

EDUC1033                   Core                         Contemporary education issues, problems and policies

EDUC1044                   Core                         Research and Writing in Education


Semester Two

In Semester Two, you must take THREE CORE modules and you must choose an OPTION module from Psychology, Education or another department in the University (subject to availability).

Module Code            Module Type          Module Name

EDUC1042                  Core                          Special Educational Needs

EDUC1043                  Core                          Curriculum Design

PSYC1009                   Core                          Psychology of Social and Individual Wellbeing

[Option Code]       Option                   [Your Option Module Choice]


Option Module Choices

You must take an “option” module from Education, Psychology or another department in the University. Your option module choice can either be “Internal”, within the Southampton Education School or Psychology Academic Unit, or “External” – that being, a module on offer in a different Department/Faculty in the University, as long as you meet the module’s pre-requisite(s), there is no clash in your timetable and there are spaces on the course. Your list of option modules can be accessed on the Student Record Self Service System (Banner), under the BSc Education and Psychology programme criteria. To view your options, you will need to select the 2014/15 Academic Year, your degree programme and your year of study.

You can choose to take a module from Education or Psychology, if you wish to. Some examples of your “Internal” option module choices within Education and Psychology are listed below:

Module Code           Module Type             Module Name

EDUC1035                  Option                     Primary Education: Systems and Structures

EDUC1039                  Option                     Education in other countries

EDUC1041                  Option                     Secondary Education: Systems and Structures

EDUC1058                  Option                     Introduction to Teaching & Teachers

PSYC1011                    Core†                          Research Methods & Data Analysis 2

PSYC1012                    Core†                          Empirical Studies 1

PSYC1014                   Option                     Psychology of Attractiveness


Alternatively, there is an exciting range of “External” option modules to choose from throughout the University, providing you with the opportunity to deepen your current knowledge or broaden your knowledge in another discipline. Flexible Learning at the University of Southampton, and the University’s curriculum innovation project (CIP), allows you to customise your curriculum. More information about which option modules are available to you can be accessed on Flexible Learning’s BSc Education and Psychology webpage.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT CREDIT POINTS: It is important to note that all Education and Psychology modules are worth 15 CATS points*. When a student successfully progresses each year of study, he/she automatically accumulates 120 CATS points—that is, 15 CATS points for each of the 8 modules completed that Year. To qualify for award of an honours degree, a student needs to accumulate a total 360 points across three years of the Programme—that is, 120 CATS points per year. If a student meets all the progression and graduation criteria, then he or she will automatically accumulate the required number of CATS points. One complication is that some option units outside of Education Psychology at the University of Southampton—which may be available for Education and Psychology students to take—do not give 15 credits per unit, but only 10. Please try to ensure, when taking option modules, that they give the full 15 credits.


* Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) suggests that a 15 credit course equates to 150 study hours (including both contact time and self-study).

† This module is an “option” module because you can choose whether you want to take it, or not, from a list of “option” module choices. However, if you choose to take the module it becomes “core”, as you must pass it at a minimum of 40% in order to progress to Year Two. This is in-line with the Psychology Academic Unit’s module regulations that are in place for their BSc Psychology programme.

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