At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum and professional work placements included in all our undergraduate programmes.
The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility. To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities. This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development. Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here
Most of the modules on this course are delivered through a combination of lectures and small group tutorials and seminars in which you will be encouraged to participate and develop your confidence in debating psychological issues, theory and research.
On this course students undertake two 20-credit Personal Development and Placement modules, which feature six-week work placements in the summer term in Level 4 and Level 5, sandwiched between periods of preparation and reflection on their learning. With the support of the University's Employer Partnership Office the department aims to place all students in child related work placements, for example in schools and FE colleges working with children alongside professional staff. As well as developing your real world experience these modules help students to develop strong CVs and to improve their job research skills.
After supported development of their research skills at Levels 4 and 5, at Level 6 students will conduct a 40-credit Dissertation/Project module to provide an extended opportunity for critical thinking skill development in their chosen area of psychological research.
Opportunities to develop professional skills and links with employers and mentors are not limited to the Personal Development and Placement modules. Practising psychologists and alumni visit the University each year to give lectures and pass on their knowledge of Psychology in the work place. We encourage and support all our students to volunteer and work with children and young people in a variety of work settings, developing personal skills and enhancing their future employability and contacts.
We make extensive use of Moodle, Leeds Trinity's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), to support class sessions, and of e-resources to enable 24/7 access to learning materials from off-campus.
A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for the programme, to enable students to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that they have developed. There is some scope for students to be involved in negotiating and evaluating some assessment.
Assessments tailored to this course include individual and group poster presentations; leading a seminar; ethical submissions for research; book reviews; case study evaluations and examinations.
In addition to each of your module assessments you will take a programme level assessment in each of the first and second year of your programme. This is designed to assess your understanding of everything you have been taught and to help you to understand how different elements of your degree fit together to make a coherent programme.
You will be given weekly directed activities to complete in each module. These will contribute marks towards the final module assessment and reward engagement with the content of the module. They will also help you to check your understanding of what has been taught. Some of these activities may include further reading or preparation tasks for seminars. Some of the tasks will be completed online and may include quizzes which provide you with instant feedback on your understanding of the module content. In some modules lecturers may place some of the taught content on videos which you may be required to watch prior to attending a class. This will free up time for you to work on meaningful projects in class.
On this programme there are some assessments which are marked on a pass/fail basis rather than graded. Please note that these assessments are excluded from the calculations made to the figures published in the Key Information Set (KIS) for this programme/subject.