The first year of the course introduces you to the core areas of psychology, including biological, cognitive, developmental, and social psychology, as well as individual differences. You also learn about the research methods used in psychology and undertake practical work in a variety of areas. In addition, you will be introduced to the science and practice of Educational psychology, including key aspects of the work and disciplines within the subject, models and theories of learning and the assessment of behaviours. The first year ends with a programme level assessment, providing you with the opportunity to draw together your learning from all of the modules studied in the first year in a team-based activity. You then undertake a five-week professional placement to help you to develop your professional skills and career goals.
The second year furthers your understanding and knowledge of the core areas of psychology and research methods. In addition, you will continue to study Educational Psychology, focusing on children’s difficulties in the class room and other learning environments, investigating the methods Educational psychologists practice to support children in their learning. The second year also includes programme level assessment, and your personal and professional development continues to be supported through a dedicated module and a professional placement. If you choose, you may undertake a longer-term period of volunteering, or you may undertake a five-week placement at the end of the year, as in the first year.
In the final year, you will develop you knowledge of Educational Psychology with a professionally focussed module that looks at current issues in the area from an applied perspective. You will also work with the supervision of a tutor to complete a research project in an area of your choosing. This represents the culmination of your research training in the course. In addition, you select three modules from a range of options, in areas such as Childhood and Society, Business Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Counselling Psychology, Mental Health, or Health Psychology. You may also take a 'Special Subject' option, which would allow you to write an extended essay in an area of interest, so you could choose to focus on a specific topic or area of child development in greater depth. There is also an opportunity to undertake a further professional placement to round-off the professional and career development aspects of the course. This, again, could allow you to focus on a child-related area if you wished.
On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following: