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You will study specialised modules in educational and developmental psychology. Linking theory to practice you will develop your critical and analytical skills in this complex area of study, supported by focused work placements in child-centred establishments.


Course Benefits

  • This degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
  • Annual work placements available in child-centred environments.
  • Our programme has high levels of student satisfaction and support.
  • Excellent links with local Criminal Justice Agencies.

More reasons to choose Leeds Trinity University

Course Information

We provide an integrated approach to the core areas of psychology: developmental, cognitive, social, biopsychology and individual differences. Your focus will be on how these diverse disciplines inform the methods and goals of developmental and educational psychology as it is practised in Britain and beyond. In your final year you will have the opportunity to specialise completely in child development themed learning and teaching to equip you with the knowledge and skills to make a real difference to people’s lives in the wider community.

Your degree provides a gateway to employment in psychological, educational and social issues that affect the lives of children and young people today.

This degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as conferring eligibility for Graduate Membership of the Society with the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership, provided the minimum standard of qualification of a second class honours is achieved. This is the first step to becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

Read our full course terms and conditions.​

Accredited by British Psychological Society
This degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society
(BPS) as conferring eligibility for Graduate Membership of the Society with the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership, provided the minimum standard of qualification of a second
class honours is achieved. This is the first step to becoming a
Chartered Psychologist.​

This accreditation is important as it is a benchmark of quality, as defined by psychologists. GBC is an entry requirement for many BPS accredited postgraduate training courses, for example: Clinical, Forensic, Counselling, Educational, Occupational or Sport Psychology, one of the routes to becoming a practitioner as, for example, a Clinical Psychologist, a Forensic Psychologist, Counselling Psychologist, Educational Psychologist, Occupational Psychologist or a Sport Psychologist. These specialisms form part of the route to becoming a Chartered Psychologist (C. Psychol.).​


Year 1

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.

Year 2

Your 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 fiveweek placement at the end of the year, as in the first year.

Year 3

In your final year, you will develop your knowledge of Educational Psychology with a professionally focused 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 Major 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. There is also an opportunity to undertake a further professional placement to round-off the professional and career development aspects of the course.​

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • PSY4000 - Programme Level Assessment
  • PSY4012 - Research Methods in Psychology 1
  • PSY4402 - Psychological Approaches to Personality and Intelligence
  • PSY4412 - Cognition and the Brain
  • PSY4422 - Educational Psychology 1
  • PSY4442 - Psychology of Social Issues 1
  • PSY4992 - Ethics, Society and Employability

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • PSY5012 - Research Methods in Psychology 2
  • PSY5072 - Professional Development and Placement in Psychology
  • PSY5302 - Psychological Issues in Gender and Emotion
  • PSY5312 - Mind and Brain
  • PSY5322 - Educational Psychology 2
  • PSY5342 - Psychology of Social Issues 2
  • PSY5692 - Professional Development and Placement (Volunteering) in Psychology

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • PSY6032 - Business Psychology
  • PSY6052 - Aspects of Health Psychology
  • PSY6062 - Applying the Mind
  • PSY6114 - Major Research Project
  • PSY6122 - Psychology Special Subject
  • PSY6222 - Forensic Psychology
  • PSY6322 - Childhood and Society
  • PSY6352 - Applied Educational Psychology
  • PSY6422 - Biopsychology of Stress and Health
  • PSY6462 - Counselling Psychology
  • PSY6472 - Psychology, Mental Health and Distress
  • PSY6502 - Professional Learning Through Work

Learning and Teaching

Year 1 – 18.2% of scheduled learning and teaching; 246 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 884 hours of independent teaching; 224 hours on placement

Year 2 – 18.1% of scheduled learning and teaching; 241 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 869 hours of independent teaching; 240 hours on placement

Year 3 – 11.4% of scheduled learning and teaching; 137 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 1,063 hours of independent teaching

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.


Breakdown of course assessment:

Year 1 – 78.3% coursework; 15% written exams; 6.7% practical exams

Year 2 – 86.7% coursework; 13.3% written exams

Year 3 - 100% coursework

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.

Typically, our entry offer for this degree course is 112 UCAS tariff points.

Other requirements: For the old GCSE system we require grade C or above and for the new GCSE grading system we will accept grade 4 or higher in both English Language and Maths.​

We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications such as A Levels, BTECs and accredited Access courses.  We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

​If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at Level 5 or 6. For more information, read our student guide to the Recognition of Prior Certified Learning.

We accept a variety of international equivalent qualifications and Leeds Trinity interviews international candidates. Typically, this is a call at a mutually convenient time. 

If you are unsure about the acceptance of a particular qualification you can check with our Admissions Team on 0113 283 7123 or email​​​

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2018-19. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future yearsFind out more here.

Living costs will also need to be taken in to consideration. Find out more about accommodation and costs here.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study. Get more information about bursaries and scholarships here.

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £11,250 per year for this course starting in 2017-18. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa. Tuition fees for 2018-19 will be set in summer 2017Find out more

We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:
  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015
  • Field trips may occur during this course and either fully or partly subsidised by the University.  
  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure. 
  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.

Julian Perara

​​​As the Programme Leader, I've designed the BSc (Hons) Psychology and Child Development course, and lead and teach developmental psychology at all undergraduate and postgraduate levels

I'm a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), and have a first class degree in Psychology, a Diploma in Occupational Psychology and a D.Phil in children’s perception and production of pictorial depth cues.

I've also published research articles in the area of the psychology of children’s drawings.

Academic staff profiles

Our course is designed for those interested in all aspects of children and their psychological development. 

The unique teaching of BPS accredited Educational Psychology makes this a go-to course if you're looking to progress aspirations in child focussed careers in psychology and wider disciplines like teaching and social work.

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Whilst studying, I worked as a Support Worker for people with acquired brain injuries. This position helped me consolidate all the learning that I had done in lectures with practical hands on experience. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Claire Barrott

BSc (Hons) Psychology and Child Development, 2013 - Cover Supervisor and PGCE School Direct at Alwoodley Primary School

Professional Work Placements

You will undertake a five-week professional placement in each of the first two years of the course, or you may choose to undertake a longer period of volunteering in year 2 in place of the five-week block placement.

There is also an opportunity to undertake an additional placement in the final year, should you wish to.

Psychology and Child Development students undertake placements in a very wide range of organisations to match their career aspirations. Recent placements undertaken by students have included:

Bradford Pupil Referral Unit:

Supporting the Head Teacher in making excellent provision for referred students with challenging behaviour.

Bay Tree Resource Centre:

A placement opportunity offered to a highly motivated student with an interest in working within the dementia sector.

JAMES- Joint Activities & Motor Education:

Supporting young people with barriers to learning in mainstream education.

Bradford Children's Services Behavioural Support Service:

Supporting and facilitating educational attainment for young people who have social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.

Leeds Anti-Social Behaviour Team:

Working with a multi-agency team of council, police and victim support staff to investigate low level crime and anti-social behaviour in Leeds.

More about placements

This degree provides the first step towards the full variety of postgraduate qualifications and careers in child and educational psychology, clinical psychology, teaching and counselling. Graduates are employed in many child-centred roles in the public and private sectors, including social and education research, community projects and charitable organisations.
Following the course, you will be qualified to study at postgraduate level in areas such as Health Psychology or Neuropsychology. 

Our Campus

We can't help but brag – our campus has everything you need for an amazing student life. There is food, drink and entertainment for you and your friends to enjoy, day and night. You'll have access to our £2.2 million sports and fitness centre and find peace and quiet in the Chapel. 
Sleep through your alarm? You can wake up in one of our seven halls of residence, grab your breakfast and head to a lecture all within 15 minutes.  

Our Students’ Union (LTSU) is run by students, for the students so you'll be sure to get the most out of your university life with a range of social activities, clubs and societies whether on campus or in Leeds.

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What is Unistats?
Unistats is the official site that allows you to search for and compare data and information on university and college programmes from across the UK. The site draws together comparable information on those areas that students have identified as important in making decisions about what and where to study.
Psychology and Child Development Unistats
For some of the Unistats in the box to your right, the results you’ll see are actually a combination of results from our other related programmes.  This is because we keep our programme sizes low at Leeds Trinity to create a better learning experience, which means there aren’t enough responses for Psychology and Child Development alone to be represented in the Unistats data.
This lack of published data within Unistats for this programme at Leeds Trinity doesn’t reflect the quality of the programme it just reflects the smaller, more personalised learning experience which Leeds Trinity is famed for! If you need any further information on the Unistats data, please just contact us at or on 0113 283 7150.


93% of our Psychology and Child Development students are satisfied with learning resources (NSS 2016)


100% of our Psychology and Child Development students agree that the library resources and services are good enough for their needs (NSS 2016).

​​2nd in the UK​

We're ranked 2nd in the UK for student satisfaction with feedback and assessment, according to the 2016 Guardian's University Guide

​​4* World-leading Rating

We have a 4* world-leading rating for some of our research outputs in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

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