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Psychology and Child Development

UCAS Code: C821Course Length: 3 years
Year of Entry: 2014Course Mode: Full time

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About Psychology and Child Development Degrees

Intrigued by the relationship between psychology and child development? Fascinated by the science and practice of educational  psychology? Want to understand the wider social and political environment that shapes the landscape of contemporary childhood in the UK?
Psychology and Child Development at Leeds Trinity University will develop your knowledge in the core areas of psychology - biological approaches, cognitive psychology, individual differences and social psychology. You'll also have the opportunity to extend your theoretical knowledge of educational and developmental psychology, by focusing on current psychological practice in applied educational contexts. You'll also study modules from our Department of Children, Young People and Families, letting you draw on the experience of a wider number of staff with extensive industry experience.
You'll also gain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the BPS. This means that you will be qualified to complete further study and training in your chosen field, but also keep the door open for diversifying into any of the other specialist areas of psychological practice, such as clinical or occupational psychology, or typical graduate employment.
British Psychological Society Accreditation
Consistent with our other Psychology Programmes, this degree programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). For graduating students this will confer 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.
It is important from the outset that prospective students recognise that training in Educational and Child Psychology is acquired, not through an undergraduate degree, but through advanced training (normally at doctoral level), professional practice, supervision and experience.  Upon completion of the programme students will be in a position to make informed choices about psychology and child psychology related careers and further training at postgraduate level.

Benefits of Psychology and Child Development Degrees

  • Extensive facilities and dedicated psychology laboratories

  • A wide range of career prospects, from psychology and social work to teaching in primary or secondary education

  • Two professional placements in work settings related to psychology and child development

Graduate Destinations

The course will provide an excellent grounding for those graduates seeking career opportunities working with children and young people, including educational and child psychology, social and youth work, teaching and research.


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Typically our entry offer for this degree course is within a range of 240-280 UCAS tariff points. We welcome students with a range of qualifications and treat every applicant on his or her own merit; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

Other Requirements

GCSE Grade C or above in English and Maths (or equivalent qualification) is required.

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Learning and Teaching Methods

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 work placements included in all our undergraduate programmes.  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 of Level 4 and the spring term of Level 5 sandwiched between periods of preparation and reflection on their learning. With the support of the College’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 College 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 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 is used, matched to the learning outcomes for the course, to enable students to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that they have acquired.

Assessments tailored to this course include individual and group poster presentations; leading a seminar; ethical submissions for research; book reviews; case study evaluations and multiple choice examinations.

On this course there are some assessments which are graded but are excluded from the calculations made to produce the figures published in the Key Information Set (KIS) for this course.

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