School
Psychology
UCAS tariff points
64
Years of Entry
2024 2025
Location
Main Campus (Horsforth)
Study abroad
Yes
Study Mode
Full time (4 years)

Course overview

Are you interested in how psychology shapes children’s learning and development? Do you want to make a positive contribution to children’s lives?

On this course, you will study specialist modules in child and educational psychology alongside the core psychology curriculum - developmental psychology, social psychology, cognitive psychology, biological psychology, individual differences and research skills.

This four-year course includes an initial full-time Foundation Year and offers an alternative route into university and gaining a degree.

This route is for you if you do not have the necessary qualifications or don’t yet feel ready to begin degree-level study, or are returning to education and would like some support to get up to speed with learning in a university setting.

The Foundation Year in Psychology will allow you to develop your academic skills and confidence as well as introduce you to key concepts, debates and skills that will support and inform your subsequent years of undergraduate study.

Following successful completion of your Foundation Year, you’ll progress onto Year 1 of our Psychology and Child Development BSc (Hons).

The Student Contract

About this course

During your Foundation Year, you will undertake modules to enable you to enhance your academic skills and equip you with the tools you’ll need to study with confidence. You’ll carry out a personal project so you can study an area of interest related to your chosen future subject specialisation.

You’ll be introduced to the main perspectives, investigation methods, key theories, research and controversies across the main areas of psychology. You'll study quantitative and qualitative approaches to research and learn about the application of psychology in a professional context in each of the British Psychological Society (BPS) professional areas.

Following successful completion of the Foundation Year, you’ll progress onto the first year of our Psychology and Child Development BSc (Hons) degree.

Throughout the degree, we’ll help you to develop your critical and analytical skills by exploring the theory-practice relationship. You’ll also complete professional work placements during your degree, and have the opportunity to apply your knowledge, understanding and skills in child-centred organisations.

The first year of the course introduces you to the core areas of psychology: biological, cognitive, developmental, social and individual differences. You’ll also learn about a range of research methods used within psychology to gain insight into human behaviour. In addition, you will be introduced to the science and practice of child and educational psychology.

In your second year, you’ll focus on psychological theories of learning which aim to empower the child and young person, giving them greater agency in their development.

In the final year, you will develop your knowledge of child and educational psychology through an applied lens, exploring a range of learning needs and difficulties experienced by children and young adults.

Why study with us?

  • Build your self-confidence, academic skills and core subject knowledge in preparation for progression onto degree-level study.
  • This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) which makes you eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership on successful completion of the course.
  • Study specialist modules in child and educational psychology.
  • Get hands-on professional experience in a child-centred environment through the professional work placements included as part of your degree.

Accreditation

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This degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) (link opens in a new window/tab) which makes you eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership on successful completion of the course.

Course Modules

You will study a variety of modules across your programme of study. The module details given below are subject to change and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

Foundation Year

During your Foundation Year, you'll study four core modules.

Academic Skills and Studying with Confidence (Core)

You'll be introduced to the key skills to develop your confidence in your abilities to be an independent, reflective learner. Prepare for your degree and learn the different ways of presenting academic information, as well as skills such as how to use library and online resources, planning, note-taking, evaluative skills and avoiding plagiarism. 

Understand how to identify and evaluate sources of academic information and how to use these to support an argument. 

Develop organisational, time management and stress management skills to enable you to approach your level 4 studies with confidence and you'll learn to reflect on assessment feedback and identify relevant support services to help you in your academic career.

Psychology Project (Core)

Study an area of psychology which is of particular interest to you. Explore and agree on your topic area of interest through workshop tuitions and one-to-one supervision, to produce a systematic plan and to agree a format for assessment. 

You'll be given the opportunity to explore assorted topics that your project can focus upon. You'll focus exclusively on existing academic literature and other secondary sources to produce your project. Formats of how you would like to present your project work are negotiable and may include a written report, presentation or oral examination, film or a series of blog posts. 

Foundations in Psychology (Core)

You’ll be introduced to the main perspectives, investigation methods, studies and controversies in key areas of psychology.

Explore the history of psychology and its themes including cognitive behaviour, sociology, biology and developmental theories.

You'll learn through lectures, discussions and group workshops and become familiar with key concepts through individual research.

Researching and Applying Psychology (Core)

Get a foundation in quantitative and qualitative approaches to research in psychology, focusing on research terminology and design, data collection, data handling and analysis.

Learn about the application of psychology in a professional context, considering research, ethics and professional issues in each of the British Psychological Society (BPS) professional areas.

You'll be taught through a blended approach to learning, including lectures, discussions and group work.

Year 1

During your first year, you'll study four core modules.

Introduction to Child and Educational Psychology (Core)

Get an introduction to the social, cultural, historical and political context of children's and young people's development.

We'll cover constructions of childhood, the fundamentals of development, diversity and the developing individual, disability and inclusive education, psychological theories of learning and development, and the implications of these theories for teaching.

You'll apply psychological theory, research, and legislation to case study scenarios, allowing you to identify strategies to support children and young people and enhance the practices of those working alongside them.

Understanding Human Behaviour (Core)

You'll learn about the core areas in psychology - biological, cognitive, developmental and social.

We'll look at the historical and cultural context and origins of modern psychology, including international and cultural perspectives.

Biological
You'll learn about brain structure and functions such as pain, fear, eating, drinking and sleeping.

Cognitive
We'll cover attention, memory, and problem-solving.

Developmental
We'll look at lifelong development, personality and temperament, behavioural genetics, resilience and vulnerability, constructivist and constructionist theories, information processing approach, the role of education and ecological systems theory.

Social
Learn about the history of psychology, social thinking, beliefs and judgements, attitudes and behaviours.

Professional Development for Psychologists 1 (Core)

You'll get a foundation in professional development skills in psychology.

This includes individual difference psychology - looking at personality and the assessment of human psychology - and professional working practices.

You'll learn about conceptual and historical issues and the role of psychology in understanding issues of diversity in the workplace.

You'll develop skills valued by employers, particularly during the Professional Development Block.

You'll have meetings every two weeks with your personal tutor to support you and your professional skill development.

 

Introduction to Research Skills for Psychologists (Core)

Get a foundation in quantitative and qualitative research design and analysis.

You'll learn about effective study design, ethical working practices, analysis and handling of qualitative and quantitative data.

You'll start using tools for data collection such as online surveys and E-Prime, and SPSS for analysis.

You'll take part in psychological research designed by yourself and by others.

Develop skills valued by employers and needed for investigative work throughout your degree.

Year 2

During your second year, you'll study four core modules.

Child and Educational Psychology in Theory and Practice (Core)

We'll focus on two areas where psychological theory and practice improved educational outcomes.

These are the development of skills such as literacy and maths, and broader psychological factors that influence children's learning.

You'll explore individual differences in learning and development through psychological theories, empirical findings, and reflective practice that seek to explain the learning process through a predominant focus on the individual learner.

We'll look at strategies to facilitate and record reflective practice.

We'll cover themes such as typical and disordered cognitive development and learning, the role of psychological factors, educational attainment, intra-psychological theories of learning, psychological strategies such as mentoring and art therapy to facilitate self-reflection, and diversity in development.

Mind, Brain and Social Behaviour (Core)

We'll cover methodological and ethical issues related to psychological research and apply psychology to world issues.

You'll consider conceptual and historical issues in the areas of biological, cognitive, developmental and social psychology.

Professional Development for Psychologists 2 (Core)

Develop your skills in individual difference psychology and professional working practices.

We'll introduce you to conceptual and historical issues relating to intelligence and the assessment of human psychology, including equality, diversity and social justice.

You'll do a professional placement at the end of the year or you can opt to volunteer over 12-20 weeks.

You'll have meetings with your personal tutor every two weeks, designed to support you and the development of professional skills.

Research Skills for Psychologists: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches (Core)

Build on and extend your skills in quantitative and qualitative research design and analysis.

You'll take part in psychological research designed by yourself and others. T

We'll cover ethical issues in conducting psychological research, the design, control and analysis of experiments with more than one independent variable and learn how to use relevant software to collect data.

You'll learn how to analyse quantitative data, including distributions and transformation of data, two-way analysis of variance, post-hoc analyses and linear regression.

You'll use specialist software (e.g. SPSS, G*Power) to perform and interpret statistical analyses.

We'll also look at issues in qualitative research, including ethical issues, how to collect and analyse qualitative data using discourse analysis, grounded theory, interpretative phenomenological analysis and narrative analysis.

Year 3

During your first year, you'll study three core modules and will be required to choose two option modules.

Psychology Research Project (Core)

Complete an original investigation within a field of psychology you're particularly interested in.

Your project forms the culmination of the various research methods modules preceding it.

You may choose any research methods appropriate to your particular area of enquiry.

Applied Child and Educational Psychology (Core)

Explore applied issues in psychological development, looking at the interaction of inherited and environmental effects in different cultural contexts.

You'll look at the diverse nature of children's needs and experiences in contemporary societies.

We'll focus on the relationships between theory, research, practice, and legislation and how they inform the roles of those working with children and young people.

We'll cover special educational needs and disability, bullying in schools, the role of cultural influences in development, growing up with ethnic minority status, poverty and development, transracial/inter-country adoption, street-children development and effects, separated children, the role of the father in development, the role of children in adult development, abuse and development, developing in the care system, parental imprisonment and the development of children.

Professional Learning Through Work (Core)

You'll get flexible opportunities to enhance your professional skills and graduate choices.

We'll tailor the module to your development as you apply theoretical understanding to a context of your choice.

It could include a work-based project within your professional setting or a skill-development approach addressing specific gaps in your portfolio.

Business Psychology (Option)

You'll chart the timeline of an employee from career counselling to retirement.

You'll consider the influence psychology has in areas including career counselling, job design, recruitment, motivation, teamwork, leadership, disability, unemployment and retirement.

You'll look at the relevant history, seminal and contemporary theories, practical applications and future issues.

Counselling Psychology (Option)

Get an introduction to psychotherapy and counselling psychology.

You'll explore various psychotherapy and counselling schools and theories.

You'll consider the challenges faced by psychotherapists and counselling psychologists working in a variety of contexts with different populations.

We'll look at counselling perspectives such as eclectic, integrative and time-limited, and explore the influence of positive psychology.

You'll get an introduction to the skills used by psychotherapists and counsellors.

You'll also consider health economics and broader modes of delivery such as group and internet counselling.

Introduction to Clinical Psychology (Option)

Get an introduction to psychopathology, clinical psychology, and the work of clinical psychologists.

You'll consider potential causes of mental ill-health framed within a lifespan approach.

Get an overview of diagnostic systems and approaches to psychological distress and debates.

You'll evaluate the prevalence of mental ill-health among varying populations, for example, age, race, and culture.

You'll consider potential barriers to treatment and interventions to overcome them.

You'll critically evaluate interventions, focusing on patient preference, cost and outcomes.

We'll examine the BPS Code of Ethics and Conduct and BPS activities related to social justice, equality, diversity and inclusion.

Critical Psychology (Option)

You'll critically examine cognitive-experimental psychology.

Influences include Marxism, postmodernism, feminism, psychoanalysis, social constructionism and discursive psychology.

You'll apply and analyse these influences on areas of difference and inequality such as gender, sexuality, race, social class, health, mental health, criminality and work.

Cyberpsychology (Option)

Get an introduction to cyberpsychology, looking at psychological phenomena related to technology.

Investigate how digital technologies have influenced individuals and groups in society.

You may cover topics including relationships online, computer games, addiction, cybercrime, children, young people and online behaviour and personality online.

Forensic Psychology (Option)

You'll cover topics related to forensic psychology.

These include theories of crime, violent and sexual offenders, treatment, female offenders, personality disorder, risk assessment, forensic mental health and suicide and self-harm.

Health Behaviour Change in Context (Option)

You'll explore how psychologists model human behaviour and how to modify this in the context of health within a relevant population.

You'll analyse and debate issues and problems in health psychology.

You'll differentiate interactions between the psychological, social and biological functions that lead to illness and compare and evaluate the relevant factors.

We'll cover UK and international perspectives and look at ethical issues in health psychology.

Each week you'll look at a different contemporary health issue in the context of behaviour and health outcome. These could include physical activity in pregnant women and the general population, and smoking in lower social economic status groups.

Psychology Negotiated Essay (Option)

You'll write critically about a selected and approved area in more depth than is possible in other assessed essays.

You'll develop your ideas for the negotiated essay with the guidance of a supervisor with expertise in your area of interest.

You'll have up to three hours of supervision.

Psychobiology of Stress and Illness (Option)

Get a broad overview of stress and illness, and how biological processes are influenced by stressful events.

We'll cover stressors, stress appraisal, hormonal changes, neurotransmitter processes, the immune system, cardiovascular disease, affective disorders, addiction, epigenetics, coping strategies, navigating stigma and seeking help.

In groups, you'll do informal presentations on your progress during the module.

You'll also get a personalised podcast on Panopto revolving around your group work, enabling further clarification and points of discussion.

Environmental Psychology (Option)

Explore how we impact the environment and how the environment impacts us from a psychological perspective.

You'll look at psychological approaches to understanding, assessing, and modifying peoples’ environmental awareness and behaviours.

The UN Sustainable Development Goals underpin the module content.

Illusions, Biases and Cognitive Impairments (Option)

You'll use examples of sensory illusions, cognitive biases and disorders to explore important cognitive mechanisms and their neurological basis.

We'll use sensory illusions such as Kanizsa figures and rubber hand illusions to illustrate the perceptual system.

Processing disorders such as prosopagnosia and object agnosia will help you understand how sensory information is integrated.

We'll showcase the systems underlying human thinking through cognitive biases.

Professional work placements

Experience matters. That's why we embed professional work placements within our standard undergraduate degrees.

How does it work?

Careers and Placements will work with you to find your perfect placement or help you arrange your own, whether that's in Leeds, another part of the UK or even abroad. You will be able to take part in a series of workshops, events and live ‘employer challenges’ to boost your confidence and prepare you for your placement.

During your placement, you will have an opportunity to gain degree-relevant work experience, build your knowledge of career sectors and secure valuable employer references and industry contacts. This experience will help you to shape your career decisions and find the right path for you.

Students have worked in diverse roles, such as supporting teachers in a pupil referral unit, to educational attainment for young people with social, emotional and mental health needs. You could also support children and young people in nurseries, schools, further education, charity and research settings.

To find out how we can help you make your career ambitions a reality, visit:

Professional Work Placements

Learning and Teaching

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and provide you with the tools and support to help you achieve your academic, personal and professional potential.

Our Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy delivers excellence by providing the framework for:

  • high quality teaching
  • an engaging and inclusive approach to learning, assessment and achievement
  • a clear structure through which you progress in your academic studies, your personal development and towards professional-level employment or further study.

We have a strong reputation for developing student employability, supporting your development towards graduate employment, with relevant skills embedded throughout your programme of study.

We endeavour to develop curiosity, confidence, courage, ambition and aspiration in all students through the key themes in our Learning and Teaching Strategy:

  • Student Involvement and Engagement
  • Inclusion
  • Integrated Programme and Assessment Experience
  • Digital Literacy and Skills
  • Employability and Enterprise

To help you achieve your potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and real-world activities. This approach ensures that you fully engage in shaping your own learning, developing your critical thinking and reflective skills so that you can identify your own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape your own development.

We believe the secret to great learning and teaching is simple: it is about creating an inclusive learning experience that allows all students to thrive through:

  • Personalised support
  • Expert lecturers
  • Strong connections with employers
  • An international outlook
  • Understanding how to use tools and technology to support learning and development

Programme delivery

Your time on campus, learning through in-person teaching, is at the heart of your academic experience and the way we deliver our programmes. This is supported and further enhanced by additional engagement activities and opportunities provided online and through digital teaching materials. This blended approach seeks to ensure a positive learning and teaching student experience.

Your programme of study has been carefully designed around a three-phase model of delivery:

  1. Preparation: You will be given clear tasks to support you in preparing for live teaching. This could include watching a short-pre-recorded lecture, reading a paper or text chapter or preparing other material for use in class.
  2.  Live: All your live teaching will be designed around active learning, providing you with valuable opportunities to build on preparation tasks, interact with staff and peers, and surface any misunderstandings.
  3. Post: Follow-up activities will include opportunities for you to check understanding, for staff to receive feedback from you and your peers to inform subsequent sessions, and for you to apply learning to new situations or context.

Preparation, Live and Post teaching and learning and the digital materials used will vary by course, but will be designed to help you structure your learning, take a full and active part in your course, and apply and test your developing knowledge and skills.

Assessment

A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for your programme, allowing you to apply and demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that you have developed.

For more details on specific assessment methods for this course contact hello@leedstrinity.ac.uk

Entry Requirements

Leeds Trinity University is committed to recruiting students with talent and potential and who we feel will benefit greatly from their academic and non-academic experiences here. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

Information about the large range of qualifications we accept, including A-Levels, BTECs and T Levels, can be found on our entry requirements page. If you need additional advice or are taking qualifications that are not covered in the information supplied, please contact our Admissions Office.

Entry requirements for this course:
QualificationGrade
UCAS tariff64
GCSE requirementsGCSEs in English Language and Maths at grade C or 4 (or higher) will be required

Applications are welcome from mature students with few formal qualifications.

Any previous relevant work experience and learning will be assessed and, where appropriate, we may offer an alternative way to assess suitability to study.

This course is not available to students on a Student Route Visa.

Fees and finance

Funding

UK Home Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2023/2024.

Part-time tuition fees will be prorated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying.

Depending on government policy, tuition fees may change in future years.

Living costs, e.g. accommodation, travel, food, will also need to be taken into consideration.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study.

Additional costs

We advise students that there may be additional course costs in addition to annual tuition fees. These include:

  • Books - 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.
  • Print costs - the University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.

How to apply

For full-time undergraduate courses, you apply through UCAS. That's the University and Colleges Admissions Service.

On your application form, you'll need to know our institution code - it's L24 - and the course code. If you click through to the UCAS website using the button below, it'll take you to the right place with all the information you need.

You'll need to write a personal statement - we've prepared a guide to help you.

Although the equal consideration deadline has passed for 2024 entry there are still ways to apply now.

If you included five choices on your application, have received decisions from all five, and weren’t accepted, or if you declined the offers you received, you will be able to use Extra which opens on 28 February. If you use Extra to add another choice you cannot reverse this to go back to your original five choices.

If you did not use all your choices in your initial application, you don't need to use Extra, you can just sign in to your application and add another choice, as long as it’s before 30 June, and you’ve not accepted or declined any offers.

If you don’t hold any offers after 5 July, you will be able to add an additional choice using Clearing.

Applications are not yet open for courses starting in September 2025. You can register and start your application for 2025 from 14 May 2024, although you cannot submit it until later in the year. The UCAS application deadline for courses starting in September 2025 is 29 January 2025.

There's lots more information about the application process on the UCAS website, or you can get in touch with our admissions team who will be happy to help:

This course is not available to students on a Student Route Visa.

Graduate opportunities

Providing you with the opportunity to develop the professional skills and experience you need to launch your career is at the heart of everything we do at Leeds Trinity University.

This degree can lead to a range of careers in child and educational psychology, clinical psychology, teaching and counselling. You’ll also be prepared for child-centred roles in the public and private sectors, including social and education research, community projects and charities. Graduates also go on to postgraduate study in any area of psychology.

After you graduate, Careers and Placements will help you as you pursue your chosen career through our mentoring scheme, support with CV and interview preparation and access to graduate employability events.

To find out how we can help you make your career ambitions a reality, visit:

Careers

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