Key facts

Location:

Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 3 years full-time
UCAS code: C891
Academic year: 10 September 2018 – 7 June 2019

Introduction

Our Psychology and Child Development degree will provide you with the essential skills and knowledge to pursue a career working with children and young people in psychology, education or the caring professions.

You’ll learn about how psychology shapes who we are and how children behave and mature.  You will gain an understanding of how children grow, behave and mature differently.

With a firm academic grounding in key elements of psychology, you will cover areas such as behavioural patterns, brain development, mental health diagnosis, and treatment.

Our multi-million-pound Science Centre is home to cutting edge facilities such as cognitive research cubicles, observation and counselling suites, IT labs and psychophysiology equipment.

On successful completion of study, we will issue one of the following awards dependent on your chosen pathway: BSc (Hons) Psychology and Child Development, BSc (Hons) Psychological Studies - Students who choose not to, or who are unable to, follow an accredited route can transfer to BSc (Hons) Psychological Studies.

Professional body accreditation

The BSc (Hons) Psychology programme is accredited with the British Psychological Society (BPS) meaning that successful completion of this programme (with a minimum of a 2:2 degree) will enable you to claim Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) after graduation, which is the first stage towards becoming a professional psychologist.

Course content

The course emphasises the application of psychological knowledge to everyday life and experience. We will teach you about the relevance of general psychology and child psychology to a wide range of contemporary issues and you will learn through a mix of lectures, seminars, tutorials, debates and practicals.

As well as subject skills and knowledge, you will develop highly transferrable skills that are valued by employers in communication, problem solving, interpersonal skills, numeracy, teamwork, critical thinking, computing and independent learning.

Modules

This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts of the course. 

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Before you can register on some optional modules, you may be required to have undertaken prerequisite modules. Some module combinations may not be allowed.

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
Foundations in Psychology Compulsory
Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology Compulsory
Growing and Changing Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Perspectives in Psychology Compulsory
Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology Compulsory
People Behaving Badly Compulsory

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Cognitive and Biological Determinants of Behaviour Compulsory
Understanding the Social World Compulsory
Childhood: Contexts and Applications Compulsory
Volunteering Optional
Psychology of Crime Optional
Psychology of Social Perception Optional
Research Assistantship Optional
Semester 2
Module title
Cognitive and Biological Determinants of Behaviour Compulsory
Understanding the Social World Compulsory
Childhood: Contexts and Applications Compulsory
Further Research Methods in Psychology Compulsory

Year 3

Semester 1
Module title
Psychology Project Compulsory
Typical and Atypical Development Compulsory
Child Psychology: Theory to Practice Compulsory
Advanced Research Methods Optional
Health Psychology Optional
Behavioural Medicine Optional
Psychological Interventions Optional
Cyberpsychology Optional
The Psychology of Empowerment and Oppression Optional
Semester 2
Module title
Psychology Project Compulsory
Typical and Atypical Development Compulsory
Child Psychology: Theory to Practice Compulsory
Health Psychology Optional
Neuropsychological Disorders Optional
Children and Pictures Optional

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.