PSY3000 : Psychology Professional Placement Year

Semester 1 Credit Value: 60
Semester 2 Credit Value: 60
ECTS Credits: 60.0


The module aims to provide a small number of psychology students (following a selective process) with experience of applying psychological knowledge, for example within the NHS, within research laboratories, or within schools. Students will complete an approved year-long placement, and thus graduate having gained experience of working in a relevant profession. the module aims to promote a greater awareness in the field of psychology, and to allow students to develop skills and knowledge specific to psychology, such as being aware of the needs of clients or patients in an area of psychology in which they are based. In addition, the module also aims to allow students to develop transferable skills such as communication, planning, time management, and decision making.

Outline Of Syllabus

All students will spend a year working with the placement provider, according to guidelines unique for that specific placement. Placements may also vary each academic year, although it is hoped that placements will be available within the NHS working with clinical psychologies, within research laboratories, working with academic staff and within schools, working with teachers and educational psychologists. Students also have the opportunity to search for their own placement and seek approval from the module leader. All placements will enhance transferable skills such as communication, planning, time management, team working, decision making and initiative.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Placement/Study AbroadEmployer-based learning11200:001200:00Based on a 32 week placement and 37.5 hours per week
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Knowledge and skills will be acquired throughout the placement, unique to the specific placement.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio2M100Poster, 2000 reflective log, Placement Supervisor Report
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
Description When Set Comment
PosterMA poster to present to Stage 2 students, giving an overview of the placement experience
Reflective logMA 2000 word reflective log about the experience of the placement year
ReportMReports from the placement supervisor will be sent to the Placement Tutor at the end of Semester 1 and Semester 2
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Both the poster and the reflective log will give students the opportunity to reflect upon their placement year, including upon the skills and knowledge acquired in relation to the discipline. They will encourage critical thinking, evaluation and physical knowledge. Importantly, they allow for the demonstration of the intended knowledge and skills outcomes described above. The reports from the placement supervisor will then provide an external evaluation of the student's performance whilst on placement. A pass must be obtained for the placement year in order for the degree title of BSc Psychology with Professional Placement to be awarded upon successful completion of the final year of study. In the event of a fail, a BSc in Psychology can still be awarded if a student has met the criteria for the BSc Undergraduate degree without placement.

In order to pass the module, students need to pass each of the three components of assessment; the poster, the reflective log, and the supervisor reports. If the poster or reflective log is failed, it will have to be retaken and a pass mark obtained. However, no resit can be offered for the supervisor reports. Thus if the supervisor reports are failed, this will constitute a fail for the entire module.

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