The Developing Individual (10 credits)
This module will develop your knowledge of child development the psychology of child development and will cover topics such as how a child's thinking changes as it grows and how the social world impacts upon this intellectual development, the process of gender development, moral development, and the development of a child's sense of self. Important developmental milestones will be considered, for example in relation to social/emotional development and speech and language development, and how these relate to both normal and a typical development.
Approaching Psychology and Education (10 credits)
This module sets psychology in its historical and philosophical context. It will consider some of the heated debates and controversies that have marked the evolution of psychology as a discipline. It will also look at some of the contemporary issues with which it deals, particularly those related to applications of psychology in education.
Investigating Behaviour (I) (20 credits)
Many of the most important insights into the workings of the human mind and the complexities of human behaviour derive from scientific research. This module introduces psychological research and begins to develop practical methods that are necessary for scientific progress in psychology. It will introduce students to the skills and knowledge necessary to conduct psychological investigations, including the statistical analysis of psychological research data.
Thinking and Learning (10 credits)
This module will introduce you to basic concepts surrounding how humans think and learn. Core topics in cognitive psychology will be introduced, such as memory, language and problems solving and the application of cognitive psychology to the understanding of teaching and learning processes.
Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion (10 credits)
This module considers historical developments in the fields of inclusion, disability and special educational needs and will examine theories and concepts in these areas. It will cover topics such as models of disability, inclusive educational practice, educational psychology services, legislation and policy and the role of practitioners and parents in supporting learners with additional educational needs.
Psychology in Education (20 credits)
There are many ways in which psychology can positively influence teaching and learning, and this module will consider some of the more prominent ones. It will explore the application of psychology to education and will consider theory and research on development and learning, how these relate to aspects educational practice and how this knowledge can contribute to the effectiveness of teachers and schools and challenge aspects of accepted educational practice.
Education Past, Present and Future (20 credits)
Building on foundation disciplines such as history, sociology, philosophy and social policy, this module will explore how social, cultural, political and economic developments have impacted on our education system. There will be a detailed examination of how education has changed over time and the social and economic pressures currently shaping education policy and practice, and consideration of current topical issues within education.
Skills for Success in Higher Education (10 credits)
This module will help you develop an awareness of the essential skills required for successful academic engagement, including the skills of writing for different audiences, presenting, referencing and accessing/using academic sources. You will be encouraged to develop critical self-reflection skills which will enable you to set targets for further academic development.
Developing Work-Based Skills (10 credits)
Using lectures, e-lectures and workshops you will be introduced to the knowledge and skills required for graduate level employment, including self-employment and entrepreneurship. You will evaluate your own skills and related career intentions and investigate opportunities and challenges with respect to your own employability.
Education and Equality (20 credits)
This module provides a critical understanding of contemporary evidence, research and practice in education and equality. Key theories and concepts surrounding education and equality will be examined (e.g. additional learning needs, gender issues and ethnicity). These will be related to relevant examples in contemporary educational policy and practice.
From the Cradle to the Grave – Lifelong Learning (10 credits)
This module provides a detailed understanding of lifelong learning and the widening participation agenda in education. It will consider key philosophies in the lifelong learning sector, including those related to additional educational needs, and will explore the effects of political and economic forces on the sector.
Supporting Learning (20 credits)
This module considers the practical and theoretical issues associated with supporting learners in a range of educational contexts. It will cover issues such as inclusive practice, behaviour management, assistive technology, supporting learners with additional educational needs, and the role of teachers, classroom assistants and other professionals in the education and well-being of learners.
Explaining Diversity in Education (20 credits)
How and why we differ as individuals is a core issue in psychology and education. The module will explore some of the many ways human beings differ, including in terms of personality and intelligence. It will consider why some learners do better than others, issues around around child and adolescent mental health, and the nature of intellectual impairment and learning disability.
Understanding Learner Behaviour (20 credits)
This module will examine the biological bases of behaviour. The integration of biology and behaviour will be explored, including how a person's behaviour can affect his or her biological functioning and how neural activity gives rise to cognition. It will also consider biological origins of learning difficulties and learner disabilities, for example autism and ADHD.
Investigating Behaviour (II) (10 credits)
This module will cover a range of statistical methods used within psychology. You will learn how to understand and analyse data, and how to design and plan a project of your own. You will be supported in developing the critical skills needed to evaluate the data and methods presented in published research.
Work-related Placement: Managing Yourself and Others (10 credits)
Linked to a week-long placement in a work setting and building on the first year Developing Work-based Skills module, this module aims to develop key employability skills, developing core communication skills relevant to employment in professional contexts. The placement takes place in a setting of your choice (where possible). You may also have the opportunity to further develop your employability skills by extending your placement by mutual agreement with the provider.
An Introduction to Research Skills (10 credits)
This module aims to provide you with an understanding of key concepts relating to academic research and the research process so that you will have the requisite knowledge to enable you to conduct the extended empirical research project in your final year. In addition to generic content relevant to all students, you will receive support tailored towards psychological research.
Issues and Debates in SEN (10 credits)
This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop a critical approach to issues and debates in ALN/SEN including international perspectives, policy, curriculum planning and pedagogy and how these impact learners. It will cover topics such as identification of educational needs, intervention and inclusion, continuity and transition, and the integration of theory and practice.
Teaching and Learning with ICT (10 credits)
This module seeks to develop a detailed knowledge and understanding of the use of various ICT in pedagogy, curriculum and practice in a range of education contexts. You will explore a range of contemporary applications of a variety of forms of technology.
Future of Education (20 credits)
Through studying this module you will gain a detailed understanding of contemporary issues within the education sector. Political, economic, social and technological issues within 21st Century education will be considered, and future trends in education policy and practice will be explored.
Social Behaviour (20 credits)
This module explores social psychology, especially its application to our understanding of social behaviour in educational settings. It will address key concepts, theories and research in social psychology, and consider how social psychology contributes to our understanding of the individual as a social being.
Specific Learning Difficulties (20 credits)
This will encourage you do develop an appreciation for the role of psychology in understanding the nature of cognition and learning difficulties, such as dyslexia, dyscalculia and dysgraphia. The impact of these specific learning difficulties on learning and behaviour in educational settings will be considered, as will their wider impact in relation to social and emotional development.
Empirical Research Project (40 credits)
You will take responsibility for formulating a research problem, producing a literature review and designing and implementing a study that resolves the research problem. Your findings will then be analysed, written up and discussed. This will enable you to demonstrate independence in your approach to research and enhance your project planning experience. You will receive guidance and support from a supervisor.