Undergraduate course

Psychology with Child Development BSc (Hons)

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In our BSc (Hons) Psychology with Child Development you will use psychological science to understand typical and atypical development in children. Working with a team of developmental psychologists, you will build on a strong grounding in core areas of psychology to focus on processes of change in brain development, cognition, language, social skills and mental health in childhood and beyond.

  • Subject to final approval

  • UCAS Code – C810
  • Location – York campus
  • Duration – 3 years full-time
  • Start date – September 2020
  • School – Psychological & Social Sciences

Minimum Entry Requirements

    120 UCAS points

    3 GCSEs graded C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language and Maths

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2019-20 £9,250 per year

    International 2019-20 £12,750 per year

School of Psychology

 

Course overview

The Bachelor of Science (Honours) Psychology with Child Development degree provides a strong academic foundation in psychology with a specialised focus on how psychology is applied to understanding the development of children and young people.

In year one, students are introduced to core theories, concepts and empirical studies in developmental, social, cognitive, biological and differential psychology, alongside a firm grounding in empirical research methods. Year two offers students the opportunity to develop advanced research and critical analysis skills and apply these skills to core topics in psychology. At third year, students choose from a range of optional modules related to typical and atypical development in childhood and beyond and conduct an independent piece of original research under the supervision of a developmental psychologist.

Throughout our Psychology with Child Development course, students participate in practical laboratory work, adhering to the BPS Code of Ethics. To develop the scientific competence which underpins the discipline and profession, students receive training in the research methods and data analytic techniques used by psychologists.

Students work within a School equipped with excellent research facilities, including specialised laboratory suites, eye-tracking and virtual reality equipment, a psychometric test library, and an electroencephalogram (EEG) laboratory. The programme equips graduates with the scientific grounding and theoretical understanding required for advanced level studies.

Course structure

Level 1

Modules

Compulsory modules:

  • Exploring Social Psychology: This module introduces students to classic studies in Social Psychology embedded within the core theoretical concepts of the discipline. Students learn about human behaviour in social contexts, by focusing on such topics as prejudice, aggression, and social influence. (10 credits) 
  • Cognition: Students are introduced to Cognitive Psychology, its historical development, core theoretical concepts, and the research methods used to investigate human cognition. The module covers core topics within the discipline, e.g., processes underpinning perception, memory and language. (10 credits) 
  • Biological Bases of Behaviour: This module introduces students to Biological Psychology, providing an overview of key concepts in structural and functional neuroanatomy and biological systems. Students learn about the biological underpinnings of various aspects of human cognition and behaviour. (20 credits)
  • Experimental Research Methods & Statistics: Students are trained in the key practical skills required to conduct experimental research in Psychology. The module provides an introduction to key methodological and ethical issues, as well as opportunities to undertake and participate in experiments and analyse quantitative data. (20 credits)
  • Current Psychology: Contemporary research in psychological science is introduced as members of academic staff present their current work, situated within the context of the historical development of the field. (10 credits)
  • Personality & Individual Differences: Key concepts in the Psychology of Individual Differences are presented, with a focus on the theories of personality and intelligence. Students are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills in evaluating empirical evidence, research methods, and assessment practices. (20 credits)
  • Survey Research Methods & Statistics: Students are trained in the key practical skills required to conduct survey research in Psychology. Key methodological and ethical issues are explored, and students are provided with opportunities to undertake and participate in survey research and analyse quantitative data. (20 credits)
  • Psychology Research Participation Scheme: Students gain valuable insights into psychological research by serving as participants in research studies run by third-year dissertation students, postgraduate researchers and academic staff or by completing an online research skills portfolio.

In addition to these core modules, students are paired with an academic tutor to focus on their Personal, Academic & Professional Development (PAPD).

Level 2

Modules

Compulsory modules

  • Social Psychology: Students extend and expand their knowledge of core theories, concepts, and research methodologies in Social Psychology. Key contemporary approaches, including discursive and social constructionist psychology, are introduced. (20 credits)
  • Infant & Child Development: This module builds students’ understanding of Developmental Psychology, by focusing on current topics in neurobiological, cognitive, social and emotional development from birth to 12 years. (20 credits)
  • Qualitative Research Methods: Students are trained in the key practical skills required to conduct qualitative research in Psychology. Key methodological and ethical issues are explored, and students are provided with opportunities to undertake and participate in research and analyse qualitative data. (20 credits)
  • Assessment of Individual Differences: This module examines advanced topics in the Psychology of Individual Differences, with a focus on principles of measurement (psychometrics) and the study of diverse populations (e.g., cross-cultural research). (10 credits)
  • Advanced Topics in Brain & Behaviour: Students’ understanding of critical concepts and contemporary research in Biological Psychology is extended through a focus on ‘hot topics’, such as biological rhythms and the neurobiological bases of psychological disorders. (10 credits)
  • Investigating Cognition: This module provides a deeper and broader exploration of Cognitive Psychology, allowing students to develop their critical evaluation skills in considering contemporary research in the field. Students apply the concepts, theories and principles learned in an original research project. (20 credits)
  • Advanced Research Methods: Students are trained in advanced research design and analytic techniques in Psychology, and engaged in contemporary debates in psychological research. The module provides opportunities to undertake and participate in research and analyse data using advanced techniques. (20 credits)
  • Psychology in Practice: Students are supported to obtain 75 hours of paid or voluntary work experience relevant to their career aspirations and to develop a current CV. Students also gain valuable insights into psychological research by serving as participants in research studies run by third-year dissertation students, postgraduate researchers and academic staff or by completing an online research skills portfolio.

In addition to these core modules, students work with their academic tutor to focus on their Personal, Academic & Professional Development (PAPD).

Level 3

Modules

Compulsory modules

  • Research Paper: In this module, students undertake an empirical research project on a topic of interest under the supervision of a member of academic staff. Students conduct a literature review; design an ethically and methodologically sound research study; collect and analyse data; and disseminate their findings in the form of a research paper and poster presentation. (40 credits)

Optional modules

  • Language Development: This module offers an opportunity for students to engage with key theories and current research in language learning and development, covering both first and second language acquisition, and including implications for educational practice. (20 credits)
  • Psychology in Education: This module introduces students to the many ways in which psychology is applied in educational settings, covering key theoretical models of learning and development and the many ways in which psychological science informs educational practice. (20 credits)
  • Adolescent Development & Behaviour: This module develops students’ understanding in the field of Developmental Psychology by facilitating critical appraisal of psychological research relating to biological, cognitive and psychosocial development during adolescence, and its real-world applications. (20 credits)
  • Developmental Psychopathology & Clinical Applications: Students learn about theory and research relating to a range of mental health conditions identified in childhood and adolescence, with a focus on assessment, diagnosis and intervention.
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders: This module focuses on developmental conditions that affect language, learning and cognition. With a focus on the neurodiversity approach, the module encourages students to engage critically with concepts of disorder and difference. (20 credits)
  • Contemporary Issues in Quantitative Psychology: Students critically engage with a range of contemporary issues in quantitative psychology research and are introduced to advanced statistical modelling techniques in preparation for their dissertation and post-graduate study. (20 credits)
  • Lifespan Development: Students learn about human cognition across the lifespan, from birth to old age, with a focus on change in performance in executive function, social cognition, decision-making and problem-solving through the lifespan. (20 credits)
  • Memory Improvement: This advanced module focuses on a specific topic within Cognitive Psychology. Students critically engage with research evidence concerning techniques to enhance memory performance. (20 credits)

*Note – the availability of optional modules year on year depends on staffing and student numbers.

Teaching & Assessment

Delivery

You will be taught in lectures, small-group seminars and practical lab workshops throughout this degree. In most modules, lectures are used to introduce key topics, which are revised or explored in more depth in interactive seminars. In lab workshops, you will practise hands-on research skills such as programming experiments and conducting quantitative and qualitative data analysis. To make the most of taught sessions, you will be given weekly reading and/or preparatory activities, which will help you engage with the content in class.

Contact hours and self-study time

In the first year, you should expect to have 10 to 12 hours of timetabled classes per week, plus academic tutorials and year-group meetings at certain points each semester. As a full-time student, you should expect to spend at least 25 hours in independent study alongside your taught sessions. You also have the opportunity to book individual tutorials with support teams in the university (e.g., Study Development, Subject Librarian) to help develop your core academic skills.

 

Assessment methods

Modules through this degree are assessed with a range of assessment types. In first year, your assessments will help you develop core academic skills, through writing essays, lab reports and critiques, participating in group presentations and sitting exams. In the second year, your assessments allow you to develop more advanced research skills in preparation for your final-year empirical project. Second-year assessments include quantitative and qualitative research reports, research proposals and data analysis portfolios. At third year, your assessments focus on advanced academic skills (e.g., research presentations, case studies) and profession-relevant skills (e.g., clinical reports, information sheets for practitioners). You will also conduct an empirical study, supervised by a member of the academic team, which is written up as a research paper.

Entry requirements

Qualifications

The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

120 UCAS Tariff points

5 GCSEs at grade C/4/Level 4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language and Maths

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