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COURSE OVERVIEW

  • Benefit from dedicated laboratories and computer rooms where you can learn a variety of psychological research methods
  • Develop your special interest in child development, while studying other major areas of psychology
  • Gain hands-on experience of experiments, observation, interviews, questionnaires and psychometric tests in small group projects
  • Study in a supportive environment with your own personal tutor, plus one-to-one supervision for your extended project
  • Use our excellent links with relevant organisations in the local area to find a volunteering placement in your third year
  • Learn from experienced academics who are experts in diverse fields including childhood, health and wellbeing and investigative psychology

Are you intrigued by the many facets of human experience and behaviour? Do you wish to discover more about psychology and understand how different children develop? On our Psychology and Child Development course you can debate, participate in, and conduct research in these complementary subjects as part of a rewarding learning experience.

The programme has a strong focus on research methods culminating, under expert supervision, in an extended independent research project on a child development topic. This allows you to engage with the latest research findings and psychological theories and gives you a chance to make a significant contribution to the vibrant research culture at Winchester.

In Year 1, you examine different approaches within psychology – personality and individual differences, social, developmental, cognitive and biological – illustrating how they lead to distinct perspectives on key research questions, and to the methods psychologists use to answer these questions. You also develop skills in essay writing, reading journal articles, structuring arguments and using IT within psychology. Core modules include Psychology in Contemporary Society and Foundations in Psychology.

In Year 2, you examine the above approaches in more depth and continue your study of different research methods, exercising greater independence in your practical work. In particular, students further develop their skills in critical thinking, research and presentations. You also learn more about child development by studying Developmental Psychology.

The first two years lay the foundations for more specialised study in Year 3, where you choose an area to research in greater depth. Core modules include Advanced Issues in Developmental Psychology and Topics in Educational Psychology, while optional modules may include Advanced Statistics and Applied Statistics, Health Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience.

Due to the wide range of skills, and the rigour with which they are taught, training in psychology is widely accepted as providing an excellent preparation for many careers. In addition to subject knowledge, you also develop skills in communication, numeracy, analysis, teamwork, critical thinking and independent learning — all of which are highly valued by employers.

On graduation, successful careers await you in education, health and social care, marketing, business, management, human resources and other fields. Roles such as psychological wellbeing practitioner and assistant psychologist are open to graduates and are an excellent way to gain experience before taking the next step towards a career as a psychologist.

Those wishing to pursue professional careers in psychology need to undertake further study and training to gain professional recognition as a Chartered Psychologist. Graduates will be eligible to apply for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) status, which is an entry requirement for accredited postgraduate training courses in psychology.

Careers

Graduates pursue careers in health and social care, education, marketing, public relations, management, human resources, and the public sector. Those wishing to pursue professional careers in psychology - such as clinical, educational, or occupational psychology - need to undertake further study and training to gain professional recognition. Graduates will be eligible to apply for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) status, which is an entry requirement for many accredited postgraduate training courses in psychology. This is the first step towards becoming a chartered psychologist.

Due to the wide range of skills, and the rigour with which they are taught, training in psychology is widely accepted as providing an excellent preparation for many careers. In addition to subject knowledge, graduates also develop skills in communication, numeracy, analysis, teamwork, critical thinking, computing, independent learning and many others, all of which are highly valued by employers.

94.4% of our 2015/16 graduates (first degree and other undergraduate courses) were in employment and/or further study six months after completing their course (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey).

Pre-approved for a Masters

University of Winchester students studying Bachelor Honours degrees are pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible students must apply by the end of March in their final year and meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Work placements

Students may take an optional Volunteering module in Year 3.

Study abroad

Our BSc (Hons) Psychology and Child Development course provides an opportunity for you to study abroad in the United States of America (USA) and Europe via Erasmus. For more information see our Study Abroad section

Learning and teaching

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market.

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 300 hours
Independent learning: 900 hours

Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 240 hours
Independent learning: 960 hours
Placement: 24 hours

Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 144 hours
Independent learning: 1032 hours
Placement: 24 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course

The Department of Psychology places great emphasis on the quality of teaching, and discussions of learning and teaching are regular features of departmental meetings. We highly value the views of our students and encourage them to contribute to our discussions via their student representatives.

The Department is situated on different floors of the same building, with the hub being the Psychology Resources Room, which provides students with an alternative study area where students and staff gather for informal chats over tea or coffee. Nearby is the Psychology Departmental Office, academic staff offices and some of the many research rooms and laboratories. The close location of all our facilities contributes to a lively yet intimate academic atmosphere allowing students and staff to get to know one another.

The Department houses several laboratories which support cutting edged research in social, developmental, cognitive and biological psychology, and has attracted significant investment in recent years to support both our teaching programmes and our research. All academic staff play an active role in research and by the third year, students are able to undertake their own research project and make contributions to the vibrant research culture.

Key features of the student experience are:

  • Department research seminars (approximately on a fortnightly basis during term time)
  • The opportunity to undertake the University of Winchester's Research Apprenticeship Programme which enables students to work with academics on a genuine research project, so that they engage first-hand in cutting-edge scholarly activity and build vital transferable skills for their future
  • A range of academic and social activities organised by the student-led Psychology Society Community based experience on the popular volunteering module
  • Exchange opportunities with other Psychology departments in Europe

Location

Taught elements of the course take place on our King Alfred Campus Winchester) or at our West Downs Campus (Winchester)

Assessment

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details can be found by attending an open day or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

67% coursework
25% written exams
8% practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

56% coursework
31% written exams
13% practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

89% coursework
5% written exams
6% practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures.

Entry requirements

112-120 points

A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in Mathematics and English Language is required.

International Baccalaureate: 26 points

If English is not your first language: Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent

Course enquiries and applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
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International students

International students seeking additional information about this programme can send an email to International@winchester.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1962 827023

Visit us

Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Semester 1 Credits

Foundations in Psychology 30

This module introduces students to historical and contemporary perspectives on some of the core topics on the British Psychological Society’s required curriculum: biological psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, individual differences, social psychology and conceptual and historical issues. Students will gain an understanding of the interrelationship between theorising and investigation.  In addition, seminars and tutorials support the development of some essential skills for psychology students, including reading journal papers, referencing, literature searching, essay writing and presentations. Students have the opportunity to take part in psychological experiments to support their understanding of the biological and cognitive psychology topics, enabling them to reflect on their experiences in a group presentation.

Semester 2 Credits

Foundations in Psychology 30

This module introduces students to historical and contemporary perspectives on some of the core topics on the British Psychological Society’s required curriculum: biological psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, individual differences, social psychology and conceptual and historical issues. Students will gain an understanding of the interrelationship between theorising and investigation.  In addition, seminars and tutorials support the development of some essential skills for psychology students, including reading journal papers, referencing, literature searching, essay writing and presentations. Students have the opportunity to take part in psychological experiments to support their understanding of the biological and cognitive psychology topics, enabling them to reflect on their experiences in a group presentation.

 

Year 2 (Level 5)

Semester 1 Credits

Developmental Psychology 15

This module aims to introduce students to both developmental theory and developmental method. Developmental psychology covers not only a vast array of relevant phenomena, it also, possibly more so than other sub-disciplines, includes a considerable number of theoretical vantage points from which those developmental phenomena can be interpreted. There will be ample scope to let students engage with a number of conceptual and historical issues, as well as more contemporary ways of looking at development. Key will be the image of the child’s situated development within a complex setting in which social, biological and cultural factors play their part. Typical and atypical development across the lifespan (childhood, adolescence and ageing) will be considered in areas such as attachment, social relations, cognition, language and cultural development.  Students will also gain critical understanding and practical experience of research methods used by developmental psychologists.

Society and Communication 30

This module provides students with a broad overview of social and personality aspects of human communication such as: social interaction (in crowds, online and via media), prejudice, aggression, altruism, attitude formation and change, and personality. It also develops their methodological skills with respect to the use of measurement scales.

Brain, Behaviour and Cognition 30

This module provides students with a broad overview of fundamental topics in cognitive psychology, such as sensation and perception, attention, language, learning, memory, thinking, problem solving, decision making, metacognition, consciousness and cognitive neuropsychology.  It will also provide an insight into the biological basis of human and non-human behaviour, including comparative and evolutionary psychology, typical and atypical neuropsychology, neuroscience, behavioural genetics, and the effect of hormones on behaviour. Conceptual and historical issues relevant to cognitive and biological psychology are also covered. Students will gain critical understanding and practical experience of research methods used by cognitive and biological psychologists

Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods 30

This module aims to introduce students to qualitative and quantitative approaches to psychological research methods. The qualitative component will cover issues in qualitative design, qualitative data collection methods, and students will gain practical skills in coding and analysing qualitative data. The quantitative component of the module will comprise weekly statistics lectures and workshops, in which students go through a number of set work questions using a statistical software package (SPSS). The module will emphasise the acquisition of practical research skills (in relation to key methods of data collection and analysis), critical skills (e.g. through evaluating research papers and methods), and a broad awareness of ethical issues relating to both quantitative and qualitative research methods in psychology.

Semester 2 Credits

Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods 30

This module aims to introduce students to qualitative and quantitative approaches to psychological research methods. The qualitative component will cover issues in qualitative design, qualitative data collection methods, and students will gain practical skills in coding and analysing qualitative data. The quantitative component of the module will comprise weekly statistics lectures and workshops, in which students go through a number of set work questions using a statistical software package (SPSS). The module will emphasise the acquisition of practical research skills (in relation to key methods of data collection and analysis), critical skills (e.g. through evaluating research papers and methods), and a broad awareness of ethical issues relating to both quantitative and qualitative research methods in psychology.

Society and Communication 30

This module provides students with a broad overview of social and personality aspects of human communication such as: social interaction (in crowds, online and via media), prejudice, aggression, altruism, attitude formation and change, and personality. It also develops their methodological skills with respect to the use of measurement scales.

Brain, Behaviour and Cognition 30

This module provides students with a broad overview of fundamental topics in cognitive psychology, such as sensation and perception, attention, language, learning, memory, thinking, problem solving, decision making, metacognition, consciousness and cognitive neuropsychology.  It will also provide an insight into the biological basis of human and non-human behaviour, including comparative and evolutionary psychology, typical and atypical neuropsychology, neuroscience, behavioural genetics, and the effect of hormones on behaviour. Conceptual and historical issues relevant to cognitive and biological psychology are also covered. Students will gain critical understanding and practical experience of research methods used by cognitive and biological psychologists

Conducting Independent Psychological Research 15

This module is designed to prepare students for conducting independent psychological research required at level 6. The module will take students from the initial stages of choosing a topic and constructing research questions and hypotheses; searching and critically reviewing relevant literature; through to choosing appropriate research methods and paradigms, identifying samples and ethical considerations. Students will cover associated aspects of conducting independent research, such as, time and resource management. The module will also identify important areas of personal development and employability. Students will be encouraged to think about the development of their key research and transferable skills throughout the module.

Year 3 (Level 6)

Semester 1 Credits

Advanced Issues in Developmental Psychology 15

This module offers the opportunity to examine a small number of specialist content areas in developmental psychology. Developmental topics might include face perception, risk and resilience, development of the imagination, cross-cultural perspectives on infancy and toddlerhood etc. Where appropriate, relevant neuro-biological findings and non-human animal data will be included. The topics will allow the student to familiarise him/herself with the special methodological problems inherent in research with young human research participants as well as a range of theoretical perspectives.   

Research Project: Empirical 30

The project takes the form of an original independent empirical investigation in a psychological topic area.
Students are required to select their topic/research question before the end of Semester 2 of Level 5. They produce a research proposal as part of the course requirement for PS2802-Conducting Independent Research. Supervisors are allocated according to research topic. Data collection may only commence once ethical approval has been granted by the ethical committee. The indicative length of the project is 5,000 words for quantitative and 7000 for qualitative projects.

Semester 2 Credits

Topics in Educational Psychology 15

This module will provide students with the opportunity to study some topics related to education across all ages with a clear focus to real life situation. Students will be introduced to a range of topics in educational psychology which might include topics such as learning, motivation, individual differences and achievement, literacy, numeracy, social-emotional development, special educational needs and developmental difficulties linked to educational psychology. Students will examine current research in a range of topics, reflecting on different methods, applied research, or interventions used to study Educational Psychology.

Research Project: Empirical 30

The project takes the form of an original independent empirical investigation in a psychological topic area.
Students are required to select their topic/research question before the end of Semester 2 of Level 5. They produce a research proposal as part of the course requirement for PS2802-Conducting Independent Research. Supervisors are allocated according to research topic. Data collection may only commence once ethical approval has been granted by the ethical committee. The indicative length of the project is 5,000 words for quantitative and 7000 for qualitative projects.

Optional Credits

Optional modules

Advanced Statistics and Applied Statistics 15 Credits

Conceptual Debates in Psychology 15 Credits

Cognitive Neuroscience 15 Credits

Psychology, Crime and the Criminal Justice System 15 Credits

Media Psychology 15 Credits

Society, Politics and Prejudice 15 Credits

Psychology in the Workplace 15 Credits

Health Psychology 15 Credits

Volunteering for Psychology 15 Credits

Advanced Critical Thinking in Psychology 15 Credits

Computational Skills in Psychology 15 Credits

Embodied Cognition and Contemplative Practice  15 Credits

Eyewitness Psychology 15 Credits

Evolutionary Psychology and Human Nature 15 Credits

Value Studies  15 Credits

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Course Tuition Fees 

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2018, the first year will cost you £9,250. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK and EU students. Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future, so make sure you know what is on offer to support you.

Full-time £9,250 p/a

Total Cost: £27,750 (3 years) | £28,450 (sandwich option)

UK/EU Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77.08 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £6,938

International Students

Full-time £12,950** p/a
Total Cost: £38,850** (3 years) | £39,550** (sandwich option)

International part-time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £107.92 and a 15 credit module is £1,620. Fees for students from Vestfold University College in Norway (who receive a 10% reduction) and NLA are £11,655.

 

Additional costs

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:

Optional

Core texts

Core Texts are available from the University Library; however some students prefer to purchase their own copies. Some Core Texts can be bought second hand, or as an ebook which can often reduce this cost. Cost £400 for whole course.

Mandatory

Binding

Students have to soft bind two copies of their project reports in the third year. This is a mandatory cost. Costs £5.

Scholarships, bursaries and awards

We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards section.

Key course details

UCAS code
C891
Duration
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Typical offer
112-120 points
Location
King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester