PL2CSLP-Careers in Speech and Language Therapy and Psychology

Module Provider: Clinical Language Sciences
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Pre-requisites: PY1PR Psychological Research
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Placement opportunity: Mini placement
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Amanda Branson


Type of module:

Summary module description:

Careers in Speech and Language Therapy & Psychology 


This module will enable students to critically evaluate and consider the wide range of career options that result from a degree in Language Sciences and Psychology. Students will gain career-related experience by completing a substantial work placement in a related area; further develop existing and new skill competencies related to a career in psychology to enhance their employability, and gain knowledge of how to deploy key techniques to effectively communicate their employability skills.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module, students will be able to: 1. Identify, assess and articulate your career competencies, e.g.:skills, interests, values and personality traits, in the context of career decision making. 3. Deploy key techniques to effectively communicate employability skills and psychology related research to specialist and non-specialist audiences. 4. Develop new and further develop existing skill competencies related to a career in psychology to enhance students’ employability (for example, programming skills and psychometric testing in an occupational context). 5. Describe and critically reflect upon the knowledge and skills acquired during the work placement, incorporating critical evaluation of themselves, colleagues and the host organisation with reference to course-content, theory and research (written and in oral form).

Additional outcomes:

Students will further develop their skills in: 1. Developing a battery of appropriate psychometric tests for selection and assessment of candidates for a specific job; or writing short experimental programs to test research questions related to theory; or assessing and preparing reports for patients with speech and language pathology 3. Designing graduate level CVs.

Outline content:

The module comprises interactive lectures/workshops and drop in sessions. (a) Career development sessions, including effective career planning through self-awareness and goal planning. (b) Skills for psychologists and linguists workshops in areas such as designing psychometric tests or writing experimental scripts to test theory or writing SLT case studies. (c) A work placement of 80-100 hours in a field related to students' career choice.

Students at branch campuses must complete at least 100 hours on placement

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Career development (a) Interactive lectures and practical sessions will provide students with hands-on experience of skills such as deploying and critically evaluating different types of psychometric tests used within selectin and assessment, or developing and writing a short experiment in PsychoPy (programming software). (b) Individual 'drop-in' time will support students in finding and making best use of their placement, and provide one-to-one advice on their assignments. Placement The module also contains a substantial work placement, which students will identify and carry out for themselves, with support. The module therefore strongly encourages self-directed learning in relation to work based skills.

Contact hours at branch campuses may vary.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 13 6
Practicals classes and workshops 4 1
Guided independent study 30 40 6
Placement 50 50
Total hours by term 97.00 96.00 7.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 50
Report 25
Oral assessment and presentation 25
Set exercise 0

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

The module is assessed through coursework (100%). 

Placement portfolio and career competency (50%)

  • Including a placement diary and, reflective report, to record the number of hours spent on placement, describe the tasks carried out and reflect on the development of skills related to career plans; an hour’s log, and a training log.  

  • Oral Presentation (25%)

An oral presentation of an evidence based intervention designed by the student to support an element of the placement organisation, department or team.

Skills for Psychologists or Speech and Language Therapists (25%)

  • An assessment demonstrating the development of a specific skill, chosen by the students from a list of options. These might include the design of a battery of psychometric tests, or an annotated script in a programming language used by psychologists or an SLT case study.

Formative assessment methods:
Students will be provided with feedback during the interactive sessions and practical workshops. This feedback will help students prepare for their coursework.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Written report, submitted in August. 

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 23 October 2018


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