PY2CPA-Careers for Psychology for students studying abroad

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Amanda Branson


Type of module:

Summary module description:


This module will enable students to critically evaluate and consider the wide range of career options that result from a degree in 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 Describe and critically reflect upon the knowledge, skills, abilities and attitudes developed during the work placement; incorporating critical evaluation of themselves, colleagues and the host organisation with reference to course-content, theory and research.

Additional outcomes:

Students may also develop some, or a combination of the following:

  • Identify career management skills including job search and effective applications

  • An appreciation of internal and external factors that impact on the running of an organisation, department or team

  • Career-relevant technical skills and competencies

  • Self-awareness, and an ability to articulate skills and achievements

  • Ability to balance competing demands

Outline content:

The module contains a work placement, which students will identify and carry out for themselves, with support. 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. Workshops cover a range of topics such as improving your CV and developing career resilience.

Global context:

Students may complete their work placement while studying abroad, if they wish. This must be agreed in consultation with the module convenor.  

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The module comprises a work placement of 40-50 hours, which is supported by lectures, drop-in sessions, and optional workshops.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 8
Guided independent study 42
Placement 50
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Portfolio 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

This module is assessed through coursework (100%)

Placement Portfolio (100%

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.  Students will also design an evidence based intervention to support an element of the placement organisation, department or team; and provide an hours log and a training log.

Formative assessment methods:

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 in August

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 28 September 2018


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