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What makes Developmental Psychology at Worcester special?

Study developmental psychology right from your first year; many other universities only offer this level of specialisation through postgraduate qualifications.

Gain a greater understanding of how humans develop, mentally, socially and behaviourally, throughout life, from infancy to old age, on a course accredited by the British Psychology Society.

As well as gaining Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) required to start your career as a psychologist, you also gain research skills and a professional level of understanding in this specialist area.

Key features

  • Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), giving you the opportunity to gain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) - the first step to a career as a psychologist
  • The course is structured to allow you to study the core psychological principles that lead to GBC status with the BPS, alongside specialist developmental psychology modules, giving you the flexibility to keep your options open and choose the path that best matches your interests as they develop
  • Excellent facilities including a new psychology computer suite and state of the art eye tracking technology

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

280

UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

280 UCAS Tariff points

From 2017 there will be a change in the UCAS point system. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

A Criminal Records Bureau disclosure may be required for some modules

 

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from http://www.ucas.com   

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ. Visit our Academic Quality Unit pages for full programme specifications for each course.

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Psychological Research Methods 1
  • Introduction to Developmental Psychology

Optional

  • Introduction to Counselling Psychology
  • Introduction to Forensic Psychology
  • Introduction to Clinical Psychology

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Biological & Cognitive Psychology
  • Social & Developmental Psychology
  • Psychological Research Methods 2
  • Individual Differences

Optional

  • Evolution and Human Behaviour
  • Diversity and Inclusivity in Psychology

Year 3

Mandatory

  • Psychology Research Project
  • Applied Child & Adolescent Psychology
  • Transitions Across the Lifespan

Optional  

  • Business Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Coaching Psychology
  • Counselling Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Applied Sports Psychology

I enjoyed my time at the University of Worcester and met some great friends whilst studying a topic that I love.

Alison Horton, First Class Honours student

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

You will learn how to:

  • Understand the historical and scientific origins and limitations of psychology as a discipline;
  • Use scientific and evidence-based reasoning to critically evaluate psychological arguments and develop their own perspective on psychological debates by the systematic analysis of multiple perspectives, their interrelationships, and their ethical and contextual underpinnings;
  • Show knowledge and critical understanding of how core areas within the discipline have conceptualised factors that influence psychological behaviours, experience and functioning;
  • Identify and evaluate, meaningfully, significant patterns, variability and diversity in the full range of psychological behaviour, experience and functioning;
  • Problem solve by developing and evaluating research questions;
  • Demonstrate substantial and competent research skills through the appropriate and critical use of research paradigms, and a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods and measurement techniques; including: statistical reasoning; comprehension and use of numerical and other data, including presenting and analysing complex data sets by a variety of methods;
  • Show knowledge of some of the cutting edge research in specialised and/or applied areas of psychology specifically developmental psychology;
  • Initiate, design, conduct with appropriate supervision, and report an ethical empirical research project, and recognise it methodological and ethical limits;
  • Use effective and fluent written, oral and visual communication to convey ideas and research findings;
  • Learn independently through self-reflection, the evaluation of strengths and weaknesses, self-directed study, and self and task management to meet set objectives;
  • Demonstrate team working skills through awareness and sensitivity to the contextual and interpersonal features of group work.

Teaching approach

  • Lectures; seminars; practical workshops, project work, academic tutorials, directed study, computer workshops, independent learning and e-learning.
  • Each module has a dedicated virtual learning page as part of the virtual learning environment (Blackboard), giving access to a range of resources including self-directed learning, assessment tasks, discussion boards and other learning materials.
  • Teaching involves large and small group sessions with the latter designed to help support your learning.

 

Meet the team

Here are a few of the current members of the department who teach on this course:

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    Dr Gabriela Misca

    Dr Gabriela Misca teaches on the Developmental Psychology course. Outside of the lecture theatre, she is involved in many topical issues, including the experience of children growing up in military families, and of children who are adopted from one country into another.

    Dr Misca is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and is a Member of the West Midlands Regional Anti-Trafficking Network (RAT Network).

Careers

Where could it take you?

Employability

This course will provide you with the foundations to pursue further professional training towards becoming a Chartered Educational or Clinical Psychologist. Other possible Psychology-related postgraduate professional training programmes might include those leading to psychology careers in counselling, health, academia, sport and forensics. The acquisition of psychological theory and knowledge alongside the communications skills gained would place graduates at a distinct advantage in a variety of professions, particularly in health-related disciplines.

A degree in Psychology is highly favoured by employers, giving you an excellent advantage in the job market. During your studies with us you will learn new skills, develop existing expertise, study a wide range of approaches and methodologies and leave with a broader range of knowledge, skills and abilities. An important part of this learning process is the ability to reflect upon your own experiences; an aspect of practice engaged in by all professional psychologists. We will help you to develop these skills through the Academic Tutoring system; you will be provided with an Understanding Skills & Professionalism booklet, which you will use both as a record of your learning and a tool for self-reflection.

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard annual fee for full-time UK and EU students enrolling in 2016 is £9,000 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard annual fee for full-time international (non-EU) students enrolling in 2016 is £11,400 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard fees for part-time UK and EU students enrolling on this course in 2016 are £1,180 per 15-credit module, £1,575 per 20 credit module and £2,360 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

Visit our Money Advice pages for information on how much you should budget for your course.

Financial support

£1,000 ABB or equivalent scholarships

The University of Worcester offers a £1,000 first-year scholarship to all new undergraduate students to the University who achieve at least ABB at A Level, or the equivalent qualification (such as distinction, distinction, merit at BTEC), and who are responsible for paying their own tuition fees.

For full details visit the scholarships and fee waivers page.

£1,000 academic achievement scholarships

Based solely on academic performance, the University awards up to 100 scholarships of £1,000 each to eligible high-achieving undergraduate students after completion of their first and second year of a degree course, or first year of a foundation degree or HND.

For full details visit the scholarships and fee waivers page.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £89 per week to the £145 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.

Apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Developmental Psychology BSc (Hons) C820 BSc/DPsy

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

UCAS CODE:

C820

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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111
admissions@worc.ac.uk  

Course leader

Dr Helen Scott
h.scott@worc.ac.uk