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BSc (Hons) Child Psychology

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Course overview

Start date

September 2019

Subject area

Psychology

Attendance

Full-time

Part-time

Learning

On campus

Course summary

Your degree in Child Psychology will develop your knowledge and understanding of children and young people from a psychological, cognitive, social, emotional and cultural perspective.

You’ll be focusing on why babies, children, adolescents and older people behave the way they do. You’ll also design and carry out studies to explore the factors that go to influence adult behaviour.

The aim is to learn how psychologists can use their knowledge to understand individuals and help them to make a positive difference to their life’s development.

You’ll be studying in one of the largest – and friendliest – Schools of Psychology in the country, with a huge range of expertise available to you on the campus across a range of subjects. 

UCAS points

112

Course options

Degree

UCAS code

C823

UCAS points

Less points?

Course options

Degree + Foundation year

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0) 20 8223 3333 or email study@uel.ac.uk

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90%

Student satisfaction

A great endorsement from our own Child Psychology students (NSS, 2018)

Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)

This accreditation is a mark of quality that students and employers understand and value. Studying a BPS accredited course will give you the opportunity to gain graduate or chartered membership of the Society.

Link theory with practice

You will be able to take the opportunity to work in local schools or nurseries through our work-based placement module, so that you can apply real-world experience to your learning, and help your graduate employability.

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Fees and funding

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will be automatically cancelled.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Maintenance Loan

You can apply for a loan to help with living costs such as food, travel and accommodation. How much you can borrow depends on where you live and study, and whether you are currently on welfare benefits. The maximum loan you can apply for is £12,729.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Supplementary Grants

The government also offer the following additional support:

-          Parent’s Learning Allowance

-          Adult Dependants' Grant

-          Childcare Grant

-          Disabled Students’ Allowance

For further information visit gov.uk/student-finance

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

 


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
UK
£9,250
You don't need to pay this up front
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will automatically be cancelled.

For information visit gov.uk/student-finance

Please note EU students can only apply for their funding using a paper application form.
To download a form visit www.gov.uk/student-finance-forms

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

 


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
EU
£9,250
You don't need to pay this upfront
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

At UEL, we understand that studying in another country is a big financial commitment. If you apply early for an undergraduate, you may be entitled to a scholarship of up to £3,000.You can find out more about the international scholarships here.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) also run an Emergency International Fund to assist international students in hardship.

You can contact our SMART team on 02082233333 or study@uel.ac.uk

As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1,265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11,385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money. Please make sure you also factor in the fees for the visa application and immigration health surcharge when budgeting.

* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA pages for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.

Deposits and paying by instalments

International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here

After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.

Our International team at UEL are available for advice and guidance on studying in London, fees, scholarships and visa requirements.

Email: international@uel.ac.uk

Tuition fees
International
£12,100
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Entry requirements

112

New UCAS Points

From
A Level
Must include passes at A2 in at least two subjects.
From
Btec
Extended Diploma or Diploma
From
International Baccalaureate
Diploma with 25 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.
We would normally expect you to have Grade 4 / C in GCSE English and Maths.

INTERNATIONAL

(Including European Union)

We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.

If you don’t quite meet the academic requirements for this course, you can apply with an additional foundation year. Read more about the International Foundation Programme.

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Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

Overall IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing and Speaking; minimum 5.5 in Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course. Find out more here.

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

As an inclusive university, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Please note that some courses require applicants to meet the entry requirements outlined on the course page. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.
You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre.

What you'll learn

Our course combines a wide range of elements to provide you with a strong academic grounding. We’ll also introduce you to related areas of study, linking them to how you can apply your knowledge to working with children or other groups.

The course includes all the core material you’ll need for accreditation by the British Psychological Society through modules shared with our other BSc Psychology courses. However, the course has a particular focus on developmental psychology - the study of how thinking and behaviour changes through life.

You’ll develop your knowledge and understanding of the needs and experiences of children and young and older people from cognitive, social, emotional and cultural perspectives.

Key to many careers and employers - you will also develop thinking skills, including analysis and interpretation of evidence, scientific reasoning, critical thinking, and appreciation of multiple perspectives and approaches. Furthermore, other skills for life and work will include communications, computer literacy (including statistical software), interpersonal and group-work skills, self-knowledge and reflexivity, and planning and time-management (under the broad knowledge base of ‘mental wealth’).

What you'll study and when

We consistently review our courses to ensure we are up-to-date with industry changes and requirements from our graduates. As a result, our modules are subject to change.

Core 

Thinking like a psychologist (mental wealth)
Introduction to biological and social psychology and individual differences
Introduction to cognitive and developmental psychology
Psychology in applied contexts
Researching with small samples
Researching with larger samples

Core

Individual differences with diversity (mental wealth)
Psychological research methods
Topics in developmental and cognitive psychology
Applications of psychobiology and social psychology
Work-based learning in psychology

AND an option from

Developmental differences and difficulties (recommended option)

Or

The Psychology of Sleep and Dreaming
Research Skills in Cognitive Neuroscience
Introduction to Forensic Psychology
Psychology, Identity and Society
Core

Psychology and social engagement (mental wealth)
Psychology of mental health
Developmental Psychology research project (both terms)
Advanced developmental psychology (required option)

AND an option from (indicative choices):

Cognitive neuropsychology
Cyberpsychology
Drugs and addictive behaviour
Health psychology
Occupational psychology
Psychology of belief
Psychology of choice
Counselling Psychology

How you'll be assessed

We’ll assess you with a mixture of coursework and exams (no exams in first year). Coursework includes essays, applied and lab-based research reports, group and seminar presentations and a final-year project. Most of the assessment in your first year is by coursework and we’ll give you as much feedback as possible.

The balance of placements, coursework and exams in year two will depend on your optional choices. In your third year, up to half of your assessment can be based on practice-based research.

Course specification

How you'll learn

You’ll benefit from being based in a large and accomplished School of Psychology. You’ll be taught by staff with expertise in areas of child psychological and developmental research. You’ll likely also learn through working with children or school, nursery or care home staff during a work placement.

Our teaching methods vary from module to module and include lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical classes, demonstrations and individual supervision. All our BSc courses include a module that incorporates a 30-hour work-based placement, which for the BSc Child Psychology can be in a child-related or developmental area.  The work may be paid or unpaid that students set up themselves with staff support. Students are not assessed on their performance in the workplace, but on assessments that require them to reflect on the experience and make links to relevant research.

We’ll encourage you to undertake additional relevant voluntary work with local organisations through your degree. You can find out information about these and placement opportunities at our Centre for Student Success/Employment Hub.

Project work is an essential part of an honours degree programme that our students enjoy. Small projects and group exercises feature throughout the course. As a project in the final year, you’ll design and carry out research in a relevant area under the one-to-one supervision of a staff member with specialisms in that field.

Your future career

Your degree in Child Psychology will be your first stage in becoming a professional psychologist, whether in the field of educational, counselling, clinical, health, forensic or occupational psychology.

If you choose to specialise in these areas, your next step will be to do postgraduate training at master’s or PhD level.

We’ll provide you with a clear potential route into professional psychology. But this degree – with its strong, practical elements – will also strengthen your profile if you decide to pursue a career in a range of related areas of work.

These areas will be those involving children, babies or adolescents.

This opens up a wide variety of careers to you such as teaching, counselling work with young people or families, social work, youth work, nursery management, speech and language therapy or other careers in the field of education.

As well as covering specific areas of psychology, counselling and early childhood studies, the BSc (Hons) Child Psychology degree provides training in data collection and analysis, communication skills and report writing, ICT skills and interpersonal awareness.

It therefore offers you an excellent basis for developing a career in areas not directly related to psychology.

 

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