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Overview

Clinical and Community Psychology is all about learning from, and initiating positive change with, vulnerable and marginalised people and groups. The focus is not just on the individuals themselves, but on how factors in society have an impact on lives.

If you want to be out there in the real world, learning and researching and making a difference, this is the course for you.

You'll practise what you are learning through partnerships or voluntary schemes within local community groups or the NHS.

You'll widen your experience and learn new skills, such as evidence-based evaluations, report writing and making recommendations for practice.

In at least one of your modules, you have the opportunity to undertake a professional piece of evidence-based research for a community partner - a service that the organisation would perhaps not otherwise have been able to afford.

What makes this course different

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Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)

This is the only undergraduate Clinical and Community Psychology course in the UK to be accredited by the BPS. Studying a BPS accredited course will give you the opportunity to gain graduate or chartered membership of the Society.

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81% Teaching on the course

Great endorsement from our own students on the quality of the teaching on this course (NSS, 2020)

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Incredible access to real services and community partners

You will be able to work with real services and community partners, as well as have specialist teaching with practitioners and service users, to give you a real sense of how clinical and community psychology works in the real world. We also offer a Praxis module, where you do joint evaluation or research with a partner organisation, which significant aids your employability and development.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

This three-year, full-time degree course will give you a foundation in the theory of clinical and community psychology as well as hands-on experience. If you're interested in working in the field of mental health, or in initiating sustainable change in vulnerable and marginalised communities, this is for you.

Unusually for an undergraduate psychology degree, you'll be introduced to psychopathology and approaches to people in mental distress in your first year. You'll study mental health problems such as anxiety, schizophrenia, eating disorders and bipolar disorder. There are also options to study the psychology of drug addiction and crime.

We'll introduce you to community psychology with a critical edge that is political in the broadest sense. You'll look at how issues such as poverty, opportunity, education, employment and housing impact on a person's ability to negotiate the world.

From the moment you join us you'll have opportunities to put theory into practice through placements within the local community, working within voluntary projects or the NHS.

You'll also learn how to gather, analyse and write up evidence-based practice research, a vital skill in many fields of work.

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. 

MODULES

  • Core Modules
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    Thinking Like a Psychologist (Mental Wealth)

    The aim of the module is to support students in their transition to Degree level study of Psychology, introducing them to new ways of thinking that have psychology at the core. Students will learn about psychological principles that have value in everyday life and learning. They will be supported in the development of critical thinking skills, prized by graduate employers. In addition, students will learn how to present psychological concepts to members of the general public, and to use on-line presentation software to facilitate such work. 

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    Introduction to Biological and Social and Individual Differences

    The main aim of this module is to provide an introduction to the core fields of Social and Biological Psychology and Individual Differences and a foundation for understanding and evaluating these approaches within the discipline of Psychology and an understanding of historical, social and cultural influences. Students will also develop a knowledge of relevant key concepts and theories, providing a grounding for level 5 study of applied topics in these fields. 

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    Introduction to Cognitive and Developmental Psychology

    In this module, we explore the mechanisms that process information about the world (such as perception, memory, and attention) and by which we develop our responses to it (e.g., by thinking, communicating, and the shaping of behaviour by our learning). In doing so, this module introduces core topics in cognitive psychology (which seeks to scientifically model how the mind functions) and developmental psychology (which seeks to understand change through the lifespan).

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    Psychology in Applied Contexts

    The aim of this module is to introduce students to the ways in which psychology is used in professional roles and graduate level employment. Module content will include an introduction to the core professional division of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and, beyond this, to the diverse ways in which psychology is used within 'real-world' settings, including well-established and new emerging career opportunities. The module will provide a foundation for understanding, reflecting on and developing graduate employability which will be built on at level 5.

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    Researching with Small Samples

    To introduce students to key approaches to research in Psychology, including research design, data analysis, evaluating and writing up research. This module will focus on research methods appropriate to questions relating to smaller sample sizes. 

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    Researching with Larger Samples

    To introduce students to key approaches to research in Psychology, including research design, data analysis, evaluating and writing up research. This module will focus on research methods appropriate to questions relating to larger sample sizes. 

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    Individual Differences and Diversity (Mental Wealth)

    This module has three principle aims: (i) to develop a critical and historical awareness of theories of, and issues relating to, individual differences; (ii) to instil understanding of, and foster respect for, diversity; (iii) to encourage students to be insightful and reflective about their own and others' behaviour and mental processes. An ongoing theme of the module will be to consider the implications of the knowledge imparted for real-life events and the development of professional practice. These aims are intended to help students develop into psychologically literate citizens. 

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    Psychological Research Methods

    The aim of the module is to build on material delivered in the level 4 research method modules and provide a preparation for the independent research project at level 6. The module will: present more advanced statistical methods used to analyse quantitative data from designs with one and more than one IV/factor; to ensure awareness of a range of experimental and non-experimental quantitative designs (including real-world research) and a range of qualitative designs; consider issues of internal and external validity; further consider epistemological and methodological issues, reflexivity, ethics and practicalities of conducting qualitative research; and provide students with opportunities to gain further experience designing, executing and writing quantitive and qualitative research studies.

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    Topics in Cognitive and Developmental Psychology

    The module builds on students' learning at level 4 and explores a range of current issues and topics in cognitive and developmental psychology in greater depth. Students will learn about appropriate ways to analyse and interpret findings in these core areas of psychology. The module's aim is to encourage a more evaluative and analytical approach than at level 4 coverage of these areas of psychology. 

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    Applications of Psychobiology and Social Psychology

    The module will build upon knowledge of the psychobiology and social psychological approaches that were introduced at Level 4. The aim of the module is to develop students' knowledge and critical awareness of these major theoretical perspectives for understanding human behaviour. Current issues as well as historical debates in these two areas will be explored. Considerable focus will be placed upon the real-world application and utility of theories falling within each approach. 

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    Work-Based Learning in Psychology

    The module is designed to further develop students' awareness of the range of careers, work and volunteering opportunities open to psychology graduates and to support their engagement with personal and professional development strategies. Based on a short period of work-experience, arranged by students and completed as part of the module's student learning time, students will be able to learn about organisations and make use of networking opportunities. They will have an opportunity to integrate psychological theory with practice and to clarify their interests and goals. 

    Optional Modules
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    The Psychology of Sleep and Dreaming

    In this module, you will find out what sleep and dreaming are and why they are of interest to psychologists, and you will study the psychology of sleep and dreaming via a number of different psychological approaches (e.g. cognitive, social, developmental, biological, clinical and research methods).

    During the course of the module, as well as learning about the theory and practice of the psychology of sleep and dreaming, you will have an opportunity to critically discuss the lecture material through in-depth seminars and get hands-on experience of polysomnography via practical classes held in the University of East London Sleep and Dreams Laboratory. 

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    Research Skills in Cognitive Neuroscience

    This option module introduces the students to the theoretical underpinnings of cognitive neuroscience, and to the practical skills necessary to conduct research in cognitive neuroscience. In the first part of the module, the students will be introduced to cognitive neuroscience literature that utilises specific technologies (e.g, electrophysiology or eye-tracking). In the second part of the module, the students will be asked to pick a certain technology and will be guided in groups to develop and analyse an experiment that uses that technology. 

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    Introduction to Forensic Psychology

    The main aims of this module are:

    • To introduce concepts and issues in forensic and criminological psychology. 
    • To provide an overview of the historical, current and potential future relationships between psychology and the criminal justice system.
    • To provide a clear overview of how psychology has been used, and can further be used, to inform practical problems arising in the criminal justice system. 
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    Psychology, Identity and Society

    Students will be introduced to the range of debates that have led to a move away from 'positivistic' psychology and towards what is now known as critical social psychology or, 'societal' psychology. The module will introduce a variety of critical approaches and explore limitations and constraints of individualistic, reductionist and essentialist analyses of the individual and the social in psychology. The module will foster an awareness of the importance of the 'social locatedness' (historical, community, philosophical, etc.) of psychological knowledge and 'realities' and will explore subjectivity and identity, social-relations, broader cultural formations (than traditionally allowed by positivistic social psychology) and collective sense-making across a range of theories, methods and topic areas. 

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    Developmental Difficulties and Differences

    The aim of the module is to develop students' knowledge and understanding of theoretical accounts and key research findings on developmental difficulties and differences, building on and adding to the developmental psychology modules taken at levels 4 and 5. The module will aim to develop students' abilities to evaluate research on atypical development and explore how research findings have relevance to the real world. 

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    Psychology and Social Engagement (Mental Wealth)

    This module will develop students' understanding of the range of theories and techniques involved in psychologies of social engagement. Examples include the communication of psychological knowledge to external audiences and the use of psychological knowledge to address real world issues and problems. These examples will be contextualised with reference to conceptual and historical issues in psychology. Students will be invited to develop a broad understanding of psychology and their psychological knowledge as it is relevant to the wider world, including local communities, businesses, politics and policy. 

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    Psychology Research Project

    • To improve student's awareness of the issues involved in the formulation, execution and reporting of psychological research and theory.
    • To facilitate students' application of their skills and psychological knowledge to conduct and report an independent piece of empirical research. 
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    The Psychology of Mental Health

    This module introduces students to a psychological understanding of the multiple factors involved in the causes of mental health difficulties in adulthood. Conceptual and historical contexts are considered. As well considering the role of psychological factors in mental ill-health, the module also considers the relative role played by social (for example, occupation, and socioeconomic status) and biological factors (for example, aspects of neurology, physiology and genetic disposition). Thereby, the module examines the relative contribution of nature and nurture in the genesis of human misery. Implications for mental health promotion are considered. 

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    Clinical and Community Praxis

    This module provides an introduction to the theory, practice and application of evaluation in clinical and community settings. This includes a grounding in clinical psychology and community psychology practice. The foundations, assumptions, principles and values of evaluation research are introduced and critically examined. Generic evaluation skills and specific research techniques will be considered across a range of psycho-social issues and community/health-care settings with a view to students then applying these skills and techniques to undertake live evaluations. 

HOW YOU'LL LEARN

We offer dual delivery which combines traditional on-campus face-to-face teaching and online teaching simultaneously, allowing you to interact as if you were there in person. You can move smoothly between online and on campus teaching subject to your individual timetable (and health requirements). Students can interact and collaborate in person and online in any of these live-streamed sessions.

Live-streamed sessions will also be recorded, so you can log in when you want, play back and watch from the comfort of your home and whilst on the go. Lab, rehearsal and practical on campus sessions are scheduled in blocks with online options.

When not attending timetabled lectures you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This will typically involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and Moodle.

Students are supported with any academic or subject related queries by an Academic Advisor, module leaders, former and current UEL students. 

If you need a bit of extra help with certain skills such as academic writing, maths or IT, our Skillzone and English for Academic Purposes we offer workshops, drop-in sessions and one-to-one appointments to help our students achieve their potential. You can receive advice and guidance on all aspects of the IT systems provided by the university from our IT Service Desks located on all three campuses.

Our Student Support hubs in Docklands and Stratford feature centralised helpdesks to cater for your every need. UEL provides also support and advice for disabled students and those with specific learning difficulties (SPDs).

Your overall workload consists of class and online tutor-led sessions, individual learning, practical activities. The size of classes can vary depending on the nature of the course, module and activity. This can range from large groups in a lecture theatre setting to smaller groups taking part in seminars and collaborative work. You will receive your personalised timetable at the beginning of the academic year dependent on your course.

Your individualised timetable is normally available to students within 48 hours of enrolment. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9.00am and 6.00pm. For undergraduate students, Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities, but there may be occasions when this is not possible. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

To give you an indication of class sizes, this course normally attracts on average 20 - 25 students a year. Lecture sizes are normally 15 plus students.

In the classroom, you will be taught in smaller groups of students. However, this can vary by academic year.

HOW YOU'LL BE ASSESSED

Assessment tasks are mainly spread across the year to make the workload manageable. Assessment methods include group works, exams and individual work including essays, presentations, case studies, professional development and practical activities depending on the nature of the course. All grades count towards your module mark. More details will be included in the student handbook and module guides.

The course includes a core, work-based learning module at level 5 (Work-based Learning in Psychology). A minimum of 30 hours of work experience is included in the module's study hours. Students are not assessed on their performance in the workplace but on assessments that require them to reflect on the experience, make links to relevant psychology research and theory and to their own personal and professional development. 

Feedback is provided within 15 working days in line with UEL's assessment and feedback policy.

CAMPUS and FACILITIES

Stratford Campus

Stratford Campus, Water Lane, Stratford

WHO TEACHES THIS COURSE

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

Dr Ava Kanyeredzi

Dr Ava Kanyeredzi teaches on the BSc and MSc Forensic Psychology and Clinical and Community Psychology programmes.

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The University's contacts within the local NHS trusts offer a wide variety of work experience and opportunities for research. The programme leaders were innovative in their presentation of lectures and seminars. They gave a first-hand account of the profession and provided a good understanding of what to expect when working in the mental health field.

Eileen Ward

Clinical and Community Psychology, BSc (Hons)

What we're researching

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YOUR FUTURE CAREER

We've designed this degree to give you a competitive edge when it comes to gaining a place on a postgraduate course. If you decide to go straight into work, the experience you'll have gained from placements in clinical and community settings will maximise your job prospects too.

Your degree could be your first step towards becoming a clinical psychologist. It may also lead directly to other graduate employment opportunities within the NHS, public sector or charitable and voluntary sector organisations.

The placements and extracurricular opportunities open to you on this course mean you are more likely to have a chance of taking that next step towards your goal, whatever that may be.

And having a degree recognised by the British Psychology Society means an opening to careers in a wide range of other areas, such as sport and leisure, education, human resources, consumer research and advertising, and the media.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.