This BSc (Hons) Psychology with Developmental Disorders degree combines the study of key aspects of psychology with a range of developmental disorders, including dyslexia, dyspraxia and autism. This includes assessment, understanding, intervention, and safeguarding children and young people.
During the Psychology with Developmental Disorders course you will foster a clear understanding of evidence-based practice and you’ll complete placements in educational settings such as local schools and pupil referral units.
Graduates can consider careers in educational psychology after professional experience and postgraduate study, PGCE courses, or further study in special educational needs, occupational therapy, or speech and language therapy.
What you will study
You will complete modules covering all core areas in psychology necessary to gain British Psychological Society accreditation. This includes research methods, cognitive, social, biological and developmental psychology as well as the study of individual differences and historical issues in psychology. You will also complete a final year dissertation which will allow you to explore a topic of your choice in more depth by undertaking a research project. Additionally you will learn about a range of developmental disorders; including Autism Spectrum Disorders, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia (or Developmental Coordination Disorder), Speech and Language Impairment and ADHD. This will include issues relating to understanding, assessment, and intervention and will be complemented by placement activities in a variety of settings that support individuals with developmental disorders.
Year One: Psychology with Developmental Disorders Degree
- Introduction to Developmental Disorders (40 credits)
- Investigating Methods in Psychology (40 credits)
- Perspectives in Psychology (20 credits)
- Critical Readings in Psychology (20 credits)
Year Two: Psychology with Developmental Disorders Degree
- Screening and Assessment of Developmental Disorders (40 credits)
- From Cells to Consciousness (20 credits)
- Lifespan Development in the Social Context (20 credits)
- Professional Practice and Employability (20 credits)
- Advanced Methods and Evidence in Psychology (20 credits)
Year Three: Psychology with Developmental Disorders Degree
- Advanced Research Methods: Dissertation (40 credits)
- Management and support of individuals with developmental disorders (20 credits)
- Applying knowledge of developmental disorders to practice (20 credits)
Plus two options from the list below (all 20 credits):
- Health Psychology Across the Lifespan
- The Psychology of Education and Work
- Psychological Disorders and Therapeutic Interventions
- Applications of Social Psychology
- Cognitive Neuropsychology and Neuroscience
- Forensic Psychology
The BSc (Hons) Psychology with Developmental Disorders is delivered through lectures, seminars, workshops, individual/small group supervision and independent study. You will also have the opportunity to attend guest lectures given by academic staff from other institutions and professional psychologists who work in different areas of practise.
You will complete a range of different class activities including group discussions, debates, case studies and in-class projects.
One of the most exciting things about this specialised psychology degree is that you experience a great range of delivery and assessment methods. As part of your course, you will be completing essays, project reports, write ups of case study activities, oral and poster presentations, class tests and end of year examinations.
In your final year you will complete an independent research project, which will give you an opportunity to study a topic of your choice in depth, and apply your skills in research acquired during years one and two. Finally you will complete placement activities which will enable you to see how individuals with developmental disorders are supported in practice.
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