Module code: PSY2019

Module Overview

This module will discuss core concepts of professionalism, academic and industry led discussions surrounding processes of the professional training year and graduate employment from psychological and interdisciplinary perspectives.  It will psychologically evaluate all elements of recruitment and selection process and apply psychological theories to these processes.  Direct as well as indirect career paths within Psychology and other related professional fields will be discussed and reflective skills will be developed.

Module provider


Module Leader

JAYES Lewis (Psychology)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 128

Lecture Hours: 22

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Pre-requisite: All Level 4 BSc Psychology modules

Module content

Indicative content includes:

The  module will combine lectures, seminars, practical workshops, guest lectures and other forms of delivery appropriate for the course content, which will be based around such topics as:

  • Introduction: relevant concepts and processes such as career, skills, professionalism and the role of the professional training year.

  • Career/Placement Fair: Networking with Final Year students.

  • From Theory to Practice: Professionalism, Career, and Reflection.

  • Workshop: CV and Cover Letters.

  • Workshop: Interview Skills and Assessment Centre. 

  • Meeting the expert: Forensic Psychology. 

  • Meeting the expert: Educational and Sport Psychology.

  • Meeting the expert: Clinical and Health Psychology.

  • Meeting the expert: Business/ Occupational Psychology

  • Summary and Poster Presentation Session



Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment

Individual Poster Presentation (5 minutes + a poster, which may have been prepared as part of a group)

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

Critical evaluation skills, written skills, reflective skills, ability to apply theory to a case study and presentation skills

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Critical evaluation of the application material – 4+2 pages (addresses learning outcomes 4, 5 and 6) (50%)

  • Group poster presentation - 2 pages reflection (addresses learning outcomes 1, 2, 3 &4) (50%)

Formative assessment

Students are given formative feedback on their reflective skills throughout the module in exercises (during the lecture) also in 1-1 sessions on their CV and written skills, every student gets a written formative feedback on their CV as a part of the assessment 1


In class in group/pair exercises, written on their 2 assignments, 1-1 in office hours

Module aims

  • To acquire, develop and apply new skills appropriate to relevant professional settings informed by the study of Psychology
  • To increase understanding of appropriate interpersonal skills and professional boundaries in the organisational setting
  • To apply knowledge and skills acquired in the academic setting to the practical demands of employing organisations
  • To become aware of the application process for placement or graduate employment from a psychological perspective
  • To enhance students' employment prospects by developing relevant personal and professional skills.
  • To apply psychological theories to the recruitment and application process
  • To develop reflective skills

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Discuss career development in psychology in a detailed, thorough and critical way KCT
2 Identify more informed career plans that will guide their choice of placement or employment and help provide more focus for the final year of their degree. KPT
3 Demonstrate enhanced key transferable skills such as communication, team work and problem-solving PT
4 Critically evaluate what makes a good placement or employment candidate (e.g., in terms of CV, application form, cover letter, interview) KCPT
5 Apply psychological theories and principles to professional employment and recruitment processes KCT
6 Identify and reflect on personal strengths, weaknesses and professional development in relation to placement provider/employers' needs CT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Support personal and professional development of students.  Develop their ability to apply a variability of psychological theories across the field and use them in a case study.  Develop reflective and presenting skills.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Lectures, guest lectures, workshops, group work and independent learning.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Psychology BSc (Hons)(CORE) 1 Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 40% to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2020/1 academic year.