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BSc (Hons) Psychology and Early Childhood Studies

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UCAS code: 
CX8H
Institution code: 
S82
Location: 
Ipswich

Duration: 

Three years full-time.

Four and a half to nine years part-time.

Typical Offer: 

2018 entry: 112 UCAS tariff points (or above)
BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).

2019 entry: 112 UCAS tariff points (or above)
BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).

Please see Entry Requirements below.

  • Our Psychology course is accredited by the British Psychological Society.
  • Students are eligible for Graduate Basis of Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society.
  • Graduates can progress in to a range of careers in education, health and social care fields including early years settings, family support, nursing and primary teacher training.
  • Excellent links with Suffolk Constabulary, local magistrates, the Crown Prosecution Service and the probation service.
     

Introduction

Contemporary Psychology is a scientific discipline dealing with human behaviour, cognition and action. In Psychology  you will explore and examine the interaction between mind and behaviour, the nature of the unconscious, the functioning of memory, individual behaviour in social situations, prejudice and altruism.

Early Childhood Studies includes educational, health, welfare, psychological, sociological, legal, philosophical, political and economic perspectives.


The primary focus is children from birth to eight years but it also covers conception through to when a child is approximately eleven years of age (the natural completion of the primary education stage). All students are strongly encouraged to have a University of Suffolk student Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Certificate and to work in a voluntary capacity or paid employment with young children (principally 0-8 years) whilst undertaking the course if they wish to pursue a career within this area.

Psychology at University of Suffolk, Ipswich is accredited by the British Psychological Society. Students who wish to become professional psychologists are eligible for Graduate Basis of Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society, providing that they gain a minimum of second class honours and have completed all the required psychology modules.

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Further information about the University's relationship with the British Psychological Society (BPS) is available in the PSRB register.

Course modules

Typical course content will follow the below format, with some optional modules being available subject to appropriate student numbers and specialist staff availability

Level 4 All Mandatory Psychology Modules Plus 3 optional module from the level 4 (Year 1) options below.

Level 5 All Mandatory Psychology and ECS Modules Plus 1 optional module from the level 5 (Year 2) options below.

Level 6 All Mandatory Psychology Modules Plus 2 optional module from the level 6 (Year 3) options below.

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Foundations in Biological and Cognitive Psychology (Mandatory)

Foundations in Biological and Cognitive Psychology is a mandatory module for all students taking a psychology degree route. Together with the “Foundations in Social and Developmental Psychology” module, level 4 students will attain a holistic underpinning to the major approaches in psychology. The module will cover conceptual and historical issues of behavioural, biological and cognitive approaches to psychology.

Foundations of Social and Developmental Psychology (Mandatory)

Social Psychology is concerned with the scientific study of human social behaviour, experience and thought. Developmental Psychology is concerned with the scientific study of systematic changes in human psychology across an individual’s lifespan, particularly cognitive, perceptual, social and emotional development in childhood, adolescence and adulthood. 

Social Science Research Skills (Mandatory)

Social Science Research Skills aims to give students an introduction to social science research methods, in addition to progressing important study skills during Level 4. Social Science Research Skills provides the foundation for the Level 5 Quantitative and Qualitative Data modules. 

Health in the Early Years (Optional)

This module seeks to explore the biological, ethical, socio-cultural, environmental and economic determinants of health in the early years, supported by the disciplines of biology, psychology, social policy, sociology and medicine. Initially the module begins by focusing on promoting a detailed understanding of the normal biological processes associated with foetal, neonatal and infant health. 

Children and Social Policy (Optional)

This module initially explores the historical development of services and provision for children through the establishment of the Welfare State. The module then considers how the dismantlement of welfare consensus through the rise of neo- liberalism challenged notions of social rights and focused on individualism and retrenchment. 

Developmental Psychology (Optional)

Developmental psychology seeks to explain how the interaction between biological, social and cultural factors affects lifelong patterns of change in the individual. This module investigates psychological development of young children, including explanations of both typical and atypical developmental patterns in theory and practice.

Sociology of Early Childhood (Optional)

Initial sessions will introduce sociology as a discipline and highlight the role of the sociological imagination in critically exploring the social category of childhood and young children’s everyday lives. The social structures which define, govern and locate children and childhood are examined including for example the family, the early years setting and the school. 

Biological and Cognitive Psychology (Mandatory)

Biological psychology (biopsychology) looks at psychological processes from a biological perspective, dealing with issues such as behaviour genetics, endocrinology and physiological psychology. Cognitive psychology studies how information is processed by the brain and sense organs. It is concerned with issues of how people perceive, understand, make decisions about and remember information. 

Social and Developmental Psychology (Mandatory)

This module will build on the broad introduction at Level 4 and seek to provide research-based accounts of social and developmental behaviour in key areas, such as people in groups, prejudice and discrimination, aggression, social influence, emotional and social development, life-span adult development and developmental social psychology.  

Safeguarding Children (Mandatory)

The module provides students with an historical policy context in which to understand the origins of safeguarding children and the social construction of abuse. The shifting power relations between the state, professionals, families and children is a core theme that is critically explored through an examination of the legal framework, particularly the Children  Act 1989 and Children Act 2004 and also Child Abuse Inquiry reports

Experimental Design and Analysis (Mandatory)

This module develops on from the level 4 social science research skills module to provide students with the skills to carry out experimental research of sufficient quality and rigour to complete their own independent studies. With psychology students potentially going on to a role of a practitioner it is essential for students within psychology to have sufficient knowledge of methods, methodology and data analysis associated with experiments so as to critique the literature and data presented through research articles and organisational reports around the practice of psychology.

Questionnaire Design and Analysis (Mandatory)

Questionnaire Design and Analysis provides students with the skills to carry out research of sufficient quality and rigour to complete their independent studies. The module aims to promote a critical and questioning approach, provide students with an advanced awareness of SPSS in addition to ethical concerns, reliability and validity in research. 

Qualitative Research Design and Analysis (Mandatory)

Qualitative Research Design and Analysis serves as a basis for the Dissertation research at Level 6, providing students with the opportunity to develop and apply skills in managing, collecting, analysing and reporting qualitative data. Students will identify and discuss ethical considerations relating to qualitative research. 

Advanced Qualitative Research Design and Analysis (Mandatory)

All researchers require a basic understanding of qualitative research methodology. This module provides students with the opportunity to further develop and apply skills in managing, collecting, analysing and reporting qualitative data that was touched upon in the Qualitative Research Design and Analysis module. Ethical issues will also be discussed.

Children’s Health and Wellbeing (Optional)

This module sets out to develop students’ critical awareness and understanding of the existing and potential effects of political, economic, environmental, socio-cultural and technological influences which impact upon children’s health and well-being in an increasingly international context. 

Play and Learning (Optional)

‘Learning through play’ is an acknowledged phenomenon in early childhood.  This module will explore whether ‘play’ and ‘learning’ interact to further children’s development. Students will be encouraged to reflect on and explore historical and cultural perspectives on play and observed play behaviour, as well as significant theoretical views on the role of play in a child’s development. 

Children’s Geographies (Optional)

This exciting module explores children’s everyday lives within the various cultures, spaces, places and environments that they inhabit. The module is diverse in its topics, theories and teaching methods and our explorations will range from children’s relationship with nature to the domestic spaces of ‘home’, from migration and diaspora to the phenomena of the ‘street child’ and from children’s participation in the cultural worlds of a society to the institutionalisation of contemporary childhoods. 

Social Psychology and Children (Optional)

This module provides an introduction to the study of social psychology. It explores a range of differing perspectives, methodologies and current debates within this field that relate to children and childhood. It examines different levels of analysis, from the individual child to social, cultural and environmental influences and emphasises the transactional nature between the child and their social environment.

Children's Rights and Citizenship (Optional)

This is a blended module offering a variety of effective and engaging approaches to student learning in traditional face to face sessions and online. This module seeks to follow on from Level 4 modules in the sociology and social policy of early childhood. It sets out to investigate the nature, philosophies and significant processes of children’s rights with in depth exploration of children within their day-to-day social and cultural environments.

Language and Literacy (Optional)

This module offers an in-depth study of the development of language and literacy and the close interlinks between the 2 areas. The module will cover development of communication, language and literacy from a range of different viewpoints, socio-cultural, psychological/development, and educational. 

Abnormal Psychology (Mandatory)

The concept of ‘abnormal’ can be problematic given negative connotations with ‘not normal’ and this will be a key area of debate: the essence of normality and the appropriateness of labels which may have important ramifications for how people suffering psychopathology are in some way perceived as ‘not normal’ or as inferior members of society.

Applied Studies (Mandatory)

Applied Studies allows students to explore in some depth an important book within their field of study relating to either psychology, sociology, youth studies or criminology. Students will critically review their book and evaluate how subsequent research in the field has developed in their own Book Review assignments. 

Level 6 Research Dissertation (Mandatory)

Research is an important and integral part of your degree, and the Research Dissertation gives students the opportunity to expand learning and develop interests in a particular topic. Students will critique research by others and will reflect on their own work, moving students from a theoretical knowledge of research toward a more informed level of skill and application.

International Perspectives on Health and Wellbeing (Optional)

This module sets out to develop students’ critical awareness and understanding of the existing and potential effects of political, economic, environmental, socio-cultural and technological influences which impact upon children’s health and well-being in an increasingly international context. 

Early Childhood Intervention (Optional)

This module encourages students to critically explore and evaluate current debates that surround early intervention, relevant theories, policy and practice in relation to young children and their families. Allen contends that ‘Early Intervention enables every baby, child and young person to acquire the social and emotional foundations upon which our success as human beings depends’ (2011: 3). 

International and Comparative Education (Optional)

The provision of education for young children has developed due to a range of factors and influences (political, economic, environmental, socio-cultural and technological). This module sets out to develop students’ knowledge, understanding and critical awareness of these factors and influences and the impact they have on young children’s education in different countries. 

The Child as Creative and Critical Thinker (Optional)

This module will look at the role of creativity & creative development in supporting flexible thinking in early years/educational settings and consider the extent to which children are required to use critical and creative thinking processes to become effective thinkers and communicators. Students will examine the importance of creativity and imagination and its relationship to the learning process. 

Young Children's Cultural Worlds (Optional)

This module is an exciting addition to the portfolio of options for students at Level 6 and it aims to respond to contemporary issues in exploring young children’s cultural worlds. The module is diverse in its topics, theories and teaching methods and explorations range from images of childhood innocence in historical artworks to gender and race in Disney animations and then on to One Direction, Miley Cyrus and children as music fans and groupies. 

Career opportunities

  • The most recent figures available from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) reveal that 85% of Psychology and Early Childhood Studies graduates in 2014/15 found employment within six months of graduation.
  • Around 60% of graduate jobs are open to graduates of any discipline and Psychology and Early Childhood Studies graduates are well equipped with the advanced skills and confidence to thrive in a variety of occupations
  • Psychology and Early Childhood Studies graduates are good at problem solving, have good analytical and research skills, and have excellent information and data management skills
  • Employability is taken very seriously at University of Suffolk and employers are directly involved in a number of taught and additional sessions over the course of the degree.
  • Excellent links with Suffolk Constabulary, local magistrates, the Crown Prosecution Service and the probation service.
  • Quite a number of our graduates also go on to pursue further qualifications at masters and doctoral levels
  • Online and face to face resources and advice are available from the University Careers and Employability Service for all University of Suffolk students. 
     

Fees and finance

2017-18

  • Full-time Tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • Part-time Tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credits (Please contact the Infozone for further information).
  • International Tuition fee: £10,080 p.a.

2018-19         

Subject to approval of maximum fee by parliament                    

  • Full-time Tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • Part-time Tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credit module (Please contact the Infozone for further information).
  • International Tuition fee: £11,500 p.a.

Further Information                                                       

  • Detailed information about Tuition Fees
  • Find out more about Financial Support eligibility.
  • Also see Loans and Grants.
  • At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for. 

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

2018 entry: 112 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC) or Access to HE Diploma - a minimum of 30 Level 3 credits at merit grade or above.

2019 entry: 112 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC) or Access to HE Diploma - a minimum of 30 Level 3 credits at merit grade or above.

Plus GCSE grade A-C in English and Mathematics (or equivalent) or new GCSE grade 4-9.

Also see How to Apply.

International Requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

Also see International and EU.

Transferring Credit

If you have previously studied at higher education level before you may be able to transfer credits to a related course at the University of Suffolk and reduce the period of study time necessary to achieve your degree.

Staff

Associate Professor in Sociology

Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies

Senior Lecturer

Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies

Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies

Lecturer in Psychology

Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies

Lecturer in Psychology

Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies

Facilities and Resources

Psychology and Early Childhood Studies teaching takes place at our modern, well-equipped Waterfront or Atrium buildings at our Ipswich campus. As a University of Suffolk student, you will have full access to our well-stocked library in addition to discounts at our cafes and restaurants. If you are looking for a quiet place to work, our break-out areas on each floor of our Waterfront Building are an excellent choice. 

The Psychology and ECS team has extensive links with all local agencies that operate within the field, and as such they are able to embed contemporary research into their teaching demonstrating the applied nature of psychology and early childhood studies at the University of Suffolk.