DEP: 1.2 Core Aims

The broad aim is to develop trainees’ knowledge, understanding and application of theory, using empirical evidence core to the practice of educational psychology in an environment in which there are frequent opportunities for critical reflection and personal review.

Specific aims are to:

  • develop trainees’ ability to apply and evaluate core knowledge of psychological theory and research in a range of child, community and educational settings across the age range and level of presenting problem.
  • provide trainees with a knowledge of central theoretical and empirical approaches to educational psychology.
  • gain experience of the application of theoretical models and therapeutic approaches to psychological problems in the child, community or educational field
  • acquire in-depth knowledge of specialist areas of interest.
  • develop competence as an applied psychologist with the critical skills and analytical abilities of a scientist practitioner.
  • develop trainees’ competence in research design in the field of child and educational psychology enabling them to work with key partners to conduct and disseminate robust evidence based research.
  • develop trainees’ ability to work independently and cooperatively as professionals in multi-disciplinary and multi-agency settings.
  • develop an understanding of professional issues associated with the practice of educational psychology.

The programme is structured to achieve its aims as follows:

Year 1

  • Knowledge and skill development through problem based learning and seminars at university
  • Research Methods
  • Independent study
  • Placement in pairs with a Field Tutor for 1.5 days a week for the year from October (55 days) in Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton
  • A small scale research project commissioned by the Local Authority

Year 2

  • Knowledge and skill sessions at university (Mondays)
  • Independent study
  • Placement in Local Authority through our bursary scheme (130 days)

Year 3

  • Knowledge and skill sessions at university
  • Independent study
  • Placement in Local Authority through our bursary scheme (130 days).
  • Research thesis

The core purpose and philosophy of the Programme is regularly reviewed through the Programme Board, with student representation; through its Advisory Committee of local practitioners, and through the Academic Unit of Psychology Education Committee. The Programme is also subject to review by the HCPC, its approving body and the University Periodic Programme Review.