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Clinical Psychology Placement

Module titleClinical Psychology Placement
Module codePSYM233
Academic year2023/4
Module staff

Dr Matt Owens (Convenor)

Dr Hazel Mycroft (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks




Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

All students are encouraged to pursue work experience during their time at university; it adds an invaluable element to your CV and enhances your employability skills. The module is structured so you have a mixture of interactive lectures and workshops in conjunction with the mini placement and finally written and oral assignments.
Both the lectures and workshops are designed to enhance your employability by assessing your current skills and developing further skill competencies. You are expected to prepare for some sessions and workshops in advance.
There will be departmental and careers service support for those taking this module. However, to be eligible, you will be required to find a placement or job for yourself.

Module aims - intentions of the module

The module will give you an opportunity to link your academic study with work experience, enhancing your employability while also delivering assessed coursework in the shape of a written report reflecting on your work experience.
Although it is up to you to find, apply for and secure your own work experience opportunities, we have some departmental contacts, and the Module Convenor will be on hand to offer support and advice.
Individual work opportunities, whether paid or unpaid, must be agreed with the module leader before you can proceed. All necessary paperwork (placement agreement, insurance and health and safety forms) must be completed before you engage in any placement. In recognition of the fact that not all psychology graduates will go on to work as psychologists, the work opportunity you identify does not have to be directly related to psychology.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. With some guidance, identify and secure appropriate work experience
  • 2. Prepare a graduate level cover letter and enhance your preparation for future job hunting, employability and career development.
  • 3. Describe your role within the organisation as well as the various internal and external factors (legal frameworks, regulations etc.) which govern that organisation
  • 4. Relate your work experience to the skills and experience you are gaining in your degree
  • 5. Apply knowledge to a work situation in a task or problem-solving context
  • 6. Reflect on your learning during the work experience

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 7. Describe your learning process and reflect on some key issues arising from the workplace

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 8. Communicate ideas and arguments through written presentation
  • 9. Collect information for yourself, managing information and selecting appropriate data and research strategies
  • 10. Focus on issues and assess priorities, taking responsibility for your own learning with minimal direction
  • 11. Produce information to make you attractive to future employers
  • 12. Manage time and resources to achieve the aims of the module

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

The introductory sessions will be held during Term 1. These sessions will cover:

  • Introduction to the module
  • Identifying work placements – what’s appropriate?
  • What makes a good presentation?
  • How to ‘sell’ your skills and experience to an employer

Work experience should take place during Term 1 and 2. The review sessions are timetabled throughout Term 1 and 2 in advance of the assessment submission deadlines and will provide key support and guidance for the assessments. The graduate attributes relevant to students of Psychology will be described during these sessions and you will be encouraged to reflect on your own development and application of these in the workplace.

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activities 12Lecture; Formal sessions
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activities 20Drop in clinics (timetabled sessions)
Guided Independent study88Guided independent study


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Reflective Diary6015001, 2-12Written
Oral presentation4015mins2, 4-5, 7-8Oral


Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Reflective DiaryReflective diary (if student has completed a placement); e-workbook to be completed if not 1, 2-12Aug
Oral PresentationOral presentation (if student has completed a placement); skill development if no placement has been completed2, 4-5, 7-8Aug

Re-assessment notes

Two assessments are required for this module. Where you have been referred/deferred in any assessment you will have the opportunity to resubmit in the August/September re-assessment period. If you have not done a placement, then you your presentation will have to be about your skill development. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%; deferred marks are not capped.


Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

ELE – Faculty to provide hyperlink to appropriate pages

Module has an active ELE page

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

Key words search

Placement, clinical, work experience 

Credit value15
Module ECTS


Module pre-requisites

None (this is optional module)

Module co-requisites


NQF level (module)


Available as distance learning?


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