PSY-40135 - Applying Psychology
Coordinator: Deborah Stevens-Gill
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Level: Level 7
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733736

Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2023/24

This module gives you the opportunity to learn about how psychology can make a difference in everyday life and within professional contexts. It will give you a flavour of how psychological theory is applied in practice and the professional practice of psychology such a clinical psychology. Where possible the classes will include input from industry professionals, e.g., you will learn about the application of psychology in clinical contexts from a clinical psychologist. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the application of psychology in the fields of health, education, clinical, and forensic settings. You will also be asked to use your learning to reflect on your own career aspirations and development.

This module aims to provide students with an awareness of how psychological theory and research are applied to different domains of everyday life, e.g. health, education, sports and exercise, neurological disorders, clinical, and forensic contexts to improve overall human experience. This module will run in parallel with Grand Challenges in Psychology to effectively highlight the issues psychology faces and how psychological science can contribute to the wider world.

Intended Learning Outcomes

apply psychological theory and research to different professional domains;: 1
describe key research and theories that underpin applied areas;: 1
reflect on their personal development;: 2
reflect on the transferability of knowledge and skills they posses.: 2

Study hours

12 x 2 hour asynchronous content = 24 hours
Total = 24 hours
Independent study:
Case study preparation = 36 hours
Career portfolio preparation = 36 hours
Independent study = 54 hours
Total = 126 hours

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Case Study weighted 50%
Case Studies
At regular intervals, students will be provided with a case study, based on taught topics, and will be asked to apply their knowledge of psychology to provide guidance to the subject of the case study, for example, a psychologically informed intervention to prevent loneliness in older adults (topics will vary). They will be given 3 case studies; the word limit for each case study is 500 words per case study.

2: Portfolio weighted 50%
Career Portfolio
This has two parts: 1) Students will identify their skills developed in their degree, reflect on areas they have improved providing clear evidence of how, and also reflect on areas that could still be improved (500 words) 2) A Curriculum Vitae produced on a provided template. Students will identify a relevant advert for the next stage of their career (training or employment) and produce a 100 word summary of the job and its requirements. Making reference to their CV and their current and previous education, they will also write a reflection on the relevant skills they have for the job, where they have developed them, the transferability of them, and how they might express them to employers/educators (1,000 words maximum).