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    Student Handbook

    BSc (Hons) Psychology with Psychotherapy and Counselling

    2016/17

    Dr Jo Bryce

    School of Psychology All course materials, including lecture notes and other additional materials related to your course and provided to you, whether electronically or in hard copy, as part of your study, are the property of (or licensed to) UCLan and MUST not be distributed, sold, published, made available to others or copied other than for your personal study use unless you have gained written permission to do so from the Dean of School. This applies to the materials in their entirety and to any part of the materials.

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    Mission and Values

    We create positive change in our students, staff, business partners and wider communities, enabling them to develop their full potential by providing excellent higher education, innovation and research.

    Our values:

    • The pursuit of excellence in all that we do. • Equality of opportunity for all, supporting the rights and freedoms of our diverse

    community. • The advancement and protection of knowledge, freedom of speech and enquiry. • Supporting the health, safety and wellbeing of all.

    Student Charter The Student Charter has been developed by the University and the Students’ Union so that students gain the maximum from their UCLan experience. It is a two-way commitment or ‘contract’ between the University and each individual student. It acts as a means of establishing in black and white what students can expect from the University and the Union in terms of support, and in return what we expect from our students. Read the full Student Charter

    Supporting Diversity at UCLan UCLan recognises and values individual difference and has a public duty to promote equality and remove discrimination in relation to race, gender, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation and age. During your time at UCLan we expect you to be able to

    • experience "an integrated community based on mutual respect and tolerance where all staff and students can feel safe, valued and supported."

    • contribute to creating a positive environment where discriminatory practices and discrimination no longer happen.

    Please review the UCLan Equality and Diversity Policy for further information.

    http://www.uclan.ac.uk/study_here/student_charter.php http://www.uclan.ac.uk/information/uclan/equality_diversity/index.php

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    Contents Mission and Values ............................................................................................................... 2

    1. Introduction to the Course ................................................................................................. 4

    2. Structure of the Course ................................................................................................... 10

    3. Approaches to Teaching and Learning ............................................................................ 16

    4. Student Support, Guidance and Conduct ........................................................................ 19

    5. Assessment .................................................................................................................... 22

    6. Course Regulations ......................................................................................................... 32

    7. Student Voice .................................................................................................................. 32

    8. Appendices ..................................................................................................................... 35

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    1. Introduction to the Course

    1.1 Welcome to the course I would like to welcome you to the School of Psychology and hope that you will enjoy studying at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), and that you will find your course both interesting and rewarding. The School of Psychology is a large School, with over 40 academic staff, plus administrative staff and research students. We are based in Darwin Building, which was purpose-built for Psychology and so has plenty of specialist resources, which students are encouraged to use. The purpose of this handbook is twofold. First, it addresses many academic issues, including the modules that are available during each stage of the course. Second, it addresses many of the administrative questions that you may have during the early stages of the course. These questions may relate to enrolment or registering for the appropriate number of modules. This handbook should be used alongside other University guides and should be kept in a safe place. The handbook has been structured and laid out in a number of sections. This is to ensure that the information is clear and accessible. The School is very proud of its undergraduate taught programmes, which are delivered by a team of dedicated and enthusiastic academics. In return we expect the highest levels of motivation and commitment from our students. I would like to take this opportunity to wish you the very best in your studies. Prof Linden Ball Dean of School of Psychology

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    1.2 Rationale, aims and learning outcomes of the course 1.2.1 Degree Award in Psychology, Psychotherapy and Counselling You are studying for the Joint Honours Award (B.Sc.) in Psychology with Psychotherapy and Counselling. This means that you study core Psychology modules to enable Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the BPS (see below), with optional modules being replaced by Counselling modules. The following degree awards are referred to as Single Honours because students study one subject only, Psychology. They are referred to collectively as the Psychology programme or routes, as they all involve the same compulsory modules at Year 1. They are all Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Honours degrees, although lesser awards are available for successful completion of part of the programme (e.g. Degrees without Honours).

    • BSc (Hons) Psychology • BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology • BSc (Hons) Health Psychology • BSc (Hons) Neuropsychology • BSc (Hons) Social Psychology • BSc (Hons) Sport Psychology

    You may progress to one of these Single Honours routes in Year 2, providing you pass the relevant modules in Year 1. You may also progress to a Single Honours BA (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies, providing you pass all the relevant modules in Year 1. 1.2.2 Recognition by The British Psychological Society The British Psychological Society (BPS) is the learned society and professional body governing psychology in the UK and accredits undergraduate degree course programmes and postgraduate professional training courses in psychology. The first step on any path towards a career as a professional psychologist is the completion of an undergraduate degree course programme that is recognised by the BPS as conferring Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). One of the main criteria for admittance to an accredited postgraduate professional training programme in any area of psychology (e.g., Forensic Psychology, Clinical Psychology) is GBC. All Single Honours awards in the School of Psychology confer GBC, as does the Combined Honours Major Professional route (Year 3 only). New Joint awards are in the process of formally applying for accreditation. However, GBC is conferred only if the final degree classification is at the Lower Second Class Honours (2.ii) level or higher, and you pass your project. Please note: Students must recognise that training in Forensic, Health, Neuropsychology, Sport & Exercise Psychology (and any other area of professional psychology), and counselling is acquired through postgraduate education and supervised practice, not through an undergraduate degree. On completion of this programme students are not qualified to practice as a Forensic, Health, Neuropsychologist, Sport & Exercise Psychologist or as a counsellor

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    without further training. An accredited degree in Psychology is, therefore, just the first step towards becoming a professional psychologist. 1.2.3 Aims of the BSc (Hons) Psychology, Psychotherapy and Counselling Programme

    This programme aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills required by the British Psychological Society in its undergraduate syllabus. The programme will thus allow all those who meet the BPS requirements to go on to the further training which they need to embark upon careers as professional psychologists. Students will develop a critical understanding of psychotherapy/ counselling and its relationship to other helping strategies.

    For those students who do not wish to pursue careers within psychology, it provides an understanding of human behaviour and capabilities and characteristics which would be of benefit in a range of careers which involve interacting with people. Through the provision of a stimulating and supportive learning environment, students will be provided with an up- to-date curriculum in psychology which emphasises the development of skills and knowledge related to the scientific and empirical aspects of the curriculum, but also an appreciation of how these can be applied in the ‘real world’. The same curriculum, in its delivery and assessment, will provide students with a range of graduate skills (such as academic enquiry, analysis and construction of arguments and critical thinking) which will enhance their e