Placement Year

The details
Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
20 May 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA C89A Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies (Including Placement Year),
BA L522 Childhood Studies (Including Placement Year)

Module description

This is a full year module available only to students in the BA Psychoanalytic Studies undertaking a placement year course. Students will undertake their placement at a host organisation. The student is responsible for securing the placement, with support from the University.

The module enables students to undertake a full placement year with an external Placement Provider. During the placement, the student will be supervised by an academic member of staff to complete a number of assessments which will enable the student to utilise and develop the links between the knowledge and skills developed in their academic course and the work-based skills developed in carrying out their placement role.

Module aims

The aims of the module are:
1. To provide the student with the opportunity to apply their academic learning outcomes in a work-related context.
2. To enable students to develop essential work-based skills throughout the placement.
4. Contribute to development of student employability portfolio.

Module learning outcomes

Successful completion of the module will allow students to meet the following outcomes:
A Knowledge and understanding
1. An experience-based understanding of work roles.
B Intellectual/cognitive skills
1. A capacity to connect subject-specific theory to practice in a work environment.
C Practical Skills
1. The ability to communicate with a range of colleagues and clients in a working environment.
D Key skills
1. The capacity to work in a team within a work environment.
2. Improved personal professional practice through a reflective approach within a work environment.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

The learning and teaching methods will be dependent on the placement and will be recorded for an individual student on the training agreement signed by the Placement Provider, the student, and the University. Each student will be assigned by the Course Director to an Academic Supervisor, and a Placement Supervisor named by the Placement Provider. Students will liaise with their Academic Supervisor and their Placement Supervisor on a regular basis throughout the period of their placement, and as necessary after the placement has ended in order to allow the student to complete the assessed work for the module. The Academic Supervisor will be appointed prior to the student undertaking their placement, and will contact the student at defined points throughout the placement. The Academic Supervisor will be available via email and phone as necessary during the period the student is on placement. Students will additionally be provided with the contact details of administrative staff in the Department who will be contactable throughout the placement; and with the details of the Placements Manager for Social Sciences who will be available to students throughout their placement to provide advice and support in relation to generic work-based learning issues.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Mid point review    10% 
Coursework   Iniital Report    15% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Julie Walsh, email:
Student Administrator, 5A.202; telephone 01206 874969, email



External examiner

Prof Barry Richards
Bournemouth University
Professor of Political Psychology
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information

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