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PSYC2024 Academic Support and Employability 2

Module Overview

This module sits alongside the academic modules that make up your degree programme. As such, this is a ZERO credit module. Nevertheless, we believe that this module is so important to your success that it should be taken by all students. Thus, it is a COMPULSORY module and your attendance is recognised through a Certificate of Attendance in ‘Psychology Skills and Employability 2’ on your degree transcript. The module will provide an essential opportunity for us to continue to support your development of key and transferable skills, with a benefit being felt in both your academic studies, and in the range of skills that you can showcase and discuss as you consider your career beyond University. It will consist of taught sessions, workshops, tutorial discussions and one-to-one meetings all aimed to maximise your path through your studies and towards your career.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

There are two intertwined aims associated with this module. The first aim is to provide defined and tailored opportunities to deliver training in key and transferable skills appropriate for your level of study. Our input will encourage reflection on your capabilities now, and will provide instruction to develop your capabilities in line with the challenges that we set you. In Year 2, you will deepen your critical thinking skills, reflect on teamworking skills, and receive support in making the most of your feedback opportunities. These will have a direct impact on your achievements in assignments and assessments for your academic modules. However, they will also enable you to build a portfolio of skills that will transfer to the workplace, or to further study. Consequently, the second aim is to provide input that will help you succeed in your career planning so that you can present yourself in the strongest possible way to future employers or postgraduate recruiters. Time will be given to enhancing your chances of success in the VRA scheme, and in the Year in Employment scheme. As such, this module links with every academic module in your programme through reinforcing the transferable skills embedded within your curriculum.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • will be able to reflect on both your academic skills and your transferable skills.
  • will be able to identify mechanisms for improvement in both.
  • will have a stronger sense of the career and study opportunities available to you beyond your degree
  • will be in a better position to start to develop a meaningful portfolio of paid and unpaid positions to support your future applications.


There is no academic content associated with this module

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching and learning methods will take the form of timetabled lecture sessions, workshops, tutorials, one-to-one learning opportunities, and Employability events with selected figures external to the University. All teaching and learning activities have been developed to deliver input appropriate for you as a Year 2 student. Consequently, there is an extensive programme of events designed to help you deepen and extend your skills. An indicative summary of activities includes: Compulsory Attendance Sessions: Induction Events: Induction and Health and Safety Talk Dr Tom Randell (Induction Coordinator) Pete Dargie (Faculty Safety Officer) Skills Events: Writing up Research Critical Thinking Effective literature searches to make your work shine Marcia Ostrowski (Psychology librarian) Choosing projects and final year options Planning your Future Employability Census: Make the most of your summers Andy Port (Psychology Careers Practitioner) Volunteering, Business Innovation and Career Mentoring Academic Employability Coordinator Tutor Meetings Discussion of January Exams Tutors Summer Term Support Tutors Optional Sessions: Year in Employment Masterclass Placements Team Stand out through the VRA scheme Academic Employability Coordinator

Preparation for scheduled sessions10
Follow-up work10
Total study time36


Assessment Strategy

There is no assessment attached to this module. Attendance is strongly encouraged.

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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