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PSYC3067 Academic Support and Employability 3

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 3’ 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 3, you will deepen your library skills in support of your dissertation and project, and you will realise the difference between an essay and a literature review. 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 support your applications for further study, and to cv clinics to help you put your best foot forward. 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 find out, and apply for, your chosen career


There is no academic content associated with this module.

Special Features

There are no special features as such. However, some events may be held in the evening to facilitate attendance by local employers or by former students who want to tell you about where they work now.

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 Year3 student. Consequently, there is an extensive programme of events designed to help you make the most of your final year and transition from university to your next step. An indicative summary of activities includes: Induction Events: Induction and Health and Safety Talk Dr Tom Randell (Induction Coordinator) Pete Dargie (Faculty Safety Officer) Skills Events: A dissertation is more than a long essay… Library skills for the literature review Marcia Ostrowski (Psychology librarian) Planning your Future Employability Census: Do you know how you shine? Andy Port (Psychology Careers Practitioner) Career Mentoring Academic Employability Coordinator Work-based applications: A winning CV Careers Practitioner Postgraduate Study – Showcasing Opportunities Postgraduate Directors Masters Applications: The personal statement Academic Employability Coordinator Masters Applications: 1-1 Practice interviews Academic Employability Coordinator Tutor Meetings Discussion of January Exams Tutors Summer Term Support Tutors

Preparation for scheduled sessions10
Follow-up work10
Total study time32


Assessment Strategy

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

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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