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PSYC8043 Psychology in Professional Practice 2

Module Overview

Practice learning is an essential aspect of training to allow you to experience the role of the EP across the three years of the doctorate. Placements are an arena for exploring theory and for gaining experience across the range of Children’s Services, including schools. At Southampton placement learning is designed to enable progression towards independent work across all three years and is able to offer you extended placements with three Services. This is the 2nd module of 3 related ones (Psychology in Practice 1, 2 and 3) and runs alongside Consultation, Assessment and Intervention. It offers the opportunity to develop and apply the knowledge and skills taught on the programme, and in Year 1 within schools to professional practice in a wider Local Authority context. Year 2 progresses to you spending 130 days in term time in a host local authority, supported by a supervision co-ordinator who is in touch with the University’s requirements and has the experience and authority to oversee a varied and graduated programme; a programme driven by the competencies you have acquired in year one. Casework and project work opportunities may be offered by other educational psychologists in the Service, but formal supervision is provided by the supervision co-ordinator. During the placement, time is also given to the exploration of a specialist area to provide some diversity of experience. One of the pre-requisites for PSYC8044 and PSYC8046

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate skills to work collaboratively with children, young people and the adults who care, work and plan for them to develop and implement practices and strategies to create and maintain effective and supportive learning environments.
  • Demonstrate the capacity to adapt practice to different settings e.g. early years, primary and secondary schools, colleges of further education, youth justice and other public service and third sector settings.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the structures and systems to support learning and development, for children, young people and young adults aged from 0–25 years.
  • Demonstrate self-awareness and work as a reflective practitioner.
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal communication skills across a range of settings and activities.
  • Demonstrate an understanding and application of equality and diversity principles and actively promote inclusion and equity in their professional practice.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of diversity in society and the experiences and contributions of different ethnic, socio-cultural and faith groups.


In this module you will gain practical skills to help you work as an educational psychologist, as well as knowledge about how the Local Authority organised. You will further develop your knowledge about the structures and deployment of Services for children and young people in the community, as well as other issues in schools that affect children’s educational experiences, at class and whole school level. You will be expected to take on a caseload under supervision. There is a close relationship with skills taught in PSYC xxx Consultation, Assessment and Intervention 2 where these skills are taught.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The core content of this module is delivered on placement where you apply the knowledge and understanding acquired in year 1 in a wider Local Authority Context. Practice is supervised regularly by a Local Authority Supervisor whose role it is to ensure that you undertake activities which match and extend your developing casework skills. There are close links between placement and the University through regular placement meetings.

Total study time750

Resources & Reading list

Health and Care Professions Council. (2012). Standards of conduct, performance and ethics.. 

British Psychological Society (2009). Code of ethics and conduct.. 

Kelly, B., Woolfson, L., & James Boyle, J. (2017). Frameworks for Practice in Educational Psychology: A Textbook for Trainees and Practitioners.. 

Beaver, R (2011). Educational Psychology Casework: A Practice Guide. 

Frederickson, N., & Cline, T. (2009). Special Educational Needs, Inclusion and Diversity. 


Assessment Strategy

The practical work file is a product of your placement learning. It assesses the BPS Competencies and learning outcomes. The work files form a report of activity relevant to the acquisition of practitioner competencies. You use examples from your placement and academic work to provide evidence of competency attainment. You should identify and reference sources of evidence and provide a reflective comment. Supervisors complete an end of year report based on the BPS competencies. Trainees are required to achieve a pass level before formally progressing to Year 3 of the programme.


MethodPercentage contribution
Practical workfile 50%
Supervisor Summative Report 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Practical workfile 50%
Supervisor Summative Report 50%

Linked modules

Pre-requisites: PSYC6130 AND PSYC6131


To study this module, you will need to also study the following module(s):

PSYC8045Consultation, Assessment and Intervention 2
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