The D App Ed Psy programme is delivered on a full-time basis over three years.
The programme comprises three strands:
- taught academic modules
- professional fieldwork placements
- research component.
Through these programme elements graduates reach the HCPC’s Standards of Proficiency for Practitioner Psychologists (Educational). The programme also meets the HCPC’s Standards of Education and Training, and the terms of BPS accreditation.
A core tutor team in the Educational Psychology Group provide teaching and tutoring to the programme. The programme also draws upon the special expertise of practitioner educational psychologists, and other professionals.
Supervision is an essential part of training at Nottingham. Trainees have a nominated university supervisor, as well as a placement tutor. Trainees receive regular individual tutorial and supervisory support, to facilitate their integration of the theoretical, professional and research components of the programme.
The course is delivered through seminars and private study. Workshops incorporate simulation activities and experiential learning. Problem-Based Learning approaches inform a number of taught elements. The programme promotes sensitivity to equality and diversity issues in its processes and content, throughout.
We believe that a course of applied training is part of a broader perspective of professional development, which does not culminate at graduation. The programme therefore employs some approaches that support continuing learning, providing trainees with methods to support their subsequent professional practice.
Each trainee placement is supervised by a named HCPC registered Practitioner Psychologist.
In Year 1, trainees are on supervised placements for one day per week throughout the year in educational psychology services, with some supplementary placement weeks.
Years 2 and 3
In Years 2 and 3 trainees undertake placements of 130 days per each year, typically supported by a Local Authority bursary, in educational psychology services.
Trainee placements can be located in the East Midlands region, or beyond, by trainee request, depending upon availability.
All placements follow guidance provided by the University to trainees and supervisors, linking placement activities to modular learning.
Trainees follow a bespoke programme of Applied Research Methods training in Year 1.
Research is undertaken during Years 2 and 3, for the thesis submission for examination in May of Year 3.
Modules are assessed by written assignments, focused case studies or presentations.
Placements are supported and evaluated through 3-way meetings involving trainee, university tutor, and placement supervisor.
Assessment is through Portfolio, including a Professional Development Log of competencies.