University of Central Lancashire

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: British Psychological Society

Psychology of Child Development

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Course summary

Course overview

  • Explore young minds – with a degree that delves into the social, biological and cognitive issues that shape the way children think, feel and interact with the world around them.
  • This is a course designed to help you understand children’s thoughts, emotions and behaviour in scientific detail. While you’ll study the core modules in research methods, psychology and statistics that will give you a degree recognised by the British Psychology Society, you’ll also take a series of specialist modules focused around child development.
  • You’ll have the chance to develop your skills and understanding in a superb setting – with specialised facilities for observing children playing and interacting with others, together with a cognitive neuroscience lab for observing their minds. There’s also the chance to go on a placement to assist with child-centred research. And, thanks to extensive links with schools and children’s services, you can focus on Educational Psychology – studying language development, literacy, peer relations, online safeguarding, antisocial behaviour and bullying.
  • Whether you see your future in clinical psychology, research, education or a range of other roles in and around child development, this degree can offer the tools and knowledge for a fascinating career.
Why study with us
  • At our purpose-built child observation suite, you can witness, record and analyse children’s behaviour and interaction with toys, peers and adults.
  • While this is a specialist degree, it offers the well-rounded understanding of psychology to earn accreditation from the British Psychological Society (BPS).
  • We offer the chance to get involved in research, whether assisting or participating, with paid internships, placements and part-time roles.

Course details


Year 1: Compulsory Modules: Methods and Practice of Psychological Inquiry, Introduction to Developmental and Social Psychology, Introduction to Psychobiology and Cognition, Current Topics in Psychology. Year 1 Optional Modules: Topics in Forensic and Criminal Psychology, Psychology of the Media, Baby Minds Psychology of Infant Development, Social Media and Cyberpsychological Behaviour, Clinical Perspectives on Psychological Disorders, Brain and Behaviour. Year 2: Compulsory Modules: Psychological Research 1 Design and Quantitative Methods, Psychological Research 2 Qualitative Methods, Social and Developmental Psychology, Cognitive and Physiological Psychology, Individual Differences, Neurocognitive Development & Disorders. Year 2 Optional Modules: Clinical Psychology, Cyberpsychology Identity and Online Behaviour, Forensic Psychology, Topics and Techniques in Neuroscience. Year 3: Compulsory Modules: Developmental Psychology Project, Applying Psychology to the Educational Setting, Advanced Developmental Psychopathology. Year 3 Optional Modules:Psychology Placement Module, EITHER Violent and Sexual Offending OR Crime Impacts and Consequences, EITHER Neuropsychological Disorders and Techniques OR Brain Treatments and Behaviour, EITHER Application of Clinical Psychology Practice Clinical Research Service Delivery OR Cognitive Behaviour Assessment and Treatment Planning in Clinical Psychology, EITHER Psychological Aspects of Cyberspace Theory Research and Applications OR Understanding Human Behaviour in Cyberspace Current Problems Debates & Insights.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • British Psychological Society

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6with no component score less than 5.5 (To have been taken within two years of the course commencement date)

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

*subject only to annual increase in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate
Psychology of Child Development at University of Central Lancashire - UCAS