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Qualification - Proficiency Award In Psychology

Course CodeVPS001
Fee CodePA
Duration (approx)500 hours
QualificationProficiency Award

Flexible Psychology Studies and A Work Placement/Project with this Proficiency Award in Psychology

Study three core modules in the area of psychology you are interested in and complete a 200 hour work based project/placement
  • A great course for specialising in a particular area of psychology that interests you.
  • Study the theory and the practical aspects of psychology
  • Study at your own pace and in your home with our helpful tutors
  • Improve your job and career prospects
 
What is Required:

You need to complete a selection of three related psychology courses, for example:

  • Biopsychology I, II and Neuropsychology, or
  • Child Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Adolescent Psychology or
  • Social Psychology, Multicultural Awareness and Developmental Psychology, or
  • Abnormal Psychology, Conflict Management, Psychopharmacology, or
  • Life Coaching, Developmental Psychology and Careers Counselling


 AND A 200 HOUR INDUSTRY PROJECT (MORE DETAILS BELOW)

 

 

Modules

Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Qualification - Proficiency Award In Psychology.
 Industry Project BIP000
 Practicum BGN204
 
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 3 of the following 20 modules.
 Biopsychology I BPS108
 Counselling Skills I BPS109
 Counselling Skills II BPS110
 Educational Psychology BPS105
 Industrial Psychology BPS103
 Introduction To Psychology BPS101
 Marketing Psychology BPS107
 Motivation VBS111
 Psychology & Counselling BPS102
 Sports Psychology BPS106
 Adolescent Psychology BPS211
 Biopsychology II BPS204
 Conflict Management BPS201
 Counselling Techniques BPS206
 Developmental Psychology BPS210
 Family Counselling BPS213
 Grief Counselling BPS209
 Abnormal Psychology BPS307
 Criminal Psychology BPS309
 Neuropsychology BPS306
 

Note that each module in the Qualification - Proficiency Award In Psychology is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.


MORE ON THE WORKPLACE PROJECT

You next must complete a Workplace Project or work experience (approved by a tutor and equal to 200 hours duration)

There are four options available to you to satisfy the Workplace Project Requirement requirement:

Alternative 1.

If you work in the industry that you have been studying; you may submit a reference from your employer, in an effort to satisfy this industry (ie. workplace project) requirement; on the basis of RPL (ie. recognition for prior learning), achieved through your current and past work experience.

The reference must indicate that you have skills and an awareness of your industry, which is sufficient for you to work in a position of responsibility.

Alternative 2.

A one module credit (100 hrs) can be achieved by verifying attendance at a series of industry meetings, as follows:

  •  Meetings may be seminars, conferences, trade shows, committee meetings, volunteer events (eg. Community working bees), or any other meeting where two or more industry people or people who are knowledgeable about their discipline.
  •  Opportunity must exist for the student to learn through networking, observation and/or interaction with people who know their industry or discipline
  •  A list of events should be submitted together with dates of each attended and times being claimed for each
  •  Documentary evidence must be submitted to the school to indicate support each item on the above list (eg. Receipts from seminars, conference or shows, letters from committee or organisation secretaries or committee members. All such documentation must contain a contact details)

Alternative 3.

Credits can be achieved by completing standard modules Workplace Project I, II and/or III

Each of these modules comprises a series of “hands on” PBL projects, designed as learning experiences that involve interaction with the real world. (This approach is based upon tried and proven learning approaches that originated in American universities but are now widely used and respected by academia throughout many countries). See the web site or handbook for more detail.

Alternative 4.

If you do not work in the relevant industry, you need to undertake a project as follows.

 

Procedure for a Workplace Project

This project is a major part of the course involving the number of hours relevant to the course (see above). Although the course does not contain mandatory work requirements, work experience is seen as highly desirable.

This project is based on applications in the work place and specifically aims to provide the student with the opportunity to apply and integrate skills and knowledge developed through various areas of formal study.

Students will design this project in consultation with a tutor to involve industry based activities in the area of specialized study which they select to follow in the course. The project outcomes may take the form of a written report, folio, visuals or a mixture of forms. Participants with relevant, current or past work experience will be given exemption from this project if they can provide suitable references from employers that show they have already fulfilled the requirements of this project.

For courses that involve more than 100 hours, more than one workplace project topic may be selected. For example, 200 hours may be split into two projects each of 100 hours. This will offer the student better scope to fulfill the needs of their course and to meet the number of hours required. Alternatively, the student may wish to do one large project with a duration of 200 hours.

Students will be assessed on how well they achieve the goals and outcomes they originally set as part of their negotiations with their tutor. During each 100 hours of the project, the students will present three short progress reports. These progress reports will be taken into account when evaluating the final submission. The tutor must be satisfied that the work submitted is original.

If the student wishes to do one large 200 hour report, then only three progressive reports will be needed (however the length of each report will be longer).


HOW TO PROCEED

1. Students are expected to select a suitable project or task to complete that allows the student to apply and integrate the knowledge and skills they have obtained as part of their studies.

2. The student should submit a draft proposal outlining their proposed project, study or task. The expected outcomes of this project should be clearly stated. This will be looked at by a tutor and comments made. Students are welcome to visit the school or to talk to a tutor to obtain advice on how to draw up their proposal. The proposal should indicate what the student intends to do, how they intend to do it, where they intend to do it, and what they expect to produce (e.g. a written report, a folio, references from an employer) as a means of showing what they have achieved during their project/study/task.

3. A refined proposal will be submitted by the student incorporating changes based on the comments made by the tutor. This updated proposal will either be accepted as being suitable or further comments made. The proposal may need to be submitted several times before it is finally accepted.

4. The student will then be expected to carry out the project, study or task.

Progress Reports

The student will be expected to submit three progress reports during the duration of the progress. This is in addition to the final project product (e.g. report, folio). Each progress report should show what you have done so far (e.g. what research you have done, what tasks you have carried out, etc.). It should also cover any problems you have had so far, and if so, what you have done to overcome these problems. Each progress report should be in the vicinity of 300 - 500 words in length.

Progress Report 1.

This should be submitted about one quarter of the way through your study/project/task.

Progress Report 2.

This should be submitted about one half way through your study/project/task.

Progress Report 3.

This should be submitted about three quarters of the way through your study/project/task.

Final Report

This report is to be typed and submitted to the school.

The final report should summarise the objective of the workplace project, and be set out like a professional report.

Although content is the most important factor in determining a pass grade for the workplace project, your report should exhibit elements of professional report writing (in regards to spelling, grammar, clarity and presentation).

Final Report Length

For 100 hours Workplace Projects:

* this report should be about 1,500 to 3,000 words.

For a 200 hour Workplace Project:

* this report should be about 3,000 to 5,000 words.

Specialise in a field of psychology AND gain a work placement/project experience with this flexible distance learning qualification.
 
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