Academic Development for Psychology 1 (C0001F)

15 credits, Level 3 (sub-degree)

Autumn teaching

This is the first of two core and compulsory modules that will develop your academic skills necessary for undergraduate study.

You’ll be working on a piece of independent research throughout this module which focuses on developing your skills as a researcher. Through a series of in-class tasks and assessed pieces of work, you will develop skills such as finding, analysing and evaluating source material to be used to form and support convincing arguments in undergraduate essays and presentations.

The work you will do on this module is framed around (and supported by) the Online Academic Writing Guide (OAWG), a resource that provides information and practice opportunities of the research skills being taught. You will work on this guide during your self-study time, but your tutor will support your efforts by complementing this resource with in-class tasks and activities. Working closely with this resource, with your Academic Development tutor and with your peers will enable you to move away from the format and style typical of A-level essay writing and start developing approaches that are expected in a subject-specific undergraduate piece of work.

Through reflective tasks and assessments, the module will also help you realise the best way to study at university, focusing on managing your time and developing specific academic skills that will give you confidence when you progress onto your degree.


100%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Project, Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 16 hours of contact time and about 134 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.