Psychology of Childhood (C8813)

15 credits, Level 4

Spring teaching

This module aims to give students an overview of child development from birth through preadolescence. The module provides an overview of development in four main areas: biological (e.g. temperament), emotional (e.g. attachment), cognitive (e.g. categorisation) and social (e.g. peer relations). Additionally, this module places key emphasis on developing group working and independent learning skills by utilising a team-based small group teaching approach.


79%: Lecture
21%: Seminar


40%: Coursework (Essay, Report)
60%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 28 hours of contact time and about 122 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.