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Psychology placements provide students with the experience and knowledge of working in a range of different support services including education-based support; community support and group work.

Psychology Placement Modules are offered at both Level 5 and Level 6, each designed to help Northumbria University students develop employability skills such as time management, communication, problem solving and self-management.

Students who embark on a placement will gain exposure to the knowledge and experience of fellow professionals, and will be able to build up a network of industry contacts whilst on placement. The module aims to develop students who can independently self-manage, proactively interact and apply their knowledge and skills in a work-related context in a psychology-related environment.

Students are fully supported during the placement journey, from the initial contact with the provider and throughout the placement itself, to evaluating the experience. Placement choices encompass a wide range of host organisations in order to reflect the diversity of career paths open to Psychology graduates. 

We have excellent working partnerships with a diverse range organisations including:

  • NeuroPartners
  • National Autistic Society
  • Tyneside Mind
  • Children North East

Placement Modules
Modules accumulate a minimum of 70 hours of support work experience. It is expected that students will gain 2-3 hours of support work experience per week. Students will document their experience by completing logs after every session.

Level 5: This placement module will enable students to work within a team whilst maintaining boundaries and a professional relationship with an individual. The service users will have a range of conditions, including developmental disorders, mental health conditions, and possibly co-morbid disorders and considerations when approaching support.

Level 6: This module comprises an employment opportunity in which the student will gain experience and knowledge of working as a support worker in a psychology related role. The specific experience will be the support of an individual or group of individuals, beginning with a meeting with the placement liaison to identify the service users’ needs and background information, managing support arrangements and producing written documentation, including a log for each session.


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