Psychology is a popular subject because it has relevance to so many areas of everyday life. It is of interest to anyone who wants to understand what causes certain elements of human behaviour and how knowledge of that behaviour can be applied. As you train to become a child development and education specialist, you will explore how children develop cognitively and how psychology has contributed to educational best practice. The course will begin with a thorough exploration of fundamental psychology. This early curriculum will give you all the skills needed to apply academic understanding to human behaviour, exploring how people act and interact both as individuals and in groups. You’ll then apply this knowledge to important issues within child development, education and educational practise – honing your skillset ready for a range of rewarding careers. You’ll also study the scientific methodology of psychological research. Exploration of reasoned approaches, research methods and the manipulation of data will help you to prepare for your major independent research project, as well as equipping you with a useful set of transferable skills. The research project, which takes place in the third year of the course, will see you undertake a thorough exploration of a relevant topic within psychology, education or child development. This is a good opportunity for you to specialise your knowledge further, acting as the perfect springboard into graduate employment or further study. The course emphasises the practical application of psychology, with real-world assessments and work-based learning integrated throughout. You’ll be guided through the curriculum by experienced course tutors with specialist expertise in child development and education. You’ll also learn from guest lecturers with backgrounds in a range of relevant professions.