Module details for Work-Based Learning


This module will provide students with the opportunity to link work experience with their academic study, by undertaking a psychology-relevant work placement. Through a competitive process, students can apply for placements organised by the University or if they already have a suitable work or voluntary post, can use this to gain work-based credit. Students must work a minimum of 30hrs across the term with their placement provider as well as attend sessions in the University designed to enhance employability and support the assessments.


The aim of this module is to allow students to work in a psychology-relevant placement to enhance their understanding of the links between their studies and real-world application. It will also improve employability through developing skills necessary for the work environment, provide insight into work opportunities available to psychology graduate, helping to build a network of potential employers, and increasing chances of securing employment by improving skills in self-presentation in written and verbal contexts.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Apply their Psychology experience and skills to an employer’s business, department or specific project.

2.  Appraise and reflect on personal skills development.

3.  Evidence understanding of the workplace environment.

4.  Demonstrate ability to map own skills onto careers and job opportunities.

5.  Demonstrate ability to manage own learning and work-related tasks.

Indicative Content

1 Introduction

Overview of expectations from work placement students.

2 Mapping skills, reflective practice and reflecting on personal experiences

Evaluating skills against careers and job opportunities, engaging in reflective practice, identifying areas of development.

3 Self-presentation in job applications

How to construct a cover letter, tailoring your CV, presentation in interview and networking events.

4 Careers in Psychology – real-life experiences

Abertay alumni will return to share their stories and experiences of securing jobs in psychology-related fields and beyond.

5 Project and task management

How to manage tasks and projects to ensure successful completion and effectiveness.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 0
Tutorial/Seminar 14
Practical Activity 30
Assessment 30
Independent 126
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2021/22 , and may be subject to change for future years.