SHE Level 6
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MDC825612
Module Leader Tasim Martin
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Psychology
  • B (January start)-C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Students will not be permitted to enter for the final examination of this module until all other modules on the programme have been successfully completed.

Summary of Content

Linked closely to Professional Development 3A, the module will focus issues linked to employability and professional leadership as a Practitioner Psychologist, and provide a forum for career planning and development issues. Themed workshops linked to employability, leadership and supervision skills will be undertaken to ensure students are equipped with the advanced professional knowledge and skills required to develop and maintain a professional career in Psychology, within their specific domain (Counselling, Health, or Sports & Exercise Psychology). The module also comprises preparation for, and the undertaking of, a reflective review assignment, assembly of a portfolio of work as appendices, and a viva-voce examination. Together these comprise the final assessment of the programme. All other programme components must be complete in order for student's to be entered for this final assessment. Individualised support is provided by Personal Tutors.


Employability & career planning Professional leadership Supervision practice and skills Performance and integration of programme learning

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, within a specific domain of practice (Counselling, Health or Sports & Exercise Psychology), students should be able to:1. Demonstrate clear and critical understanding of their professional identity as a Practitioner Psychologist; 2. Demonstrate a deep, reflective awareness of the ways in which their personal experiencing relates to their professional stance as a Practitioner Psychologist;3. Demonstrate critical, detailed and potentially leading knowledge within an applied psychology domain;4. Critically reflect on the complex relationship between the personal and professional spheres within their specific domain of practice and the tensions this presents as a Practitioner Psychologist;5. Critically reflect on personal functioning in professional practice (e.g. autonomy and accountability, fitness to practice, development needs, resilience) and to engage positively with feedback from fellow students, supervisors and tutors;6. Critically analyse and integrate research, theory and practice to address complex professional dilemmas and generate innovative solutions to these drawing on a creative and original personal stance;7. Reflect on and critically evaluate professional practice in relation to ethical and anti-discriminatory values and principles;8. Critically appraise the factors impacting upon employability as a practitioner psychologist and the development of an innovative, personal strategy regarding career planning;9. Demonstrate a high degree of autonomy and initiative;10. Demonstrate the capacity to communicate at the standard of published academic and/or professional work (including appropriate referencing).

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module will be delivered by means of intensive workshops, focussing on leadership, employability, supervision skills and preparation for the final assessment. It is supported by the student's Personal Tutor in order to critically consider the integration of their learning in preparation for the final assessment.

Indicative Reading

Anderson, L. & Bolt, S. (2007). Professionalism: real skills for workplace success. Prentice Hall: NJ. British Psychological Society (2017). Practice guidelines. Leicester: BPS. Retrieved from <> British Psychological Society (2018 ). Code of ethics & conduct . Leicester: BPS. Retrieved from: <> Bolton, G. (2005). Reflective practice: writing and professional development . London: Sage. Counselling Psychology Review. (2007). Special edition on the everyday working lives of Counselling Psychologists , 22 (1). Douglas, B., Woolfe, R., Strawbridge, S., Kasket, E. & Galbraith, V. (2016). The handbook of counselling psychology (4th Ed). SAGE: London. Hawkins, P. & Shohet, R. (2012). Supervision in the helping professions (supervision in context). Maidenhead: Open University Press. Health and Care Professions Council (2016 ). Standards of conduct, performance and ethics . London: Author. Retrieved from: <,performanceandethics.pdf> Milton, M. (Ed.). (2010). Therapy and beyond: Counselling psychology contributions to therapeutic and social issues . Chichester: John Wiley. Murphy, D. (2017). Counselling psychology: A textbook for study and practice (BPS textbooks in psychology). Wiley-Blackwell: UK. Sternberg, R.J. & Sternberg, K. (2010). The psychologist's companion: a guide to writing scientific papers for students and researchers . Cambridge University Press .

Transferrable Skills

Conceptualising professional dilemmas, reflection & problem-solving; collaborative working and interpersonal effectiveness; advanced communication and writing skills; creativity and innovation; critical thinking; time management; stakeholder involvement; critical dialogue; influencing; enterprise; leadership.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (FT) 37.50
Assessment (FT) 15.00
Independent Learning (FT) 97.50

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 1.00 100.00 50% Final assessment: 5000 word assignment, portfolio of programme coursework, and viva voce examination