BSc (Hons)

Psychology of Child Development

3 Years
September 2024
Campus Taught
Foundation entry

Explore young minds – with a degree that delves into the social, biological and cognitive issues that shape the way children think, feel and interact with the world around them.

Why study with us

  • At our purpose-built child observation suite, you can witness, record and analyse children’s behaviour and interaction with toys, peers and adults.
  • While this is a specialist degree, it offers the well-rounded understanding of psychology to earn accreditation from the British Psychological Society (BPS).
  • We offer the chance to get involved in research, whether assisting or participating, with paid internships, placements and part-time roles.
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What you'll do

  • While you’ll have a strong focus on child development, you’ll also have the flexibility to choose from various option modules as you progress.
  • You could take the chance to spend a year on placement, building workplace experience and professional skills to boost your career prospects when you graduate.
  • As this course shares a common first year with Forensic Psychology, Neuropsychology and more, you may have the chance to switch specialisms as your interests develop.


Course delivery

Following the pandemic, we have found that some courses benefit from a blended learning and teaching approach. Therefore, the majority of your teaching will be face-to-face on campus aside from a small amount of online teaching where we have learnt it works best.


Please note the delivery information for this course is accurate for the academic year 2023/24. The information displayed in this section may not yet accurately reflect how the course will be delivered in 2024/25 but this information will be updated by December 2023.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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View the course facilities

Within the extensive laboratory facilities available, the School has developed two outstanding laboratory complexes in which you can develop a deeper understanding of the psychology of child development: The Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience (DCN) lab and the Child Observation Suite (COS). 

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Academic expertise

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Dr Kat Cartmell
Course Leader for Psychology Courses at UCLan Burnley
School of Psychology and Humanities

Kat is a Chartered Psychologist who has developed a keen interest in the area of educational and child Psychology. She is a dedicated advocate for children’s rights and is eager to document and shine a light on children’s voices.

Dr Georgia Chronaki
Senior Lecturer in Developmental Neuroscience
School of Psychology and Humanities

Georgia oversees the activities of our Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience (DCN) Laboratory. In parallel to her academic activities, Georgia has experience in working clinically with children and young people in various settings.


  • This course is accredited by the BPS, the learned and professional body, incorporated by the Royal Charter, for Psychology in the UK. We will provide you with the breadth and depth of knowledge that allows you to graduate with Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) provided you achieve at least a lower second class honours degree.
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The staff members on my course have been absolutely incredible. I have been provided help every step of the way whenever I needed.
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Rahila Shah
BSc (Hons) Psychology with Psychotherapy and Counselling

Future careers

Our Psychology of Child Development BSc (Hons) course offers the specialist skills for a range of roles working with children, but also provides the knowledge to open a broad range of other paths too.

Fees and funding

Full-time£9,250 per year
Sandwich year£1,500 for the sandwich year
Part-time£1,540 per 20 credits
Full-time£16,500 per year

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country to see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.

  • Care Leaver Bursary

    Our Care Leaver Bursary is for students who need extra support because they have been in care or are estranged from their parents.

    Find out more about Care Leaver Bursary
  • Estranged student support

    Estranged Student Support Bursary is for students who need extra support because they are estranged from their parents.

    Find out more about Estranged student support
  • Dependants Bursary

    Students with financially dependent children may be eligible for our Dependants Bursary as part of our financial support package. 

    Find out more about Dependants Bursary
  • Contextualised Admissions Bursary

    We recognise that the last two years have been very challenging for young people and learning has been impacted. To help support students eligible for a contextualised offer we are offering a bursary of £250 in their first year of study.

    Find out more about Contextualised Admissions Bursary

This course is based in the School of Psychology and Humanities

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