BSc (Hons) Psychology with Developmental Disorders

This BSc (Hons) Psychology with Developmental Disorders degree combines the study of key aspects of psychology with knowledge about a range of developmental disorders such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, speech and language impairment and autism. This includes developing a strong understanding of these disorders, how these disorders are assessed and the management approaches used.

During the Psychology with Developmental Disorders course you will foster a clear understanding of evidence based practice alongside placement activities in settings that support individuals with developmental disorders, such as local special schools and charities. You will focus on the assessment and management of disorders such as dyslexia and cover topics which include multi-agency working and safeguarding children and young people.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 3 Years September Treforest A
Part-time 6 Years September Treforest A
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
9WQ3 Full-time 3 Years September Treforest A
Part-time 6 Years September Treforest A

You will complete modules covering all core areas in psychology necessary to gain British Psychological Society accreditation. This includes research methods, cognitive, social, biological and developmental psychology as well as the study of individual differences and historical issues in psychology. You will also complete a final year dissertation which will allow you to explore a topic of your choice in more depth by undertaking a research project. Additionally you will learn about a range of developmental disorders; including dyslexia, dyspraxia, speech and language impairment, ADHD and autism. This will include issues relating to understanding, assessment, and intervention and will be complemented by placement activities in a variety of settings that support individuals with developmental disorders.

Year One

  • Methods and Evidence in Psychology (40 credits)
  • Introducing Psychology (40 credits)
  • Introduction to Developmental Disorders (40 credits)

Year Two

  • Understanding and Researching Psychology: Cognitive, Biological & Historical Perspectives (40 credits)
  • Understanding and Researching Psychology: Developmental, Social and Individual Difference Perspectives (40 credits)
  • Assessment and Inclusive Practice (40 credits)

Year Three

  • Advanced Research Methods: Dissertation (40 credits)
  • Management and support of individuals with developmental disorders (20 credits)
  • Applying knowledge of developmental disorders to practice (20 credits)

Plus two options from the list below (all 20 credits):

  • Health Psychology
  • Occupational Psychology
  • Developing Understanding of Clinical Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Advanced Issues in Sport Psychology
  • Applications of Psychology in Sport
  • Applications of Social Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuropsychology and Neuroscience
  • How the Mind Works in Everyday Life
  • Therapeutic Interventions Across the Lifespan


The BSc (Hons) Psychology with Developmental Disorders is delivered through lectures, seminars, workshops, individual/small group supervision and independent study. You will also have the opportunity to attend guest lectures given by academic staff from other institutions and professional psychologists who work in different areas of practise.

As part of this Psychology degree you will complete placements in a variety of settings e.g., special schools, charities that support individuals with developmental disorders. Some applied experience is also available through psychology plus and through student opportunities with Research Dyscovery.


You will complete a range of different class activities including group discussions, debates, case studies and in-class projects.

One of the most exciting things about this specialised psychology degree is that you experience a great range of delivery and assessment methods. As part of your course, you will be completing essays, project reports, write ups of case study activities, oral and poster presentations, class tests and end of year examinations. Additionally in your final year you will complete an independent research project, which will give you an opportunity to study a topic of your choice in depth, and apply your skills in research acquired during years one and two. Finally you will complete placement activities which will enable you to see how individuals with developmental disorders are supported in practice.


The British Psychological Society (BPS) has accredited this course, which gives you eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC, previously known as GBR) with the Society when you graduate. Registration will open the way for postgraduate professional training in areas of applied psychology such as clinical, occupational and educational psychology, as you progress to become a chartered psychologist.


As well as gaining valuable experience as part of your placements which are integrated throughout the course, our Psychology Plus scheme, provides you with opportunities to gain additional training, research and clinical experience on campus. For example, every student is guaranteed, if they want it during their undergraduate studies, a six-week placement in our Autism Clinic based in PAWB Wales. The University of South Wales Autism Project offers applied behaviour analytic intervention for children five and under typically with a diagnosis of autism. The clinic is largely run by student volunteers under the supervision of a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst.



Facilities include observation and interview rooms equipped with a two-way mirror, CCTV and audio, which allows research and interview practice sessions to be conducted and recorded. We also have a custom-built air conditioned PC laboratory which provides access to specialist software for running psychology experiments and conducting careers guidance interviews.

The Cognitive Neuropsychology Suite houses specialist psychology equipment such as eye tracking equipment, EEG (electroencephalogram) and ECG (electrocardiogram) facilities for recording electrical activity in the heart and scalp and a driving simulator.

The University offers a wide range of psychological services to the general public through our PAWB Wales clinic facility and include play therapy, behaviour analysis, health and sport psychology interventions.


Dr Catherine Purcell, award leader

The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. Most offers we make are at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable.

Typical A-Level Offer

BCC - CDD to exclude General Studies (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level to exclude General Studies (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with higher grades of between 655-445 (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points)

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits overall – the credits should equate to between 106-80 UCAS tariff points (examples below)

45 Level 3 credits equating to 15 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 6 Passes (106 UCAS Tariff Points)

45 Level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 6 Merits and 27 Passes (80 UCAS Tariff Points)

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances Other: You will also need an enhanced DBS check.

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000 
  • Full-time International:  £11900 
  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC
  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
DBS * £57.2
This fee includes £44 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
DBS Updating Service £13
Whilst optional it is strongly recommended signing up for this service especially if you are likely to have placements each year and wish to persue a career post University where a DBS check is a requirement. Please note the service has to be joined within 19 days of receipt of your enhanced DBS certificate.
Other: Placement Costs (Travel etc)
All years of study. Cost is dependent on location

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU. 

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Admissions statement

A key element of our Psychology degree is the hands-on experience you’ll gain throughout your studies. In addition to your hands-on experience as part of your course, through the Psychology Plus scheme you’ll be offered a range of opportunities, including specialist short courses, professional certificates and work placements – another great boost to your CV. There is also an opportunity to study abroad at a partner university in Europe on an Erasmus exchange, or at a university in the USA or Australia. This would add an extra perspective to your studies and boost your confidence. Upon graduation you will gain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society and will therefore be eligible for further postgraduate training in one of the applied areas of psychology (e.g. clinical, counselling, educational, forensic, health, occupational or sport and exercise psychology).

You’ll be well equipped for careers in the third sector, social care settings and education sectors but could also consider careers in the healthcare or criminal justice sectors, working with those who have developmental disorders. With further study and training you could consider a career in Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Clinical Psychology or Educational Psychology. You could opt to undertake a PGCE qualification to continue your studies focusing on special educational needs. Whatever you decide, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to help enhance your future career prospects and to make an impression on a future employer. Specialist short courses, professional certificates and work placements are all available through our Psychology Plus scheme. Note: A valid DBS check may be required (additional costs apply).

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.