Psychology Plus: Experience

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We think work experience is an essential part of you degree, so there are lots of opportunities to experience the world of work.

A crucial part of the development of any Psychology undergraduate is learning how to apply psychological theory to practical situations, and these USW placement opportunities offer the chance to do this.  Working over an extended period of time with Behaviour Analysts, Psychology Technicians, Academics or Researchers, students have the chance to develop their understanding of the applied nature of Psychology. All of these opportunities are free of charge.

Behaviour Analysis Clinic: Early Intervention Service

You will have the unique opportunity to gain clinical experience on campus by taking part in a six week placement in our Behaviour Analysis Clinic based at the Pontypridd Campus, Treforest.

Every undergraduate student is guaranteed, if they want it during their studies, a six week placement in our Behaviour Analysis Clinic. Our 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.

Careers: Behaviour Analysis, Educational or Clinical Psychology, Social and Welfare Professions

Find out more: Traditional Psychology Careers, Other Psychology Careers


Duration: 4 hours a week for 6 weeks
Time: Registration of interest is at the start of the Autumn term.
Availability: Approximately 30 students per term

Psychology Technician Apprenticeship

Psychology technicians are key to the successful running of any psychology department.  This opportunity is tailored to give you experience of a range of tasks which are central to this role and will be very useful for those of you who want to work in research,  teaching, IT or other technical professions.  Working with our existing Psychology Technicians, you will be given hands on experience in a range of psychological tests (e.g., Biopac, Eye Tracker, CANTAB) and of various software packages (e.g., E-Prime, Tobii Studio). You will also learn a host of general duties which help ensure the smooth running of the labs and technical equipment. 

Careers: Neuropsychology, Sport and Exercise Psychology, Academic Psychology

Find out more: Traditional Psychology CareersNew and Emerging Psychologist Careers

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Duration: 16 Hours
Time: February during directed study week
Availability: 4 Students

Research Apprenticeship Scheme

As part of this scheme you will have the opportunity to carry out real-world research working with academic staff from the Psychology team.  There are six themed projects available this year.  For more information please read the psychology plus brochure or get in touch with a member of staff.

Careers: Academic Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Commercial, Industrial or Public-sector careers

Find out more: Traditional Psychology CareersOther Psychology Careers

Research Apprenticeship Scheme - Psychology Plus

Duration: To be negotiated with project supervisor
Time: To be negotiated with project supervisor
Availability: To be negotiated with project supervisor

USW Psychology Student Magazine

An exciting opportunity has arisen for students (all levels) to become involved with running a magazine/journal for the psychology department here at the USW, which will be published once a term.  

This is a student led project and there are many ways students can get involved. For instance, the team need; writers, editors, researchers and students who can help design the layout and manage illustrations/pictures.  They also require; articles about a range of topics of interest (mental well-being, eating disorders, lifestyle, addiction, student life or something else), reviews on placements, interviews with staff/researchers and anything else of relevance.

Careers: Marketing or Consumer Psychology, Academic Psychology, Commercial, Industrial or Public-sector careers

Find out more: Traditional Psychology CareersOther Psychology CareersNew and Emerging Psychologist Careers

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Duration: To be negotiated with the journal team
Time: During term time
Availability: 20 places available

USW International Challenge

The USW International Challenge is a developmental programme designed to give students a rounded University experience, while also enhancing their softer skills. 

Students will be expected to undertake 4 sections covering, physical activities, life skills development, work experience or community based project and 2 expeditions in the South Wales and West region.  Each student on the programme is allocated a mentor to work with them and their team throughout the challenge. USW Staff as well as graduates from the programme are available each year to help mentor and develop those who undertake the International Challenge.  You can find out more, and sign up to the Challenge on Unilife.

Careers: Student Support and Advice, Social and Welfare professions, Events Management

Find out more: Other Psychology Careers

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Duration: Ongoing throughout the year
Time: During term time
Availability: Submit an application and you will be informed when a place is available

Career Pathways

A degree in psychology can take you into a range of interesting careers when you graduate. Find out more about the typical careers graduates find themselves in, and how we can support your route into the profession:

Health and Social Care Careers

New and Emerging Psychologist Careers 

Traditional Psychology Careers

Other Psychology Careers

Psychology Plus Opportunities

Our aim is to offer you the widest selection of added value opportunities to complement your studies. Select a category to see even more related opportunities available as part of the Psychology Plus scheme:

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