Module XAE-1033:
Psychology of Growing Up

Module Facts

Run by School of Education and Human Development

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 1 & 2

Organiser: Dr Fliss Kyffin

Overall aims and purpose

This module explores the early psychological development of children. It identifies the milestones in a child’s early development and highlights the impact of the child's environment. It provides opportunities for students to observe young children’s development in appropriate Early Years settings, particularly in relation to their cognitive and PSE development and to analyse their evidence against the main development milestones and theories.

Course content

The module begins with a general exploration of the child’s development from birth to the early years. There is an emphasis on: • the importance of the individual’s environment, the chemical environment of the genes in the womb and a focus on the social environment during the early years; • theories regarding the physical and cognitive development of the individual, in particular the impact of the child’s environmental experiences on cognitive development; • social interactions on the psycho-social development of the individual; • the effect that a lack of understanding of the social world or lack of social experiences have on a child’s development; • observing young children’s interactions and investigating the influence of adults and peers on the psycho-social development of young children through case studies and through practical explorations and observations in a relevant settings.

DBS Check compulsory to enable you to follow this module.

Assessment Criteria


A satisfactory understanding and appreciation of the main developmental steps in the individual's early life and the interaction between the individual and his environment.


A good understanding and appreciation of the main developmental steps in the individual's early life and the interaction between the individual and his environment.


A comprehensive understanding and appreciation of the main developmental steps in the individual's early life and the interaction between the individual and his environment, and the ability to discuss the field critically and analytically.

Learning outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical accounts of a child’s early psychological development.

  2. Identify the important steps in a child’s emotional and cognitive development.

  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the influence and importance of environment on a child’s emotional and cognitive development.

  4. Identify and interpret evidence of young children psychological development in a practical environment.

  5. Identify ways in which those working with young children might support their emotional and psychological development.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
CASE STUDY case study from placement

Case study of 2 children based on observations from placement.


Teaching and Learning Strategy

Work-based learning 18

11 @ 2 hours/week

Private study 160

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
  • Caring - Showing concern for others; caring for children, people with disabilities and/or the elderly
  • Management - Able to utilise, coordinate and control resources (human, physical and/or financial)
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others

Subject specific skills

  • reflect upon a range of psychological sociological health historical and philosophical perspectives and consider how these underpin different understandings of babies and young children and childhood
  • apply multiple perspectives to early childhood issues recognising that early childhood studies involves a range of research methods theories evidence and applications
  • evaluate competing positions in relation to the construction of babies and young children and childhood by different subjects societal agents and time place and culture
  • constructively critique theories practice and research in the area of child development
  • demonstrate knowledge and awareness of the skills needed for different pedagogical approaches including: - the necessary depth and strength of relationships with individual children and children in groups and the facilitation of the building of relationships with and between children - the formation and promotion of mutually respectful relationships with families colleagues other professionals and communities
  • lead support and work collaboratively with others and demonstrate an understanding of working effectively in teams with parents carers and other professionals 11
  • demonstrate an understanding of how to plan for and where appropriate implement meeting and promoting children's health well-being protection and safety and the conditions that enable them to flourish
  • use skills of observation and analysis in relation to aspects of the lives of babies and young children
  • reflect upon the ethics of studying babies and young children and their families and communities


Resource implications for students

Students need to bring tablets or lap tops to connect to the internet in all lectures. Students are responsible for contacting schools to make arrangements for placement and for getting to and from their placement. They need to pay for their own transportation to placement settings.

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