In the School of Psychological, Social and Behavioural Sciences the student experience extends past our teaching with the dedicated subject societies our students attend, and even run! Find out more about memberships to the Psychology Society.
Courses - What our students say:
Emily Harrison - Psychology BSc
Since I first moved to Coventry I have gained a lot of independence through living away from home. I have developed my understanding of Psychology through studying all areas in a lot more depth than was covered in previous education, I have developed my time management and planning skills for coursework and exams, and have increasingly become aware of deadlines and workloads.
I really wanted to study something I was passionate about, and so far I have really enjoyed the Psychology course. It is extremely interesting and there is always something to read up on in your spare time and plenty to keep your mind occupied. This is a really popular degree, there is always someone to talk to and it’s really easy to make friends.
One of the reasons I chose Coventry over the other universities I visited was the fact that all of the staff and students were so friendly and approachable from day one. At some universities the lecturers were on a higher level than the students, but here at Coventry the staff treat the students as friends and they are all so easy to talk to about anything from coursework to personal issues. They are always willing to help, and all lecturers have office hours where you can either drop in to ask a few questions, or book an appointment to talk about anything that you don’t understand. The staff also provides a lot of support for students in terms of careers and future aspirations.
Placements - What our students say:
Gemma Woods - Psychology BSc
Placement: Solihull Council
I submitted my CV with help from the Employability and Placement Unit and secured an interview. The interview process was quite rigorous as I had to do a 10 minute presentation on why I would like to do this role and my suitability.
My role varied considerably and was not just office based, I got to interact with a lot of schools and children, an aspect I really enjoyed. I was involved in a lot of tasks, one of which was doing a walking bus tour in a deprived area where kids were to be collected from home and taken to school. This initiative helped increase individuals attendance of up to 90% so it was insightful to be involved in.
A highlight was being given the opportunity to present at the NEC on drink, drugs and driving. Being able to work alongside professional services such as the Police, Fire Service and schools was an experience. I was also able to carry out my own research and to top that I was nominated for the National Road Safety Award.
Dandan Song - Career Coaching MSc
Placement: Employability and Placement Unit, Health and Life Sciences
I am so glad that I got the opportunity to have shadow duty with advisors and career counsellors both in Employability and Placement Unit and the Career Centre at Coventry University
Usually students who come to the Career Centre have different ways of thinking and a range of concerns in terms of different cultures, background and needs. So through the shadow duty, I have learnt how to help different students find their own answers and identify clearly the module named ”helping people”.
Secondly, I have developed my professional skills and ability by engaging workshops and events at the Career Centre, such as communication skills, organizational skills, teamwork and presentation skills, which are useful for job search. Additionally I have the CV and interview training which was beneficial for improving my professional English. As a result, I applied for a part-time job as a human resource manager and I got it after the placement.