Two University of Wolverhampton degree programmes have been given the seal of approval by the British Psychological Society (BPS). The Master’s of Science (MSc) degree programmes in Psychology (Conversion) and Psychology Health & Wellbeing (Conversion) will be accredited from March 2021 when they were officially launched as two of seven new fully-online Master’s courses.
The new Master’s courses have a specific focus on developing progressive, compassionate and ethical professionals and leaders. The accreditation is acknowledged by employers in the field and provide a stepping-stone for students looking to progress to become a Chartered Psychologist after graduating.
The BPS has 60,000 members and acts as the representative body for psychology and psychologists in the UK. It is responsible for the promotion of excellence and ethical practice in the discipline and sets high standards for research, education and knowledge.
In the UK, the BPS has also been responsible for the accreditation of psychology education and training programmes since the 1970s. The new programmes, which were introduced in the University’s Faculty of Education, Health & Wellbeing earlier this year, have met the standards required.
Alex Forsythe, Professor of Applied Psychology at the University and Chartered Occupational Psychologist, said: “Accreditation through partnership is the process by which the Society works to ensure that quality standards in education and training are met and we are absolutely thrilled that our programmes now have this hallmark of quality standard, having met all the standards required.
“As some of our first courses which are fully available for students online for the first time, this is a really amazing achievement for our team in the Institute of Human Sciences at the university. We’ve had an enormous amount of interest in the new courses, and our first cohort of students is already studying flexibly.
“They courses are ideal if you want to gain a qualification to register as a psychologist, but also if you are a professional from the public or private sector for whom a comprehensive skill set and understanding of psychology can unlock or accelerate your career progression in management and leadership roles and within functions with important applications of psychology such as marketing, research or teaching.”
Marguerite Elcock, a therapist on the Psychology Mental Health and Wellbeing course, started studying online because she wanted to extend her sphere of competence in practice.
She said: “I am loving the course, and I think it's good to give positive feedback when its relevant. I am so glad that I decided to increase my knowledge and sphere of competence by taking this on. It's fascinating and challenging, developing a new style of writing and thinking.
“I am currently reading Smith, Flowers and Larkin IPA Analysis and finding it really interesting, particularly as a Cognitive Behavioural therapist. Lots in the approach links to the methodology of developing a professional therapeutic alliance with a client with focus on transferable skills.”
The 100% online Master’s courses can be completed over a two-year period and are designed to offer students a route towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.