Emily Crown

Psychology (Developmental and Educational) BSc (Hons)

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I chose to study at the University of Northampton for two reasons. Firstly, I was drawn to the specific title of this course and the content of the modules that had a great balance between core psychology and that with a particular focus on development and education. Secondly, when I came on an open day I fell in love with the campus (then, Park Campus), thanks to the welcoming, friendly tour guides and homely, comforting atmosphere.

I have always enjoyed working with children. Growing up with a childminder as a Mother (and four younger siblings), my house was frequented by babies, children and teenagers, and during school holidays I would spend the majority of my time playing, baking, dressing up, singing and dancing with them all. I knew that I, too, wanted to work with children and had thought that when I left school, I would probably become a primary teacher. When it came to choosing my A-levels though, I discovered Psychology for the first time and really found it fascinating. Then, when researching university degree options, the Developmental and Educational Psychology course amalgamated my interest in people and behaviour, my desire to help others, and my love for working with children and young people- it was the perfect course choice for me!

I particularly appreciated the opportunities within the modules to gain practical experience, to both inform my assignment writing and help me develop professionally. Also, the fact that the course is accredited by the British Psychological Society, with eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership- an essential first step in a professional psychology career. Whilst studying, I worked part-time as a play worker for a Northampton-based Autism Charity, which enabled me to be around more like-minded people, broaden my knowledge around and exposure to Autism and associated co-morbidities, and was just so personally rewarding for me. So, I would really recommend looking at what local opportunities there are, in line with your own individual interests, to really make the most of your time and learning potential. I’d also recommend finding out about the University of Northampton’s multitude of sports clubs and societies, as for me, being a part of the Netball Squad was one of the best and most memorable parts of my whole University experience.

Since graduating in 2017, I have worked as an SEND 1:1 in a mainstream primary school, a learning support assistant in a pupil referral unit and now, I am currently in post as an assistant psychologist at an independent, specialist school for young people with Autism. It is thanks to the transferrable skills I either gained or enhanced during my time at the University of Northampton (e.g. general self-confidence, presenting skills, academic writing, efficient reading techniques) that I have felt empowered to pursue a career in Psychology, and I hope to soon embark on the next part of my journey: a Doctorate in Educational Psychology.

I found the University of Northampton’s Student Support and Advice Team and the Changemaker Team pivotal in helping me navigate my 3 years of study. The staff within the Psychology Department had such a wealth of knowledge and experience but were also so approachable, enabling me to feel supported in my study, knowing that I could ask for support at any time. Therefore, my advice for anyone thinking about applying for the Developmental and Educational Psychology course at The University of Northampton is… GO FOR IT!