City Unity College, in collaboration with Cardiff Metropolitan University, offers the BSc (Hons) Education, Psychology and Special Educational Needs programme, which is recognized by the A.T.E.E.N. department of the Greek Ministry of Education, Lifelong learning and Religious Affairs.
The combination of Education (across the life span), Psychology and Special Educational Needs provides a distinctive and attractive degree both for prospective students and employers. It provides an ideal platform to explore in detail educational theory, Special Needs policy and practice, underpinning psychological perspectives in both areas, as well as a focus on relevant psychological and educational theory and research. The programme will enhance the graduate employability prospects of students through its unique psychological perspective on education and special education, thus developing critical, analytic and problem-solving thinking skills valued by employers. Other valuable ‘soft skills’ developed on the course include communication skills, emotional intelligence and empathy, and team-working skills. There will be opportunities on the course for students to evidence the development of these skills by successfully completing additional qualifications, for example in listening skills, coaching and mentoring, and sign language.
It is well-established that employers look positively on graduates with relevant work experience. With this in mind, there is a significant work experience element on the course, so that by completion students will have completed at least 100 hours work placement across all three years. This can act as good preparation for work by encouraging self-reflection of skills and attributes and generally raising awareness of the workplace. Students will have the opportunity to apply and where appropriate challenge what they have learned on the course. Work experience also demonstrates a degree a motivation and determination on the part of the student.