March 27, 2020

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Since arriving at Cardiff Met I have been supported and given many opportunities to prosper in my studies – ranging from gathering both academic knowledge & expertise and applying them in a real-world setting to being awarded a progression award for academic performance in my first year, there is no shortage of support and opportunity provided on the programme.

I am in my second year of studying Psychology and hope to progress to postgraduate study in Clinical Psychology. This is something that has only grown with my studies in psychology at Cardiff Met.

Psychology at Cardiff Met has expanded both my academic and professional understanding of psychology. When in the first year I was encouraged and supported to explore the range of roles and careers psychology can lead to and now in my second year the university has expanded on this and provided the opportunity through the, Work, Volunteering & Applied Psychology Module, to gain vital real-world experience in my chosen field. There were plenty of opportunities for experience in Educational, Clinical, Forensic and Occupational environments of psychology.

I am now expanding on my favourite module with my work placement at Headway. Headway provides peer support to survivors of brain injuries and offers opportunities and activities to regain independence.

The wide range of academic and practical modules offered was what made Cardiff Met standout when I was applying for university. This has certainly proven to be true with my most favourite module being Cognitive Neuroscience, which explores the neurological basis of the brain and its processes as well as exploring and expanding my understanding of the diverse range of effects brain injuries can have on an individual and encompasses both the areas of biology and psychology.

I am now expanding on my favourite module with my work placement at Headway. Headway provides peer support to survivors of brain injuries and offers opportunities and activities to regain independence or just to have someone to talk to. I have enjoyed every occasion working with and getting to know the diverse range of people that use Headway and have come to appreciate the strong sense of community identity that underlies the charity.

The experience that I have had at Headway of working with and getting to know adults with brain injuries has been important in both my personal and professional development

The experience that I have had at Headway of working with and getting to know adults with brain injuries has been important in both my personal and professional development, allowing me to apply and expand my knowledge and study but more importantly, it provided me with a chance to learn to understand the perspective of people with brain injuries by getting to know the people themselves – something you can’t find in the classroom or a textbook.

Experiencing the placement, for me, is an essential aspect of study as not only has it reinforced my hopes to become a clinical psychologist, provided the opportunity to learn interpersonal support skills, expanded upon my academic skills and allowed me to apply them in a practical and professional setting – You also get to experience the brilliant sense of community and be part of the support that you learn about and hope to continue to be a part of.

Hear from Sam and why he finds his work placement at Headway a crucial part of his learning and development to becoming a clinical Psychologist.