DD310 Counselling & Forensic psychology Consolidation Weekend
OUPS were the first people to start offering revision weekends to help students with their end-of-module assessments. We have been running them now for over 40 years, so we know from experience exactly what students want and need in order to give them the knowledge and skills, as well as the confidence, to improve their grades. The weekend will be of benefit to all students taking the OU DD310 course on Counselling and Forensic psychology.
|Coronavirus statement (updated 22 June 2020)
The current covid-19 pandemic is a highly unusual and a stressful situation. As the OU student psychology society and as a registered charity, OUPS exists to support you as OU psychology students. We are continually assessing our situation in the light of the official advice, and we want to make our position clear to any of you who are anxious about an existing booking or who are thinking of making a booking on one of our forthcoming events.
We currently have a number of events planned and paid for, and while we are hoping that it will be possible to go ahead with our September weekend, this may not be possible based on the public health guidance. The longer-term situation for our January weekend is less clear, but again we are planning for it to go ahead and continually monitoring the situation. So we are open for bookings for both weekends and receiving high numbers of enquiries from people interested in coming who want to know what would happen if we have to cancel.
We have adjusted our terms and conditions for the September 2020 and January 2021 weekends so that if you make a booking, or are already booked on it, we will ensure that you do not lose the cost of that booking:
We are only able to offer refunds of the money paid to us, i.e. we are not able to pay for travel or accommodation that is not included in our event prices. As usual, you will need to ensure that you are covered by travel insurance or by the terms and conditions of any travel providers, hotels etc.
This guarantee applies whether we are able to recoup any costs from our providers or not, and we hope that this update will reassure you that we have your interests at heart.
Aims of the Consolidation Weekend
A weekend of lectures which aim to consolidate themes across the module and build understanding of the material. The sessions explore key issues and themes to help you to see how the course fits together and how some of the chapters link together, supported by advice on how to tackle the EMA at the end of the module. These will allow you to construct an informed and intelligent view of the topics covered, which will help you with your approach to both the TMAs during Blocks 4 and 5 of the module and your final EMA.
What does the weekend offer?
This weekend offers a full programme of talks, running from Friday evening (registration from 3pm; dinner at 6pm; evening lecture 8pm) until Sunday afternoon (3.30pm).
Extensive handouts will be given on each of these lectures. These handouts are exclusive to students attending the weekend.
Note that we cannot give answers or advice on the actual assessed work (TMAs and EMA) that is set in the current presentation of the module.
We use a number of tutors teaching on the course as feedback from past students has underlined the value of having a range of specialised knowledge and advice and offering you a range of complementary styles of tutoring to keep you focused. Tutors on our weekends are are all highly experienced are chosen to give you a variety of specialised knowledge and advice.
We are planning to have a team of two tutors teaching on the course as feedback from past students has underlined the value of having several different tutors, giving you the benefit of a range of specialised knowledge and advice and offering you a range of complementary styles of tutoring to keep you focused. Tutors on our weekends are are all highly experienced are chosen to give you a variety of specialised knowledge and advice.
- Julia Willerton has been writing and examining for many years and is an Associate Lecturer in Psychology for the Open University, teaching on DE100, DE200, DD210 and DD310. Julia has written a number of books including "The psychology of relationships" and is one of the authors of the recently published "Oxford AQA A Level Psychology" book.
- Dr Ann Henry has worked as an Associate Lecturer at the OU since 1993 and tutors several OU modules including: DD310, DE100, E102, DD210 and DE200 and two postgraduate modules DD801 and S826. Ann has an MSc Forensic Psychology (University of Portsmouth, 2009) and a PhD in Psychology (University of Southampton, 1998). Ann has worked in a low secure unit for offenders with mental health problems, as well as tutoring OU students in various prisons (including Broadmoor). Ann recently co-authored one of the online weeks for a new OU PG module (DD802 – Investigating Forensic Psychology) which started in October 2018J. Ann has also recently completed a book chapter on her research in Westhill prison in Winchester.
A provisional timetable for this event will be available closer to the event.
Please note that this is a paperless event.
To be more environmentally friendly and to help manage our prices we will email any relevant handouts to all registered attendees, either in advance so that those who need printed versions have plenty of time to organise these, or shortly after the event if the tutor has decided that this is more appropriate for their lecture. These are for attendees' personal use and may not be shared.
We'd like to thank our tutors for working to ensure that their presentations do not contain material to which they do not have copyright and for making them available in this way. And in advance, we'd like to thank all of you who support us in actively contributing toward a paperless environment and saving a few trees along the way !
Here are some of the things previous students have said about our previous DD310 Weekends.
"An excellent weekend - well organised, well worth the money, time and effort"
"Excellent! Enthusiastic lecturers who deepened my understanding of the course and helped me to focus on the exam."
"Very good , interesting, engaging, made me realise I knew more than I thought I did! Would definitely attend a revision weekend for future course. It has set me up to start revising with more confidence."
"I was impressed with the quality of the teaching, with how each lecturer knew their subject in such depth yet could keep it simple".
"Really helpful. Good overview of chapters and approaches to take. Very supportive lecturers, able to convey a good balance re hard work and fun and importantly their enthusiasm for their topics."
"It has given me a motivation and confidence boost, I can't think of any improvements."
"Fantastic . So happy I did it!"
"Excellent as always. I wouldn't consider sitting an exam without gong on the OUPS revision weekend."
"Sadly this will be my last Warwick Revision Weekend as I graduate this year. Over the last 3 years I have found them to be indispensable and credit them with helping me achieve great grades. Thank you. I will miss being part of it."
The weekend takes place at Radcliffe Conference and Training Centre, University of Warwick. Both accommodation and lectures are located in the same building unless you have been informed otherwise.
Warwick is an award winning conference venue with excellent facilities. Access to the sports facilities, including the swimming pool, are included in the price. The university's central location with excellent transport links makes it easily accessible from all over the UK and Europe. There is ample free car parking.
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What to expect
The lectures are conducted in management conference seminar rooms within the University campus, and you will have been provided with a timetable of talks and lecture notes before you arrive.
You can choose how you spend your time. If you book the residential package then you will have a very comfortable ensuite room in management conference facilities complete with bedding, towels, a hairdryer, coffee-making facilities and desk. Wifi is also included. The training centre has a small exercise room within the building and you also have complimentary access to the gym and pool on campus, so if you do want to relax then there is the option to do so.
The cost is inclusive of all meals, including Friday night and Saturday night dinner. There are no extra costs involved (except for drinks at the bar!). As well as your room and all meals this includes refreshments at break times, extensive handouts which are only available to attendees, revision of key course material, advice on revision techniques and assessments, welcome drink on Friday night. Non-residential places are available for a reduction, all meals are still included.
The welcome drinks and psychology book stall are both excellent places to meet other students. All students and staff wear name badges, so it is easy to find somebody to help if you have any questions. You can enjoy your meals with a group of students in the comfortable dining room. The food is fresh, healthy buffet style catering, and there is something to entice everyone.
Finally, whilst most students leave exhausted from the learning and socialising, they comment that it is such a worthwhile weekend, and we see many of them each year as they progress their studies!
Travel and directions
For campus maps go to Warwick Campus Maps.