The BSc (Hons) Psychology with Counselling degree combines psychology with integrative approaches to counselling, including person-centred and compassion-focused approaches. You’ll be introduced to a range of therapeutic approaches, including cognitive, behavioural and person-centred approaches, before specialising in integrative approaches.
This is not a professional integrative counselling course (please see our BA (Hons) Counselling and Therapeutic Practice). Our BPS-accredited Psychology with Counselling degree is an excellent foundation if you are considering a career in the social care sector. Graduates can build careers in clinical and counselling psychology in particular, after postgraduate experience and possibly Masters-level study.
A key element is the hands-on experience you’ll gain throughout your studies. You’ll be offered clinical experience on campus and have access to a range of exciting opportunities, including completion of specialist short courses, professional certificates and work placements – another great boost to your CV.
What you will study
You will complete all key areas in psychology necessary to gain British Psychological Society accreditation. This includes research methods, cognitive, social, biological, developmental and individual psychology. You will complete a final year dissertation which will allow you to explore a topic of your choice in more depth by doing a research project. Additionally you will be introduced to a range of therapeutic approaches (including cognitive behavioural and person centred approaches) before specialising in integrative approaches in years two and three.
Year One: Psychology with Counselling Degree
- Investigating Methods and Evidence in Psychology
- Perspectives in Psychology
- Critical Readings in Psychology
- Introduction to therapeutic principles
Year Two: Psychology with Counselling Degree
- Using Methods in Psychology
- Professional Practice and Employability
- From Cells to Consciousness
- Lifespan Development and the Social Context
- Understanding the application of therapeutic principles
Year Three: Psychology with Counselling Degree
- Advanced Research Methods: Dissertation
- Therapeutic Principles, Psychopathology and Mental Health, in Social Context
- Critical Reflective Practice in Counselling
Plus two options from the list below:
- Health Psychology Across the Lifespan
- Psychological Disorders and Therapeutic Interventions
- Forensic Psychology
- Applications of Social Psychology
- Cognitive Neuropsychology and Neuroscience
- The Psychology of Education and Work
The Psychology with Counselling degree is delivered through lectures, seminars, workshops, individual/small group supervision and independent study. You will also have the opportunity to attend guest lectures given by academic staff from other institutions and professional psychologists who work in different areas of practise. Additionally you will complete group tutorials and seminars with accredited counselling practitioners and will explore different theoretical approaches through class discussions and practical activities.
You will complete a range of different class activities including group discussions, debates, case studies and in-class projects.
One of the most exciting things about this Psychology with Counselling degree is that you experience a great range of delivery and assessment methods. As part of your course, you will be completing essays, project reports, write ups of case study activities, oral and poster presentations, class tests and end of year examinations. Additionally in your final year you will complete an independent research project which will give you an opportunity to study a topic of your choice in depth and apply your skills in research acquired during years one and two.
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