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BSC (HONS) COUNSELLING PSYCHOLOGY 

The BSc (Hons) Counselling Psychology programme has been designed to meet the accreditation criteria of the British Psychological Society (BPS).  

This three year, full-time programme gives students the opportunity to develop knowledge of theory of counselling, advanced counselling skills, integrate self-awareness into helping relationships as well as examine the biological, cognitive, developmental, individual difference and social psychological principles underlying everyday experience and behaviour.

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

  • A levels (or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC / Cambridge Technical): 104 to 120 UCAS Tariff Points (to include Psychology or a science at B)
  • BTEC / Cambridge Technical: DDM (Applied Science)
  • GCSEs: English language, mathematics and a science at grade C or better
  • International Baccalaureate: 28 points, including science Higher at 4
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass with at least 12 credits worth of science units at Merit
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Course content

The BSc (Hons) Counselling Psychology programme sets psychological investigation and knowledge into counselling psychology as well as everyday functions. The programme is designed to encourage critical thinking through evaluating perspectives on psychology and counselling and draw well researched conclusions. A questioning approach to behaviour is thus encouraged from year one.

Practical experiments are used as a foundation for understanding and explanation. You’ll learn to link the development of research and analytic skills to explanations relevant to everyday experiences. This approach will continue to the final year where you’ll explore contexts such as work and lifestyle from a psychological perspective.

Practical and laboratory experience and skills development is embedded within this process, as is practical experience of research participation, thus linking the development of research and analytic skills to explaining behaviours relevant to everyday functioning and experiences. This approach is carried through to the final year where psychological knowledge is applied to contexts relevant to counselling psychology.

The key theoretical areas:

  • Schools of Counselling Psychology
  • Developmental psychology
  • Individual differences
  • Social psychology
  • Biological psychology

Areas that we explore include at BSc level include:

  • Apply and reflect on counselling skills
  • Ethical issues in Counselling Psychology
  • Self-reflection
  • Why we like some people and not others?
  • Benefits of living in the present moment
  • Emotions and decision-making
  • The development of thinking
  • Impact of individual differences processes on behaviour

 

Our facilities

Our specialist facilities and equipment include:

  • Brain Imaging Unit
  • Virtual Reality Unit
  • Psychological Test Centre for psychometric assessments
  • Individual testing cubicles
  • Interview and Observation Suite
  • Eye tracking software
  • Biopac software to measure brain, heart and motor neuron activity
  • Inquisit –an extensive library of psychological testing paradigms for measuring and manipulating a broad range of psychological constructs
  • aLIAS - an affective immersive emotional Virtual Reality stimuli package which allows researchers to create ‘different worlds’
  • NIRScout - a cutting edge 3D scalable neuroimaging platform with a dedicated ultra-high-density near-infrared spectroscopy system which measures changes in the cerebral cortex

Where this can take you

A first degree in psychology, with status of the Graduate Basis for Registration (GBR) with the BPS provides a foundation for you to progress to specialist areas of psychology, and subsequent status as a Chartered Psychologist.

The BSc Counselling Psychology degree at the University of Chichester provides a sound basis for work as a professional psychologist, and would facilitate entry into the following careers:

  • Industry
  • Teaching
  • Working with children, adults and families
  • IT
  • Media
  • Computing
  • Marketing
  • Civil Service

Course accreditations

Indicative modules

  • Counselling Skills with Ethics
  • Understanding the Therapeutic Process and working with Diversity
  • Client Issues
  • Person Centred Therapy
  • Mindfulness and Compassion-focussed therapies
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Biological Psychology
  • Understanding Relationships
  • Research Methods
  • Independent Project

Teaching and assessment

You’ll build your subject knowledge and practical experience through core and optional teaching modules appropriate to the breadth of the curriculum.

Your learning encompasses development of core knowledge and skills intrinsic to professional practice and psychological research.

Learning is supported by lectures, workshops and tutorials to encourage theoretical and critical inquiry, debate and practical research skills.

Summative assessment involves a wide range of activity such as scientific reports, essays, group and individual presentations, poster design, multiple choice papers, short answer papers, research participation and essay exams.

All teaching material is available electronically to facilitate students who need to use assistive technology when reading materials.

Reading lists are registered with library services so that electronic copies of texts can be sourced for those students who require them.

Where practicable, all lectures and teaching classes are recorded and placed on Chi Player after the lecture takes place.

Course handbooks, powerpoints and associated materials used in lectures are available to students on-line on Moodle in advance of lectures.

A range of teaching strategies are used on the programme where possible, to ensure students with varied learning styles can benefit.

Where possible, the programme aims to provide a variety of assessment methods to meet differing needs.

 

Additional Costs

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STudy Abroad

Psychology supports students in both the BSc programme pathways who wish to broaden their academic and cultural experience by choosing to study abroad for one semester as part of their degree studies. This is an exciting chance for students who wish to widen their horizons and immerse themselves in a different culture and encounter how the discipline of Psychology is viewed and taught at universities in Europe or North America.

We are currently expanding the range of international exchange opportunities that we offer our students.

For example, under Erasmus agreements students might like to study for a semester at either Maastricht or Radboud universities in the Netherlands, where Psychology classes are delivered through the English language.