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Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

3 years, Full Time

Top 10
University for Psychology
for research intensity out of 101 UK Psychology departments
in Psychology for overall satisfaction
1. Guardian University Guide 2021 | 2. Complete University Guide League Tables 2021 | 3. NSS 2020

Entry Requirements and Fees

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

  • UCAS Tariff points: 104 – 120 (A levels or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC/ Cambridge Technical)
  • A levels: BBB - BCC
  • BTEC/Cambridge Technical: DDM - MMM (Applied Science)
  • GCSEs: English Language, Mathematics and a science at grade C/4 or better 
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass 
  • International Baccalaureate: 26 - 28 points including Science Higher at 5
  • IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5

Not sure you will reach these entry requirements? Take a look at our integrated foundation year.


2021/22 UK fee: £9,250

2021/22 International fee: £14,050

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

Course content

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Course overview

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 you 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.

This degree 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, 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​

Read our Psychology brochure for more information.

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

Psychology labs and equipment

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

Counselling Skills appropriate to the Humanistic approach will be discussed and practised. The rationale behind the skills and their appropriate usage will be analysed. Ethical issues will be debated and evaluated as they arise in the experiential work. Issues such as confidentiality, equal opportunities and boundary setting, will be considered as will the study of the code of Ethics e.g. BACP /UKCP. The curriculum will continue to familiarise students with the PCEPS Scale.

Understanding the Therapeutic Process and working with Diversity

Students will report on and critically review their client work, within the group setting. They will have on-going practise in giving and receiving effective feedback. They will be encouraged to develop an understanding of the areas of responsibility of the professional counsellor. These areas will encompass responsibility to clients, colleagues, agencies, associations, to society and to themselves. Students will be encouraged to explore where conflicts might occur with regard to responsibility and to use ethical problem solving techniques to reach conclusions. Input from tutors will be provided on strategies that will both enhance and advance students’ counselling skill base, these strategies will be chosen in order to meet the perceived learning needs of the students.

Client Issues

Students will research a particular issue such as: eating disorders, sexual abuse, bereavement, addiction, transitions, self-harming, body dysmorphia and obsessive-compulsive order.

Person Centred Therapy

Students will develop a deeper understanding of Roger’s ‘Conditions Statement’. They will also explore the ‘Tribes of the Person-centred Nation’ including the classical approach, focussing, experiential work, existential ideas and integration.

Mindfulness and Compassion-focussed therapies

(Module information to come)

Cognitive Psychology

The module will provide an introduction to the ways cognitive processes have been studied, for example through experimental and cognitive neuropsychological methodologies. The areas of attention, perception, learning, thinking and language will be investigated in terms of underlying theory and empirical research.

Developmental Psychology

Developmental Psychology involves the study of development and maturation in cognitive, personality and social processes. The aim of the module is to introduce students to basic theory, research findings and methods of investigation in childhood, adolescence and lifespan development. The module will aim to provide a critical understanding of the ways in which behaviour is influenced by developmental factors, the nature of developmental processed, and the ways which empirical research can help us to understand how developmental processes influence what we do.

Biological Psychology

The module will provide an introduction to the ways biological processes have been studied, for example through brain lesions and cell stimulation methodologies. The areas of behavioural genetics, neuro-imaging, neuropsychology, socio-biology and evolutionary psychology will be investigated in terms of underlying theory and empirical research.

Understanding Relationships

Functions of understanding relationships will be broken down into contributory functions to lead to an exploration of selected experiences of relationships through some processes related to forming an impression of someone, feeling attracted or not to them, wanting to be their friend or partner, getting to know them and forming a relationship with them through a variety of behaviours such as seeing them, talking to them and meeting them socially. Certain psychological theories and empirical findings from investigations into impression formation, attraction, prejudice, and stereotyping and relationship formation will be introduced and a range of methodologies and analyses, such as interviewing, content analysis and observational approaches will be explored.

Research Methods

The module will develop knowledge of survey and qualitative approaches to investigating and analysing psychological data, including multiple regression. The relationship between correlational analysis and predictive reasoning will be outlined. Areas covered will include multivariate analysis (multiple and logistic regression) and content analysis.

Independent Project

Students are encouraged to adopt a problem-oriented approach of which the first stage is to identify a problem in psychology which is of interest and relevance to their first degree studies. An appropriate approach to addressing the problem is then determined through discussion with tutors who have relevant theoretical and practical expertise. The investigation may be based within a single discipline, or it may involve more than one discipline, but it must be based within the students chosen degree programme. In all cases tutors will advise on the capability of the student to complete the complexity of the study in the time available and with the necessary resources.

International English Studies

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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.


Are you interested in this course and would like to learn more? Get in touch with our Admissions Team for more information.