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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
for student satisfaction
1. Guardian University Guide 2021 | 2. Complete University Guide League Tables 2021 | 3. National Student Survey 2021

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 (to include psychology or a science at B)
  • 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 is an ideal place to start your career in counselling. This degree offers a 50/50 split of modules, you also gain the advantage of keeping your options open to both counselling and psychology fields. 

This three-year full-time course allows you to develop your knowledge of counselling and advanced counselling skills as well as the chance to examine the biological, cognitive, developmental, individual difference and social psychological principles underlying everyday experience and behaviour.

Practical and laboratory experiments are used as a foundation for understanding and explanation. You’ll learn to link research and analytic skills to explain everyday experiences. 

Accredited degree

This degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), the regulating body for psychology in the UK. This means the course is recognised professionally which would make you more desirable to future employers. This is a real advantage to helping you stand out from the crowd.

Learn from practising counsellors

You won't just gain a flavour of counselling through this course, you'll be taught by professional counsellors who run their own private practices as well as lecturers who are active researchers in psychology. Topics they will cover are: 

  • Apply and reflect on counselling skills
  • Ethical issues in Counselling Psychology
  • Self-reflection
  • Why do 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

We also offer this course with an integrated foundation year​

Do you want the chance to build your subject knowledge and academic skills? Take a look at our integrated foundation year.

Our facilities

We’ve developed both of our campuses to have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

Psychology labs and equipment

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

Learning Resource Centre facilities

Learning Resource Centre

Our Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the campus.  It hosts:
  • A modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors 
  • A range of study areas for group study
  • Over 80 open access PC and Mac stations
  • Wi-Fi areas for laptop use
  • A substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research
  • Online library resources you can access from anywhere at any time
  • Costa Coffee
  • Also situated in the Learning Resource Centre is the Support and Information Zone (SIZ) to help with any enquiries while at university
  • At SIZ, there's an equipment loans centre offerings laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long-term loans

The local area surrounding the University of Chichester's main Campus including Chichester Cathedral, Chichester Town Centre, The South Downs and West Wittering Beach

The local area

It’s important to love where you live and study and the local area surrounding the University has so much to offer. With the seaside town, historic city, rolling countryside and stunning beaches, there’s plenty to explore

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

The British Psychological Society (BPS) logo

This degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

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, society and 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, focusing, 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 the 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 in 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, neuroimaging, 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 that 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

Include International English Studies: 

Teaching and assessment


A range of teaching strategies is used on the programme to ensure students with varied learning styles can benefit. You’ll build your subject knowledge and practical experience through the core and optional teaching modules and develop 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.

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

Meet the lecturers

Our programmes are taught by a team of experienced academics who are at the forefront of their discipline. Take a look at their profiles to see who could be teaching you.


The course aims to provide a variety of assessment methods to meet differing needs. 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.


Additional Costs

Include Additional Costs: 

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.

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