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BSc (Hons) Counselling Psychology with Integrated Foundation Year

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Institution C58

UCAS C856

4 Years, Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

Fees:

2020/21 UK fee: £9,250

2020/21 International fee: £13,500

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

Typical entry requirements – individual offers may vary:

  • 48 UCAS points
  • A GCSE C or 4 in mathematics and English language is required.
  • If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent

Non-standard Application Entry Routes:

  • The University has an alternative entry route for applicants who have relevant skills and experience but who do not hold the formal minimum entry qualifications required. Applicants who demonstrate the necessary skills and experience to enter a course of higher education will be asked to complete an entry task involving the completion of specially set assignments.
  • Applicants must hold the minimum GCSE requirements of passes (A to C grades) in English, Science and Mathematics.

Do you have any questions about the entry requirements? Contact our Admissions Team.

Course content

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

This programme builds a foundation of knowledge and skills, 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.

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

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. There are currently 10 professional Divisions within the BPS, including Clinical Psychology, Educational Psychology, Sport and Exercise Psychology.

All of these have professional training programmes, for which the attainment of GBR is essential.  As well as providing a sound basis for work as a professional psychologist, a psychology degree provides a good insight into human behaviour that equips graduates with the skills that enable them to work in a wide range of fields, including:

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

Course accreditations

Indicative modules

Foundation Year:

Foundation Knowledge and Skills

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Foundations in Psychology 1: Being and Feeling

Being and Feeling are two components that enables us to experience the both the inside and outside world. These are the primary aspects of human psychology that will create the foundation of future learning in the programme.

Project

This module is an applied piece of work related to your chosen degree. It will require you to apply the knowledge and skills developed throughout the foundation year and will enhance your ability to work individually and as part of a team. During the project you will develop in-depth knowledge of your chosen future specialisation. You will be encouraged to demonstrate creativity in the design, planning and execution of a project.

Foundations in Psychology 2: Thinking and Developing

This module forms the foundation of knowledge of key lifespan transitions and cognition across these ages. This module is designed to enable students to apply theory relating to cognition, perception and human lifespan development.

Year 1:

Everyday Experience and Psychological Methods: 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.

Everyday Experience and Psychological Methods: Analysing Attitudes 

The module provides the opportunity to understand a broad area of everyday experience in terms of psychological models of attitudes. The module aims to show how to analyse attitudes allowing psychological constructs, methodology and theories that are associated with that experience to be elucidated and explored. The module will, importantly, provide students with their first steps in developing fundamental data analysis skills, via (partly interactive) lectures and the opportunity to practice using statistical software. The focus will be on understanding patterns of data via visualization; the use of numerical statistical descriptions of samples, where necessary bringing students’ numeracy up to the level they need for the course; and the basic concept and relevance of statistical significance testing of hypotheses in psychology.

Study & Research Skills for Psychologists

The module will begin with a consideration of scientific reasoning and reflection skills. Other areas that will be included are effective use of information sources, effective reading skills, note-taking, essay writing skills, listening and interviewing skills, and skills involved in writing research reports and presenting scientific information.

Counselling Skills Phase 1​

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.

Counselling Skills and 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.

Everyday Experience & Psychological Methods: Usability and Cognition

The module will explore the experience of using everyday technologies such as cash machines, mobile phones, i-pods, and computers, relating the need to learn and remember how to operate them to processes of memory, attention, and decision-making on the one hand, and their usability on the other. Psychological theories and empirical findings from investigations into learning, perception, memory, attention and human-machine interaction will be introduced, and experimental methodology will be explored.

Perspectives on Psychology

The module seeks to enable the student to understand the contribution of key thinkers to the development of modern psychology, and to appreciate their biographical backgrounds. The lives and work of key thinkers will be introduced, and contextualised with reference to contemporary ideas and mores.

Counselling Frameworks

(Module information to come)

 

Year 2:

 

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.

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.

Individual Differences

The module will provide an introduction to the ways individual differences processes have been studied, for example through psychometrics and case study methodologies. The areas of personality, intelligence, cognitive style, motivation, gender and ethnicity will be investigated in terms of underlying theory and empirical research.

Therapeutic Process and Working with Diversity

(Module information to come)

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.

Client Issues (half module)

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

Research Methods I: Experimental Designs and Analysis

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.

Human Development (half module)

Students will be introduced to the rationale and major theories of life-span development from childhood to old age and the influence of such elements will be explored and examined with reference to well known writers in the field. Theories of Developmental Psychology such as the advances in neuroscience, attachment and attunement in infant development and post-structuralist/post-modern thinking on agency and human development will be considered in relation to human development across diverse cultures. Students will learn to reflect on their own psychological development to support their counselling practise.

Research Methods II: Survey & Qualitative Designs and Analysis

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.

Year 3:

 

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.

Psychology Project Management & Presentation Skills

The course will cover the project management skills involved in independent psychological research and its presentation. Ares covered will include time-management, assertiveness, negotiation, scientific reporting, and use of visual presentation software.

Critical Thinking in Humanistic Counselling (half module)

Psychodynamic/analytical psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Humanistic counselling/psychotherapy (to include Person-Centred, Gestalt, Existential, transpersonal and Solution-Focused approaches) will be compared and contrasted in order to work towards a more self-aware professional stance and to develop self-confidence in defining a chosen philosophical theoretical base.

Professional Counselling Practice

The content will be based on both tutor and student experience, discussion of Humanistic beliefs and professional practice and the integration of previous learning to date. Students will examine their strengths, weaknesses and professional development and gain insight, learning and feedback from other group numbers. Students will review their ethical awareness and give consideration to the diversity in their client groups. There will be tutor input on a range of professionalism topics including assessment, using the CORE, indicators of well-being and psychological distress, common types of medication given to clients, monitoring the limits of one's own competence as a practitioner, referrals, diverse work contexts, post qualifying development and current developments in the counselling world.

Brief Therapy (half module)

Students will be introduced to the history of brief therapy and also the characteristics of the main schools. The Brief therapy Humanistic beliefs about people and their potential will be explored along with an introduction to some of the main ways of working in brief time frames (and the differences between these and ‘budget therapy). Students will be invited to check how this approach sits with their own therapeutic philosophy and practice and to consider it efficacy, uses and application in the contemporary therapeutic context.

Person Centred Therapy (half module)

Students will be introduced to the history of brief therapy and also the characteristics of the main schools. The Brief therapy Humanistic beliefs about people and their potential will be explored along with an introduction to some of the main ways of working in brief time frames (and the differences between these and ‘budget therapy). Students will be invited to check how this approach sits with their own therapeutic philosophy and practice and to consider it efficacy, uses and application in the contemporary therapeutic context.

Mindfulness and Compassion-focussed Therapies

(Module information to come)

Personal and Professional Development (half module)

(Module information to come)

 

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.

 

Additional Costs

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Additional Costs

Student Opportunities

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.