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BSc (Hons) Counselling Psychology with Integrated Foundation Year

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Course Length:

4 Years, Full Time

Entry Requirements and 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).

The BSc (Hons) Counselling Psychology with Foundation 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

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
  • Foundations in Psychology 1: Being and Feeling
  • Project
  • Foundations in Psychology 2: Thinking and Developing

Year 1:

  • Everyday Experience and Psychological Methods: Understanding Relationships
  • Everyday Experience and Psychological Methods: Analysing Attitudes 
  • Study & Research Skills for Psychologists
  • Counselling Skills Phase 1​
  • Counselling Skills and Ethics
  • Everyday Experience & Psychological Methods: Usability and Cognition
  • Perspectives on Psychology
  • Counselling Frameworks


Year 2:


  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Biological Psychology
  • Individual Differences
  • Therapeutic Process and Working with Diversity
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Client Issues (half module)
  • Research Methods I: Experimental Designs and Analysis
  • Human Development (half module)
  • Research Methods II: Survey & Qualitative Designs and Analysis

Year 3:


  • Independent Project
  • Psychology Project Management & Presentation Skills
  • Critical Thinking in Humanistic Counselling (half module)
  • Professional Counselling Practice
  • Brief Therapy (half module)
  • Person Centred Therapy (half module)
  • Mindfulness and Compassion-focussed Therapies
  • Personal and Professional Development (half module)


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.