Psychology and Counselling

Birmingham City University

Degree level: Undergraduate
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Course summary

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Our BSc (Hons) Psychology and Counselling degree will be of particular interest if you are thinking about a career in as a Counselling Psychologist, Psychotherapist or a Counsellor. The programme has been carefully developed to enable graduates to gain the required knowledge base, practical skill and emotional awareness and maturity required for these, normally postgraduate professions. Whether or not further study is for you, an in depth exploration of – among other things - human development, mental health and distress and practical listening and relationship building skills will prepare graduates for range of people-focussed roles with adults, young people and children. This programme integrates traditional psychology teaching with the theory and practice of counselling and psychotherapy into unified programme which enables an early focus on applied practice without any loss of the rigour of a pure psychology degree. The programme team consists of chartered psychologists and accredited, practicing psychotherapists and counsellors, ensuring the theoretical and practical relevance of your student experience. For more information, please visit our website - https://www.bcu.ac.uk/social-sciences/courses/counselling-psychology-bsc-hons-2020-21

Course details


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course code1034
Institution code B25
Campus nameCurzon Building Campus
Campus codeF

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 112 points Contextualised reduced tariff offer: 96 tariff points or equivalent e.g. A-level CCC, BTEC Extended Diploma MMM, BTEC Diploma DD Please visit: http://www.bcu.ac.uk/student-info/offer-making-strategy for more information about contextual offers.
A level BBC Minimum 2 A levels required Accept most subjects including Citzenship Studies and Critical Thinking, Subjects excluded - General Studies
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM Accept most subjects. Subjects NOT considered: Early Years, Early Years & Children's Play, Learning & Development and Health and Social Care pre-2016
Access to HE Diploma 60 credits overall. Minimum of 45 credits at level 3, of which 21 at Distinction Subjects accepted: Social Sciences / Humanities pathway with a minimum of one 6-credit module in Psychology. Must also hold GCSE English Language and Maths at grade 4+ or equivalent at application point
Scottish Higher One or two Higher subjects only considered if offered along with two Advanced Highers to total 112 points Subjects excluded - General Studies
AS AA - EE Maximum 2 AS Levels accepted in combination with a minimum of 2 A Levels Accept most subjects including Citzenship Studies and Critical Thinking, Subject excluded - General Studies
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*D* Most subjects accepted. Considered alone or in combination with other Level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points Subjects NOT considered: Early Years, Early Years & Children's Play, Learning & Development and and Health and Social Care pre-2016
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Must be offered along with either two A-levels, two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma to achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points Subjects NOT considered: Early Years, Early Years & Children's Play, Learning & Development and and Health and Social Care pre-2016
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Not accepted
Scottish Advanced Higher Achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve a minimum of grades CCD.  Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of CD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of CC in two Highers).
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 28 points overall. Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates and alongside other acceptable level 3 qualifications to meet 112 UCAS Tariff Points If taking the IB Certificate you will need to obtain a total of 14 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects. students who do not already hold a GCSE in Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level) from the IB Diploma will be accepted students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) Group A English Group A - Grade 4 or above, OR English Group B - Grade 5 from the IB will be accepted. A combination of GCSEs, A-levels and IB certificates will be considered on a case by case basis
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Considered in combination with either two A-levels (grades B and B), two 6-unit BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas / OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas (grades D and M) or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma (grades DM).
Extended Project Not accepted
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 112 tariff points, achieved in four Higher level subjects. This must include Maths and English Language taken at either Ordinary level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level (minimum grade H5/D1).
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) See Level 3 Entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal Considered in combination with either A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas / OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas / BTEC BTEC 12-unit or 90 Credit Diploma / OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma to achieve a total of 112 UCAS points
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE English Language and mathematics at grade 4 or above. Equivalent qualifications will be considered. Required at the point of enrolment. Considered in lieu of GCSE Mathematics and/or English Language at grade C/4. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment. - Functional Skills / Essential Skills level 2 - English and Maths - IGCSE English language and mathematics grade C or above
HNC (BTEC) M In Psychology. May be considered for entry onto the second year of the degree. Subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content at level 4. A transcript will be required.
HND (BTEC) M In Psychology. May be considered for entry onto the second year of the degree. Subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content at level 4. A transcript will be required.
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DMM Most subjects considered. Subjects NOT considered: Early Years, Early Years & Children's Play, Learning & Development and and Health and Social Care pre-2016
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma D*D* Most subjects considered. Considered on its own or in combination with either A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas / BTEC 12 Unit or 90 Credit Diplomas / OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory or Subsidiary Diplomas etc to achieve minimum 112 points. Subjects NOT considered: Early Years, Early Years & Children's Play, Learning & Development and and Health and Social Care pre-2016
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma Most subjects considered. Considered in combination with either A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas / BTEC 12 Unit or 90 Credit Diplomas / OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma etc to achieve minimum 112 points. Subjects NOT considered: Early Years, Early Years & Children's Play, Learning & Development and and Health and Social Care pre-2016
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma Most subjects considered. Considered in combination with either A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas / BTEC 12 Unit or 90 Credit Diplomas / OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma etc to achieve minimum 112 points. Subjects NOT considered: Early Years, Early Years & Children's Play, Learning & Development and and Health and Social Care pre-2016
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate Most subjects considered. Considered in combination with either A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas / BTEC 12 Unit or 90 Credit Diplomas / OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma etc to achieve minimum 112 points. Subjects NOT considered: Early Years, Early Years & Children's Play, Learning & Development and and Health and Social Care pre-2016

BTEC qualifications post 2016 in Health and Social Care are now included as acceptable subjects for this programme.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £12000 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Psychology and Counselling at Birmingham City University - UCAS