Psychology and Counselling at Abertay University - UCAS

Course summary

Combine your understanding of human behaviour with strong counselling skills. Learn why people behave the way they do. How research helps us to understand human behaviour and the approaches and methods used in counselling practice. You’ll develop an understanding of human behaviour and combine it with a knowledge of mental health and counselling skills on this British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited degree. Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour and mental processes, and the relation between the two. Using contemporary research, we will give you a scientific understanding of mind, brain, behaviour and experience and the complex interactions between them. You’ll explore how we act and interact as individuals and in groups, and the thoughts and feelings that motivate behaviour. Counselling is about psychological theory with interventions and therapeutic practice. You’ll cover the perspectives of society and healthcare providers, along with the skills to engage appropriately in helping conversations. You’ll need to share personal experiences and support others in sharing theirs. You’ll graduate in a good starting point for people-focused careers like teaching, research, social work, marketing, human resources and more. Our Psychology and Counselling degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and its core areas follow the curriculum set out by the BPS. This accreditation is essential if you want to become a Chartered Psychologist and means that successful graduates can apply for further professional psychology training. Learn psychology and counselling skills at the best modern university in Scotland for psychology research. The course has regularly scored over 90% for Overall Student Satisfaction in the National Student Survey for the last five years.


Year 1 core modules (subject to change over time) - PSY101 Introduction to Psychology; CNS101 Introduction to Pluralistic Approaches to Mental Health; PSY105 Introduction to Psychological Research Methods; CNS102 Introduction to Mental Health Work. You will also be required to select one option and one elective module. For detailed module information please check our website.

Assessment method

Teaching is delivered through a variety of lectures, practical laboratory classes, tutorials and independent study. Counselling skills are developed through small group work and reflective practice. Student assessments are mixed to test breadth of skills. Assessments include examinations and class tests, laboratory reports, reflective portfolios, essays, presentations (both oral and posters), research projects, and scientific articles and case studies.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification Requirements

Applicants should have National 5/GCSE English and Maths at grade C/4 or National 5 Application of Maths/Lifeskills Maths at B. Higher Applications of Maths at grade C accepted.

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Minimum Qualification Requirements

We may make you an offer at the minimum entry grades if you meet the criteria.

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English language requirements

We look for applicants to have achieved an overall IELTS score of 6.0 with no individual test lower than 5.5. Some degrees have higher requirements - refer to the 'entry routes' tab of each degree for more detail.

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Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Scotland £1820 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £15000 Year 1
International £15000 Year 1

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Psychology and Counselling at Abertay University - UCAS