Psychology (Counselling) with Foundation Year at University of Northampton - UCAS

University of Northampton

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The University of Northampton

Psychology (Counselling) with Foundation Year

Course summary

The Integrated Foundation Year offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance. If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements for Psychology (Counselling) we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year Psychology (Counselling) programme which includes an Integrated Foundation Year. The Integrated Foundation Year will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award. Featuring a reduced tuition fee in the first year, our four-year courses will enable you to successfully follow the degree pathway of your choice while gaining essential study skills. The foundation year of your chosen degree will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting the transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme. By studying at the University of Northampton, you can be sure that:

  • You will experience student life at the University’s £330 million Waterside Campus. Come along to an Open Day and find out more.
  • At UON we guarantee a room in our Halls of Residence for all new full-time, first year students who apply and accept their room offer by June 2024 - and we won't ask for a deposit for September 2024*.
  • Students enrolling on this course at Northampton will be provided with their own brand new laptop** to keep at no additional cost. All sports clubs and societies are free to join at Northampton and every essential course text book is available via the library, meaning you won’t have to purchase copies. For more information on this visit our website (
  • Our expert academics teach in small groups supported with one to one assistance. Our academics and students form a tight bond, providing individualised support and guidance whilst challenging students academically.
  • Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd.
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  • In fact, we’re so confident in our careers and employability support that if you achieve at least a 2:2 degree and complete either our Employability Plus Gold programme or achieve a Changemaker Gold Certificate during your time studying with us, but still haven’t secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating, we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you or support you into postgraduate study.
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The Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree. The foundation year will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting your transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme. Stage 1a • Transition to University – Learning to Learn (Compulsory) • Investigating your subject (Compulsory) • Foundations in Psychology (Compulsory) • Negotiated Learning Project (Compulsory) STAGE 1b • Introduction to Counselling (compulsory) • Becoming a Psychologist (compulsory) • Introduction to Psychology (compulsory) • Psychology in Practice (compulsory) • Positive Psychology (compulsory) • Psychology for Life (compulsory) STAGE 2 • Counselling: from Theory to Practice (compulsory) • Research Methods and Statistics (compulsory) • The Psychology of Well Being (designated) • The Psychology of Learning and Teaching in Educational Settings (designated) • The Human Animal (designated) • Biological and Cognitive Psychology: Mechanisms of the mind (compulsory) • Development and Society (compulsory) • Personality & the Fundamentals of Psychology (compulsory) Optional Placement Year • The FHES Placement Year Experience STAGE 3 • Counselling Psychology Dissertation (compulsory) • Counselling in Context (compulsory) • The Psychology of Mental Health (designated) • Psychology of Spirituality, Religion and Wellbeing (designated) • Parapsychology and Anomalous Experiences (designated) • Applying Positive Psychology (designated) • The Psychology of Health (designated) • Educational Psychology (designated) • Neuroscience of Mind (designated) • Lifespan Development (designated) • The Psychology of Work and Organisations (designated) Module information is quoted for 2023 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.

Assessment method

A variety of assessment strategies are used at each level to ascertain your level of competence in a range of academic and transferable skills. These strategies include essays, practical reports, multiple-choice tests, oral presentations, time-constrained essays, seen and unseen examinations, critical reviews, group project work, patchwork blogs, audio-visual presentations, and reflective reports, for example.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • British Psychological Society

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation
  • Year 1

Entry requirements

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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

EU £6600 Year 1
England £6600 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6600 Year 1
Scotland £6600 Year 1
Wales £6600 Year 1
Channel Islands £6600 Year 1

Additional fee information

Costs associated with placements such as travel may be incurred throughout your studies depending on where you are based.
Psychology (Counselling) with Foundation Year at University of Northampton - UCAS