Psychology, Counselling and Coaching (With Professional Practice Year) at University of Bedfordshire - UCAS

University of Bedfordshire

Degree level: Undergraduate

Psychology, Counselling and Coaching (With Professional Practice Year)

Course summary

This degree offers a unique approach, blending knowledge and practice from counselling and coaching psychology. You study classic and contemporary theories of counselling and psychotherapy including psychodynamic, person-centred and cognitive behavioural approaches to gain a thorough understanding of the core areas. You then have the opportunity to use and develop your skills in real-life, peer-coaching practice and in voluntary roles within relevant organisations. Professional Practice Year Take your course over four years and include a Professional Practice Year after your second year of studies. It is an opportunity to apply your learning in the workplace while enhancing your knowledge and skills through fee-free paid practice. It also builds your CV and industry contacts with many students progressing to employment within their practice-year organisation or institution. Course Accreditation/Industry Endorsement

  • This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). Graduating from a BPS-accredited degree with a 2nd-class Honours or above makes you eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the Society. It also enables you to enrol for Stage 1 postgraduate training.
Facilities and Specialist Equipment You have access to specialist, industry-standard psychology laboratories and computing environments including:
  • Counselling/coaching practice pods to develop counselling and coaching skills
  • Two-way mirror observation rooms to assist with counselling/coaching skills development
  • Virtual reality software and headsets to support counselling skills development
  • Cognitive neuropsychology lab
  • Research cubicles
  • Eyetrackers
  • Physiological data-acquisition system
  • EEG
  • Podcasting equipment
  • Data-analysis software
  • Experiment and survey-building software
Partnerships and Collaborations
  • Specialist units for this course have been developed working with a panel of industry professionals from the NHS, mental health support and other relevant organisations to ensure they align with employer needs.
Your Student Experience
  • Benefit from friendly, approachable staff, small class sizes and easy access to academic support.
  • Get to know your peers and academics well by taking part in the School’s many social events, which run throughout the academic year and include membership of our Junior Research Institute.
  • Learn from a highly experienced academic team who are active in industry and are members of the Research Centre for Applied Psychology.
  • Our research addresses real-life day-to-day issues including reading development; cognitive function in long COVID; and prevention of gender-based violence.
  • Take part in roleplay and peer-coaching practice up to pre-practitioner level to help develop your skills as an effective counsellor or therapist.
  • Bring your learning to life through authentic assessments in areas such as counselling and coaching; case conceptualisation; and coaching or clinical supervision.
  • Gain insight into psychological practice in the NHS as well as awareness of the career paths offered within the NHS.
  • Hear from a variety of guest speakers who share their experience and expertise at special events and masterclasses run by the School of Psychology.


Areas of study include:

  • Foundations to Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychological Research Methods and Data Analysis
  • Psychology in Everyday life
  • Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Social Processes and Lifespan Development
  • Biological and Cognitive Psychology
  • Methods of Research in Psychology
  • Counselling and Psychotherapy in Context
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Assessment method

Throughout your degree you will encounter a wide variety of assessment types which are collectively designed to suit the diversity of individual learning styles and preferences. Whilst you will be expected to sit some examinations, the overall assessment diet strongly favours different forms of coursework. This includes: presentations, reports, essays, computer-based assessments, portfolios, reflective journals, and more. You will receive helpful feedback on each assignment which will help you to develop your own academic and transferable skills, and inform the completion of your future assessments. Support is provided through staff office hours as well as statistics drop-in sessions. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate at the point of publication on the UCAS website. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to our website:

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:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Mathematics GCSE grade 4 or grade C required. Applicants with other qualifications will be considered. If you would like to check that your qualifications will be accepted please contact the university.

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

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

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Psychology, Counselling and Coaching (With Professional Practice Year) at University of Bedfordshire - UCAS