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Course summary

To help you build a deep understanding of the human mind you’ll study social psychology, individual differences, biological psychology, research methods and cognitive psychology. The course is perfect if you are interested in working with people experiencing difficult circumstances and is an ideal basis for further study to qualify as a counsellor. Completing this degree means you can apply directly to Masters or postgraduate counselling courses that lead to British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) registration. In doing so, you will shorten your route to a full professional status by at least a year. If you decide not to pursue the further training necessary to become a professional counsellor or psychotherapist, you will still develop key academic competences, such as self-understanding, communication and relationship skills that are vital to employment success. You’ll be taught by an expert teaching team which includes senior academics carrying our cutting edge research in their field as well as professional practitioners with industry experience. This includes fully qualified and practicing counsellors and psychotherapists. The counselling modules are a unique blend of academic, personal and professional learning. You will learn about different theories of counselling and the area of ethics. You will be introduced to ways in which you can become more self-aware and reflective. The practical element of the counselling modules will allow you to put theory into practice and develop counselling skills. In addition, you can opt to undertake a placement (sandwich) year. This is a structured work experience opportunity that enables you to develop and implement psychology-specific and transferable skills whilst getting experience in a professional working environment.


Level 4: Adventures in Psychology 1, Becoming a Researcher 1-quantitative methods, Becoming a Researcher 2-qualitative methods, Core Counselling Skills, Pathways in Psychology and Counselling, Adventures in Psychology 2 and Steps to Success 1 . Level 5: Developmental and Biological Psychology Across the Lifespan, Theory and Application of Qualitative Research Methods, Exploring Difference: A Quantitative Approach, Counselling Theory Ethics and Personal Development, Steps to Success 2 , 1 optional module (see below). Level 6: Psychology project/dissertation, Society and the Mind, Personal and Professional Perspectives in Counselling, Personalised Psychology Portfolio, Steps to Success 3 and 1 optional module (see below). Level 5 Options: People Behaving Badly (What makes people, organisations and systems behave in antisocial and atypical ways?) Psychological Interventions (how psychology can help with problems- families, counselling, health, in the workplace) Psychology Research Assistantship (gain valuable work experience by working with a member of staff on their research projects) Psychology of Social Perception (learn about how we make judgements about ourselves and others) Level 6 Options: Advanced Quantitative Research Methods (learn how to make the very most of research, using expert techniques) Behavioural Medicine (the relationships between behavioural, physiological and psychosocial processes in well-being) Children and Pictures (children’s representation of pictures and the cultural, cognitive and clinical relevance of their art) Health Psychology (learn what healthy behaviour is and how can psychologists promote and manage that healthy behaviour) Neuropsychological Disorders (some of the neuropsychological problems experienced and how psychology can help) Parapsychology and Anomalous Experience (ghosts, possessions, out of body experiences through the psychologist’s lens). Psychology of Oppression and Empowerment (contemporary socio-political issues including mental health, poverty, gender/sexuality, war, politics)

Assessment method

We use a wide range of assessment methods that are carefully designed and monitored to enable you to demonstrate the learning outcomes for each module. Methods range from traditional essays and exams, through to case study analysis, report writing, critical reviews, group presentations, log books and reflective writing. We ensure that you will meet a variety of assessment methods at each level of every programme, and that they are interesting and challenging.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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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
EU £16750 Year 1
International £16750 Year 1

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Psychology and Counselling (with Placement Year) at Staffordshire University - UCAS