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Psychology with Counselling Aberystwyth University Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: Aberystwyth University (Prifysgol Aberystwyth)

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The BSc Psychology with Counselling degree at Aberystwyth University combines the study of core psychological knowledge with the academic foundations of counselling. As part of this, you will be introduced to a range of therapeutic approaches and techniques, including person-centred, cognitive-behavioural and psychodynamic approaches to counselling. As a student on this course, you will take a hands-on, reflective approach to your learning and development. You will develop practical research skills, including qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis, and specialist counselling-related skills, which you will develop through practical sessions, role play and one-to-one supervision across the scheme.

Why should you choose our Psychology with Counselling degree scheme?

  • Our BSc Psychology with Counselling is accredited by the British Psychological Society and confers on students who graduate with a minimum of a 2:2 the Graduate Basis for Chartered (GBC) Membership of the BPS, an indicator of quality and a pre-requisite for many post-graduate and professional training courses.

  • You should choose this course if you are looking to develop your skills, knowledge, and understanding of Psychology and how it can be applied in a practical way to counselling. You should also choose this course if you are looking for a course that is accredited by the BPS. Please note: this is an academic course, not a professional counselling course.

Our BSc Psychology with Counselling is an excellent foundation if you are considering a career in the social care or helping professions. The BPS accreditation will enable access to postgraduate and professional training in clinical and counselling psychology.

The skills you learn whilst studying here are highly sought after by employers and include:

  • Research and Data analysis skills;

  • Effective problem-solving skills;

  • The ability to work independently and present material clearly and effectively;

  • The ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner;

  • Self-motivation and independence;

  • Teamwork and project management skills;

  • Information technology skills.

What you will study?

You will cover core areas of psychological knowledge required for BPS accreditation. These include research methods, cognitive, social, biological, developmental and individual differences. You will also complete a counselling-related research project in your third year.

During your first year you will be introduced to the core concepts, themes and approaches within psychology which include: Individuals, groups and behaviour; Professional development and organisational behaviour; Research methods and statistics, including quantitative and qualitative methods; Brain, behaviour and cognition; Counselling and the counselling relationship; Ethical and reflective practice for counsellors; Evidence based practice in counselling.

In your second and third year you will deepen your understanding of core domains in Psychology, including cognitive, neuroscience, developmental psychology, individual differences and social psychology; Situate key psychology, individual differences and social psychology; Situate key psychological knowledge and apply to domains such as clinical and health psychology.

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

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code C843
Institution code A40
Campus name Main Site (Aberystwyth)
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 112 points With B in any subject.
A level BBC With B in any subject.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM
Access to HE Diploma Pass in Access qualification in a relevant subject with Merit in 50% of units at level 3.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 30 points
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Aberystwyth University welcomes the Welsh Baccalaureate as a valuable qualification in its own right and considers completion of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate to be equivalent to an A level grade.

Applicants are selected on their individual merits and offers can vary. We allow you flexibility in meeting our entry requirements, and all qualifications that you have already gained, or are working towards, will be considered when reviewing your application. We have an inclusive policy which recognises a broad range of qualifications. The entry requirements listed here represent typical offers for some of the most popular qualifications taken by applicants. We still use the UCAS tariff to determine whether you have met the terms of our offer, so whatever qualifications you are taking, provided these are included in the UCAS tariff and provided you meet the overall points total (and any specific subject requirements) you may still receive an offer. This means that if your course requires 3 A levels at BBB, we will accept other grade combinations that are equivalent to the same number of tariff points. For example A levels ABC and AAD equate to 120 UCAS tariff points). Applicants studying a mixture of qualifications (e.g. A Level with BTEC) are also warmly welcomed. If you cannot find the qualification(s) that you are studying (or have previously studied) please contact our Undergraduate Admissions Office (Telephone: +44 (0)1970 622021; Email: ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk) for advice on your eligibility and details of the typical offer you are likely to receive.

Additional entry requirements

Other

A minimum grade C or grade 4 pass in GCSE (or equivalent) English or Welsh is a requirement for entry to all our degree schemes. Level 3 KS/FS Communication may be acceptable in lieu of GCSE English or Welsh. For this degree scheme minimum grade C or grade 4 pass in GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics is also required. GCSE Mathematics-Numeracy is acceptable in lieu of GCSE Mathematics.


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
Cambridge English Advanced B
Cambridge English Proficiency C
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 With minimum 5.5 in each component.
PTE Academic 55.0 With minimum score of 51 in any component.
TOEFL (iBT) 88.0 With minimum scores in components as follows: Listening 21; Writing 21; Reading 22; Speaking 23.

If you are an international student needing more information about the English Language requirement for your course (e.g. country-specific English Language tests, Partner Institution tests, EU/EEA English Language qualifications where the school curriculum is taught in a native language) please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,000 Year 1
EU £9,000 Year 1
International £13,600 Year 1
England £9,000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,000 Year 1
Scotland £9,000 Year 1
Wales £9,000 Year 1

Additional fee information

The Welsh Government is still to finalise arrangements for 2019/20 onwards, which means that for students starting in 2019/20 or after, tuition fees may rise for any successive years of study, mapped according to any inflation-linked maximum tuition fee permitted by the Welsh Government. These increases would also apply for the proportional fees charged for Year Abroad and Year in Industry. We will inform all applicants and students of the fee levels for 2019/20 and any inflation-linked increases for successive years of study as soon as confirmation is received from Welsh Government, and we will publish updates on our website. We recommend you check the updated fee information before applying. Up to date details of the relevant fees will be set out in our offer documentation, and your terms and conditions with us will describe how we may be entitled to increase or otherwise change fees during the period of your study with us. The fees position is different for overseas students. Costs not included in the tuition fee: The academic provision of the University includes certain elements of study away from Aberystwyth. These involve activities such as field trips in science degrees and visits to theatres, galleries and museums in humanities-based courses. The additional costs of such activities are not included in the overall University fee and you should, therefore, note the need to budget for them. Details of courses that have additional costs can be found on the Aberystwyth University website. These costs are given as an indication of likely cost and will vary as will the location and duration of the activity. Fuller details will be available from the department organising the activity.

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Aberystwyth
Ceredigion
United Kingdom
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Department of Psychology (undergraduate enquiries)

+44 (0)1970 628796

Fax: +44 (0)1970 628781


Undergraduate Admissions Office (undergraduate enquiries)