Counselling psychology uses theory and research in therapy to help clients with difficult life issues and/or mental health conditions. A particular strength of this degree is the excellent communication skills and awareness of diversity you’ll develop.
The entry requirements for this course are 112 - 128 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of two A-levels or equivalent.
Numeracy and Literacy requirement: GCSE English Language or English Literature and Mathematics grade 4 (or grade C in the old grading system). We also accept iGCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills and other qualifications at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework.
A-level and AS levels: 112 – 128 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of two A-levels.
Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate – Skills Challenge Certificate: We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
Access to HE Diploma: 112 – 128 UCAS tariff points with any combination of Distinction, Merit, Pass grades.
International entry requirements
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.
Develop a well-rounded knowledge of all areas of psychology with a particular focus on reflective practice and person-centred communication skills
Excellent communication skills and awareness of diversity are essential should you wish to go on to train as a Clinical Psychologist, counsellor, or work in other roles requiring these skills, such as sales and marketing
Situated in the Department of Psychology, you’ll have access to state-of-the-art facilities, plus lectures from a range of professionals working in the field
Work with world-leading researchers on projects through the Research Apprenticeship Scheme - many of our students have published work with members of the staff
Opportunity to take an optional 4-week or 30-week placement in industry to give you essential real-world experience and begin building a network of professional contacts - 90% of our graduates are in employment or further education after 15 months.
Academic Study Skills
Introduction to Biology
Introduction to Psychology
Mathematics in Science
Foundation Year Project
Experimental Methods & Statistical Analysis
Qualitative Research Methods
Biological & Cognitive Psychology
Social Psychology & Individual Differences
Developmental & Counselling Psychology
Skills for Therapy Practice
Statistics & Research Methods
Research Methods & Analysis
Developmental & Applied Counselling Psychology
Personality, Intelligence & Social Psychology
Cognition & Language
You may choose to complete an optional 4-week work placement between your second and final year or an optional 30-week minimum work placement which can be carried out anywhere in the world. Placements offer a chance to gain experience and make contacts for the future.
Applied Clinical Psychology
Option units (choose two):
Memory & Decision Making
Mind, Brain & Evolution
Mind Over Matter in Medicine
Face Recognition & its Disorders
Educational Psychology & Special Educational Needs (SEN)
Current Trends in Cognitive & Clinical Neuroscience
Psychology of Social Media & Videogames
Cybersecurity and Cyberwarfare
Emotions, Mental Health & Affective Neuroscience
Psychology of Sexualities
Accredited by the BPS, this course will be widely recognised by employers in many fields. Our degree will prepare you well for working in a range of careers such as management, personnel, social work or working in public services. As it carries professional accreditation by the BPS, it will be particularly helpful should you wish to follow a career in Clinical or Counselling psychology.
This degree will also provide a basis for postgraduate studies for professional or academic careers in Psychology as they all require communication skills.
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