Counselling psychology uses theory and research in therapy to help clients with a range of difficult life issues and/or mental health conditions. A particular strength of a degree in Psychology with Counselling is the excellent communication skills and awareness of diversity you will develop. This will be an advantage should you wish to go on to train as a Clinical Psychologist, counsellor, or work in other roles requiring excellent communication skills, such as sales and marketing.
This course, fully accredited by the BPS, will help you to develop a well-rounded knowledge of all areas of psychology, with particular strengths in reflective practice and person-centred communication skills. We aim to develop individuals with a professional work ethic, who are able to apply theory and research to practice.
You will be situated in the Department of Psychology where you will have access to state-of-the-art facilities, plus lectures from a range of professionals working in the field.
This course offers an optional 30-week placement in industry after your second year. This will give you essential real-world experience, which will enable you to put your theory and skills into practice. It will also give you the chance to begin building a network of professional contacts –vital for successfully launching a career.
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.
On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students.
Experimental Methods & Statistical Analysis: This unit will introduce you to the planning, designing and conducting of experiments and research studies as well as the analysis and effective communication of experimental and research study findings.
Quantitative & Qualitative Research Methods: The unit will continue to develop your ability to plan, design and conduct experiments and research studies as well as the analysis and effective communication of quantitative and qualitative research findings.
Biological & Cognitive Psychology: Examines the relationship between the biology of the brain and how we process information, think and make decisions.
Social Psychology & Individual Differences: Discover the ways in which human behaviour is affected by the social context in which it occurs and how behaviour differs between individuals.
Developmental & Counselling Psychology: Explores developmental change across the life-span through theory, research and practice. You’ll gain an understanding of the concepts and principles of counselling psychology in this unit.
Skills for Therapy Practice: This unit will facilitate the development of effective and transferable, communication skills that promote and value diversity. Communication is integral to professional practice for health and social care professionals and good personal and interpersonal communications are central to quality of care.
Research Methods & Statistics 2: Further developing experimental and non-experimental research skills, statistical analysis, interpretation and reporting of research findings.
Research Methods 2: Continuing from Research Methods & Statistics 2a, this is the final Research Methods unit before the final year project.
Developmental & Applied Counselling Psychology: This unit will further your knowledge and understanding of the concepts and principles of developmental psychology. Also, addresses issues to be considered in Counselling Psychology practice, building on the concepts and principles covered at Level 4.
Personality, Intelligence & Social Psychology: Explores the measurement of differences in personality and intelligence, identity and self-perception, attitudes, social cognition, and group processes.
Biological Psychology: The study of the neural correlates of various core brain functions and impairment associated with brain damages. This unit will develop your analytical thinking, synthetic thinking and your ability to search for, recognise and critically evaluate information.
Cognition & Language: Examines the psychology of attention, memory, and problem-solving. Also explores the effects of brain damage (e.g. aphasia, spatial neglect).
Psychology Project: You will have the opportunity to conduct your own research allowing you to explore in depth an area in counselling psychology by working one-to-one with a member of academic staff to develop a research idea, design your own experiment, gather data, analyse it, and finally bring it all together with a written scientific report of your work. The research areas will draw from staff expertise which touch upon a wide range of fascinating topics and methodologies using departmental resources, including experimental labs, observational suits, eye-tracking, electroencephalography (EEG), Transcranial Electric Stimulation (TES), and Virtual Reality lab. If required, you will receive individual support and training on this equipment. In addition, we offer the possibility to gain invaluable experience conducting applied research with some of our external collaborators, including the NHS and Dorset Police, on projects with ‘real-world’ application.
Applied Clinical Psychology: Using current research and clinical experience, the emphasis will be on exploring therapeutic practice, investigating NHS, local authority and third-sector service provision, and understanding the role of service users and carers in recovery from mental illness.
Counselling Psychology: Using current research and practical experience, you’ll acquire an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the concepts and principles relating to real-world applications of counselling psychology.
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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