Psychology And Counselling BSc (Hons)

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UCAS code CB89
Location Stoke-on-Trent Campus
Duration 3 Years

2017/18 New Entrants, Full Time

  • Home and EU students: £9,250 per year of study
  • International students: £10,900 per year of study
Course start September
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  • Accredited by the British Psychological Society and confers eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartership.
  • Learn from our expert academic team who’ll keep you updated on the latest developments in psychology and counselling.
  • Highly ranked for the quality of our courses and the excellent support provided for our students
  • Use our Counselling suite Human Sciences Laboratory, Video and Observation Suite and Cognitive Investigation Laboratory

Course outline

Combine a thorough grounding in academic psychology, practical counselling skills and personal development as you gain all you need to apply to train as a professional counsellor.

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

You also study modules orientated towards counselling, including modules in Growing and Changing, Core Counselling Skills, Counselling Theory, Ethics and Personal Development and Personal and Professional Perspectives in Counselling.

Our academic team are experts in their respective fields. All of them are qualified and accredited practicing counsellors and are actively involved in research, which informs and inspires teaching at all levels. This course is taught in our £30 million Science Centre, with facilities such as:

Even if you decide not to pursue a career as a professional counsellor or psychotherapist, you'll develop key skills for any workplace.


Course Fees and Finance

The expected study pattern on this programme enables you to complete modules totalling 120 credits in your first year of study and the other 240 credits, split equally over your second and third years of study. If you follow this pattern of study you will pay a fee of £9,250 for your first year in 2017/18. The fee for your second and third year of study will be broadly the same, except that an inflationary uplift may apply each year.*

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.


Undergraduate Loans:

UK and EU students who are studying for their first undergraduate degree may not have to pay these fees up front. For eligible students a loan is available from the Student Loans Company to cover the cost of tuition so you don't have to find the money to pay your tuition costs before or while you are studying. You won't have to start repaying the loan until you are earning more than (currently) £21,000 a year.

A loan is also available for part-time students studying at least 25% (30 credits) per year.

However, if you already hold a degree, or another qualification at the same level, you may not qualify for this loan.

For further information on eligibility and how to apply visit apply-for-student-finance.


Repayment (current arrangements):

9% of income over £21,000 per year.

Interest on the loan is charged at up to Retail Price Index** (RPI) +3% = 4.6% as of 2016/17.

If you are living in the UK: Your employer will deduct repayments when your salary reaches the threshold (currently £21,000 per year). Different arrangements are made to collect repayments from those living outside the UK.

For further information on repayment visit student loan repayment.


*The fees listed are for the 2017/18 academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an inflationary uplift.

**RPI – the Retail Price Index is a measure of UK inflation. The UK Government uses the rate of RPI to set the interest rate charged on student loans.

Entry requirements

Typical UCAS Offer: 120 points. BTEC: National Diploma 128 points. All applicants are individually assessed.



Full accreditation with the British Psychological Society (BPS) means that selecting and successfully completing specified modules in this programme, and achieving at least a 2:2 degree, will enable you to claim Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) after graduation, which is the first stage towards becoming a professional psychologist.

The award fulfils the criteria for the first stage of counselling training as laid out by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Successful completion of the award will enable students to claim equivalence of the Certificate in Counselling run by the University that will enable you to progress to postgraduate awards in counselling.

Teaching and learning

Our knowledgeable teaching team will help you master skills that a wide range of employers look for, such as problem-solving, presentation skills and data analysis. You’ll benefit from your lecturers’ experience and their pioneering research into psychology.

Different people learn in different ways. To help everyone get the most out of their studies, we teach students through a blend of:

  • Lectures

  • Guest speakers and master classes

  • Tutorials

  • Workshops

  • Seminars

  • Virtual Learning Environment online

There is also a wealth of additional online resources available such as electronic journals, databases and e-books from our well-equipped library. We have recently moved into new purpose-built accommodation with specialist facilities, such as cognitive research cubicles, counselling suites, IT labs and psychophysiology equipment.


Your lecturers will give you constructive feedback that builds your confidence as a problem solver and decision maker. You’ll also be able to give your own feedback and use these discussions to help achieve the best possible results.

We measure your progress through a range of different assessment techniques. 59% of your assessment is through coursework

You’ll have a chance to show how your skills are developing through:

  • Assignments

  • Presentations

  • Research projects

  • Examinations

  • A professional online e-portfolio

To prepare you for your future career, we keep the assessments focused on real life situations and scenarios where possible. In your final year, you’ll work on a research project.

All of our awards are accredited by the British Psychological Society, but you have the option to follow a non-accredited award instead (for example if you are not interested in accreditation, or if you are unsuccessful in completing some modules, you may be able to replace them and transfer to a non-accredited award).

Employment opportunities

Our Psychology and Counselling degree prepares you for a wide range of professions - including welfare, management, education and health. Many graduates enter postgraduate education and establish careers as psychologists or counsellors.

The flexibility of the skills you learn will mean you can adapt to any role in business and industry. Understanding human behaviour is a valued insight for advertising, human resource and management.

This course will be likely to be particularly useful to anyone wishing to progress to further professional training in a number of areas of psychology, such as:

  • Clinical psychology

  • Forensic psychology

  • Health psychology

  • Counselling psychology (including the MSc Psychotherapeutic Counselling at Staffordshire University)

The award also fulfils the criteria for the first stage of counselling training as recommended by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

Graduates completing this degree finish at a level equal to the Certificate in Counselling. So with this qualification, you’ll be eligible to apply to the Postgraduate Diploma/MSc Psychotherapeutic Counselling at Staffordshire University. This will shorten your route to full professional status by at least a year. And the course also offers BPS accreditation, so you'll be eligible to apply for further postgraduate psychology courses too.

Graduate destinations

Our Psychology and Counselling degree prepares you for a wide range of professions - including welfare, management, education and health. Many graduates enter postgraduate education and establish careers as psychologists or counsellors.

Programme specification

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