Key facts

Location:

Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 3 years full-time
UCAS code: CB89
Academic year: 10 September 2018 – 7 June 2019

Introduction

Our Psychology and Counselling degree will provide you with an excellent grounding in academic psychology and will introduce you to the world of therapeutic practice.

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.

On successful completion of study, we will issue one of the following awards dependent on your chosen pathway: BSc (Hons) Psychology and Counselling, BSc (Hons) Psychological Studies - Students who choose not to, or who are unable to, follow an accredited route can transfer to BSc (Hons) Psychological Studies.

Professional body accreditation

The BSc (Hons) Psychology programme is accredited with the British Psychological Society (BPS) meaning that successful completion of this programme (with a minimum of 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. (Students who choose not to or who are unable to follow an accredited route can transfer at the start of Level 5 to an alternative degree, BSc (Hons) Psychological Studies).

Course content

As soon as you start the course, you will practise the counselling skills needed to examine the professional issues that make counselling and allied professions such challenging, yet rewarding career routes.

To help you build a deeper understanding of the human mind, you will study social psychology, individual differences, biological psychology, research methods and cognitive psychology. In addition, we offer modules orientated towards counselling.

These include: Growing and Changing, Core Counselling Skills, Counselling Theory, Ethics and Personal Development, and Personal and Professional Perspectives in Counselling.

Our academic team are experts. As qualified and accredited practising counsellors, and they will lead your lectures, seminars and practical sessions in our multi-million-pound Science Centre. In the Science Centre, you will regularly use our bespoke counselling suite of rooms to develop and practise your skills.

Modules

This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts of the course. 

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Before you can register on some optional modules, you may be required to have undertaken prerequisite modules. Some module combinations may not be allowed.

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
Foundations in Psychology Compulsory
Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology Compulsory
Growing and Changing Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Perspectives in Psychology Compulsory
Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology Compulsory
Core Counselling Skills Compulsory

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Cognitive and Biological Determinants of Behaviour Compulsory
Understanding the Social World Compulsory
Counselling: Theory, Ethics and Personal Development Compulsory
Volunteering Optional
Psychology of Crime Optional
Childhood: Contexts Optional
Psychology Research Assistantship Optional
Psychology of Social Perception Optional
Semester 2
Module title
Cognitive and Biological Determinants of Behaviour Compulsory
Understanding the Social World Compulsory
Counselling: Theory, Ethics and Personal Development Compulsory
Further Research Methods in Psychology Compulsory

Year 3

Semester 1
Module title
Psychology Project Compulsory
Typical and Atypical Development Compulsory
Personal and Professional Perspectives in Counselling Compulsory
The Psychology of Oppression and Empowerment Optional
Advanced Research Methods Optional
Behavioural Medicine Optional
Psychological Interventions Optional
Health Psychology Optional
Children and Pictures Optional
Neuropsychological Disorders Optional
Semester 2
Module title
Psychology Project Compulsory
Typical and Atypical Development Compulsory
Personal and Professional Perspectives in Counselling Compulsory
The Psychology of Oppression and Empowerment Optional
Advanced Research Methods Optional
Behavioural Medicine Optional
Psychological Interventions Optional
Health Psychology Optional
Children and Pictures Optional
Neuropsychological Disorders Optional

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.