Psychology and Counselling

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Key facts

UCAS code:
CB89
UCAS code:
C805
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time
Study option:
Full-time, with a placement year
Study option:
Part-time
Duration:
3 Years
Duration:
4 Years
Duration:
6 Years
Start date:
26 September 2022

State-of-the-art facilities

Study in our £30m Science Centre

Industry recognised

Accredited by the British Psychological Society

Top 25 for Psychology - Guardian League Table 2022

6th for Teaching Quality - Times Good University Guide 2022

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.

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) accreditation. 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.

Our multi-million-pound Science Centre is home to cutting edge facilities such as cognitive research cubicles, observation and counselling suites, IT labs and psychophysiology equipment.

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) accreditation. 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.

Our multi-million-pound Science Centre is home to cutting edge facilities such as cognitive research cubicles, observation and counselling suites, IT labs and psychophysiology equipment.

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) accreditation. 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.

Our multi-million-pound Science Centre is home to cutting edge facilities such as cognitive research cubicles, observation and counselling suites, IT labs and psychophysiology equipment.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Psychology and Counselling

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Psychology and Counselling

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Psychology and Counselling

Work placements

Students on all undergraduate Psychology courses at Staffordshire University can opt to undertake a placement (sandwich) year; a structured work experience opportunity which enables you to develop and implement psychology specific and transferable skills whilst getting experience in a professional working environment.

Placements take place between levels 5 and 6 of our undergraduate degrees and last for a period of 9 months, typically from September to June. The Placement Year is an assessed, pass/fail year that would be added to your existing programme of study. The assessment is by written reflection and submission of a placement activity log. Please note that it is the responsibility of the student to secure their own work placement – we will of course support you through the selection, application and approval process. Psychology and Counselling placement students have worked in charity organisations, wellbeing practitioners in local primary schools, and as life coaches at the YMCA supporting young people experiencing homelessness. While some students carry out their placement in a setting close to the University, students do have the flexibility to look for placement opportunities further afield including international opportunities if appropriate.

Throughout your placement period you will be supervised by a Workplace Supervisor, (usually your line manager) and you and your supervisor will have regular contact with the University through an allocated University Placement Supervisor.

Feedback from students who complete the placement year is overwhelmingly positive with many reporting it has helped them prepare for the world of work and helped guide their future career plans.

The Psychology Department works with local, regional and national employers alongside international university partners to provide students with placement and work experience opportunities both in the UK and abroad.

The fee for the placement year will vary depending on the year – please get in contact if you would like more information about this.

Work placements

Students on all undergraduate Psychology courses at Staffordshire University can opt to undertake a placement (sandwich) year; a structured work experience opportunity which enables you to develop and implement psychology specific and transferable skills whilst getting experience in a professional working environment.

Placements take place between levels 5 and 6 of our undergraduate degrees and last for a period of 9 months, from September to June. The Placement Year is an assessed, pass/fail year that would be added to your existing programme of study. The assessment is by written reflection and submission of a placement activity log.

Throughout your placement period you will be supervised by a Workplace Supervisor, (usually your line manager) and you and your supervisor will have regular contact with the University through an allocated University Placement Supervisor. Contact with both you and your workplace supervisor may at times be via phone or SKYPE, and you will also receive at least one planned visit by your University Placement Supervisor to the workplace towards the beginning of the Placement.

Course content

During the first year, you will practice the counselling skills needed to examine the professional issues that make counselling and allied professions such a challenging, yet rewarding career route. In your second and third years, you will continue to build on these practical skills.

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 Core Counselling Skills, Counselling Theory, Ethics and Personal Development, and Personal and Professional Perspectives in Counselling.

The academic team who teach counselling modules are qualified and accredited practicing counsellors. They will lead your lectures, seminars, and practical sessions in our multi-million-pound Science Centre. In the Science Centre, you will have access to our bespoke counselling suite of rooms to develop and practice your skills.

A crucial part of becoming a psychologist is learning to understand, conduct, and analyse scientific research. As with all high-quality undergraduate psychology degrees, this means our courses feature modules that focus on teaching these skills. We take great care in closely guiding students through this learning process (via small group teaching, group work with peers, support clinics, and step-by-step guides) supporting our students in preparation for the increasingly data-driven world.

Practical experience with industry-standard SPSS statistics software teaches students to answer a wide variety of research questions by interrogating complex datasets.

During the first year, you will practice the counselling skills needed to examine the professional issues that make counselling and allied professions such a challenging, yet rewarding career route. In your second and third years, you will continue to build on these practical skills.

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 Core Counselling Skills, Counselling Theory, Ethics and Personal Development, and Personal and Professional Perspectives in Counselling.

The academic team who teach counselling modules are qualified and accredited practicing counsellors. They will lead your lectures, seminars, and practical sessions in our multi-million-pound Science Centre. In the Science Centre, you will have access to our bespoke counselling suite of rooms to develop and practice your skills.

A crucial part of becoming a psychologist is learning to understand, conduct, and analyse scientific research. As with all high-quality undergraduate psychology degrees, this means our courses feature modules that focus on teaching these skills. We take great care in closely guiding students through this learning process (via small group teaching, group work with peers, support clinics, and step-by-step guides) supporting our students in preparation for the increasingly data-driven world.

Practical experience with industry-standard SPSS statistics software teaches students to answer a wide variety of research questions by interrogating complex datasets.

During the first year, you will practice the counselling skills needed to examine the professional issues that make counselling and allied professions such a challenging, yet rewarding career route. In your second and third years, you will continue to build on these practical skills.

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 Core Counselling Skills, Counselling Theory, Ethics and Personal Development, and Personal and Professional Perspectives in Counselling.

The academic team who teach counselling modules are qualified and accredited practicing counsellors. They will lead your lectures, seminars, and practical sessions in our multi-million-pound Science Centre. In the Science Centre, you will have access to our bespoke counselling suite of rooms to develop and practice your skills.

A crucial part of becoming a psychologist is learning to understand, conduct, and analyse scientific research. As with all high-quality undergraduate psychology degrees, this means our courses feature modules that focus on teaching these skills. We take great care in closely guiding students through this learning process (via small group teaching, group work with peers, support clinics, and step-by-step guides) supporting our students in preparation for the increasingly data-driven world.

Practical experience with industry-standard SPSS statistics software teaches students to answer a wide variety of research questions by interrogating complex datasets.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 20 or 40 academic credits. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study, and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 120 credits per year, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification is based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 20 or 40 academic credits. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study, and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 120 credits per year, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification is based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 20 or 40 academic credits. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study, and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 120 credits per year, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification is based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.

Professional body accreditation

Accredited against the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

The British Psychological Society logo

Professional body accreditation

Accredited against the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

The British Psychological Society logo

Professional body accreditation

Accredited against the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

The British Psychological Society logo
Psychology Facility Tour

Psychology Facility Tour

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Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Year 2 compulsory modules
Year 2 compulsory modules
Counselling Theory, Ethics And Personal Development 40 credits
Developmental And Biological Psychology Across The Lifespan 20 credits
Exploring Difference: A Quantitative Approach 20 credits
People Behaving Badly: The Psychology Of Social Issues 20 credits
Psychological Interventions 20 credits
Psychology Of Social Perception 20 credits
Psychology Research Assistantship 20 credits
Steps To Success 2 N/A
Theory And Application Of Qualitative Research Methods 20 credits
Year 3 compulsory modules
Year 3 compulsory modules
Personal And Professional Perspectives In Counselling 20 credits
Personalised Psychology Portfolio 20 credits
Psychology Project 40 credits
Society And The Mind 20 credits
Steps To Success 3 N/A
Show 7 optional modules

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Year 2 compulsory modules
Year 2 compulsory modules
Counselling Theory, Ethics And Personal Development 40 credits
Developmental And Biological Psychology Across The Lifespan 20 credits
Exploring Difference: A Quantitative Approach 20 credits
People Behaving Badly: The Psychology Of Social Issues 20 credits
Psychological Interventions 20 credits
Psychology Of Social Perception 20 credits
Psychology Research Assistantship 20 credits
Steps To Success 2 N/A
Theory And Application Of Qualitative Research Methods 20 credits
Year 3 compulsory modules
Year 3 compulsory modules
Psychology Placement Year 120 credits
Year 4 compulsory modules
Year 4 compulsory modules
Personal And Professional Perspectives In Counselling 20 credits
Personalised Psychology Portfolio 20 credits
Psychology Project 40 credits
Society And The Mind 20 credits
Steps To Success 3 N/A
Show 7 optional modules

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Year 1 compulsory modules
Adventures In Psychology 1 20 credits
Adventures In Psychology 2 20 credits
Pathways In Psychology And Counselling 20 credits
Steps To Success 1 N/A
Year 2 compulsory modules
Year 2 compulsory modules
Becoming A Researcher 1: Quantitative Methods 20 credits
Becoming A Researcher 2: Qualitative Methods 20 credits
Core Counselling Skills 20 credits
Year 3 compulsory modules
Year 3 compulsory modules
Developmental And Biological Psychology Across The Lifespan 20 credits
Exploring Difference: A Quantitative Approach 20 credits
Steps To Success 2 N/A
Theory And Application Of Qualitative Research Methods 20 credits
Year 4 compulsory modules
Year 4 compulsory modules
Counselling Theory, Ethics And Personal Development 40 credits
Show 4 optional modules
Year 5 compulsory modules
Year 5 compulsory modules
Personalised Psychology Portfolio 20 credits
Society And The Mind 20 credits
Show 7 optional modules
Year 6 compulsory modules
Year 6 compulsory modules
Personal And Professional Perspectives In Counselling 20 credits
Psychology Project 40 credits
Steps To Success 3 N/A

Entry requirements

Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points

  • A levels: BBC
  • 2 A level: 96 points
  • BTEC: DMM

A foundation year is available for applicants who do not have the appropriate entry qualifications for direct entry to the degree level course. The foundation year for this course has a long track record of success in providing a smooth transition to our BSc (Hons) Psychology degree or any one of our other psychology-based courses.  

Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points

  • A levels: BBC
  • 2 A level: 96 points
  • BTEC: DMM

A foundation year is available for applicants who do not have the appropriate entry qualifications for direct entry to the degree level course. The foundation year for this course has a long track record of success in providing a smooth transition to our BSc (Hons) Psychology degree or any one of our other psychology-based courses.  

Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points

  • A levels: BBC
  • 2 A level: 96 points
  • BTEC: DMM

A foundation year is available for applicants who do not have the appropriate entry qualifications for direct entry to the degree level course. The foundation year for this course has a long track record of success in providing a smooth transition to our BSc (Hons) Psychology degree or any one of our other psychology-based courses.  

We understand that you might have experienced a challenging run up to higher education and may have not met the entry requirements as listed. If this is the case don’t worry, contact us and our team of expert advisors can guide you through the next stages of application, or help you find the perfect course for your needs.

Louisa Cork - BSc (Hons) Psychology and Counselling

Louisa Cork - BSc (Hons) Psychology and Counselling

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Facilities

As a student on our psychology courses you will have access to a range of psychology technical laboratories which house equipment such as eye tracking, equipment to record physiological measures (e.g. heart rate), virtual reality, driving simulator, temperature-induced pain stimuli, an array of experimental software, and dedicated counselling facilities. This equipment allows us to take scientific measures to underpin theoretical content within psychology.

Throughout your course, you will be introduced to technical equipment as part of your taught sessions. Examples of this could include interactive demonstrations on eye tracking and the Observation Suite, and seminars where students make use of pain inducing stimuli and physiological measures to understand how we can scientifically induce and measure stress. You will also regularly use the counselling facilities throughout the course to develop your counselling skills.

Additionally, when you conduct your own research project in Year 3 you’ll have the opportunity to use the psychology laboratories and equipment to facilitate and enhance your research. Examples of how you may wish to use technical equipment in your research as a Psychology and Counselling student could include:

  • Measuring physical stress responses during counselling sessions
  • Can virtual reality aid in the counselling process for treating phobias?

The psychology resources are supported by dedicated psychology technicians who will deliver technical sessions and will train and support you in your use of the resources.

Careers

Graduates from our Psychology degrees have become:

  • Assistant psychologists (earning potential £22,000 - £44,000)
  • Senior family support workers (earning potential £24,000 - £35,000)
  • Research assistants (earning potential £24,000 - £40,000)
  • Psychology support worker (earning potential £20,000 - £28,000)

Many have completed further professional training to become:

  • Teachers (earning potential £23,000 - £37,000)
  • Social workers (earning potential £24,000 - £40,000)
  • Clinical psychologists (earning potential £40,000 - £60,000)
  • Educational psychologists (earning potential £37,000 - £55,000)
  • Counselling psychologists (earning potential £37,000 - £50,000)
  • Health psychologists (earning potential £37,000 - £55,000)

After completing the BSc (Hons) Forensic and Criminological Psychology course you will be ideally placed for further study at postgraduate level.

Students on our psychology courses are supported to find voluntary positions in which they contribute to important roles within not-for-profit organisations, working to support people experiencing homelessness, mental health difficulties, and drugs and alcohol challenges.

Students have volunteered for various organisations including Girlguiding UK, Oxfam, Change, Grow, Live (a children’s rights service) and Catch 22 (an organisation supporting victims of child sexual abuse and children missing from home). Many students have also engaged in voluntary work with education providers, supporting children and young people in schools and nurseries around Stoke-On-Trent and the surrounding areas.

Our students find voluntary work experience to be a particularly enjoyable aspect of their studies as they can give back to their communities whilst simultaneously gaining valuable work experience.

You can find out further information about our graduates on our InPsych Blog and Graduate Stories page. 

All students have access to Career Connect, our dedicated careers team.

Toni Litherland - BSc (Hons) Psychology and Counselling

Toni Litherland - BSc (Hons) Psychology and Counselling

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Teaching and assessment

Teaching

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, workshops, small group and practical sessions. Small group sessions enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, workshops, small group and practical sessions. Small group sessions enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, workshops, small group and practical sessions. Small group sessions enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

Assessment

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our Student Inclusion Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

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Your study time will consist of class contact hours, self-directed learning, assessment and placements where appropriate. Your actual contact hours will depend on the subject area, on the option modules you select and professional body requirements. 

Your study time will consist of class contact hours, self-directed learning, assessment and placements where appropriate. Your actual contact hours will depend on the subject area, on the option modules you select and professional body requirements. 

Your study time will consist of class contact hours, self-directed learning, assessment and placements where appropriate. Your actual contact hours will depend on the subject area, on the option modules you select and professional body requirements. 

Year 1

18% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
82% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 2

21% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
79% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 3

14% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
86% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars, laboratory or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve utilising a range of digital resources including our virtual learning environment; reading journals, articles and books; working on individual and group projects; undertaking research in the library; preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.

Your independent learning will be supported by a range of excellent facilities. These include the library, open access computer facilities, informal learning zones, a range of laboratories and specialist teaching areas.

When not attending lectures, seminars, laboratory or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve utilising a range of digital resources including our virtual learning environment; reading journals, articles and books; working on individual and group projects; undertaking research in the library; preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.

Your independent learning will be supported by a range of excellent facilities. These include the library, open access computer facilities, informal learning zones, a range of laboratories and specialist teaching areas.

When not attending lectures, seminars, laboratory or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve utilising a range of digital resources including our virtual learning environment; reading journals, articles and books; working on individual and group projects; undertaking research in the library; preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.

Your independent learning will be supported by a range of excellent facilities. These include the library, open access computer facilities, informal learning zones, a range of laboratories and specialist teaching areas.

Year 1

0% practical exams
77% coursework
23% written exams

Year 2

0% practical exams
83% coursework
17% written exams

Year 3

5% practical exams
95% coursework
0% written exams

Staff

You will be taught by a 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 80% of our full-time staff in Life Sciences and Education are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

Linda Szekely

Lecturer

My research interests are in the field of counselling mostly related to working with children with attachment difficulties and the impact of trauma on the body and the brain.

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Fees

For the course starting on 26 September 2022 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BSc (Hons)-Full-time
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full-time £9,250 per year of study £14,500 per year of study

For the course starting on 26 September 2022 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BSc (Hons) Full-time, with a placement year
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full-time £9,250 per year of study £14,500 per year of study

For the course starting on 19 September 2022 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BSc (Hons) Part-time
Study option UK / Channel Islands
Part-time £4,620 per year of study

UK and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

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Included in tuition fees
Included in the fees:
  • DBS checks where required for compulsory modules 
  • loan of subject related requirement where required for
  • compulsory field trips.
  • DBS checks where required for compulsory modules 
  • loan of subject related requirement where required for
  • compulsory field trips.
  • DBS checks where required for compulsory modules 
  • loan of subject related requirement where required for
  • compulsory field trips.
Not included in tuition fees
Not included in the fees:
  • Text books are available from the library, but some students chose to purchase their own copies.
  • printing
  • travel costs to and from placements. We will have available placements within travel distance from the campus, or within proximity of your address
  • clothing suitable for placements and facilities
  • Optional field trips
  • DBS check where not required for a compulsory module
  • Text books are available from the library, but some students chose to purchase their own copies.
  • printing
  • travel costs to and from placements. We will have available placements within travel distance from the campus, or within proximity of your address
  • clothing suitable for placements and facilities
  • Optional field trips
  • DBS check where not required for a compulsory module
  • Text books are available from the library, but some students chose to purchase their own copies.
  • printing
  • travel costs to and from placements. We will have available placements within travel distance from the campus, or within proximity of your address
  • clothing suitable for placements and facilities
  • Optional field trips
  • DBS check where not required for a compulsory module
Accommodation and living costs
Accommodation and living costs

Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

For more information on accommodation and living costs, please see: Accommodation

Sources of financial support

If you receive funding from Student Finance you may be eligible to apply for additional benefits. Details can be obtained by visiting: www.gov.uk

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

Our students

The support from the psychology and counselling team is impeccable. 

I applied for this course because a counselling career within the NHS is my dream, specifically I want to help people, especially individuals with mental health difficulties. Therefore I knew this was the perfect course to give me an idea of the career I may enter!

I would say my favourite part of the course so far has been the counselling modules. This is because we have been able to put theory into practice. We have done this by engaging in counselling sessions where we practice counselling skills with peers on our course.

I would definitely recommend this degree. The course is so interesting, the modules are engaging and the support from the psychology and counselling team is impeccable. 

Beth Jaromski

BSc (Hons) Psychology and Counselling

I have always known that I must complete a Psychology and Counselling degree. I started the journey when completing the introduction to counselling in 2005. Having two children meant that I was needed at home for a few years.

The course informs and influences my professional skills to further me into a promised career. Also, at the end of completing the counselling certificate, which I will hopefully be starting after I have graduated from this course, I will then be registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Staffordshire University has so much to offer students and as a mature student living locally it was my number one choice. I feel in a good position for the future as Staffordshire University offers many opportunities to make careers out of degrees.

Nicole McCrow

BSc (Hons) Psychology and Counselling

I feel like I am developing a broad-range of knowledge as well as critical thinking. The staff really encourage you to think for yourself. It’s a friendly and welcoming environment. If you’re passionate about wanting to help and understand people, Staffordshire University is the place to be.

Andrew Keating

Graduate, BSc (Hons) Psychology and Counselling

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