Psychology and Counselling

Study options

Award

BSc (Hons)

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:
25 September 2023

Professional body accreditation

Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)

11th for Student Satisfaction

Complete University Guide 2023 (Psychology)

Experienced teaching team

Modules taught by accredited, practicing counsellors

As more young people and adults seek mental health support, the demand for expert help has never been greater.

Now you can explore the rapidly growing career opportunities in this specialist field by taking our Psychology and Counselling degree. It’s ideal if you’re interested in working with people facing difficult circumstances, with the course introducing you to the world of therapeutic practice.

As it combines both psychology and counselling, you’ll have the experience of two different disciplines. With further study, you can go on to become a qualified counsellor or psychotherapist.

The skills you develop, including how to interact with and listen to people, will also be very useful for a wide range of other roles. It could include becoming an education support worker, wellbeing mentor or working within the care system.

We offer a very practical and supportive approach, which will take you through the theory side and then enable you to put it into action using real life scenarios.

You will learn about different psychological theories, including cognitive behavioural therapy, person-centred and psychodynamic therapy. You’ll also develop a real understanding of ethics and what it means to the counselling world.

The course includes a focus on each student’s own personal development. Feedback from students shows they learn so much about themselves through this journey. You will also work in a skills group, with the chance to take on roles as the counsellor and client.

In your final year, you’ll complete a research project. Previous examples have included exploring how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected children and how early attachment can influence other relationships.

During your studies, you’ll have access to our fantastic Science Centre facilities, such as our observation and counselling suites, cognitive research cubicles, simulation machines and psychophysiology equipment.

The degree is accredited by the BPS (British Psychological Society), which means you can undertake postgraduate training to become a professional psychologist.

Now you can explore the rapidly growing career opportunities in this specialist field by taking our Psychology and Counselling degree. It’s ideal if you’re interested in working with people facing difficult circumstances, with the course introducing you to the world of therapeutic practice.

As it combines both psychology and counselling, you’ll have the experience of two different disciplines. With further study, you can go on to become a qualified counsellor or psychotherapist.

The skills you develop, including how to interact with and listen to people, will also be very useful for a wide range of other roles. It could include becoming an education support worker, wellbeing mentor or working within the care system.

We offer a very practical and supportive approach, which will take you through the theory side and then enable you to put it into action using real life scenarios.

You will learn about different psychological theories, including cognitive behavioural therapy, person-centred and psychodynamic therapy. You’ll also develop a real understanding of ethics and what it means to the counselling world.

The course includes a focus on each student’s own personal development. Feedback from students shows they learn so much about themselves through this journey. You will also work in a skills group, with the chance to take on roles as the counsellor and client.

In your final year, you’ll complete a research project. Previous examples have included exploring how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected children and how early attachment can influence other relationships.

During your studies, you’ll have access to our fantastic Science Centre facilities, such as our observation and counselling suites, cognitive research cubicles, simulation machines and psychophysiology equipment.

The degree is accredited by the BPS (British Psychological Society), which means you can undertake postgraduate training to become a professional psychologist.

Now you can explore the rapidly growing career opportunities in this specialist field by taking our Psychology and Counselling degree. It’s ideal if you’re interested in working with people facing difficult circumstances, with the course introducing you to the world of therapeutic practice.

As it combines both psychology and counselling, you’ll have the experience of two different disciplines. With further study, you can go on to become a qualified counsellor or psychotherapist.

The skills you develop, including how to interact with and listen to people, will also be very useful for a wide range of other roles. It could include becoming an education support worker, wellbeing mentor or working within the care system.

We offer a very practical and supportive approach, which will take you through the theory side and then enable you to put it into action using real life scenarios.

You will learn about different psychological theories, including cognitive behavioural therapy, person-centred and psychodynamic therapy. You’ll also develop a real understanding of ethics and what it means to the counselling world.

The course includes a focus on each student’s own personal development. Feedback from students shows they learn so much about themselves through this journey. You will also work in a skills group, with the chance to take on roles as the counsellor and client.

In your final year, you’ll complete a research project. Previous examples have included exploring how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected children and how early attachment can influence other relationships.

During your studies, you’ll have access to our fantastic Science Centre facilities, such as our observation and counselling suites, cognitive research cubicles, simulation machines and psychophysiology equipment.

The degree is accredited by the BPS (British Psychological Society), which means you can undertake postgraduate training to become a professional psychologist.

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

You have the option to take either a work placement module or to spend a year on a placement.

The placement (sandwich) year is becoming an increasingly popular choice, with students overwhelmingly positive about the experience.

It could involve working in a community setting, school or with a charity. Typical roles may include being a wellbeing practitioner, life coach or phone support worker.

Throughout your placement, you’ll have a workplace supervisor and regular contact with the University. The fee for a placement year will vary - please get in touch 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
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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 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 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 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

112-120 UCAS Tariff points

  • GCE A Levels - grades BBC or equivalent
  • Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma - grade DMM
  • Access to HE Diploma - Pass Access with a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points. Applicants to Staffs who are taking the Access to HE Diploma receive a reduced tariff point offer as part of our access and participation plan activity
  • UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma - grade of Merit overall
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma - grade DMM
  • T Levels - Eligible T Level applications will be asked to achieve a minimum overall grade of P (A*-C) or Higher Pass as a condition of offer

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.  

112-120 UCAS Tariff points

  • GCE A Levels - grades BBC or equivalent
  • Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma - grade DMM
  • Access to HE Diploma - Pass Access with a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points. Applicants to Staffs who are taking the Access to HE Diploma receive a reduced tariff point offer as part of our access and participation plan activity
  • UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma - grade of Merit overall
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma - grade DMM
  • T Levels - Eligible T Level applications will be asked to achieve a minimum overall grade of P (A*-C) or Higher Pass as a condition of offer

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.  

112-120 UCAS Tariff points

  • GCE A Levels - grades BBC or equivalent
  • Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma - grade DMM
  • Access to HE Diploma - Pass Access with a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points. Applicants to Staffs who are taking the Access to HE Diploma receive a reduced tariff point offer as part of our access and participation plan activity
  • UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma - grade of Merit overall
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma - grade DMM
  • T Levels - Eligible T Level applications will be asked to achieve a minimum overall grade of P (A*-C) or Higher Pass as a condition of offer

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.

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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

The degree opens up a wide range of jobs. You can apply directly to a postgraduate counselling course that leads to British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) accreditation.

Qualified counsellors can choose to work in private practice or for the NHS. You could also become a school counsellor, work in prisons, rehabilitation or addiction services, human resources, or in the mental health field for charities or the private sector.

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.

We have graduates who go into teaching or social work. Some work in HR or gain jobs as wellbeing mentors. There’s a huge range of possibilities.

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.

Louisa Cork - BSc (Hons) Psychology and Counselling

Louisa Cork - BSc (Hons) Psychology and Counselling

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Graduate Louisa talks about her time at Staffordshire University, including how impressed she was with the amount of support available.

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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.

Toni Litherland - BSc (Hons) Psychology and Counselling

Toni Litherland - BSc (Hons) Psychology and Counselling

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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 assessments
77% coursework
23% written exams

Year 2

0% practical assessments
83% coursework
17% written exams

Year 3

5% practical assessments
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

Senior 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 25 September 2023 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 £16,750 per year of study

For the course starting on 25 September 2023 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BSc (Hons) Full-time, with a placement year
Study option UK / Channel Islands
Full-time To be confirmed

For the course starting on 25 September 2023 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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Location Award Study option Start date Apply Link
Stoke-on-Trent campus BSc (Hons) Full-time 25 September 2023 Apply now

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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