Psychology with Counselling, BSc Hons

Psychology with Counselling, BSc Hons

This BSc Hons Psychology with Counselling programme is a British Psychological Society accredited degree that focuses on the key areas of psychology, while also providing students with the fundamentals of counselling practice and theory. It is ideal for students who are interested in becoming a clinician or therapist, or working in mental health after their degree.

Psychology seeks to understand mind and behaviour through experimentation, observation and measurement. Counselling provides help to individuals, couples and families experiencing distress or transition, whether this is due to mental health issues, relationship difficulties, trauma or life transitions such as bereavement. The degree covers the theories that underpin practice, including psychodynamic, humanistic-existential and cognitive behavioural perspectives. It also looks at contemporary developments within the area of counselling practice. The degree introduces students to the skills required to progress onto further training in counselling after completing their degree.

Students are introduced to the core areas of psychology and counselling, and receive a strong grounding in psychological research methods. The research methods component focuses on learning about psychological research designs, analyses and reports through a series of guided-learning exercises, culminating in an independent research project in the final year. The degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society and confers eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). GBC is necessary if you are interested in becoming a chartered psychologist. To be eligible for GBC, you must achieve at least a lower second class honours and must also pass the independent research project.

The Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling is a trusted provider of excellent academic degrees and vocational training. Our teaching staff are research active and are experts in their respective field.  The department is consistently rated highly in the National Student Survey. We pride ourselves on combining high-quality teaching with world-class research and a vibrant student experience. We have well-equipped facilities and laboratories to support our activities and we employ creative teaching methods and assessment techniques. All our programmes offer a wide choice of courses and we welcome and offer support to students from a range of backgrounds.

The aims of the programme are:

  • To develop a scientific understanding of mind, brain, behaviour, and experience, and of the complex interactions between the principles of psychology and the theory and practice of counselling
  • To gain an understanding of the practice, theory and ethics of counselling practice.

UCAS code

C8B9 A BSc/PsyWC

Department

Psychology, Social Work & Counselling

Location

Avery Hill Campus

Attendance

3 years full-time
6 years part-time

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

  • 320 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of two subjects at A-level OR a BTEC National Diploma (up to 40 UCAS tariff points can be from AS-level, if AS-level in different subject to A-Levels) PLUS a minimum of three GCSEs at grade C or above (including English language plus mathematics or a science subject), or equivalent
  • OR an approved Access to Higher Education Diploma with a minimum of 60 credits, 45 of which must be at level 3. At least 30 Level 3 credits must be obtained with Distinction and the remaining 15 Level 3 credits with Merit PLUS GCSE English Language and mathematics at grade C or above, or equivalent qualifications

Assessment

Students are assessed through examinations, quizzes, essays, reflective accounts, critiques and practical reports.

Professional recognition

This programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the society, provided the minimum standard of qualification of second class honours is achieved and the final year project is passed.

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Career options

Graduates have opportunities in mental health, counselling (with additional training), education (with additional training), teaching, research, social care (with additional training), human resource management and the social sciences.

Full time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 3

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 30 credits from this list of options.

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

Part time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 3

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 4

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 5

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

Year 6

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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Psychology & Counselling

Our programmes provide you with a unique chance to deepen your understanding through theory and practice and will open up multiple career options and opportunities.

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"Studying at the University of Greenwich has been very rewarding and has helped me develop professionally and personally. The subjects are very interesting and challenging, while lectures and seminars are interactive, with plenty of opportunities to ask questions and debate topics.

Academic staff are always happy to help and give advice and value feedback from students. They are very passionate about their jobs and have a genuine interest in teaching. I have particularly enjoyed working as a research assistant. This has given me the chance to put into practice what I learned in my research methods course, and I have gained new skills and a valuable experience.

The campus has great facilities, including a wonderful library. It also has lots of green spaces where you can enjoy the surroundings. I've had the opportunity to meet different people from various backgrounds, and many of them are now my best friends. I would highly recommend the University of Greenwich to anyone wishing to study psychology or psychology with counselling."

Andreea Maigut
Subject: Psychology with Counselling

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This programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)