Institute of Human Sciences

Psychology and Counselling

BSc (Hons) Full-time 3 years, Part-time 6 years

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code C813
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  • Start Date(s) 19 September 2022
  • Award BSc (Hons)
  • Study Mode Full-time, Part-time
  • Course Length Full-time (3 years), Part-time (6 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School Institute of Human Sciences
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Why choose this course?

Study Psychology with us and experience our unique blend of teaching, applied learning, placements, and state-of-the-art facilities, which provide a deep understanding of human behaviour. 

Our BSc Psychology programmes are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). Studied over 3 years (full-time) or 6 years (part-time), our modern programme includes:

  • A comprehensive learning experience with an expert team.
  • State-of-the-art facilities and equipment.
  • Applied placement opportunities.

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind, human learning, communication, memory, thought, and emotion. Through analysing the interplay between biological, environmental, social, and cultural influences on human behaviour it helps us understand what makes people tick. It is a thriving academic discipline as well as a professional field, bringing research and theory in applied settings. It helps to shape our understanding of how the mind influences language, thinking, and behaviour, with the further aim of creating interventions that positively impact people’s lives. 

The course is part of the School of Psychology in the Faculty of Education, Health, and Wellbeing.  The School of Psychology is the professional home of over 50 teaching and research staff, bringing a broad range of interests and experience to benefit students learning on our portfolio of courses. Our School is recognised as one of the leading providers of psychology education, using innovative teaching methods which focus on the application of scientific and theoretical principles to the study of people’s lives. Psychology staff are grouped into a variety of highly active research clusters through our Centre for Psychological Research, publishing in the latest academic journals and working to make a real-world impact on people’s lives.

Our courses create critical thinkers, leaders, and innovators who make real contributions to any role in which they work. Our courses are integrative and inclusive, where we focus on teaching and assessment using multiple techniques enabled by digital technologies. A variety of teaching methods enables us to develop self-directed learners, who are adaptable and well-prepared for the modern workforce. 

Our team are a diverse group of people welcoming those of any ethnicity, culture, religion or sexual orientation to join our community and contribute to the profession of psychology. Our team members are accredited by, or members of, professional bodies – including Advance HE, the British Psychological Society (BPS) as chartered psychologists, and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). You will be learning from experienced practitioners in forensic, counselling, and clinical psychology, as well as published experts in the fields of cyber, health, occupational, and cognitive psychology. We work in partnership with Advance HE, the nationally recognised body in teaching quality, to continually develop the quality of our courses with modern teaching and learning practices. 

The course is based at our City Centre campus, in the Millennium City building, where you learn in a multidisciplinary environment alongside our colleagues in nursing and social care. The building offers a unique learning space in our psychology labs, simulated environments for creative research projects, and our cyberpsychology lab with the latest in virtual reality and eye-tracking equipment.

By choosing to study with us you will gain a degree accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), learn from leading experts in the field of psychology, and have the opportunity to complete a career-enhancing placement related to your area of interest. 

We provide a supportive learning environment for people with creative minds, who like to ask challenging questions and find out what is behind what they see in front of them. 

 

 

 

What happens on the course?

Study scientific approaches to understanding the mind, motivation, and behaviour. Modules cover theories, principles, ethics, and application in the real world. Areas of psychology cover include social, cognitive, health, clinical, and developmental psychologies, as well as research methods.  

At the start of your course support students in making the transition into university by introducing study skills, time-management, library skills, independent learning skills, and the core areas of psychological knowledge. 

  • Year 1: Building Foundations. Learn how the six core areas in psychology seek to understand the complex interactions between the mind, emotion, motivation, and behaviour. Gain understanding of the historical and scientific underpinnings of psychology. Modules include core debates and key competencies in psychology, research methods, current issues in psychology, and ‘bad science’: a dynamic module training you in critical analysis of research and how studies are used in society.
  • Year 2: Applied Learning. Develop critical thinking as you refine advanced skills in the application of psychological research to everyday life. Gain skills in quantitative and qualitative research methods. Modules include ‘psychology in context’, ‘working in psychology’, and ‘preparing for your research project’: providing a range of transferrable skills, and preparing you for your choice of specialist area.
  • Year 3: Specialist Knowledge. Apply your skills in research, on a topic with a real-world application, and graduate with a range of skills transferrable to any employment role. Choose from a range of specialist areas, learning from professionals with expertise in the field, and learn from their experience.  Modules include psychology as applied to forensic, clinical, cyber, health, evolutionary psychology, developmental, and intellectual disabilities.  Complete an original empirical research project, working in collaboration with our academic researchers who share your passion for your chosen topic. 

Part-time flexible study options: If you choose to study part-time, you complete your course over 6 years and have a range of flexible options for your route through the programme. With our blended learning online content, students are able to manage workloads in the context of other home or work commitments. A pre-study meeting with one of the programme team can help you plan your study route so you can ensure success in your personal circumstances.

 

You will experience a variety of high-quality learning experiences such as lectures, seminars, blended learning, online materials, group tutorials, and practical workshops. Assignments are supported with formative learning activities such as essays, research proposals, debates, presentations, quizzes, and online discussions. As you make progress you develop transferrable skills in writing, analysis, research, problem-solving, and reporting. You grow as an independent psychological researcher, skilled in complex problem-solving. Teaching develops knowledge and skills through hands-on work with psychological data, examining issues from across the spectrum of applied psychology. You will also examine various philosophical approaches to psychology in order to be able to evaluate, critique, and question current psychological thinking.

All our courses actively embed employability into every aspect of the course, ensuring you are prepared to enter the workforce upon graduation. Graduates finish with a range of marketable skills in problem solving, data analysis, communication, and information synthesis, and are well placed to take on further study or a career role. Research is also embedded throughout the programme, enabling you to see the links between research and the real-world.

 

Unique Features of the BSc Psychology & Counselling

The BSc Psychology & Counselling course includes a module each year training in counselling skills:

  • Year 1: Theoretical Principles in Counselling
  • Year 2: Counselling Skills
  • Year 3: Applied Counselling

This degree offers a unique fusion of academic Psychology and practical training in counselling competencies. Each year you will undertake a counselling-specific module, where you will learn from qualified experts in the field, who will teach you how to engage with clients and make a positive contribution to their welfare. You will engage an experiential learning throughout the entirety of the programme, and develop a robust skill set that can be applied in any work situation as well as prepare you to enter further study in the fields of counselling, counselling psychology, clinical psychology, and other mental health career routes. The degree includes a placement, where you will learn how counselling skills are applied in live clinical settings, have the opportunity to showcase your skills, engage in critical reflective work, and make a novel contribution to the service in which you work.  This degree is an ideal preparation for further study leading toward professional recognition as a therapist, such as an MSc Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy, or a Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology. Career training and transferable skills are embedded in the course from the moment you arrive. In your second year you will complete a short placement and develop an intervention for the organisation where you have worked, enabling you to develop your confidence in applying knowledge in the real-world. We provide multiple opportunities to enhance your career and create networks inside and outside of the department: including volunteering networks, peer mentoring, and the opportunity to become a research assistant for our academic staff using the Research Opportunities Network. On graduation our department clinical team also provide the opportunity for a psychology assistant role for those interested in furthering a career in counselling or clinical psychology. 

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

A degree in psychology opens many routes to a professional career. 

Professional psychology career routes

  • Counselling psychologists work in the field of mental health, weaving psychotherapy training together with evidence-based practice to address issues such as depression, trauma, and eating disorders.
  • Clinical psychologists work with cases of anxiety and depression but also with serious and enduring mental illness, neurological and developmental disorders, addictive behaviours, childhood behaviours, and family relationships.
  • Educational psychologists work in schools with students, with the local education authorities, schools, special education units, colleges and nurseries, and work with children who are experiencing social, emotional, or learning difficulties by providing assessments, counselling, and other interventions.
  • Occupational psychologists focus on human behaviour in the workplace, and work to increase aspects such as productivity, job satisfaction, and organisational effectiveness.
  • Health psychologists consider the many factors that can impact directly on our wellbeing, using their knowledge and skills to further understand wellbeing and to promote healthier lifestyles.
  • Forensic psychologists work in prisons, with law enforcement agencies, rehabilitation centres, law firms, and other government agencies. They carry out psychological assessments of prisoners, explore evidence for psychological disorders, and evaluate the mental health of defendants.

Professional routes require postgraduate study and supervised practice to reach chartered status with the British Psychological Society, and/or registration with the Health and Care Professions Council. Please talk to us to plan your career, or visit: careers.bps.org.uk

A degree in psychology opens many career routes. Graduates have gone on to work in a range of work domains, including:

  • Commercial companies (analyst, statistician, public relations)
  • Charities (engagement worker, fundraiser, project leader, grant writer, PR)
  • Advertising, Press and Media financial organisations (insurance, banking, statistician)
  • Human resources (recruitment company, HR manager, careers consultant, coach)
  • Office management (supporting staff, leading teams)
  • Local and national government the legal sector (e.g. legal researcher)
  • The NHS (creative therapies, mental health support work, speech and language therapy, management training programmes)
  • Security services (intelligence officer with MI5, customs officer, police forces
  • National Probation Service
  • HM Prison Service
  • Schools, sixth form colleges and colleges of further education
  • Social services.

By choosing a BPS-accredited degree with us, you are ensuring doors are open to you to match your aspirations. 

Graduate destinations

  • The National Health Service as psychology assistants, psychological wellbeing practitioners, and data analysts.
  • HM Prison Service, working in prisons, alongside Chartered & HCPC Registered psychologists providing training, support, and assessment.
  • NHS Children & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
  • The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • The British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Social services
  • Facebook
  • Google

Upon graduating from this course, you could progress onto one of our Masters or Doctorate courses, and take your studies to an advanced practitioner level.  There are also many career options for graduates entering the workforce. 

Our Postgraduate Programmes

Doctorate Programmes - Professional & Academic - on Campus 

 

Masters Programmes - on Campus

 

Masters Programmes - Online - Study Anywhere, Anytime

Distance learning delivered entirely online.  Learn online from anywhere in the world.  The flexible course design enables you to fit your studies around your other life commitments, including work and family. You can continue to earn and progress in your current role without needing to put your life on hold.  

 

Our online MSc Psychology & MSc Psychology of Mental Health & Wellbeing are accredited by The British Psychological Society (BPS).  

Our MBA Psychology & MSc Organisational & Business Psychology are accredited by the Association for Business Psychology (ABP). 

 

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

  • Staff expertise: You will be learning from experienced practitioners in forensic, counselling, and clinical psychology, as well as published experts in the fields of cyber, health, occupational, and cognitive psychology. We work in partnership with Advance HE, the nationally recognised body in teaching quality, to continually develop the quality of our courses with modern learning practices. Find out more about our staff here.
  • Career: Gain a professional focus and applied experience of psychology, ensuring you are equipped to take the further steps in your career. Our programme makes a significant positive impact on your career trajectory.
  • Placements: Our course offers placement opportunities, enabling you to use skills and competencies in practice. You may work under supervision of a qualified psychologist in several applied domains, such as: counselling, clinical, educational, forensic, health, occupational, and academic research. Taking on a place gives you valuable experience in the application of your skills in practice, and allows you to adapt to the challenge of a modern workplace throughout your studies. Both theory and placement learning are highly valued by employers, and equip you for taking on a graduate job as soon as your studies are complete.
  • International focus: University of Wolverhampton is a diverse community of people, with staff and students from 120 different countries. In an ever-increasing global world, graduates are required to navigate complex information systems and provide creative solutions to issues that affect people internationally. Our curriculum includes development of skills of value in an increasingly international workplace.
  • Student support and mentoring: Student support is at the heart of our approach. Receive support from personal tutors who are experts in applied and theoretical psychology, and keen to support your learning. Mentoring throughout your studies with your personal tutor contributes considerably to the success of our students through regular progress reviews and careers advice.  
  • Psychology Community Research Clinic: Our school operates a research-based mental health clinic. Our clinical staff and postgraduate trainees on our MSc and Professional Doctorate programmes provide confidential support, a range of psychological therapies, and workshop training to students who need additional support to succeed. Our aim is to provide the best recipe for success, and we support you to achievement through helping you reach the next step on your academic journey.
  • Research projects: All students are encouraged to explore research projects with real-world application and unique project design, presenting the opportunity to make a real-world change.
  • Research community: You become part of an active and supportive research community. Opportunities for participant recruitment are fostered through our participant system, enabling you to take part in studies as a participant in your first year and gaining access as a researcher in your final year.
  • Applied and authentic assessment: All of our assessments focus on the practical elements of the course, providing a flavour of the real-world work of a practising psychologist.
  • State-of-the-art facilities: Learn in our dedicated research and computer labs with over 50 networked computers, an observation room with a one-way mirror, and video analysis equipment. Our cyberpsychology research laboratory is stocked with the latest in virtual reality and eye-tracking equipment.
  • Psychological test library: Gain access to the latest psychometric tools for your research with our comprehensive test library.
  • Specialist software: Our software library provides all of the latest data collection and analysis programmes, so you have the tools you need to succeed. Psychology-specific software such as SPSS, NVIVO, Qualitrics, Microsoft Office 365, are included as part of course fees.
  • Books, journal subscriptions and skills for learning: We have an extensive online journal library, with latest research in each specialist area. Our library team provides training in how to get the best out of our online journal provision, and are on hand to help you navigate your way through the extensive library. We also have core text books available in full text online, supporting you no matter where you study. 

 

You will gain knowledge and job-relevant skills as you explore areas such as social psychology, cognitive psychology, personality and individual differences, and developmental and biological psychology. The programme of study will help you to take your first steps along the road to a career focused on human behaviour, whether this is as a psychologist, a mental health practitioner within the healthcare sector, or within a related field such as teaching or business. Psychology graduates are also equipped to perform well in other career paths such as journalism, business management, research, policing, the media, and politics.

The University of Wolverhampton prides itself on preparing you with a number of desirable graduate attributes, including specialist knowledge and enterprise, technological literacy, research skills, and effective communication.

  1. Writing: Every piece of work you submit receives feedback and advice to help develop your skills as a writer. Our aim is to support you in expressing your ideas clearly, concisely, and with impact.
  2. Critical thinking and reasoning: Analysis of research, assumptions, methods, ethics, and how research is applied is a key part of psychology. You must consider each source that you use, and reference your work. Critical thinking skills enable graduates to navigate the increasingly complex modern world, and understand what is beneath the surface of any current issue.
  3. Communication: Learning to communicate is key to a successful career. Throughout your programme you will develop skills to improve your presentation abilities, and articulate an argument to have meaningful impact. 
  4. Problem solving: The ability to provide solutions based on logical analysis of a problem is a skill many employer desire. This skill requires you to think outside-the-box and understand the underlying factors at play. These skills are developed purposefully as part of a degree in psychology, and help students achieve autonomy throughout their studies.
  5. Research and analysis: A key part of many careers is the skill with which information can be gathered, organised, understood, and analysed for useful conclusions. A degree in psychology promotes these skills from the start. 
  6. Teamwork: Working collaboratively with others on tasks, building positive relationships in the workplace, and maintaining connections over time are valuable skills for any graduate. Studying with us presents opportunities to build these skills, and learn how to productively work with a variety of different people and personalities.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2021-22
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
Home Part-time £3100 per year# 2021-22
Home Part-time £3120 per year# 2022-23
International Full-time £12950 per year 2021-22
International Full-time £13450 per year 2022-23
International Part-time £6475 per year# 2021-22
International Part-time £6725 per year# 2022-23

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

  • 112 UCAS points
  • A Levels grades BBC / CCA
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma- grades DMM
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma - grades D*D*
  • Access to HE Diploma requires candidates to accumulate 60 credits, at least 45 of which are at Level 3.  To study psychology at the University of Wolverhampton, students must further achieve at least a 'merit' or 'distinction' in at least 24 of their Level 3 credits. 

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Other Requirements

Students must usually have studied for a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, we will consider applications from mature students who do not have two years of post-16 study, where they have relevant work experience. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

 

"During my time I felt all the staff genuinely wanted me to do well and were more than happy to invest their time and effort in achieving this. They were always extremely helpful and understanding, not to mention patient."  Mel West

"Following graduation from an undergraduate Psychology degree, I acquired the position of trainee practitioner with the National Autistic Society. Currently I am in the process of applying for a postgraduate course in clinical psychology. Although competition is high, with my education and experience I am hopeful that I will secure a placement."  Yukyee Chang

"There are many great aspects to studying at the University of Wolverhampton. For me it meant that I could live locally, using the free shuttle bus between the campuses. The on-site facilities were very good too, giving me easy access to computers, books, and journal articles." Kirsty Lee

“I can’t thank you all at the University enough for providing me with the healing that comes from gaining an education in a supportive environment. I continue to grow and hold my head high now!” Gail

“Being at Wolverhampton Uni has literally changed my life. It helped me to realise my intelligence, skills, gifts and talents. It helped me realise my potential and gain my identity. It has helped me understand my own mental health, have better reflection, and respect the world in a whole different way. I'm not here really to declare a sob story, but just share a little bit how you have changed my life through your care, compassion, and empathy as a department. I sincerely mean it from my heart. Thank you for always believing in me.” Fiona

Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


Self-funding:

If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: See How to pay.

For more information please contact the Gateway.


Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.


Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund.

for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.

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