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Institute of Human Sciences

Psychology (Counselling Psychology)

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

In addition to providing you with a broad understanding of the theory and application of general psychology, this course focuses on the research applications of counselling psychology.

In addition to providing you with a broad understanding of the theory and application of general psychology, this course focuses on the research applications of counselling psychology.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code C813
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  • Start Date(s) 20 September 2021
  • 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

Why choose this course?

In addition to providing you with a broad understanding of the theory and application of general psychology, this course focuses on the research applications of counselling psychology.

You will be exposed to a wide range of applied and research topics, and gain a basic understanding of counselling psychology as practised in the NHS.  The Health Professions Council, which regulates the profession of psychology in the UK, requires all practising psychologists to have.accredited postgraduate training, and so this BSc degree forms the first step towards becoming a practising psychologist.  Whilst this degree alone does not directly confer eligibility to practise as a Counselling Psychologist, the University of Wolverhampton also offers an HPC- and BPS-accredited Practitioner Doctorate in Counselling Psychology for those who wish to make this their career.  Please see our postgraduate courses for further information.  

In the final level (your third year if you study full time), you will get to choose a number of optional, specialist modules. We run a slightly different range of  specialist modules each year, depending on staff expertise. Please view a list of our staff, staff list. Other information about the department is here.

 

What happens on the course?

The course places emphasis on a problem-based learning approach. Right from the start, you will gain knowledge and skills through hands-on work with psychological data, examining issues from across the spectrum of human psychology. You will also examine various philosophical approaches to psychology in order to be able to evaluate, critique and question current psychological thinking.

In the Psychology Department at the University of Wolverhampton, we believe that it is research which defines both the discipline and the specialisms within it. If you choose to study the BSc Psychology (Counselling) course you will follow a path which focuses on applying both methodologies and theory specific to this area. There will be many opportunities where those of you on this specialised route will break away from the main cohort to gain further in-depth coverage of counselling psychology. Your final year research project will be in an area relevant to counselling psychology, and you will be individually supervised by a Counselling Psychologist. In your final year you will also take a module which looks specifically at the skills and knowledge required for potential career paths as a Counselling Psychologist.  

 

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

A number of our graduates go on to train as Clinical and Counselling Psychologists, to work in the NHS as trainee cognitive behavioural therapists. You may find this specialised route particularly appealing if you are interested in pursuing an NHS career in applied psychological disciplines such as counselling and clinical psychology, or if you are interested in joining other helping professions such as social and youth work.

However, by choosing this specialist course, you will not be restricting your future career opportunities either within or outside of psychology.  This BSc degree is accredited by the British Psychological Associated and graduates thus gain access to all jobs and further career opportunities that require one to have the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership.  Each year, our graduates go on to apply the knowledge they have gained with us to a wide range of jobs in the private, public and non-profit sectors.

Our specialist BSc (Hons) in Psychology (Counselling Psychology) can lead  onto  our Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology programme which is a BPS accredited and HPC registered applied training in counselling psychology. At the end of six years, students are  qualified to take up positions as psychologists in the NHS and in private practise. In order to progress from the BSc to the doctoral programme, students must secure a good degree classification. Upon request, we will advise you on how to study for a counselling certificate, and how to apply for work experience, alongside our BSc programme, helping you to achieve the entry requirements for the doctoral programme. 

 

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

We're proud to confirm our £300 travel fund helping eligible new UK full-time undergraduate entrants* with the costs of travel continues for students starting in 2019/20 and 2020/21! For further information please click here. 

First and foremost, you will study a broad enough range of psychological topics to satisfy the British Psychological Society's requirements for undergraduate degrees.  Whenever there is the opportunity, however, throughout the course, you will specialise in counselling psychology and will receive teaching and support from the Counselling Psychologists who work in the Psychology Department.  Your Personal Tutor will be a Counselling Psychologist.  

We believe our system of personal tutoring contributes considerably to the success of our students through regular reviews of academic progress, and regular opportunities for careers advice.

The Psychology Department at the University of Wolverhampton offers state-of-the-art facilities in which to study, including dedicated research and computer labs with specialist testing software, an observation room with a one-way mirror, video equipment, a psychological test library, plus much more.

 

You will gain knowledge and skills directly relevant to psychology and counselling, as well as considerable knowledge about the nature of human behaviour. These transferable skills apply to a wide range of other disciplines within science, general management and sales.

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, effective communication and listening skills, and global awareness. From our 2009 graduates, 90.7% were employed and/or in further study which is higher than the national average of 88.7%.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2021-22
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £12950 per year 2021-22
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21

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

GCSE Maths and English grade C / 4+ or equivalent.

The following are considered equivalent of grade 'C' Mathematics:

  • OCN Access to HE Core Mathematics
  • National Test level 2 Numeracy
  • Key Skills L3 Application of Number
  • Functional Skills L2 Mathematics

The following are NOT accepted:

  • Key Skills L2: Application of Number

Plus Either

  • 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.  You are also required to have achieved 12 credits at Level 2 or 3 in English and 12 credits at Level 2 or 3 in Mathematics within the Access or have evidence of  GCSE English and Maths at grade C+/4 equivalence.

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

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.

 

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"During my time I felt all the staff in the department 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

"Both the university in general and the Psychology department had good support mechanisms in place for any difficult periods – whether academically or personally. Since graduating I have worked in the NHS as an Assistant Clinical Psychologist and I am about to begin a new job as Research Assistant for the Institute of Child Health." 
Kirsty Lee

British Psychological Society (BPS)

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

Tuition Fees Loan Home and EU National):

Most students will be able to apply for loans to help pay for these. Depending on where you live, if you have been to University previously and your circumstances, grants, bursaries and scholarships might also be available. Visit student finance on the gov.uk website to find out more.

EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year:

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the gov.uk website to find out more.

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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