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) 21 September 2020
  • 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!

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.

The Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing series of seminars and lectures spans education, sport, care, psychology health and wellbeing, bringing you a variety of engaging speakers and experts from the University of Wolverhampton and many other UK universities, visit www.wlv.ac.uk/fehw/lectures

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 2019-20
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £2975 per year# 2019-20
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
International Full-time £12000 per year 2019-20
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Part-time £6000 per year# 2019-20
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

2020 Entry

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
  • 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).

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.
It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.

The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.

Visit student finance on the gov.uk website to find out more.

Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (https://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

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