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Undergraduate Course

Psychology with Counselling BSc (Hons)

Combine the study of psychological science with counselling practice. Develop valuable research and counselling skills for your future career.

students in the counselling listening room

Our Psychology with Counselling degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). On this course, you will learn about the key areas of psychological study, progressing to develop the skills and theoretical understanding needed for counselling careers. You will conduct research in different areas of psychology, including counselling psychology, within our dedicated laboratories.

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88% of Psychology with Counselling students were satisfied with their course. (National Student Survey 2020)

  • British Psychological Society

York campus

  • UCAS Code – C8B9
  • Duration – 3 years full time
  • Start date – September 2021
  • School – School of Education, Language and Psychology

Minimum Entry Requirements

    120 UCAS Tariff points

    3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language and Maths.

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2021 entry £9,250 per year full time

    International 2021 entry £12,750 per year full time

Discover Psychology at York St John University

Course overview

In years 1 and 2 you will study the core areas of psychological science while practising your research skills in the laboratories every week. The research our academic staff carry out informs the things you learn. Some of these topics include:

  • Mental health and neurodiversity
  • Trauma and therapeutic relationship
  • Cognitive neuroscience of language and memory
  • Social interaction and political psychology
  • Body image and bullying.

In year 3 you will specialise in counselling psychology. You will learn about the theoretical foundations of different counselling approaches, including psychodynamic, humanistic and cognitive behavioural modalities.

As a psychology student you will have access to our dedicated lab spaces. You will use our computer labs for research methods classes and our suite of research labs for collecting data. The research labs include:

  • EEG lab - for recording electrical activity in the brain
  • Eye tracking lab - for monitoring gaze patterns with static or mobile eye trackers
  • Virtual reality (VR) equipment
  • Observation lab - including wall and ceiling-mounted cameras
  • A large collection of psychometric tests and questionnaires.

Our dedicated team of technicians will support you when working with equipment in the laboratories.

We focus on developing your employability throughout your degree. In our second-year module, Psychology in Practice, you will complete work experience in a field related to your ambitions.

Course structure

Year 1

Our academic year is split into 2 semesters. This course can only be studied full time.

In your first year you will study: 

  • 1 compulsory module across semester 1 and 2
  • 4 compulsory modules in semester 1 
  • 4 compulsory modules in semester 2.

You can find out which modules are available in each semester on the Course Specifications.

Modules

Credits: 10

Compulsory module

This module is your introduction to social psychology. You will examine classic studies and theoretical models. We will introduce you to different research methods used in social psychology. As you learn about these methods, you will consider the ethical issues that can arise in psychological research. Topics you may look at include:

  • Social influence
  • Behaviours in groups
  • Prejudice
  • Bystander intervention
  • Aggression.

Credits: 10

Compulsory module

This module is your introduction to cognitive psychology. You will study its historical development and learn about the core theoretical models of the subject. We will introduce you to the different research methods used in cognitive psychology. Topics you will look at include:

  • Perception
  • Attention
  • Memory
  • Language.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will learn about biological psychology. You will start by exploring the historical development of the subject. You will then study the key concepts in structural and functional neuroanatomy, the study of the nervous system, and biological systems. We will also introduce you to the different research methods used in biological psychology.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will learn about experimental research design, including relevant methodological and ethical issues. You will also begin to develop practical research skills that will help you throughout your degree. This includes experiment programming and statistical analysis of quantitative data. In lab workshops you will be supported to run your own experiment and act as a participant in others.

Credits: 10

Compulsory module

On this module you will learn about the psychological research currently taking place at York St John University. Our staff will tell you about their research programmes, along with the philosophical assumptions and historical contexts underpinning that research. Current research topics may include:

  • The cognitive neuroscience of language and memory
  • Evolutionary psychology and aggression
  • Neurodiversity and social interaction
  • Children's cognitive development and educational psychology.

Credits: 10

Compulsory module

This module is your introduction to developmental psychology. You will explore the history of the subdiscipline and its links to other areas of Psychology. You will focus on classic theories that aim to explain human development and the research methods that are used to study psychological change through childhood. You will also explore research methods that are used in study of developmental psychology and consider the ethics in the field.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

This module is your introduction to the psychology of individual differences. You will learn about human variation through a focus on psychological concepts, including:

  • Personality
  • Intelligence
  • Neurodiversity
  • Mental health.

You will explore alternative theoretical perspectives on individual differences as well as the research methods used in this field.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will continue your training in psychological research methods, developing the skills you need to undertake survey research. You will explore methodological and ethical issues relevant to conducting non experimental quantitative research. In lab workshops, you will further develop your statistical analysis skills and practise questionnaire and observational research design.

Credits: 0

Compulsory module

This module gives you practical experience of participating in ethically approved psychological research projects. You can choose to take part in lab-based and online studies run by final year dissertation students, postgraduate students and academic staff. This helps you gain an understanding of the processes involved in good research practice. If you choose not to participate in these research studies, you can provide an online research skills portfolio instead.

Year 2

In your second year you will study:

  • 1 compulsory module across semester 1 and 2
  • 3 compulsory modules in semester 1
  • 4 compulsory modules in semester 2.

You can find out which modules are available in each semester on the Course Specifications.

Modules

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

This module builds on your learning in Exploring Social Psychology. You will study advanced topics in social psychology, focusing on contemporary theory and research in the field. Topics you will explore include:

  • Attitudes
  • Social influence
  • Interpersonal and romantic relationships
  • Prejudice
  • Social constructionism.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

Expand your knowledge of developmental psychology. On this module you will study contemporary research and theoretical perspectives on the psychological processes which take place from birth to 12 years. You will focus on aspects of children's development including:

  • Language and cognition
  • Gender and identity
  • Socio-emotional skills
  • Family, social and cultural contexts.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

Qualitative research allows you to collect and analyse non numerical data, such as interviews or texts, to gain in depth insights into a problem. On this module you will learn about theoretical perspectives underpinning qualitative research in Psychology, with a focus on thematic analysis and discourse analysis. In lab workshops, you will practise a range of qualitative research techniques and conduct a small-scale qualitative interview study in groups. You will consider ethical issues in qualitative research in Psychology and learn to write up your findings.

Credits: 10

Compulsory module

This module will take your understanding of individual differences to the next level. You will be introduced to psychometric theory and techniques, including the measurement of personality traits, attitudes and abilities. You will explore how assessment and measurement varies across general and diverse populations. Using the statistical skills developed through your degree, you will conduct and write up a psychometric analysis.

Credits: 10

Compulsory module

On this module you will explore advanced contemporary research on the biological bases of behaviour. You will study:

  • Sleep and biological rhythms
  • Comparative psychology and animal models
  • Higher cognitive functions
  • Addiction.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

Advance your understanding of cognitive psychology. You will investigate contemporary theory and research in the field. In lab workshops you will work in a group with a member of academic staff to design and conduct a cognitive experiment. Topics for your experimental project can include:

  • Object perception
  • Word reading
  • Memory processes
  • Cognitive interference.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

This module further develops your psychological research skills. You will learn a range of advanced quantitative research designs and statistical data analysis techniques, gaining practical experience in lab workshops. You will also be introduced to the open science movement and produce a pre-registered research proposal.

Credits: 0

Compulsory module

Develop practical, transferable skills while you study. This module gives you the opportunity to conduct 75 hours of paid or voluntary work. You will be supported to arrange this work experience by your tutors and our placements team. You could also choose to participate in ethically approved psychological research projects run by students and members of staff. This will help to develop your understanding of good research practices.

Year 3

In your third year you will study:

  • 1 compulsory research module across semester 1 and 2
  • 2 compulsory modules in semester 1
  • 2 compulsory modules in semester 2.

You can find out which modules are available in each semester on the Course Specifications.

Modules

Credits: 40

Compulsory module

This module is your opportunity to conduct an independent research project on a psychological topic of your choice. You will start by reviewing relevant literature to generate research questions and hypotheses. You will work closely with a member of academic staff to design a study to address your research questions, obtain ethical approval for your study, and collect and analyse your data. Your final research paper will report the findings of your study.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

This module is your introduction to Counselling Psychology. You will look at the history of counselling psychology and the philosophical ideas that underpin it. You will take the knowledge you have gained in your study so far and apply it to the specialist field of counselling psychology practice. You will study the main approaches in counselling, the psychoanalytic and the psychodynamic. You will also study the concepts of mental health and diagnosis.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will begin to learn the foundational skills needed for careers in counselling and psychotherapy professions. Through weekly interactive workshops you will experience what it is like to be a client. You will practise core skills including:

  • Active listening
  • Advanced empathy
  • Paraphrasing and summarising
  • Using open questions.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module, you will explore contemporary issues in Counselling Psychology. This may include telehealth, evidence-based practice and working within multi-disciplinary teams. You will also focus on cognitive behavioural therapy and third wave approaches to counselling practice.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

This module builds on the skills you developed in Counselling Skills and Process 1. In weekly interactive workshops you will focus on skills relevant to cognitive behavioural therapies. These may include:

  • Defining the problem
  • Goal setting
  • Exploring core beliefs
  • Socratic questioning
  • Motivational interviewing.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning

We deliver your modules through:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Practical workshops in our labs
  • Counselling skills sessions
  • Participation in research studies.

Each module you study will have 2 to 4 hours of contact time a week. We schedule our taught sessions between 9:00am and 8:00pm, Monday to Friday.

You will need to conduct independent study outside of this time. This might include reading, research and assignment preparations. You can also arrange academic tutorials to receive feedback on your work and discuss the course content.

Our teaching draws on both our research and professional experience. This means your learning is informed by the most current thinking in the subject area. You can find out more about our research and backgrounds by visiting our staff pages.

Assessment

Assessment types vary from module to module. Some of your assessments might include:

  • Lab reports
  • Essays
  • Research proposals
  • Oral presentations
  • Portfolios
  • Skills assessments
  • Exams.

For each assessment you will have the chance to talk to a tutor about your work before submission. Each assessment will be marked and returned with feedback so you can improve.

Career outcomes

Your future with a degree in Psychology with Counselling

This course gives you the practical knowledge and skills to pursue a career in professional psychology or counselling. You will also build transferrable skills in communication, analytical research and data handling that are in high demand in a range of careers.

This degree could be the first step toward your career as a:

  • Clinical psychologist
  • Counsellor
  • Human resources officer
  • Market researcher
  • Mediator
  • Psychological wellbeing practitioner.

Discover more career options on Prospects careers advice pages.

You could also progress onto a postgraduate degree and take your learning even further.

Postgraduate degrees at York St John University

Psychology MRes

Whatever your ambitions, we can help you get there.

Our careers service, LaunchPad provides career support tailored to your ambitions. Through this service you can access:

  • Employer events
  • LinkedIn, CV and cover letter sessions
  • Workshops on application writing and interview skills
  • Work experience and volunteering opportunities
  • Personalised career advice.

This support doesn't end when you graduate. You can access our expert career advice for the rest of your life. We will help you gain experience and confidence to succeed. It's your career, your way.

Entry requirements

Qualifications

Minimum Entry Requirements

    120 UCAS Tariff points

    3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language and Maths.

Calculate your UCAS Tariff points

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements.

Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our International pages.

If English is not your first language you will need to show that you have English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

International entry requirements

This course is available with a foundation year

If you do not yet meet the minimum requirements for entry straight onto this degree course, or feel you are not quite ready for the transition to Higher Education, this is a great option for you. Passing a foundation year guarantees you a place on this degree course the following academic year.

Psychology foundation year

Mature Learners Entry Scheme

If you have been out of education for 3 years or more and have a grade C GCSE in English Language or equivalent, you are eligible for our entry scheme for mature learners. It's a scheme that recognises non-traditional entry qualifications and experience for entry onto this course. Information on how to apply can be found on our dedicated page.

Mature entry offer scheme

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. You can read them on our Admissions page.

Fees and Funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay depends on whether you live inside the UK or EU, or internationally (outside the UK/EU). Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

UK and EU 2021 entry

The tuition fee for 2021 entry onto this course is £9,250 per year for full time study.

This price applies to all UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

You can find out more about funding your degree by visiting our funding opportunities page.

Funding Opportunities

Placement year funding

If you choose to take a placement year, and your course offers it, you can apply for the Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loan for your placement year. How much you are awarded is based on the type of placement being undertaken and whether it is a paid or unpaid placement. The tuition fee for your placement year will be reduced.

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2021 entry £9,250 per year full time

    International 2021 entry £12,750 per year full time

International 2021 entry

The tuition fee for 2021 entry to this course is £12,750 per year for full time study.

This price applies to all students living outside the UK/EU.

Due to immigration laws, if you are an international student on a Student Visa, you must study full time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

Find out more about funding your degree.

International Fees and Funding

Additional costs and financial support

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.

Course-related costs

While studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

Study Abroad

For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad pages.

Accommodation and living costs

For detailed information on accommodation and living costs, visit our Accommodation pages.

Financial help and support

Our Funding Advice team are here to help you with your finances throughout your degree. They offer a personal service that can help you with funding your studies and budgeting for living expenses.

For advice on everything from applying for scholarships to finding additional financial support email fundingadvice@yorksj.ac.uk

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