Our BSc (Hons) in Counselling Psychology will be of interest to you if you’re considering a counselling career but wish to keep your options open. The range of modules to choose from, together with support from our specialist staff, will help give you the flexibility you need to choose the right career path for you.
This programme will give you a firm foundation if you wish to practice Clinical Psychology, pursue a counselling career or any area of psychology. The optional modules in your final year will allow you to gain the specialist skills and knowledge in a subject that fits the counselling environment you may be focused on, such as prisons, businesses or education.
You will be assigned a Personal Tutor with a counselling background and will benefit from the strong expertise and renowned reputation of the Psychology Department. You will also learn from our in-house experts who teach on our MSc Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and MSc Applied Positive Psychology. This all helps to build up your skillset and boost your career prospects.
On successful completion of our BSc (Hons) in Counselling Psychology, you will have a range of career options open to you. You may also choose to progress onto one of our postgraduate programmes, including MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and MSc in Applied Positive Psychology.
More placements, more choices
Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
What are the course entry requirements?
A typical offer will include GCSE Maths and English at grade C/4 or above and a UCAS Tariff score of 96. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis
For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year; find out more.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.
Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.
Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
The modules available on this course are as follows:
Year 1 Modules
- Intro to Developmental and Social Psychology
- Intro to Biological and Cognitive Psychology
- Intro to Personality and Applying Psychology
- Psychological Research Methods
- Intro to Cross Disciplinary Psychology
- Intro to Counselling Psychology
- Approaches in Therapeutic Traditions
Year 2 Modules
- Developmental Psychology
- Quantitative Research Methods in Psychology
- Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology
- Cognitive Processes in Psychology
- Counselling Skills and the Therapeutic Process
- Counselling Territories: Clients and Environment
Year 3 Modules
- Investigative and Forensic Psychology (optional)
- Empirical Dissertation
- Business and Organisational Psychology (optional)
- Professional Practice Issues in Counselling Psychology
- Abnormal Psychology
- Evolutionary Psychology (optional)
- Historical and Conceptual Issues in Psychology
- Exceptional Human Experience (optional)
- Educational Psychology (optional)
- Critical Social Psychology
- Issues in Personality and Individual Differences
How much does it cost
Part Time Home and EU, September 2019: £4,650 per year
Part Time Home and EU, February 2020: £4,650 per year
Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks