• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe | Uxbridge | Aylesbury
  • Duration: Four Years
  • Start Date: September 2019 and February 2020

Course Overview

This course is offered as a four year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.

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.

Where the Foundation Year is taught at our Aylesbury Campus or Uxbridge Campus all subsequent years will be taught at our High Wycombe Campus.

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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.

Course Details


What are the course entry requirements?

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year. If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to admissions@bucks.ac.uk

Course Modules

Foundation Year Modules

  • Preparing for Success: Knowledge and Creativity
  • Preparing for Success: Self Development and Responsibility
  • Inquiry Based Learning
  • Foundations of Psychology

Year One Modules

  • Intro to Developmental and Social Psychology
  • Intro to Biological Psychology 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 Two Modules

  • Developmental Psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • 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 Three 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

Full Time Home and EU, September 2019: £9250

Full Time International, September 2019: £12,000

Full Time Home and EU, February 2020: £9250

Full Time International, February 2020: £12,000

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.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks


What are my career prospects

Career Opportunities

On successful completion of the four year course you will have a range of career options open to you. You may also choose to progress onto one of our postgraduate programmes.

During your time with Bucks New University, we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become employable .Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise.

The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

Want to find out more? Visit our Students’ Union page or watch our video.

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