Psychology and Counselling

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UCAS code: C802 | Institution code: W50 | Attendance mode: Full-time
Start: 15 September 2018
Duration: 3 years
Location: Central London
Campus: Cavendish

Fees TBC

Please note: this course is subject to validation

The Psychology and Counselling BSc Honours will provide you with a broad contemporary education in Psychology and Counselling within a vibrant global learning environment situated in the heart of London. What you will study has been designed to meet the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society. This aspect will prepare you for postgraduate training on the path to becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

Course content

In addition to Psychology, you will study counselling and psychotherapeutic theories and approaches, along with practical skills, for example active listening, clarification and effective questioning skills. The course has also been designed to offer you the opportunity to follow your own interests through an attractive range of option modules. A distinctive feature of the option modules we offer is that the majority are focused on professional practice. This will provide you not only with a chance to specialise, but also with a better understanding of potential career paths available to you as a graduate psychologist.

Importantly, we do not assume that all our graduates will wish to become a Chartered Psychologist. For this reason, the Psychology and Counselling BSc Honours has also been designed to help you to think creatively and critically, developing the problem-solving skills that will enable you to apply psychology and counselling to address a wide range of personal, professional and societal needs. The degree is designed to equip you with the graduate attributes that are highly sought by employers. The Psychology and Counselling graduates from the University of Westminster have a rich blend of attributes: they are numerate and effective communicators, enterprising in outlook, and engaged global citizens equipped to help shape a better future for all.

Subjects of study

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.

Year 1 (Credit Level 4)

Subjects of study include:

  • Biological psychology 
  • Cognitive psychology 
  • Developmental psychology 
  • Individual differences
  • Introduction to psychological research methods 
  • Social psychology

Year 2 (Credit Level 5)

Subjects of study include:

  • Data analysis for psychology 
  • Humanistic and existential approaches 
  • Professional issues and contexts in counselling & psychotherapy
  • Psychodynamic/depth and cognitive approaches
  • Reflective practice in counselling psychology
  • Volunteering and employability in a psychological setting 

Year 3 (Credit Level 6)

Subjects of study include:

  • Clinical psychology 
  • Cognitive disorders 
  • Critical perspectives in counselling and psychotherapy 
  • Forensic psychology 
  • Health psychology 
  • Mindfulness in psychotherapeutic practice 
  • Project in psychology 
  • Sex and relationships in psychotherapeutic practice

Assessment methods

We use a blend of coursework assignments and end of year examinations. Various coursework tasks have been designed to assess the diverse range of skills and knowledge acquired on the course. These encompass traditional academic assessments, such as essays, research reports, and presentations as well as assignments designed to resemble real-world tasks that you might encounter in your professional life, such as a reflective log based on active listening skills. Some modules assess learning outcomes from another module (called ‘synoptic assessment’). This allows you to demonstrate that you understand the bigger picture, by drawing connections between what you have learned on different modules.

Professional recognition

This programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership, provided the minimum standard of a Lower Second Class Honours is achieved, and the empirical project has been passed.  This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

Associated careers

As well as providing an excellent foundation for further training in counselling and psychotherapy, this course will help you towards a broad range of careers outside of psychology, including business, social work, teaching, forensic settings, the media, among other fields. 

Course team

Additional costs information

To check what your tuition fees cover and what you may need to pay for separately, see our What tuition fees cover page.


Our dedicated Career Development Centre is actively working with an ever-expanding network of over 3,000 employers to provide you with exceptional employability support and guidance. As a result we were nominated as finalists for a significant industry award – the NUE Awards Most Improved Commitment to Employability 2016.

We provide our students with work placements and international opportunities to support them in becoming highly employable, globally engaged graduates, and with one million businesses operating within 20 miles of the University of Westminster, over 84% of our students are in work or further study six months after graduation. Our graduates work in a variety of sectors and organisations, from small/medium-sized companies and start-ups to large not-for-profit organisations and corporates.

During your time at Westminster you will be able to use our comprehensive online vacancy service and meet with our experienced careers consultants, providing you with thorough training and support on CV writing, application forms, interview preparation and assessment centres.

In addition to this, you will receive careers support from academic staff and faculty work placement teams, offering targeted course-specific careers advice and assistance in securing a work placement during your time at Westminster. You can find out more about course-specific career opportunities by visiting the Prospects website.

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Career Development Centre

Our Career Development Centre can help and support you throughout your study and after graduation.

We can help you to:

  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • explore how to develop the skills that employers are looking for
  • plan your career development
  • identify your career options
  • market yourself effectively in CVs, application forms and at interviews
  • develop your enterprise skills

We also organise a range of presentations and networking events with employers, professional bodies, alumni and other organisations throughout the year to help you with career planning.

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

Work Placements

Our Work Placement Teams are based in your Faculty Registry Office and can help you find a suitable placement, as well as support you in making applications, writing CVs and improving your interview technique.

More details on work placements can be found on our Work placements page.

Study in the city

If you study at the University of Westminster, everything that London has to offer is on your doorstep.

Our central London campuses are ideally located for the city's fantastic learning institutions including libraries, archives and museums, as well as opportunities for shopping, eating out, enjoying London's nightlife or just simply relaxing.


After choosing your course, one of your biggest decisions will be where to live, and we aim to make that choice as easy as possible. Whether you want to apply for our Halls of Residence or live in private housing, we can help you to find the right accommodation.

Fees, funding, bursaries and scholarships

In recent years the University of Westminster's scholarship scheme has been the largest university scholarships scheme in the UK, and our Scholarships Department won the Times Higher Education inaugural Award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students.

Personal tutoring

All students on courses of a year or more and who are registered for more than three modules will be allocated a personal tutor.

Your personal tutor will be there to support you from induction onwards, helping you to integrate into the University, academically and socially, at an early stage. They will be able to give you advice and support on academic and personal matters affecting your study, as well as developmental advice through regular individual and group tutorials.

Language support

Polylang is a University-wide programme through which you can study a language as a free choice module.

Personal advice and counselling

While most students overcome any problems with help from friends, family or a personal tutor, the University's free counselling and advice services are there if you need them.

International Westminster

With one of the UK's largest international student populations, the University of Westminster has plenty of experience in giving you the help and support you need to make the most of your time with us.

Study Abroad and Summer School programmes

Westminster's Study Abroad programme has been running for more than 15 years, and is one of the largest in the UK – each year we welcome hundreds of visiting students from universities all over the world.

If you are already studying outside the UK, the programme offers you the opportunity to study with us for one or two semesters, or for a period in the summer.

Sport and recreation

The University has extensive sport and recreation facilities, with a sports hall and gym at Harrow, a state-of-the-art gym at Regent Campus, and the University sports ground by the River Thames at Chiswick.

Students' Union

University of Westminster Students' Union (UWSU) aims to make sure you have the best university experience possible by providing a range of activities and support, from sports clubs to society groups, educational advice and social events.

Upcoming undergraduate open days

21 June 2017Undergraduate open dayCavendish, Regent Street, Little Titchfield Street, Harrow, Marylebone
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Science and Technology

Our active research and postgraduate programmes also ensure that undergraduate students are in close contact with the cutting edge of applied scientific knowledge.

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