Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £13,400 *
Duration 4 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Our degree courses with Foundation year offer the opportunity to prepare you for advanced study before you progress onto a full honours degree at the University of Westminster. Whether you do not feel ready for degree-level study, don’t have the right qualifications, want to change your subject specialism or return to study after an absence from education, we aim to encourage a broad range of students to undertake our Foundation year in order to progress onto their full honours degree with us. 

The Foundation year is designed to give you the opportunity to explore new ideas, opening up new perspectives on the key debates within your chosen field. Core modules accelerate your academic and professional development , bringing together like-minded students to think about the ‘big ideas’ within your discipline. You will also take modules from areas closely related to your chosen field, giving you the chance to develop a cross-disciplinary perspective on your course. 

On successful completion of the Foundation year (Year 0), you will be able to move on to study for the Psychology and Counselling BSc Honours degree over a further three years study.

The Psychology and Counselling BSc Honours is accredited by the British Psychological Society. It provides you with a broad contemporary education in Psychology and Counselling within a vibrant, global learning environment situated in the heart of London. The course team includes qualified and practising counsellors and psychotherapists who are passionate about sharing their experience, knowledge and skills of therapy. 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.

In addition to Psychology, you will study counselling and psychotherapeutic theories and approaches, and you will have the opportunity to develop practical skills such as active listening and effective questioning. This course is also 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. Upon graduation, you will be suitably equipped to embark on professional training in counselling psychology and psychotherapy, as well as to work in a wide range of professional settings. As such, the BSc Psychology and Counselling programme provides a pathway towards personal and professional growth and development.

Course structure

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course.

To help you make an informed decision, you can have a look at how marks have been calculated and study time has been distributed on this course in the past.

Subjects of study include: 

  • Introduction to Academic Practice
  • Psychology in Everyday Life
  • Society, Risk and Crime: Sociological Perspectives
  • Critical Thinking for Academic and Professional Development 
  • History, Memory and Belonging
  • Contemporary Themes in in Psychology

There are no optional or elective modules offered at Level 3, as the focus is on the development of key academic skills through a broad understanding of social sciences and humanities.

Credit Level 3

Subjects of study include:

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

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Complementary approaches to therapy
  • Data analysis for psychology 
  • Humanistic approaches 
  • Psychodynamic approaches and CBT
  • Reflective practice and listening skills in counselling psychology
  • Volunteering and employability in a psychological setting 

Credit Level 5

Subjects of study include:

  • Clinical psychology 
  • Cognitive disorders 
  • Professional Issues in a Critical Context
  • Forensic psychology 
  • Health psychology 
  • Mindfulness in psychotherapeutic practice 
  • Project in psychology 
  • Sex and relationships in psychotherapeutic practice

Credit Level 6

Professional accreditation

Entry Requirements

Typical offer

  • A levels – DDE
  • International Baccalaureate – 24 points (minimum)
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma – MPP
  • Access to HE Diploma - 64 UCAS tariff points from the Access course

Plus at least three GCSE passes which must include minimum grade 4 (Grade C in grading system prior to 2017) in English and Maths.

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each element.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process.

Typical Offer

  • International Baccalaureate – 24 points (minimum)

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each element.

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Pre-sessional English programmes

Need to improve your English before starting your course? We offer summer pre-sessional English programmes to help develop your English language skills.

Find out more about our pre-sessional English programmes.

Careers

Our Psychology and Counselling BSc Honours course is accredited by the professional body that oversees psychology in the United Kingdom, the British Psychological Society (BPS). Providing you meet the minimum standard of a lower 2nd class honours level you are eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered (GBC) membership of the BPS. GBC is the first stage necessary for becoming a chartered practitioner in the areas of Counselling Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Educational Psychology, Health Psychology, Occupational Psychology and Sport and Exercise Psychology. As well as careers in psychology, counselling and psychotherapy, the Psychology and Counselling course is suitable for careers in teaching, health and social care, human resources, advertising, marketing and business.

Our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you to achieve your full potential.
 
With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we provide you with a variety of opportunities to work and develop new skills. As a University of Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.
 
We can help you:
    •    find work placements, graduate jobs or voluntary experience related to your course
    •    discover international opportunities to enhance your employability
    •    write effective CVs and application forms
    •    develop your interview and enterprise skills
    •    plan your career with our career consultants
    •    gain insights into your chosen industry through mentoring
    •    meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events 
 
Find out more about the Careers and Employability Service.

 

Find out more about other employability initiatives at the University of Westminster. 

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £13,400 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

Course Location

Our Cavendish Campus in the heart of London is home to the Faculty of Science and Technology. With first-class facilities, the campus houses subject areas ranging from biosciences to electronic engineering. For more details, visit our Cavendish Campus page.

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