Course Overview

UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £14,400 *
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'll 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, you'll be able to move on to study for the Psychology and Counselling BSc Honours degree over a further three years of study.

Our 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.

Our course team includes qualified and practising counsellors and psychotherapists who are passionate about sharing their experience, knowledge and skills of therapy.

Our programme of 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’ll study counselling and psychotherapeutic theories and approaches, and you’ll have the opportunity to develop practical skills such as active listening and effective questioning. Our 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.

There will also be trips organised throughout the course, with previous trips including visits to the Freud Museum, the Wellcome Trust, and the Bethlem Museum. In addition to this, film nights will be organised, focusing on the themes of psychology and counselling.

Our Psychology and Counselling BSc offers 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 provides you not only with a chance to specialise, but also to investigate potential career paths as a graduate psychologist.

On graduation, you’ll 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. Our Psychology and Counselling BSc provides a pathway towards personal and professional growth and development.

Top reasons to study with us

  • Development of practical skills and reflective practice – you’ll be able to practise skills such as active listening, reflecting, paraphrasing, and summarising
  • Professionally trained course team – you’ll be taught by staff who are qualified and practising psychologists, psychotherapists and counsellors
  • Work experience opportunities – you’ll be able to choose work experience from a wide range of settings, and you have the option to undertake a professional work placement year

Course structure

Learning takes place through a combination of face-to-face teaching and independent study, including lectures, seminars and project work. Your experience will be further enriched by opportunities for research participation, counselling skills practice and work-based learning.

You’ll focus on active and often collaborative project work, which includes carrying out research practicals, allowing you to engage first hand with research practice and the knowledge base of our discipline. It also includes other kinds of enquiry-based learning, in which you learn through tackling realistic problems similar to those faced by practising counselling psychologists.

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

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

Between Years 2 and 3, you'll have the option to take the professional work placement year. You'll have the opportunity to understand how psychological theory relates to practice, to critically reflect on situations within the workplace, and to conduct an investigation relevant to the work of your placement organisation.

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

This course is accredited by The British Psychological Society.

This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society. It has been designed to meet the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC), provided that 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.

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

Careers

With a growing global network of 3,000 employers, our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you to achieve your full potential.

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Taught by professionals

You’ll be taught by staff who are qualified and practising psychologists, psychotherapists and counsellors.

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Transferable skills

You'll gain the knowledge and experience to work in roles such as counselling psychologist, counsellor and psychotherapist.

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Employers around the world

The University’s Careers and Employability Service has built up a network of over 3,000 employers around the world, helping all our students explore and connect with exciting opportunities and careers.

Career development

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 Second 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.

Job roles

This course will prepare you for roles such as:

  • Coach
  • Counselling psychologist
  • Counsellor
  • Psychotherapist

Graduate employment

Graduates from this course have found employment in areas including:

  • NHS
  • Education
  • Private practice
  • University counselling services

International Opportunities

Many of our courses offer international study and work experiences, and the University provides other global opportunities that all students can apply for - so whatever you're studying, you'll have the chance to go abroad.

Opportunities could include:

  • Taking part in semester or year-long exchanges at institutions around the world
  • Attending an international summer school or field trip
  • Developing your CV through volunteering or work placements abroad

International experience broadens horizons, boosts self-confidence, and improves global understanding, alongside being fantastic for your career.

Find out more about our international opportunities, including funding options and where you can go.

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Why study this course?

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Professional accreditation

Our Psychology and Counselling BSc Honours course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

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Fantastic central London location

Based in our Cavendish Campus in central London, you’ll enjoy the benefits of studying in a major global city.

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Build your skillset

You'll develop practical skills in active listening and effective questioning, as well as studying counselling and psychotherapeutic theories and approaches.

Online open days

Join us at an online open day and get a feel for student life at the University of Westminster.

You'll get a chance to: 

  • Speak to our academic staff
  • Take a virtual reality tour of our student halls
  • Ask us any questions you may have about student finance and accommodation

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Entry Requirements

  • A Levels - DDE to CDD
  • International Baccalaureate - 64 to 80 UCAS Tariff points from the IB
  • BTEC Extended Diploma - MPP to MMP
  • BTEC Diploma - MM to DM
  • Access - 64 to 80 UCAS Tariff points from the Access course

In addition to one of the above, you should have: 

  • GCSE English Language grade 4/C – IB grade 4 Higher Level, GCSE Maths grade 4/C – IB grade 4 

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

We also welcome applications from students who are taking a combination of qualifications listed above. For further information, please contact Course Enquiries.

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

  • International Baccalaureate - 64 to 80 UCAS Tariff points from the IB

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

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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.

Learn new skills

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Learn a new language

From Arabic to Spanish, you can learn a new language alongside your degree with our Polylang programme

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Develop your entrepreneurial skills

Our award-winning Creative Enterprise Centre offers industry networking events, workshops, one-to-one business advice and support for your startup projects. 

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Gain extra qualifications

We provide access to free online courses in Adobe and Microsoft Office applications, as well as thousands of specialist courses on LinkedIn Learning.

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: £14,400 (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.

Teaching and assessment

Below you'll find examples of how marks have been calculated and study time distributed in the past. Changes to assessment weights and division of study time may be made in response to feedback and in accordance with our terms and conditions.

How you'll be taught

Teaching methods across all our undergraduate courses focus on active student learning through seminars, workshops, problem-based and blended learning, as well as group work. Teaching will be informed by our research, giving you the benefit of the knowledge of current theories and, where appropriate, their practical application.

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How you'll be assessed

Assessment methods across our undergraduate courses may include essays, reports, presentations, case studies, videos, podcasts and posters, as well as time-constrained in-class tests and exams.

 

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Supporting you

Our Student Hub is where you’ll find out about the services and support we offer, helping you get the best out of your time with us.

  • Study support — workshops, 1-2-1 support and online resources to help improve your academic and research skills
  • Personal tutors — support you in fulfilling your academic and personal potential
  • Student advice team — provide specialist advice on a range of issues including funding, benefits and visas
  • Extra-curricular activities — volunteering opportunities, sports and fitness activities, student events and more

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Location

With state-of-the-art science and psychology labs and refurbished computer suites, our Cavendish Campus offers our science and technology students a range of learning spaces that are both dynamic and inspiring,

Located in central London, our Cavendish Campus is just a five-minute walk from Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road.

For more details, visit our Cavendish Campus page.
 

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